Have Two Women Found A Hair Loss Cure

Have Two Women Found A Hair Loss Cure

Two scientists, both women and working on different continents, have collaborated on some amazing science. Their work has broken new ground when it comes to treating hereditary disease, of which hair loss is an example. So, we ask, have two women found a hair loss cure? We look closer.

 

 

This is an uplifting story of hard work and dedication across the years. One that begins with a simple observation and ends in what has been called ‘a remarkable and significant medical milestone.’  The pair at the centre of this story have earned themselves a place in the history books of medicine, with their work set to revolutionise treatment for hereditary diseases. Have two women found a hair loss cure? Quite possibly.

In 1987, a strange property of bacterial DNA was noticed. A pattern that for many years was a mystery, what possible purpose could it serve? The first clues were seen around 20 years later, in the mid-2000s. Studies revealed that these patterns, called ‘clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats’ or CRISPR for short, were part of the defence system of bacteria. Using an enzyme called Cas the bacteria was able to cut out sections of virus DNA and put it into their own genome. This, in turn, enabled the bacteria to be able to detect an attack by the virus and fight back.

The real breakthrough came in 2012. Two women, Jennifer Doudna in the US and Emmanuelle Charpentier in France, led teams that showed how that bacterial defence system, and the Cas enzyme, in particular, could be used to ‘cut and paste’ gene sequences. So, for the first time, scientists had the prospect of being able to ‘repair’ human genomes – the possibilities seemed endless.

Revolutionary Treatment

Since the work of those two amazing women was announced the technology has been picked up by labs around the world. Recently, the results of the first clinical trials involving the use of CRISPR technology were published, and they were all we could have hoped for.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals and CRISPR Therapeutics, two American companies, have been focussing on a couple of debilitating hereditary illnesses. Sickle cell anaemia and beta-thalassemia are inherited conditions that come with terrible prognoses.

In the study, a patient suffering from each of these diseases was treated. Cells were extracted from their bone marrow before being edited, using CRISPR, in the lab, fixing the genetic mutations before infusing the cells back into the body. The theory was that the body would then take over the job of producing new healthy cells.

Results

We will cut to the chase, the study was an unmitigated success. The teams were able to lay claim to being the first to successfully use CRISPR gene editing to reverse a hereditary condition.

For the sufferer from sickle cell, the treatment was transformative. The year prior to treatment experienced an average of seven ‘excruciating health crises’ a year. But has not experienced one in the four months since their single treatment. The sufferer from beta-thalassemia was also given one treatment. In the year prior to the treatment, they had to endure 16 blood transfusions, in the nine months since treatment they have not needed one.

The two firms are moving on to a Phase 1/2 open-label trial, enrolling up to 45 patients in the US, Canada, and Europe.

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We have to end on a note of caution, at least in regard to hair loss. While hair loss is most definitely a hereditary condition, it is not as simple, in many ways, as treating something like sickle cell.  With sickle cell, the team was targetting an individual gene. To ‘fix’ hair loss is far more complex. We have already identified well over 200 genes that play a role in our hair. But these results have moved the goalposts considerably. We are now at the stage of grasping that complexity and in possession of the tools to do it. Once we can detail the picture of all those genes, and their individual roles, we will be in a position to use CRISPR gene editing to fix hair loss.

When that happy day arrives, we will all need to raise a glass to the brilliant work of Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier… even if a team from MIT did sneak in and patent their discovery for use on humans. You can see more detail on these results, and their future plans, on the Vertex website here.

Ranbir Rai-Watson

Here at Hair Loss For Women, we have our very own hair loss heroine.    We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a qualified trichologist and a full member of The Institute of Trichologists. A committed hair professional, Ranbir has years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry.  Discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear. Use the contact form to get in touch.

You can read more about Ranbir here.

Health warning for popular hair supplement

Health Warning For A Popular Hair Supplement

Many of us, battling against thinning hair, are turning to supplements. Combining the use of supplements with the prescribed treatments delivered by a hair professional can make a lot of sense. But a warning has been issued in regard to one increasingly popular supplement. We look closer.

 

Hair Tonic

A hair tonic was the name given to any product aimed at improving our hair. As science brought a deeper understanding of the complexities of the hair growth cycle we were able to study these hair tonics more closely. Identifying the compounds within some that were actually of benefit, and dismissing others as red herrings. Today, there are countless remedies on the shelves, but we have news on a health warning for a popular hair supplement.

Iron is a great example of a nutrient that many of us need to be keeping an eye on. Iron is a vital component of haemoglobin, which carries oxygen in red blood cells. Without sufficient iron in our system, we lower the amount of those red blood cells. This means your muscles, tissues, and many imperative functions do not receive the necessary supply of oxygen. This condition is called iron deficiency anaemia, and it is extremely common in women.

Hair Supplements

There is a range of vitamins and minerals that can be recommended for women suffering from hair loss. Vitamins A, B, C, D, and E all play a role. Iron, zinc, and protein are all important in your diet too. Most of us will get most of what we need from our regular diet, though vegetarians need to pay particular attention to theirs.

Our increased awareness of hair nutrition has spawned an industry. As an adjunct to the established market for health supplements, we now see entire shelves dedicated to supplements for hair. That long list of potentially required supplements is really the tip of the iceberg, You will find recommendations to increase consumption of everything from mushrooms to ‘nutritional yeast’ in the hope of improving the health of your hair growth cycle.

One supplement has become extremely popular in a relatively short space of time. Turmeric has been popular in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. Turmeric is a potent analgesic, capable of reducing pain from arthritis and inflammation. It is also used to treat skin diseases, wounds, digestive problems, and liver conditions. Increasingly, it is being taken by women with hair thinning… and that could be a problem.

Health Warning

An American doctor was suffering from osteoarthritis following steroid therapy. At the same time as undergoing radiation therapy for recurrent prostate cancer he began to self-treat with turmeric capsules for the ‘crippling inflammation’ he was having to endure. He dosed at around 7g a day, against a reported safe level of up to 12g.

While taking the turmeric supplement, his iron levels were low. Adding iron to his supplements was expected to resolve the problem but subsequent levels of iron continued to drop. The doctor read some literature on turmeric-related iron deficiency and dropped it from his intake. Within a fortnight his iron levels began to rise.

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This is, it should be noted, the first documented case of iron deficiency linked to turmeric. But the anecdotal evidence suggests that turmeric does inhibit the uptake of oxygen into your blood. A health warning on a popular hair supplement is never welcome news. Nevertheless, it is one we would do well to heed.

At the heart of this article is an important warning. Self-prescribing supplements can be a fraught business, even if, like the subject of this article, you are a medical professional. If you have concerns about the health of your hair you should be putting yourself in the hands of a trichologist. These highly trained, scalp and hair focussed, professionals will take a holistic view of your health and lifestyle. Using all the available evidence to make a diagnosis and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.

Ranbir Rai-Watson

Of course, here at Hair Loss For Women, we have our very own hair loss heroine.    We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a qualified trichologist and a full member of The Institute of Trichologists. A committed hair professional, Ranbir has years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry.  Discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear. Use the contact form to get in touch.

You can read more about Ranbir here.

Diagnosis Is Key In The Hair Loss Fight

Diagnosis Is Key In The Hair Loss Fight

The results of a five-year study into hair loss concluded recently. The results highlight why diagnosis is key in the hair loss fight. We look closer.

 

Alopecia Areata

Many of us will be familiar with this condition, even if we do not know anyone has suffered from it. Typically, it sees sufferers experience random patches of hair loss, usually circular and about the size of a coin. The name alopecia areata actually turns out to be an umbrella term for a range of associated diseases. Naturally, if you want to win the war against your own hair loss, diagnosis is key in the hair loss fight.

Two of these versions, alopecia areata incognita (AAI) and diffuse alopecia areata (AAI), produce a different outcome for the sufferer. Instead of small round patches, they will go through a possibly acute diffuse thinning.

The study set out to look into every feature of the conditions, by reviewing the clinical, trichoscopy, histological, and therapeutic features of both. In doing so, they hoped to improve the ability of the medical community to tell them apart and treat accordingly.

Looking For Symptoms

While both conditions essentially present with the same symptoms, acute and diffuse thinning, the team was looking for the differences. This, they hoped, would enable trichologists and dermatologists to distinguish between them and improve both diagnosis and treatment. Because diagnosis is key in the hair loss fight it was essential to provide reliable tools.

Looking through the clinical case notes was no doubt informative. But the key breakthroughs came when the team explored the trichoscopy and histopathological results. Both of these methods involve a microscopic investigation of the affected area. Histology is the study of the microscopic anatomy, down at the tissue level. While trichoscopy is an associated science that concentrates its lens on the scalp and hair.

Combining results from the two produced a few surprising outcomes while giving some clarity to the problems of diagnosis.

Clear Guidance From Trichoscopy

The great news is that this extensive study has produced positive results. They were able to identify some key differences between the conditions that a professional can use to diagnose correctly every time.

To begin with, the conditions each have a preference for a different part of the scalp. Both will affect the parietal region, above the ears. But DAA will also affect the area in front of the ears while AAI is more likely to be found around the base of the head at the back. While indicative, it was clear that a clinical examination alone would not solve the problem.

Trichoscopy was indicated by the study to be a crucial player in diagnosis. A microscopic examination of patients with AAI revealed yellow dots. Some were empty, some had vellus hair or small hairs on regrowth. They noted that pigtail hair was very frequent and almost exclusive to AAI. Their first clear sign. This was accompanied by news of a similarly clear indicator on DAA.

They identified black dots as more frequent along with dystrophic hairs, ones which have broken off at the base, in cases of DAA.

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Five years is a long study and represents the hard work of a lot of people. They have done important work in enabling diagnosis and treatment for these distressing diseases. Both of which are eminently treatable. As always in the war on hair loss, diagnosis is key in the hair loss fight. It informs your hair professional on how to precisely treat your condition.

Best of all, the results of their hard work are now accessible by you at your local trichologist’s clinic.

Ranbir Rai-Watson

Of course, here at Hair Loss For Women, we have our very own hair loss heroine.    We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a qualified trichologist and a full member of The Institute of Trichologists. A committed hair professional, Ranbir has years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry.  Discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear. Use the contact form to get in touch.

You can read more about Ranbir here.

 

 

our hair loss heroine

Our Hair Loss Heroine

A revolution has happened in hair loss research over the last decade with the work of one woman at its heart. Dr. Angela Christiano is that woman. We take a closer look at our favourite hair loss heroine and her remarkable story.

 

Dr. Angela Christiano – Hair Loss Heroine

In 1995, she was working as a geneticist studying skin diseases at Columbia University. She would probably still be studying skin diseases, and no doubt making her mark, if it had not been for a trip to the hairdresser that year. Her stylist told her that she had a small bald patch at the back of her head. It came as a terrible shock to this Jersey girl, who took great pride in her wonderful locks. It would be the moment when she set out on the path to becoming our hair loss heroine.

She was diagnosed with a type of alopecia. Regular readers will know this to be an autoimmune disease that attacks hair follicles. Usually affecting the scalp the condition can affect all hair on the body in extreme cases.

A New Direction

Dr. Christiano made the momentous decision to switch the focus of her work. On discovering that the only treatment available involved steroid injections she decided to study alopecia. Something she describes as ‘a short leap’ from her work on skin diseases.

In hindsight, it was a sliding doors moment from which the whole hair loss community would benefit.

Focussing her work on Alopecia Areata (AA), the condition she herself suffered from, would turn out to be anything but easy. To start with, simply applying for grants would prove a challenge. She became used to getting turned down for funds on the grounds that the problem was cosmetic. Knowing it to be linked to physical and psychological effects including suicide, Christiano persevered.

Hair Loss Hope

In 2010, Dr. Christiano and her team made a monumental discovery. One that was so fundamental it has implications beyond hair loss. They identified a group of genes that create immune cells that destroy unwanted invaders to the follicle.

Four years later, with colleague Raphael Clynes, she published a follow-up paper. This time they described details of another discovery, every bit as remarkable as the first. They had identified a class of drugs, Janus Kinase (JAK) inhibitors, as effective against AA.

Today, JAK inhibitors are the basis of several drugs being developed by some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Pfizer is already at Phase III testing on 700 patients worldwide. If successful, the last step is to apply to the FDA for approval to take it to market.

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Dr. Christiano fits the bill as our hair loss heroine. That sliding doors moment in the hairdressers may yet turn out to be one we are all grateful for. The prospect of an FDA approved drug, based on her discoveries, is truly exciting. We don’t suppose a Nobel prize will ever be awarded for hair loss research, but if it is then Christiano should be at the front of the queue.

She has also been responsible for some exciting work on men’s hair loss. In 1998,  she discovered a gene for hair loss. With British biologist Colin Jahoda, she developed a technique for removing hair follicle stem cells and culturing them in a lab. With the promise of limitless grafts.

Beyond alopecia, Christiano’s work has been the basis for other research that might change the treatment for melanoma. Using the same killer immune cells and targetting the malignancy with them.

Her work has been revolutionary and there is surely plenty more to come. We will be watching closely, as we have done for years.

Ranbir Rai-Watson

Of course, here at Hair Loss For Women, we have our very own hair loss heroine.    We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a qualified trichologist and a full member of The Institute of Trichologists. A committed hair professional, Ranbir has years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry.  Discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear. Use the contact form to get in touch.

You can read more about Ranbir here.

Hair Loss Hazard At Gym

It may come as a surprise to many that there is a serious hair loss hazard at the gym. One that can affect any of us but particularly those who attend regularly and work out hard. We take a closer look and offer some advice on both prevention and cure.

 

Hair Loss At Gym

So how exactly do we put our hair at risk when we work out? Is there really a hair loss hazard at the gym? The answer is, we are afraid, a definitive yes.

A lot happens when we put our bodies through physical exercise. Most of it is extremely positive for our wider wellbeing. We improve our fitness and reduce cholesterol levels for starters. As we get older it becomes even more important as we fight off atrophy. Most of us will take on a gym routine that we find challenging, to some extent. A few will really push the boat out and attempt much something much tougher. Each to their own of course, but those tougher regimes can come at a price. Ultimately, there is the danger of pushing your body harder than some of its components can cope with. Unfortunately, this sees occasional examples of people suffering from heart attacks and strokes while exercising.

While that sort of tragic outcome is rare it does highlight the potential risks associated with exercise. When we exercise we release a lot of chemicals into our bloodstream. The immune, nervous, muscular, and cardiovascular systems are all switched on. As previously mentioned, this is overwhelmingly a good thing. It improves muscle mass and efficiency in those systems. But it can also trigger a condition called Telogen Effluvium, a lesser-known cause of hair loss. It happens as a result of any kind of shock. This might be an accident, or surgery, or a bereavement. But it can also happen as a reaction to putting your body through the stress of one of those tough workouts.

Telogen Effluvium (TE)

Normally, around 15% of all our hair follicles are in a resting phase. It happens for a brief period after the hair in a follicle reaches the end of its life and is replaced with a new one. All perfectly normal. Unfortunately, a sufferer from TE might experience as much as 70% of their follicles entering that resting phase. In which case the thinning on their head will be extremely apparent.

The good news is that by treating the triggering condition TE can usually be completely reversed. A quick visit to a Trichologist will help establish the best course of action.

There are also steps you can take to reduce the risk.

Avoiding Gym Related Hair Loss

The keyword here is hygiene. Keeping the hair in tip-top condition is always a primary consideration when it comes to fighting hair loss. There is not much we can do to avoid the daily exposure to pollutants. And many of us choose to employ a range of products from dry shampoos and colouring agents to sprays and gels.

While we all, no doubt, have our own routine for washing our hair we also need to think about the scalp. The scalp can be where things build up over time and are harder to remove. At the gym, we make things worse by adding sweat and heat into the mix. This creates a perfect environment for bacteria to thrive. This, in turn, can shock the follicles and shunt them into a rest phase as they recover.

Always clean the hair with a gentle shampoo after exercise. But once or twice a week, make sure you add a scalp scrub into your regime. That can be done by simply adding some coarse salt to your shampoo and massaging it into the scalp. Or you can buy some bespoke scalp cleansing shampoos, of which there are plenty available. Stopping the problem in the first place is the ideal solution of course. This can be done using a lotion that is designed to reduce scalp sweat, a lotion available through a registered Trichologist.

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It is all too easy for a healthy woman to attribute her deteriorating hair condition to the stresses and strains of everyday life. In almost every case, there is a course of treatment available. Often a combination of slight changes to lifestyle with the help of approved and complementary medicines. A Trichologist is able to take a holistic view of your broad health and lifestyle to diagnose and treat the entire range of hair issues. Including TE of the sort we have looked at here, giving you your best chance to avoid that hair loss hazard at the gym.

Ranbir Rai-Watson

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a qualified trichologist and a full member of The Institute of Trichologists. A committed hair professional, Ranbir has years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry.  Discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear. Use the contact form to get in touch.

You can read more about Ranbir here.

Complementary Medicine For Hair Loss

The last decade has seen an explosion of modern techniques and treatments available for hair loss. Despite this and for different reasons, many of us prefer to trust our scalp and hair to more traditional practices. We take a closer look at complementary medicine for hair loss.

 

Complementary Medicine

Alternative medicines are treatments that are considered non-standard but used instead of standard. Chinese medicine would be an example. Complementary medicine, on the other hand, does not preclude standard treatments. They are, as the name suggests, aimed at either helping the standard treatment to do its work or lessening the side effects of that treatment. Acupuncture and massage therapy would be excellent examples. Complementary medicine for hair loss is better understood than ever before.

Here we take a look at some of the more popular natural hair loss remedies. Some are available because of modern science, others have been with us for millennia.

Natural Hair Loss Remedies

Amino Acids

Essential ingredients in the hair and notable for having been the subject of clinical studies. Available in oral form and best used in combination therapies.

Vitamin B

Or Biotin as it is often referred to. Nearly 40% of healthy women are believed to have a biotin deficiency. Only for them is this a required supplement.

Vitamin D

Needed for healthy hair growth, vitamin D can be delivered as a lotion.

Zinc

If you are identified with a zinc deficiency it is a valuable supplement. Oral zinc achieved positive results in 67% of patients taking it daily.

Onion Juice

Make no mistake, this is definitely to be taken seriously. The high levels of sulphur make it a potent treatment.

Pumpkin Seed Oil

Known to reduce the conversion of testosterone to DHT. The form of testosterone linked to hair loss. It is high in zinc, vitamin B, iron, and protein.

Rosemary Oil

While it lacks clinical study there is a lot of faith in rosemary oil. An ancient remedy trusted for it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidants agents.

Caffeine

A hair loss supplement that has established itself. Caffeine is a good example of how modern science has explained the function of a compound. It inhibits a very specific chemical interaction. Basically, it helps fight off the immune system which is trying to destroy your hair follicle.

Curcumin

The active ingredient in turmeric. It has been taken as a tonic for centuries and extravagant claims are made for its many and varied perceived benefits. From a scientific point of view, it seems to increase the uptake of minoxidil. Minoxidil is the only FDA approved hair loss drug for women, so that is excellent news.

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This review of natural remedies is far from comprehensive. But it does give a glimpse into the toolkit of a fully trained trichologist. With the benefit of consultation, they are ideally equipped to offer therapy advice. Taking into account a holistic view of your broader health and lifestyle on which to base that advice. Therapy is often a combination of more than one treatment.

It is clear that complementary medicine for hair loss has a role to play. It is best used in conjunction with other remedies, modern and ancient. It needs an expert to find exactly which remedies are right for you in your situation.

Ranbir Rai-Watson

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a qualified trichologist and a full member of The Institute of Trichologists. A committed hair professional, Ranbir has years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry.  Discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear. Use the contact form to get in touch.

You can read more about Ranbir here.

Can Platelet Rich Therapy (PRP) Cure Hair Loss?

Originally it was developed and used to aid surgical recovery. Then it found its way into salons and being used to improve skin condition. Then a new question was being asked, can Platelet Rich Therapy (PRP) cure hair loss? The treatment has become extremely popular so we take a closer look.

 

Platelet Rich Therapy (PRP)

With the benefit of hindsight, it is easy to see why people were asking can Platelet Rich Therapy (PRP) cure hair loss. The technique had been developed to aid recovery in surgical patients. Where it had proved an ability to decrease recovery time and reduce post-operative complications because of that.

The treatment begins with a small amount of the patient’s own blood being taken. The blood is then separated into its constituent parts using a centrifuge. Among those isolated components are the platelets. We all have a lot of platelets, anywhere from 150K to 350K per microlitre of blood. They perform a vital job in the event of an injury. Responding to a signal platelets rush to the site of the injury where they bind together to form a clot. This both prevents further bleeding and seals the wound.

The separated platelets are then injected back into the same patient. The injections are made at the site of the injury. In the scalp it helps the release of natural growth factors. These, in turn, stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells.

The theory went that if the surgeon was able to provide additional platelets to the site, it could result in improved recovery time. The treatment has since established itself. As well as surgical recovery the technique was found to be beneficial for sufferers if a range of other ailments. Osteoarthritis is chief among them, but athletes were the first to embrace their use for tendons and ligaments.

Can PRP Cure Hair Loss?

PRP made its way into beauty salons. Instead of injecting it into wounds, they were now injecting it directly into sensitive areas of skin on the face. It had a remarkable effect and was dubbed, and subsequently trademarked by one enterprising doctor, as the ‘vampire facelift.’

Again with hindsight, the move towards helping with hair loss was a natural evolution. Using exactly the same technique clinics draw blood from their patients. The platelets, once separated, then have various growth factors added before being reinjected back into the patient’s own scalp.

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PRP has emphatically put itself on the map for hair loss. While there have been no definitive studies yet, this is more to do with the variations in treatments than any lack of confidence in the procedure. PRP has proved itself effective in every medical environment it has been used in. That includes environments where clinical testing has taken place. Hair loss is set to be no exception. The key, as with all hair loss cures, is the right advice. Expert assessment is a necessity to identify the precise problem causing the hair loss. From there, similarly expert advice on the solution or suite of solutions that are appropriate in your individual case. PRP is increasingly popular as part of that solution and shows no signs of slowing down.

Ranbir Rai-Watson

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a qualified trichologist and a full member of The Institute of Trichologists. A committed hair professional, Ranbir has years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry.  Discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear. Use the contact form to get in touch.

You can read more about Ranbir here.

Breakthrough In Hair Loss Research

A genuine breakthrough in hair loss research is a rare and wonderful thing. This particular breakthrough was so rare, and so wonderful, the three men who came up with it have been rewarded with a Nobel Prize. Best of all, it has implications for research into hair loss. We had to take a closer look.

 

Hair Loss Research

Research results into the causes of, and possible new cures for hair loss regularly make the news. A genuine breakthrough in hair loss research is It is a problem that will affect billions of people alive today, so little wonder.

The last decade, with all the benefits of modern bioengineering, has seen some remarkable leaps of understanding. Advances in genetics have led to a completely new picture of the underlying processes in our biology. As if we have suddenly found the manual. As we turn the pages of that manual we have made some stunning discoveries.

Stunning Breakthrough

This latest breakthrough is up there with the best of those discoveries. It has improved enormously our grasp of how oxygen levels affect our metabolism and physiological function. An understanding that is at the cellular level.

The three, William G. Kaelin Jr., Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe, and Gregg L, Semenza have unlocked an important secret. We have understood for centuries that oxygen was vital in converting food into energy. But just how cells can adapt to different levels of oxygen had always remained a mystery.

Their work began by looking at the EPO gene. EPO has become associated with athletes looking to improve their condition. A rise in the production of EPO is a response to low oxygen. It sees the body produce more red blood cells. From there they realised the oxygen sensing ability of the EPO gene was there in virtually all tissues.

Hair Loss Cure?

Not quite. But the fact is that the most common form of hair loss, pattern baldness, is brought on by an error in the immune system. The work of Kaelin Jr., Ratcliffe, and Semenza has given us a true understanding, for the first time, of how the immune system is fine-tuned using the system for sensing oxygen levels.

The breakthrough came as the culmination of years of work. The depth and scale of that work was such that the three have been awarded a Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. You can see the details of their award here. Of course, Nobel Prizes are not awarded for effort alone. Their results will benefit research teams all over the world working on almost any part of our biology.

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What has been achieved is an entirely new toolkit. Much work will now need to be done to fully appreciate the value of this new knowledge. The promise of greater control over our immune system is a great teaser. The possibility of a cure for so many immune disorders including hair loss just became much more real. It is a story at its very beginning and one we will continue to watch closely.

Ranbir Rai-Watson

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a qualified trichologist and a full member of The Institute of Trichologists. A committed hair professional, Ranbir has years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

You can read more about Ranbir here.

Is Hair Loss Caused By Pollution?

It has been long suspected that the quality of our air is affecting the quality of our hair. Now a study from Korea has apparently fuelled those concerns. So we ask, is hair loss be caused by pollution?

 

Hair And Pollution

The importance of hygiene to hair health is well known. We all spend considerable sums of money, not to mention time, caring for our locks. According to hair type, we will each be fighting our own battles to keep it in tip-top condition. Now it seems we need to ask the question, is hair loss caused by pollution? And, if so, how?

Of course, the moment we walk out of our front door our hair is exposed. Firstly, to the harsh effects of the sun. Protection from those UV rays is relatively easily achieved. We can use protection in the form of products, though a hat is the ultimate and offers complete safety.

The real challenge, especially for those living in cities, is air quality. Those billions of tiny particles that are spewed into the air by cars, lorries, buses, trains, and aeroplanes. It has long been assumed that the negative effect on our scalp and hair caused by these particles was responsible for hair loss. Now research funded in Korea has been taking a closer look at the problem.

Is Pollution Causing Hair Loss?

Sometimes, the answer to a question seems so obvious it is barely required. But that is not how science works. Plenty of work has been done on examining the effect of these pollutants on our general health. We know that the estimate of premature deaths each year is over 4M. Pollution is also linked to depression and low fertility. But when it comes to its effect on our hair and scalp no research had been done. Until now.

Funded by a South Korean cosmetics company, a team led by Hyuk Chul Kwok have been the first to examine the problem. The results of their research were recently presented at the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Congress, this year held in Madrid.

The study investigated what happens when cells found at the base of the hair follicle are exposed to pollutants. Once the cells had been exposed the team used a recognised technique to detect the levels of certain proteins. They looked at 4 proteins, all involved in the generation and regulation of hair follicles.

Results

The team exposed the follicle cells to fine particles, 10 micrometers or smaller along with minute diesel particles. They discovered that this had a reducing effect on all four of the proteins they were tracking. They also noted that by increasing the amounts of pollutants they increased that negative effect on the proteins.

Hyuk Chul Kwok concluded “When the cells on the human scalp were exposed to common air pollutants created from burning fossil fuels, the proteins in the cells that are responsible for hair growth and hair retention were significantly reduced. The more pollutants that the cells were exposed to, the bigger this impact seemed to be.”

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The team adds a note of caution, that further population-based research needs to be undertaken. This would turn the theory into a fact, though the facts as they stand seem fairly emphatic. It certainly adds emphasis to the importance of our hair hygiene. But it also speaks to the value of support available from hair loss professionals.

To get an idea of the scale of the problem in a modern city click here to visit a real-time air quality map.

Ranbir Rai-Watson

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a qualified trichologist and a full member of The Institute of Trichologists. A committed hair professional, Ranbir has years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

You can read more about Ranbir here.

New Hair Transplant For Women?

For a variety of reasons, hair transplants can be a challenging option for women. But news from a research team in the USA suggests they might be on track to evolve the process and offer a new hair transplant for women. One that ticks all the boxes, we take a closer look.

 

Hair Transplantation for Women

The evolution of hair transplant techniques has been an interesting one. Early versions gave us the term “plugs” to describe the relocated clumps of hair. The less than kind description alluded to the apparent inability of the relocated hair to grown in a uniform direction. Along with the fact that they were planted like a row of shrubs, it gave a less than satisfactory outcome.

For a long time, developments were occasional and slow. The general direction of travel was to constantly reduce the size of each individual transplant. This gave the surgeon more precision when relocating them, allowing them to be placed closer together for an improved outcome. No less important, to the patient, were the improved scars. Early transplants left some huge, disfiguring scars which only became a problem later.  Sometimes years later and invariably when the patient’s hair continued to shed. Eventually, the hair would have to be cut short and expose the scars.

For men, transplantation is fairly predictable. Hair is taken from the back of the head and moved to the hairline or the crown as required. However, for women, the story is more complicated. Women lose hair, typically, across the top of the head in a general thinning which makes using transplantation a challenge. To achieve a great outcome requires many grafts to cover a large area of thinning. But we are all limited by the availability of donor hair. This can make it almost impossible for a surgeon to help a woman get back to an appearance they would be happy with.

New Transplant Technique

News from an American team based at Colombia University, headed by Dr. Angela Christiano, should have women excited. In fact, it is great news for hair loss sufferers, male and female, the world over. But a new hair transplant for women is required and one that addresses their needs.

They have been looking into the issues surrounding growing human hair in the laboratory. They have grown everything from sheep to beefburgers in a laboratory, but it turns out human hair is a special challenge. Techniques used to successfully grow hair with cells taken from mice and rats do not work. For some reason, not fully understood, human hair simply won’t sprout using exactly the same techniques. This is why the clinical trials process that any new drug goes through has to involve a study on humans, regardless of how good results were on rodents.

Dr. Christiano’s team came up with the inspired idea of using a 3D printer to create the matrix to place the cells into. This gave them a chance to design the wells, that the cells are put into. to an incredibly small scale and with a specific elongated shape with a half millimetre ridge at the top. Once the cells have been placed into these wells before keratin is added. This is the protein the hair will be made from. They then add growth factors and sit back to watch hair grow. Which it does! It’s a remarkable achievement and one with profound implications.

Hair Loss Hope

The most obvious application for the new technique is in hair transplantation. It could remove the need entirely for a surgeon to be cutting out follicular units, of any size, for relocation. Instead, they would simply need to take a few cells from the base of a few hair follicles. They could then culture as many new hairs as are required. So new limitations would need to be learned, around how many of these grafts could be placed in a single surgical session. This would not be a change, it would be a revolution. One making the most modern techniques look as dated as those very first attempts.

Beyond transplantation, the technique promises to help every research team in the world looking into hair loss. For the first time, they have access to unlimited amounts of laboratory cultured hair follicles with which to test.

Hair Loss For Women

The progress of female pattern hair loss has always meant transplantation was not the option it is for men. A new hair transplant for women is most definitely needed. If the work of the Colombia team, read more about them here, opens the door to it becoming a meaningful choice it is to be celebrated. For us, the impact it is likely to have on the wider hair loss world is even more exciting. There will be champagne corks popping all over the world with teams understanding the positive impact this will have on their work. Removing the need to find human volunteers, with all their variables, and test on cultured hair follicles it truly a leap forward.

Ranbir Rai-Watson

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a qualified trichologist and a full member of The Institute of Trichologists. A committed hair professional, Ranbir has years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

You can read more about Ranbir here.

