The normal cycle of hair growth lasts for 2 to 6 years. Each hair grows approximately 1 centimetre per month during this phase. At any one time, about 90 percent of the hair on your scalp is growing and about 10 percent is in a resting phase. After 2 to 3 months, the resting hair falls out and new hair starts to grow in its place.
Each hair grows approximately 1 centimetre per month
It is normal to shed some hair each day as part of this cycle. However, some people may experience excessive (more than normal) hair loss. Hair loss of this type can affect men, women and children and can be very distressing.
Nutritional deficiency – Nutritional deficiencies can contribute to increased hair shedding by weakening the hair shaft. This leads to increased breakage and slower re-growth. Principle nutrients that are involved in hair growth include vitamin A, B-vitamins, biotin, vitamin C, copper, iron, zinc, protein and water. Hair problems that are caused by nutritional deficiencies can be corrected with the help of a nutritional therapist through targeted dietary changes. Book a Consultation.
Testosterone imbalance -The male sex hormone testosterone is naturally converted in the body to a related sex hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This stimulates the growth of facial and body hair, as well as acting on the prostate gland. There is good evidence that male pattern baldness results from an over-sensitivity of scalp hair follicles to DHT. Hair follicles that are particularly sensitive to DHT tend to shrink when exposed to it. When high levels of DHT are present the hair follicle may shut down altogether and the hair falls out. High DHT levels may arise from high levels of testosterone or be created by dietary imbalances that stimulate DHT formation. A testosterone test is a useful way of measuring baseline testosterone levels. Smart Nutrition could then analyse your dietary intake and advise you on ways to reduce the conversion of testosterone to DHT, minimising its effect on hair follicles. Testosterone Test.
Female hormone imbalance - Hormonal abnormalities can also play a role in female hair loss. Women often experience hair loss after pregnancy, during menopause or as a result of some kind of hormonal condition, for example PCOS. A female hormone panel is a key diagnostic tool in these cases to help identify the underlying imbalance. Comprehensive Female Hormone Panel.
Stress – Hair loss is often triggered by a period of emotional or physical stress. Scientists have now identified some chemicals that are produced in the body during periods of stress, which can affect hair growth. Often stress related hair loss is reversible, provided the underlying stress is properly managed. If you feel stress may be influencing your hair loss, you might like to consider having an adrenal stress test. This will identify which stage of stress you body is in and show up any imbalances in stress chemicals. Once identified these can then be tackled with the help of Smart Nutrition. Adrenal Stress Test.
Thyroid dysfunction – The thyroid is an endocrine glad located in the throat. It secretes a hormone called thyroxin which regulates metabolism. Any disruption in this mechanism can impact on a wide range of metabolic activities, one major factor being hair loss. Both an underactive and overactive thyroid can cause hair follicles to remain in the dormant phase for a longer period of time. This leads to stalled hair growth and eventually, hair loss. The best way find out if thyroid dysfunction is driving your hair loss is to have a thyroid hormone test. This will identify deficient or excess levels of thyroid hormone and allow targeted therapy. Thyroid Test.
Low ferritin levels – The most common cause of hair loss in women is low iron stores. Unfortunately this often goes undetected in standard anaemia tests as these don’t look at the storage form of iron, ferritin. However, it is possible to have a specific blood test for ferritin levels. Luckily, it is possible to raised serum ferritin levels very successfully with a combination of iron and supporting nutrients. Once serum ferritin reaches a certain trigger level, hair loss should decrease and hair will start to re-grow. Ferritin levels can be tested as part of the Anaemia Profile.
If Hair Loss is a problem for you you may like to Book a Consultation with Smart Nutrition so that we can investigate the possible cause and help you back to a full head of hair. Book a Consultation.