How to Improve Scalp Health and Prevent Hair Loss
Hair loss happens throughout life for so many reasons. Pregnancy, hormonal changes, aging, stress, medications, even fevers can cause hair loss. When men and women suffer from the cosmetic effects, they turn to all kinds of possible remedies — from supplements and topical medications to extensions, injections, hair transplants, and more.
But not all hair loss requires extensive or long-term costly treatments.
DefenAge’s new product, 150K Hair Follicle Scalp Serum, is a cosmeceutical that targets the health of hair follicles, which promotes a healthy scalp and supports stronger, thicker hair. 150K Hair Follicle Scalp Serum aims to get at the root of the problem of hair shedding, thinning, and loss without drugs or surgery.
Continue reading to find out how to get a healthy scalp and prevent hair loss — and how 150K Hair Follicle Scalp Serum may help you achieve these goals.
- Why Is Your Hair Falling Out?
- The Emotional Toll of Hair Loss
- How to Have a Healthy Scalp and Hair
Why Is Your Hair Falling Out?
Before we discuss treatments, it’s important to first understand the cause of hair loss. Even for people with healthy hair and scalp, some hair “shedding” is normal, depending on how thick or long your hair is. Noticing 50 to 100 strands in the brush after brushing your hair might be an everyday occurrence and is nothing to worry about. [How Much Hair Is Normal to Lose Every Day? (yahoo.com)] This kind of shedding is not true hair loss. It’s what happens when our bodies are in the normal process of growing new and shedding old hair.
Sometimes, you may notice an uptick in hair loss, whether it’s in the comb, brush, drain, or after we run our hands through our hair. This, too, can be a normal (but distressing) and temporary response to one of life’s many changes — and it can happen to anyone at any age.
On the other hand, noticing a receding hairline (you might see it in the rearview mirror), a bald spot, or overall thinning of hair on the scalp is a sign of hair loss. [Hair loss: Overview (aad.org)] Hair shedding or hair loss can happen for many reasons.
Many people inherit the tendency to lose more hair than normal as they age. This is the most common type of hair loss, with an estimated 4 in 10 people experiencing hair loss because of genetics. [How To Fight Genetic Hair Loss (webmd.com)] And even though we might hear about it more in men with male-pattern hair loss, it happens to women, too. Female-pattern hair loss affects about 40% of women by age 50! [Demographics of women with female pattern hair loss and the effectiveness of spironolactone therapy - Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (jaad.org)]
Hair doesn’t only lose color as we age; hair growth also slows with time. It becomes noticeable with thinning hair or a slowly receding hairline. Studies on the topic suggest that hair density peaks around 27 years of age or earlier and decreases from the mid-30s on. [The psychological and aesthetic impact of age-related hair changes in females - PubMed (nih.gov)]
If you are in the bad habit of pulling on your hair because of stress, you could be losing hair in the process. Divorce and death in the family are examples of high-stress periods in life that might have physical ramifications. Hair might fall out months after these events.
The way you wear or style your hair could also be the culprit of your hair loss. Some potential causes of hair loss include tying hair too tight in a ponytail; wearing tight braids or cornrows for extended periods; exposing hair to extreme heat with curling irons; or damaging hair with strong chemicals from bleaching, coloring, or styling agents. [Hair Loss - Harvard Health]
Pregnancy and Hormones
Fluctuating hormones can also impact hair shedding and loss. Pregnancy signals a significant and sudden hormonal shift that often causes noticeable amounts of hair loss around the scalp. [Hair Loss - Harvard Health] Months into caring for their bundles of joy, many new moms experience excessive (normal and likely temporary) hair shedding due to decreasing estrogen levels. [Hair loss in new moms (aad.org)]
Infections that impact the scalp can cause hair loss. The fungal infection ringworm is one example.
Illness or Surgery
A recent operation or a high fever can cause one to lose noticeable amounts of hair as well. Interestingly, the hair loss might not be noticeable until months after recovering from an illness. This is because a fever or sickness can force hair into the shedding phase. The hair loss from this reaction might last six to nine months before hair begins to look and feel normal again. [Hair loss: Overview (aad.org)]
Diseases and Disorders
Autoimmune, thyroid, and other diseases can cause hair loss, including one called alopecia areata, which can result in hair loss all over the body and scalp in seemingly healthy people. [Hair loss: Overview (aad.org)] Some people have a psychiatric disorder called trichotillomania, in which they compulsively pull and twist their hair, causing patches to fall out. [Hair Loss - Harvard Health]
Having a poor diet can exacerbate hair loss, especially when one doesn’t get enough iron, protein, biotin, or zinc. [Hair Loss: Causes, Treatments and Prevention Options (clevelandclinic.org) Hair loss: Who gets and causes (aad.org)]
Medical therapies, including drugs used to treat cancer, might result in what appears to be total — but is often temporary — hair loss. Commonly prescribed drugs might also be why one notices thinning or accelerated hair shedding. Examples of medications that can result in hair loss are lithium, beta-blockers, blood thinners, and amphetamines. [Hair Loss - Harvard Health]
The Emotional Toll of Hair Loss
Even when it isn’t serious to overall health, hair loss is distressing. In one scientific paper, researchers wrote that alopecia is a disease with few physically harmful effects, but it can take a psychological toll, including high anxiety and depression. [The psychological impact of alopecia - PMC (nih.gov)]
A national survey of women by InStyle magazine reveals just how much women care about having a healthy scalp and hair growth. More than 8 in 10 of those surveyed indicated they felt most confident with a healthy scalp and good-looking hair, and nearly 3 in 4 agreed that feeling confident about their hair is empowering. [We Asked Women Across the Country All About Their Hair (instyle.com)]
In many cases, hair growth resumes its normal cycle, and hair eventually looks and feels normal again. But sometimes, the process can take months or even years — or the hair loss becomes permanent.