 

How To Spot Protein-Related Hair Loss

We offer our important list of symptoms so you can learn how to spot protein-related hair loss early. The rising popularity of meat-free diets has made it a challenge for many to get enough protein in their diet, with a direct effect on the quality and health of their hair.

 

Protein-Related Hair Loss

According to Harvard Health, we need around 0.8g of protein a day for every kilo of bodyweight. For a 50-year-old woman, weighing in at 10 stone, this equates to a little over 50g. It is not a huge amount, but eat any less for a prolonged period and there can be repercussions.

A range of issues can be associated with a lack of protein. A general rise in the risk of infections is a great example of a symptom that on its own is extremely difficult to spot. Even if it comes accompanied by a loss of muscle mass and a rise in the risk of fractures. Even if these symptoms are identified as due to a lack of protein,  the condition is well advanced and serious by this stage.

Our hair and nails are made of a protein, which means they are often the earliest indicator. Unlike everything else on the list our hair, skin, and nails offer visual clues.

How To Spot Protein Related Hair Loss

There are a number of clues to be on the lookout for, particularly important if you have recently moved to a vegetarian diet.

Shedding Hair

While we all naturally shed hair every day, any noticeable increase is to be noted. Hair follicles that have gone into their rest phase will typically shed from the root. If you are noticing hairs that are broken elsewhere that is a sure sign of a lack of hair health.

Hair With Increased Porosity

If you notice that your hair has become more absorbent, especially of atmospheric humidity, this can be a sign. A companion feature is often hair that is more frizzy, due to the speed with which it will also lose moisture.

Hair Lacking Elasticity

When wet our hair should stretch and spring back to its starting position. If your hair is tending to stay in its pulled out state it is another sign of poor hair health. All the truer if the hair is also breaking.

Hair Loss For Women

The Western diet was once notoriously high in protein. As many opt towards healthier food choices that protein, with meat removed from the diet, has become far harder to access. Supplements are available though there are plenty of protein-rich vegetarian food options.

The importance of protein in our diet cannot be underestimated. It should be something that is given much thought when planning a meat-free diet. 50 to 70g of protein is not much, and easy to get with a small portion of meat. Without meat, it requires some thinking about. Not everyone wants to chomp their way through half a kilo of oats every day, or the same weight in lentils. Nuts, for those who can deal with their high-fat content, are also a fantastic source at around 20% protein. You can find more advice on healthy eating at this NHS webpage

Keep your protein levels up and your hair will thank you. But spot a protein deficiency by seeing it in your hair at its early stages, and you will be thanking your hair.

Ranbir Rai-Watson

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a qualified trichologist and a full member of The Institute of Trichologists. A committed hair professional, Ranbir has years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

You can read more about Ranbir here.

 

Expert Help For Hair Loss

With so many possible factors affecting the health of our hair, it can be hard to isolate the problem when we have one. Early intervention through expert help for hair loss is absolutely key, but who should you turn to?

 

Hair Loss

The key message when it comes to hair loss, any form of hair loss, is that early intervention is essential. Getting expert help for hair loss will help identify and appropriately treat the condition quickly. Returning you to your original state as soon as possible.

Our hair is a remarkable bell-weather for our wider health. It is affected by just about anything you can think of. Lifestyle and diet play a major part of course, but also our environment, levels of stress, and whether or not we smoke, Accidents, illnesses, and the medications to treat them, along with traumatic events, can all trigger bouts of hair loss. Above all of these, however, and responsible for the vast majority of all hair loss, are our genes. That preordained fate we inherit from both our parents, forget anything you might have been told about inheriting hair from one parent or the other.

Types Of Hair Loss

Androgenetic Alopecia

This inherited, and by far the most common, reason for hair loss will affect 50% of all people in their lifetime. For men, that 50% will be reached by the age of 50, while women will take till 65.

Men will lose hair in a predictable path, initially, from the temples and crown, followed by further recession, that might take months or years and will see some ending up with just a thin strip connecting the ears around the back of the head.

Women can expect their hair to thin generally on the top of the head, though the hairline itself usually remains intact.

Alopecia Areata

This autoimmune condition sees, in its early stages, small disc-shaped patches appear on the scalp. In a few cases, it can go on to become Alopecia Totalis or Universalis, where all hair is lost from the scalp or even the entire body. Follicles are not destroyed by the condition and there is always hope for regrowth.

Scarring Alopecia

This is an unpleasant range of conditions with a slightly misleading name. The scarring occurs under the skin, so invisible to the onlooker, and sees the follicle destroyed, replaced with scar tissue below the surface. It may or may not be accompanied by pain, burning, and itching.

Telogen Effluvium

This is a catch-all name for a range of conditions. At any time, around 10% of our hair follicles are in the ‘rest’ phase, called Telogen. A number of triggers can see this proportion rise to 30% or above. These triggers include a number of everyday events like childbirth, trauma, illness, bereavement, sudden weight-loss, medication, and hormonal changes. In about one case in three, it is impossible to isolate the trigger. Hair will normally regrow once the trigger is removed, though plenty can be done to help with that recovery.

Expert Help

The importance of early intervention, for anyone using the NHS, can be frustrating. Access to dermatologists invariably involves a long wait, due to their priorities understandably lying elsewhere. Current targets mean it is all they can do to see all possible skin cancer cases in time.

While some GP’s will refer patients to a trichologist, a referral is not needed. If you are not familiar with the work of dermatologists they are experts on scalp and hair. In the same way that chiropodists are experts on feet. While you might ask your GP about your corns, you would probably be better heading straight to the chiropodist.

A fully qualified trichologist is able to identify your problem and guide you to the appropriate treatment. During your consultation, a holistic view of your wider health is taken. Any medications you are using are considered, any blood test results looked at, along with any other products you are using. Diet and lifestyle are also discussed. The aim is always to return you to your best condition in the shortest time possible.

Ranbir Rai – Watson

Ranbir has been working in the hair loss industry and providing that expert help for hair loss for nearly two decades. In that time, she has established herself as a thought-leader and innovator. Ranbir actually co-invented the technique of scalp micropigmentation (SMP). SMP, in fifteen short years, has become a popular treatment from its home in Birmingham, England to the USA and Australia. A google search for scalp micropigmentation now returns over a million pages, a testament to Ranbir’s insight and determination.

Hair loss in women has always been a passion for Ranbir, one she recognised as under-served and under-discussed. You can read more about Ranbir here.

Ranbir went through her own hair loss experience some years ago. She used all her experience of dealing with hair loss sufferers to research and identify her problem and its solution. Successful in treating herself she was inspired to become a fully qualified Trichologist and is today a highly-respected full member of The Institute of Trichologists. Visit their website here.

Hair Loss For Women

Hair loss for women has been a subdued issue for countless generations. Recently, there have been encouraging signs that the social media generation are having that discussion. With the result that an older generation of celebrity women are beginning to appear in mainstream media discussing their own hair loss issues.

The flip side of that increased conversation on social media is the amount of information available to answer questions. Not that there is not good advice out there, but it is swamped by the snake oil miracle cures and even misleading adverts on otherwise legitimate sites.

A Trichologist can steer you through that maze and take you to the bespoke treatments needed to get you back to your best. As quickly as possible. It is worth repeating that early intervention is important, vital in some conditions. If you are experiencing hair loss, do not delay, book yourself in to see a trichologist at the earliest opportunity.

 

 

 

Dealing With PCOD related Hair Loss

Poly Cystic Ovarian syndrome (PCOD) is a hormonal imbalance that leads to reproduction problems. It also features hair loss as an unwelcome symptom. We look closer.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOD)

This hormonal disorder affects women of reproductive age. It is diagnosed when two out of three symptoms are present. Irregular periods, high levels of male hormones, and polycystic ovaries.. ovaries with fluid-filled sacs (follicles) surrounding the eggs. Despite the name, they are not actually cysts. These “cysts” are underdeveloped sacs in which the eggs are meant to develop, unable to release an egg they directly lead to the absent ovulations. Present with any two or all of these symptoms and the medic will diagnose PCOD.

The implications of the diagnosis are varied and go beyond issues around reproduction, irregular or absent periods and difficulties conceiving. Hair growth where you don’t want it, on the face, chest, back, and buttocks. Hair loss, also where you don’t want it, on the scalp. Issues like acne or oily skin also feature.

The exact cause of PCOD is not known, but many women who suffer are also resistant to insulin and produce higher levels to compensate, so it shares risk factors with diabetes.

Treatment

While all the symptoms are treatable, there is no cure for PCOD. Immediate advice will be given to lose weight where appropriate, along with dietary advice… which is no more complicated than following a healthy, balanced diet.

The principle effect of PCOD, on your fertility, can be addressed with medication. In some cases, a simple surgical procedure, called laparoscopic ovarian drilling, can destroy the tissue producing the male hormones. With treatment, most women are able to get pregnant.

The side effects can all be treated through medication, with the possible exception of scalp hair loss, for which of course there is no cure. But that is not the same as saying there is no hope. Modern treatments like platelet rich therapy, along with more old fashioned solutions like hair systems, can be used. In conjunction with an improved diet and an effective routine using ph balanced and volumizing shampoos there is plenty the sufferer can do to help themselves.

Hair Loss For Women

PCOD is a distressing condition that few see coming. The shock of the diagnosis is real, it cuts to the heart of what it is to be a woman. But rest assured there is no aspect of the disease that can not be treated.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

The treatment of hair loss in women

Hair Loss Treatment Shows Great Results

There is a range of efficacious remedies available through an experienced trichologist that can help a woman suffering from hair loss. We take a closer look at one treatment showing great results.

The Problem With Hair Loss

More than 50% of all women are destined to experience noticeable hair loss during their lifetime. Some forms of hair loss are temporary, “post-partum” for example, where a new mother might experience some shedding for a while as their hormones return to normal. But for the vast majority, the cause will be androgenetic alopecia. An unavoidable destiny inherited through your genes that give us all a date by when our own hair loss journey will begin.

It is now possible if caught early enough, to defer the start of that journey. Minoxidil remains the only FDA approved treatment on the market, which we know is effective for around half of people, and considered “very effective” by around 15%. But beyond minoxidil, there is a universe of respected treatments with great track records that have simply not passed through the various trial stages for FDA approval. We take a closer look at one such treatment.


Improve Growth Cycle, Body and Density

Research goes on into every aspect of hair growth, with over 200 genes associated it is proving a challenging complex story. Just the same, our understanding of the processes, along with the hormones and proteins which drive them, improves all the time.

A great example of an innovative treatment, which takes advantage of this improved understanding, comes in the form of a cream. Applied regularly it can make a substantial improvement. The science behind it is based on the revolutionary use of liposome encapsulation in specialized medical environments like cancer treatment. Here, the medicine is “wrapped” so as to be more potent when it reaches the affected area.

A similar process is used to deliver vital nutrients exactly where they are required, and the results can be startling. It works by increasing the number of scalp hairs which, at any one time, are in their growth phase (anagen). This is achieved by stimulating the stem cells to increase the rate at which cells divide, tests have shown that the improvement is not just measurable, it can almost treble that rate of division.

The difference after a few months of regular application can be profound, with over double the amount of anagen hairs present. Enough to provide a visible improvement to both density and body.

Hair Loss For Women

While this cream is never going to enter the lengthy and costly process of applying for federal approval, it is a trusted solution for trichologists and adds to their substantial arsenal in the battle against hair loss.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

New Baby Spells Double Trouble For Harry’s Hair Loss

After the media’s joyous frenzy of greeting the latest addition to the British Royal family line, the state of new father Prince Harry and his hair has come back into the spotlight.

Prince Harry

Losing your hair as a young man is never fun. Even when you know it is coming. For Prince Harry, the sight of his fathers bald head, and that of his elder brother will have told him that his own hairline was surely under threat and probably sooner rather than later.

Unlike the majority of us, who can wander around oblivious for months before noticing it for ourselves, the demise of Prince Harry’s hair was definitely noticed. Picked up on by paparazzi photographers and discussed in the national press, he became fair game for the full range of jokes at his expense.

Married With Children

By the time Harry married Meghan he was already exhibiting the signs of fairly advanced hair loss. At a stage where you might say he had already left it too long to seek professional help.

Within a year, the couple were celebrating the birth of their first child, Archie. With Uncles and Cousins ahead of him we are extremely unlikely to see him become King Archie, and his parents have announced, unusually, that he is to be given no formal title at this point.

The shift into married life is always a profound one. For Harry, it meant taking on a range of official duties in addition to the usual newly married jobs of finding somewhere to live, settling in, etc. It could not be helped that Archie arrived at a busy time in the Prince’s schedule, just before the launch of the next Invictus Games… His pet project aimed at providing sports opportunities to injured ex-servicemen and women from around the world. Coping with this workload, that amount of change and a newborn has clearly taken its toll

Harry’s Hair

The noticeable hair loss of a year ago, at his wedding, has accelerated rapidly. The bald patch at the crown is now several inches across and it is possible to identify the entire thinning region. It looks destined to leave him in a similar condition to his brother within the next year or two.

Hair Loss For Women

No doubt Prince Harry’s stiff upper lip would save him if he were the type to suffer through that aspect of his appearance. Which we very much doubt. At the same time, he might simply take the view that hair loss treatments are not an option for a senior member of the Royals.

Jonathan Ross, a UK chat show host, once said, “Being a TV celeb adds 3 to your out of 10 factor. So if in real life you are a 5, being on TV regularly can bump you up to an 8.” We have no idea what the “being a royal prince” boost is worth on that scale, but we suspect it is more than enough for Harry not to have to worry too much.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

Woman Blames Contraceptive Pill For Massive Hair Loss

A young Australian journalist was not taking it lying down when she lost 70% of her hair. She wanted to know why it had happened and what she could about it. We look closer.

Kellie Scott

Today, Kellie is happy go lucky 33 year old journalist from Queensland in Australia. But 7 years ago she experienced a terrible bout of sudden hair loss. Kellie blames the hair loss on a switch of contraceptive pill she made that year, a change she made due to potential health risks associated with her previous pill. Aware that the contraceptive pill was a potent medicine Kellie performed research which supported her theory that the hair loss was triggered by that switch of contraception.

While she might be right, she speaks of seeing a series of endocrinologists, trichologists, and dermatologists in an attempt to identify the problem and find a solution.

Diagnosis

It would take fully 5 years before Kellie would receive a diagnosis. Of androgenetic alopecia. That inherited form of hair loss that affects the majority of people the world over.

She speaks eloquently about how low the experience left her. Describing crying to sleep watching hair loss cure miracle videos on the web. “So much of our femininity is tied up with our hair, we’re told as little girls that men prefer long hair,” Kellie tells her Instagram followers. Of which there are many. “But this is 2019 and that is bullsh*t,” she added.

For Kellie, the fight with her own hair loss would end in 2017 when she discovered the simple pleasure of the clip-in hairpiece that added hair to the top of the head. An experience she found transformative, though not without its challenges. One of the hurdles would be how to tell friends and family, and wondering what their reaction might be.

As a journalist the answer was obvious. Kellie started out by sharing her diagnosis on Instagram, followed by the declaration that she had chosen to go the route of “fake hair.” It put the truth out there and saved countless awkward moments. It also created her profile as a role model and inspiration to many other women in the same position. Today she boasts 9000 followers to her Instagram account.

Hair Loss For Women

It seems strange that it took so long for Kellie to receive her diagnosis, it seems to have been the catalyst that drove her toward accepting her condition and turning her attention to finding her solution. If you would like to see more about Kellie’s story click here to see her Instagram account.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

Recognition for Hair Loss Business

A hair loss business in Northern Ireland has been recognized with a business award. It marks a double triumph as the founder and driving force of the business is a woman. We look closer.

Hair Loss Solution

Conna Nagle, originally from New Zealand, has worked in the industry for 18 years and is the owner of her own clinic in Northern Ireland. From there she provides her clients, suffering from hair loss conditions, with an effective treatment using extensions and weaves to add the appearance of hair.

Hair extensions have been around for a while now, though more widespread and generally available than ever before. There will be a couple of hairdressers in your local high street offering the service. Hair weaves, of the sort worn by prominent sportsmen, where your own hair is sewn into a hair system which is then fixed in place are a more recent entrant to the female hair loss arsenal of solutions. Although they are not for everyone, the costs of maintenance can be prohibitive and they can impact on a busy social life, they can achieve a high degree of camouflage.

Hard Work Rewarded

The hard work Conna has invested in her business has clearly paid dividends. The business publication NI Business First has just listed her as one of their “NI 40 under 40.” It lists the country’s most influential young business leaders. Last year, Conna was unlucky to finish up as a finalist in the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards in the “SME Healthcare Business of the Year” section.

Hair Loss For Women

It is great to see a hair loss business recognized, it reflects the increasing importance of our industry. It was even better to see it was a hair loss business servicing female clients and run by a young woman. We sincerely hope she inspires many others to follow in her footsteps.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

Hair Care Tips For Hair Loss Sufferers

We all know that there are styling choices we make, some of us daily, that damage our hair. But as a hair loss sufferer what are the key facts around hair care. We look closer.

Hair Health

Keeping our hair in top condition is always a serious challenge. Busy lives and pollution would be examples of challenges that are outwith our control but which have a profound effect on the health of our hair. But there are choices we make, around the products we use and don’t use, or around the styles we select, that can aggravate a problem… or even be enough on their own to cause one. Heated styling tools are a primary cause of hair damage. For hair loss sufferers, even before the search for a hair loss solution that works begins, there are a few simple changes to routine that could make a significant difference to the quality of your hair.

Rules For Engagement

First on our list is the importance of using a heat protectant. There is a range on the market but you should be on the lookout for something containing silicone, which forms an effective barrier prior to any styling using heat.

When it comes to styling tools, flat irons and curling tongs or rods for example, there are some necessary steps to take to avoid damage. Your hair is made of hydrogen bonds and keratin proteins, both vulnerable to heat. Broken down they will change the condition towards dry and unmanageable.

Never ever us heated styling tools on wet or damp hair. Always dry the hair first, either with a blow dryer or by allowing it to dry naturally. Also, use the lowest heat setting appropriate for your hair, the thinner the lower.

Finally, we would point out that when it comes to styling tools, you get what you pay for. Do not skimp on quality when you are buying something that is going to be used frequently and will have implications for your appearance and for your hair health.

Hair Loss For Women

Heated styling tools are an essential part of the modern woman’s kit. We recognise that our modern work and social lives demand that we use them. But it is also important to recognise their potential for harm if used incorrectly, or without the heat protectant. Following these simple steps has the potential to make a palpable difference to your appearance in a short space of time.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

Scalp Cooling Set To Advance

Scalp cooling has quickly established itself as a powerful remedy for hair loss associated with chemotherapy. News from the UK suggests it might be about to make a significant advance. We look closer.

Scalp Cooling

There was always an issue at the heart of chemotherapy. The highly toxic drugs used during the treatment to target the cancer cells work by targeting the fastest growing cells. Unfortunately, our hair cells fall into that category meaning that, almost invariably, chemotherapy had the side-effect of seeing the patient lose their hair. Far from a minor problem, it actually translates in the real world into people, predominantly women, who choose not to undergo the treatment for that sole reason. So a solution was desperately needed and sought after. Over the course of just the last couple of years, the use of scalp cooling caps has become widespread. They were approved for use in the USA earlier this year. The idea is that by reducing the temperature of the scalp and thus reducing blood flow to the region during the chemotherapy, it would be possible to reduce the amount of toxic drug delivered there and so prevent the hair loss. It has proved highly effective in up to 50% of cases. This still leaves another 50% who do not benefit and suggests that work still needs to be done. Great news out of Huddersfield in the UK suggests we might not have to wait too much longer to see that improvement.

Scalp Cooling Centre

The university of Huddersfield in the UK have established a £1M Scalp Cooling Research Centre, with the stated aim of achieving 100% efficacy. Their efforts are multi-pronged with the university’s Dr Ertu Unver, an expert in product design, working on improving the design so that the cap can fit more snugly in order to improve its effectiveness. Elsewhere, Biological Sciences Senior Lecturer Dr Iain Haslam is working on cultivating hair follicles in the lab. The intention is to make a close examination of precisely how follicles are affected by the toxicity of the chemo drugs. Already under development, and soon to be patented, is a product which is to be used as part of the process. This, apparently, has the potential to take the success rate up towards 80% for chemo patients. The final decision on how the delivery will work, whether through a shampoo or lotion, has yet to be made.

Future Plans

The Centre is funded to run for 5 years, during which time it expects to take their new product to clinical trials. A process that will take years rather than weeks to run its course, with additional rounds of funding to be required as it moves through the various rounds of trials.

Hair Loss For Women

We should bear in mind that progress for hair loss treatments can be, like hair growth itself, glacial in pace. There are several phases of approval to work through, each more expensive than the last. But we sincerely hope that the desperate demand from tens of thousands around the world going through chemotherapy will spur them through to completion.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

Risks With Microblading Eyebrows

Microblading has grown out of Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) as an alternative to the tattoo needle for replacing or enhancing eyebrows. But what are the risks? We look closer.

Jami Ledbetter

Jami Ledbetter is a pretty typical American mum. At the age of 42 she was delighted to receive, from her daughter, a Groupon voucher entitling her to a treatment at a local clinic.. Instead of the maybe more traditional spa day or massage, her daughter opted for a microblading session with a certified practitioner.

For Jami, the prospect was enthralling. Having been born without eyebrows she was looking forward to finally owning a pair. She was booked in for her treatment with a “certified” microblader and, she thought, had only to turn up and endure some minor discomfort, to realise her dreams of eyebrows.

Unregulated Industry

The reality is that microblading, like SMP, is a largely unregulated industry. One where anyone can set up in practice with, in theory, no training or experience. Similarly, anyone can set up to provide “training” for others to become “certified” as microbladers.

Microblading is an unlicenced treatment in Jami Ledbetter’s home state. For her, the result was a disaster. As soon as she saw the results she was mortified, she had been left with what looked like four eyebrows. The botched treatment saw her trying to hide the problem with make-up and restricted her time out of the home to supermarket visits and going to work. She told the American news outlet WDAF, “I would never wish this on my worst enemy. What it’s done to my self-confidence, it’s been hard.” She went on “I was devastated. I was even dating a guy, and he stopped dating me at that point.”

Remedial Treatment

Efforts with make-up to mask the problem proved ineffective. Fortunately, Jami found her way to tattoo artist Kara Gutierrez who was able to help. Using a pigment lightening solution Kara has created scabs over the tattooed region, which pull the pigment from the skin. The process is a slow one, with a series of treatments needed, eight weeks apart. The cost is not insignificant either, at a total of $1000 it is several times what she originally paid for the microblading.

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Jami’s terrible story should remind us all of the importance of due diligence. This is true even when you are dealing with a regulated industry. But when dealing with an unregulated one, like microblading, it is essential to do your homework and ensure you are being treated by someone with experience. Ask to see references and pictures of their work would be a good starting point. During the consultation take notice of your surroundings, are they suitably hygienic? What are the aftercare instructions, and, more importantly, what is the policy if things do not go to plan? It is not enough to simply google for hair loss solutions that work, you will need to examine not just the treatment you are opting for, but the clinic where you intend to receive the treatment.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

Veganism Link To Hair Loss

A story from the UK of a young mother losing her hair following a switch to Veganism is a salutory warning. We look closer.

Jessica Drue

Jessica Drue

Following the birth of her daughter in 2013, Londoner Jessica Drue was faced with a problem. Her daughter, Kayla-Ria, was born with a severe allergy to milk and eggs. So severe was it that Jessica was forced to stop eating dairy products as they were making their way through her breast milk to Kayla-Ria and making her extremely ill. Jessica told the UK paper, the Daily Mail, “I was terrified of cross-contamination, so I got rid of it entirely and stopped eating it myself. Initially, I still ate fish and meat though.” She spoke about how friends were switching to a vegan diet and decided to make the change herself, “I’m already dairy-free, I may as well stop meat too,” she reasoned.

Early Problems

The switch to a meat-free diet gave Jessica a brief sense of feeling well and energised, but this was not to last. Within months lethargy set in, requiring, she tells us, several alarms to get out of bed in the morning. More worryingly, she noticed her hair had begun to fall out in clumps. Jessica had gone from having thick hair, “healthy with bouncy curls,” to experiencing a general thinning all over. She lost huge amounts of hair, especially at the front leaving her extremely self-conscious – as you might expect for a girl in her twenties.

Many in her situation might panic, try to google their way through their problem by searching “female hair loss causes” or “hair loss solutions for females.” Jessica took a more sensible course of action and got along to her doctor. Eventually receiving a diagnosis of telogen effluvium, a type of hair loss associated with general hair loss from across the head. It can be triggered by a number of causes, poor diet is among them, as is medication, low iron and thyroid conditions.

The Science

Telogen effluvium is a hair loss condition that typically comes with a root cause, no pun intended. Diet is becoming a major contributor to the number of women experiencing hair loss, where vital iron and amino acids are not suitably replaced. Protein, which hair is made of, is also difficult to replace in sufficient quantities from a plant-based diet.

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Jessica’s story is a familiar one to us, she joins the ranks of vegans working hard to improve her own diet, making sure she gets enough beans, lentils and soya, to replace the animal sources of those vital amino acids. Her hair is currently in good shape, though she is acutely aware of the need to sustain her efforts in the long term.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

Sulphate Free Hair Routines – What You Need To Know

A sulphate-free hair care routine has crept into the public consciousness as sensible. While there are many women who would benefit from the switch away there are many more who benefit from their use. We tell you what you need to know.

 

Sulphates in Hair Care

Sulphates have some admirable qualities. Qualities which have seen them become a go-to ingredient for shampoo and body wash manufacturers. They are both detergents and foaming agents so tick two very important boxes. The word “detergent” can be emotive and confusing in this context. There are many types of detergent, and the sulphates found in shampoo are very different and much weaker than the ones you will find in detergents used for more industrial practices.

Those qualities have made them an important ingredient. For shampoo, there are two which are typically used, sodium lauryl sulphate (SLES) and sodium laureth sulphate (SLS). They both help remove dirt and, as previously mentioned, make the product pleasant to the touch and capable of luxuriously foaming.

Rules For Use

There has been something of a whispering campaign advising against the use of products containing these ingredients. Consumers have been warned that using them might be bad for their health, and counterproductive for good hair care. But that is a massive simplification. While using shampoos containing SLS and SLES will strip away everything bad on your hair and scalp, it will also take away natural oils and sebum. So the theory has it that we should all be using sulphate-free products… we have lost count of the number of female hair loss treatment reviews that offer this as advice. The truth is more nuanced.

Avoiding sulphates certainly makes sense for some, many even. If you use colour in your hair you would do well to avoid sulphates as they will strip away the colour. Anyone with dry or frizzy hair, which is prone to damage, would be well advised to opt for a gentler sulphate-free regime. If you go to the gym regularly, or travel on crowded public transport systems, or simply choose to wash your hair three or more times a week, using sulphate free shampoo makes perfect sense.

If, however, you wash your hair a couple of times a week or have oily skin or dandruff, or an itchy scalp, sulphates can do a great job of reducing the effects. Indeed, if you suffer from any of these conditions you may find sulphate based shampoos will be your very best friend.

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It is always important to understand fully the details of any new health fad. While there is invariably some truth in what you are hearing, it is rarely the whole story. The noise around sulphates is a great example of advice which, if followed, would be of benefit to some. But if followed universally would create more problems than it would solve.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

 

 

Young Woman Braves Hair Loss Future

The story of a young dancer from Wales in the UK should serve as an inspiration to many, rather than let a diagnosis of a life without hair get her down she has decided to tackle it head on, so to speak. We look closer.

 

Josie Sinnadurai

Josie is a 25-year-old dancer and actor from Wales in the UK. She started learning the Spanish dance style, flamenco when she was just three years old. A passion for dance was born in her and she would go on to achieve a first class BA (Hons) degree in Contemporary Dance in 2015. She left education and joined National Dance Company Wales, spending the 2015/16 season touring with them. She remains busy and was to be found working in London at the award-winning flamenco and dance school, La Escuela De Baile. She is now working Seville as a flamenco dancer.

In between all this, she has spent time as a circus acrobat specialising in harness and rope work. She even found time to pop up in a film, Lost in London, alongside Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson.

It all goes together to paint a picture of an intelligent and passionate young woman, at the outset of an exciting career. Imagine the effect a diagnosis of alopecia universalis could have on her!

Alopecia Universalis

This most aggressive form of alopecia is cruel. It can start in anyone, at any time. It is incurable and results in the complete loss of all scalp and body hair. So no hair on the head at all, no eyebrows, no hair on the arms or legs and no pubic hair. In rare cases, there can be remissions, where the hair does come back. But they are rare enough to be disregarded for new sufferers, who must accommodate their condition as best they can and plan for the long term.

A Study In Keeping Your Chin Up

Josie, like many younger people receiving the diagnosis, had already been on a journey. The shock of seeing her hair falling out in clumps was followed by a temporarily reassuring visit to a doctor, who suggested the condition would probably pass. It didn’t and back in Spain Josie continued to lose hair. A visit to a dermatologist and a series of medications followed, but then Josie noticed she was losing hair from all over her body. It was only at this point the diagnosis of universalis was made.

In a remarkable piece of self-counselling, Josie said: “I wasn’t in pain and it wasn’t like losing my hair was going to kill me. At the end of the day, this was only my appearance. I booked a photo shoot so I’d have lovely photographs of myself with hair to look back on. Then I decided to shave off what was left of my hair. It was falling out so quickly that nothing short of a miracle would save it anyway.” She said of the party she threw to mark the event, “I even baked a cake. It was my way of saying goodbye to my hair. The evening was very emotional but also a celebration.”

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Josie’s brave approach to a challenging situation will be an inspiration to many who find themselves faced with alopecia universalis. Her decision to embrace the condition was a brave one, especially considering that she recognises it might limit her career options “The world of flamenco is very traditional. A bald dancer would be really pushing the boundaries.” She commented. We wish her every success.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

 

FDA Approves First Cancer Immunotherapy

This month has seen a momentous advance in the treatment of cancer. The US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA, or plain old FDA) has approved a drug combo to treat a type of breast cancer, the first approval of an immunotherapy drug in this space.

 

Immunotherapy

As a branch of medicine, the idea behind immunotherapy was that the body’s own defences might be enhanced through the use of drugs. That the immune system could be amplified or suppressed has led to two classifications for this type of research. Activation and suppression immunotherapies.

The new branch of research was of particular interest to the vast industry that is cancer research. Hair loss through chemotherapy is a tragically common event, so we have always followed new developments in the field of cancer therapy with a great and vested interest. The last year we saw figures for, 2013, witnessed US government spending of nearly $5B alone. A single charity in the UK spent the best part of £650M last year. Stand Up To Cancer, a relatively young charity in the mix, raised over $100M in a single telethon.

Little surprise then that most immunotherapy research has focussed on cancer treatments, to no small amount of success. 2018 saw a wonderful array of treatments expected to make a significant difference, to treat cancers as diverse as lung and skin. They were variously replacing a proven medicine, by essentially performing the same job in a more natural way. Or they were genuine new treatments for which these specific types of cancer were previously underserved.

