FOLLICLE™ Advanced Formula Hair Restoration System
Many popular hair treatment systems use harsh chemicals to assist you with growing back your hair. You may actually see some results, but you may not realize the long term adverse effects those chemicals are having on your body systems.
We have developed a system using only the most potent herbs and botanicals available in a formula designed to stop hair loss as well as promote healthy hair growth. All without the use of parabens, sulfates or any harmful chemicals. And it works! You can trust that these products will be good for both your hair and your body.
We know that so often wearing wigs and weaves, as well as hair that is braided too tightly, can lead to hair loss (traction alopecia). We invite you to treat your hair with this under-hair care system and get your confidence and self esteem back.FOLLICLE™ Advanced Formula Hair Restoration System is an all-natural herbal hair treatment system designed to offer a long term solution to hair loss for women. The ingredients in this system helps block the action of DHT (dihydrotestosterone) – an androgen or hormone that prevents the hair follicles from getting necessary nutrients to grow healthy hair – as well as promote new hair growth resulting from various forms of alopecia.
Cosmetologist and trichologist approved!
The FOLLICLE™ Advanced Formula Hair Restoration System consists of four steps to be used once per week.
- Prevents Hair Loss
- Strengthens Hair with Powerful DHT Blockers
- Contains Vitamins for Hair Growth
NO Parabens, NO SLS, NO Harmful Chemicals
Read more about alopecia HERE and how this system can help. Also see amazing results from some of our clients.
STEP 1: FOLLICLE Scalp Exfoliator Gently relieves tightness and exfoliates the scalp to remove excess sebum and product buildup, unclogs pores and prepares the scalp to receive the vital herbs and nutrients necessary for follicle care and maximum hair growth.
How to use: Once weekly, mix a small amount of water to 1 teaspoon of the herbal powder to make a paste and apply to scalp only. Lightly scrub scalp to exfoliate and cleanse. Rinse completely. Follow with Step 2 (Follicle Scalp Cleanse), Step 3 (Follicle Booster Oil), and Step 4 (Follicle Scalp & Hair Moisturizer) to promote new hair growth in problem areas.
STEP 2: FOLLICLE Scalp Cleanse An herbal hair and scalp tea designed to provide gentle warming of the scalp to increase penetration of nutrients to the hair follicle.
How to use: Once weekly, submerge one tea bag in 8 ounces of hot water for 3 minutes. Allow water to cool to a lukewarm temperature then pour over scalp. Massage with fingertips. Do not rinse. Follow with Step 3 (Follicle Booster Oil) and Step 4 (Follicle Scalp & Hair Moisturizer) to promote new hair growth in problem areas.
STEP 3: FOLLICLE Intense Follicle Booster Oil Once the scalp has been treated and prepared, this ultra-concentrated herbal scalp oil is ready to provide vitamins, nutrients and botanicals deep into the hair follicle to help protect it from the damaging effects of DHT. When used as directed, this oil conditions and heals the scalp, relieves itchiness, eliminates tightness and dryness, and promotes healthy hair growth.
How to use: Once weekly, use Follicle Scalp Exfoliator and Follicle Cleanse to thoroughly clean the scalp, then apply a quarter-size amount of Intense Follicle Booster to palm of hand and gently massage over problem area for 3-5 minutes (can be used on entire scalp). Do not wash out.
On all other days, apply a quarter-size amount of oil to palm of hand and gently massage over entire scalp for 3-5 minutes. Do not wash out.
STEP 4: FOLLICLE Scalp & Hair Moisturizer As the final step in the hair restoration system, this herbal tea-based cream is the perfect moisturizer for both the hair and scalp. Highly concentrated with ancient herbs known for centuries to promote hair growth, as well as botanicals proven to stop hair loss, this moisturizer keeps the hair soft, supple and adds sheen while further conditioning and healing the scalp. Continued use, in conjunction with the other items in the system, promotes faster hair growth.
How to use: Once weekly, use as part of the entire restoration system by applying a small amount of moisturizer to scalp and hair while still damp and after steps 1-3, concentrating on problem areas. Can be used daily after oil application to help keep scalp moisturized.
