Hair is pilus, a slender, threadlike fiber on the body. It is a protein 97% protein, in fact with the remaining 3 percent made up of amino acids, minerals and other trace elements.
We have hair of various types all over our bodies. In fact, the only places we don’t have some form of hair are the soles of our feet, the palms of our hands and our lips. The hair that grows on our heads is quite possibly the most decorative feature of or on the human body. While it provides insulation for our heads, protecting it from heat and cold, it also has definite ornamental purposes.
We are often described in terms of our hair: “Isn’t she a lovely redhead?” “Frank is so distinguished, with that gray hair at his temples.” “The tall, blond lifeguard…” “The white-haired gentleman in the navy pinstriped suit…” “The bald guy. ..”
The hair we will be discussing over here is the hair on our heads … or at least the hair we want to have on our heads. I contend that a healthy head of hair is our birthright, and it’s time we all stepped up to claim it!
Hair has three distinct layers. The cuticle, or exterior layer, is composed of overlapping “shingles,” flat, transparent pieces that protect the inner parts of the hair shaft. The cortex, the second layer, is made up of elongated cells that grow end on end rather than overlapping and give the hair its flexibility and tensile strength. The cortex contains the pigments that give our hair its natural color; when hair turns gray, this source of pigmentation has been depleted. The innermost layer of the hair is the medulla. It is composed of two rows of cells that grow side by side through the length of the shaft. It deter¬ mines the strength, body and elasticity of the hair.
When any one of these layers is damaged, the hair is weakened, sometimes beyond repair. My treatments not only halt such damage but repair it as well. There are an estimated one thousand hairs per square inch on the average scalp, which amounts to as many as 140,000 hairs per head. I tell my clients to think of their hair as a green onion. The root, which grows under the scalp, is the living part, while the you to your own root so that you will have a clearer picture of the condition of your hair and scalp.
How does hair grow?
Hair grows at a rate of approximately one-half inch per month from two to six years, then rests for about three months before being pushed out by a new hair that has been slowly growing its way up through the skin. On the average, if both the hair and its root as well as the scalp, with its intricate network of nerves and sebaceous (oil) glands, are in working order, this “life” lasts about four years.
When the cycle is normal, we lose eighty to one hundred hairs per day. If, when you run your fingers through your hair, it comes out easily, the hair was most probably ready to be released by the papilla so that a new hair could begin to grow. If your loss is light within that range of eighty to one hundred hairs per day your hair and scalp are normal and you should have nothing to worry about.
If, when you pull your fingers through your hair, you come out with a handful, you have a hair-loss problem, just as you would if you were to see a lot of hair in the basin or tub after washing your hair. Such massive hair loss is not natural, even if your father is bald.
If you are not shedding, your roots are not producing new hair. The formation of new growth depends entirely upon how much nourishment each papilla and root get from the bloodstream, and how clean the scalp is, so that new hair can push its way through to the surface.
The scalp, by the way, is the hardest place on our bodies for blood to reach. Like our fingertips and toes, it is an extremity. The treatments you will learn from me in this book are designed to stimulate blood flow to the scalp to encourage hair growth.
Why do we lose hair?
In the twenty-two years I have been working and studying hair loss, I have found that 99% of all hair loss in men and in women is caused by one thing excessive oil. This oil, called sebum, clogs the pores of the scalp and stifles follicle growth. In time, the root is asphyxiated, making it impossible for new hair to grow.
This loss is manifested in various ways, most commonly as a receding hairline; hereditary male pattern baldness (MPB), which is properly known as androgenetic alopecia, is a condition afflicting approximately half of the male population by the age of fifty, and is the cause of the overall thinning most often experienced by women. Another form of hair loss in women, alopecia areata, is the sudden balding in irregular patches on the scalp. In most of these cases, the nervous system has been injured in some way, causing the affected area to be poorly nourished.
Hair loss is, according to geneticists, a secondary sexual characteristic of males, influenced by hormones as well as the positioning of the hair on the head. Women don’t have the same hormonal structure as men, and our hair grows differently at an angle and with the follicles set deeper into the scalp.
The follicles on top of a man’s head grow straight up; consequently, when oil is released from the scalp, it has no place to go. On a woman’s head, it can slip down the hair shaft toward the end; on a man’s, it can only slide back to where it came from the scalp.
If the scalp is not cleaned properly, this oil becomes wax, clogging the pores. When a hair is shed, its successor cannot come out. It becomes weak and literally goes to sleep under the scalp. The few hairs that manage to push through that waxy barrier are so puny that they are ready to fall out as soon as they break through. Such are the circumstances leading to MPB.
Ways to Stop Hair Loss in Men
Are you an ordinary guy suffering from hair loss? Is it affecting you negatively? This article is the solution to your problem as it contains 8 extremely helpful ways you can prevent and regrow your hair back, plus all these things can be found in your local stores. So, without any expensive and painful procedures, you can easily get results at home.
1. The Green Tea Treatment
Green tea is famous and consumed all over the world, providing internal as well as external benefits to the body. It is scientifically proven that green tea nourishes the hair and paves the way for new hair growth. The procedure includes leaving two bags of green tea in a cup of cold water, letting them sit for a while, and then rub those bags gently onto the hair causing the chemicals to seep into the hair follicles. Repeat the process for 1 to 2 weeks.
2. Scalp Rejuvenation
Many skin specialists recommend certain shampoos and creams for hair loss treatment that consist of a chemical known as minoxidil. Many people have noticed improvements in their hair density and length by using it. It promotes less hair shedding, hair growth, and stronger follicles. Studies showed that it also has a psychological effect on people who use it; they start feeling better about their looks and appearance overall.
3. The Power of taking Soft Showers
Hot water showers are quite enjoyable and peaceful; it’s relaxing to the point that all your stress automatically fades away, but in terms of hair care, hot water is devastating to the hair follicles. The durability of hair is decreased by hot showers causing hair breakage. Always try to wash the hair with cold or lukewarm water and avoid washing hair every day.
4. Garlic Juice
Now this one is probably the most famous remedy for human-hair regrowth that is told from generation to generation. It’s so easy to use and shows results in a few days. All you have to do is extract the garlic juice, use a cotton ball or simply just massage the juice on the scalp with your fingers. Before washing, leave it for some time or even overnight.
5. Aloe vera
Famous for its skin softening and brightening qualities; it’s also used widely for hair care. You can either cut open the stalk or apply it directly on the scalp; otherwise, it can easily be scooped out of the stalk, and you can make a gel paste which can also be used later.
6. Muscle Relaxation
Now, this is more of a meditation treatment rather than a remedy, but it surely works if you are dedicated to it. Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) is an at-home technique that helps manage stress on a daily basis. A single PMR session can lower anxiety and stress levels easily.
7. Quit Smoking
Lungs are directly affected by smoking, but it also has an indirect effect on hair as it causes hair loss. So it might be a good idea to quit smoking today if you don’t want to go bald.
8. Protein Treatment At Home
Eggs are an excellent source of protein that strengthens the hair and reduces hair fall. All you need to do is mix 1 or 2 eggs together, whisk it properly and apply it to every part of your scalp. It may leave a bad odor even after taking a shower, but it’s definitely worth a try. For more precious concoctions for your hair, look into Numan – hair regrowth.
There are many easy and inexpensive ways to stop hair fall, but they require trust, patience, and dedication because we all know natural remedies take time to show results. It is time that men start taking care of their hair as well.