Loss- The Problem
Loss can be a devastating thing. Many men can live with the
that genetics have predisposed them to losing their hair.
men even embrace the loss. But, for some men and most women,
one's hair can have a profound impact on them; causing stress and loss
Until relatively recently, there
alternatives to reverse hair loss short of wearing a wig or having hair
transplant surgery. But, medical breakthroughs have made
available very effective over-the-counter treatments
These treatments have been shown to be safe and effective for
lot of people. However, there is not one single product that is great
for everyone in every situation. Treasured Locks is glad to be able to
of the most advanced non-prescription treatments available.
more detail on the difference between hair loss and hair breakage and
some possible causes
for both, please see our articles here: Hair
Loss and Hair Breakage Information
We receive email after email asking
the question "My hair is breaking off (I'm losing my hair), what can I
do?" As much as we'd love to answer that question for each client who
asks, simply put, we cannot. We are not there with you and cannot look
at your hair, analyze your environment, your maintenance routine and
your genetic history all of which may be necessary to diagnose what is
causing your hair loss. Hair loss and hair breakage can be caused by a
number of factors or a combination of factors. Some are very easily
treated, some are not so easily treated. The best we can do is give you
general guidelines about general hair health and some things to
consider when you're trying to determine what is causing your hair
Hair loss can be devastating,
particularly to women. To understand the treatments for
hair loss, it's important to understand the causes. To understand
the causes, it's helpful to understand what hair is made of and how it
offers treatments that help prevent hair breakage and can help with
certain types of hair loss.
This short article will cover these topics:
Hair Life Cycle
Hair Growth and How to Make Hair Grow Faster
Breakage and Hair Breakage Prevention
Hair loss is a complicated subject. There are many reasons why you
might be experiencing hair loss (hair coming out at the roots or not
growing from the root) or hair breakage (hair breaking anywhere along
the shaft- usually near the end). We will first
discuss the normal hair growth process, then we’ll talk about some
reasons why your hair might not be growing as much as you’d like and
what you can do about it.
Hair is made of a form of protein. Hair grows from the roots. So, the
oldest part of your hair will be the part at the ends- furthest away
from your scalp. Hair is essentially dead. Once it has come out of your
head, there is nothing you can do to improve the structure
of the hair
itself. However, there is a lot you can do to damage the hair. Once the
damage has been done, repairs are limited. If the structure of the hair
itself has been damaged, the repair to that particular part
of the hair shaft
is irreversible. You have to wait until the hair grows out more and cut
off the damaged part or until the hair is replaced by a new hair (you
will see soon this is a very long proposition). This is why a
relaxer or a perm is really "permanent". Once a perm alters the
structure of a piece of hair, that particular piece will never be the
same. The new growth will be "virgin". Even the new growth
of the same hair shaft.
Hair Life Cycle
On a normal head of hair there are roughly 100,000 strands of hair,
each going through its own cycle. Different hair strands will be at
different phases at any given time. First, hair grows. This is called
the anagen phase. This lasts from 4-6 years. Hair then rests. This is
called the catagen phase. The hair follicle (the pocket in the scalp
that holds the hair) actually regresses during this time. Then, hair
sheds. This is called the telogen phase. Normally, about 90% of hairs
are in the anagen phase at any point in time. The average person sheds
about 50-60 hairs per day (the last phase of the hair cycle). These
phases can be disrupted by stress, medicines, genetics (male pattern
baldness) and other reasons. Again, keep in mind that during any
particular time, each of the 100,000 hairs on your head is in a
On average, hair grows at a rate of about 1/2 inch per month. But, this
varies by person based on genetics. Each person will have a
growth rate that she can attain. Some will be higher than the
average. Some will be lower than the average. Nothing will
increase your hair growth rate beyond whatever your personal maximum
is. But, there are things that can help you reach your
maximum. Nutrition, stress levels and the
health of the scalp affect the hair growth rate. Many people
confuse hair growth with hair length. If your hair is growing at its
maximum rate yet is breaking off, it will appear
that you hair is not
growing. Most people do not have hair that is not growing. Getting the
proper rest, drinking enough water, treating your scalp well and the
getting the proper nutrition, including supplements (hair
help you reach your maximum potential hair growth.
Baldness or hair loss in both men and women is sometimes due to
disease. Hair loss can be triggered by excessive
weight gain or loss in a short period of time. Some hair loss is easily
treated. Some is much more difficult to treat.
Reasons for hair loss include:
- High fever can cause
- Chemotherapy drugs can cause hair loss.
Hair usually grows
back after chemotherapy is stopped.
- Thyroid disorders- an
over productive or under productive thyroid
can lead to hair loss.
- Genetics- some people
have a built in trigger that causes the
to grow smaller and even shut down with age. This is known as male
pattern baldness or female pattern baldness. (more on this later)
- Malnutrition- the lack of
nutrients in the diet can cause hair
loss. Anemia (lack of iron) can cause hair loss. Several
other nutrients are also key in the production of healthy hair.
This type of hair loss can easily be reversed by proper diet and/or supplements.