The main ingredients of Saw Palmetto, Green Tea, Nettles, Biotin and Pumpkin Seed Oil have been a proven combination for the regrowth of scalp hair for years. Additional natural herbs such as Fenugreek, Licorice Root, Fo-Ti Root, Tea Tree Oil, Baobab and other ancient Ayurvedic herbs moisturizes and conditions the scalp and hair, as well as increases the effectiveness and ability of the herbs to penetrate the hair follicle for maximum benefit.
Hair grows from the follicle, or root, underneath the skin. The hair is ‘fed’ by blood vessels at the base of the follicle, which give it the nourishment it needs to grow. Between starting to grow and falling out years later, each hair passes through four stages: anagen, catagen, telogen and exogen. Every hair can be at a different stage of the growth cycle at any given time.
Your head is made up of about 150,000 hair follicles. Around 80-90% of hair is in the anagen, or growing, phase of the hair growth cycle at any one time. Throughout the cycle, the hairs on your head are in various stages of growth and shedding.
Over time, the length of the anagen stage decreases. Therefore, the hair may become weaker and thinner after each cycle. That’s why it’s important to ensure your diet is rich in specific nutrients to maintain healthy hair growth.
Hair Growth Phases
1. Anagen (Growing Phase)
The anagen, or growing, phase usually lasts 2-7 years, and the length of this phase determines the length of our hair.
2. Catagen (Transition Phase)
This is the transitional phase that lasts about ten days. During this stage, the hair follicle decreases in size and detaches from the dermal papilla.
3. Telogen (Resting Phase)
This is the telogen, or resting, phase, which generally lasts around 3 months. Around 10-15% of the hair on your head is in this phase at any given time. While the old hair is resting, a new hair begins the growing phase.
4. Exogen (Shedding Phase)
This is a part of the resting phase where the old hair detaches and sheds, and new hair continues to grow. Approximately 50 to 150 of your hairs may fall out daily. That is considered a normal rate of hair shedding.
Alopecia, which means hair loss, is of epidemic proportion for many women of color. Although there have been magazine articles and television segments about alopecia, it continues to be poorly understood by many women. There are many different causes of alopecia that affect women with brown skin. However, there are two types of hair loss that women with curly or tightly coiled hair are plagued with: central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia and traction alopecia (Figure 1 and Figure 2).
Alopecia is a devastating condition for all women, despite the cause. All women want to have their own healthy hair. Hair loss effects self-esteem, social interactions and relationships.
Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA) was previously called follicular degeneration syndrome or hot comb alopecia. CCCA is a form of hair loss that has the following features:
- Central (crown) portion of the scalp is were the problem begins
- Centrifugal (circular) pattern is the outward pattern in which this problem progresses
- Cicatricial (scarring) of the hair follicles occurs
- Alopecia (hair loss) is progressive
Fig 3. Moderate CCCA
Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia
With CCCA, the hair loss may appear suddenly and progress relentlessly (Figure 3). It occurs in women of all ages, from as young as 20 to as old as 60. The cause of CCCA is unknown but it is felt to be related to repeated and frequent but unnoticed damage to the hair follicles. There may be a hereditary component to CCCA and for Black and some Latina women, a combination of hair care habits and practices may cause or contribute to the condition. Some dermatologists theorize that the following factors may play a role in the cause or CCCA:
- Hot combing (microscopic droplets of hot hair oil drip onto and damage the hair follicles)
- Chemical relaxing (the severe tingling and burning that occurs when the application directions are not followed may produce inflammation and destruction of the hair follicles)
- Tight rollers or curlers used to set the hair (the chronic pulling or traction of the hair may produce inflammation and destruction of the follicles)
- Braids with extensions or weaves to style the hair (the chronic pulling or traction of the hair may produce inflammation and destruction of the follicles)
- Blow drying (excessive heat applied to the scalp and hot oil droplets may destroy the follicles)
- “Oiling or greasing the scalp” (may block the follicles and cause inflammation in the follicles)
Once the hair follicles become damaged or destroyed, scar tissue (cicatrix) forms and hair will never regrow. Therefore, if you suspect that you may have CCCA, it is important to see your dermatologist immediately. An evaluation by the dermatologist will include blood tests to eliminate other causes of hair loss and a scalp biopsy. A scalp biopsy is a simple procedure in which a small area of the scalp is removed after numbing medication is administered. A stitch is then placed to close the areas. When the biopsy is analyzed by the pathologist, features typical of CCCA may be seen: a decrease or absence of hair follicles, scar tissue formation and inflammatory cells surrounding the hair follicles.
