You may not realise it but your hair cells are the fastest dividing cells in the body - and if you want a crowning glory, you need to pay attention to what you are ingesting. Collagen can indeed help with strong, healthy, fuller hair - as this blog discusses.
The Hair Cell:
A little known fact is that the hair cell is the second fastest dividing cell in our bodies, it divides every 23 to 72 hours, it requires 25% of our daily protein intake and all 8 essential amino acids that we can only obtain from our diets .
Top consultant Trichologist Eva Proudman , associated with L’Oreal and Wella, undertook her own perception trial on the liquid supplement Absolute Collagen and found it contains 7 of these 8 essential amino-acids required .
For both men and women, our hair is a defining feature and something we want to be proud of. Hair thinning, loss and condition are things that we are all super aware of - yet dietary deficiencies (particularly in terms of the lack of these essential amino-acids) can lead to excessive hair fall and hair thinning.
The Hair Growth Cycle by Eva Proudman:
There are 5 Hair Growth Cycle phases:
Anagen: This is the growing phase of the hair, where the hair is anchored at the root and cell mitosis takes place, roughly 85% of your hair is in this phase at any one time and it lasts for between 2 – 7 years.
Catagen: This is a resting phase that lasts for just 10 days, the cell mitosis stops and the hair just rests.
Telogen: This is the shedding phase that can last for between 2 – 4 months where the hair moves up the hair shaft to be naturally shed.
Exogen: This is where the hair is naturally shed with a new hair appearing behind it to enter the Anagen phase of growing.
Kenogen: This is a phase that affects those people who have androgenetic hair loss, male or female pattern, the new hair stays in the follicle and minaturises, before it begins to grow again, this happens through each successive growth cycle and is how the hair in androgenetic loss disappears.
This androgenetic loss is seen in both men and women. In men, this condition is also known as male-pattern baldness. Hair is lost in a well-defined pattern, beginning above both temples. Over time, the hairline recedes to form a characteristic "M" shape.
This can occur due to just genetic disposition, hair mistreatment with harsh chemicals, after childbirth or after severe illness.
Although collagen is known for it’s skin properties - it is also the building block of the hair and surrounds each strand. It is therefore key to a healthy head of hair.
Hair is primarily made up of keratin protein, which your body produces most effectively when the blood supplies amino acids. Therefore, when you take a high quality supplement , you gain the amino acids needed to build the keratin. Hair follicle cells use these amino acids to produce keratin protein.
Amino acids are also responsible for the strength and elasticity of the hair and support the natural growth cycle.
One such amino acid found in Absolute Collagen is cysteine which is very important for the hair, as it forms the covalent disulphide bonds (the strongest bonds found in the hair) and is essential to hair health.
Collagen also increases blood circulation in your body. An increase in blood flow to the scalp promotes scalp and hair health. It ensures that your hair follicles get the nutrients they need and helps your hair to grow faster.
The loss of collagen in our bodies as we age makes our hair more vulnerable to breakage and loss. Taking a collagen supplement can treat dry, brittle hair by increasing the hair’s moisture levels and repairing split ends by replacing the lost collagen.
Fuse Hair Salon Managing Director Amy Barker said: “Collagen is really important for keeping hair strong, smooth and shiny. I have noticed a client who uses Absolute Collagen has really good, healthy hair – and it’s growing really fast too!”
Photo courtesy of Cheri Photography
The latest trends for rainbow-coloured hair, pastels and rose golds means that more and more ladies are hitting the bleach to get the lift necessary for these hues. The problem is that bleach can dry out the hair – making it prone to break. Collagen has actually been effective in treating dry, brittle hair – helping to maintain these healthy moisture levels.
This is because hydrolysed collagen will bind moisture to your hair by attracting and retaining it there. This will starve breakage and allow the hair to continue to grow rather than breaking off.
Absolute Collagen user Sheila Wood said: “I noticed a huge improvement in my hair as it was very dry and is now quite shiny!”
When we take a liquid collagen supplement it travels through the intestinal barrier and releases into the bloodstream in about an hour. It then travels to the cells, such as the hair, where it is needed.
Eva Proudman of UK Hair Specialists said after just a fortnight of testing: “Oh my goodness! Everyone is reporting smoother hair, less tangling, more shine – one lady has really coarse hair and its smooth after two weeks!”
And #absoluter Julie Preece reported: “My hair grows much faster. I have to have it cut every 6 weeks now instead of 8 weeks!”
Want to try it for yourself and get the hair you’ve always dreamed of? Shop now .
Comments will be approved before showing up.