Hair loss and unhealthy hair such as dry & thinning hair, are conditions that can adversely affect our social lives. As a common and often distressing problem, we now see a range of solutions to control hair and scalp conditions. To understand how to treat these conditions, we first need to look at the hair cycle, before exploring more on a deep conditioning hair mask treatment which this article seeks to expound in a home spa use context.
Dry & Thin Hair
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 to promote hair growth. During the catagen phase, cell division declines gradually. Finally in the telogen phase, the hair follicle detaches from its vesicle and simply sticks in the scalp. Hair in the telogen phase falls easily upon physical stimulation, such as running your fingers through your hair. After the telogen phase, the hair follicle returns to the anagen phase, and repeats the hair cycle.
Any abnormalities in the hair cycle result in hair growth disorders. For instance, where the telogen phase of the hair cycle extends unusually, one may experience thinner and drier hair that falls off easily. Alopecia is the scientific term that describes hair loss from the scalp or body skin.
With various hair loss and hair growth solutions available for the average consumer, how can one discern what works and what does not? Hair growth agents like minoxidil or finasteride are currently seeing increasingly widespread usage. While studies on these ingredients indicate effective results, individuals may experience various side effects. For example, the use of minoxidil can cause an increase in weight, dermatitis or itching, while finasteride is known to impair male sexual function.
Intensive Hair Mask Treatment with Botanical Ingredients
To avoid the drawbacks of these agents, we turn to natural substances instead. Here, we introduce three potent botanical extracts to treat dry and thin hair. These ingredients are imbued into our dermatologist-formulated Hair Thickening Mask. The hair mask is a deep-conditioning agent that treats both the scalp and hair strands to restore natural shine and lustre of your hair.
Soybean extract for Hair Mask Treatment
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. Convincing you of soybeans’ ability for hair regrowth may sound strange. Nonetheless, its benefits are so much more than just serving as your common cooking oil.
Soybean extracts activate cell proliferation. Specifically, it causes dermal papilla cell growth. Dermal papilla cells situate at the base of hair follicles and play a critical role in hair formation and growth. The soybean extract induces hair follicles to enter the anagen phase (growth), hence resulting 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 the male hormone – 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.
Camellia extract for Hair Mask Treatment
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 regulates the transition from anagen to catagen phase in the hair cycle. 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 for Hair Mask Treatment
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 and regain its hydration.
For a dermatologist-formulated hair mask treatment, you may consider the Hair Thickening Mask. Power-packed with all 3 potent botanical ingredients, this hair 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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