What is Hair Thinning?
Hair loss and hair thinning – also known as hair mass decrease – may seem like two sides of the same coin, but it’s important to understand the distinction when looking to combat your haircare problems. Read on to find out what the difference is and how you can tackle these hair issues.
While hair loss can be a fast or prolonged process, depending on the cause, hair thinning – also described as hair mass decrease – is generally felt more gradually with age, resulting in fewer, smaller and weaker hair follicles.
Causes of hair thinning
Thinning hair may be caused by lifestyle habits, genetics, or both. Certain medical conditions may also lead to thinning hair. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), it’s normal to lose 50 to 100 hairs per day. Any more than this means you could be shedding more than you should.
Thinning hair is sometimes confused with alopecia, which is widespread hair loss. While thinning hair may eventually lead to hair loss, these two entities aren’t necessarily the same thing.
Lifestyle habits are a key contributor to thinning hair. These include:
- Over-treating your hair. This includes colour treatments, perms, relaxers, and more.
- Using harsh hair products, such as extreme-hold hair sprays and gels. Temporary colour can also be harsh for your hair.
- Wearing your hair up too tightly. Whether you’re wearing an up-do or pulling your hair up in a ponytail for working out, this can tug on your hair and break it from the follicles, causing thin spots over time.
- Not getting enough iron, folic acid, and other minerals in your diet. These all help follicles produce hair naturally.
- Experiencing uncontrolled stress. Stress is related to an uptick in hormones like cortisol. Too many stress hormones may kill off new hairs that are trying to grow from the hair follicles.
What are Demodex mites?
Demodex mites are microscopic parasites that live under hair follicles and in oil glands. They are linked to many issues such as Demodex hair loss, Demodex rosacea and Demodex acne.
Can Demodex mites be a reason for hair thinning?
A Demodex infestation can give way to different kinds of problems in the skin, scalp, and hair. This is because there is also sebum, or naturally-occurring oil, in the scalp. Demodex mites get nourishment from the sebum along with dead skin. By the time that a person gets the mites from being in contact to a carrier, the activity of the mites will begin; they will start to increase in growth, mate, and reproduce. In just one follicle of hair, up to 25 mites can grow and live.
When Demodex mites are in the scalp and hair, they may cause hair loss for many reasons. For instance, the increased number of Demodex mites gets too much nourishment, leaving nothing for the hair follicles. Without the right amount of nutrition, naturally, hair will fall out. Another reason is that those parasites produce lipase so that they will be able to take in sebum. They need lipase so that they can break down sebum. Unfortunately, lipase is known to cause skin inflammation which makes hair loss worse. Also, when there are exceeding numbers of Demodex mites, the body responds to eliminate them by blocking off the follicles so that the parasites will not have any means of nourishment. Although this body response may be effective in eliminating the mites, it also results to hair loss.
Even if there are limited scientific studies to prove that Demodex mites can cause thinning of hair and baldness, many researchers believe that the possibility of hair loss goes higher when there is Demodex infestation. This is also proven to be true by those people who have used products that fight Demodex so that they can stop hair loss. Regrowth of hair occurred and the hair strands became stronger and thicker.
How to treat Demodex hair thinning?
Ungex aims to eliminate mites with its innovative Care Plan and by providing the best products to treat Demodex hair mites. The Care Plan is a combination of Ungex products used in conjunction with the correct method.
Ungex products basically lay siege to the Demodex populations on your body, by helping remove their main food source (i.e. oil control), making your body an awful place for them to live, and night after night lessening their populations, until eventually they get to 0.
Ungex helps you treat all types of human follicle mites known as Demodex folliculorum and brevis which lead to hair thinning, hair loss and other hair and skin problems.