Common Hair Problems

  • What influences healthy hair growth

    There are many factors which influence healthy hair growth; these encompass a whole range of medical, emotional and lifestyle conditions which can prevent the body from effectively absorbing the essential nutrients it needs to support healthy hair.

    Age Stress Medication
    Poor diet Hormonal change Post pregnancy
    Birth control Overstyling Smoking

    Age

    In our twenties and thirties we typically have 615 hair follicles per square centimetre. The number falls to 485 by the time we hit fifty and to 435 at eighty. Each hair also becomes thinner, therefore reducing hair volume.

    Stress

    Believe it or not, the cliché about stress leading to hair problems is actually true. In extreme stress, the adrenal gland goes into overdrive, and the resultant increase in adrenaline sometimes leads to a consequent increase in the production of testosterone and dihydrotestosterone which, without enough estrogen to counterbalance it, can lead to hair not being as healthy as it should be.

    For some people being stressed can seriously affect the condition of their hair and it can turn into a vicious circle: stress affects the hair cycle and the impact of this can cause a lot of stress for the sufferer.

    Hair can suffer and between four and sixteen weeks after the stress trigger has occurred. It can be difficult to pinpoint a specific stress episode as the reason why hair becomes unhealthy but it is often acute and chronic stress that will bring on conditions such as telogen effuvium (hair shedding) and alopecia areata (patchy hair loss).

    For many, it is a soul destroying experience intruding into every part of their daily life leading to anxiety, distress and a dramatic loss of self–esteem, so it is important to do all you can to help alleviate the problem. Try to include these simple and effective ways to reduce stress in your life; exercise, think positively, stay flexible with your plans and get enough sleep.

    Medication

    In some instances medicines may have side effects which impact on healthy hair growth; they include cholesterol lowering agents, ulcer healing agents, anti-diabetic drugs, blood pressure medication and birth control pills.

    Poor diet

    A diet rich in protein, vitamins and minerals is essential for healthy hair and hair growth. A diet low in protein is often the reason why someone will experience hair loss, as a poor diet affects new growth. The hair follicle is a non essential tissue and, therefore, one of the last tissues to receive nutritional substances. Any long-term deficiencies may lead to premature hair problems.

    Diet tips: Eat at least 5 ounces (approximately 150 grams) of protein a day. Foods high in protein are meat, chicken, fish, beans, eggs, cheese and tofu. Because hair is made of 80% to 95% protein, this is an important area of your diet. Iron deficiency is a major cause of hair loss especially in women or men who are vegetarian. If you are iron deficient or anaemic, then taking iron could be helpful for your hair. Other important minerals for healthy hair functioning are: zinc found in seafood and cereals, silica found in potatoes, red and green peppers and bean sprouts, magnesium found in green vegetables and nuts and essential fatty acids such omega fatty acids found in fish.

    Hormonal change

    Hormonal changes associated with menopause can affect the healthy hair growth cycle . While this menopausal side effect is relatively rare, it has been known to occur in some cases. Other hormonal changes in the body- notably thyroid issues and hormonal responses to changes in the autoimmune system have been known to affect hair growth in some women. Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome can experience problems with their hair due to a hormone imbalance and increased sensitivity to the male hormones we all have.

    Post pregnancy

    While a beautiful and natural process, pregnancy is nonetheless stressful for the body. Consequently, it’s common for post-partum hair shedding or even bald patches to occur as the bodies’ hormone levels get back to normal. This is usually a temporary condition and reversible, but If hair health is still an issue a few months after the pregnancy is over, it is likely the hair condition is attributed to something other than the pregnancy.

    Birth control

    The pill is the most common form of contraception in women; a mixture of progesterin and estrogen carries an occasional side-effect which affects healthy hair growth in those who have a hereditary medical history of hair growth problems.

