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Everything You Need to Know, Do, and Try When Your Hair Is Starting to Thin

When it comes to hair loss, prevention is still better than cure.
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You saw it coming. Your grandfather lost it, your dad barely has it, and your older brother just joined the club. It starts with receding hairline, then your hair gets thinner, until you’ll finally go bald. Blame it on genetics, but hair loss is almost inevitable in men. Your testosterone is your membership card in the club. But thanks to technological advancement, you can pass up the invitation.

WHAT TO KNOW

It’s a normal progression in an adult male to lose his hair because he’s a man. We produce testosterone,” says Michael Bernstein, hair and scalp expert in Svenson and trichologist to Hollywood stars. “But if it’s just testosterone, every guy would be bald. So, there must be something else.” That something else is an enzyme called 5 alpha-reductase, which converts testosterone into dihydrotestosrone (DHT).

According to scientists, DHT is the most important androgen related to hair loss, and ultimately baldness. “The skin of the scalp is very susceptible to DHT. It penetrates and binds the genetic recepticides of the hair and gives the signal to miniaturize each hair growth.” So, the next hair you grow, and eventually lose, is smaller and thinner.

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WHAT TO DO

If you know that heart disease runs in your family, you don’t just wait to have a heart attack. You watch your diet, you exercise—you do everything you can for your body not to keel over. It’s the same for your hair. But unlike an illness, there is no pain or discomfort associated with hair loss. Chances are you’re unaware of the problem.

Heredity, stress, health, nutrition, and hygiene are all associated with hair loss. Years before the condition becomes severe, natural oil secretions can accumulate within the follicle possibly containing varying levels of testosterone. Dead skin tissue, bacteria, and chemical residue as well as atmospheric pollutants can also build up in the follicle. All of these accelerate hair loss.

Bernstein’s mantra is early detection leading to the elimination of factors that may cause to hair loss. “We recommend that you try and do something before you lose your hair. If you notice that your hair is thinning, then come in and let us diagnose it properly,” he advises.

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WHAT TO TRY

To prevent hair loss, go to its root. Hair follicles contain stem cells, the body’s master biological cells that reproduce copies of themselves to replenish drying or damaged cells.

Svensons' new StemPlus solution contains stem cell activators, which is applied to the scalp using a specialized dermal infusion. This allows the solution to penetrate deep into the hair follicles. Once absorbed by the scalp, it activates and regenerates dying follicle cells, which have shrunk due to aging or other hair problems, to produce stronger, healthier hair.

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“The StemPlus is based on the idea of stem cells and its ability to regenerate or reproduce cells. We use bioengineered stem cells,” he explains. “Through the special dermal infusion in the scalp, we’re actually making little openings to make the StemPlus penetrate deeper into the root. Instead of the slow regeneration, it tries to speed up the cellular turnover so you get a stronger root.”

Berstein has used the treatment in Hong Kong and Singapore and has seen spectacular results. But he also believes that everything must be taken on its own. “Everybody has a different problem. You have to work out the problem and know the client. Some people have lost too much hair and it doesn’t matter if they use StemPlus. It’s not going to regenerate anymore. It’s ideal to start it when you have thin hair so that you can prolong the growth cycle and you get stronger root,” he says. 

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For more information, contact (02) 892-42-47, svensons.com.ph.

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