Breast Cancer

Tecentriq is just such an immunotherapy. It is already in use in a couple of treatments. It was previously approved for use against a certain type of bladder cancer and for non-small cell lung cancer. The FDA has now approved it for use against a type of breast cancer, using the remarkable efficacy it has shown during trials as a basis for that approval. The FDA can, in certain circumstances, approve a drug under an “accelerated program” for drugs that show promise against a serious disease. In the case of Tecentriq, the trials provided clear evidence of the drug combo’s ability to both slow progress of the disease, and to extend the life of the patient.

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Side effects of the treatment are listed as nausea (unremarkable as the trial featured its use alongside a chemotherapy drug), peripheral neuropathy, low blood counts, and fatigue. While none of these are pleasant the list is remarkable for what is not in it, rather than what is. The warning of hair loss, which we think most women would be willing to endure the entire list of those given side effects.

The long term hope for hair loss sufferers, beyond those touched by cancer and chemotherapy,  must be that immunotherapy research turns its attention towards hair loss itself. It is, after all, in its most common form, androgenetic alopecia, just another type of autoimmune disorder.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

How And Why To Make Garlic Your Hair Loss Friend

Garlic has long been recognised for its medicinal properties and more. Here we offer our guide to what makes it an important adjunct to any hair and scalp care regime, and why it might just be a valuable ally in the fight against thinning hair.

 

Garlic – A History

Originally native to central Asia and northeastern Iran, it is a testament to the high value our species give to garlic that, as we have travelled the globe, garlic was taken with us wherever we went. It has served as both food, seasoning, and medicine for thousands of years.  Ancient writers like Pliny the Elder and Galen wrote of it, Galen calling it the “rustics theriac (cure-all)” while Pliny offered a list of scenarios where garlic was considered of use.

So from the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, garlic was much respected for a multitude of reasons. In 16th Century England it was applied to confluent smallpox. As recently as World War 1, and just before the advent of antibiotics, garlic was used as an antiseptic.

Of course, there is a lot of folklore around garlic, you are probably familiar with its ability to ward off vampires. But did you know that the Korean myth of origin saw a bear turn into a woman, by eating only 20 cloves of garlic and a bundle of the local mugwort every day for  100 days. The Buddhists treat it with deference, believing its pungency to be an earthly pleasure, one that drives sexual appetite and aggression. Monks and nuns are forbidden to eat it.

Garlic V Hair Loss

So is there any truth in the rumour that garlic can help fight off thinning hair? We should start with a look at the ingredient list. Garlic is rich in a number of nutrients. 100g of raw garlic pretty much takes care of your days’ requirement for vitamin B6, along with a healthy portion of a range of other B vitamins. It also contains 40% of your vitamin C. Manganese, Phosphorous, Potassium, Zinc and Calcium are all there in respectable portions.

A few health benefits have been noted in regard to eating garlic, primary among them would be studies that have demonstrated an inverse link between some cancers and eating garlic.

With regards to hair loss, in particular, we are more interested in a couple of specific minerals. The sulphur-containing compounds make for a great, natural antibiotic scalp cleanser. Also, if you buy garlic grown in soils rich in selenium the garlic itself will be a good way to ingest. The benefit is improved blood circulation, with that improvement delivering more nutrients to the follicles of the affected area.

DIY Garlic Scalp-Care

It really could not be simpler to create your own scalp-cleanser. Crush a few cloves and boil in a little water. Once they are soft crush the mixture into a paste, allow to cool and then apply to the scalp. Leave it there for a quarter of an hour before washing out with a mild shampoo.

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This all comes with a health warning. Due to the potency of garlic, it is important you patch test your skin and check for an adverse reaction before going the whole hog and applying it to your entire scalp. As long as you patch test OK you should be fine to add this simple routine to your existing one.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

A Guide To Neem Oil And Hair Loss

Neem oil has been trusted for centuries in India where it used as a treatment for an incredible array of ailments. We take a closer look at its use to combat hair loss.

 

The Neem Tree

A member of the mahogany family this fast-growing tree grows across the Indian sub-continent. It possesses a seemingly endless list of useful attributes and is used in a surprising range of applications. It is widely used as a natural pesticide for example, but the twigs have been shown to be as effective as toothpaste in treating plaque and gingivitis. It has been used for centuries as a key ingredient in construction as wall plaster. The tree is also effective at anti-desertification and is credited with being a highly effective carbon sink.

Most notably, for us at least, is its use in Ayurvedic medicine. The long list of its attributes includes anthelmintic, antidiabetic, antibacterial, antiviral, sedative and even as a contraceptive. In Ayurvedic medicine, it is used to improve liver function, detoxify the blood and to treat skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis.

In 1995, western medicine took an important step in recognising its validity when they granted a patent to an American company using it as an anti-fungal product. The Indian govt objected on the basis that they had been using it in this way in India for over 2000 years. When the American company appealed, on the basis that the Indians had never written it up in a scientific journal, they lost and the patent was rightly revoked.

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So Neem oil, derived from the fruits and flowers of the tree, has a range of medicinal benefits all of which can be shown to benefit our hair. The antifungal and antibacterial properties ensure the hair and scalp are clean, with pores and follicles unclogged with sebum… which can negatively affect the natural growth cycle and lead to hair thinning. It is also highly effective against conditions like dandruff, which can also have a damaging effect on our hair.

How To Use

Neem can, these days, be purchased in health food shops as tablets. For treating your hair you are better applying it as a paste, which is made by boiling the leaves in a mixture of water and honey. Apply it to the hair and leave for 1 – 2 hours before washing thoroughly as normal.

While Neem is perfectly safe in tablet form it is not recommended, especially for women, to take the paste form orally… so stick to applying the paste to hair and scalp.

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This remarkable tree and its fruit would make a sensible adjunct to your hair and scalp care routine. One recommended for millennia by medics across Asia and one we heartily recommend as a natural alternative to some of the chemical options available.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

What causes hair loss in women?

Top 4 Non Hereditary Reasons For Female Hair Loss

While androgenetic alopecia is by far the most common cause there are many other triggers for female hair loss. We take a closer look at the four most common.

 

Female Hair Loss

A chat today around the family dinner table turned to hair loss. I discovered that my mother in law was woefully ill-informed on the subject. As a 75-year-old with great hair, she can possibly be forgiven for never having had to look into the subject in any depth.

She was shocked to learn that by the age of 50 as many women as men are affected by the condition… that condition, primarily, being hereditary hair loss. Better known in the medical world as androgenetic alopecia. Although this is almost invariably the diagnosis it is a long way from being the only one.

We take you through the four most common reasons for female hair loss:

Traction Alopecia

This stands out on our list as a self-inflicted issue. Caused by hairstyles that pull on the hair, like tight ponytails for example. Unlike androgenetic alopecia in women, which affects the top of the head behind the hairline, traction alopecia can cause damage to the hairline itself. Sometimes, if the style is worn for long enough, the damage can be permanent. Extremely distressing for the sufferer.

The advice is fairly obvious, to wear your hair in looser styles.

Anemia

Low levels of iron in the blood can lead directly to hair loss. A blood test is required to confirm it as the problem but in the absence of other culprits, it is advisable to check. Eminently treatable by increasing the amount of iron-rich food in your diet or through supplements.

Pregnancy

We partially take back the claim that traction alopecia is the only self-inflicted hair loss issue on your list. Pregnancy is one of life’s events that the majority of women will experience. The irony is that during pregnancy your hair may have never looked better. This is because the follicles go into a resting phase with little hair lost, as it would be had the normal phasing been followed. Once the pregnancy is over and your body returns to its normal hormone levels there can be some degree of “catch up” as hair begins to shred at an alarming rate.

It is a temporary experience that patience will cure, somewhere between 6 and 12 months is usually enough to complete the journey… and you will find that there is plenty going on to take your mind off it during that time. An elevated regime of hair care during this time would be beneficial.

Stress

Probably the most challenging to identify and manage. Stress can be bought on by demands at work, an illness, or other challenging events in our lives. A relationship breakdown or bereavement are good examples.

Treat the hair loss by treating the problem, ally that with improving your diet and exercise regime, along with paying attention to your sleep routine.

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There are many more hair loss triggers out there, but these four represent the lions share of cases that are not androgenetic alopecia.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

Use This Natural Shrub For All Hair Problems

Shikakai is a flowering, climbing shrub found across India, it is credited with possessing a wide range of benefits for hair care, up to and including fighting hair loss. We take a closer look.

 

Shikakai

Indian medicine has provided a number of treatments for our hair. Many of which are ancient, used for centuries or even millennia, and which have had their efficacy borne out by modern investigative methods. We have identified the basis for their abilities, whether as a source of important nutrients or for their medical value as anti-inflammatory or fungicides. Time after time we establish that the old wives tales that accompany the treatment are based on fact, not fantasy.

Shikakai is one you may not have heard of before but is another of these well-established treatments. The Skikakai plants, also known as Acacia Concinna, to possess a complete suite of properties to help improve the condition of our hair.

It is a climbing shrub, common across India, with simple fern-like leaves, small purple flowers, and brown seed pods. The pods can be crushed down into a powder, which is then mixed with water to produce a brown paste.

How To Use Shikakai

Once you have the Shikakai mixed into a paste it is applied to the scalp, and then to the hair. Leave on for 30 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with water. It should be left on for 30 minutes… so maybe a good time to settle down and watch an episode of your favorite TV program.

Repeating this procedure twice a week is sufficient. You might consider adding some Reetha powder into the mix, Reetha is incredibly high in iron, which the elevated levels of vitamin C in the Shikakai can help absorb.

You will notice that the Shikakai treatment is deliciously cooling, a pleasant experience. So that its claims on efficacy include dealing with frizzy and dull hair or an itchy scalp, it can clear up dandruff and split ends. It is a long list of claims, backed up by medical analysis of its contents. Shikakai is rich in vitamins, with A, C and E  all present. It also possesses anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

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Shikakai in powder form is easily available through the web, or quite possibly at your local store. Ayurvedic medicine uses it extensively and has done for a very long time. Maybe its time to jump on this bandwagon and see how it works for you? Click here to see some hints on preparation and usage.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

Female Hair Loss Cure: Study Results Published

Some much-needed research on the efficacy of topical formulations for female pattern hair loss has just been published in the American Journal of Dermatology. We take a closer look.

 

Androgenetic Alopecia

The technical name for pattern hair loss, whether in men or women, refers to the hormones that are responsible for developing male characteristics. Androgens are produced in the testes of men but also in the ovaries and adrenal glands of women. For boys, the major androgens, testosterone, diydrotesterone (DHT) and androstenedine, are all equally important.  They assist in the development of the penis, scrotum, and prostate. For girls, lower levels of androgens perform functions involving libido and sexual arousal.

As we age, the hormone DHT begins to bind to susceptible follicles causing them to miniaturize. Eventually, the shrunken follicles die before being absorbed back to become regular skin cells. Higher levels of another hormone, present in the frontal follicles save women from female hair loss in that region. Which is why we see differing patterns of balding between the sexes. Though the incidence is the same for both.

Finasteride and Minoxidil

There are only two FDA approved medications available. Finasteride, however, is not available to women due to the threat of it causing abnormalities in the fetus. This has not stopped it being provided “off label” for nearly two decades. The other is Minoxidil, a topical treatment. Like Finasteride, it is necessary to use daily with the threat of an immediate resumption of the hair loss if stopped.

Improved Efficacy

Much has been made of the ability of a combination of the two medications to be superior in outcome than the sum of their parts. But female hair loss is an area of investigation that would benefit from much more work. We were delighted to see the publication of just such a study in the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology. A randomized double-blind study on the effects of just such a combination, specifically exploring efficacy for women.

The study group was split into two, with half receiving only minoxidil and the other half getting a combination of the same strength, 3%, Minoxidil with 0.25% Finasteride. The results were pretty emphatic. After 24 weeks, hair had grown in diameter and density in both groups but the combination treatment was seen to be significantly superior in regards to hair diameter. No systemic adverse effects were reported in either group.

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The conclusion of the report was that this topical treatment may be “a promising option” in the treatment of female pattern hair loss.

That it improves the diameter of the individual hairs is encouraging, as the news that it came with no side-effects. It should be pointed out that, due to the risk to unborn fetuses, the combination treatment would only be available to post-menopausal women. You can see the original research article here. The more interested among you can buy the full report through a link on the same page.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

Guide To Shampoo and Hair Loss

Most of us will have our preferred shampoo but are we doing our hair any favors with our choice. We take a closer look with our guide to best practice to caring for our hair and scalp when selecting a shampoo.

 

Shampoo

Some Native American tribes were known to use plant extracts as shampoo. The Costanoans in California still use the extract of woodfern for this purpose.

In Europe, the practice of shampooing was introduced to Britain by a visitor from Bengal in India, from where the word shampoo itself was adopted. Sake Mohamed and his Irish wife, Jane Daly, opened the “Indian Medicated Vapour Bath” offering to cure a range of diseases as well as providing full relief from the pain of arthritis and rheumatism.

The early days saw shavings of soap boiled in water containing herbs but by 1914 magazine adverts were beginning to appear for brands like Rexall and Harmony.

In 1927 the whole game was to be reinvented by Hans Schwarzkopf when he introduced his self-branded liquid shampoo to Berlin, and from there to the rest of Europe.

Modern shampoos were first seen in the 1930s when synthetic surfactants replaced soap as the principal ingredient.

Modern Shampoo

In the decades since the end of the second world war the development of shampoo has seen products aimed at specific issues, so we have fungicidal properties that are either chemical or made from herbal extracts. But there are dozens of potentially included ingredients all credited with their own benefits, be it enhancing color or reassuring that your baby’s eyes will not be irritated.

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Some of those ingredients are there purely to create a rich lather, on the grounds that the experience is luxurious. Unfortunately, those bubbles are overkill for the job. These detergents will strip away the oils that form a protective barrier on hair and scalp, damaging both as well as the cuticle beneath, that fine outermost layer of hair. Intact and healthy the cuticle gives hair a natural sheen as the light reflects… for onlookers that shine equates to healthy hair.

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Stick to anything from the great range of gentle shampoos on the market to give your scalp and hair the best care. Shampoos developed for babies avoid a couple of the common surfactants and are typically PH balanced at 7.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

Israeli Team Identify Hair Loss Gene In Women Of Color

A team of international researchers has identified a faulty gene that might open the door for a genetic treatment for women of color suffering from a common form of hair loss.

 

CCCA

According to WebMD, centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA) is a condition that causes inflammation and destruction of hair follicles that results in scarring and permanent hair loss. The symptoms are similar to those seen when women present with hair loss due to traction alopecia… that form of hair loss attributed to styling with braids or other, often chemical, treatments that see the hair pulled tight or the color changed. Like CCCA, traction alopecia can result in redness that can become bumps, or even scaling and blisters that, in some cases, leave the sufferer with permanent hair loss.

Remarkable Research

Professor Eli Sprecher is Head of Dermatology at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center. For the last seven years, he has led a team of international researchers looking into the causes of CCCA… long thought to be triggered by those hairstyles and chemical treatments.

The remarkable publishing of his report, in the New England Journal of Medicine, saw Professor Sprecher announce that his team had identified a malfunctioning protein, PAD13, that actually causes CCCA. He acknowledged that what dermatologists might have been looking at all these years, when misplacing the cause to styling and treatment, could have been a predisposition for women with the faulty gene to suffer.

Good Hair

Chris Rock, the American comedian, explored the culture around hair for women of color in a film, Good Hair, inspired by his young daughters’ simple question “why can’t I have good hair?”. His film highlighted the size of the problem that is hair loss among African American women. Some of the men in his film spoke about there being an unwritten dating rule that it is forbidden to touch a woman’s hair without express permission, highlighting the extent of the issue and the fragility of the weaves and wigs used to hide it.

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Five years ago the Huffington Post reported that the market for black hair might be worth up to $500M. So it is important to recognize both the size of the problem and the massive latent demand for a genetic cure. Though of course, that cure is still some way off at this stage we will continue to monitor and report on their progress. You can see Professor Sprecher’s publication in the New England Journal of Medicine by clicking here.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

 

 

One Woman’s Guide to Coping With Hair Loss

Sharing her experience became a mission for Australian one cancer sufferer. We are delighted to share her story, along with her great list of tips and coping mechanisms.

 

Briony Benjamin

Briony’s story starts with a cancer diagnosis, to which her first question to the doctor was “Will my hair fall out?” She was quickly reassured by the medic that her hair would return, but she goes on to describe the prospect of hair loss as the single thing that upset her the most about the news she had been given. A fact she recognizes as crazy given the very real threat to her life… but all too common a reaction.

Coping

With her highly supportive sister she planned a series of strategies aimed at helping her meet the challenges as they arose. The first thing was to find a better place around the hair loss, for which they came up with a mantra: “The treatment is working.” The aim was for Briony to greet every lost strand with the certain knowledge that this was a sign the chemotherapy was doing its thing and attacking the cancer cells, with the unfortunate hair a casualty of that war.

As so many of us do in times of high stress, the pair, with Mum in tow, hit the shops. Purchasing a selection of cute headscarves, headbands, and wigs. The wig, in particular, was daunting for Briony. Until she found one that matched her hair and color, one she loved and enjoyed wearing. Superheroes wear capes she told herself, and some wear headscarves.

Shaving Down

The first time was bound to be traumatic. She credits events like World’s Greatest Shave, the Leukaemia Foundation’s annual event to raise funds for research into blood cancer (and lymphoma), for reassuring her that there were many others out there going through the same thing.

Briony extolls the virtues of a shaved head, “I’ve saved a mountain of time washing and drying my hair this year” she says. And with no more getting long hair blowing in your face she goes on to say “In many ways, it’s been really liberating.”

Staying Positive

The first thing Briony points out in this regard is that it is perfectly OK to be sad. A hospital psychologist told her that it was important not to feel that this was anything other than a normal part of the reaction, in no way silly or vain. In fact, she was advised not to attempt to find the positive and to mourn her hair, letting the sadness out in other ways.

For Briony, Instagram gave her a valuable tool to communicate her own story and to follow other inspiring women and accounts. Briony went a step further, grabbing images and quotes to print for a giant board at home. She kept it beside her bed where she could see it every morning. She also kept a folder on her phone where she stored all her “lovely” messages of support to reflect on during treatments.

Meditative Routines

Briony used a couple of meditative techniques. The first is what she calls “the morning pages.” The idea is that first thing in the morning you sit and write two or three pages of whatever comes into your head. No right or wrong here, it is an exercise in clearing your head and organizing your thoughts.

The other was real meditation. Briony used an app called Headspace. She describes it as great for beginners and was inspired to learn that the founder, Andy Puddicombe, was himself someone who had been through treatment for testicular cancer. He developed a series of meditations on coping with cancer which she tried to do daily.

That’s about it, though she signs off with “Take it one day at a time and remember that you are stronger than you know. You’ve got this.”

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It was great to find Briony’s story and we sincerely hope many others will benefit from her experience and appetite for sharing. We loved her take on the “Alien” image, reprising Sigourney Weaver’s shaven-headed character in the film was a stroke of genius, and gives us a little window into how she, with her family, determined to have fun regardless. You can see that picture, and the rest of her wonderful Instagram account by clicking here.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

Top 5 Ayurveda Hair Loss Tips From Your Own Kitchen

Ayurveda is an intricate holistic approach to healthcare with specific tips for hair. Here are five treatments available in your own kitchen.

 

Ayurveda

Developed 3000 years ago in India, Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest healing systems. Vastly complicated it is far more about preventative treatments than actual cures. Meditation and highly personalized diets form a central theme, with the diet based on a range of attributes from height to hair color.

While it is true to say the system is predominantly preventative it does feature a wealth of curative potions, unctions and ointments. Along with some wonderfully exotic ingredients are a sprinkling of things we can all pick up at the local grocer, or at least at a decent supermarket. So here is our list of 5 top tips from the wonderful world of Ayurveda, all aimed at helping you in your fight against hair loss. Central to that fight is an imbalance in what they call your “pitta dosha.” It’s more of a problem for some than others but everything here is designed to ensure yours is kept in balance.

1 Diet

Your pitta dosha is balanced by eating more “cool and mild” foods. Buttermilk, coconut oil and cinnamon are all recommended, along with grapes and melons to keep your hair strong.

2 Bhingraj Oil

This is a highly regarded Ayurvedic remedial herb, packed with antioxidants. It simply needs to be heated for 30 seconds till warm and applied directly to the scalp through massage, for about 15 minutes. Leave it in the hair for a further 30 before rinsing out.

3 Amla

A 2012 study suggested Amla had properties that made it a potential ally in the fight against hair loss, crediting it with the same properties as the FDA approved drug Finasteride.

Whether eaten as a berry or in powder form, or turned into a paste and applied directly, Ayurvedic medicine strongly recommends the use of Amla.

4 Curd

This might not be for everyone, but this by-product of milk left too long is packed with complicated proteins. Ayurvedic medicine recommends its use, apply it directly to the hair and scalp and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing out.

5  Fenugreek

A seed packed with vitamins, folic acid and antioxidants, Fenugreek seeds need to be soaked in water overnight. the water can then be drunk. 2 tablespoons in the water will provide enough to grind down to a paste and use as a treatment. Apply to the roots for 20 minutes and rinse with a mild shampoo.

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Any or all of these would make a sensible addition to your routine, all the more so if you are concerned about hair loss.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

 

Travolta Reveals Inspiration For Going Bald

In an interview with Extra, John Travolta explains his decision to come clean about his hair loss and finally go bald.

 

A Life With Hair

John Travolta, far more than just about any other actor we can think of, was a man for whom his hair was key. It is simply unimaginable that he could have got the early roles he did without his magnificent mane. Grease required him to comb his hair in almost every scene. In Saturday Night Fever his character constantly preened and admired himself in any available reflective surface.

It is therefore entirely understandable that he chose to don a hair system. At which precise point he began wearing the system is less clear, though rumors suggest it was early on.

A Change of Heart

Travolta shocked his legions of fans with a tweet at new year. The picture showed him with his daughter at a black tie event, sporting no system and exposing his bald crown officially for the first time with the caption “I hope everyone had a great New Year!”

In his interview with Extra, Travolta talks about his close friend and singer Armando Perez, known as Pitbull.  He shared that Pitbull would send pictures of Travolta in which he had superimposed a bald head onto Travolta’s hair system with a note saying “I prefer this.” Along with friends, family and people in his employ, Travolta decided he had enough people around him “championing this whole idea…” that he decided to take the plunge and ditch the wig.

Reaction

The reaction to his tweet was amazing. “The biggest fun has been just the response to it, I felt like Zoolander or something – I came out and suddenly, my new look became headline news.” Travolta himself describes his new look as a lot easier… “Life’s simpler.” Wife Kelly Preston, he also tells us, loves it… “She has always loved the idea,” he said. Family and friends are delighted.

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We are delighted to see him embrace his natural look. He is of an age, at 64, where the majority of his peers will be in the same situation. It is hard to believe there is any threat to his career since he can always slip the system back on for a role. Not least though, because he remains a very handsome man without the hair. You can see the original interview on Extra here.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

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Am I Experiencing Female Pattern Hair Loss?

There are many potential triggers that can result in a woman losing hair, so how can you tell if your thinning is due to inherited female pattern hair loss? We look at the cause, identification, and treatment.

 

Triggers and Identification

While many events can be the trigger to hair loss, from illness to pregnancy, there is only one cause for female pattern hair loss. It is hereditary. We inherit the genes for our hair from both parents so looking at your older relatives can provide a clue to your hair future. Nevertheless, because many of the other causes can initially present as identical to female pattern hair loss, a visit to a dermatologist for confirmation is a must. As we will see later early treatment is vital if you are to hold onto your hair so a proper diagnosis is essential.

For most women, the issue will start sometime during mid-life while they are in their 40’s, 50’s, or 60’s. The fact that it is seen, usually, after the menopause might be indicative that hormones play a part. The condition is progressive, so the sufferer can expect it to worsen over time. Unlike men, women do not lose all of their hair. Rather, the issue starts on the top of the head with a center parting that just keeps getting wider and can progress to the point where there is little hair left behind a thinned out hairline. As soon as you have a diagnosis your dermatologist can recommend a course of treatment.

Treatment

Not so long ago there was only one treatment. Minoxidil, as the only FDA approved treatment on the market for women, is by far the most commonly recommended. Available without prescription it is applied directly to the scalp… users should know that initially, they might experience a bout of accelerated hair loss before the hair begins to grow again. Also, care should be taken to avoid contact with other areas of the face when applying, it can result in unwanted hair. Minoxidil is not suitable for use by pregnant or breastfeeding women.

These days however, dermatologists have a range of new, largely untested, options available that can be offered in conjunction with a course of minoxidil.

There are also medications which are recognised as having potential benefit for female pattern hair loss but which are actually made, and approved, for use on other conditions. Spironolactone, for example, is a diuretic that has been prescribed for “off label” use against hair loss for many years. Finasteride, flutamide, and dutasteride are also medications that many dermatologists will prescribe. It is vital to check with your doctor that no current medications you are taking should mean you avoid any or all of these… all have been linked with birth defects and so should not be considered by a woman who is pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

There are a host of other options, some using your own stem cells, another that uses your own blood… platelet-rich plasma therapy involves taking your blood and enriching it before putting it back into your system. Lasers that can be used at home are becoming popular.

But the fact is that much more work needs to be done on all of these before a definitive benefit can be established.

Supplements might be an answer that avoids concerns around side effects. Biotin and folic acid are reputed to improve hair thickness and condition. One study saw women improve both by taking specific omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids and antioxidants.

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Whichever solution you choose, it is important to bear in mind that any treatment for hair loss involves a long wait for improvement. It is unlikely you will see any improvement in the first few months, such is the glacial rate at which hair grows and recovers.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

 

 

Boost Your Vitamin D To Fight Hair Loss

There are numerous sources of vitamin D, including sunlight, but millions of us do not get enough and a recent study suggests it is key in the fight against hair loss.

 

Vitamin D

Vitamin D has long been understood to regulate the levels of calcium and phosphate in our body. A lack of it can lead to conditions such as rickets in children and painful bones in older people… pain in the bones is sometimes a simple sign of a vitamin D deficiency which, left unattended, can lead to osteoporosis.

However, the effects of the vitamin appear to go beyond healthy bones and teeth. A team in Saudi Arabia has recently published a report, the result of looking at the evidence from hundreds of earlier studies, pointing to a direct link between levels of vitamin D and androgenetic alopecia.

In fact, vitamin D has become associated with a range of unwelcome symptoms. Drowsiness, excessive sweating or muscle pain can all be signs that you need a boost.

Hair Growth

The latest study, while far from definitive, clearly saw a link between low vitamin D levels and alopecia areata. Given the requirement for a range of vitamins and other micronutrients in the hair follicle growth cycle, they recommended large scale double-blind clinical trials to achieve a clearer understanding of the processes.

Are You Getting Enough?

During summer months we should be getting all the vitamin D we need from sunlight. Of course, there are those who won’t, people in institutions, or hospital for example. For them, and all of us during the winter months it can be a struggle, which means many of us will be suffering from an in witting deficiency. While it does occur in a small range of foods supplements are recommended. The national health service in the UK recommends an adult take 10 micrograms daily between the end of summer and late March or early April.

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Against that backdrop of symptoms, including osteoporosis, it would seem obvious that our vitamin D levels are something we should all be more conscious of. And protecting ourselves against at this time of year. Not many of us will get enough from our diet given the limited range of foods that it appears in.. oily fish, red meat, liver, egg yolks. There are also fortified foods, spreads and cereals. But a supplement should definitely be a consideration in the winter months.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

Celebrity Hairdresser Fighting Women’s Hair Loss

Trevor Sorbie is a world-renowned hairdresser who has been building his stellar reputation ever since opening his salon in Covent Garden in 1979. These days he is to be found providing free cuts to women in desperate need of his services. We look closer.

 

Trevor Sorbie MBE

Famously, Trevor Sorbie once had to turn down the Queen for an appointment such was the demand for his services. The great, the good and the not so good beat a path to his door. Rock stars, royalty, and Hollywood A-Listers, Trevor snipped them all. Now a sprightly 69 Trevor still has six salons operating and is still a force in the industry he helped create. However, talk to Trevor and you discover he describes himself as “retired.” Instead, he chooses to use his time and talent to help women going through cancer treatment and facing up to the hair loss associated with chemotherapy.

My New Hair

In 2006, Trevor lost his sister-in-law to cancer. During that terrible process, she came to him and asked for a wig. He talks movingly about the experience, “I bought a wig, put it on her, and it just looked like a wig. I customized it and it looked more natural – she burst into tears of joy. At that moment the penny dropped for me, I stopped cutting hair and started cutting wigs.”

Trevor was inspired to set up his charity, My New Hair,  to offer free cuts to women wearing wigs for the first time due to chemotherapy. That was over a decade ago and today Trevor is still to be found at his home in Gosport, in the South of England, where he and his wife have dedicated a room to the work. His association with the oncology department of a local hospital sees a regular flow of clients. No doubt they are amazed to find themselves in the hands of this hairdressing deity, something they can reflect on as they study the walls… covered as they are with pictures from Trevor’s glittering career. He does not charge a penny for his services either.

Above and Beyond

Trevor’s commitment to the charity goes way beyond some of his time and a room in his house. Over the years he has trained 600 hairdressers to deliver the same service which, he tells us, is at least as much about good communication as it is about great cuts. “You’re dealing with ladies who are in a very vulnerable place in their lives. You need to be delicate, you don’t start a conversation with “where are you going on holiday?” Clients are encouraged to bring along a friend for support and flexibility with appointments… understanding that the treatment can mean they are simply too unwell to turn up.

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This remarkable man has found a new purpose at a time when most are trading in all that in favor of cruises or gardening. By leveraging his credibility he has delivered his brand of support to thousands of clients through the training he delivers. We applaud him. Our thanks to the Portsmouth News for the original article. You can find it here along with contact details for the charity.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

 

Five Essential Scalp Care Tips

As we look ahead to the challenges cold weather brings we offer our list of home remedies for taking better care of your scalp, vital in the battle against hair loss. Simple treatments that take little or no time and provide visible results.

 

Scalp Care Is Hair Care

As we head into winter it is definitely time to take a little more care of ourselves. We would go so far as to say vital if you are suffering from hair loss, in which case taking care of your scalp should be a high priority. While there are over the counter solutions available the popularity of home remedies is understandably appealing to anyone wanting to reduce their exposure to medications.

So as the cold weather begins to bite we will all experience the gamut of factors that can lead to a scalp with poor condition, central heating and wearing hats for starters. Dandruff is endemic with up to 50% of people suffering, other rarer conditions like psoriasis can be debilitating and hard to manage. Effectively managing these conditions is vital if you want to give your hair its best chance of growing strong and looking healthy. One of the benefits of going the home remedy route is that anything on our list can be used in conjunction with any medication prescribed by your doctor or dermatologist.

