The Root Causes of Thinning Hair

A common question that stylists at Shell Point Salon & Spa hear from clients is, “why does my hair appear to be thinning?” Thinning hair is a natural part of the aging process, and the key to growing and maintaining healthy hair is to extend the life cycle of each hair strand as long as possible.

Every hair on your head has three cycles of life. Anagen is the active growth phase, which lasts two to six years. The catagen phase is called the transition phase, which lasts two to three weeks. Finally, the telogen, or resting, phase is when the hair falls out.

Fortunately, every hair strand is not in the same phase at the same time; otherwise everyone would periodically experience a time of complete baldness. The degree of thinning that an individual experiences can vary due to stress, UV ray exposure, genetics, health, medications, and hair follicle sensitivity to the hormone, dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. Androgenetic Alopecia, or “pattern baldness,” occurs in both men and women whose hair follicles are sensitive to DHT, a primary cause of thinning hair.

Typically, hair on the top and front of the head is the most sensitive to DHT. Over time, this hair will become weaker and finer until the follicle cannot produce a hair strand. Cleansers, conditioners, and treatments that contain certain botanical benefits may help in maintaining hair density and scalp health.

If you are interested in learning more about treatments for thinning hair, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with a Shell Point stylist today. Simply call Shell Point Salon & Spa at (239) 489-8400.