INNOVATION AND THE SCIENCE OF HAIR

Discover the life cycle of hair and how the innovative active ingredients in René Furterer products improve the strength and beauty of your hair

LEARN TO BETTER UNDERSTAND YOUR SCALP AND HAIR

Scalp

The scalp has a protective layer of tissue on the surface, the epidermis, and a nourishing supportive layer of tissue underneath, the dermis, which contains multiple blood vessels where the root of the hair (the follicle) develops an "exchange zone" (dermal papilla) for extracting the vital energy for the hair. Next to the root is a sebaceous gland which secrets sebum to coat the entire length of the hair and protect it.

Hair

The visible part of the hair, the shaft, is made of three layers:
1. External layer (cuticle) formed of protective overlapping scales.

2. Middle layer (cortex) made of keratin fibers grouped together in spindle-like shapes. This layer contains the pigments responsible for the hair's natural color.
3. Inner layer (medulla).

THE HAIR LIFE CYCLE

Our hair is constantly renewing itself. A single hair emerges, grows, then falls out, as part of a hair cycle that repeats itself about 25 times during our lifetime and occurs in three stages:

1. The anagen phase, or growth phase. This lasts about 2 to 3 years in men and 6 to 8 years in women. Under normal conditions, about 85% of our hairs are in the anagen phase. During this phase, the vascular network that supplies the hair root is particularly well-developed around the follicle.

2. The catagen phase, or regression phase, which is fairly brief (2 to 3 weeks), during which the hair follicle becomes inactive. The matrix dies and although the hair does not grow any more, it remains rooted in the follicle.

3. The telogen phase, when the hair is in its rest phase. The hair is shed and replaced by another hair, whereby a new anagen phase begins. This period of renewal lasts approximately 3 months and explains why we normally lose around 100 hairs every day.

THERE ARE 2 TYPES OF HAIR LOSS

GRADUAL HAIR LOSS

This hair loss, also called andro-genetic alopecia, is a gradual and localized decrease in the capillary mass. In humans, it extends most often at the level of the frontal lobes, the top of the head and the tonsure. In women it is frequently located on the temporal zones and the ray.
 
SUDDEN HAIR LOSS

Also called acute diffuse alopecia, it is characterized by a sudden, punctual and massive hair loss, and is generally linked to a particular event (stress, fatigue, emotional shock, food deficiency, pregnancy, drugs ...).

WHAT CAUSES THIS HAIR LOSS?

GRADUAL HAIR LOSS

This is caused by a reduced anagen (growth) phase linked to progressive degeneration of the hair follicles. Each cycle becomes shorter than the one before. Finally, the follicle wears out completely, is reabsorbed, then disappears. The succession of 20 to 25 hair growth cycles, which should last a lifetime, ends sooner than expected.

Gradual hair loss is the result of an often genetic malfunction of the hair follicle in reaction to hormones, leading to premature hair loss. The anagen phase shortens, leading to accelerated and runaway hair cycles, as well as progressive miniaturization of the hair follicles. As a result, the succession of 20 to 25 hair growth cycles, which should last a lifetime, ends sooner than expected, potentially leading to partial or total baldness. 

To fight hair loss, we must prolong the life span of the hair.

SUDDEN HAIR LOSS

This is caused by a large number of hair follicles entering the telogen (shedding) phase early.
To treat this type of hair loss, you need to QUICKLY REACTIVATE HAIR GROWTH by triggering a new hair cycle.

 

THE CAUSES OF GRADUAL HAIR LOSS

A HORMONE-DEPENDENT DISORDER

Gradual hair loss or alopecia is dependent on certain male hormones, androgens, which are also present in women. This also explains why this phenomenon only begins after puberty.
Gradual hair loss is an abnormal reaction of the hair and scalp to these hormones. 
Testosterone is involved in the process, but indirectly. To cause hair loss, it must first be transformed by 5α-reductase into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The hyperactivity of this enzyme causes an overexpression of DHT.
The overexpression of DHT shortens the hair’s life cycle, resulting in accelerated cycles. The hair production period shortens, the cycles therefore follow on from one another much faster, the hair thins, and the follicle becomes exhausted, dies and disappears.