Tea Tree Oil

You were possibly expecting to see it but the anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial make it an old-fashioned no-brainer. Great for reducing greasiness and itching but a fantastic accompaniment to any other treatment you might be using.

Aloe Vera

Of all the home remedies you can grow on a shelf this is our stand-out favorite. It is a wonderful salve for anything from burns to cold sores, applied to the scalp it delivers on all fronts. Like the Tea Tree Oil, it offers control of inflammation and fungal infections.

Apple Cider Vinegar

The much-vaunted health properties of the apple go beyond keeping the doctor away. Taken orally it is credited with aiding the metabolism and helping to keep weight off. Applied to the scalp the acidity helps the process of removing dead skin while balancing the pH level.

Omega-3

These fatty acids are essential, they help build cell membranes but are also important for the healthy function of vital organs like the heart and lungs. A deficiency is keenly felt by the hair and scalp and the effects are visible. Available in a range of foods, primarily fish, sardine salmon trout or mackerel, as well as walnuts, soybean and chia seeds. Also available as a supplement.

 

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We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

Hair Loss Cure Scams – What To Look Out For

There are seemingly endless advertisements for hair loss cures, from the ancient to hi-tech, which promise fuller locks. We offer some insights on how to avoid the scams and what to look out for.

 

The Long Search For A Hair Loss Cure

Hair loss. Having thought about this deeply for many years we have arrived at the conclusion that a rogue gene appeared countless generations ago. It must have appeared on an attractive man for the gene to have been passed on so successfully, and because we see hair loss in both sexes almost everywhere we look around the world, it follows that it must have appeared before we made the move out of Africa. We would suggest that the search for a hair loss cure started around the same time.

After all these millennia the search has remained profoundly unsuccessful. That is not to say there has not been any progress. We report regularly on the work going on at some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies working hard on the science of hair loss, and it is pure 21st Century science. Our ever-improving understanding of the processes involved has led to some optimism that a cure might be on the horizon. We now know that there are over 200 genes involved… an example of how that improved understanding has led to an appreciation of the staggering complexity and ever more questions.

In addition to major pharmaceutical companies, there are many small biotech start-ups, often associated with university labs, working on aspects of the process with a view to creating new products and treatments.

The downside to this vigorous activity, which has undoubtedly created optimism for a cure, has been a big uptick in the number of scam offers on the web promising to cure your hair loss right now, today.

How To Spot A Scam

There are clues to look for. Usually, the advert will appear under the title “Sponsored Articles From Around The Web”. You can avoid a lot of scams simply by never clicking on anything under that title. If you do click then you will be taken to a fake news page featuring testimonials, often with a similarly fake celebrity endorsement. There are essentially two versions of the cure, one is ancient based on some tribal cure, the other is ultra-modern and based on pseudo-scientific gobbledygook. The product is usually cheap, very cheap, Purchase it and you will later discover that there will have been an additional, much larger, charge, it will show on your statement as “membership” or similar.

Avoiding it is relatively straightforward. If you find yourself being drawn in by one of these adverts, and it is entirely understandable that you might be, simply Google the company name, try adding the word “scam” into your search. A couple of minutes spent performing due diligence is almost always enough to spot the rogues.

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We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

Hair Loss Cure Hope

Based on stories told her by her grandmother, a young doctor from Guyana is working on developing a hair loss cure based on ancient wisdom. We take a closer look.

 

We report regularly on the progress of research teams from all over the world working on a deeper understanding of hair loss. From that research emerges a raft of programs all aimed at producing a product or technique aimed at improving the lot of hair loss sufferers. The sheer complexity of the challenge has become more obvious as we delve ever deeper into the workings of hair growth… we now know that there are well over 200 genes involved in the process.

Such is the emerging complexity that sometimes it feels as though we might never get there. That miracle treatment which can return, or deliver for the first time, anyone to a full head of hair.

A Herbal Approach

Growing up in the valleys of the beautiful Pakaraima mountains in Guyana, Sevanie Williams as a young girl would listen attentively to her grandmother’s stories on the benefits of local herbs and other plants. Among them a few that were used to treat their hair. So as a young girl Sevanie developed a fascination for plant-life, organisms, and chemicals… which would see her, even as a young girl, examining the entrails of slaughtered cows in her village. It would predicate a life of study as she earned a scholarship to Cuba where she would study medicine and become a doctor. But her first love was and remains research.

Herbal Cure For Hair Loss

Dr. Sevanie Williams is these days to be found working on developing some of those herbal remedies into a meaningful hair loss cure. Her initial experiments have been conducted on members of her own family, including a bald for years grandfather. Results have been encouraging, though it is not a sample size that can be used to prove any sort of efficacy. Grandfather sprouted new hairs from the barren plain that had been the top of his head. Interestingly, grey hairs have begun to show pigment at their roots.

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Today, Dr. Wiliams is working alongside Dr. Emmanuel Cummings, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and a local lab where she is conducting tests and additional research. We will, of course, keep a close eye on her progress.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

 

Meghan’s Hair In The Spotlight

Former US actress, Meghan Markle, better known these days as the Duchess of Sussex, has caused a predictable news bubble with a royal baby expected in the Spring. But it is her hair that was the focus for a couple of the tabloid newspapers…

 

Our Hair During Pregnancy

Nobody needs to be told that the whole process of pregnancy is a roller-coaster ride. From the very beginning, there is a flood of hormones being released as your body prepares to carry a baby for the next nine months. Many women, Meghan apparently included, get a huge boost to their hair in the early months of pregnancy. This is due to the growth, or anagen, cycle becoming extended at the follicle level… where instead of entering a rest phase and falling out before a new hair emerges, the growth phase is prolonged leading to faster growing, thicker and healthier looking hair. It means that, by the start of the third trimester, the hair will have been growing ever so slightly faster for six months at the same time as there being a significant reduction in the amount of shedding, which should lead to visibly improved hair.

There are some other underlying factors which usually contribute to the improvement. Diet is very much subject to change, with additional calories required. Hopefully, that leads to increased amounts of healthy vitamins and iron as the demands from your body for improved and increased sustenance are hard to ignore.  Women in early pregnancy will often make other lifestyle choices for the benefit of their baby, whether that is yoga classes, jogging or simply walking every day… any improvement to your routine will lead to improved physical condition for the whole body, including the hair – that permanent barometer as to the quality of our general health.

Potholes

It is not all good news. There is, for many women, the promise, after all that beautiful hair, a time when there will be a compensatory dip in the quality of our hair. This common problem, called post-partum hair loss, almost invariably clears up on its own, although like many short-term hair loss problems it can seem to take an eternity to recover. For most, 6 months is usually enough though it can drag on for up to a year.

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Our thanks to the Daily Mail for running the original article. And a nod in the direction of the Daily Express who joined in by speculating that Meghan’s recent change in style was related to managing the thicker hair associated with pregnancy.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

Hair Loss Is On The Rise – What Can You Do To Fight Back?

There is broad concensus that hair loss is on the rise, so with more women affected than ever the question of what you can do to stave off the problem is essential.

 

Hair Loss

There is a seemingly never-ending list of potential issues that might trigger hair loss before we even get to the most common… age-related hair loss, better known to the medical world as androgenetic alopecia.

To start with there is a list of conditions that can spark a hair loss event which include some that many of us will experience. Pregnancy is a great example, postpartum hair loss can begin straight after pregnancy as the body readjusts, and take many months to resolve completely. Thyroid disorders and hormone imbalances can play havoc with our hair, as can any illness or accident. Many of us will know of someone who lost color in their hair or even lost their hair, following a traumatic event like a death or break-up.

While all of these might be triggers, the sad truth is that the vast majority of us discovering hair loss will have to face the fact that it is of the hereditary variety. Our genes will ultimately dictate the point on our path at which our hair begins to thin dramatically. Though we can all look forward to a slow decline in the thickness and luster of our hair as we age. In our twenties the average woman will have a little over 600 follicles per square centimeter, this number drops to under 500 by the time reach our fifties. While you might notice that decline it is unlikely to draw unwanted attention unless you are actually suffering from androgenetic alopecia, this results in a highly visible lack of hair across the top of the scalp.

Must-Have Routines

While there is no cure for androgenetic alopecia, it is absolutely essential to give your hair the very best chance. Some simple lifestyle changes will help with that.

Ensuring that your diet is balanced is a must, identify any areas of weakness in your current diet and either make the changes necessary or, at the very least, reach for some supplements.  Iron of course, but also the fatty acids that you might be lacking if your diet does not include much meat, eggs or oily fish.

Never, ever, ever skip breakfast. Your hair gets its nutrients last, while you might dispute it your body regards hair as pretty much non-essential. So it lives on leftovers, best to make sure they are decent by eating regularly and enough, consistency of supply is a factor for the second fastest growing cell in your body – so try to eat something every four hours to keep it well supplied.

Beyond that, you are urged to take your health seriously and exercise regularly. Combine that with a sensible approach to getting enough sleep and a good hair care routine, which should include a regular scalp exfoliation, and you are well on your way to optimizing your chances of hanging on to your hair for the maximum time.

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We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

7 Foods Recommended For Hair Loss Sufferers

The temptation, when discovering your own hair loss, might be to reach for medication. But there are immediate steps you can make to improve your condition, diet prime among them. Here are our 7 must have foods for all hair loss sufferers.

 

You Are What You Eat

Hair. We can examine it scientifically to establish exactly what the person who sprouted the hair has been eating and drinking. It is just about the fastest growing thing on the human body and so takes on daily supplies to fuel that growth, taking in tiny amounts of whatever we have been consuming. So paying attention to our diet seems an eminently sensible strategy, but of course not all foods were created equal when it comes to helping with hair loss. Here are 7 of our favorites.

Strawberries

Let’s start the list with one that is sure to appeal to everybody. Strawberries contain huge amounts of silica, great for growth and strength.

Beef

Get this into your diet, once or twice a week will suffice… and provide a great serving of iron and omega-3 fatty acids in natural form.

Lentils

Moving swiftly on, for vegetarians, we are delighted to add lentils to this list. Loaded with protein, iron, zinc and biotin along with folic acid… marvelous stuff and not to be left out.

Yogurt

Makes a lovely healthy tasting treat and delivers vitamins B5 and D… and, of course, leftovers will make a wonderful hair mask.

Sweet Potatoes

These are a real treat for our scalp, stuffed with beta-carotene which converts to vitamin A in the body… a deficiency of which leads directly to an itchy and flaky scalp.

Dairy Products

All your favorite dairy products make the list, music to some of our readers no doubt. Vitamin B12, Zinc, Iron, Omega 6 fatty acids… they are all in there. What are you waiting for?

Fish

As well as containing Omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins, fish is also a phenomenal source of protein.

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This is not intended to be a definitive list by any means, and there are plenty of foodstuffs worthy of consideration. It is offered as a broad base with something for everyone, whatever their taste or culture. Beef, lentil and strawberry smoothies aren’t for everyone. The point is that if you have not done so before, hair loss should be a catalyst towards taking better care of yourself, and in so doing better care of your hair and scalp health.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

The Perils Of Pregnancy

Abby Clancy, the popular model and footballer’s wife, has spoken candidly to OK Magazine about her experiences as a three-time mum and the perils to her appearance she suffered every time.

 

Abby Clancy

Abby is well known to her UK audience since 2006 when she was the runner-up in reality TV show, Britain’s next top model. She followed up that appearance with a successful modeling career that would see her, by 2010, gracing the pages of Sports Illustrated… something of a pinnacle for any young model and by the following year she was on the books of Elle Model Management in New York.

But Abby always had much more about her than simply stunning good looks. A winning personality saw her picking up work presenting shows and as a talking head on a range of matters affecting women, particularly young women. As if all of this was not enough she entered and won Strictly Come Dancing in 2013.

Abby began dating England footballer Peter Crouch in 2006. As much as Abby is an unusual model, Peter is that rare thing too… an erudite and genuinely funny footballer. The couple tied the knot in 2009 since when they have proved any doubters, who might have suspected the ability of such a glamorous couple living in the public eye to stay the course, very wrong indeed. The still happy couple are now proud parents to two daughters and a son and Abby, in a recent interview, has spoken, with her usual insight, about the mini-traumas those three pregnancies presented.

Perils in Pregnancy

As a busy model, Abby’s appearance was pretty much top of her list of things to take care of. Pregnancy turned out to be an enormous challenge, bringing a host of issues that would all make her working life more difficult. As Abby puts it “everything that could go wrong with her appearance did.”

She admits to struggling with acne and bad pigmentation as issues that “got her down.”  But hair loss was a  particularly unwelcome and difficult to manage problem. “Every time I brushed my hair, it would fall out. It happened throughout my pregnancy, and after giving birth, I was just thinking when is this going to stop? Am I going to be left with any hair?” It was scary, but the things we go through to have our lovely babies, You’d give your whole head of hair to have a healthy baby. But for anyone, hair loss can be a very scary thing.”

Hopefully, women will take comfort in her reporting that the problems began clearing up as soon as she delivered her baby. She shares that the spots cleared up almost immediately, though the hair loss, due to the glacial nature of hair growth, did take a little longer.

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We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

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The Psychological Cost Of Hair Loss

If hair loss among women is discussed it is usually as an aesthetics issue. We take a moment to look at the very real emotional toll it can take.

 

Hair Loss

Around 40% of all women will suffer from hair loss by the age of just 40. We are talking here about androgenetic alopecia, of the sort we inherit from our parents. So there can be no doubt that hair loss is such a common issue that you would think much would be spoken about it. While there have been some slightly more encouraging noises coming from our media over the last few years, with more and more A-List ladies speaking about their own experiences, discussing hair loss among women has been avoided. Despite a great deal of understanding on the subject having been achieved by science, especially during the last decade, there remains a great deal of ignorance… presumably born out of that unwillingness for it to become a regular subject for discussion.

Hair and our Mental Health

Hair loss fills an unusual space when it comes to our broader health. The majority of people are likely to dismiss it as a cosmetic problem,  but that is to misunderstand the myriad non-verbal communication that our hair does for us. Hair, especially when we are young, is a signifier of our health and vitality. Since the days we lived in caves it will have been so.

Losing hair at any age is, almost invariably, a terrible shock… there are exceptions – post-partum and hair loss associated with chemotherapy would be examples. The fact that a significant amount of hair has usually already been lost before it becomes evident only exacerbates the problem. It means that, whatever the prompt was that led you to investigate the state of your hair, the examination often reveals a condition that is genuinely a shock to the system.

While hair loss can be a symptom of an underlying condition, meaning a trip to see an expert is a must, the huge likelihood is that what you are looking at will be female pattern hair loss. The condition can unleash a range of unwelcome feelings and while not a life-threatening one, or even life-changing, it can definitely be categorized as life-altering. It has implications for our self-esteem, for how we feel about our attractiveness and our sense of losing our youth.

Have no doubt about it, hair loss for a woman can be a tough journey. The sooner you engage the sooner you will be able to move on.

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We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

 

Scalp Cooling During Chemo – One Woman’s Account

Scalp cooling caps burst onto the scene a couple of years ago, for the first time offering hope to patients that they might hold on to their hair during chemotherapy. We look at one woman’s personal account.

 

Scalp Cooling

For years women facing cancer treatment were forced to face the fact that the harsh chemicals used during chemotherapy would see them lose their hair. As if fighting cancer wasn’t enough they had to go through the inevitable trauma of disfiguring hair loss. For some women, the prospect is simply too much with a shocking percentage declining the chemotherapy on those grounds alone.

Of course, it is not just the hair loss. It is the impact that hair loss has on their family and friends, children in particular. It is a stigmatizing visual sign that they are undergoing treatment which might as well be a neon banner for all its lack of subtlety. Combine that emotional trauma with the need to decide on how you want to deal with the hair loss, be it a wig, hat or a more brazen approach, and it is perfectly understandable why hair loss is always at the top of most people’s list of undesired and unpleasant side-effects… and there are plenty of others.

Lesley Boyce

Meet Lesley Boyce. Lesley was diagnosed with stage 2 cancer in her breast and had to endure a series of 15 chemotherapy treatments. Lesley had actually worked in the oncology department of her local hospital in the north of England so had a better idea of what to expect than many of the patients there. When she was offered scalp cooling, using a cap donated by the charity Walk the Walk, she spoke to a former colleague for advice.

It was explained that the device simply cooled the scalp prior to treatment, and again for a while after, with the aim of reducing blood supply to the follicles and hopefully reducing the damage done to them by the chemicals used. As the mother to a young boy of seven Lesley had been worried about her appearance upsetting him if she did lose her hair and so had bought a wig just in case.

Lesley described wearing the cap as like having a refrigerator on your head and referenced how difficult it became to think while wearing it. She also pointed out that the need to wear it for an hour before and another hour after would turn the session into a 3-hour appointment from the 1-hour it takes for the actual chemo. The investment of all that time was rewarded as she managed to keep the wig in the drawer and the hair on her head.

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Scalp cooling was and is an important weapon in the fight against hair loss, not least because before they came along there was literally nothing, they filled a void with something that works, as it did for Lesley, successfully in many cases. It is not a guarantee, but in life there are few of those.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

 

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Are There Genetic Clues To Hair Loss?

Hair loss is a timeless, ubiquitous challenge that humanity has been railing against since time immemorial. Little wonder that there are so many old wives tales associated with it, but which of them have a basis in truth?

 

Old Wives

My nan had a limitless supply of intel she had received, presumably as a child before the war. Some of it, in hindsight and with the benefit of an education she never received, made some sense… her approach to food hygiene was guided by the belief that a little bit of dirt was good for you, something that has been borne out by research into why so many of us are developing allergies. Some of her tips were less useful, like not opening umbrellas indoors or putting shoes on a table. She also had a deep mistrust of electricity and would make us remove every plug from every socket in the house during a thunderstorm… even as an 11-year old I knew there was no need to abandon Dr. Who mid-episode because there was lightning outside. But there was no telling her.

To be fair, my nan never had anything to say about hair loss, it just didn’t come up.  If she had she might have shared any of the hair loss “knowledge” that we all grew up with, before the days of deep science investigating the subject. You get your hair from your grandfather was a popular and persistent theory, which almost certainly stood up to scrutiny in lots of cases. It is, of course, rooted, in genetics and the fact that we receive a blend of genes from our parents that will dictate our hair loss future. So looking at Grandad, or Grandma is a place to start but far from the whole story as we understand it now.

It’s In The Genes

While there might be value in knowing our hair loss future, it is not the same thing as being able to do anything about it. Just the same, science has now delivered some explanations for much of the hair loss we experience.

Dutch researchers established that a variation in a particular gene, called an androgen receptor (AR), is a culprit. The hormone it produces, androgen, increases with age and leads to frail hair and impaired follicle growth.

Results published earlier this year by a team in Germany showed that another gene, LSS, which governs how the body metabolizes cholesterol can suffer from a variation which triggers a condition called hypotrichosis.

Another gene, APCDD1, is of particular interest to those working on hair loss for women. It causes hair follicles to shrink in a process called miniaturization, which in turn leads to thin and frail. This is, of course, the type of hair loss experienced by women where the hair becomes thin rather than disappearing completely.

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While none of these insights have actually translated into a meaningful treatment, it is encouraging to see that our understanding is advancing rapidly.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

 

 

Hair Loss From Iron Deficiency Anaemia

Iron deficiency, the lack of healthy red blood cells, is breathtakingly common and a cause of hair loss. We look closer.

 

Anaemia

Red blood cells fulfil a vital role, ferrying oxygen-carrying haemoglobin around the body. So fundamental are they to the rest of everything else that any sort of deficiency can lead to a  multitude of problems. Untreated it can lead to serious health issues, organ damage chief among them – The heart, for example, must work harder to make up for the lack of oxygen.

Oxygen And Your Hair

As you might expect, those red cells carry that essential oxygen to hair cells too. A reduction in that oxygen supply can, in turn, trigger a type of hair loss called telogen effluvium. This is the often stress-related condition that is characterized by greater than usual shedding, sometimes quite dramatic. It can be brought on by an emotional event or a shock to the system, pregnancy is a good example.

Telogen effluvium occurs when a greater proportion than usual of your hair follicles go into a resting phase. The result is usually a diffuse thinning of the hair, though it can affect the hairline itself in some cases.

What To Do

If you think you might be suffering from anaemia related hair loss you will need to get along to your doctor. They will need to do some analysis to rule out other possibilities with similar symptoms, like alopecia areata.

The good news is that a full return to health is the typical prognosis, though because of the glacial rate of hair growth it can take several months to get back to your full crowning glory. In the meantime, if you are an appropriate candidate, Scalp MicroPigmentation might be your saving grace with its ability to camouflage thinning hair through the appearance of increased density.

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We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

Hair Loss Gene Identified In Hunt For Culprit

Research has turned up yet another gene that had been identified as playing a crucial role in hair loss.

 

Hypertrichosis Simplex

At the unfortunate end of the spectrum of alopecia conditions is a particularly cruel version. Hypotrichosis simplex is a rare genetic condition that affects young children. Born with a normal amount, children with the condition will begin losing hair at a young age… that loss is permanent and progressive. It is hard to imagine explaining that to a young child.

Research had already proven that the condition was genetic and had identified a handful of genes that might be responsible. One of them, APCDD1, was found to interfere with signaling pathways that affect cell function and regeneration. But now a team in Germany have spotted another gene that has a direct impact on hypertrichosis.

New Hair Loss Gene Identified

A team led by Professor Regina C. Betz at the University of Bonn in Germany, have been working on improving our understanding of hypertrichosis. They studied the genetic information of three families who were completely unrelated, of whom eight experienced hair loss. Professor Betz’s team found that all eight shared mutations in a gene which encodes a specialized enzyme called lanosterol-synthase… or LSS as it is known. LSS, in turn, plays a key role in the metabolism of cholesterol.

That’s right, cholesterol. Not the cholesterol that can block the arteries though. Cholesterol does perform other jobs in the body, among them, the team discovered, is an effect on the metabolic pathways that control the health of hair follicles. This understanding was achieved by studying tissue samples (brave volunteers!) – they actually discovered that with the mutated gene a vital enzyme was to be found beyond its normal location inside the cells of the follicle.

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This is undoubtedly a remarkable piece of research that deepens our understanding of a miserable condition. Going the extra mile with the tissue sample study, thus proving the value of their original work on spotting the mutation in the LSS, was inspired. Not to mention, really smart twenty first century science that should give us all encouragement that, for our children at least, some or more of these conditions will be easily treatable. The first step on that path is always a complete understanding of the processes involved, it would seem that for hypertrichosis simplex this has been reached.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia – A Growing Problem

A respected doctor told a medical audience that Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia has become a serious problem. We look closer.

 

Lichen Planopilaris

This rare inflammatory condition results in patchy and progressive hair loss which is permanent and thought to be an autoimmune disease.

Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia is what the medical world calls a pattern variation of this condition. In fact, it takes a doctor to spot the difference. The variation was only reported for the first time 30 years ago but, according to dermatologist Jerry Shapiro M.D., it is increasing in epidemic proportions.

It presents as a band of alopecia at the front of the scalp, it can appear above and behind the ears as well as sometimes forming a complete band around the head. Another symptom, which can occur before or after the hair loss, can be the loss of eyebrows… it occurs in between 50% and 95% of cases. Follicles are permanently destroyed by the condition in a scarring process that leaves

Typically, the condition affects post-menopausal women, like we didn’t have enough to worry about, but Dr. Shapiro told the American Association of Dermatology, at their summer meeting, that fully 20% of cases are seen in pre-menopausal women and that it can occasionally be seen in men, though they only represent between 1 & 2% of cases.

The Causes

Exactly what triggers the autoimmune reaction which causes the disease is not known for sure, but there would seem to be a strong suggestion that the culprit has been identified.

Dr. Shapiro told the meeting about one study, based on questionnaires investigating lifestyle, social and medical factors, discovered that twice as many women with FFA used a sunscreen when compared with the control groups. Also that they used facial moisturizers and foundations more often, though this just failed to reach the level of statistical significance.

The possibly implicated sunscreen ingredients were approved by the FDA in 1988, just 6 years before the first ever case of FFA was reported.

The Cure

Yes, well. At the moment there is no cure. Present with the condition to your Doctor and you may be prescribed any one of a number of tiered solutions to managing FFA. They include some you may expect, like minoxidil, to antimalarials and cortisone.

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FFA is a terrible condition, causing the sufferer to lose hair, and usually eyebrows. Worse, hair is lost from an ultra-visible area usually immediately behind the hairline at the front of the scalp. The scarring nature of the condition means that it is irreversible.

It strikes us as all the more cruel since it is almost certain that most sufferers will only hear about it when they are given it as a diagnosis. Not difficult to empathize with anyone getting that news. We can only hope that the increased attention due to the efforts of Dr. Shapiro will bring a greater understanding and, in time, some bespoke and efficacious treatments for it. Though it might be quicker and cheaper to do the required research, identify the harmful ingredients causing the epidemic, and ban them.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form to get in touch.

 

Hair loss And the Menopause

The menopause has, over the last couple of generations, become much better understood. But what is it’s effect on our hair?

 

The Menopause

It starts when the ovaries no longer release an egg every month and menstruation comes to an end. We are all born with all the eggs we will ever have already there, once we reach puberty the process of releasing one egg every cycle begins and carries on until the supply of eggs is exhausted.

Typically, in our late forties, the menopause begins with our cycles becoming slightly irregular. This is called the perimenopause, it becomes the menopause when we have our final menstrual period. The final stage is called the postmenopause, which begins a year later.

The sudden changes in hormone levels can trigger a range of symptoms that might include hot flushes, tenderness around the breasts, fatigue, intensified PMT… and many more. The emotional challenge that is involved is very real, but the physical changes can amplify that challenge and leave the sufferer in a pretty miserable state.

The Effect On Hair

The changes in key hormones, estrogen and testosterone, have a marked effect. The reduction in estrogen, an important hormone which promotes the growth of hair and nails… both keratin. The double whammy is that while estrogen production reduces the production of testosterone increases disproportionately… and testosterone, as any man will tell you, is the hormone that will cause your hair to grow thinner and even shed. Unfortunately, it can also trigger hair growth in the one place we would choose not to have hair… on our faces.

Can I Save My Hair?

The first thing to be said is that you should get along to see your doctor. While hair loss is a regular feature of the menopause, it is not the only reason women of a certain age might be losing hair. So there is a real risk that, if ignored, the menopause might be masking an underlying condition for which the symptom is also hair loss.

If the hair loss is linked to the menopause and the physical changes happening inside your body, then there are some lifestyle changes that will help. If you have struggled to make and sustain these sort of changes in the past then you may find that hair loss is a powerful motivator to pursue those changes with a little more vigor.

Changes to the care routine are a good starting point. Use a gentle shampoo and massage your scalp regularly. Avoid styles that pull on the hair at the roots. Make sure your diet contains plenty of iron and protein, not forgetting vital vitamin C. Avoid, wherever possible, situations that you find stressful and exercise regularly… this will help you sleep properly and improve circulation.

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The menopause is an unavoidable phase of life that looms the closer we get to it. When it arrives it can be incredibly distressing in the broadest sense, making the hair loss that can accompany it all the more distressing. But improve your hair care routine, watch what you eat and step up your exercise programme and you will give yourself, and your hair, the very best chance of coming through.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to discuss your hair loss situation with a friendly, globally recognized, expert. Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form below to get in touch.

Is This A New Hair Loss Tool?

It came to us in the form of an advert, not always the best introduction. But this one claims to fill a new niche in the market, we look closer.

 

Brittle Hair Issues

Keeping your hair in tip-top condition is an essential part of the battle against hair loss. It’s an issue that is particularly relevant at this time of year when we see an increase in issues like breakage due to the seasonal conditions. The reduction in vitamin D, supplied through the summer in vast quantities in sunlight, combines with your body’s natural cycle, which goes into winter mode, and makes it that much more challenging to keep your hair and skin healthy.

There is no shortage of products on offer from the pharmaceutical firms looking to separate you from your hard-earned cash in return for the hope of achieving more shine, or thickness, or luster (whatever that might be when we are talking about hair). Usually, in the form of shampoo or conditioner, they come with a bewildering array of promises based on some special ingredient.. a plant you never heard of, or a chemical they have just come up with, who can forget “Look out girls, here comes the science” in one shampoo advert – a warning that was followed by some utter nonsense in terms of anything scientific.

A New Angle

One company claim they have found a completely new angle of approach. We hadn’t come across them prior to seeing their advert but a Californian firm called David Alain Life Science lay claim to some experience in the hair loss industry. Under 4 brand names that we found, they develop their own products. The latest of which is called INTACT (their TM is in block capitals) Root Securing Complex.

The idea is, according to their website, that it can protect the user from what they term mechanical stress..; which includes washing, drying, and styling. The website does devote an entire paragraph to the “Science of INTACT.” Unfortunately, we didn’t learn much there – apparently, it contains a patent-pending formula, one they describe as unique which is just as well if they are hoping for a patent. It is called PiliLock Complex and offers to protect your hair during these mechanical stress events. Being a Californian product you might expect the claims of being vegan-friendly and free of parabens and phthalate… and they are all there. What is not there is what is in it.

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We are far from sure the niche they describe even exists. It seems more likely that any deterioration in the condition of your hair and scalp due to environmental conditions might be better addressed by improving your diet. We are, just like your mother told you, what we eat.

Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form below to get in touch.

Ectopic Preganancy Triggers Dramatic Hair Loss

The tragic story of Emma Holmes’s path to hair loss is a tough one. The impact on her life was profound and she showed tremendous courage to come through…

 

Hair Loss From A Burst Appendix?

At the age of 16, while still at school in Redcar, North Yorkshire, Emma Holmes suffered a burst appendix. This can be a catastrophic event with a multitude of potential outcomes, in Emma’s case there was damage to her reproductive organs which, the doctors told her, would prevent her being able to have children.

It came as a massive shock to discover, fifteen years later, that she had become pregnant. Sadly, the pregnancy was ectopic, with the egg fertilized outside the womb and she lost the baby, along with the fallopian tube that the egg had fertilized in.

Sudden Hair Loss

Shortly after that keyhole surgery to remove the fallopian tube, Emma recalls her Mum noticing that there was hair all over her shoulders and on her jumper. She said “I thought it seemed odd but didn’t think too much about it. Then I got into a bath and that’s when I realised something was terribly wrong. It was utterly terrifying. My hair was coming out in handfuls and I couldn’t stop it.”

Impact

The shock of losing all your hair that quickly is hard to comprehend. For Emma, an attractive schoolteacher with an outgoing and positive personality, it was a crushing experience. She stopped work, leaving home only for doctors appointments as she searched for a cure. The sheer complexity of hair growth and the extremely unusual circumstances of Emma’s case meant the answers never came. Doctors suggested it might be linked to changes in hormone levels following the loss of a fallopian tube, but this was no comfort for Emma, and definitely provided no direction in terms of improving her condition.

