Causes of Hair Thinning/Loss
Extreme dieting: the body shifts necessary nutrients to vital organs and away from nonvital, like hair
which is very energy intensive. In many diets there is a loss of proteins, fatty acids, vitamins, and iron.
STRESS – Increased cortisol levels which causes hair to go into dormant state.
Illness/ Fever : Covid long haulers for example. Can take up to 6-9 months to correct.
Telogen effluvium is a scalp disorder characterized by the thinning or shedding of hair resulting from the
early entry of hair in the telogen phase ( resting phase). It is in this phase telogen hair begins to shed at
an increased rate, where normally the approximate rate of hair loss is 125 hairs per day
( having no effect on one’s appearance)
Giving Birth: decreased levels of estrogen and progesterone.
Genetics: Androgenic alopecia, ( pattern baldness) the most common cause affecting 80% if males and
25% of females.
Damage: traumatic alopecia, for example over processing, over heating, hair extensions.
Who is a good candidate?
Individuals that are suffering from hair loss or that want to improve the overall thickness and appearance of their hair.
How many treatments are required?
Best results are typically seen after 3 treatments, spaced 1
month apart. Although noticeable improvements may be seen after 2 weeks.
How long does each treatment take?
Average treatment time takes 20-25 minutes.
Does it hurt?
The Alma Ted is a pain-free treatment. You can expect to feel a warm sensation
from the device and a ringing sound through the course of the treatment, but there is no pain involved.
The Four Stages of the Hair Growth Cycle:
What is the Anagen Phase?
Also known as the ‘Growth Phase’ or ‘Active Phase’, the Anagen Phase is when the cells in the root of
your hair are most rapidly dividing so more new hair is formed.
How much does your hair grow?
During the Anagen Phase, your hair grows around half an inch a month [about 6 inches a year], and
faster in the summer than in winter.
How long does the Agagen Stage last?
This phase of the Hair Growth Cycle lasts an average of 3-5 years — so a full-length hair growth
averaging 18 to 30 inches. The Anagen Phase is generally longer in people of Asian descent, and can last
as much as 7 years — meaning your hair may be able to grow up to 3 feet long!
What is the Catagen Phase?
Following the Anagen Phase, your hair cycle enters a short transitional phase known as the Catagen
Phase, which signals the end of active hair growth and cuts individual hairs off from the blood supply
and from the cells that produce new hair. Approximately 3% of all hairs are in this stage at any time.
How long does the Catagen Stage last?
Approximately 10 days.
What is the Telogen Phase?
The third stage of your natural hair growth cycle is the Telogen Phase, a resting period when strands
remain in their follicles but are not actively growing. An estimate of 10-15% of your hairs are in the
Telogen Phase at any given moment.
How long does the Telogen Stage last?
Approximately 3 months or 100 days.
What is the Exogen Phase?
The final stage of the Hair Growth Cycle, when individual hair strands are released from their follicles
and fall out. Now the whole process can begin again!
What Happens when the Hair Growth Cycle is
Each hair follicle is independent and goes through the growth cycle at different times — otherwise all
your hair would fall out at once! Instead, you only shed a certain number of hairs a day – 80 to 100 hairs
on a healthy head of hair.
Hair loss, hair thinning and problems with hair growth may occur when your growth cycle is disrupted.
This can be triggered by conditions such as metabolic imbalances, illness or improper nutrition.
For instance, around 12 weeks after restrictive dieting or a high fever, you may experience telogen
effluvium (sudden diffuse hair fall). This occurs when your anagen (growth) phase is cut short, and many
hairs enter the telogen (resting) phase at the same time – resulting in increased hair fall 3 months later
during the exogen (shedding) phase.
If your hair growth cycle is constantly disrupted (for example, not supported with good nutrition, you
may find that your hair will not grow as long as it used to. This is because your hairs are never allowed to
stay in the anagen phase long enough to reach the desired length.