The ManeGain Effect Explained

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The ManeGain Effect™ – Explained

This article will explain how the ManeGain Hair Rejuvenation Therapy™ affects and corrects the root causes of hair loss, and offers an all natural process to maximize the abundance, thickness, strength, and luster of a person’s hair.

How Hair is Made: A Hair Follicle

Simply put, a hair shaft is made in the Hair Follicle and is comprised of thousands of strands of keratin wrapped around a mass of cells called a medulla. This bundle of keratin strands is then wrapped with a cuticle protective layer.  The keratin is produced in a mass of 1,250 to 1,500 stem cells located in the base of the hair follicle called the Papilla (see Figure 1 left).  The papilla is located in the dermis and is the only place where there are actually live hair cells. Once the hair shaft leaves the dermal layer of skin, nothing can be done to correct any problems. The thickness, strength, and luster of the hair can only be affected in the papilla.

Life Cycle of Hair

A typical scalp has between 110,000 and 120,000 hair follicles, and at any given time about 10% of these hair strands are dormant and can possibly be shed as part of the normal human hair growth cycle.

There are three phases in the hair growth cycle: Anagen, Catagen, Telogen and Early Anagen sometimes referred to as the Exogen phase.  As seen in Figure 2 above, the Anagen phase involves hair growth.  This phase can last anywhere from 6.5 to 8 years, depending on age and genetics, and involves rapid production of keratin in the papilla and can produce about ¼ to ½ inch of hair per month.  At any given time, about 85% of the hair on your scalp is in this phase.

The Catagen phase, also known as the transitional phase, allows the follicle to, in a sense, renew itself. During this time, which lasts about two weeks, the hair follicle shrinks due to disintegration and the papilla detaches from the dermis and “rests”, cutting the hair strand off from its nourishing blood supply.  At the same time, the follicle shrinks to about 1/6th its original length, causing the hair shaft to be pushed upward. While hair is not growing during this phase, it does look like hair is getting longer due to the hair fibers being pushed upward.

During the telogen, or resting phase, the hair and follicle move into a dormant state lasting anywhere from 1–4 months. Ten to fifteen percent of a person’s hair is in this phase at any given time. The anagen phase begins again once the telogen phase is complete. The preceding hair strand is pushed up and out by the new, growing strand. The process causes the normal hair loss known as shedding and is sometimes referred to as the Exogen phase.  Normally, you lose about 100 hair strands a day.

Hair Loss and Thinning (Alopecia)

Now that you understand how head hair is produced, let’s explore what causes hair loss and thinning and how to address these “root causes.” There are two things that are necessary to have either male or female pattern hair loss, also known as androgenic alopecia: Genetics and Hormones, primarily testosterone.

Testosterone is a powerful hormone found in both men and women.  Individuals who are genetically susceptible (parents or grandparents) to the effects of DHT (DiHydroTestosterone) will start to experience hair loss sometime in their life.  Fifty percent of men by the age of 50, and forty percent of women by the age of 40 experience alopecia, or genetic hair loss.

DHT affects the production of keratin in the papilla as the hair shaft is formed.  The DHT attaches to hair producing stem cells and signals them to stop producing keratin. Over time and through the growth cycle of hair, your hair will get progressively thinner, shrink, and eventually not be able to produce keratin at all.

Figure 4 and Figure 5 demonstrate the effect of DHT on the mass of hair producing cells in the papilla.  As more and more cells reduce their keratin production, less and less hair is produced.

Weak, Tired, Fatigued Hair and Normal Hair Loss

As we age, all the cells in our body start to slow down their metabolic rates, this includes the fastest growing cells in our body: our hair follicles.  As such, there is a normal amount of hair loss and thinning that happens as part of the aging process.  Of course, there are many variables to this including racial makeup, general health, illnesses, stress, nutrition, drug usage (prescribed or otherwise), and environment (pollution, climate, etc.).  What this means is that just as DHT affects individual cells with receptors on them to produce less keratin, a lower metabolic rate in hair follicle cells results in an overall deterioration in the quality, abundance, strength, and thickness of hair strands.  Unlike genetic hair loss which is usually constrained to certain parts of the scalp, this malady affects all the hair follicles on your scalp.  You may notice hair that easily breaks, or less luxurious hair, or flat hair, or just less luster and volume.  Whatever it might be, it is caused by a decreased production of keratin and cuticle throughout the scalp hair.

