Hair is a very active tissue with a high nutrient demand. It is sensitive to stress, hormones, fatigue, life events and even daylight hours. It is a historical record of what our bodies have been through. Toxins are laid down in the hair like a forensic record. Sudden hair loss from chemotherapy, stress, grief or shock will take at least three months to respond to treatment reminding us of the time lag in creating fresh new hair from a healthy scalp.

Normally most of the hair is in an active growth phase, the anagen phase. Each hair grows for up to 6 – 7 years, 90 – 95% of the hair on the head should be actively growing. Hair grows on average about 1cm per month. Generally humans shed between 50 and 100 single hair per day. Hair shedding is part of a natural balance – some hair falls out while others grown in. When the balance is interrupted and you have more hair falling out and less hair growing in then hair loss happens. 

The hair then passes through a transitional phase, catagen, lasting about 2 – 3 weeks, prior to entering a resting phase known as the telogen phase. It is in this resting phase that hair falls out. Normally 6-8% of the hair is in this phase, which lasts about 2 – 3 months.

A finely tuned balance between growth and resting/falling out ensures that our head has a good coverage of hair. Many factors disturb this delicate balance, emotional, physical and psychological, disease, hormones and drugs. Diseases always have a cause – they don’t just happen, so very frequently we observe stress as a precursor for physical disease of the hair and scalp.

Statics shows us how hair loss not only affects men. it is estimated that more than 50% of women will experience noticeable hair loss at some point in their lives. The most significant cause of hair loss in women is female -pattern hair loss (FPHL). 

We know how distressing hair loss is but there is hope. We have a remarkable and efficacious hair loss restoration program available at Bijoux. Check out our Hair Restoration Program for more.