Moving On

Emma started out wearing a wig and getting her eyebrows tattooed. In a great example of clouds having silver linings, the tattoo was a disaster and left her in tears. It also resulted in her being motivated to learn the procedure herself and enrolled on a six-month course.

Today she is an experienced cosmetic tattooist who helps others cope with hair loss. She is also an attractive outgoing woman again, who does not wear a wig. She credits a fully organic diet and steroid scalp injections for the very fine hair that has begun to grow… it remains to be seen if this is just a ghost from the past or the start of a long slow recovery.

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The unusually sudden onset of Emma’s hair loss clearly stopped her in her tracks, from a strong starting position. That she has come out the other side quite literally a new woman, or at least a stronger version of herself, is a testament to her strength. We commend her ability to have not just “found a positive,” but to essentially reinvent a completely new life based on that experience.

Ranbir is a committed hair professional with years of experience and a well-earned reputation for thought-leadership and innovation in the industry. If you would like to discuss your hair loss situation with an expert, sympathetic and experienced ear, please use the contact form below to get in touch.

 

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Fashion can damage your hair

fashionIn the beauty industry, we have seen many times that history ends up repeating itself. Last year many fashion runways attempted to bring back one of the biggest beauty styles from the eighties – tightly slicked back hair. As New York Fashion Week takes off, judging by the first few days we can assume that nineties hair fashion is now making a comeback.

Nineties Hairstyles Seen On The NYFW Runways

One of the most prominent hairstyles seen on top models such as Bella Hadid was the stretch comb. These are an alternative to headbands and keep hair slicked back all the way around the hairline and can be partnered with high tight ponytails.

Tom Ford models were seen wearing thick elastic headbands which were made of leather, like the stretch comb these headbands also hold back hair from the hairline.

Alex Wang took its take on powerful women, models wore collar fitted office shirts and had hair tightly combed back with gel, held in place with a redesigned custom clip which resembled banana clips and claws.

The Dangers Of Traction Alopecia

Traction alopecia is a form of hair loss which is caused by prolonged pulling on the hair follicles; this condition can develop if hair is repeatedly worn in the same tight hairstyle. Unfortunately, all of the hairstyles described above rely on pulling the hair back away from the hairline and can cause hair breakage and inflammation in the hair follicles.

The best way to treat traction alopecia is to prevent the condition from developing altogether. Those who have long hair are advised to stick to loose hairstyles or to change their hairstyles on a regular basis instead of making the same style daily. If the condition is detected early enough, hair loss can be reversible. However if the condition has progressed, the only treatment available would be a hair transplant as the hair loss is permanent.

 

Living With Alopecia Universalis

alopeciaKim Starling from Fakenham has shared her inspirational story and opened up about her experiences of living with and accepting her diagnosis of alopecia with students at Sheringham High School.

Starling who owns a florist shop and greengrocers woke up one day and found that she had lost almost thirty percent of her hair overnight. This happened last year and within a month her remaining hair, including her eyelashes and eyebrows was also lost.

Accepting Alopecia

She explained to students that she had been going through a stressful period in her life with her work and was expecting that she could go to the doctors and be offered a treatment which would reverse the condition. Unfortunately she discovered that she actually had alopecia universalis – the most severe form of alopecia in which sufferers lose their hair completely on their body and scalp.

Understandably Starling was shocked yet continued with her work, the reality of her condition set in when she had a female customer come into her store who was completely bald. After crying it out, Starling bravely began to embrace her lack of hair and tried to see the positive side of it all. She decided to accept that it was unlikely her hair would grow back and realised that people don’t actually pay as much attention as she thought they did.

Raising Awareness Around Alopecia

Starling has gone on to share her experiences with trainee doctors as part of an expert patient programme. By sharing her experiences with students from Sheringham High School, the students went on to raise almost £2000 for the UK hair loss charity, Alopecia UK.

Members from the school council ran events which included a talent show, a football tournament amongst their teachers and eating contests. They proudly presented their cheque to Starling who praised their efforts of not just raising money, but also raising further awareness alopecia.

 

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Traction Alopecia – How To Spot It And Stop It

traction alopeciaOur hairline is made up of some of the most fragile, finest and shortest hairs on our head however it is also where many women end up doing the most damage. As we style our hair and slick down the edges of our hairline with gel, braid these baby hairs back, brush and straighten them with heat-styling tools, we put our hairline at an increased risk of developing traction alopecia.

Traction alopecia is hair loss which occurs over a prolonged period of time, the hair begins to thin out as a result of prolonged stress on the hair follicles. This kind of damage is commonly seen on the hairline on our forehead. Figures suggest that one third of African American women alone are suffering from traction alopecia as they use styling techniques such as tight hair braids, extensions, chemical relaxers and wearing weaves which can put significant pressure on the hair follicles.

Traction alopecia is not just limited to black women, other habits such as pulling hair back tightly into ponytails and updos on a daily basis can also contribute to the development of this condition. Even if you think you’re avoiding hot tools or using wigs instead of extensions and weaves, habits such as wearing a hair wrap to bed can also be bad for your hairline as they can rub against the front hairline and weaken hairs.

Signs Of Traction Alopecia

This condition develops slowly therefore patients may not notice hair loss immediately. It can take time for changes in the hairline to become noticeable, be alert if you begin to see thinning in the hairline on your forehead and around the ears.

Sometimes warning signs for traction alopecia can be felt by the patient as tenderness in the affected areas. Other early signs can include short broken hairs by the balding area and small blisters or bumps on the scalp. Rarely small pustules which look like whiteheads can also arise around the balding area on the scalp.

How To Stop Traction Alopecia From Developing

The best way to stop traction alopecia from developing is through preventive measures. Avoid wearing your hair in the same tight styles on a daily basis; allow your hair to rest by wearing it open and natural.

Treatment with medications such as Minoxidil applied topically could help to regrow the hair if it is not too late. If traction alopecia is not treated early on, hair loss can be permanent.

 

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Hair Loss – Turning A Negative Into A Positive

hair lossA pioneer of the hair loss industry, Lucinda Ellery has over thirty years of experience and has trademarked hair replacement, integration and extension systems. Ellery has become a champion of helping women enhance the confidence they have in their own beauty, however paid a large price to become who she is today.

Ellery actually suffered from hair loss herself during her pre-teen years. Yet instead of succumbing to the traumatic event and allowing it to negatively affect her self-esteem, she used her condition as a fuel and motivation to start her own empire. Despite being at such an impressionable young age, Ellery decided that she would help girls and women like herself to regain their confidence.

The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that forty percent of women in America end up suffering from visible hair loss by the time that they reach the age of forty years old. This statistic does not take into account the women who lose their hair as a result of medical treatments such as chemotherapy or who are suffering from disorders such as alopecia.

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Ellery wanted to provide all of these women with a sense of feeling normal and beautiful. Her company now has a large presence in both the UK and the USA and offers hair replacement systems. One of the systems is the ‘Intralace System’, it is specifically designed for women who are suffering from chronic hair loss and thinning. The system is made up of a breathable mesh and is integrated into clients’ existing hair – this special technique allows women to participate as normal in everyday activities such as swimming and sports. Women have praised the Intralace System as it allows them the freedom to wash, style and brush their hair as normal without feeling different – fulfilling Ellery’s dream of allowing women who suffer from hair loss and thinning to regain their confidence.

Always remember that is important to have your extensions fitted by an expert, extensions which are improperly fitted can lead to the development of traction alopecia.  If you want to find out more about hair systems then please don’t hesitate to contact us by completing the form on the right or calling  +44 (0)845 359 2915 to speak to one of our team of friendly experts for free and in confidence.

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Is nutrition the answer to hair loss ?

nutritionHair loss is a complicated condition; it can be triggered by numerous different factors which can be confusing to understand. Most women find that their hair has become an important part of their femininity and they perceive it to play a crucial role in their beauty. Therefore it can be emotionally trying when women suffer from hair loss or reduced hair growth. Fortunately Jessica Sepel, an Australian nutritionist and best-selling author has recently shared in a blog post online, ways in which you can protect your hair and potentially stop hair loss.

What To Eat To Improve Hair Health

Sepel talked about one of the main possible factors behind hair loss being low iron levels – possibly as iron deficiency is more likely in women who are of reproductive age due to monthly menstrual blood loss. To boost your iron intake, opt to eat leafy greens and red meats more often. If you are still concerned, you can ask your doctor for a blood test to ensure that your iron levels are within the normal range.

Zinc and silica are both minerals which play an important role in promoting hair growth; Sepel suggested that if you are noticing hair loss you could consider taking a multi-vitamin supplement to combat the condition.

Hair is primarily made up of proteins; therefore getting proper nutrition increases your chances of achieving a full head of hair. ‘Good’ fats are responsible for nourishing cells and can make hair appear shiny.

Other Factors Causing Hair Loss

It is important to remember other factors such as low thyroid levels, stress, genetics, medicines and underlying medical conditions can all contribute to hair loss.  The truth is that a good diet is always going to be recommended for your general well being but it’s generally unlikely that that will deal with the problem without other treatment. If you are worried about hair loss, it is advised that you speak to a doctor or contact us to discuss the condition in confidence with one of our team of friendly experts.

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Dealing With Female Hair Loss

female hair lossHair loss is estimated to affect two thirds of women in America and can be an incredibly stressful and emotionally difficult condition to deal with. Fmale hair loss can happen for many reasons – stressful life events, pregnancy, medical treatments such as chemotherapy and even malnutrition. Frequently, hair loss is down to an imbalance or a shift in hormone levels.

As we reach our thirties, the amount of human growth hormone within our bodies begins to reduce. As a result, our hair follicles react by shrinking and producing thinner, shorter and more brittle hair which have weaker shafts. This can give an overall effect of thinning. This shift in hormone levels is often strongly connected to our genetics and is a perfectly normal part of aging.

Naturally, many women search for hair loss prevention options such as shampoos and tonics. Some find that the products work however only temporarily as the effects of hair growth will stop as soon as the women stop using the products. Other women even react negatively to the active chemicals found in these products and suffer from irritation to the scalp.

Proven Hair Loss Solutions

Scalp massages have been proven to be effective in promoting hair regrowth. Try making it weekly part of your beauty routine to massage your scalp for five minutes with omega-rich oils. You can even add in a brief scalp massage to your routine whenever you shampoo. Massaging the scalp stimulates blood flow and is thought to improve the amount of nutrients which reach the hair follicles, leading to healthier and stronger hair.

Improve your nutrition, as an imbalanced diet can be to blame for hair fall or stunted hair growth. You need to provide your body with the appropriate nutrients so that it can create healthy strong hair which is less prone to breakage.

If the hair loss is at a stage that your hair is visibly thinner, you could always consider a procedure such as Scalp Micro Pigmentation (SMP). This is a quick and easy procedure in which a skilled technician deposits pigments onto the scalp which replicate hair follicles. The procedure is becoming increasingly popular amongst women as it can create the illusion of volume by reducing the contrast of thin hair against the scalp.

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Ferne McCann And Hair Loss

Ferne McCannA former star from the reality show The Only Way Is Essex has opened up about her experience of post-partum hair loss. Ferne McCann who is only twenty seven years old recently gave birth back in November; however soon she felt that her hair was beginning to fall out. McCann shared her concerns on social media as her hair loss worsened and she decided to lighten her hair colour from brunette to blonde. As a result she is now taking hair vitamins and uses vitamin enhanced shampoos and conditioners in hopes that they will have a restorative effect.

Postpartum Hair Loss

Having a baby is an extremely stressful and traumatic event for every woman’s body. Hormones are responsible for many of the physical changes, including the increase in hair shedding after birth. The condition is perfectly normal yet temporary and affects a majority of women typically three months after birth. Most women find that they return to their regular hair cycle six months to one year after they have had their baby.

During pregnancy, women experience elevated levels in oestrogen which prolong the growing stage of the hair. This means that fewer hairs will be in the resting phase and less hair falls out, leading to thicker looking hair overall. However right after birth, levels of oestrogen dip and more hair will come out of the growing phase and re-enter the resting phase, which means that there will be an increased amount of hair fall during the postpartum period.  Think of it as the price to pay for the hair being so healthy during pregnancy.

Other Factors Which Can Cause Hair Loss

Of course hair loss is not just limited to hormones, there are multiple other factors which can affect the health of your hair and how well and strong it grows. McCann mentioned that she also lightened her hair colour which possiby involved some form of bleaching treatment. Bleach and hair dye on a frequent basis are both bad for your hair as your hair is unable to rebuild and protect itself unlike the skin.

 

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Extensions and Traction Alopecia

traction alopeciaHair extensions have become extremely popular in recent years. However, did you know they could be the cause of your hair loss? While some techniques used in the hair extension process are gentler than others, all extensions pose a risk to the hair if they’re overused.

Here, you’ll discover how extensions can lead to traction alopecia and what you can do about it.

How can extensions lead to hair loss?

Hair extensions are commonly used to give the appearance of thicker, fuller and healthier hair. They’re a popular fashion accessory which can boost self confidence and self esteem when used appropriately. However, once they’re inserted into the hair, over time they can tug at the hair follicles, causing potentially permanent hair loss. At the very least, they can lead to breakage of the hair causing what’s known as traction alopecia.

A famous beauty YouTuber known as Vanessa Martinez, has recently highlighted the problem extensions can cause. After years of wearing extensions, Martinez revealed a fully shaved head to her 2 million subscribers. She revealed the damage caused by the hair extensions forced her to want to start again, prompting her to shave all of her hair off completely.

How can traction alopecia be treated?

Although it can damage confidence and is understandably distressing, traction alopecia should actually be a temporary condition. Provided you change the way you style your hair and strive not to use extensions again, the hair will usually eventually grow back.  If you really can’t be without them then make sure they’re professionally fitted and try to only use them when absolutely necessary.

In the meantime, there are treatments which can speed up the hair regrowth such as Minoxidil. The topical treatment is FDA approved and can be applied directly onto the scalp. It has proven to be exceptionally effective for temporary based hair loss conditions and can help help boost confidence levels until the hair has regrown.

 

 

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The sun apologises to Amanda Barrie

amanda barrieRecently, the tabloid newspaper The Sun reported that Amanda Barrie had struck a deal with the producers of the reality show Big Brother, so that they would not show her wig on air. However they were mistaken as Barrie does not wear a wig, nor suffer from hair loss or any hair-related issues. The Sun has since issued an apology for their misunderstanding and made clear that Barrie is in good health and has a full head of hair.

Although they were mistaken, The Sun has actually inadvertently raised some awareness around female hair loss. Many women do suffer from hair loss yet choose to conceal it, often for reasons relating to self-confidence and wanting to normalise their appearance to others.

Some effective hair loss treatments

Asides from wearing wigs, there are actually many effective female hair loss treatments and solutions which are available including;

  • Minoxidil, this is one of the most popular hair loss medications and has been FDA approved. Minoxidil has successfully undergone clinical trials and changed the lives of many hair loss patients by reversing hair loss. Studies found improvement and hair regrowth in over eighty percent of females, the best results are seen when the treatment is started in the early stages of hair loss. Currently in the UK and the USA, Minoxidil has been licensed as a treatment for androgenic alopecia, however can be used for treating other hair loss conditions also.
  • Hair transplants, these procedures work by taking healthy hair follicles from a donor site on the patients head and transplanting them to areas of the scalp which are balding. Unfortunately as female pattern baldness presents as thinning of hair all over the scalp, transplants can be a little more difficult. To find out whether you are a suitable candidate for a hair transplant, speak to a hair transplant surgeon for more information.
  • Scalp Micro Pigmentation (SMP), this procedure has become popular amongst women as it is quick, more cost-effective than a hair transplant or lifelong medications and results are instant. SMP works by reducing the contrast of thinning hair against the scalp and gives the illusion of more volume and density of hair.
  • Hair loss products, there are countless effective hair loss products available in the form of shampoos, tonics, supplements and hair oils available over the counter. Keep in mind however for best results; these products should be used along with other treatments such as topically applied Minoxidil.

To learn more about female hair loss treatments don’t hesitate to call us or complete the form on the right to speak to one of our team of experts for free and in confidence.

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Scalp psoriasis and hair loss

scalp psoriasisScalp psoriasis is a medical condition in which patients suffer from an itchy and uncomfortable scalp, unfortunately by scratching your scalp you could be making the condition worse and contributing to hair loss. The condition is thought to affect more than seven million Americans alone and patients of psoriasis are fifty percent more likely to develop scalp psoriasis also.

The condition develops when the immune system turns over skin cells at a faster rate than normal; this causes red and scaly patches of skin which appear as silver scales on the skin surface. The condition can range from mild to severe amongst patients and can affect small patches on the scalp or the entire area.

Patients of scalp psoriasis are likely to suffer from hair loss however thankfully the hair loss is often temporary and can be reversed. As mentioned above, scratching can contribute to the problem but other methods in which the scales are forcefully removed can also cause hair to fall out.

How to tackle scalp psoriasis

Patients are advised to try the following methods in order to manage and reduce scalp itchiness;

  • Use a conditioner on the scalp to help keep the scalp well moisturised
  • Stop using heat styling tools and hairdryers to avoid drying the scalp out
  • Try hair products which contain menthol as menthol can provide itching relief
  • Apply wet towels and ice packs against irritated areas of the scalp for itching relief

Although it is difficult to completely prevent breakouts of scalp psoriasis, the condition is manageable. In order to treat the condition, you should speak to your doctor or to a dermatologist. As there are many possible treatments available, an expert will be able to help you find the treatment which is most suitable for you and your skin type. Treatments can include topically applied medications, light treatments and other medications such as steroid creams and injections.

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Did I Inherit My Mum’s Alopecia?

mother daughter alopeciaBlogger Kristina Francisco shared her heart breaking story on The New York Times website about her experience of hair thinning. Francisco last met her mother when she was four years old; since her parents divorced she has had no contact with her birth mother and only has a few pictures to hold onto instead.

Francisco is the Hawaiian-born daughter of two Filipino immigrants and was blessed with long and straight thick Asian hair in her young age. She said that her hair was so thick she had trouble styling it and her stylist used to take more than one hour using thinning scissors and cutting her hair so that it was more manageable. However now at thirty six years old, Francisco is suffering from female pattern baldness and mentioned she is in and out of the stylists chair in less than twenty minutes.

What Is Female Pattern Baldness/alopecia?

Female pattern baldness does not affect women in the same predictable pattern seen in male pattern baldness, in fact hair loss is more diffuse and women end up experiencing thinning of hair all over the scalp. Medically however, both conditions are referred to as androgenic alopecia.

Hair loss in women although still a slightly taboo topic, is actually perfectly normal and the American Hair Loss Association estimates that women are accountable for up to forty percent of hair loss sufferers. Many women end up experiencing hair loss after they have reached menopause – most likely a result of the change in hormone levels.

Is Female Pattern Baldness Genetic?

It’s very likely that Francisco did actually inherit her hair loss condition from her mother, especially as she claims in her article that her paternal grandmother still has thick healthy hair. As numerous different genes are involved, the genes can be inherited from either parent. Women are more likely to inherit female pattern baldness if a close family member also suffers from the condition.

For more information on female pattern baldness you can call us on +44 (0)845 359 2915 for a free confidential consultation with one of team of friendly experts or complete the form on the right

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Keep It Loose If You Want To Keep It At All

traction alopeciaWhen you think of the nineties, chances are you’ll most likely remember the slicked back ponytails, the cornrows and extra tight braids. Although a memorable decade, many women ended up suffering from hair loss they caused due to their damaging hair styling habits. Naomi Campbell was one particularly high profile celebrity who suffered with traction alopecia after years of photo shoot hair styling.

Traction Alopecia

This kind of hair loss is the result of pulling on hair which has gone on for a prolonged period of time. Excessively tight hairstyles on a regular basis can weaken the hair follicles over time and lead to permanent hair loss. If the condition is caught early on, it is possible to prevent damage and to even restore some of the hair loss.

If your scalp begins to feel uncomfortable from a braid or ponytail, loosen your hair so that you can avoid damage.

Treating Traction Alopecia

However if it is too late, the only treatment option is a hair transplant. The procedure works by taking healthy hair follicles from the back of the head, dividing them up under a microscope and then implanting them one by one to fill in the balding areas on the scalp. This method is known as a follicular unit extraction (FUE), it is minimally invasive and doesn’t leave patients with any visible scars.

The other hair transplant method is the follicular unit transplantation (FUT), in this method a thin strip of hair is removed from the donor region and the donor region is stitched back up. the process does leave patients with a linear scar however it is easily concealed by the rest of the hair in the back of the head. An FUT method allows the surgeon to transplant a greater number of hair grafts in a single session and deliver more consistent results.

Patients report a very manageable recovery period and many are able to return to work the next day following the transplant. Results are often visible within a few months and patients can cut and style their hair as normal.

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SMP And Getting The Confidence To Go Out Again

SMPA forty six year old woman who has suffered from hair thinning since she was in her twenties has undergone a hair loss solution procedure and has finally gained her confidence back. Mehtap Francis spent a seemingly endless amount of money over the years in an attempt to conceal a large circular patch of hair loss on the top of her head.

Francis previously relied on hair patches that her hairstylist would glue onto her scalp every month. Yet these caused her scalp to itch and even a constant dull ache began to develop, making her balding worse. The hair piece even affected Francis’s lifestyle as washing hair became difficult, leading to Francis giving up going to the gym and consequently putting on weight.

Unfortunately, as she was so self-conscious of her hair loss that she refused to even tell her partner in the beginning of their relationship that she was suffering from androgenic alopecia. as her partner would suggest that they go on a holiday somewhere, Francis even contemplated breaking up with him so that she would not have to reveal her condition and true appearance to him.

Eventually Francis discovered Scalp Micro Pigmentation (SMP) and is finally feeling confident in the way she looks after twenty years.

What is SMP?

Scalp Micropigmentation SMP is a non-invasive technique which works by using a fine needle to implant pigment in tiny dots into the upper later of the skin on the scalp. This imitates the appearance of a freshly shaved head, suggesting that the individual has natural hair growth.

In the case of Francis, SMP made her hair look thicker and denser as her scalp no longer showed through from the hair growth she did have. The technique has become increasingly popular amongst women also in the last few years for this particular reason.

For more information on SMP and whether it would be right for you don’t hesitate to call one of our friendly experts for a free consultation on +44 (0)845 359 2915

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Working Out To Lose Weight, Not Hair!

working outAlthough tying your hair up in a tight ponytail or bun would be the first thing many of us do when getting ready for a work out, constantly adopting the same tight hairstyle during could contribute to unnecessary hair loss.

By making the same tight hairstyle on a regular basis, you could be putting too much traction on your hair follicles which can lead to the onset of traction alopecia. Although the condition is rare, when the roots are consistently tugged at for long periods of time the hair follicles become weakened and damaged. Over a long period of time, permanent hair loss can occur.

Try to adopt a looser hair style when working out or changing your hairstyle regularly. You could opt for a hair-wrap along with a loose ponytail to stop hair from coming in your eyes. Otherwise a loose braid is ideal as it keeps hair out of the way and neatly styled, you can accessorise with some barrettes or attempt a French braid or fishtail braid for a change in look.

What Is Traction Alopecia?

Traction alopecia is hair loss which is caused by extreme pulling or force placed on the hair follicles. This strain on the hair follicles can cause hair to stretch to the point where the hair root is weakened and the hair falls out. The condition is entirely under the control of the individual and can be easily prevented by avoiding tight hairstyles such as ponytails, buns, cornrows, braid and dreadlocks. Even wearing hair extensions on a regular basis can weaken the hair roots.

By catching the condition early, you can reduce and reverse a majority of the damage quickly. If care is not taken, hair will not grow back in the affected follicles and a hair transplant may be the only option left to restore hair growth.

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How to avoid stress Before The Big Day

stressGetting married is a huge and stressful life event, with so much to plan and organise in a set period of time, it can be easy to forget about taking care of you. Make sure that you don’t lose any hair from stress related hair fall!

Everyone ends up losing a small amount of hair on a daily basis, this is natural and in fact a positive sign that your body is growing healthy new hair to replace old hair. By keeping track of how much you hair loss is normal for you, you will be able to easily spot any unwanted increase in hair fall. there can be numerous reasons as to why your hair is falling out, for some it is an indicator of an underlying medical condition – usually genetic, but for others it can be ‘telogen effluvium’.

Telogen effluvium is caused by hormonal changes and health problems leading to a temporary increase in hair shedding. Cortisol is one of the body’s most important hormones, it is also known as the stress hormone, as cortisol is produced as a result of high levels of stress. As cortisol production increases, other hormone levels can fall and this in turn can negatively affect the growth of healthy hair.

How To Counter Hair Loss

The best way to counter stress related hair loss is by decreasing the amount of stress you are taking on. No other hair loss method will be effective if your stress levels are still high, therefore make sure you are eating and sleeping enough and ask for help when you need it.

You can also try the following methods to improve your hair health;

  • Eat foods which are rich in proteins as every one of your hair strands is made up of cells which contain protein
  • Avoid brushing wet hair, your hair is much more vulnerable to breakage when it is wet therefore allow your hair to dry naturally first.
  • Use a hair treatment, you can soak your hair in some previously boiled green tea for up to one hour to absorb some it’s the antioxidants and beneficial properties
  • Massage your hair and scalp once or twice a week with oil to promote hair growth and good blood circulation in your scalp.

To learn more about stress related hair loss and how you can counter hair loss with natural remedies and good habits please call to speak to one of our friendly experts in confidence on +44 (0)845 359 2915

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Hair Alone Doesn’t Make You Feminine

feminine hairFrom a young age, many of us are taught that long hair equates to feminine beauty. Yet in reality there is much more to being a woman and feeling desirable than the hair on our head. Fortunately many women are finally beginning to accept that only our hair is not what makes us feminine, in fact many have even publicly called out celebrities who have suggested otherwise.

What Is Feminity?

Everyone can have a different definition for femininity. For some, femininity can be about embracing your true self and feeling good about who you really are. Others consider femininity to be about having a strong, assertive and confident personality which allows you to be an attribute within society. A woman does not need to have thick, long hair to be seen as feminine or attractive.

The Effects Of Losing Your Hair

Hair loss in women can be caused by numerous reasons; often underlying medical conditions or harsh treatments such as chemotherapy can cause hair to fall out. Many women find that losing their hair is an incredibly devastating situation which not only affects their physical appearance but also their emotional and psychological wellbeing.

However by accepting how strong and beautiful they really are whether with hair or without, many women are able to overcome the situation and love themselves. Some have found that shaving their head was actually a blessing in disguise, in which they could accentuate on their sharp facial features or their eyes. Women are beginning to love themselves and feeling more confident in expressing themselves through their clothes, make-up and even through colourful wigs.

By embracing the way we look and truly are, we can improve our psychological health and become a beacon of attractiveness to everyone around us that we encounter.  If you are losing hair and are worried about it then you call always call one of our friendly team of experts to talk for free an in confidence on +44 (0)845 359 2915

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Simple Habits That Might Be Damaging Your Hair

hair  habitsHair loss is a common condition for both men and women and there are multiple reasons why this occurs. Simple daily habits such as how you style your hair, the food you eat and the kind of shampoo you use could be damaging your hair.

Over half of men are expected to experience male pattern baldness by the time they reach fifty years old. Male pattern baldness is often down to genetics where the hair loss happens in a typical and predictable pattern. Men tend to lose hair from the crown of their head and the hairline recedes upwards from the temples. Whereas in women, a common cause of hair loss is pregnancy. Postpartum hair loss is a  condition which affects many women three to six months after they have given birth.

Damaging Habits For Your Hair

However there are some everyday habits which may be triggering hair loss and breakage that many of us are guilty of doing on a daily basis. Some damaging habits include;

  • Tying your hair up in a similar tight hairstyle daily. By repeatedly tying your hair up, the hair follicles are placed under excessive strain and the hair follicles become weakened. Although most of the time this is temporary, if you do this on a long term basis, the strain can cause permanent damage to your hair roots.
  • Tying up or brushing hair when it is wet. As the hair is especially fragile when it is damp, you can cause unnecessary hair breakage by brushing or styling wet hair.
  • Using shampoos which contain damaging ingredients. Harmful ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) is present in some shampoos which helps them bubble and lather up, however can actually strip hair from its natural oils and break down protein in the hair. SLS can also lead to a dry and itchy scalp which can contribute to hair loss.
  • Not eating a well-balanced diet, by restricting your diet your hair can suffer by thinning out and become prone to breakage.

If you are unsure as to why your hair may be falling out, it is recommended that you speak to a doctor or hair loss expert for more information.

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Tackle Postpartum Hair Loss The Natural Way

postpartumPostpartum hair loss is a perfectly normal and predictable condition which affects a majority of new mothers. During pregnancy, hormones play a large role in ensuring a smooth and healthy pregnancy. Although they are also responsible for the mood swings, cravings and excessive fatigue you might be feeling, hormones are also the reason your hair becomes its thickest and shiniest it’s ever been in your life.

However make sure that you enjoy this phase during your pregnancy, roughly three months after giving birth postpartum hair loss will sometimes set in. It can be upsetting to see your hair falling out in clumps, especially whilst many of us are still holding onto baby weight but there is a logical explanation behind it all.

Why Does Hair Fall Increase After Having A Baby?

During pregnancy, levels of oestrogen increase and your hair follicles remain in the ‘growing’ phase of the hair cycle as a result. After birth, as oestrogen levels begin to decline the hairs which should have been shed during the last nine months end up falling out now. Postpartum hair loss is something you shouldn’t really worry about, however if you feel that your hair is starting to look limp then you could try this natural home remedy for a boost;

  • Soak some fenugreek seeds in warm coconut oil and then massage your scalp with the oil while it is still warm.

By regularly repeating this method you can improve blood flow to your scalp which increases the amount of nutrients your hair follicles receive, as well as reap the anti-hair fall benefits found in fenugreek seeds.

If you are worried about your postpartum hair loss and feel that it is excessive or is not reducing with time then it may be a sign of other underlying problems.  If you want to discuss this confidentially then you can call one of friendly experts for a free consultation on +44 (0)845 359 2915

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Dealing with Alopecia When You’re Still at School

alopecia schoolHair loss is difficult enough for adults to come to terms with, but imagine losing your hair at just 11 years old. That’s exactly what happened to American Emma Dye, right as she was about to start junior high. Now, she’s helping to raise awareness of Alopecia areata and is proving bald can definitely be beautiful.

Emma’s inspirational story

It was during the summer 11-year-old Emma started noticing clumps of hair on her pillow. Both she and her family were confused as she was an otherwise healthy girl. Her father even suspected she had cut her own hair with scissors, or potentially burnt the hair off with straighteners. However, after taking her to the doctor, it was revealed she was suffering with Alopecia areata.

Although it largely affects adults, alopecia areata can develop at any age. It’s the most severe form of hair loss and as of yet there is no cure. It occurs when the body’s white blood cells start attacking other cells, such as those found in the hair follicles. While it varies in severity, some sufferers like Emma, do end up completely bald.

