No day is a good day when it’s a bad hair day! But what about when your crowning glory has lost its splendour? Instead of a thick head of healthy hair – yours is thinning and clogs the drain when you shower. Contrary to popular opinion – it’s not just a guy thing. One in four women suffer from the condition and by the time they reach 50, roughly half of all women will be dealing with some degree of pattern hair loss.
While it’s accepted – and even expected that men will lose their hair – for women the psychological damage can be devastating, causing massive emotional stress. Fortunately in many cases hair loss can be overcome and growth improved, and with advancements in technology and new treatment options, there is hope. The latest such modality, now available from Lamelle Research Laboratories, is Pelo Baum – a premium, comprehensive hair treatment programme which includes a revitalising solution, a shampoo, and conditioner.
With about 100,000 hairs on your head, it’s normal to lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day. But if you notice your hair is starting to thin do something right away; the earlier treatment is begun the better. Once you are bald, dead hair follicles cannot be brought back to life.
Hair loss is when the source of hair growth – the follicle – isn’t capable of doing its job for whatever reason. Androgenic alopecia (pattern baldness) is caused by a progressive contraction of hair follicles that are sensitive to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). When testosterone reaches the growth centre at the base of the hair – it’s converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) [by the enzyme 5-alpha reductase] a “poisonous” hormone which kills the cells lining the hair follicle; the cells literally die when exposed to it.
Conventional treatment for hair loss is to use shampoos but the active ingredients work on the hair shaft and not where the growth is (or isn’t) happening. The answer lies in scalp solutions which enter the follicle and stimulate the cells responsible for growth.
The first step however is to consult your doctor to exclude any underlying medical conditions. If healthy, the best way forward is generally a multi-modality all-inclusive approach that:
1. Blocks the enzyme that converts testosterone into DHT
2. Increases new blood vessel growth at the base of the follicle
3. Figures out the signals to activate the lining cells
4. Tells the skin to form brand new follicles from scratch
This complex process has been achieved with the Lamelle’s Pelo Baum revitalising solution. It is not going to give you shiny hair – that’s a job for conditioners – but will encourage hair growth, reduce hair loss and stimulate the skin’s ability to create new hair follicles. The product must be absorbed into the scalp at the site of the follicles to be effective. A clinically proven formula* with active ingredients that help promote longer, thicker healthier hair, the solution stimulates and fortifies the hair and scalp condition, creating a healthy environment for hair restoration.
Every case is different but results can be seen anywhere between one to three months; new follicle development takes time to occur. Pelo Baum can be used as maintenance for healthy hair and can be applied to coloured hair.
There are many widely held beliefs that are misguided and result in good money being wasted on treatments that will never offer the promised return of thick, lustrous, locks. It’s important to be very clear about what is causing the hair loss when determining the strategy for treating it. Get rid of the source. Shampoo won’t help if it’s traction alopecia causing the hair loss. In this case simply stop the braiding and the hair should recover. If it’s DHT – block the enzyme. Don’t throw good money after bad – get the right treatment for you. Consult your hair dresser or healthcare practitioner for advice if you have concerns.
Pelo Baum is available nationwide from leading hair salons, dermatologists and accredited Lamelle skincare suppliers. The products retail at: R640 for the 60ml Revitalising Solution and R190 each for the 150ml shampoo and 110ml conditioner. For further information on hair loss or the Pelo Baum product range, visit www.lamelle.co.za or find us on Facebook: Lamelle Research Laboratories.