 

The other detrimental effect of DHT is that it also damages the hair’s healthy environment. In particular, it stimulates the sebaceous glands, making them produce more sebum. 
Combined, these two factors mean that the weakened hairs fall out before reaching maximum length. They are followed by new regrowth, which also has a shortened life span.

THE CAUSES OF SUDDEN HAIR LOSS

POOR CIRCULATION

Growth factors are responsible for increasing the blood flow to the hair follicle. This function is essential to regulating hair growth. Poor circulation to the scalp means the hair bulb does not receive the nutrients it needs and results in hair loss.

NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCY

A deficient blood supply limits the amount of nutrients, energy and trace elements that reach the hair, causing it to enter the telogen (shedding) phase too early.

RENÉ FURTERER HAIR INNOVATION 3 patents* for an optimally effective hair loss program

BIOTRININE: A NEW 360° KEY INGREDIENT

Biotrinine is a new natural key ingredient, obtained by aqueous extraction of the aerial parts of watercress (Nasturtium officinale) and nasturtium (Trapaeolum majus).
It was chosen by René Furterer for its ability to act at each key stage of the life cycle* of the hair in the anagen phase.
Its mode of action:
· Activate the signal necessary for hair growth in the genesis stage
· Stimulate and prolong growth to visibly redensify hair,
· Prolong the maturity stage to delay the transition of the hair to the shedding phase and preserve existing hair.

*In-vitro test on the key ingredient.

NATURAL PFAFFIA EXTRACT (REGISTERED PATENT*)

Native to the Amazon, Pfaffia, also known as Brazilian Ginseng, is undoubtedly the most well-known plant in traditional medicine. Thought to be an elixir of long life, Pfaffia strengthens the internal organs while calming the nervous system and suppressing anxiety. It brings vitality, dynamism and strength.

René Furterer uses the remarkable properties of natural Pfaffia extract, combined with a scalp massage, to stimulate the microcirculation the hair bulb. Hair thus receives the nutrients and energy it needs for optimal growth.

*in France

HYDROLYZED CURBICIA EXTRACT (REGISTERED PATENT*)

Curbicia is obtained by hydrolyzing squash seeds, a unique process patented by René Furterer Laboratories. It inhibits the expression of the enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT

René Furterer uses Hydrolyzed Curbicia extract to reduce excess sebum, since this excess sebum suffocates the hair. The hair bulb is now free to grow.

*in France

ATP: ACTIVE INGREDIENT INNOVATION

ATP, or Adenosine TriPhosphate, is an active ingredient that is produced naturally by the body. It is an essential source of energy because it is the only fuel that the cells can use directly. Researchers at René Furterer have discovered the incredible effects of ATP on the cells in the hair follicle.
ATP acts right at the heart of the follicle to help maintain the growth (anagen) phase of the hair.

SUITED FOR EVERY TYPE OF HAIR LOSS

ATP:
1. Its triple action at the heart of the dermal papilla extends the life of the hair, making it a highly effective active ingredient against gradual hair loss.
2. It induces the anagen phase, which makes it possible to rapidly restart hair growth and marks it out as a highly effective key ingredient against sudden hair loss.

This is why René Furterer has included this active ingredient in its two hair loss prevention treatments.

TO FIND OUT MORE

To find out more about hair loss and the effects of René Furterer care products:

GRADUAL, HORMONAL, HEREDITARY HAIR LOSS (in men and women): DermatoMag - Gradual hair loss. Benefits of TRIPHASIC VHT ATP INTENSIF - Regenerating treatment for hair loss - September 2014

SUDDEN HAIR LOSS (due to stress, diet, illness, after giving birth): DermatoMag - Sudden hair loss. Benefits of RF80 ATP ENERGIE Concentrated serum for hair loss - September 2015