- Traumatic stress- Can
lead to hormone imbalances and cause hair
- Autoimmune disorders (alopecia
areata)- exact causes have not
determined. Can cause hair loss from either just patches here and there
to complete baldness on the whole body. Emu oil
and other oils have been reported to help with this, in some cases.
- Post pregnancy changes-
hormone imbalances triggered during
can cause temporary hair loss.
- Mechanical- excessive
pulling or twisting of the hair
(trichotillomania) can cause
hair loss that can become permanent. Some
people actually pull the hair or twist hair as a nervous habit. But,
wearing the hair in styles like braids or pulled back, if done too
often and too tight can lead to hair loss, which may even become
- Local Scalp Conditions-
Modern dermatology has concluded hair
is triggered by several factors. These factors can include poor
to the scalp and sebum (natural waxy substance produced by the scalp)
clogging pores. Treating these conditions, improving circulation and
unclogging pores will help with this type of hair loss. Topical
treatments as well as nutritional
supplements can help.
- Male-Pattern Baldness-
Male-pattern baldness is the most common
baldness in men. A single, dominant gene controls this. The baldness
usually starts at the temples and the hairline recedes. Often, the
crown of the head will become thin or bald also. Some men only get
balding in one or the other area. The hair in the balding areas starts
out as long and thick and changes into fine, sprouts that grow at a
slower rate. If a man begins to lose his hair during his teen years,
there is a good chance he will become completely bald on the top of his
- Female-Pattern Baldness-
The cause of the failure to grow new
female pattern baldness is not well understood. Generally it
is genetically predisposed (passed down), occurs with aging and is
associated with levels of hormones- especially adrogens, the male sex
hormones. Changes in the levels of androgens can affect hair
production. For example, after menopause, many women find that the hair
on the head is thinner, while their facial hair is coarser. Although
new hair is not produced, follicles remain alive, suggesting the
possibility of new hair growth.
The typical pattern of female pattern baldness is different from
of male pattern baldness. The hair thins all over the head, but the
frontal hairline does not recede. There may be a moderate loss of hair
on the crown (back top of the head), but this rarely progresses to
total or near baldness as it often does in men. This type of balding
usually begins around the age of 30 and becomes more noticeable at age
40; it can be more evident after menopause. This type of hair loss is
permanent. Female pattern baldness is much more easily treated than
male pattern baldness.
As we discussed, there are several reasons why you may be losing your
hair (which we define as the hair missing from the roots versus hair
breaking). The normal
aging process produces thinner and thinner hair for many people and
slows down or even stops the growth phase in many of the hair
follicles. Medicines, stress and improper nutrition or improper
treatment of the scalp can lead to hair loss. The general term for hair
loss is alopecia. There are many types of alopecia ranging from
temporary alopecia to permanent alopecia. Some forms are treatable.
Some are not as treatable. If you have “male pattern baldness”, two
treatments have been FDA approved to be effective at stopping and
possibly reversing of the hair loss. Those treatments are Propecia (a
tablet taken once a day). The other treatment is Minoxidil (sold under
the brand name Rogaine). Propecia is for men only, leaving Minoxidil
for women. Even Minoxidil and Propecia have limited ability to regrow
hair. Their primary benefit is in stopping further hair loss. Once the
treatments are started, they must be continued or the hair loss will
begin to progress again. For this reason, they are called treatments,
not cures. Nutritional supplements have been reported to be
effective (but not approved by the FDA for male pattern
baldness). For example Saw Palmetto contained in Ajuvèn
Hair Growth Stimulator for Men
Locks H2G Hair Growth Supplement
is reported to have effects
similar to those of Propecia.
Much hair loss is attributed to hormonal imbalances, particularly an
overabundance of male hormone. DHT (dihydrotestosterone) has been
labeled a culprit. Many over-the-counter hair loss products target
reducing the amount of DHT or decreasing its ability to become active.
DHT shrinks hair follicles making it impossible for healthy hair to
survive. When DHT becomes more active, it reacts with sebum and
cholesterol found on and within the scalp. This DHT/sebum/cholesterol
mix is shed into hair follicles, where it slowly narrows the tiny
opening, causing the follicle itself to become smaller.
We divide our hair
treatment products into two categories-
Hair Growth Treatments
and Hair Loss Treatments
hair growth treatments (our H2G Supplements and H2G Hair Growth Serum)
are for people with mild to moderate hair loss and/or hair breakage.
They are also for people who want
to improve the growth rate and health of their hair. Hair
and hair breakage can be caused by a number of factors. Our
treatments will not be effective for every type of hair loss.
treatments will be required based on the factors causing your hair loss
and the severity of those factors. People who can generally
a healthy head of hair but whose hair might be suffering from a lack of
nutrients, from stress or from improper maintenance can
benefit from these hair growth products. They can help
improve the rate of growth of hair also.
Locks H2G Hair Growth Supplement- Time released blend of vitamins,
herbs, minerals and dietary supplements designed to boost the growth
rate and strength of your hair to its maximum potential.
Locks H2G Hair Strength Supplement- Because hair is made of
protein, it's important to have the right amount of the right type of
protein to build the hair shaft. Treasured Locks H2G Hair
Strength Supplement is a dietary supplement that improves the strength
of hair, nails and skin. The supplement is made of pure collagen that
also helps with other bodily functions including joint function, weight
control, body tone and more.
