Understanding How Your Hair Is Structured Helps The Fight Against Hair Loss


Who’d have thought something as fine as a strand of hair could be so complex?

 Here’s a little insight into the composition of your hair:

Papilla  at the base of each hair follicle is a structure called the papilla, made mainly of connective tissue and a capillary loop. Cell division in the papilla is rare or non-existent.


Matrix  around the papilla, the hair matrix is a collection of closely packed cells often interspersed with pigment-producing cells, known as melanocytes. Cell division in the hair matrix forms the major structures of the hair fibre and the inner root sheath. Of all cell populations in the human body, the hair matrix epithelium is one of the fastest growing.

Root Sheath  this structure comprises an external root sheath, a middle layer, and an internal section of dead skin – or ‘cuticle’ – which is continuous with the hair fibre’s outermost layer.

Hair Fibre  this is composed of a section of dead skin that is continuous with the root sheath, an intermediate layer, and an inner core.


Other Structures connected to each hair follicle is a sebaceous gland, which generates the oily substance or ‘sebum’ that protects the hair and skin. Arrector pili muscles cause the follicle lissis to become more perpendicular to the surface of the skin. Apocrine glands secrete sweat. Hair follicle receptors sense the position of the hairs.


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There are different types of hair loss – also referred to as balding or alopecia. The most common form is the thinning of hair in males as they age but there are many other reasons for hair loss.

This video looks at male pattern baldness, a condition that affects half of all men over the age of 50.

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Hair Loss Treatment Options Explored on New Hair Loss Website

05.02.2009 in GENERAL HAIR LOSS, HAIR LOSS PRODUCTS AND TREATMENTS, HAIR LOSS SCIENCE, TRICHOLOGIST, TRICHOTALK is a website devoted to giving prevention and treatment tips to males and females suffering from hair loss.

phototake_rm_photo_of_male_hair_loss recently launched a new website that gives men and women tips for both preventing and treating hair loss. The new website covers everything from home remedies for hair loss to reviews of the most popular hair loss products on the market.


“Hair loss is a condition that affects millions of men and women throughout the world,” says Andy Salvino, Head of Marketing for Hair Loss Treatment. “We want to educate those suffering from hair loss on effective treatment methods they can use to put an end to this condition”

One key section of the website is the hair loss treatment reviews. The team over at spent hours researching and testing the most popular hair loss remedies on the market. Each product was examined for safety, cost, ingredients, and results produced.


“Our mission is to take the guesswork out of choosing hair loss products,” stated Salvino. “There are hundreds of products out there on the market, so it can be confusing for a first time buyer. By reviewing these products, we can help those suffering from hair loss make better informed decisions.”

Another key section of the website is dedicated to female hair loss treatment. While most commercials for hair loss products focus on balding males, the truth is some 30 million women in the United States are affected by this condition.

Included in the discussion of both male and female hair loss treatments is natural hair loss treatment. As consumers continue to grow more wary of chemical-based products, the demand for natural alternatives is rising.


“We believe strongly in natural hair loss treatments,” continued Salvino. “The truth is many of the chemical-laden hair loss treatments out there carry so many side effects, they aren’t worth using. By discussing the natural options available, we give men and women safe, effective alternatives to the common treatments.”

At the end of the day, “education” is what is all about. The amount of detail on this website makes it a valuable resource for anyone interested in hair loss prevention and treatment.

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17.10.2008 in GENERAL HAIR LOSS



I have been suffering from hair loss for the last three years.

Most doctors say that it is hereditary and some doctors say that it is due to fungal infection.

I want to know how to stop the thinning and loss of hair and how to re-grow it if I can.


I haven’t examined you but the vast majority of cases of hair loss are due to what’s called ‘Male Pattern Frontal Baldness’. This is principally due to hereditary factors – plus the effect of your natural male hormones.

It isn’t very likely that your hair loss is due to fungal infection – especially as you’ve had anti-fungal treatment, presumably without result.

At present, there is only one way to stop male frontal baldness from progressing and that is to use the drug minoxidil. It is quite expensive, and I cannot guarantee that it will help, but you can buy it in the UK.

I still think it would be sensible to get this checked with your Westminster Trichologist before you start on the treatment.

Yours sincerely

The Medical Team

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10.07.2008 in GENERAL HAIR LOSS

ANAEMIA: Symptoms: paleness, tiredness, fainting, breathlessness.
Low  Serum ferritin levels / tissue iron stores
HYPOTHYROIDISM : Weight gain, lethargy, sensitivity to cold, dry skin, brittle hair and nails, loss of other body hair and slowness of speech.
HYPERTHYROIDISM: Weight loss with increased appetite, extreme nervousness, eyeball protrusion, oily skin, muscle weakness, fatigue and excessive sweating and constantly feeling warm.
DIABETES: Frequently need to urinate, tiredness, perpetual thirst.
STRESS: Which ever the original reason can be self perpetuating.

The above symptoms cause an interruption of the hair growth cycle. Hair grows for between three and seven years in the Anagen or Growing phase, it then shrinks away from the dermal papilla and enters the Catagen or Changing phase, which lasts two to three weeks. The hair then enters the Telogen or resting phase which lasts for between two to four months.  Two to four months is the time lapse between the symptom or cause and the hair fall.  Normally ten percent of scalp hairs are in the Telogen or resting phase, but they are staggered throughout the scalp, mosaic pattern. When the  growth cycle has been interrupted, forty to fifty percent of the total density can be lost over quite a short period of time.
The important thing to remember is that for every hair lost another will take its place.

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