The Connection Between Collagen and Hair Loss

Whether male or female, hair loss and hair thinning affect everyone. Most people are no strangers to this condition and have had some experience losing strands at one point in their lives. It is a big concern that can be devastating to one’s sense of identity and esteem. Fortunately, there are many treatments available to counter hair loss and thinning. We further examine one of those solutions here.

Collagen may not be on everyone’s top of mind when it comes to hair loss solutions, but some studies encourage many to do so. Should collagen be added to one’s daily routine to help replace lost strands? Read on to find out more.  

A Closer Look at Collagen

Collagen is the most abundant protein (making up about 30%) in the human body. It can be found in the tendons, ligaments, skin, blood cells, and even in the gut.

Its primary function is often likened to glue, one that holds and maintains the structural integrity and standard functionality of many of the body’s parts. It is also responsible for giving the skin strength and elasticity, as it replaces dead skin cells as a person grows older.

The body naturally produces collagen on its own. It is also present in many food sources such as fish, chicken, bone broth, berries, and vegetables. There are even several supplements in the market today that claim to support the body’s collagen production. This is because the body produces less and less of this protein as it ages.

A decrease in collagen leads to a reduction in the skin’s elasticity and thickness. The skin then becomes more prone to damage, wrinkles, and sagging. It can also lead to stiffer and less flexible tendons and ligaments, smaller and weaker muscles, joint pain, osteoarthritis, gastrointestinal problems, and reduced hair growth, contributing to hair thinning.

A Study on Collagen and Hair

A 2016 research in Japan finds a link between hair loss and decreasing collagen levels (particularly type XVII collagen) near hair follicle stem cells. This study was conducted on 18-month-old mice. This is the age when they start to lose their hair and have fewer, thinner hair follicles as compared to younger mice.

The study concluded that hair loss was less common in aging mice that continued to produce collagen than those who lacked collagen and experienced damaged stem cells. This team of researchers believes that the same applies to humans as it was found, in a separate study, that the hair follicles of women in their 50s and older were smaller than the hair follicles of women in their 30s and 40s. 

Possible Benefits of Collagen on Hair

Collagen is mostly known for its effects on the skin, but it affects the hair as well. It is the hair’s building block, and it plays a pivotal role in the hair’s quality and structure. Here are some ways collagen may improve one’s hair:

  • It Provides Amino Acids Needed for Hair Growth
      • Hair is mostly made up of keratin. The body uses several amino acids to produce keratin. One of these is proline, in which collagen is abundant. Consuming proline-rich collagen should supplement the body with the building blocks it needs to create hair. However, more studies are needed to determine if this protein promotes hair growth.
  • It Helps Fight Hair Damage
      • Recent studies reveal that free radicals can damage hair follicles. Marine collagen has also been seen to act as a potent antioxidant to help combat the hair-attacking free radicals. Research on this matter is still limited, however.
  • It May Prevent Age-Related Hair Thinning
      • Collagen plays a part in skin elasticity and strength (called the dermis) that holds the hair’s roots in place. When collagen production decreases, so do the dermis’ hold, making the hair more at risk of falling out or thinning.
  • It Could Aid with Greying Hair
      • The rate at which the hair turns grey largely depends on one’s genetics. However, free radicals may also play a part in their occurrence. Since collagen is a healthy source of antioxidants, it could also help fight the free radical damage done to cells that produce hair color.
  • It Increases Blood Circulation
      • Blood flow is responsible for carrying out nutrients to different parts of the body, including the scalp. An increased blood flow helps the hair follicles to receive the nourishment it needs to keep healthy and grow hair faster.

    Overall, much research is still needed to prove the effects of collagen on hair growth. But it would not hurt to ensure that natural, collagen-rich food sources be included in one’s diet for overall health.

    Others may also consider using supplements to boost their collagen. While it is safe to ingest a maximum daily dose of 20 grams of collagen supplements, those who wish to take this route are still advised to consult with their doctor before consumption.

    The Effective All-Natural Solutions to Hair Loss

    One surefire way of achieving healthy hair and growth is through the use of the right hair care products. And thanks to our team of scientists, we can provide the best products that nature and science can offer.

    We have a specially trademarked formula in our Bio-Pixilin routine. It is a simple 3-step solution composed of the Hair Strength Shampoo, the Hair Recovery Conditioner, and the Hair Growth Serum. All three products have been specifically designed to effectively utilize the formula’s properties and prevent hair loss and promote hair growth.

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    Every ingredient in our products has been scientifically tested to effectively regenerate hair by increasing activity in the follicles. We take pride in our products which is why we offer a 150-day money-back guarantee should they not work for you as intended.

    When all three products are used in tandem and applied continuously, with a healthy lifestyle to boot, one is sure to achieve healthier, fuller, and more radiant hair in no time.

    Written by Anne Reyes

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