Hair Loss and Heredity: Let see how they can be related. Our body has about 2.5 million hair follicles, each capable of producing a hair and this happens in a constant renewal cycle. The number of hair cycles, which last on average 2-5 years, is limited to about 25 during our whole life. Once these 25 cycles have been exceeded, there won’t be any new hair life cycle. For example, a man, whose cycle duration is about 2 years, will lose his hair irreversibly at 50 years.
Therefore, the loss of some hair every day is part of a healthy hair cycle and is normal. Most healthy people lose up to 100 strands of hair per day.[i] New strands grow and will take the place of the ones shed.
The most common cause of hair loss is a hereditary condition that occurs with ageing[ii] called androgenic alopecia. It is a chronic condition affecting 50% of men over 50 years of age which usually begins gradually from puberty onwards. It causes a progressive miniaturization of the hair follicle resulting in the reduction of hair diameter, length and pigmentation.
Hair loss due to genetic causes can’t be prevented. However, there are a few measures that can be adopted to keep hair healthy and minimize their loss in addition to a healthy lifestyle (balanced diet, moderate and constant physical activity, no smoking and alcohol drinking, management of health conditions that may lead to hair loss). Alone or as adjuvants to other treatments, dermatological treatments and food supplements offer a global action to improve hair quality. Their main action is to stimulate hair growth to reinforce and lengthen the anagen phase and slow hair loss.
Laboratoires Bailleul, a leader in the treatment of hair loss, has developed a complete range of dermatological treatments, cosmetic products and food supplements. These specific treatments enhanced by innovative active ingredients for hair health help to address and prevent hair loss.
[i] Cleveland Clinic, Chute de cheveux, disponible ici : https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/21753-hair-loss
[ii] Mayo Clinic, Chute de cheveux, disponible ici : https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hair- loss/symptoms-causes/syc-20372926