Struggling with thinning hair? Let’s find a solution!

Before blindly buying expensive products and treatments, it is crucial to understand your unique hair type and the root cause behind your thinning hair. Once you do this, you’ll be on your way to stronger, healthier hair. Here at Complexions, our team is trained in the usage of Rene Furterer products to help our clients reach a variety of different hair goals.

René Furterer was the first to create plant-based hair care products offering the luxury of being both ultra-effective and highly appealing to the senses. Primarily processed in France, these plant-based ingredients are transformed into ultra-effective formulas obtained through unique expertise that respects the environment.

The Hair Growth Cycle

To understand why thinning hair occurs, we first need to understand how hair grows. Hair grows in three phases: The Anagen Phase, The Catagen Phase, and Telogen phase. These phases are constantly happening.

The anagen phase, also known as the growth phase, lasts about 2 to 3 years in men and 6 to 8 years in women. Under normal conditions, about 85% of our hairs are in the anagen phase. During this phase, the vascular network that supplies the hair root is particularly well-developed around the follicle. The average growth rate is about ½ an inch every month.

Next there’s the catagen phase, or the regression phase, which is fairly brief (2 to 3 weeks), during which the hair follicle becomes inactive. The matrix dies and although the hair does not grow any more, it remains rooted in the follicle.

Finally we have the telogen phase, when the hair is in its rest phase. The hair is shed and replaced by another hair, and a new anagen phase begins. This period of renewal lasts approximately 3 months and explains why we normally lose around 100 hairs every day.

How amazing is it that our hair is constantly renewing itself?!

Reactional vs. Progressive Thinning Hair

In short, reactional hair thinning often results from factors such as stress, dietary deficiencies, post-pregnancy hormonal changes or medications, while progressive hair thinning is usually genetic. Reactional hair loss is often sudden and sparked by a specific event. Progressive hair is due to hereditary factors, and takes longer to notice.

Reactional hair loss usually has three potential underlying causes. This type of hair loss tends to be seen more in women, and the hair loss is uniform throughout the head.

  • Vascular Deficiency: Poor blood flow to the hair follicles limits the availability of the nutrients necessary for healthy hair growth.
  • Nutritional Deficiency: The nutrients vital for hair growth are either limited or lacking altogether.
  • Inflammation: Cellular stress releases molecules triggering premature hair loss.

Progressive thinning has three main underlying causes. This type of hair thinning usually follows a pattern, which is different in women and men. Women tend to experience hair loss around the center part and random, thinning patches.  Men, on the other hand, see thinning along the hairline and on the crown of the head.

  • Vascular deficiency: Poor blood flow to the hair follicles limits the availability of the nutrients necessary for healthy hair.
  • Hormones: Excess oil production is linked to testosterone, and a byproduct of testosterone production called DHT has been found to disrupt the hair’s growth cycle.
  • Tissular deficiency: Collagen and elastin play a role in helping the scalp retain hairs, but when these structural proteins are compromised, thinning occurs.

Salon Treatments

Here at Complexions Spa, we use the finest hair care lines to treat a variety of hair and scalp conditions, including targeting progressive and reactional hair loss. Our scalp treatments can be done as a stand-alone service or can be added onto an existing appointment.  In addition to in-salon treatments, we carry the full line of Rene Furterer home care products for continued results at home. Our talented team of stylists will suggest the perfect regimen for your specific concerns and goals. 

Looking for more information and guidance? Book a consultation with one of our talented hair stylists to develop a plan to achieve your hair goals.