The diagnosis affected Emma’s confidence and self-esteem. Initially she started to wear hats to cover the issue, but thanks to the encouragement of a friend, she gained the confidence to start ditching the wig. Now, she’s helping to spread awareness of the condition and showing other young girls that going bald doesn’t need to negatively impact your life.

Can alopecia areata be treated?

Although there is no cure for Alopecia areata, there are some treatments which may help. It all depends upon how severe the condition is and how much hair has been lost.

Some treatments can block the attack from the immune system, as well as stimulate new regrowth. However, before seeking treatment, it’s important to see a doctor to determine whether treatment is likely to prove effective.

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Are fibroids and hair loss related ?

fibroidsAccording to a new study, there is a potential link between uterine fibroids and hair loss in black women. The kind of hair loss in question is known as central centrifugal cicatrical alopecia (CCCA) and is a form of permanent hair loss, which has been noted to affect black women more than any other group.

Uterine fibroids are benign, uterine tumours which can cause heavy periods and even some fertility complications, this condition is also known to disproportionately affect black women however the reason why is still unknown.

Study Findings

The study was published in late December and analysed medical records of four hundred thousand black women, the study found that almost fourteen percent of these women with CCCA also had a medical history of uterine fibroids. Those who did not have CCCA, appeared to have fibroids three percent of the time.

Further comparisons and data suggested that black women who had CCCA were five times more likely to have fibroids than those women who had CCCA and their age, race and sex were controlled.

The National Institute of Health has estimated that up to seventeen percent of black women suffer from CCCA. One doctor has explained some of the potential reasons why she believes black women are more likely to be diagnosed with the condition. Firstly it is well understood that those of African descent are more prone to medical conditions which cause scarring, such as keloids and uterine fibroids. Therefore as CCCA is a scarring type of alopecia, patients are more likely to have a genetic predisposition to the condition.

It is important to point out however that the study only presents a correlation between CCCA and uterine fibroids; there is no evidence to suggest that one condition is responsible for the cause of the other. The cause of the link between the two conditions is currently unclear.

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Stress And Hair Loss

stressIf you have been suffering from a lot of stress lately, it’s possible that you will have noticed that your hair is shedding more than usual. Stress can actually cause all kinds of physical symptoms which are completely unexpected and this can include hair loss.

There is nothing wrong with worrying about how your hair looks, as many of us want our hair to look its best. If you think that your hair has suddenly changed in more than one way, consider it to be a wakeup call. Stress can wreak havoc on your hair through the following few ways;

 

  1. Hair Loss Has Increased

 

Hair loss which is caused by extreme stress is called telogen effluvium. There can be numerous reasons as to why this kind of hair loss is triggered, from a new job, giving birth or a long bout of flu could all be to blame. You will know that you are losing too much hair if it feels abnormal to you and also has been occurring for more than two weeks.

 

If you’ve found that you are losing hair in what appears to be small and coin-sized patches, it could also be stress related hair loss. Although this symptom is actually a characteristic of alopecia areata, the condition can flare up when the individual is under increased amounts of stress.

 

  1. Hair Growth Slows Down

 

Stress can make it more unlikely that you will make healthier food choices; therefore if you find that emotional eating has become a habit it can even slow down hair growth. Poor nutrition can be to blame for weaker hair and increased hair breakage.

 

  1. Your Hairline Has Started To Recede

 

If you are regularly pulling your hair back into the same tight ponytail or bun, this can pull the tiny hairs which grow along your hairline. Over time, this increased force on these hairs can damage the hair follicles leading to gradual thinning and weaker hair. Stick to a loose ponytail or open hairstyles, making sure that you leave your hair open when you go to bed.  If you find you’re pulling at your hair to help deal with stress then you may be suffering from trichotillomania.

If you feel you are suffering from stress related hair loss, speak to a doctor or hair loss expert for more information and advice on how to treat the condition.

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Child Punished For Donating Hair

punishment for donating hairA fourteen year old student who was fundraising by donating hair to a wig charity, returned to school only to be put into isolation. The school went as far as saying that she must wear a headscarf until her hair grows back so it is no longer an ‘extreme’ hairstyle.

Niamh Baldwin donated her hair to The Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides free wigs to children and young adults who have lost their hair to cancer therapy or other medical illnesses. Baldwin not only selflessly donated her hair, she confidently shared her own photos online captioning that ‘my hair does not define who I am as a person’.

Although her mother and friends were extremely proud of how courageous Niamh was, the school ended up making Niamh feeling self-conscious and placed her in isolation saying her hair needed to be one centimetre longer in length. Niamh has previously had outstanding feedback and reports from her school and is praised for being polite.

The school still defends its position and says that the school policy is ‘very clear’ on shaved haircuts. The academy principle claims that the family should have contacted the school before taking the decision and that they would have even suggested an alternative fundraising solution. Niamh is still being asked to cover her head with a headscarf until her hair grows back.

Donating Hair To The Little Princess Trust

In case you are considering donating hair to The Little Princess Trust, you are asked to wash and dry their hair beforehand. The charity accepts all kinds of hair – straight, curly, thick and thin, it can also be previously dyed but can only be accepted if it is of a natural colour.

Donors should tie their hair in a ponytail just below where they will be cutting the hair and also at the bottom. This is so that it is all hair is neatly gathered and can be easily used to make a wig for a patient. The hair should then be placed into a clear, resealable bag and sent in a padded envelop to the charity.  It might be worth checking the school rules first though

 

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Female Hair Loss And Beauty

beautyAmerican model and actress Emily Ratajkowski has faced a backlash after posting an image on Instagram and announcing that she is the new spokesperson for the luxury hair care company, Kérastase Paris. The trouble came as she captioned the image with “Hair is a fundamental part of beauty, femininity, and identity. So excited to announce that I am the new face of @kerastase_official!”,

Many of her fans and people who had viewed the caption online expressed their anger and shared comments about how it could be negatively interpreted towards women who have lost their hair as a result of illness and genetic medical conditions.

Others felt that the model meant no harm and was simply trying to promote the product and luxury hair care brand. Yet shortly after sharing the image and receiving divided comments from her social media followers, Ratajkowski changed the image caption to read “So excited to announce that I am the new face of @kerastase_official ! Welcome good hair days!”

How The Brand Responded

Kérastase Paris also spoke out and responded with a public apology clarifying that they did not mean to suggest that beauty is defined by your hair. They stated that they feel that beauty is much more spiritual, coming from within and that everyone is uniquely beautiful in their own way. The brand concluded by thanking the public for speaking out and challenging the idea that ‘hair is a fundamental part of beauty’.

Although the move was initially quite insensitive coming from Ratajkowski, she did respond to public outcry immediately and respectfully which has no doubt reclaimed some of her fan following.

What Is Beauty?

Remember, beauty is not something which can be so easily defined or attributed to a particular feature such as hair, skin colour, body size or facial features. Beauty is definitely something completely unique to each of us and comes in multiple variations and is much deeper and more complex than what meets the eye.  If you are suffering from hair loss and would like to talk in confidence to an expert about the problem then please don’t hesitate to call us on+44 (0)845 359 2915  for a free consultation.

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Domestic abuse and hair loss

domestic abuseRecently a young woman wrote into a newspaper advice column and mentioned that she has just had her third baby, that she is suffering from post natal depression and that her husband is also placing stress on her with some emotional domestic abuse . The anonymous young woman complained about how her hair has been falling out in thick clumps and that she does not feel well – unsurprising considering her delicate situation at home.

Hair loss can be caused by numerous factors; unfortunately in this situation she appears to be victim to many of them. Large amounts of stress from her husband, a recent childbirth and post-natal depression can all contribute to hair loss, a weakened immune system and general feelings of being unwell and emotionally unstable.

What Is Postpartum Hair Loss?

After you have a baby, postpartum hair loss is a completely normal yet temporary condition which occurs and affects almost all new mothers. This is because during pregnancy, there are elevated levels of oestrogen which can prolong the ‘growing’ stage of the hair. As there are fewer hairs which are in the ‘resting’ stage, less hair falls out – this can result in thicker and stronger hair during pregnancy.

Usually three months after giving birth, new mothers will notice more hair coming out as they brush their hair or shower. Generally, most women will end up returning to their normal hair growth cycle around six to twelve months postpartum.

Stress Related Hair Loss

Stress is something which can affect the entire body – your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing can all be weakened through high levels of consistent stress. This is because stress can alter your hormone levels, which in turn upsets the body’s normal balance. Significant amounts of stress can push your hair follicles into a resting phase for a prolonged period of time which can cause hair to fall out suddenly when you are simply washing or combing hair.

Stress related hair fall can be reversed as long as the cause of stress is removed.

If you are worried about large amounts of unexplained hair fall, speak to a doctor or hair loss expert for more information.

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South Korean Breakthrough in Hair Loss Treatment

hair loss treatmentA team of researchers from the South Korean Yonsei University, have claimed to have found a new hair loss treatment . In a recent study, the researchers managed to develop a biochemical agent which they claim can stimulate hair growth in patients who have already gone bald.

So, could this really be the cure we’ve all been waiting for?

Understanding the results

In the breakthrough study, the researchers discovered the CXXC5 (CXXC-type zinc finger protein), can ultimately block a pathway which is responsible for hair regeneration and growth. By disrupting the CXXC5 using a peptide competitor, it activated the pathway and accelerated hair growth.

They also carried out an experiment on mice, where they were able to stimulate new hair growth using a PTD-DMB biochemical agent.

The results of the study have been published within the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

Could it work?

Although the breakthrough is exciting, it’s worth noting that the new potential biochemical treatment isn’t likely going to be suitable for all causes of hair loss. It appears the study largely focused on hair loss caused by trauma. So, it could be a good treatment option for specific types of hair loss such as traction alopecia.

There’s still a lot of work which needs to be done in order to turn this discovery into a cure. So, for those suffering with hair loss right now, it’s worth visiting a hair expert to see which treatment options are available.

For traction alopecia, current treatments include Minoxidil, Finasteride and SMP. If the hair loss has only just begun, you could even simply alter the way you style your hair. It’s really important to seek a correct diagnosis before starting any treatment however, as different types of hair loss will respond to different types of treatments.

Overall, this breakthrough in hair loss treatment could bring a potential cure for specific types of hair loss. However, it’s likely to take a long time before it can be turned into an actual treatment. So, if you’re worried about hair loss right now, it’s best to seek advice from a doctor or hair specialist.

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4 female stars talk about hair loss

naomi campbell hair lossHair loss is more common for women that a lot of people realise with up to 40% of women suffering from the condition by the time they hit their 40s.  Here, some top female stars talk about their experience with hair loss and how they dealt with it.

Naomi Campbell

In Naomi’s case you could almost regard her hair loss as an industrial injury.  Traction alopecia, brought on by years of wearing hair extensions for shoots left her with several bald spots.  Fortunately, it’s now growing back in these areas after she’s made a concerted effort to take more care of her hair.

Rosie O’Donnell

The American comedian used social media platforms to open up about her problem with androgenic alopecia.  Whilst more common in men the condition is hereditary and there really isn’t a cure, although there are treatments available.

Kristin Davis

The Sex and the City star noticed her hair was thinning when she wrapped the last season of the popular TV show.  Eventually she turned to voluminising products for which she eventually became an ambassador.  Another way of giving the appearance of added volume to thinning hair is Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) which can help reduce the contrast between scalp and hair follicles.

Keira Knightley

As one of Hollywood’s A listers it’s surprising to find out that the Pirates of the Caribbean Star has been suffering from hair loss for years.  Her hair then grew back after becoming pregnant.  It’s normal for the hair to become stronger and healthier during pregnancy although sometimes there is a downside with the onset of post-partum hair loss.

If you think you might be suffering from any of these conditions then why not give us a call on +44 (0)845 359 2915 to speak to one of our team of friendly experts.

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Cut out the carbs for the sake of your hair health

hair health carbsHair loss can be triggered by a wide range of factors, but did you know it could be down to something as simple as your diet?

Nutrient deficiencies can have a significant impact on your hair. Protein deficiency in particular, is one of the leading causes of dietary related hair loss. Here, you’ll discover how a low carb/high protein diet could be good for your hair health.

The link between protein and hair health

The hair is largely made up from a protein known as Keratin. Therefore, if there’s a protein deficiency within the body, the hair isn’t going to be getting the amount it needs to grow and stay healthy.

When there’s a lack of protein, the body tries to conserve the levels, limiting the amount used for non-essential functions such as hair growth. So, it places the hair into the resting cycle, where it eventually sheds in large quantities. The result is thinning and possible patches of hair loss depending upon the severity of the deficiency.

So, if you’re looking to improve the health of the hair and prevent hair loss, digesting a diet which is high in protein and low in carbs can help.

The importance of seeking a proper diagnosis

Although nutrient deficiencies can lead to hair loss, they actually account for very few cases. Hair loss can be triggered by a huge range of factors so it’s really important to ensure you’re getting a proper diagnosis.

If the hair loss is caused by a medical issue for example, changing your diet isn’t going to do anything to combat the problem. Instead, you’d need medication to treat the condition before the hair loss will subside.

If you are suffering from hair loss, the first step is to visit a doctor or specialist hair loss clinic and determine the actual cause. If it is down to a nutrient deficiency, switching to a high protein diet could prove useful.

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Too Much Hair or Not Enough?

too much hairYour body is a miraculous thing and it has all kinds of ways to tell you that there’s something wrong. One unique and somewhat worrying way it can pinpoint a problem, is by creating too much, or too little, hair.

If you’ve noticed a change in your body hair, it could be down to numerous issues. Here, you’ll discover just some of the conditions which could result in too much or too little body hair.

What could cause too much hair growth?

If you’ve started to become hairier than usual, the most likely culprit is PCOS, or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome”. This is a hormone disorder which basically affects the way the ovaries function. It presents a number of unpleasant side effects such as weight gain and irregular periods and it also causes a spike in male hormones which ultimately trigger darker, coarser hair growth.

A less likely culprit could be hirsutism, caused by an imbalance within the endocrine system. This in turn causes excessive male pattern hair growth.

What could cause the hair to fall out?

Hair loss in women is actually a lot more common than you might think. The trouble is, hair loss can be triggered by a staggering number of factors. Therefore, diagnosing the problem yourself can be tricky and you’ll need to visit a hair specialist to get a more accurate diagnosis.

Some of the most common causes of hair loss in women are crash diets, stress, thyroid imbalances and pregnancy.

Seeking treatment

Whether you’re experiencing too much hair growth, or you’re suffering from hair loss, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible. The majority of hair loss conditions can be treated and reversed, but it’s important to start treatment as soon as possible.

Once the cause has been identified, you can start combatting the problem with the necessary treatment. Hair loss treatments have come a long way over the past decade, with more effective options available now than ever before. So, don’t suffer in silence – find out what’s causing your hair loss and start combatting it today.  If you wish to talk in confidence to one our friendly experts don’t hesitate to call us on +44 (0)845 359 2915

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What can you do about post-partum hair loss?

post-partumPost-partum hair loss is a common, yet often surprising side effect of giving birth. What makes it even harder to deal with is the fact that throughout the pregnancy, the hair is thicker, healthier and shinier than it’s ever been. So, when it starts to fall out after the birth, it can come as a real shock and often look worse than it really is.

The severity of post-partum hair loss differs from woman to woman, but the good news is it’s not a permanent condition. The hair will start to grow back eventually and in the meantime, there are ways to treat it.

What is it?

Post-partum hair loss is a temporary form of hair loss, triggered by changing hormone levels within the body. Pregnancy causes an increase in Oestrogen levels, which triggers a lot of the hair to enter the resting phase of the hair growth cycle.

There are three phases in the hair growth cycle including growth, resting and fall-out phases. Usually, you’ll lose up to 100 hairs each day during a normal hair growth cycle. However, the increased Oestrogen forces the hair into the resting phase, while at the same time halting the shedding phase.

When you give birth, the hair cycle starts to return to normal, but first the hairs that were resting enter into the shedding phase. This can result in large clumps of hair falling out at the same time.  It’s the inveitable downside to the healthy glorious hair that most women enjoy throughout the pregnancy.

Treating the problem before it’s even begun

Although post-partum hair loss cannot be prevented, it can successfully be treated. Some hair stylists and hair loss experts even recommend starting treatment before the hair starts to fall out in the first place.

As 90% of women experience some degree of post-partum hair loss, starting treatment before it begins to fall out can be a really effective solution. So what treatment should you opt for? Well, the best solution for post-partum hair loss is a topical treatment known as Minoxidil, or a prescribed medication known as Finasteride; both of which are FDA approved. Cutting the hair into a shorter style can also cover up post-partum hair loss.

Besides the treatments above, you can remind yourself that the hair loss isn’t permanent. It’s also highly unlikely you’ll go completely bald. So, if you’re worried about the condition, seek advice from your doctor or visit a hair specialist to start temporary hair loss treatments as soon as possible.

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Hair Loss Can be the Hardest Part of Cancer Treatment

cancer hair lossLingerie Tycoon, Jacqueline Gold, has recently revealed the true devastation cancer treatment can present. After losing her hair, the Ann Summers founder was devastated and admits to crying when it started falling out in clumps.

Cancer treatment is hard enough for anyone to deal with, but hair loss has been cited as one of the hardest side effects to come to terms with. Some women have even claimed they would rather choose a lower strength chemotherapy treatment to avoid losing their hair, while a minority would bypass treatment altogether. This shows the true extent of the devastation hair loss can present to women.

A mastectomy can be easier to deal with than hair loss!

One of the most surprising revelations made by cancer patients is that they found their Mastectomy easier to deal with than their hair loss. Popular BBC presenter, Victoria Derbyshire, shares this view, admitting in an interview she found hair loss harder than losing her breast.

While some women do find losing their hair empowering, for many it can be truly devastating. However, it’s important to remember that chemo-induced hair loss is only temporary and there are ways to make dealing with the side effect easier.

How to cope with hair loss caused by chemotherapy

Unfortunately, hair loss is a very common side effect of cancer treatment and it’s not possible to prevent it. However, there are ways you can make it a little easier to deal with. Knowing what to expect can help to prepare you for the hair loss so be sure to talk to your doctor to establish how severe your hair loss is likely to be.

When the hair does start to fall out, many women also find it empowering to shave it all off rather than continue watching it falling out. You can also invest in a good quality wig to cover up the baldness if you aren’t comfortable showing it off. Headscarves can also be a stylish way to cover it up until the hair eventually grows back.

The key thing to remember is the hair will grow back once treatment has stopped. Trying to embrace the fight against cancer and using stylish cover-up options are the best ways to deal with the devastation the disease can cause.

 

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Why Am I Losing My Hair?

losing my hairIf you’ve started to experience hair loss, you’re no doubt desperate to find a solution. Any amount of hair loss can be worrying, but before you panic, it’s worth getting to the bottom of the issue.

There’s actually a lot of different causes of hair loss. Each requires a very different form of treatment so it’s important to establish the real cause before you can start to combat it. Here, you’ll discover more about just some of the different causes of hair loss.  It’s not an exhaustive list but it covers some of the main areas.

Genetics

Perhaps the most common cause of hair loss is genetics. Responsible for male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss, genetics play a large role in whether you’ll retain a full head of hair as you get older. Unfortunately, nothing can really prevent genetic related hair loss, but there are some great treatment options available to minimise the condition.

Stress

It’s absolutely true that stress can make your hair fall out. However, it’s only significant levels of stress, or a physical trauma, which can lead to stress related hair loss. It’s entirely possible for the hair to start falling out after a stressful event such as moving to a new house or getting divorced. However, it is a temporary form of hair loss and the hair will grow back eventually.

Medical

Sometimes, hair loss can be triggered by another underlying medical condition. Thyroid problems for example, are known to trigger hair loss. Autoimmune diseases such as lupus can also trigger the hair to start falling out, and some can even cause permanent baldness. In order to treat the hair loss, the medical problem needs to be dealt with first.

Diet

Although it’s actually really unlikely for diet to lead to hair loss, it isn’t impossible. Nutrient deficiencies can cause all kinds of problems for the hair cycle. Iron, protein and Vitamin C deficiencies can all lead to hair loss and hair thinning. So, if no other cause seems possible, it could well be related to your diet.

The above is just some of the causes of hair loss. Before treatment can be prescribed, the actual cause will need to be fully diagnosed. The majority of hair loss conditions are only temporary, but the earlier you can start treatment, the less noticeable it will become.  If you’re concerned about hair loss then don’t hesitate to get it contact with our friendly team of experts for a free and confidential consultation on  +44 (0)845 359 2915

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Sex Tape Leak Causes Hair Loss

sex tape hair lossIn early 2017, WWE diva Paige fell victim to the dark side of the internet after a sex tape and intimate photos were leaked. In a recent interview, the star has revealed just how devastating it’s effects were.

In the months following the leak, she started to suffer from hair loss triggered by anorexia and even contemplated suicide. While extreme, her story highlights just how much of an impact stress can have on the hair. Here, we’ll look at the different types of stress related hair loss and how they can be treated.

Understanding stress related hair loss

It’s no secret that high levels of stress can trigger hair loss. However, did you know that there’s actually three different types of stress related hair loss you can suffer with? They include:

  • Trichotillomania
  • Telogen Effluvium
  • Alopecia Areata

Trichotillomania is a psychological condition which causes a person to develop severe urges to pull out their own hair. As well as pulling hair from the scalp, sufferers often also pluck out their eyebrows and hair from other parts of the body. It’s often a response to stress, though it can also be triggered by boredom and frustration.

Telogen Effluvium is the most common stress related form of hair loss. As the body becomes stressed, it forces more hair to go into the resting, or telogen, phase. Then, when it reaches the fall-out stage, it all falls out together, leaving obvious thinning and in some cases, patches of hair loss.

In rare circumstances, stress can trigger Alopecia Areata. This is a more serious form of the condition and it occurs when the body’s immune system starts to attack its own cells, including the hair follicles.

Seeking the right treatment

The good news about stress related hair loss is that it is only usually temporary. Once the stress disappears, it resolves itself naturally. However, in the meantime there are treatments available.

If you’re diagnosed with Trichotillomania, you’ll likely need to undergo cognitive behavioural therapy. For Telogen Effluvium, medications such as Minoxidil or Finasteride may be prescribed. However, treatment for Alopecia Areata is a little more complex and in extreme cases there is no cure if the follicles have been permanently damaged.

Overall, stress is known to lead to hair loss, but it is only usually temporary. Before trying out any treatment, it’s vital you seek a correct diagnosis to determine which treatment will work best for you.

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Hollyoaks Star Discusses Hair Loss

post-partumThere’s been a lot of famous women sharing their experiences with post-partum hair loss over the past year and the latest is Hollyoaks star, Jennifer Metcalfe. In a recent interview, Metcalfe revealed how she dealt withit and the things sufferers can do to tackle the problem.

losing her hair sent her into a panic

The Hollyoaks actor revealed when she became pregnant, her friends warned her about post-partum hair loss. While the star was perfectly happy to deal with sleepless nights and potential weight gain, the thought of losing her hair sent her into a panic.

So, to combat the problem before it even began, she decided to look for a treatment. She discovered a product known as Regrowz, which she claims took effect in just a few weeks. However, could the product really work, or could there be another reason Metcalfe managed to maintain her thick luscious locks?

Understanding Post-partum hair loss

Metcalfe’s story is a little different to the one shared by many famous women. In her interview, she appears to be largely advertising the product she claims helped her retain her hair. The trouble with this is, it may not have been down to the product, but rather the star may not have suffered from the condition at all or it just cleared up on its on which is normally the case anyway.

Approximately 90% of women experience post-partum hair loss, but that means 10% don’t. The severity of the hair loss can also differ significantly between women. So, even if the product did work for Metcalfe, it may not work for everyone.

Instead, it’s better to turn to trusted, proven treatments to stop the hair loss in its tracks. There’s a lot of hair loss treatments available but Finasteride and Minoxidil tend to be two of the best. They’re specifically designed for temporary hair loss conditions and are both FDA approved.

Overall, as tempting as it might be to try out unproven, recommended hair loss products, it’s a much better idea to opt for a proven, reliable treatment. It’s also worth seeking a proper diagnosis to determine whether your hair loss is brought on by your pregnancy. There are a lot of causes of hair loss and diagnosing the problem is essential before the right treatment can be prescribed.  Bear in mind that most post-partum hair loss is only temporary anyway

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Bald Can Be Beautiful

bald modelFor most women, hair loss can prove to be absolutely devastating. However, former nurse, 26-year old Therese Hansson, has recently highlighted what can happen when you embrace becoming bald.

After losing her hair at just 14 years old to Alopecia, Therese has managed to bag her dream modelling job.

Therese’s inspiring story

Although Therese now celebrates her baldness, she didn’t always feel the same. Like most women, the model really struggled to come to terms with hair loss at such a young age. The thought of going out in public completely bald wasn’t something she was ready to do and only her close friends and family knew she suffered from Alopecia.

After hiding her baldness for years, Therese was finally persuaded to embrace who she was by a close friend.  Her confidence paid off too as she managed to bag herself a modelling job. Now, she inspires young girls who also suffer from Alopecia, and proves bald can most certainly be beautiful.

Not ready to embrace being bald?

While Therese’s confidence is inspiring, many women may not quite be ready to follow in her footsteps. If you’re not ready to show off your baldness, there are ways you can successfully cover it up.

Wigs are one option. However, you will need to spend a little more to ensure you’re investing in a well-fitting, natural looking wig. The great thing about wigs is, you can change them as often as you like, enabling you to benefit from a different look whenever you want.

Another option is a treatment known as SMP. This is a specialist tattoo procedure which injects very small pigments of ink into the scalp. The result looks like the head has been shaved. It can give you more of a sense of choice, rather than having to deal with complete baldness.

You can see just how realistic SMP can be by carrying out a quick search online. Just be sure to choose a qualified, experienced practitioner as SMP is a very specialist technique which requires a lot of skill to produce realistic results.

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Can Vitamin C Really Cure Hair Loss?

vitamin c A Korean beauty brand has released what is being dubbed as a “anti-aging potion for your scalp”. Featuring Vitamin C as it’s main ingredient, the product is said to work wonders for thinning hair.

Vitamin deficiencies are known to link to hair loss, but can they really be an effective cure?

Can Vitamin C deficiency lead to hair loss?

The hair needs a number of different vitamins in order to grow and Vitamin C is one of them. Therefore, a deficiency in this could certainly lead to hair loss.

The body is unable to create the vitamin, so it relies upon your diet to provide it with sufficient levels. The vitamin is required for many different functions within the body and the body will distribute it to the most important areas first.

As hair growth isn’t considered essential, if there is a deficiency of Vitamin C, it will first be sent to support your important bodily functions. Add to this, the fact that it’s also important in the absorption of iron, another nutrient essential for healthy hair growth, and you can see why a deficiency can lead to severe hair loss.

However, the likelihood of hair loss being caused by a Vitamin C deficiency is extremely low. You would need to have a significant deficiency for it to cause the hair to thin or fall out. Therefore, Vitamin C treatment is unlikely to solve the majority of hair loss cases.

Actual cures for hair loss

There’s a lot of different hair loss treatments on the market and the one that’s right for you will depend upon the cause of the problem. Medications and topical treatments such as Minoxidil for example, can work wonders for temporary hair loss conditions. SMP or hair transplants on the other hand, are recommended for more permanent hair loss conditions.

As there are many different types of hair loss, it’s really important to get the condition checked out before seeking treatment. If it is caused by a Vitamin C deficiency, then Vitamin C treatments could prove effective. However, for most cases you’ll be much better off using actual proven hair loss treatments like the ones mentioned above.

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Viral Video of Post-Partum Hair Loss

post-partum hair lossA Utah hairdresser has revealed the true, devastating extent of post-partum hair loss after posting a video onto Instagram. The video, which has gone viral, shocked many women but also spurred others on to share their own experiences of the condition.

While post-partum hair loss is extremely common, few realise just how severe it can be. The good news is, it’s only temporary and will usually clear up within six months to a year.

Why does post-partum hair loss occur?

Post-partum hair loss occurs due to changes with the body’s hormones. During pregnancy, the body starts to produce a lot more estrogen. This results in shiny, thick and healthy-looking hair. It also halts the shedding process, pushing more hair into the resting phase.

After giving birth, the estrogen levels drop back to normal and it’s this change which triggers the hair to start shedding. Depending upon how many hairs were pushed into the resting phase, the hair can fall out in pretty large clumps.

It tends to occur within 2-3 months after giving birth, and the hair loss is only temporary. There is no way to really prevent post-partum hair loss from occurring, but there are ways to treat the condition.

What treatment options are available?

The good news is there are ways you can reduce the severity of post-partum hair loss. Temporary treatments such as Minoxidil and Finasteride can prove extremely effective. They’re easy to use and can really help to minimise the shedding and accelerate new hair growth.

A lot of women also use post-partum hair loss as an excuse to try out a different hairstyle. Have you ever noticed a lot of new mums tend to cut their hair really short after giving birth? Well, that could be down to post-partum hair loss. Cutting the hair shorter gives the hair a thicker, fuller appearance, perfectly disguising the condition.

Before you seek any treatment however, you should always visit your doctor for advice. They will be able to recommend the best possible treatment to clear up post-partum hair loss.

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Super Foods for Super Hair

super foodsAs a woman, losing your hair can be a traumatic experience, even if you simply notice the hair is thinning, rather than leaving behind bald spots. It’s linked to a woman’s identity so it’s understandable hair loss can cause a drop in self esteem and confidence.

There’s actually quite a lot of causes of hair loss in women and one which you may be experiencing is seasonal based hair loss. This tends to cause more hair to fall out in the summer and autumn months and it can range drastically in severity. However, some experts claim the right diet could help to prevent and treat this type of temporary hair loss. Here, we’ll look at the top foods experts recommend and whether a change in diet could be the best option.

What super foods should you eat to prevent hair loss?

According to some experts, foods rich in fatty acids are a good option to prevent hair loss. This is especially true if you notice your scalp is scaly or dry. Essential fatty acids are known to play a vital role in ensuring the hair and scalp are healthy. Some of the best foods to add to your diet which are rich in fatty acids include avocados, flaxseed oil and oily fish. You could also take an Omega-3 supplement for best results.

Fruits and vegetables are also recommended, but largely it’s advised you eat a balanced diet packed full of different nutrients. But could diet alone really help to prevent baldness?

Can diet alone help?

Making changes to your diet to ensure you’re getting plenty of nutrients can certainly help reduce the risk of some types of hair loss. However, it’s highly unlikely this alone will stop you from suffering from hair loss at some time in your life. This is because there’s so many different causes of hair loss and diet isn’t going to affect any underlying issues you may be experiencing.

Therefore, it’s better to seek advice from a hair specialist or a doctor, as they will be able to point you in the direction of the best hair loss treatments. There’s a wide range of treatments available such as medications, topical treatments, laser therapy and even SMP. So, don’t rely on diet alone to fix your hair loss issues – book a free and confidential consultation today to find out which type of treatment will work best for you.

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Loosen Your Locks To Keep From Losing Your Locks

traction alopeciaWe’ve all been there. Tired, rushed off our feet, doing a million things at once.

