What is hair?
There is more to hair than what you see in the mirror when combing in the morning. The thing commonly referred to as the "hair" is only its part protruding from the scalp, which does not contain living cells. But to better understand the problem of losing hair it is worth taking a look at the hair in its entirety – the part we see and the parts hidden in subcutaneous tissue, which are, in fact, responsible for the formation of new hair and for hair growth.
What is under the skin?
The part of the hair which is hidden under the skin’s surface is called the root of the hair. That is the actual part from which a new hair sprouts, and which is responsible for hair growth. That is the place where epithelial root sheaths are linked together creating the hair matrix which produces the hair. The arrector pili muscle is attached to the hair follicle in the place where the follicle is connected to the skin, and somewhat closer to the skin’s surface the sebaceous gland is attached to it.
Why is it important?
Knowing the structure of the hair and understanding the importance of its part hidden under the skin’s surface help us realize the importance of the three levels of support in the treatment of excessive hair shedding. In order to deal with the problem effectively, it is not enough to target the hair’s surface, but it is also necessary to affect the skin, the hair follicle and the whole body by means of appropriate supplementation.