Ageing & Hair Loss
We all know two things in life are inevitable—death and taxes. The third is, undoubtedly, ageing. With age, it is natural to experience a certain degree of hair loss, and for the majority, this is determined genetically. However, certain lifestyle factors can also influence the level of hair loss experienced.
Hair loss, known as alopecia, can affect any part of the body, not just your scalp. This can be caused by a myriad of reasons including hormones, medical reasons or treatments such as chemotherapy, ageing and genetics. Men tend to experience greater hair loss than women, a quick internet search of “male-pattern baldness” would give you a good idea of what to expect in terms of scalp hair loss for men.
Initial and early signs of balding may not be as obvious as you might think. Similarly, strands of hair does not indicate a hair loss problem, in fact, it is perfectly normal to shred between 50-100 strands of hair per day. Thinning hair and patch boldness are often the telltale signs of hair loss and an indication that intervention may be needed in order to preserve a full and lush scalp. Fortunately, with technological advancements, there are now plenty of surgical and non-surgical medical options that can effectively address balding issues. These are however, often expensive. Early prevention before the first signs start to develop is a much more sensible approach, just like using SPF daily instead of baking in the sun then going for aesthetical corrective procedures for sun damage.
Diet: Unsurprisingly, diet has a role in maintaining healthy hair. The American Academy of Dermatology confirms that protein is important in preventing hair loss. Similarly, iron, vitamin B, essential fatty acids, and zinc deficiency can also contribute to hair loss issues.
Extreme stress: We are all aware that stress can wreak havoc in our lives. Stress causes hormonal imbalances and can cause temporary hair loss but chronic stress can also cause inflammation which can further accelerate hair loss in the long run as inflammation can reduce the hair follicle’s ability to produce new hair.
Excessive sebum: Excessive sebum on the face can cause acne breakouts, excessive sebum on the scalp can cause hair loss. When sebum builds up in the pores of the scalp, this may cause a high level of 5-alpha-reductase to build up which clogs the hair’s follicles. This can be simply resolved by regularly washing your scalp with suitable products. Do take care not to use strong oil removing shampoo as it will encourage more sebum productions.
Key Ingredients to Look Out For In Hair Care Products
Caffeine: There is plenty of research to show that topically applied caffeine (from products) stimulates and energises the scalp, increasing cell activity and causes new hair to grow at a faster rate.
Peptides: Peptides work by strengthening and nourishing the scalp resulting in a fuller appearance from improved hair growth. However, do not use peptides with hair care products that contain acids.
Pure Tincture’s Picks
Our team has selected three products: a shampoo, a serum, and a tonic spray for you to begin your journey to healthier hair. This routine has been tried and tested and it is proven according to users’ personal experiences that it helps to slow hair loss and promote hair growth.
VENN SYNBIOTIC POLYAMINE SHAMPOO: Enriched with VENN’s proprietary combination of probiotics* and prebiotic** to help balance the scalp's microbiome, and polyamine from soybeans to deeply nourish hair and scalp. The formulation also contains six herbal extracts rich with antioxidants, Vitamins B3 (Niacinamide), B5 (Panthenol), and B7 (Biotin), Copper Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7. Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, used for hair conditioning, provides a gentle eucalyptus scent.
LUNA NECTAR ATMOSPHERE HAIR DENSITY & SCALP SERUM: Lightweight concentrated serum formulated with peptides, vitamins, and herbal extracts that achieves the look of the fuller, denser, and thicker hair, as well as contributing to the condition of the scalp. Take time to massage the serum into the scalp by moving the scalp skin around the skull to encourage blood flow for optimum follicles nourishment. Night application
INNA ORGANIC CYPRESS SCALP BALANCING SPRAY: Contains a potent cocktail of essential oils to soothe the scalp, balance sebum, nourishe hair roots. Suitable for sensitive scalp. Take time to massage the serum into the scalp by moving the scalp skin around the skull to encourage blood flow for optimum follicles nourishment. (Day Application)