Closely related to weak or fatigued hair, is normal hair loss due in part to your hair follicles’ inability to produce any more keratin.  Hair follicles that do not have enough energy stored within them to manufacture keratin will start to make less and less hair over an ever shrinking Anagen growth phase.  The end result is a general loss or thinning of hair all over your head.  Yes, aging is not pleasant, and most of us will have hair problems or issues during our lifetimes.

Remedies – Whole Hair Health

So, what can you do if you have one of the hair conditions named earlier?  The answer depends on which of the two camps you are in: Are you currently experiencing the effects of alopecia or susceptible to them, (genetic hair loss or thinning) or are you just experiencing normal diminishing hair (hair loss due to aging).    Figure 6 below shows a graphical representation of typical hair loss conditions for men and women who are experiencing a range of hair maladies.

There are three lines you should be aware of in the diagrams above. The first is the red dashed line representing typical alopecia hair loss, the next is the solid blue / pink lines indicating normal hair loss due in part to decreased metabolic hair production (aging), and finally the gold dashed line labeled The ManeGain Effect™ represents the gain in  production of more abundant, luxurious, thicker, stronger hair starting from the root up.

So, looking at the graph, you see that if you are experiencing hair loss or thinning hair, and begin the ManeGain Therapy, that over a period of 1 to 2 years you can recover your hair loss (the green line), and then move past just normal hair loss to actually start producing more abundant, richer, fuller hair. Looking at it another way, the broken golden line is just a “delayed response” to normal hair loss.  So, if you begin using the ManeGain Therapy say at 35, your hair may not look like it did at 18, but it will look like it did at 28 or more specifically, what “normal” hair would look like at 28 years of age.  We like to say we are a time machine for your hair, but in actuality we are just energizing your scalp to produce the maximum, strongest, most robust hair possible.

As an aside, there is a point of no return for people experiencing alopecia.  That is a place where the damage done by DHT and aging is too far gone.

How can ManeGain do this?

The ManeGain Hair Rejuvenation Therapy® addresses the health of an individual’s hair from the inside out.  This revolutionary new product addresses beauty and health from underneath the skin and will add luster, youthfulness, radiance, abundance, thickness and strength to the external look of hair.

In looking at Figure 7 below, not ONLY does ManeGain correct the BIG problems of hair loss and thinning hair, it PREVENTS and DELAYS Hair Loss & Thinning, as well as strengthens the skin, follicle, roots, and hair shaft resulting in a more youthful look of vitality.  Our Therapy also acts as vitamins for the scalp to address a whole series of hair maladies for individuals who DO NOT have hair loss issues, but have other problems with their hair.

So, how is this done? Remember, we are dealing with two problems here, one is genetic hair loss and the other is weak, and fatigued hair due to age.  In order to explain what the ManeGain Therapy does, it is best to start with the worst case scenario: Hair Loss / Hair Thinning.

The ManeGain Therapy is comprised of three energies: Low Lever Lasers, Photonics (visible light), and magnetic pulses. To combat hair loss and thinning due to alopecia, we need to break the bond that DHT has on the hair follicle cells.  This is done naturally with the low power red lasers employed by the ManeGain Therapy.  As shown in Figure 5, this will only prevent you from moving further down the dotted red line but it will not get you the total ManeGain Effect™. To do that, we need to resuscitate and bio-stimulate the hair cell follicles, and that is done with visible light combined with our Dyna-Pulse® technology.

In the same vein, if you know that you might lose your hair (look at your parents and your grandparents), ManeGain also offers a Preventative Therapy so you can stop worrying.

Finally, what most people want is beautiful hair.  What they normally get is various shampoos and conditioners that just cover up the problems.  But that does not solve the problem; the weak hair is still all you have.  Solving the problem means growing strong, lush, resiliant hair from the inside out. Thicker, stronger, more abundant, radiant, luxurious hair: This is the essence of what makes The ManeGain Effect™ so unique and viable.  Whole Hair Health, naturally and organically for a younger looking and better feeling you.