What if you could naturally protect your hair and improve the health of it at the same time? Visible thinning of the hair and noticeable balding is an all-consuming experience that a large portion of our population is experiencing—roughly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 2 men battle with hair loss. Whether hair loss has occurred gradually or come on suddenly because of illness or hormonal changes; whether thinning is happening all over or just from the crown, the result can cause real emotional and physical stress. Traditional thinning hair products are expensive and expose the body to harsh ingredients that burden the body’s toxic load at a time when the immune system deserves detoxification. Most people only hear about the chemical products on the market, yet natural alternatives exist and offer real solutions that target and support hair follicle health. Inflammation and stress around the follicle must be properly addressed, not just masked, and growth pathways need to be nourished not bombarded with toxins.
Argan Fruit Stem Cells: designed to delay the depletion of dermal papilla stem cells, stimulate dormant root cells, and accelerate the natural repair process to combat the chronological aging of hair follicles.
Vitamin B Complex: Infuses essential protein and nutrients to invigorate scalp for thicker, fuller strands with improved strength, texture, and shine.
Hair Regeneration Complex: A triple-action ingredient for reducing the quantity of hair loss. Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot), Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow), and Cinchona Succirubra (Quinine Bark)
Cysteine: An amino acid that fortifies protein structure and supports collagen formation for improved texture, strength, and longevity, while neutralizing free-radical scavengers that inhibit healthy hair growth.
Glycosaminoglycans: Polysaccharides that transport oxygen to connective tissue and cell membranes essential in the production of proteins and collagen.
Meadowsweet: An anti-seborrheic ingredient with regulating properties to help balance sebum production, counteract bacteria and reduce inflammation that contributes to hair loss.
Normal hair follicles are surrounded by healthy connective tissue and dermal papilla, with minimal or no inflammation or oxidative stress. Hair loss sufferers often experience a disrupted hair growth cycle by an increase in dihydrotestosterone (DHT) hormone, a loss of connective tissue integrity surrounding the hair follicle and an increase of inflammation and oxidative stress in the scalp. As we age, the number and size of hair follicles in the scalp decrease, which leads to thinner hair and increased hair loss. But there are other factors at play, in addition to age, that cause hair loss: Genetics; Nutrition; Styling; Emotional and Environmental Stress; and Medical Conditions.
- 1. Genetics
For adult men and women the most common cause of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, which refers to pattern baldness and diffuse thinning across the scalp. A combination of factors including hormones and genetics causes alopecia. Everyone’s genetic disposition and lifestyle is unique and reflected in the condition of their hair but there is compelling research into the efficacy of topical ingredients for improving hair growth for men and women alike.
- 2. Nutrition
Incomplete nutrition, lack of hydration, and eating disorders can be contributing factors in hair loss. Individuals, especially athletes, new vegetarians and those accustomed to eating packaged foods need to be mindful of a balanced diet, rich in plant protein, essential vitamins, amino acids, and minerals from a variety of fresh, whole foods. Diets rich in carotenoids, nature’s pigments from beautifully colored fruits and vegetables, can protect the scalp from UV damage and provides essential vitamins which when converted are essential for cell growth and differentiation.
Along with adequate nutrition, it is important to drink plenty of purified water for proper hydration and normal bodily function. Water helps to flush toxins that can buildup and impede healthy hair growth. Lemon water or apple cider vinegar water are both excellent for maximizing this elimination process.
- 3. Styling, Habits & Heat Stress
Hair styles that place continuous tension on the scalp, like tight ponytails, braiding and weave extensions, result in a condition called traction alopecia when hair follicles become damaged and permanent hair loss occurs. While use of hot appliances and chemical treatments like bleaching, perming and straightening may result in hair breaking or falling out, this is usually a short term condition that rarely leads to pattern baldness or thinning across the scalp.
- 4. Environmental Factors
- UV Sun Exposure UV sun exposure can dehydrate and weaken hair strands, increasing breakage and split ends, and while a full head of hair provides a protective covering, scalps with thinning hair and bald patches require additional sunscreen protection from damaging UV rays.
- Air Pollution The carcinogens and toxins in polluted air, from traffic fumes to smoking, can adversely affect the mechanism that produces keratin, the protein from which hair is made, resulting in weaker, thinner hair that is more prone to breakage and falling out. Studies also confirm that toxic buildup can trigger the early onset of classic pattern baldness.
- Water Impurities Ground and city water can contain minerals and chemicals, including calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, silica, lead and chlorine that can adversely affect hair health and appearance. Mineral residue can cause hair to feel dry, with less shine and volume, as well as, inhibiting proper processing of salon treatments. Mineral build-up on the scalp can appear flakey, potentially blocking the hair follicle, causing hair to break off and impeding new growth.
- 5. Medical Conditions (Stress Being the Main Culprit) Disruptions in the hair growth cycle and hair loss can be triggered in a wide variety of ways, including stress, trauma, undergoing surgery, and childbirth, yet the effect of these disruptions may not be apparent for several months due to the length of the growth cycle. Illness, medical conditions, and medications can have a significant effect on hair growth cycles, and it is recommended that you consult your physician if you experience any signs of unusual hair loss to determine the causes and treatments. Daily rituals that help to mitigate the damaging effects of stress are incredibly nourishing to the nervous system. Herbal teas, meditation, yoga, daily walks as short as 15 minutes and participating in hobbies that bring joy and gratitude are wonderful self-love rituals to incorporate into your daily life. Surrounding yourself with people who nourish and energize you and time in the great outdoors are also key for maintaining balance and optimal health.
