Understanding Hair Basics
Hair has two primary structures: the shaft, which extends above the scalp, and the follicle, which is situated deep in the dermis. The size of the follicle determines both the thickness and length of the shaft. At the base of the follicle lies the dermal papilla, the most important part of the follicle.
Rich with nourishing capillaries, the dermal papilla is responsible for new hair growth. Each hair continually cycles through three stages of growth and loss: the active, transitional and resting phases. Normally, up to 100 hairs shed each day as part of this process. Over time, hair follicles tend to diminish. Most men and women lose hair thickness and amount with age.
Getting to the Root of Hair Loss.
Significant hair loss affects more than 50 million men and 30 million women in North America. Although it can be attributed to many factors, aging, genetics and testosterone metabolism account for most cases.
Androgenetic alopecia, commonly known as male or female pattern baldness, is a primary culprit. In this hereditary condition, the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is thought to be largely responsible for shrinking hair follicles and hastening their demise.
Until recently, most thinning hair solutions had taken a purely cosmetic approach focused solely on hair strands, neglecting the scalp. Tricomin Clinical employs a skin care related point of view to hair loss with key performance ingredients that are multi-talented to target both scalp and hair health, understanding that most excessive shedding is caused by poorly functioning follicles beneath the surface.