    Overstyling

    Aerosol sprays, hair dyes, straightening irons, and curlers might seem to be essential to hair beauty in the short term, but excessive use of may result in damaging hair in the long run. Women who find their hair healthy is being affected may also want to consider what they’re putting onto their hair and scalp on a daily basis and consider other cosmetic methods and nutritional supplements.

    Smoking 

    Smoking affects healthy hair growth. Cigarette smoking has been shown to cause poor circulation, which can affect the amount of blood flow available to the hair follicles of the scalp.

     
    Read more about why these factors affect healthy hair growth.

    Or call our Viviscal Hair Care Advisors for personalised advice on:
    1890 60 18 01

  • As outlined in the Healthy Hair Growth Cycle, hair can be in a different growth stage of the cycle. Over time, the length of the Anagen stage decreases, therefore the hair may become weaker and thinner after each cycle. This is why it’s important to ensure your diet is rich in specific nutrients throughout your life.

    Male hair loss, also known as Androgenic Alopecia or male pattern baldness, is caused by the effect of the male hormones, called androgens, on genetically predisposed hair follicles . For those with a family trend toward hair loss, the male hormone ‘testosterone’ is converted into ‘dihydrotestosterone’, or ‘DHT’. It is the effect of DHT which inhibits hair growth by preventing nutrient supply to the hair follicle, which in time leads to male hair loss.

    Viviscal®Man is scientifically formulated for men who want to maintain normal healthy hair growth. Along with the exclusive AminoMar C™, Zinc, Vitamin C and Horsetail extract, Viviscal®Man supplements also contain Flax Seed.

    What influences healthy hair growth 

    There are many factors which influence healthy hair growth; these encompass a whole range of medical, emotional and lifestyle conditions which can prevent the body from effectively absorbing the essential nutrients it needs to support healthy hair.

    Age Stress Medication
    Poor diet Smoking

    Age

    In our twenties and thirties we typically have 615 hair follicles per square centimetre. The number falls to 485 by the time we hit fifty and to 435 at eighty. Each hair also becomes thinner, therefore, reducing hair volume.

    Stress

    Believe it or not, the cliché about stress leading to hair problems is actually true. In extreme stress, the adrenal gland goes into overdrive, and the resultant increase in adrenaline sometimes leads to a consequent increase in the production of testosterone and dihydrotestosterone which, without enough estrogen to counterbalance it, can lead to hair not being as healthy as it should be.

    For some people being stressed can seriously affect the condition of their hair and it can turn into a vicious circle: Stress affects the hair cycle and the impact of this can cause a lot of stress for the sufferer.

    Between four and sixteen weeks after the stress trigger has occurred. It can be difficult to pinpoint a specific stress episode as the reason why hair becomes unhealthy but it is often acute and chronic stress that will bring on conditions such as telogen effuvium (hair shedding) and alopecia areata (patchy hair loss).

    For many, it is is a soul destroying experience intruding into every part of their daily life leading to anxiety, distress and a dramatic loss of self–esteem, so it is important to do all you can to help alleviate the problem. Here are some simple and effective ways in which you can reduce stress in your life; exercise, positive thinking, stay flexible with your plans and sleep.

    Medication

    In some instances medicines may have side effects which impact on healthy hair growth; they include cholesterol lowering agents, ulcer healing agents, anti-diabetic drugs, and blood pressure medication.

    Poor diet

    A diet rich in protein, vitamins and minerals is essential for healthy hair and hair growth. A diet low in protein is often the reason why someone will experience hair loss as a poor diet affects new growth. The hair follicle is a nonessential tissue and, therefore, one of the last tissues to receive nutritional substances any long-term deficiencies may lead to premature hair loss.

    Diets tips: Eat at least 5 ounces (approximately 150 grams) of protein a day. Foods high in protein are meat, chicken, fish, beans, eggs, cheese and tofu. Because hair is made of 80% to 95% protein, this is an important area of your diet. Iron deficiency is a major cause of hair loss especially in women or men who are vegetarian. If you are iron deficient or anaemic, then taking iron could be helpful for your hair. Other important minerals for healthy hair functioning are: zinc found in seafood and cereals, silica found in potatoes, red and green peppers and bean sprouts, magnesium found in green vegetables and nuts and essential fatty acids such omega fatty acids found in fish.