The life of each hair strand follows a defined growth cycle with three phases; Anagen, Catagen and Telogen. These phases occur simultaneously and form the genetically determined characteristics of hair color, texture and length.
On average, a healthy person will lose 50 to 100 scalp hairs per day. These hairs are then regrown in the same follicle, with a healthy head of hair consisting of 85% Anagen, 1-2% Catagen, and up to 14% Telogen hairs. However, as we age, the duration of the Anagen phase shortens, thus resulting in fewer strands overall, and the appearance of thinning hair.
If you’re losing your hair faster than it can grow back, and have visibly thin or balding areas, the medical term is alopecia. Hair loss is often a gradual process, as follicle roots become dormant and ultimately die, with baldness apparent when 25% of the scalp hair is lost.
Hair follicles represent a highly efficient penetration pathway and reservoir for topically applied treatments.
Anagen Growth Phase: [85%] The root cells are dividing rapidly, adding to the hair shaft for 2-7 years, until (genetically) signaled to end.
Catagen Transitional Phase: [1-2%] Signals the end of active growth, and for the next 2-3 weeks, the root is diminished and the dermal papilla breaks away and rests below the scalp.
Telogen Resting Phase: [10-14%] A fully keratinized, club hair forms & is normally shed within 30 days. On average 50-100 scalp club hairs are shed daily. At the end of Telogen, the hair follicle re-enters the Anagen phase, & the dermal papilla and follicle base join together again & new hair begins to form.
A healthy lifestyle is essential for healthy hair. It’s important to drink plenty of purified water for proper hydration and normal bodily function, effectively flushing toxins that can buildup and impede healthy hair growth.
Maintain a balanced diet rich in protein, sourced from meat, fish, eggs, avocados, nuts or beans, with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, and multi-vitamin and mineral supplements to meet your body’s requirements for healthy hair.
Minimizing your intake of caffeine, alcohol, sodium, and artificial sweeteners, and avoiding smoking will help guard against dehydration and loss of nutrients that contribute to hair loss.
A good night’s sleep is imperative for overall health and your hair, allowing the body to rest, recover and regenerate for a minimum of seven hours.
Stress management techniques that include mindful living through meditation, exercise, gratitude and plenty of time in nature all allow the nervous system to replenish and repair so that each vital system can thrive and perform optimally.
How do Argan fruit stem cells support healthy hair growth?
The dermal papilla, located at the base of the hair bulb, is a niche for dermal progenitor stem cells. These root stem cells are responsible for the formation of hair follicles and hair growth.
Argan Fruit Stem Cells (PhytoCellTec Argan™) are designed to delay the depletion of these progenitor stem cells, stimulating dormant root cells, and accelerating the natural repair process to combat the chronological aging of hair follicles.
Research shows hair follicles represent a highly efficient pathway and reservoir for topically applied substances, allowing Argan Fruit Stem Cell liposomes follicular penetration and stimulating root stem cell regeneration. The result is significant age-defying for healthy hair growth.
How does Andalou Naturals Fruit Stem Cell Science help thinning hair?
Andalou Naturals Age Defying Hair Care with Argan Stem Cells
Renews dormant cells
Awakens dormant cells to behave like younger healthy cells
Repairs damaged cells
Repairs cellular damage caused by UV radiation, oxidative and environmental stress
Regenerates healthy cells
Protects longevity of skin & follicle stem cells for continuous regeneration at a cellular level
*Andalou Naturals definition of thinning hair (a) fine, brittle strands (b) breakage and fewer strands (c) troubled scalp conditions.
Andalou Naturals Argan Fruit Stem Cells are derived from the ancient Berber tree (Argania spinosa), that only grows in southwestern Morocco, and is renowned for its vigor and longevity. The Argan fruit kernels are rich in fatty acids (oleic, linoleic) and produce a deeply nourishing and moisturizing oil beneficial for hair and skin.
How do Argan Fruit Stem Cells remain active in our hair care products?
Andalou Naturals Fruit Stem Cells are procured by a patent pending liposomal encapsulation process for maximum efficacy and stability. Liposomes are one of the most effective carrier systems for the delivery and time release of biologically active ingredients.
How are Andalou Naturals Argan Fruit Stem Cells procured?
In the lab, the Argan sprouts are carefully cut, and this wounding will cause the surrounding cells to differentiate, or turn back into stem cells, and form a healing cell tissue called callus.
Propagating the obtained callus cells in liquid cultures, using a bio reactor system, requires only a small amount of the original plant material to reproduce large quantities of plant stem cells.
Disruption of the cell walls by homogenization to extract the oil soluble and water soluble ingredients with liposomal bilayers. This process creates one of the most effective carrier systems, liposomes, for encapsulation, delivery, and release of the entrapped bioactive cells once applied.
Spraying on a powder-based Isomalt to capture the liposomes. Isomalt (derived from beet sugar) is a mixture of hydrogenated disaccharides gluco-sorbitol and gluco-mannitol, used as a bulking and anti-caking agent, Isomalt is soluble in water, stable at high temperatures and varying PH levels.
After drying, the Isomalt with plant stem cell liposomes, is a white, odorless, crystalline powder. This fruit stem cell culture has prolonged stability and is highly compatible when formulating with personal care products.