Since dermatologists do not know the exact cause of CCCA, outlining a treatment is difficult. The first step is to stop any styling practice that may be causing or contributing to the hair loss. Often that means no hot combs, no tightly applied rollers or braids, blow drying or relaxers for a period of time. If the hair follicles have not been damaged beyond repair, you may, for example, be able to resume your hair care practices but with modifications. Your dermatologist can help you determine when—and if—you can resume these styling practices. Taking a break from harsh styling and substituting gentler techniques may allow the inflammation to resolve, the scalp to heal and hair growth to resume.
Your dermatologist may prescribe medications to decrease the inflammation that is seen in the hair follicles of those affected by CCCA. Oral or topical antibiotics are sometimes prescribed because they help to reduce inflammation. Likewise, topical cortisones applied to the scalp or cortisones directly injected into the scalp may also be used to treat or reduce scalp inflammation. Finally, once the inflammation is minimized, your dermatologist may recommend over-the-counter products to stimulate growth of follicles that have not been destroyed.
Fig 4. Severe CCCA
With severe CCCA (Figure 4), the hair follicles are destroyed and neither topical or injected medications will help the condition. Hair transplantation may be a solution for some women although the severe scarring may make this procedure technically difficult.
Sometimes CCCA is confused with the hereditary form of alopecia, called androgenic alopecia. This form of alopecia is also characterized by thinning in the central portion of the scalp with extension toward the hairline. With androgenic alopecia, the underlying scalp appears normal and the follicles are not scarred. Therefore, there is a greater likelihood that hair will regrow.
CCCA is a devastating condition for women with brown skin and the best chance of reversing the process and restoring hair is early diagnosis and prevention. Therefore, it is important to see a dermatologist who is knowledgeable in tightly coiled or curly hair at the first sign of hair loss.
Traction alopecia is hair loss that occurs as a result of continuous pulling of the hair. Pulling may occur from hairstyles such as tight cornrows or braids, weaves, ponytails or even hair rollers or curlers. Traction alopecia may also be due to excessive weight from long extensions or locks. Signs that the hair is being pulled too tightly are difficulty moving your forehead or temples, headache, and scalp soreness. Side effects of pulling too hard are breakage of hair strands and hair loss from the follicle. An even more serious side effect of chronically pulling the hair is an inflammation of the follicle and the appearance of small bumps (folliculitis). Inflammation can lead to destruction of the hair follicle and permanent hair loss. Over time, bald spots may develop along the hairline and in the area above the ears. Since the hair loss happens gradually, you may not even notice it until the bald spot develops or your hairline recedes significantly. If traction alopecia continues for a prolonged period of time, the follicles may become destroyed and hair loss permanent.
It may seem obvious but it’s time to stop pulling your hair out. To save your hair, you may need to switch hairstyles altogether. However, if your hair loss is minimal and you want to continue to braid your hair or plait your child’s hair, for instance, you can make adjustments, such as wearing looser braids, plaiting the hair loosely and wearing shorter weaves or locks. Women of color often pull tightly on hair to make it look smooth or straighter in a ponytail or bun. A better solution might be to apply a hair gel or a dab of conditioner to the hair to help it to lie flatter and straighter.
Traction alopecia can also be a devastating condition for women with brown skin in much the same way as CCCA. Although women may think that they look terrific with tight hair styles, they can and do lead to permanent loss of hair. The key with traction alopecia is simply to avoid tight hair styles. Also, it is important to see a dermatologist at the first sign of hair loss.
Our products are made with the utmost consciousness for your health and will never contain parabens, sulfates, formaldehyde or any other harmful chemicals. We are all about conscious haircare - which means that we are conscious of what we put in our products to make sure they are only good. We hope you are conscious, too.