The last thing that we are thinking about is the health of our hair.

Most days, I just pop mine up into an easy bun and get on with my day, but what if I told you that our everyday hairdos could be harming our precious tresses and in extreme cases, could lead to hair thinning and even Traction Alopecia.

I know. Scary, but don’t panic. It’s not as bad as it sounds and you can totally take steps to avoid it.

So what is it and how can it happen?

Time to Mention the Tension

Traction Alopecia is a type of hairloss that occurs when the hair follicles become inflamed. This can be caused by a variety of reasons but is often the result of repeated tension or stress being placed on the roots and can be caused by something as simple as an overly tight ponytail.

Some of the potential causes are overly tight updos and braids, heavy dreadlocks or extensions and even repeated use of headbands or functional headgear.

An additional culprit of the condition may be the use of too many chemicals and harsh products.

Symptoms of Traction Alopecia include itchy scalp, hair thinning, sensitive or painful roots, headaches caused by the hair being pulled back too tight and of course, bald spots.

Take Action Against Traction Alopecia

So what can you do? The good news is that, if done early enough, a few simple habit and lifestyle changes can do wonders.

Loosening buns and braids is a definite first step to reducing tension and breakage, while haircare expert Tabitha Coffey suggests placing your ponytail in a different position day to day to avoid repeated follicle strain. You could try replacing your elastic bands for fabric ties or hair bungees and start using products that nourish your hair and scalp.

Obviously, whether in the early stages or advanced, if you are exhibiting any of the above symptoms, you should seek advice from a medical professional first and remember that reversing prolonged damage takes time and commitment, but ultimately be kind to your hair and with a bit of luck, the key to beautiful locks may be as simple as letting your hair down.

How To Naturally Stop Shedding

shedding comb wet hairYou may not know this, but on a daily basis we all lose up to one hundred strands of hair. hair shedding can be triggered by multiple factors, such as genetics, stress, poor nutrition, hormonal imbalances and pollutants which are present in the environment.

If you want to prevent and deal with hair thinning, the following natural tips could help you to regain your crown;

  • Increase your protein intake. Hair is made primarily of protein, so by including an adequate amount of protein-rich foods into your usual diet you’ll improve your hair growth.

 

  • Avoid crash dieting, these kinds of diets may be able to help you shed pounds quickly but it’s very likely you’ll also end up shedding your hair. This is because crash diets can result in vitamin and mineral deficiencies, a lack of essential nutrients can cause your hair growth to slow down and may even stop new hair from growing altogether. Also when you are not taking in enough fat, sebum production is negatively affected and the scalp and hair can become dry, making it prone to damage.

 

  • Don’t comb hair while it is wet, ideally you should detangle your hair before you enter the shower to avoid large clumps of hair getting tangled up in your hairbrush.

 

  • Give your hair a break from hair colouring; allow your hair to ‘rest’ for at least seven to nine weeks before you expose your hair to chemicals again.

 

  • Avoid tight hairstyles, hairdos which require you to pull your hair back into a tight ponytail or by wearing hair extensions regularly can place stress on hair follicles and damage the hair shaft.

 

  • Minimise heat-styling tools, heat can weaken the hair proteins which can make hair more prone to breakage and cause hair to fall out or break easily.

Sometimes hair loss can’t be fixed by natural approaches alone and treatment may be required so it’s always best to speak to a hair loss expert if you’re worried that you’re shedding more hair than ususal.

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Taking Control Of Alopecia

alopecia take controlMany women feel that their hair plays a large role in their identity and overall appearance; in fact many won’t be able to imagine how it feels or what it would even be like, to live without their hair. Most women who suffer from alopecia have no other option and have learnt that having no hair at all is a reality.

Bianca Young, a forty two year old woman from Australia suffers from alopecia and has been bald for the last two years. She wants to normalise the idea that all women don’t necessarily need to look a particular way in order to be beautiful. She describes the time she lost her hair as a traumatic and stressful period in her life. Losing her hair had a massive strain on her psychologically and emotionally, along with the idea that she was losing her femininity as she was losing her hair.

The Importance Of Accepting Alopecia

Whenever Young walked down the street, she would attract attention and people would often want to know what her story, or reason for being bald is. Although she admitted there have been difficult moments where people are unkind, or offer pity, she’s finally chosen not to interact much now with strangers who offer her such responses. In response to all the attention, she has accepted her condition and managed to become much more confident with herself.

Young is the Queensland ambassador for the Alopecia Foundation of Australia and works with young children and teenagers who are suffering from alopecia. Although Young is happy and comfortable with herself, regardless of how she looks, she admitted that many of the people she meets feel like they should be living in shame or secrecy. She hopes to be able to help to build a society in which everyone has a base of self-worth that they can grow from. Although alopecia is not that common of a condition, it should be normalised and sufferers should not be made to feel as if there is something wrong with them.

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Hair Loss isn’t just for men

hair loss womanIt’s true.  It’s not just men who face the trauma of hair loss. A large number of women experience female pattern hair loss, while children can also be affected by alopecia.

Although it is a common problem, women who do experience hair loss can understandably be devastated. While it’s somewhat accepted with men as a natural occurrence, for women and children there’s a strong social stigma involved which can make it especially difficult to deal with.

Many turn to ineffective, fake products for help

Many women end up unknowingly investing in fake, ineffective hair loss treatments to try and resolve the issue. There’s a staggering number of fad products available on the market due to the sheer amount of profit to be made. The trouble is, when you’re unfamiliar with the market, it’s easy to fall for scams and, after falling victim to these bogus hair loss products, women are left feeling frustrated and believing there are no effective treatments out there.

Effective hair loss options for women

The good news is there’s actually quite a lot of  treatments available for women and many have proven to be effective. The key is to make sure you’re seeking treatment from a reliable and respected hair clinic.

One of the most common effective, FDA approved treatments is Minoxidil, which is best suited for temporary hair loss conditions and it’s a topical treatment which needs to be applied directly onto the scalp.

Non-medication treatments include SMP, which is a specialist tattoo procedure aiming to cover up balding spots and provide an illusion of a thick head of hair.  It’s particularly helpful to women with thinning hair to give the impression of vlume.  Laser treatment could also prove effective, along with specialised hair loss products such as thickening shampoos.

Before you try out any treatment, it’s important to undergo a consultation with a hair specialist. They will be able to diagnose the cause of the hair loss and advise the best course of treatment.  Please feel free to fill in the form or give a us a call to book a confidential and free consultation on +44 (0)845 359 2915

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Creative Teen Tackles Alopecia With Art

hair lossInspiring high school student, Madisyn Babcock managed to win the internet in a major way as her senior photos went viral. She chose to challenge beauty standards and educate people about alopecia through her photos.

Earlier this year, Babcock who is only seventeen years old noticed that her hair had begun to thin out. Eventually the hair loss worsened and the teenager had started to get large, bald spots on her scalp, leaving her with no choice but to shave the rest of her hair off.

Raising Awareness Of Alopecia

Usually, Babcock would wear a head cover or scarf so that she could hide her bald spots. However when it was time for her high school senior photos, Babcock decided to use her photographs as an opportunity to celebrate her uniqueness and as a way to raise awareness about alopecia. Alopecia is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks itself and its own hair follicles by mistake, causing hair to fall out.

No need to hide behind a wig

The opportunity gave Babcock the chance to realise that although hair can be pretty, having it doesn’t make you pretty. Instead of hiding behind a head cover or wearing a wig, she asked her mother who is an artist, to draw some elaborate flowers onto her head and had the pictures captured by a professional photographer. She wanted to make a statement which made people think about how they position and think about people who have lose their hair, during the process Babcock ended up embracing and embellishing something that many people would have felt embarrassed or self-conscious about.

The teenager spoke about how she used a floral design on her head as symbolism for how she has blossomed into a new person and revealed herself since she developed the autoimmune condition. In America alone, the National Alopecia Areata Foundation estimates that almost seven million people are suffering from alopecia.

To learn more about what alopecia areata is, speak to a hair loss expert for more information.

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New miracle product for hair loss

miracle hair loss supplementAt some point, we all dream of thick, long healthy model-like hair. Luscious hair is closely associated with ouridentity for many of us and is traditionally considered a significant part of our physical beauty. Although society seems to be accepting of hair loss amongst men, for women the topic of hair thinning and balding is much more complicated and carries some kind of taboo with it. Many women end up feeling alone and pressured to spend large amounts of money as an attempt to conceal the problem.

Unfortunately, hair loss is something that affects all a majority of us at some stage of our lives. Some of the major causes of shedding include stress, hormone imbalances, poor diet, personal health and the most common cause which is genetics and hereditary conditions. There are multiple factors we need to consider in order to be able to begin to treat hair loss and a healthy, well-balanced diet is critical for optimal hair growth. Our diet should be rich in proteins, complex B-vitamins and minerals, meaning that we need to eat a varied and healthy diet.

Nourkrin, A Vitamin Supplement To Support Hair Growth

A new supplement Nourkrin has been developed and is specially formulated to help women who need support for normal and well-nourished hair growth. The manufacturers claim that the special blend of ingredients in Nourkrin works alongside the natural hair growth cycle and helps to normalise and optimise the overall function and life of hair follicles.

Clinically Proven Hair Loss Treatments

Currently, there are two clinically proven treatments available; Minoxidil and Finasteride. Minoxidil is a medication which is topically applied to the scalp and Finasteride is an oral medication. Both must be taken on a daily basis for results to be sustainable. Some sufferers of hair loss may be suitable to use both treatment methods together for optimal results.

For more information on using supplements for reducing hair loss and other clinically proven hair loss solutions, speak to a hair loss expert or your doctor for professional advice and guidance.

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Tackling Traction Alopecia

traction alopeciaTraction alopecia is a condition which can literally take a hold of your hairline and cause your hair to fall out in clumps. There can be multiple factors leading to the development of traction alopecia, however the condition can be traced back to one root cause; persistent pulling on the hair roots.

Causes Of Traction Alopecia

The condition develops over a period of time, as the hair is placed under constant strain or tension. Eventually the root can become damaged which leads to scarring and permanent hair loss. The whole process does take a couple of years, but the following hairstyle choices are known to contribute to the onset of traction alopecia;

  • Very tight ponytails and pigtails
  • Tight braids or cornrows
  • Dreadlocks
  • Hair extensions
  • Hair weaves or wigs that are attached by glue, hairclips or tape
  • Hair accessories such as barrettes, clips or headbands which hold the hair tightly and are worn in the same position on a daily basis
  • Headgear such as cycling helmets which are worn on a frequent basis or are worn repeatedly and rub against the same area of hair
  • Hair styling tools such as hair rollers

Although none of these hairstyle choices will immediately cause traction alopecia, you must monitor how much, if any hair that you are losing between styles so that you can stop the condition from developing any further.

Recovering From Traction Alopecia

Fortunately, traction alopecia can be reversed if it is caught in time. As it takes a certain amount of time for hair follicles to deteriorate, it also takes time (up to nine months) for the follicles to recover.

You can remedy damage by taking proper care of the hair and using specialised products which stimulate hair growth and strengthen the hair follicle. Remember though, that you need to be patient if you want to reverse hair damage and must treat your hair kindly.

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Is Post Partum Hair Loss Affecting Khloe Kardashian?

Khloe Kardashian post partumA recent news story claiming Khloe Kardashian is suffering from post partum hair loss has been revealed to be false according to Gossip Cop. The original article supposedly came from a source close to Khloe, claiming she was worried she was going bald.

Now, Gossip Cop claims to have got to the bottom of the story, insisting it’s completely false. Although they admit post partum hair loss can, and does occur in many women, the star isn’t actually at the stage where it would usually occur.

When does post partum hair loss occur?

Post partum hair loss occurs after giving birth. It can take a few months for the hair to start falling out and it’s all linked to changing hormones. As Khloe is currently pregnant, she should actually be noticing fuller, thicker and healthier looking hair. It’s extremely rare for the hair to fall out during pregnancy.

When you become pregnant, the body produces a significant amount of estrogen. This pushes the hair into what is known as the resting phase, meaning it doesn’t fall out like it normally would. This gives the hair a healthy, full appearance. However, after giving birth, the hormone levels return to normal which means the estrogen levels drop. This triggers the hair in the resting phase to start falling out.

As it had a bit of a break during pregnancy, there’s now a lot more hair which needs to shed. So, it’s common for women to notice either significant thinning of the hair, or potentially even bald spots. It is only temporary though and the hair will return to normal eventually, but it could take up to a year.

Can anything be done for post partum hair loss?

While it’s not really possible to prevent post partum hair loss, there are temporary treatments which can help lessen its effects.

Topical treatments such as Minoxidil are fantastic. Applied straight onto the scalp, this treatment stops hair loss in its tracks and encourages healthy regrowth. If the hair loss is significant, a medication such as Finasteride could be a better option. Many women also choose to cut the hair shorter to create a more voluminous effect.

So, it seems Khloe Kardashian isn’t suffering from post partum hair loss after all. However, women who do experience the condition do have treatment options available. Above all else, it’s important to remember it’s only a temporary issue.

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8 Ways to Lose Your Hair

eight reasons for hair lossDid you know there’s actually a surprising amount of hair loss causes? Below, you’ll discover 8 ways you could potentially lose your hair …

  1. Pregnancy – The changing hormone levels you experience during pregnancy can result in a hair loss condition known as post-partum hair loss. It occurs after giving birth and is thankfully only a temporary hair loss condition.
  2. Genetics – The majority of hair loss is triggered by genetics, which means it isn’t possible to prevent it. However, it is possible to slow it down and thanks to treatments such as hair transplants, it can be covered up for many years to come.
  3. Stress – Significant stress can trigger hair loss referred to as telogen effluvium. The stress basically shocks the natural hair cycle, placing more hairs than usual into the resting phase. Then, after a while, the hairs fall out at the same time, resulting in noticeable hair loss.
  4. Hormones – A woman’s hormones can cause all kinds of havoc on the body, but did you know they can also lead to hair loss too? Dramatic hormonal imbalances can trigger the hair to start shedding at an alarming rate.
  5. Protein deficiency – Protein is required by the body for healthy hair growth. Therefore, if there aren’t sufficient protein levels, the body can halt production of new hair, leading to noticeable thinning.
  6. Excessive Vitamin A – Hair loss is most commonly associated with nutrient deficiencies, but did you know it could also be triggered by excessive levels of nutrients? Too much Vitamin A can prove problematic and be a reason you lose your hair
  7. Physical trauma – Just like emotional stress, physical stress on the body can also trigger hair loss. It could be a serious illness, or a car accident which sends the body, and the hair cycle, into shock.
  8. Excessive weight loss – If you lose a lot of weight very quickly, this too can shock the hair cycle. Like pregnancy and physical trauma, large portions of hair can be pushed into the resting phase before it falls out in one go.

These are just 8 potential causes of hair loss. As each affect the hair in entirely different ways, they require different types of treatments. So, it’s imperative you undergo an assessment to get the cause of your hair loss diagnosed before a suitable treatment can be recommended.

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Can Green Tea Really Prevent Hair Loss?

green tea hair lossGreen tea has long been associated with numerous health benefits, including potentially helping to prevent hair loss. As hair loss is something a lot of women experience these days, the news that a cup of green tea each day could prevent the condition is obviously fantastic. The question is, can it really prevent hair loss?

Is green tea an effective hair loss solution?

According to some experts, the high nutrient and antioxidant content of green tea can successfully prevent hair loss. This, combined with caffeine is said to stimulate the follicles of the hair and encourage new hair to grow.

The tea is also said to be high in panthenol which is commonly used in strengthening hair products such as shampoos. Its benefits don’t just stop there either. The amino acids known as theanine contained within green tea work alongside the panthenol to strengthen hair and additionally prevent split ends.

When you look at its impressive list of ingredients, it’s easy to see why it could potentially help prevent hair loss. However, it’s important to realise that it will not prevent all types of hair loss.

Why you shouldn’t rely on green tea alone to treat hair loss

It certainly won’t harm you to start drinking more green tea, but it’s unlikely to solve your hair loss worries. This is because the majority of hair loss experienced by women, isn’t down to nutrient deficiency.

There’s a substantial number of causes of hair loss and some are caused by medical conditions and underlying health issues. Therefore, medications would be a much more suitable treatment.

Even if your hair loss is only temporary, there’s still much more effective treatments available. Minoxidil is one of the best topical treatments available for temporary mild to moderate hair loss and it’s even FDA approved.

So, while green tea won’t harm your health and it could actually provide many health benefits, it’s not a great treatment option for hair loss. Instead, you’d be much better off seeking actual treatment from a hair specialist.

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An Unwanted Christmas Gift – Hair Loss!

hair lossThe countdown to Christmas has officially begun, but come December 25th, many may find themselves with an unwanted Christmas gift. No, it’s not the standard Christmas jumper from your aunty Doris, it is in fact, hair loss.

While Christmas is supposed to be a magical, joy-filled time, it can be surprisingly stressful. There’s the presents to buy, the decorations to put up, the stress of producing the perfect Christmas dinner – it all adds up. Stress has long been linked to numerous hair loss conditions and so it’s unsurprising the stressful run-up to the big day can prove too much for your precious follicles.

Christmas is considered the 6th most stressful life event

A survey has revealed that many people consider Christmas the 6th most stressful life event. In fact, it’s even been placed up there with changing jobs and moving to a new house. So, which parts prove the most stressful?

The majority of people stated finding the right gifts was the most stressful part of the holidays, while others stated they became stressed at the thought of even going shopping during Christmas time.

Once the presents have been bought and the stress of shopping is over, the biggest stress comes on Christmas Day itself. Cooking the Christmas dinner and being surrounded by family you barely see; can all prove just a little too much.

The trouble is, significant stress can cause temporary hair loss. So, don’t be surprised if you wake up one day after Christmas to discover your hair is looking a little bit thinner!

Preventing and treating stress related hair loss

Of course, the best way to prevent stress-related hair loss is to simply avoid getting too stressed out. However, where this isn’t  possible then there are available treatments.

The good news is, once Christmas is over and things have calmed down, your stress levels will return back to normal and any hair loss you doe experience will be temporary. This doesn’t make it any easier to deal with of course, but treatments such as Minoxidil do.

Minoxidil is an FDA approved topical treatment which can really help with temporary hair loss. There’s also medications which could prove effective if the hair loss is mild to moderate. Overall, it’s best to have the hair loss diagnosed before seeking treatment as it could be down to an underlying issue, rather than simply stress.

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How Do You Cope With Hair Loss At Six?

hair loss youngStefanie Hodgson, a twenty year old sufferer of alopecia opened up and shared her story about how she spent her childhood suffering from hair loss and attempting to hide her baldness. Hodgson, who is originally from Melbourne, Australia, was diagnosed with alopecia when she was just six years old and admitted that she spent several years grieving over what she thought was the loss of her femininity and identity.

At just six years old, Hodgson’s mother noticed a bald patch in her daughter’s hair as she was getting her ready for school. By the time she was twelve; Hodgson had slowly lost all of her hair over the years and found it a painful and torturous process.

She found the process was particularly difficult for her mental health, as we often associate our hair with our personal identity and femininity. As Hodgson was so young, she found it particularly difficult to see photos of models with long hair in magazines and mainstream media, whereas she was noticeably different.

Now a beautiful and confident young woman and entrepreneur, Hodgson shared that she doesn’t feel obliged to be ashamed or to keep her alopecia a secret. In fact, she feels that her alopecia has been a blessing in disguise for her.

How Hodgson Turned Her Life Around

By the time she was fifteen, she put on a presentation about alopecia to share with her classmates. Alopecia comes with medical anxieties, which Hodgson has readily harnessed and chosen to turn into a career – a successful motivational speaker and storyteller in which she can speak about confidence. She feels that by accepting herself for who she is; has given her a stronger sense of purpose in life.

She has now embraced her appearance and loves that she has an entire wardrobe for her hair, full of scarves, wigs and hats as a way to openly express herself.  The young entrepreneur is planning on launching a business gathering in which a collection of speakers and other inspirational members of the community can come together as a way to empower young people.

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Kate Moss and the issue with her braid secret

braids hair lossKate Moss has recently come in for criticism for wearing and promoting a hairstyle that has the potential to cause serious hair loss in the medium to long term.  She’d already been taken to task for sporting the Croydon face lift, named after her home town, where the hair is scraped back and tied into a bun to act as a kind of mini facelift.

Tight braids to iron out the wrinkles

The new style is similar but involves tying braids which are so tight they stretch the skin of the face.  She disclosed the technique in a recent interview in Vogue magazine where the 43 year old supermodel said “a great trick they do on photoshoots is doing these little braids underneath your hair to pull your skin up, like a little face lift.”

Traction alopecia is quite common

The problem is that, whilst there may be a temporary anti-ageing effect for a photoshoot the long term result could be potentially quite damaging for Kate Moss.  Traction alopecia is surprisingly common and is on the increase. Often it affects women who frequently wear heavy hair extensions, particularly if they haven’t been fitted by professionals.  The same is true of brushing or even towel drying too vigorously on a regular basis.  Anything that pulls the hair taut runs the risk of damaging the follicle and leaving bald spots. Only a few months ago Katie Price went public about the damage traction alopecia had done to her hair.

As women get older the hair becomes naturally thinner and more brittle so it pays to take good care of it.  There’s no point inviting hair loss through traction alopecia.  Try to be gentle and avoid pulling, over heating and unnecessary chemicals and dyes.  If you must wear extensions then try to limit their use and find a different way to hide the wrinkles than using your hair as a means of giving yourself a face lift.

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Recently engaged Texan with alopecia makes a brave decision

enagament alopeciaHair loss can have all kinds of psychologically damaging effects on women.  First of all, there’s the realisation that you’re losing your identity and then there’s the isolation, often self-imposed because of feelings of shame and worthlessness. On top of all this there’s the feeling of lack of control that comes with a condition like alopecia areata for which there is no known cure.

Wigs are high maintenance

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition that can strike at any age and the symptoms range from patchy bald spots to a complete loss of hair.  At this stage the condition turns becomes known as alopecia universalis.  Many women at this stage opt for a wig as the only way of covering up the problem and fitting into the societal norms but wigs are high maintenance and always run the risk of sudden exposure when doing sports etc.

There’s an increasing trend however for women to refuse the imposition of a hair piece and literally take back control of their own body by accepting their baldness.  This was the case for one Texan bride to be, Makenzee Meaux who made the plucky decision mid engagement photo shoot to remove her wig and let the world see her as she really is.

“This is the true me”

Whilst she acknowledged that it was one of the most difficult things she’d ever done in her life she attributed the decision to the support of her future husband Bryan Ballard, “He has shown me that the people who love you do not care whether or not you have hair and the ones who do are not worth your time or your love. So this is me, the true me.”.

 

Whilst there’s no cure for the condition the wig does still remain an option for women who just can’t accept the bald look.  Another alternative is to consider scalp micropigmentation which creates a realistic illusion of closely cropped real hair.  This is becoming increasingly popular as a treatment with men and won’t suit every woman but it does convey the impression that the bald style is a choice at least.  Two find out more about the options for alopecia areata or universalis why not call us to arrange a free confidential consultation on +44 (0)845 359 2915

How to tackle Autumn hair loss

Some studies suggest that hair loss is more common in the autumn. Perhaps due to the drop in temperature and shorter days, a low mood and dry skin are also common symptoms which seem to appear.

A study from the Dermatology journal carried out by Swedish scientists over the length of six years with more than eight hundred healthy women; found that the women lost most of their hair during the months of autumn.

Why Autumn shedding?

They suggested that it was linked to the hair loss cycle – during a healthy cycle, about ninety percent of the one hundred thousand hair follicles on our scalp are growing healthy hair. The other ten percent is in the telogen stage, this is the resting state which can last for up to six months, and hair can then fall out. Naturally the whole process is meant to be repeated, unless there is something causing balding.

During July, the women from the study had the highest proportion of resting hairs. By October, the telogen state had finished for most of these women and hair was shed.

One theory suggests that this occurs as a result of evolution, in that the body holds onto more hair during summer in order to protect the scalp from the hot summer sun. Also, it is thought that during autumn there is a lack of vitamin D as we have less sun exposure; a vitamin D deficiency can contribute to a disturbed hair cycle and hair loss.

Tackling hair loss

A well-balanced and healthy diet is essential for healthy hair follicles and hair growth. Vegetarians may find they are more prone to thinning hair as they are lacking some micronutrients and amino acids from their usual diet. So taking supplements is recommended in these situations.

Make sure that you drink plenty of water also; this can improve the flow of nutrients and also hydrates your skin.

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The Make Up Fairy Shares Her Secret About Hair Loss Online

make up fairyAn Irish blogger known as the Make Up Fairy has recently shared her experience with hair loss. After being praised for her openness, Joanne Larby shared an emotional post thanking those who responded in a positive manner.

Blogger admits to cropping her photos to hide hair loss

Although Larby posts a lot of pictures to social media such as Facebook and Instagram, she’s admitted most of them are cropped. Due to insecurities about her hair loss, the blogger tends to crop off the top of her head where the problem is largely visible.

She also claims to cover up the problem by wearing extensions. Admitting she doesn’t think she will ever share a photo without the extensions, it highlights just how devastating hair loss can be for women.

Larby shared her experience to let others know she does have insecurities and problems like thousands of other women. She also hopes it will inspire others, as she has been inspired herself, to own their flaws, rather than be owned by them.

Hair loss is a common problem for women, but help is available

Hair loss may have once been solely linked to men, but a staggering number of women also suffer with the condition. While it can have a significant impact on confidence and self-esteem, there are many treatments available which can help.

One thing women should be wary of is wearing extensions. Although they are currently helping Larby to cover up the problem, they can actually make hair loss worse. Instead, it’s worth looking into the many treatments out there which can effectively reduce, slow down and cover up hair loss conditions.

For mild hair loss, topical treatments such as Minoxidil can prove beneficial. There’s also medications available which have proven to work. For more sever hair loss, hair transplants or SMP could be a great option.

It’s important to establish the cause of your hair loss before seeking treatment. Different causes require different treatments, so getting a diagnosis first will ensure you end up with the right treatment to help combat your hair loss.

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Cider Vinegar To prevent hair loss?

cidar vinegar hair lossIf you’re having trouble growing your hair out, some beauty websites are claiming that there’s just one simple, natural ingredient available which could allow you to grow your hair out fast – apple cider vinegar.

The original “miracle” recipe, calls for only two thirds of water mixed with one third of apple cider vinegar. Mix well in a large bowl and then transfer into a spray bottle. Spritz this mixture over your hair and leave for half an hour, finally wash off thoroughly with shampoo.

After speaking to an expert, it turns out that apple cider vinegar or any other ingredients can’t actually alter the speed and length of your hair growth, as this is all predetermined. In fact, almost everyone has the same rate of hair growth – half an inch per month.

This process cannot be sped up by washing the hair with particular substances; however apple cider vinegar can’t actually harm your hair either, as it’s very close to the natural pH of the hair. The only way that that you can alter your hair, is by using treatments such as vitamins or injections which can thicken hair strands. However these techniques also require you to undergo a minimum of three months of continuous use.

Which Treatments Are Known To Work for hair loss?

There are numerous other solutions which can help with hair loss, either as a cure, management method or simply a way to camouflage the hair loss.

Minoxidil is a drug which is topically applied to the scalp on a daily basis, clinical trials have proven that Minoxidil can stop and sometimes even reverse hair loss. it works by simply keeping hair follicles active in the growing stage for a longer period of time.

Low Level Laser Treatment (LLLT) can be combined with Minoxidil and works by increasing the blood circulation towards to scalp so that hair growth is encouraged.

Scalp Micro Pigmentation (SMP) is a procedure in which pigments are deposited onto the scalp so that they replicate hair follicles. Although this procedure is hugely popular with men, women are also benefitting from SMP as it can add the appearance of hair density by minimising the colour difference between the scalp and the hair.

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Intralace – A New Way to Tackle Female Pattern Baldness?

hair lossWomen losing their hair could soon benefit from a new alternative hair loss treatment. Intralace is a prosthetic system which is described as being life-changing for women. Developed in America, the system is already available in selected parts of the country, and has recently found find its way into the UK.

What is it?

The Intralace system was developed in America and it was brought over by Brit, Priyanka Guha. In her early 20’s, Guha started to develop female pattern baldness. Like many women, she tried everything to try to cover up the problem including powders, extensions and tonics.

She then stumbled across the Intralace system which works by integrating strands of human hair, with the patient’s real hair. To do this is a very fine mesh is used. The strands of hair are pulled through the mesh individually, before strands of human hair are braided and glued to the real hair. The system is then secured to the head.

Once in position, the wearer can swim, shower, brush the hair and do everything they would normally do without worrying about damaging the system. It provides dramatic, however it is pretty expensive.

SMP – a better alternative?

While the Intralace system could prove beneficial for those seeking a realistic look, there are other alternative, cheaper treatments available.

SMP is especially worth looking into as unlike the intralace, it doesn’t require any maintenance. While it will not help you regain long, luscious locks, it can be extremely good at covering up bald, thinning spots. So, if you’ve still got most of your hair and it’s largely thinning, SMP can provide a cheaper, easier cover up option.

If you are concerned that you’re suffering from female pattern baldness and would like to find out more about available treatments why not call us to arrange a free and confidential consultation on +44 (0)845 359 2915

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Innocent Woman Suffered Hair Loss After Investigation

injustice stress hair lossA woman falsely accused of mistreating two OAP’s has suffered hair loss due to the stress of the investigation. 44-year old Dorota Fedczyszyn, was facing misconduct charges due to incidents which occurred in January 2016 at a Dundee care home.

Despite her relief at being cleared of the charges, Dorota has admitted it has caused her to lose some of her hair.

The stress led to hair loss

During the time of the investigation, Dorota had to finish her dissertation and degree at Abertay. The combined stress of the investigation, along with her studies, is what contributed to her hair loss.

The stress affected not just her physical health, but her mental health too. After evidence presented by the care home manager left the investigative panel with concerns, Dorota was eventually found not guilty.

Can stress really cause hair loss?

Stress is known to link to hair loss, especially significant levels of stress. It is largely thought to be because stress can trigger an increased production of adrenaline. This can then turn into cholesterol, which can effectively increase the levels of testosterone in the body. Testosterone can have a massive impact on hair growth.

Stress can also cause havoc on the immune system. This makes us more likely to develop illnesses, which themselves can trigger the hair to shed approximately a couple of months afterwards.

The good news for those suffering with stress-related hair loss like Dorota, is that it is usually temporary. As soon as the stress goes away, the hair will start to get back to normal. In the meantime, there are treatments available which can minimise the damage and help encourage healthy new hair to grow.

If you’re concerned about stress-related hair loss, it’s a good idea to seek advice from a hair specialist. They will be able to prescribe adequate treatment to help you deal with the condition until it gets back to normal.

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How to avoid losing your locs

maintaining locsLocs or dreadocks are created when people with naturally afro-textured hair choose not to comb it, causing strands to coil around themselves into fused units.

