Hair Loss is an equal opportunity condition impacting both men and women, and people from all races and ethnicities. Hair loss can be extremely distressing, lowering confidence and self-esteem. Having thick healthy hair is often viewed in society as a sign of youth and good health. Hair loss has many possible causes—the most common cause being genetic. Other causes of hair loss include hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficits, medications, illness, surgery, stress, and harsh hairstyles or treatments.
95% of male and female pattern baldness is caused by the same hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT builds up at the hair follicle matrix, shutting off vital blood circulation and causing hair to wither away and die. In genetic hair loss, DHT binds to special receptor sites in the cells of genetically susceptible hair follicles causing miniaturization of hair and possibly eventually balding.
Hair is made of both the follicle and the shaft, making it a far more complex structure than what we see on the surface.
Hair follicles live in the skin while the hair shaft is what is visible above the scalp. There are three phases of the hair growth cycle. Think of it as green light, yellow light, and red light.
1. THE ANAGEN PHASE or “green light” is the active phase of hair growth. Around 85% of hairs are in this phase and can last two-six years.
2. THE CATAGEN PHASE or “yellow light” is a transitional stage and around 3% of hairs are in this phase at a given time. The growth process slows and stops in this phase preparing for shedding.
3. THE TELOGEN PHASE or “red light” is the resting phase and around 8% of hairs are in this stage for about 100 days. During this phase the hair follicle is completely at rest and about 25 to 100 telogen hairs are shed normally each day. For someone experiencing abnormal hair loss, they will shed more than 100 telogen hairs daily.
Current treatments and medications for hair loss include Over the Counter topicals such as minoxidil “Rogaine,” prescription steroid based creams or injections, prescription strength finasteride “Propecia” (for men only), surgery, laser treatments, and natural and alternative therapies such as herbs, acupuncture, zinc, and vitamin supplements.
Zenagen is a physician created product with years of research. It is a nutraceutical treatment (derived from plant sources) with no SLS, Parabens, or Formaldehyde. Zenagen’s proprietary compounds target the hair and scalp environment, and underlying causes of hair loss. This scalp and hair optimizing technology has significant benefits for targeting hair loss, hair shedding, thinning hair, age related hair loss, and other types of hair loss. Zenagen combats DHT by cleansing existing DHT from hair and the scalp environment for thicker growing hair. If you are starting to notice significant hair loss, see your dermatologist or medical provider as this may be a symptom of an underlying health issue.
Lisa Street is a Nurse Practitioner and owner of Glo Medical Aesthetics and Hair Spa. For more information about Zenagen call (901) 552-3461 or visit glomedmemphis.com.