What Causes Hair Loss And How Scalp Microneedling Can Help
By Kath Wong | April 2nd, 2021
While we are busy with everyday lives, it is important to never neglect the routine to check on your hair condition at least once in a while. There are a few common factors that could affect the health of our hair and result in hair thinning or hair loss.
A medical term known for hair loss is Alopecia. The condition causes hair to fall out and prevent them from growing back. With alopecia, the hair loss pattern occurs in small patches, which may connect and eventually become noticeable. This happens commonly among men, but women do report to experience it as well (making approximately 40% of the total people).
Causes of Alopecia
As we age, our hair tends to thin when the hair follicles lose strength in producing new hair effectively; signs include a change in its colour and the gradual receding hairline. The sooner you notice that your hair is thinning, the more likely treatments could work. Although there is no permanent treatment available to reverse or stop the process from happening along with aging just yet, what we can do is to slow the cycle, like anti-aging.
2. Hormonal imbalances
Hormonal imbalances that could develop in both men and women can influence hair loss. We often think that hormones either mean the level of estrogen or testosterone, but there is more to that as the hormones determining thyroid level is also capable of leading to hair thinning.
3. Lack of body nutrients
Certain vitamins and minerals like iron and folic acid are known to help in enhancing the hair follicles to function properly. Lacking the essential ingredients can have a serious effect on your health and immune system, which also includes hair loss.
Stress impacts our health in many ways, one of them involves our hair. While our hair follicles are trying to grow new hair, stress can act as a parasite to kill them. Also, it can cause the existing hair to loosen and fall earlier in the hair growth cycle.
5. Unsuitable hair products
Some hair products can damage our hair follicles permanently; we must choose products that are suitable for the hair health and observe if we are allergic to any of the common ingredients that actually contribute to hair loss such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Parabens, Propylene Glycol, Diethanolamine (DEA), Fragrance, Imidazolidinyl Urea, and Sodium Chloride.
Hair loss can be one of the serious emotional issues people suffer from. Scalp microneedling can help to improve the condition.
Microneedling is popularly known as a collagen-boosting skin treatment. The procedure is effective to diminish acne scars and improve skin tone and texture. It works by rolling over the tiny needles to pierce the surface and cause micro-injuries. Each injury is minuscule, nowhere near large enough to cause pain, bleeding, or scarring; only redness would be visible.
As a result of scalp microneedling, the scalp would respond to the “injuries” by boosting collagen production, to treat and prevent hair loss. Collagen is necessary to maintain healthy hair follicles; without the sufficient amount of collagen available, hair follicles could weaken and this would lead to slow hair growth and eventually become dormant. While the collagens are being produced, microneedling also helps to improve blood flow, bringing nutrients to repair and nourish the scalp.
The hair-regrowth cycle with scalp microneedling can be noticed as early as within 12 weeks. Many people would opt-in for a combination with PRP treatment for more effective results.
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