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Most people wouldn’t associate youth with hair loss, thinning hair or poor hair growth. Unfortunately, such hair issues will happen regardless of age. We assess the most common risk factors.

Who doesn’t love a full head of luscious hair? Most people shed an average of 50-100 hairs a day but if we are not careful, certain risk factors may result in poor hair growth and premature hair loss. Here are some of the more common ones:

Ageing

Every follicle of hair has its own life cycle that can be affected by age, disease, and other factors. The life cycle is divided into 3 stages:

  • Anagen: active hair growth that lasts for several years
  • Catagen: transitional hair growth that lasts for 2-3 weeks
  • Telogen: resting phase that lasts for several months the hair will drop at the end of this phase and a new hair will replace it as a beginning to a new growing cycle

As we age, the rate of hair growth inevitably slows down. This means that your hair will spend more time in the resting phase and less in the growing phase, so your mane may not grow as long as it once did.

Fluctuating Hormone Levels

There are a few stages in a woman’s life when oestrogen levels fluctuate and pregnancy is one of them. During pregnancy, the elevated oestrogen levels encourage hair growth. Approximately 3 months after delivery, however, oestrogen levels will drop and contribute to hair loss. Fortunately, this condition is only temporary and it’s usually not serious enough to cause bald spots or permanent hair loss. In fact, it should resume business as usual within several months after childbirth once your hormone levels return to normal levels.

Of course, pregnancy is not the only time when your oestrogen levels fluctuate. Menopause could also trigger hair loss.

Medical Conditions

While falling sick doesn’t necessarily mean hair loss, diseases such as lupus and thyroid problems could result in premature hair loss.

Lifestyle

The things you do to style your hair on a daily basis: from chemical treatments, hair dyes, too tight ponytails, blow drying, flat irons, brushing too much and even aggressive towel drying wet hair can cause damage to your hair and result in hair breakage that many people may mistake for hair loss.

Family History/Heredity

Family pass on genes, whether they are desirable or not, and that includes premature hair loss. Although there are studies that suggest the ‘hair loss’ gene is passed down via the X-chromosome from the mother’s side, recent research shows that this gene is not limited to the maternal side of the family or the X-chromosome.

In fact, a variety of genetic factors are believed to play a part in determining whether you are likely to develop hair loss. For example, women who have bald fathers are more likely to develop female pattern alopecia than those who don’t.

Poor Nutrition

If you are not consuming enough nutrition on a daily basis, it may reduce the supply of energy that your hair needs to grow well.

In fact, the hair root consumes about 800% more energy during the active anagen period than during its telogen recovery period. That’s why in times of stress or poor nutrition, the lowered energy supply could lead to thinning hair, poor hair growth and hair loss. A balanced diet that provides you with recommended amounts of minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients is therefore the key to keep your hair in the pink of health.

On top of eating right and exercising regularly, you can also consider using the right products for hair and scalp that can restore energy supply to your hair roots. But at the end of the day, if you want a thick and luscious mane, then you have to care for your hair like it’s a precious gem.

What can you do if your hair is at risk?

If you responded ‘Y’ to “Increased in hair loss” or ‘yes’ to more than 2 items, the Nutri-Caffeine treatment with Plantur 21 is highly recommended.

An increasing number of young women are complaining about poor hair growth and premature hair loss, especially after giving birth. Dr Wolff Research found that caffeine is effective in supplying energy to weak and exhausted hair roots and have specially developed a Nutri-Caffeine Complex for women over 21 to protect their hair roots from premature exhaustion. The new Plantur 21 shampoo provides an effective solution if used regularly because the Nutri-Caffeine Complex gives hair roots the energy boost they desperately lack. The Nutri-Caffeine Complex activates the hair roots with ingredients like caffeine, niacin, biotin, zinc, and calcium to allow the hair roots to produce stronger and more voluminous hair. Just leave it on for 2 minutes on your scalp for Nutri-Caffeine Complex to penetrate the hair roots. Use daily to ensure continual supply of energy to your hair roots.

The Plantur 21 shampoo has also been developed for colourtreated and stressed hair. It contains conditioning agents that repair the externally stressed hair. This puts no burden on the hair since no silicones that weigh down the hair are used. Start hair loss prevention early; recharge your hair roots with Plantur 21 today!

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