Hair Miniaturization is the result of hormones causing the hairs to shrink, which can lead to thin hair or even baldness (if the hair stops growing completely). Strands of hair can become weaker, decrease in diameter, and become more brittle through each hair cycle. As we’ve discussed in a previous blog The Hair Growth Cycle, hair grows in a very particular way: the growth phase, the transition phase, and the resting/shedding phase.
A normal and healthy hair follicle can produce multiple individual hairs; however, as hair miniaturization takes place, follicles may be unable to produce the same amount of hair or the same quality of hair. Hair may become sparse and shrink in diameter. For anyone worried about hair loss, it can be a jarring and unpleasant experience.
Common causes of Hair Miniaturization
Genetic hair loss
Androgenetic alopecia is a genetic form of allopatric that is inherited. The hair miniaturization process will cause the hair to recede, which can create a distinctive M shape. Hair from the top of the head can also be subject to miniaturization, as well. Unfortunately, as this process continues, hair is likely to grow finer and thinner, which can lead to baldness in the areas that are affected.
A hormone called dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, can reduce the length of time hair follicles are in the growth phase of the hair cycle. With the growth phase cut short, hair follicles are unable to produce full-sized hairs, and as a result, the hair decreases in size, diameter, and length, continuing in this manner until the hair eventually disappears.
Some hairs are more susceptible to the effects of DHT than others. Typically, the hair that is most likely to be lost as a result of DHT is at the top of the head. DHT related hair loss is most common in men. Because some hair is more resistant to the effects of DHT than other hair transplant procedures are a popular (albeit unsafe) way to deal with hair loss resulting from DHT.
As we age, our hair changes and hair miniaturization is a part of that change. There are a couple of fascinating theories as to why our hair is more susceptible to miniaturization as we age. The two that are the most common are the free radical theory and the wear and tear theory. The wear and tear theory states that our cells can function naturally for a limited amount of time, and after that time, they begin to not operate in the same manner or to the same capacity as they once did. The free radical theory states that the cells in the body have massive potential, but because of oxidative stress experienced by our cells each day, only a small percentage of that enormous potential is ever utilized. As a result, hair follicles gradually lose their ability to produce hair and sustain its growth.
If you are struggling with the effects of hair miniaturization, give Vitalize a try. We have several products that may be able to help. Our Growth Support Shampoo contains a natural DHT blocker that helps improve the condition of the scalp and also stimulates the hair follicles, and our Growth Support Conditioner shortens the amount of time the hair is in the fall out phase of the hair cycle. Additionally, the 3-Part Hair Repair system provides your body with everything it needs to grow healthy hair. This works in three distinctive steps. Firstly, there is the Vitamin which you take twice a day. This multivitamin provides you with the essential nutrients your body needs to be able to produce strong and healthy hair. The Follicle Stem Cell Serum contains a special blend of active ingredients that not only stimulate hair growth but also restores the scalp’s natural biome and prevents hair miniaturization, improve hair anchoring, and reduces the damage to hair caused by scalp inflammation. Lastly, the Hair and Scalp Treatment Oil nourishes and protects the hair, while also energizing the hair follicles.
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