So what is Hair, how do you care for it?

Your hair structure is a strong fibre but not when you are experiencing Chemotherapy hair loss, Baldness, or any type of Alopecia. Here are some  facts along with some advice towards care of it.
Hairshaft is composed of cells fused into fibres which are chemically linked. It grows from a bud or papilla and goes through a follicle (a tube like structure leading to scalp surface). These fibres can carry many grams of weight before structural breakage happens. Another feature of this fibre is that it has the ability to be moisture absorbing.

Adjacent to the follicle is the sebaceous gland, which produces the only substance that lubricates the skin ie the sebum oils. These sebaceous oils  lubricate the hairshaft giving its lustre and shine…

Once the hairshaft has emerged from the follicle its structure is stable and it no longer possesses the characteristics of living tissue, although it can be affected by physical and chemical processes.
Skin and nails are the same chemical  protein material, a substance that is built up from amino acids from the protein we digest. These proteins are called keratins.

The hairshaft has three main layers, the outer cuticle, the cortex ( the bulk of its structure) and the inner core, the medulla.The cuticle and the cortex are affected by physical and chemical changes and can undergo temporary and permanent alternations.

Re Growth of hair understood:
The structural growth has a 3 phased cycle each lasting three to or more years. ie Anagen/ Catagen/ Telogen. The hairshaft detaches itself from the papilla remaining in the follicle until the next development commences growth and replaces it. The normal growth rate is around 1.25cm per month (thats half inch in old conversion).

Womens hairstyles tends to grow slighter faster that mens.

The human scalp head  can be desposited  on average 120.000 with producing scalp follicles that usually dont produce new follicles after birth, but some are lost via ageing.

Shedding and thinning is usually at an average rate of 100 hairs per day. This may seem alot of ” hair loss” shedding, however if explained correctly to an Alopecia/chemotherapy/stress related sufferer, this key information, could be all the reassurance  needed to understanding, that this loss may not always be of a permanent lasting nature.

Alopecian or Chemotherapy hair loss patients,  hair tends to regrow back unpigmented and remains white grey.

A biological reason over rides the need for color in that hair has a greater protective function to keep our bodies warm.

The hairs pigmentation is naturally produced by a substance called melanin via melanocytes and is  introduced into the cortex cells at an early growth stage.

if this article is relevent to you and require greater detailed information and preventative care or treatment for hair loss please contact Andrea Close directly.