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Hair and hair growth


Hair grows out of follicles, pits sunk beneath the skin surface being tube like pockets of the epidermis that enclose a small section of the dermas at their base, that are found in the top layer of skin (epidermis). At the base of the follicle is the hair root which comprises the blood vessel, the papilla, the hair bulb and the hair bulge. The papilla, contains nerves, connective tissue and blood vessels that are responsible for maintaining hair growth. The hair grows from the bottom of the follicle. It is nourished by the blood vessels in the papilla that extend into the follicle and for a short distance into the root of the hair. The cells of the hair bulge, immediately above the hair bulb, the region in which new hair is developed (this is according to a 1990 study), move upward as new cells begin to form beneath them. As these cells move further from the hair bulge they are cut off from their supply of nourishment and start to form a hard protein called keratin. Above the bulge the hair is surrounded by a sheath of cells with openings for sebaceous glands, which produce a waxy coating to prevent the hair from drying out and sweat glands which produce a watery secretion to lubricate the hair.


A number of factors influence the rate of hair growth such as age, sex, hair length, season, diet, general health etc. In general hair grows at a rate of approximately 13mm per month. It grows fastest in the summer months and in women between the ages of 16 and 24 years. At any one time the average head of hair is estimated to have between 100 000 and 150 000 hairs. Hair is not a permanent body structure and is present in/on the scalp for between 4 and 6 years. It goes through a growth phase called the anagen phase which is followed by the rest phase called the catagen phase. A follicle then sheds its hair and replaces it with a new one during a phase called the telogen phase. Between 5 and 15 percent of the hairs in the scalp are in a resting phase at any point in time. A person sheds between 70 and 100 hairs a day from follicles that are in the telogen phase. As the phases of each follicle is unique and follow the cycles independently of each other the total amount of hair on the human scalp remains constant.


Causes/Types of hair loss

Baldness also called alopecia is the lack or loss of hair. Two primary types of baldness can be distinguished. Permanent hair loss arising out of the destruction of hair follicles and temporary hair loss arising from transitory damage to the follicles. Temporary hair loss occurs fairly commonly after conditions accompanied by high fever/temperature, exposure to X-rays, ingestion of metals such as thallium, tin and arsenic, drugs, malnutrition, some inflammatory skin diseases, scalp infections and endocrine disorders. Factors such as pregnancy and illness can affect the growth cycles of the follicles. The growing phase (anagen) is shorter which may result in a greater number of club hairs. These club hairs may be shed a the same time causing thinning of the hair or even baldness. This is a temporary form of baldness and when the follicle enters a growing phase a new hair will grow.


Alkod (product background and application)

Alkod consists of vegetable and herbal extracts, taking the form of tinctures and essential oils, which are blended and carried in an aqueous alcoholic solution. The solution is applied to the scalp in sufficient quantity to render the scalp moist. The scalp is then massaged, using one’s fingertips, for approximately 3 minutes. The aqueous alcoholic carrier solution evaporates leaving the "active" ingredients, the herbal and vegetable extracts, on the scalp. Certain of the extracts have the effect, according to the literature, of stimulating ones circulation. When combined with the massage the impact on the circulation is synergistic. As the developing hair (the cells) is nourished from the blood, enhanced circulation will ensure the adequate delivery of blood from which the multiplying and maturing cells can extract the necessary nutrients to optimise development/growth. Other extracts contained in Alkod, the documented properties of which include being Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Antibacterial, Antifungal and Cicatrizant, help create an environment necessary for sustainable healthy hair growth. Alkod has also been developed to act as a toner/freshener for the scalp.


Alkod is a product developed to address certain aspects associated with unnatural hair loss. Alkod is a colour blind product suitable for use on all scalps irrespective of ethnic denomination. For the best results when using Alkod, a proactive approach is preferable to a reactive one.


Other related products in the range include Alklene shampoo for both normal and oily hair, Alkonditioner and A.K.D. These products all contain the herbal and vegetable extracts associated with the Alkod. The A.K.D. is virtually the same as Alkod but instead of the carrier being an aqueous/alcoholic one it is a cream base. A.K.D. thus offers the benefits associated with Alkod and can be used as a hair styling aid. The Alkod and A.K.D. are relatively unique in that there are few competing products in a similar price range.


Alkod and A.K.D. virtually sell themselves and are a Pharmacy only line. Please put them on your shelves and let them help you generate profit. The full range of products is available from all the leading pharmaceutical distributors.

How to apply and use Alkod

Alkod is a lotion applied to the scalp (not the hair). It is a product that must be left on the scalp as the active ingredients, being the vegetable and herbal extracts, are absorbed through the scalp so the longer the active ingredients are exposed to the scalp the greater the amount absorbed and the greater the benefit.

Replace the cap on the Alkod bottle with the spout cap. Place the spout cap through your hair and moisten your scalp with Alkod. Use your fingertips to massage your scalp for 3 to 5 minutes while the aqueous alcoholic carrier solution evaporates, leaving the herbal and vegetable extracts on your scalp, to be absorbed through your scalp. Should you wish to wash your hair, wash it and then towel your hair dry before applying Alkod. If your scalp is wet the active ingredients will not adhere to your scalp thus reducing or negating any benefit from Alkod. Once applied you can manage your hair, as you normally would e.g. blow drying it.




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Last modified: May 22, 2012