Why do we lose our "Hair"?
There are many different reasons why we lose our hair . . . . with some of the most common being weight loss, low iron levels, poor diet, stress, thyroid and hormonal imbalances, heredity, medical condition, the medicine we take or even just the normal part of aging. Hair loss can affect just our scalp or our entire body and it can be temporary or permanent.
So what do we do for this problem of losing our hair? Well . . . One of the most well known solutions is the B-vitamin called "biotin". Studies link "biotin" deficiency with hair loss in humans. But the same studies (the part they don't tell us) states that "biotin" only works if there is a deficiency in "biotin". So what happens if your hair loss isn't because of this deficiency?
Well . . . then "biotin" doesn't work as we had hoped!
So let's dig a little deeper and find out the "real" reason we lose our hair and how to grow it back.
There are specific "amino acids" in the body that are the "building" blocks to our protein with "keratin" being our hair "protein". Now . . . Keratin is the protein that makes up your hair, skin and nails. It's even found in our internal organs and glands. It's a protective protein that makes these parts of the body less prone to scratching, tearing or breaking.
An adequate level of these amino acids in our body leads to an optimum production of keratin, which in turn, boosts hair growth. Moreover, amino acids play a major role in the production of red blood cells that supply nutrients and oxygen to hair follicles, thus facilitating hair growth.
A few of these amino acids are Cysteine, Methionine, Cystine and Tyrosine.
Now let's talk about DHT (Dihydrotestostrone) which is an androgen sex hormone that contributes to hair growth, muscle gain, fertility etc. DHT is a natural byproduct of testosterone and "everyone" has it to some degree. Now . . . DHT is a common factor in male pattern baldness and hair loss. Which we've all heard about for men . . . but ladies we have the same problem. If we have too much DHT . . . we will lose our hair also.
The actions of DHT and the sensitivity of hair folicles to DHT is what causes hair loss.
Okay ladies . . . under normal conditions women have a minute fraction of the level of testosterone that men have . . . but even this level being way below what a man has it can still trigger hair loss in women.