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Are you suffering from hairfall?

You may be aware that iron is an important mineral for hair, but it is interesting to know why this is the case.When we talk about the significance of iron in relation to hair, we are specifically referring to ferritin, the name given to the amount of iron stored in our bodies.Often clients will come to me for consultation having already had blood tests, and been told their iron level is ‘normal’. 
There are two points to note here; firstly, the doctor may have simply tested the iron and not the ferritin, and secondly, even if the ferritin is within the ‘normal’ range, the level may still not be adequate for optimum hair growth. 
A person can have a low ferritin level without being anaemic.A ferritin reading towards the lower end of the range will almost certainly have a detrimental effect on the hair. This is because it has a direct effect on the hair growth cycle. Hair follicles do not continually produce hair throughout our lifetime, but rather they go through phases of growing a hair and resting. When a follicle is in the ‘growing’ phase, this is called anagen, and when it is in the ‘resting’ phase, this is called telogen. 
On average, a hair will grow for 5 years before falling out and being replaced. If we do not have sufficient stored iron, the duration for which an individual hair grows will be reduced. 
Hair loss due to low ferritin is one of the most common types of hair loss we see in women. Rarely men can be affected too, but it is menstruating women who are most likely to be affected, as blood loss depletes iron stores. Patients presenting with this type of problem will usually complain of shedding too much hair. Normal daily hair loss can be as much as 80-100 strands per day, but crucially, an increase in what is normal for you is the most important factor.

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