Botanical Extracts To Look Out For Controlling Hair Loss
Hair loss is a condition can adversely affect our social lives. As a common and distressing problem, we now see a range of solutions to control hair loss. To understand how to treat this condition, we first need to look at the hair cycle.
Our hair follicles cycle through three main stages known as anagen (hair growth and formation), catagen (transition phase), telogen (resting), exogen (hair shedding).
In the anagen phase, cell division occurs, promoting hair growth. In the catagen phase, cell division declines gradually. In the telogen phase, the hair follicle is detached from its vesicle and simply stuck in the scalp. Hair in the telogen phase is easily lost upon physical stimulation, such as running your fingers through your hair. After the telogen phase, the hair follicle returns to the anagen phase, repeating the cycle.
Any abnormalities in the hair cycle result in hair growth disorders. Alopecia is the scientific term that describes hair loss from the scalp or body skin.
With various hair loss solutions available for the typical consumer, how can we discern what works and what doesn’t? Hair growth agents like minoxidil or finasteride are currently seeing widespread usage. While they provide effective results, patients may experience various side effects. The use of minoxidil can cause an increase in weight, dermatitis or itching, while finasteride is known to impair male sexual function.
To avoid the drawbacks of these agents, we turn to natural substances instead. Here, we introduce three common yet effective plant extracts for hair loss.
While the soybean is a dietary staple in most Asian countries, this subtropical plant’s cosmetic benefits are less heard of. The scientific name of soybean is termed Glycine max (L.) Merr. We know, convincing you of soybeans’ ability for hair regrowth may sound absurd, but its benefits are so much more than just as your common cooking oil.
Soybean extracts activate cell proliferation. Specifically, it causes dermal papilla cell growth. Dermal papilla cells are found in the base of the follicles and are known to have a critical role in hair formation and growth. The soybean extract induces hair follicles to enter the anagen phase (growth), requiring a shorter time for hair to regrow.
Soybeans also have a high content of isoflavones, compounds that belong to a class of phytochemicals (phyto = plant). They help to reduce hair loss by regulating the activity of a specific hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a by-product of testosterone. DHT influences the hair growth cycle; hair follicles shrink and stop producing hair. With isoflavones to regulate DHT activity, it helps to keep in check the number of hair follicles from falling out.
Fibroblast growth factor 5 (FGF5) is an important factor in the irreversible transition from anagen to catagen, and inhibition of FGF5 prolongs anagen phase and reduces hair loss.
FGF5 inhibits hair growth and is involved in the transition from anagen to catagen phase. Camellia japonica seed extract is effective in inhibitor FGF5 activity, allowing more hair follicles to stay in the anagen phase. The botanical extract also leads to a decrease in hair fall and an overall improved volume.
Camellia sinensis, another species of the Camellia family, can also control hair loss by reducing DHT levels. Containing a chemical called epigallocatechin, camellia sinensis is able to reduce the conversion of testosterone into DHT.
Drugs that have the effect of blocking or suppressing the action of testosterone, a male sex hormone, can lead to a variety of disorders. As such, turning to alternative, plant-derived ingredients for a similar effect of controlling hormone activity is much safer.
Hydrolysed wheat protein
Hydrolysed wheat protein are considered reparative and conditioning agents for the hair due to the active peptides that are present. While it does not prevent hair loss, wheat proteins work to bring existing hair follicles to optimal health. With a low molecular weight, wheat proteins can be easily absorbed into the hair to replace lost keratin, a fibrous protein that makes up the structure of our hair.
Wheat proteins are also effective in recovering damaged hair, by strengthening the bonds found in our hair to allow the surface of hair to be smooth.
For a dermatologist-formulated hair loss treatment, look to Hair Thickening Mask. This mask is designed to increase hair volume with hydrolysed wheat, corn and soy protein, while camellia japonica works to promote healthy hair growth. With glycine max or soybean extract, to regulate DHT levels, hair loss is kept at bay.
Apply a sufficient amount to damp hair. It depends on the hair length, but as a guide, it should be enough to comb through while the hair is wet and detangle successfully. Leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing off. Expect healthier hair with diligent use. Combine with Copper Peptide Hair Regrowth Serum for intensive treatment, relying on copper peptide to boost hair regrowth without any toxicity or irritation.
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