Locks H2G Hair Shine Supplement- Especially for African hair, the
right balance of oils is important. Treasured Locks H2G Hair
Shine Supplement is a balanced blend of Omega 3, 6 and 9 Fatty Acids
essential for radiant hair and skin.
- The other
product we offer is Treasured
Locks H2G Hair Growth Serum. Treasured Locks H2G Hair Growth Serum
is a topically applied blend of all natural ingredients
scientifically proven to promote longer, healthier hair. Made from the
highest quality Emu oil (AEA food grade certified), naturally extracted
carrier oils and a proprietary blend of the finest quality,
steam-distilled essential oils, our serum is unlike any other on the
market. Emu oil and essential oils have been independently tested and
shown to reduce inflammation, increase circulation and improve the
growth phase of the hair life cycle.
Our hair loss
treatments are for those who are suffering from moderate to severe hair
loss. These are the most aggressive hair loss treatments you
buy without a prescription. We offer two topical treatments
are applied to the scalp daily and a very effective hair loss shampoo.
Please read all information carefully before ordering. Hair
loss will show up in two ways. The hairs that are there get thinner and
thinner. And, there are less hairs on the head at any one
time. Hair loss treatments, like hair growth treatments will be
more effective for some types of hair loss than others. Genetic
hair loss (male pattern balding) generally will require a stronger
remedy than other types of hair loss.
If your hair loss is from less than optimal nutrition or an unhealthy
scalp, there are over-the-counter products that can help. Treasured
Locks offers several. One of the products we offer is hair
orally) to help grow healthier hair. Our complete supplement line
and Hair Breakage Prevention
Locks H2G Hair Growth Serum
Locks H2G Hair Growth Supplement
Locks Awaken Emu Oil Shampoo and Conditioner
Growth Stimulator for Men
rate of hair growth.
For mild to moderate hair loss
(packaged for men)
|Not required for mild hair loss.
|Not required for mild hair loss.
||Helps produce a thicker, fuller head of hair.
moderate to severe hair loss.
Need to grow new hair and
prevent further hair loss.
|Less effective for severe hair loss
|Less effective for severe hair loss
||Less effective for severe hair loss
||Less effective for severe hair loss
highly effective formula. Most aggressive treatment available
without a prescription.
||Treatment for those
where Minoxidil is
||Best for all with
moderate to severe hair
|Use by Women
be used by women for short periods of time. Recommend
consulting with your doctor before beginning.
Not for use by women who or
pregnant or could become pregnant.
treatment for most women.
|Best for all
with moderate to severe hair loss
those sensitive to Minoxidil
||Should be avoided by those sensitive to
Minoxodil. Certain drugs combined with this product can
a drop in blood pressure.
||Best for those with
moderate to severe hair loss and who are sensitive to Minoxidil.
||Can be used by
anyone with hair loss
The second variable that will affect how long your hair can be is hair
breakage. As we mentioned earlier, even if your hair is growing at a
healthy pace and is breaking, you might think your hair is not
growing. Hair will break if not treated properly. You should
your hair like fine fibers. We have tips in other documents on proper
hair care. This is especially important for kinky African hair, which
tends to be both dry and fragile. The number one complaint we get from
African American is they cannot “grow” hair. In reality, the real
difficulty for most
is keeping the hair they have grown. Their hair is
breaking. Perms (relaxers),
coloring, excessive styling with heat and other things can weaken
otherwise healthy hair. It is important to keep this in mind if you are
doing these things to your hair. In addition to having
supplements that can help grow hair, Treasured Locks has supplements
that provide additional strength and the right balance of oils
(essential fatty acids) needed for healthy, strong, shiny hair.
Following a good hair care regimen can help slow hair breakage. The
right shampoo, conditioner and moisturizers are essential to hair
growth. Moisturizing all natural or salon grade shampoos should
be used. Hair must be moisturized on a regular basis (for most
people several times a week). Drinking plenty of water is important. We
have written papers on hair care for natural hair, permed
hair and children’s hair. These are available in the Reading Room
This short paper is intended as a quick primer on the topics of hair
loss, hair breakage and growing longer hair. It is important to know
the basics so that you can diagnose why your hair is not growing at the
rate you would like or does not have the length you would like. If you
have serious hair loss, we encourage you to see a dermatologist. A few
minutes and a few dollars spent with a dermatologist might save you a
lot of time and money spent trying to treat serious alopecia (hair
The keys to long healthy hair are these. Prevent hair loss
through proper nutrition and maintenance of the scalp. Avoid
stress as much as possible. This will give you stronger hair to
begin with and make sure it's not falling out at the roots.
Secondly, properly maintain the hair by using the right shampoos,
conditioners, moisturizers, avoiding excessive heat, styling gently and
properly perming (if you choose to perm). If you do these things,
you will have the fullest, healthiest head of hair possible,
given your genetics.
Hair Loss Treatment Products
are sure there will be a lot of questions about our hair loss treatment
and hair growth products. Here we answer some of the most
frequently asked questions.