How to Have a Healthy Scalp and Hair
There are simple steps one can take to encourage the natural, healthy hair growth process and achieve a healthy scalp without expensive treatments, drugs, or surgery. Here are some basic scalp care tips on how to get a healthy scalp and thicker hair.
Use Gentle Products
One of the keys to a better scalp and thicker hair is using gentle hair care products. Anything containing alcohols, sulfates, or fragrances can irritate the scalp. When the scalp is overly irritated, it may cause damaged hair and even hair thinning in certain individuals.
Wash Hair Less Frequently
Your scalp produces natural oils that moisturize your hair and scalp. By washing too frequently, you strip your hair of these oils and contribute to dry, brittle hair and an irritated scalp. If you overexpose your hair to the chemicals in your shampoo, this can also lead to hair fall.
Try an Omega-3 Supplement
Better hair and scalp care can begin with simply getting the right nutrients. Omega-3 supplements may help promote hair growth and defend against loss. A study showed that women with thinning hair who took fish oil for three months reported thicker, stronger hair. [A 3-Month, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study Evaluating the Ability of an Extra-Strength Marine Protein Supplement to Promote Hair Growth and Decrease Shedding in Women with Self-Perceived Thinning Hair (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)]
Eat More Antioxidants
Our bodies experience oxidative stress when free radicals outnumber healthy antioxidants. This phenomenon can potentially impact scalp health and lead to hair loss. To combat this issue and enjoy a healthy scalp and hair, eat more antioxidants, including dark chocolate, blueberries, pecans, strawberries, and artichokes.
Apply a Scalp Mask or Oil
A scalp mask or oil is a great way to get healthy hair and scalp. Olive oil, in particular, is especially nourishing, as it’s rich in vitamin E, oleuropein, and polyphenols. Apply it after shampooing and drying your hair and work it with your fingertips from roots to ends, waiting for at least 30 minutes. Follow up with shampoo and conditioner. This may encourage hair growth, reduce hair fall, and moisturize the scalp.
Use the 150K Hair Follicle Serum
DefenAge Skincare’s newly launched 150K Hair Follicle Serum addresses hair health from the root — namely the hair follicle.
DefenAge is a skincare company with nearly a decade of scientific research backing the regenerative effects of its patented Age-Repair Defensins technology, which it uses in a line of anti-aging skincare products for the face and body. DefenAge has harnessed the power of Age-Repair Defensins in the 150K Hair Follicle Serum, which are designed to rejuvenate skin on the scalp and, for men, under the beard.
How the Serum Works
DefenAge products, including 150K Hair Follicle Serum, do not include stem cells. Instead, they help our body to stimulate stem cells that are sleeping or dormant. This prompts the skin under the hair to behave in a more youthful, healthy way — more like when our bodies shed old hair and grow new hair efficiently to produce fuller, healthier hair.
In essence, the 150K Hair Follicle Scalp Serum creates an optimal foundation from which hair can grow efficiently. Designed for men and women, the 150K Hair Follicle Scalp Serum targets hair follicles, ensuring the hair follicles function optimally.
150K Hair Follicle Scalp Serum contains 48 natural ingredients proven to support and revitalize hair and scalp health. The product’s antioxidant complex blends soothing and calming ingredients, a balanced vitamin complex, including vitamin B3 (niacinamide) and vitamin H (biotin), and natural flavonoid Apigenin, Isochrysis Galbana extract, yeast extract, and turmeric and pea sprouts extracts.
The 150K Hair Follicle Scalp Serum is free of drugs and hormones. It’s non-irritating and gentle on sensitive scalps and other skin types. It’s light, water-based, and fragrance-free, and it can safely be combined with established drug treatments for hair loss, such as Rogaine or minoxidil.
All DefenAge products, including the 150K Hair Follicle Scalp Serum, meet advanced clean beauty and safety standards and do not contain human- or animal-derived ingredients.
How to Use the Serum
Applying 150K Hair Follicle Scalp Serum directly to the scalp with a special ampule protects product integrity and prevents waste. Daily use of the serum encourages blood flow to hair follicles and reestablishes the more youthful quality of the hair.