    Smoking 

    Smoking affects healthy hair growth. Cigarette smoking has been shown to cause poor circulation, which can affect the amount of blood flow available to the hair follicles of the scalp.

     
    Read more about why these factors affect healthy hair growth.

    Or call our Viviscal Hair Care Advisors for personalised advice on:
    1890 60 18 01

  • Poor hair health commonly takes one of the following forms:

    Alopecia Areata Alopecia Mucinosa
    Alopecia Totalis Alopecia Universalis
    Anagen Effluvium Androgenetic Alopecia
    Telogen Effluvium Traction Alopecia
    Trichotillomania

    Alopecia Areata causes patches of hair thinning on the scalp about the size of a large coin and has been linked to extreme physical or psychological stress. This hair loss seems to be the result of an auto immune response, which means that the body, for some reason, believes that the hair follicles are foreign objects. This causes white blood cells to attack and destroy them. The hair follicles go into a resting stage. Then, when that stage is over, the hair falls out instead of entering a normal growing stage. The hair loss can be patchy, it can be total, or it can not only affect the hair on the head, but the hair all over the body. It often begins in childhood. Most people who experience it only have one episode of it before their hair starts to grow back normally. However, the condition will recur in about 20 percent of sufferers.

    Alopecia Mucinosa is hair thinning that results in scaly patches on the skin.

    Alopecia Totalis is the name given to complete thinning hair on the scalp.

    Alopecia Universalis refers to a condition of complete thinning hair over the scalp and body.

    Anagen Effluvium is hair thinning that is caused by the chemotherapy or radiation therapy that is used to treat cancer.

    Androgenetic Alopecia is thinning hair that is identified as hereditary. In men it is commonly known as Male Pattern Baldness and causes hair thinning on the crown of the head or the top, beginning with a receding hairline. In women, it is often known as Female Pattern Baldness and results in thinning hair all over the crown.

    Telogen Effluvium is the name given to temporary hair thinning from any area of the scalp and is common post pregnancy, after a period of stress or hormonal changes or as a result of poor diet. The hair follicles are interrupted, go into a resting phase and stay that way for months. After that hair tends to fall out in chunks, which is frightening to many people. The good news is that in most cases telogen effluvium is temporary and the hair growth will eventually return to normal. Women suffer from this more than men because one of the causes are the hormonal changes of childbirth or hormonal changes that result from stopping oral contraceptives. Some women may find that their hair drops out three months after giving birth, but usually returns to normal about a year later. Other causes of telogen effluvium can be major surgery, crash diets, hypo or hyper thyroidism, infections or other physical or mental traumas like being involved in an accident, the death of a loved one or even divorce. Medications that cause telogen effluvium are often blood thinners or drugs that treat high cholesterol.

    Traction Alopecia is caused by excessive pulling or stressing of the hair strand at the root and is often seen in women with tight braiding.

    Trichotillomania is an anxiety disorder where sufferers pull out their hair. When the need to pull becomes too great the sufferer will pull on the hair strand until the hair is tugged out at the root. It’s seen often in children, girls and women, who pull out hair from specific places on their scalp. Sometimes sufferers will also pluck out the hair of their eyebrows and their eyelashes.

     
    Read more about why these factors affect healthy hair growth.

    Or call our Viviscal Hair Care Advisors for personalised advice on:
    1890 60 18 01


At Viviscal, we understand hair and have been researching hair loss for over 25 years. Viviscal supplements contain our marine protein complex AminoMar C™, plus Biotin and Zinc, which specifically nourish hair follicles to help maintain healthy hair from within, as proven in clinical trials.
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