Some people choose to stop combing their hair so that ‘freeform’ dreadlocks appear, whereas others choose to cultivate their look with neat and even partings between each of the locs. These cultivated locs have a uniform size whereas freeform can be a variety of sizes and thickness.

Locs can be styled in multiple ways, such as in braids, twists, curls, up-do’s or simply cutting their hair into shorter lengths. Some loc wearers choose to exhibit their creativity in their hairstyles by incorporating hair jewellery and even shells into their usual style.

How To Take Care Of Your Locs

Tashele McLean, a fourth year medical student, vlogs her experiences with locs on YouTube and said that locs can be as fun and as versatile as you want them to be. However when it comes to caring for them, she says that essential oils are crucial for healthy hair growth. McLean usually recommends applying castor oil, often mixed with other oils such as coconut, olive or lavender oil, three times weekly. By keeping your locs and scalp moisturised, you can ensure a healthy scalp and shiny beautiful hair.

McLean also talked about the importance of not going overboard with hair products, as this can cause unnecessary build-up. by washing your hair regularly, you will be keeping your locs healthy and clean. This advice doesn’t just apply to locs, of course.

Don’t over-maintain your hair

Also make sure that you don’t attempt to over-maintain your hair. You can allow your hair to loc naturally, however if you interlock or re-twist yourself ensure that you don’t over-do it or loc your hair too tightly. By adding unnecessary extra pressure and tension to your hair, it can lead to unwanted hair thinning and even hair loss.

If you have bleached your locs, then like with any other hair texture you need to be conditioning your hair regularly. Bleaching and dying the hair can dry out the texture of the hair, therefore oiling is again recommended for healthier, shinier hair.

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Extension Specialist gets diploma and is praised by celebrity stylist

extension specialist traction alopeciaGabrielle Harker from Darlington has recently qualified as one of the top trained hair extensions specialist in the north-east area. She passed a diploma which allows her to use real hair so that she can provide extensions for patients who have suffered hair loss as a result of chemotherapy, alopecia or other medical conditions.

Part of her examination required the hairdresser to spend a day being supervised by a panel, which included celebrity hairstylist Andrew Barton. Barton praised and complimented Harker for her passionate involvement towards helping others. Harker feels proud of her success and how she has come so far as only a few people managed to reach the diploma stage.

The Importance Of Seeking Professional Advice For Hair Extensions

Although hair extensions can be relatively easy to clip in or attach to your hair yourself, there is always the danger that you are harming your hair follicles. Hair extensions can add extra unnecessary weight onto your hair follicles where you attach them; this can actually lead to the condition of traction alopecia.

What is traction alopecia?

Traction alopecia is caused by constant tension placed on fragile hair follicles. Hair breakage can occur, which means that hair literally breaks off or pulled out from the roots. Despite gently picking the hair extensions off, the ‘pulling’ traction is the most damaging. By detecting traction alopecia early on it is possible to repair the damage and for your hair to regrow.

If you wear extensions on a regular basis and have found that your hair is thinning out or perhaps falling out excessively, then it may be time to reconsider your extensions. Some people take longer to notice the hair loss as the hair extensions themselves do give a fuller look to your hair. Unfortunately though the longer you leave traction alopecia to develop, the lower the chance there is of your hair managing to fully recover.

It is always important to seek professional advice from a fully qualified hair stylist about hair extensions. If you think that you are suffering from traction alopecia, then speak to your doctor or a hair loss expert for more information.

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Can Guava Leaves Stop Hair Loss?

guava leaves hair lossIt’s never long before a natural remedy for hair loss hits the headlines. The latest implies that guava leaves could be the answer to stop hair loss in its tracks.

The leaves are packed full of beneficial components known to link to good health. It’s said they’re an excellent source of tannins, tritenoids, saponine and eugenol. This means as well as helping to prevent hair loss, they could also help reduce the risk of heart disease and treat diarrhoea.

What hair health benefits do guava leaves have?

The main reason guava leaves are suspected to help prevent hair loss is because they’re packed full of nutrients. Just the Vitamin C content alone in the leaves is said to play a part in strengthening hair roots.

They’re also an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial which means if the extract of the leaves is massaged directly onto the scalp, it can ensure maximum scalp health, while also eliminating dandruff.

Another benefit is they’re known to fight off free radicals which have significant links to hair loss. So, logically, they could work to reduce the likelihood of hair loss. However, it’s highly unlikely guava leaves alone could adequately treat hair loss.

Why other treatments should be sought

Women who are experiencing hair loss should seek a professional diagnosis before attempting to treat the condition naturally. There’s a lot of reasons hair loss can occur, and it could be linked to an underlying medical issue. In these cases, natural remedies such as guava leaves aren’t going to prove beneficial. Instead, they could actually make the problem worse as it goes untreated.

Getting to the root cause of hair loss is required before any treatment can be sought. So, if you’re looking to treat existing hair loss, it’s vital you seek effective treatment. Any delay could end up with a permanent problem that could possibly have been avoided.   If you’re at all concerned a all about hair loss then don’t hesitate to give us a call on +44 (0)845 359 2915 to arrange a free consultation.

 

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Bald Single Mum Wants to Ditch Her Wigs

wigsAfter suffering from Trichotillomania for the past 19 years, 28-year-old Hannah, reached out to experts to help her ditch the wigs. The single mum from Kent is desperate to find love, but her condition has taken away a lot of her self-confidence. After not going out on a date in over six years, Hannah turned to Channel 4’s popular “Body Fixers” program for help.

Going to great lengths to cover up

Hannah developed Trichotillomania when she was nine years old and has gone to great lengths to cover up the problem over the years. Perhaps the most extreme solution she turned to was covering her head in shoe polish, before drying it with a hairdryer. Like many sufferers, she’s also used a lot of wigs to keep her baldness hidden.

However, well-fitting wigs are notoriously expensive. Hannah instead had to rely on wigs which didn’t fit her properly. This meant, when going out in windy conditions, she was worried it would blow off.

Although she’s used humour to get through the condition, she admits she’s now had enough. Trichotillomania has now left her permanently bald and it isn’t just her hair on the scalp that’s suffered. Hannah also pulls out hairs from her eyebrows, though make-up makes it easier to cover up the problem.

Could SMP be a good solution?

Thousands of people can relate to Hannah’s story, with many also desperate to find a solution. One treatment which could prove beneficial is SMP.

Scamp MicroPigmentation is a sophisticated, skilled procedure which involves tattooing pigments of ink into the scalp. The ink is extremely fine and creates the look of a hair follicle. When completed, SMP provides a fully shaved look. So, rather than looking bald, it makes a patient appear as though they’ve simply shaven their head.

It’s a brave look for a woman, but it can really help you to regain confidence and you wouldn’t need to worry about it coming off. It’s a long-term solution which is surprisingly cost effective.  It also works under thinning hair to create the illusion of more volume by reducing the glare of the scalp.

Hannah’s story certainly isn’t an isolated one. There are many conditions which can lead to hair loss and as a woman it can be utterly devastating. However, there are treatment options available and SMP is definitely one she might want to consider.

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Text your way through post partum hair loss

text post partumAfter giving birth, you’re likely feeling relieved all of those nasty pregnancy symptoms are behind you. Finally, your body can start getting back to normal! However, there’s one more surprise that many women experience once baby has arrived – hair loss!

Known as post-partum hair loss, the hair can start to shed excessively a month or so after giving birth. This is all thanks to hormone changes in the body. Most women experience an all-over thinning of the hair, but some are shocked to discover complete bald patches on the scalp. The good news is, post-partum hair loss is usually only temporary and it’s very rare to lose the hair permanently.

There’s a lot of ways to get through this difficult stage and one way to get things off your chest and share the pain is to reach to reach for the phone and text your friends.

Texts you may find yourself sending

While post-partum hair loss affects every woman slightly differently, there does seem to be a common pattern of emotions. First comes shock as you notice the hair starting to fall out at an alarming rate. This leads to texts such as “OMG, I think I need to see a doctor, my hair is falling out!”.

Next comes the frustration and witty phase. You know what’s happening but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating and embarrassing. So, you’ll find yourself sending texts such as “Do you need a wig, I’ve got plenty of hair here to make one”, or “Well, looks like we’re out of drain un-blocker, could you pop some round for me?”.

It’s common to experience a rollercoaster of emotions over the coming months from frustration and anger to desperation and finally acceptance. It’s even more devastating as during pregnancy, your hair becomes luxuriously thick and hardly falls out at all. It’s worrying, but is it something you should go to the doctor about?

When should you seek advice from a doctor?

Post-partum hair loss is natural and common, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go to the doctors. There’s a lot of reasons you may be experiencing hair loss so it’s always a good idea to get checked over.

The majority of the time, no medications or treatments are needed and a simple shorter haircut can help cover up the problem. The hair will also regrow and get back to normal in its own time. However, if it is negatively affecting your life, there are topical treatments and medications which may help. Talk to a hair specialist or your GP to find out more.

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Women Share Experiences online for Alopecia Awareness Month

finasteride and propecia drugsSeptember was Alopecia Awareness Month and to help raise the profile of this devastating condition, women took to Instagram to share their stories.

Brittany Myers is one of the brave women who opened up on social media in the hope of helping others. She was diagnosed with alopecia at just seven years of age and initially suffered with the odd bald patch. However, she’s now been completely bald since she was 26. Like many sufferers, Brittany’s journey was an emotional and difficult one, but after altering her style, she’s now confident and happy in who she is.

What is alopecia?

Although people are becoming more aware of alopecia, there’s still a lot of misunderstanding about what the condition actually is. It’s most commonly associated with total baldness, but it’s actually rare for women to lose all of their hair.

Alopecia is merely a term used to describe certain types of hair loss. There’s different types of alopecia including androgenetic alopecia and alopecia totalis. The latter is where the entire hair sheds, not just from the scalp, but all over the body.

Typically, the condition affects older people, but it can start at any age. There is no cure for alopecia, but there are ways to cover up the condition for those struggling to come to terms with it.

Why women are sharing their stories

Although a large reason behind sharing their personal stories on social media is to raise awareness of alopecia, many women also want to provide a sense of community. When you suffer with alopecia, it can feel like you’re completely alone. However, when you see stories from other women going through the exact same thing, it can connect you, help you to share your experience and realise it doesn’t have to control your life.

There’s no denying the stories being shared on Instagram are truly inspirational. For those worried they may be experiencing alopecia, it’s important to seek advice from a doctor. Hair loss has many causes and determining the root cause is vital if you want to find the right treatment or solution.

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Dealing With Hair Loss Throughout Life

losing hair through lifeHair loss is a natural part of aging for women, at different stages of life you are likely to end up suffering from some degree of hair thinning and hair fall. By understanding the causes behind the hair fall throughout your life, you can improve your chances of minimising the damage and holding onto healthy thicker hair for longer.

  • During your twenties and thirties

 

These two decades of a woman’s life are when she is most likely to have a baby. Sadly postnatal hair loss is a thing, it is related to the drop in the levels of oestrogen and losing the hair you didn’t lose in the last six months almost in clumps. Hair loss in menstruating women during this age can also be a result of low levels of ferritin (the stored iron within your body). Women should ask their doctors for a blood test to check for low iron levels and are advised to eat a well-balanced diet for optimal hair growth.

 

  • During your forties

 

The most common cause of hair fall in women in and around their forties is female pattern hair loss; it is thought to affect one in four women. In post-menopausal women, female pattern hair loss is due to a reduction in oestrogen levels. Topical solutions containing Minoxidil are recommended as they can help to be successful in hair regrowth; experts also suggest ensuring that you are consuming enough zinc and vitamin B.

 

  • During your fifties

 

Menopause can create a decline in oestrogen levels which leave hair follicles vulnerable in those people who have a genetic predisposition to hair thinning. If you are sleep deprived this can have a major impact on your energy levels, as your energy is directed towards keeping your body and essential organs functioning optimally and not your hair. Women are advised to see a doctor when there are sleep or hormone issues and also to take multi-vitamin supplements. Women can also wash their hair on a daily basis if required to improve hair texture, scalp condition and to resolve dryness.

For more information on hair loss throughout your life, speak to your doctor or a hair loss expert.

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Girl with trichotillomania doesn’t leave bedroom for years

trichotillomaniaTrichotillomania (TTM) is one of the less well known reasons for hair loss but nonetheless it affects over 800,000 women in the UK alone.  Katie Hawthorne, a 27 year old artist from West Lothian was amongst this group for many years when she started pulling her hair out aged 15.

Trichotillomania caused by fall

Normally trichotillomania is triggered by a traumatic event or possibly just general anxiety.  In Katie’s case it was caused by a fall in which she ended up with a disfiguring scar on her face.  As a result, she became very self conscious and stressed about her appearance which resulted in her pulling her hair out.  The condition becomes an addiction with the sufferer finding that act of pulling out the hair actually relieves the stress in the short term.  Unfortunately, the detrimental effect on the appearance by causing thinning and bald patches exacerbates the underlying anxiety. For Kate this meant six years of not leaving her bedroom and living a hermit like existence

Initially trichotillomania sufferers can be quite effective at hiding the condition but as it develops this becomes more difficult as the damage to the hair becomes more and more obvious.  In Katie’s case she managed to keep it to herself for about three years until her mother realised that there was a problem.  Fortunately she took it upon herself to carry out some research and then help her daughter seek advice but her local GP was less than helpful.

It pays to speak to a specialist hair loss clinic

It was only years later that Katie really started to make progress after attending a specialist hair loss clinic who recommended a mesh like system that prevents hair being pulled out at roots.  The great news for her is that so far the treatment has been successful an in her words “My mum said the first time she saw me I was just oozing confidence,” she said. “I haven’t pulled my hair out since I’ve had it on. It’s made me feel 100% better…I have a new day job now.”

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Low Level Laser Therapy And Minoxidil To Treat Alopecia

losing hairA new study led by researchers from Cairo University and Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt suggest that a combination of light therapy and Minoxidil may help treat female pattern hair loss. Millions of women who suffer from androgenic alopecia may be able to finally regrow their hair much faster by using the iGrow Hair Growth System which is FDA approved and contains Minoxidil (5%).

Study Methodology

The study had forty five adult female participants who suffered from female pattern hair loss and randomly divided these women into three separate treatment groups. The first group of participants were asked to apply Minoxidil on a twice-daily basis, the second group received three separate twenty five minute iGrow low level laser therapy per week and the third group were treated combining the two therapies.

Study Findings and Conclusion

The patients who used a combination of therapies ended up experiencing the fastest and most significant differences in hair regrowth and had the highest level of self-reported satisfaction. This group had a significant increase in the number of new hair follicles within two months, which were two months sooner than the other two groups using one treatment only. After four months, the hair follicles in the combined therapy group were analysed and observed to be at a deeper dermal level than the hair follicles of participants in the other two groups. This meant that the hair follicles were more firmly anchored and had a much higher chance at sustainability.

The study concluded that as a treatment on its own, low level laser therapy appears to have a slight upper hand over Minoxidil. It also suggests that using these two therapies in combination speeds up hair growth for those who are suffering from a genetic hair loss. This evidence is able to bring comfort to women that there are other hair solutions which allow them to look and feel at their best.

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Postpartum and Pregnancy Hair Loss

prgnancy hair lossThe pregnancy and postpartum period are exciting yet challenging phases during a woman’s life where she is faced with multiple body changes. It’s normal to notice some extra hair in your shower or hairbrush during the postpartum period, which is largely down to changes in hormone levels. Pregnancy hormones can supress normal hair shedding, which is why after birth your hair requires time to catch up with its normal hair cycle of hair loss and growth.

Causes Of Hair Loss During Pregnancy

Sometimes women end up noticing hair loss during their pregnancy; the reasons behind this are largely similar to why women have hair fall at other times in her life. Female hair loss is known to be most commonly caused by a change in weight, diet, stress, dysfunction of the thyroid, anaemia or as a result of zinc deficiency.

Hair loss during pregnancy is less common than the usual postpartum hair loss period; however it is more commonly seen in patients who have had severe morning sickness, suffered from weight loss or is under some psychological stress. Typically however women are advised not to worry about the hair loss too much and to continue taking prenatal vitamins for optimal hair, skin and nail health.

Treatments For Hair Loss During Pregnancy

Treatment for hair loss during pregnancy should initially be carried out by a doctor who orders lab work to test for conditions such as anaemia, thyroid disorders and zinc deficiency. These conditions are treatable with iron or zinc supplements or medication for thyroid. You could also try taking biotin supplements, a vitamin B complex which is known to support skin health amongst other things.

It is important to remember that pregnancy comes with many physical changes. Pregnancy is a time of great excitement and anticipation but can also come with negative emotions such as anxiety and stress. Doctors highly encourage reassurance and support as a method of management for stress and psychological symptoms, especially if these are the main cause of the hair loss during the pregnancy.

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Eight Year Old Uses Social Media To Get A New Wig

alopecia areataAn eight year old girl from Wisconsin America took to Facebook to ask for a new wig for the start of her new school year. The story went viral and was instantly picked up by a local TV news station that aired Jimena Diaz-Vazquez’s story. As a result, there was an overwhelming response from the community with kindness, compassion and offers to help out the young girl who had lost her hair at the age of five due to alopecia areata.

People have cut and donated their own hair

One local wig business has now even offered to donate a wig to Jimena, where she initially went for a fitting and is now waiting for the wig to be cut to a style that she is wanting. Meanwhile many people have even cut and donated their own hair, which Jimena says she will donate to other children who are suffering from hair loss like her.

Jimena was only five years old when she lost all her hair to alopecia areata. Due to this condition, Jimena will need wigs for the rest of her life. However thanks to the outpouring of financial support from her community, her family have set up a donation site for her. The money raised from the donations will go towards Jimena’s wigs in the future as she grows older.

What Is Alopecia Areata?

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder which can cause patches of hair to fall out. Although rare in children, it can affect both male and female children as young as eighteen months old. The condition is due to the body’s immune system attacking its own hair follicles causing hair to fall out. It is characterised by round or oval patches of hair loss which are completely smooth but the severity of the condition differs from person to person, it is also impossible to predict whether hair regrowth will occur and whether it will be permanent.

Is it true that hair falls out in Autumn?

autumn hair fallHair loss is extremely common, and it’s actually natural to lose a certain amount of hairs each day. According to experts, everyone sheds up to 100 strands of hair a day. However, after summer ends, many people start to notice they’re losing more hair than usual. So, could this be down to the change in season or is it simply a coincidence?

Understanding seasonal hair loss

It may sound strange, but it’s absolutely true hair loss can be triggered by a change in season. While the exact reason isn’t known, one theory is that a change in climate can trigger hormonal changes within the body. This in turn causes more hair than usual to enter the resting phase, eventually falling out at the same time which is when you notice the extensive hair loss.

The hot summer weather can cause up to 10% of the hair to enter the resting phase. So, as autumn sets in and the temperatures drop, the additional hair that was resting now starts to fall out. This is why there are reports of hair falling out in autumn.

Should you be worried?

While obviously you’re likely to be concerned by the rate your hair appears to be falling out, the good news is it’s only temporary. It will start to grow again and there’s nothing you really need to do to treat the problem. You shouldn’t experience bald patches, it’s more likely you’ll just notice the hair looks a little thinner.

If you are concerned, there are treatments which can help slow down the rate of hair loss until it rectifies itself. Minoxidil is one of the best temporary hair loss treatments out there and it’s available in 2% and 5% strengths.

However, it’s worth noting that there’s a lot of potential causes for hair loss and it may not be down to the change in season. Therefore, you should always contact your doctor to determine the actual cause of the problem.

Overall, hair can fall out in the autumn, but if this is the reason you’re experiencing hair loss, it is only temporary and don’t worry – it won’t all fall out!

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Victoria Derbyshire Opens Up About Her Hair Loss

victoria derbyshirePopular BBC presenter, Victoria Derbyshire, has opened up about the devastation of losing her hair. The star was talking about her experience with fighting breast cancer and revealed losing her hair was actually worse than losing her breast.

In a series of videos, Derbyshire documented her journey and said losing her hair due to chemotherapy made her feel powerless.

Highlighting the devastation hair loss can cause

Derbyshire isn’t alone with how she felt when she started to lose her hair during chemotherapy. There have been surveys carried out in the past which have revealed some women would even go as far as choosing a less powerful dose of chemotherapy to keep their hair even though it may not work.

While many women choose to shave their head once the hair starts to fall out, Derbyshire revealed she couldn’t bring herself to do it. She was determined to hold onto what little hair she had left, even though it made her feel grotesque.

Although she admitted losing her breast was traumatic, she revealed losing her hair was worse because without hair, you simply don’t look like you anymore. Her hair has since grown back and thankfully the chemotherapy did work. However, it does highlight the trauma women go through when they lose all of their hair.

Are there treatments available for chemotherapy related hair loss?

The majority of women who undergo chemotherapy do lose their hair. The severity does differ depending upon the type and strength of the chemotherapy being used. It’s very rare this type of hair loss is permanent; however it can take a long time to grow back.

There aren’t really any treatments available, but there are ways to cover up the problem until it grows back. Wigs are the obvious cover-up solution, but some women also turn to SMP. This creates a shaved head look, which for some is better than total baldness.

Overall, the cancer diagnosis itself is devastating enough so it can come as a real blow to lose your hair too. If you are experiencing chemotherapy related hair loss, there are ways to cover it up and regain your feeling of positive self-worth.

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How to avoid thinning hair

thinning hairDid you know that by the time you reach 40, you have a good chance of developing thinner hair?

According to experts, more than one third of women in their late 30’s start to develop what is referred to in the industry as “miniaturization”. It’s where the hair follicles gradually start to shrink, preventing the hair from growing as long as it usually would and also causing it to grow weaker and thinner. It’s extremely common but that doesn’t stop the worry and embarrassment women feel when they start to notice the hair becoming gradually thinner.

The question is, can you avoid thinning hair? Below you’ll discover some great ways to retain that luscious, thick mane.

Best ways to avoid thinning hair

While it’s not always possible to completely avoid the hair thinning with age, it is possible to slow down the thinning process.

Supplements are one of the first things you can try. It’s best to start these as early as possible, before the hair has actually started to thin. Experts suggest looking out for supplements renowned for their positive effects on the immune system and those to help reduce stress. Ideally, you’ll want to look out for supplements specifically designed for the hair, skin and nails.

Exfoliating the scalp could also help to remove excess dead skin cells, as well as boost blood circulation. However, it’s important to use these sparingly as too much exfoliation could lead to damage of the hair follicles which could result in further hair loss troubles.

Eating a balanced, healthy diet can also help. Try to focus on foods renowned for their hair health benefits such as spinach, seeds and nuts.

What if the hair is already thinning?

It’s highly unlike you’ll be able to reverse hair thinning once it’s taken hold. However, there are treatment options available.

Laser therapy is becoming more popular for thinning hair, but SMP is also worth considering. Scalp Micro Pigmentation (SMP) is great for covering up the scalp which is often the most noticeable place hair loss occurs. It provides expert shading to give the hair a more voluminous look, disguising the hair loss really well.

Overall, the hair does naturally grow thinner with age and it is a common problem for women. Before seeking treatment, be sure to talk to your GP to establish it is down to age and not an underlying medical condition.

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Alopecia: its causes and impact

alopeciaA woman’s hair is often closely linked to her sense of identity and confidence. So, it’s unsurprising that developing a condition such as alopecia can be absolutely devastating. In recent years, there’s been a lot of headway made to help raise awareness of the condition, helping women to realise they’re not alone. However, despite this, it can still have a really negative impact on a woman’s confidence.

Here, we’ll look at the causes of alopecia and how it impacts a person’s life.

What causes alopecia?

The exact cause of  will depend upon the type. Many people are unaware that alopecia is a term used to cover a number of hair loss conditions. There’s alopecia areata, universalis and totalis. All are autoimmune conditions where the body’s immune system starts attacking its own cells, including the cells within the hair follicles.

The most common type is alopecia areata which can vary significantly in severity and it can also affect numerous parts of the body. The rare forms of the condition, totalis and universalis tend to be much more severe and can result in permanent total baldness. The cause of these conditions isn’t known and as of yet, there is no cure available.

How can it impact a person’s life?

The majority of alopecia sufferers experience significant emotional distress. Many avoid going out completely due to feelings of shame and embarrassment. Self-esteem can take a dramatic hit and many women report feeling like they’ve lost who they are.

Many do go on to accept the condition, but only through help via friends, family and their GP. The good news is that although there isn’t a cure, there are treatments and solutions which can help to make the condition easier to live with.

Overall, the key thing to remember is that help is available. So, if you are worried you’re suffering from alopecia, it’s important to seek advice from your GP or a specialist hair loss clinic as soon as possible. They’ll be able to give you a proper diagnosis and point you towards the best treatment.

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Gail Porter on alopecia

gail porterScottish TV presenter Gail Porter who suffers from alopecia totalis recently revealed how she managed to cope after hair loss. Twelve years ago, Porter was in Las Vegas shooting for a paranormal television series; however something even more bizarre and completely unexpected happened – she lost all her hair overnight.

The hair loss was a huge shock to Porter who was only thirty four years old at the time; she recalled how the hardest part of it all was phoning her ex-husband and asking him to tell their three year old daughter that she would be returning home without any of her hair.

Impressively, the TV personality decided not to wear a wig and used her celebrity profile to raise awareness of her condition. She has done numerous TV appearances and documentaries where she has spoken to other sufferers of the condition. She also uses her social media accounts to stay in touch with her fans that are also suffering from alopecia and looking for advice and support on the matter.

What is Alopecia Totalis?

Unfortunately we do not know much about alopecia totalis currently, other than its believed to be an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks its own healthy hair follicles. Most of the time alopecia does not cause complete or permanent hair loss, however when people who end up experiencing almost complete hair loss they have a much smaller chance of hair regrowth. Porter has experienced some regrowth in the past but unfortunately it falls out again.

Porter’s experience of microblading

Last year Porter was offered the opportunity to undergo microblading; an increasingly popular technique which has been taking both the beauty and medical industries by storm. The procedure uses blades which are as fine as hair and ink. The blades are dipped into the ink and then used to create incisions in the skin, the resulting pigment deposition allows for extremely realistic looking eyebrows. Porter claims that microblading has helped her regain some of her self-confidence and allows her to feel as if she has her own natural looking face now.  Another option for Gail might be scalp micropigmentation (SMP).  The treatment is becoming increasingly popular amongst women.  By layering fine dots of pigment into the scalp a skilled practitioner can create the look of closely cropped hair.  Whilst it wouldn’t restore Porter’s locks it would give the impression that the shaven look was a matter of choice and not enforced by alopecia.

 

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Instagram Blogger with 7 Million Followers Opens Up about Female Pattern Hair Loss

traction alopeciaA popular fitness blogger with over 7 million followers on Instagram, has recently opened up about her struggle with hair loss. After being constantly asked about her hair by young girls, Kayla Itsines decided it was time to reveal her struggle with female pattern hair loss.

By speaking out, Itsines hopes to set a positive example and let young girls know that thinning hair isn’t something they need to be embarrassed about.

 

What is female pattern hair loss?

Australian based Itsines, who is most commonly pictured on Instagram with a long ponytail, revealed her hair is actually really short. The long hair seen in the photos is credited to a clip-in ponytail to hide her naturally thin, short locks.

She also went on to reveal she suffers with genetic female pattern hair loss. Although the majority of women are uncomfortable and embarrassed by their thinning locks, it’s actually a very common problem which affects millions of women across the globe.

It’s medically referred to as androgenetic alopecia and although it shares the same genetic link as male pattern baldness, it presents itself very differently. Instead of going completely bald, women with the condition tend to develop more of an overall thinning of the hair, with the parting also becoming wider with age.

Although it is more common in older women, it can actually start to develop in puberty. Many women who develop female pattern hair loss are ashamed and too shy to talk about it, especially young girls. So, the fact Itsines is openly talking about her own experience is a positive step to raising more awareness.

Is treatment available?

Hair loss treatments have come a long way over the years and these days women have numerous options to combat the effects of female pattern hair loss.

A treatment plan is typically created which first involves topical treatments such as Minoxidil. This will usually be used alongside hair booster treatments to maximise the results.

However, if the problem is more severe, there are other more permanent treatments out there. SMP (Scalp Micropigmentation), laser treatment and hair transplants can all be used to provide long-lasting results.  SMP can be particularly effective in creating the illusion of more volume by reducing the contrast between the pink scalp and the natural hair colour.

Overall, it’s important to note that there are many reasons hair loss can occur in women so it may not necessarily be down to genetic female pattern hair loss. Therefore, it’s important to get checked out by a doctor and have the cause diagnosed before seeking appropriate treatment.

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Review of Hair Loss Awareness Month – August 2017

hair loss monthAugust marked the annual Hair Loss Awareness Month, and this year it largely focused on women’s  experiences. Although the condition is mainly associated with men, you may be surprised to learn that a staggering 40% of hair loss sufferers are in fact women.

The NHS estimates that 50% of women over 65, go through female pattern baldness. It’s a common problem, yet there’s still a lot of stigma attached to women’s hair loss which needs to be addressed.

Highlighting the different causes of hair loss

Although there is a wide range of different causes, in women it’s usually down to one of two things – diet or hormones. Out of the two, hormones definitely appear to be the bigger culprit.

Hormone levels fluctuate quite a lot during a woman’s lifetime. During key life events such as pregnancy and menopause, many women experience shedding because of the hormonal changes which occur. If the condition occurs after pregnancy it’s referred to as post-partum hair loss and the good news is it’s only temporary. However,  loss related to hormonal changes during the menopause, will typically become gradually worse over time.

Stress, or more specifically high levels of stress, can also cause hormonal changes to occur. This in turn can trigger hair loss. While an unhealthy diet can leave various nutrient deficiencies, which can also cause the hair to start shedding.

Other potential causes of hair loss in women include traction alopecia, female pattern baldness, infections and alopecia areata.

The importance of a proper diagnosis

There are plenty of great and effective treatments available for the condition, but each are designed to tackle a specific cause. Therefore, it’s important women seek a proper diagnosis before starting any form of treatment.

If the loss is triggered by pregnancy for example, topical treatments like Minoxidil can be a fantastic temporary solution. However, that would prove ineffective if the cause is female pattern baldness or alopecia areata. Getting the right diagnosis will ensure you end up with the best treatment to combat the specific type of hair loss you’re experiencing.

Overall, it is a common problem for women and many are understandably reluctant to talk about their experience. However, Hair Loss Awareness Month highlighted the need for women to be aware of the different causes and that they definitely aren’t alone.

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Geordie Shore Star Opens Up About Hair Loss

traction alopeciaGeordie Shore star Sophie Kasaei, has become the latest female star to open up about her experience with hair loss. The brave 27-year-old posted a video of her significant bald patches, which she claims have been caused by extensions. She’s hoping her devastating experience will help her fans avoid making the same mistakes.

Give your hair a break

Kasaei is well-known for her long, luscious locks; something she’s been really proud to show off. Like many women, she turned to extensions to give her hair a thicker, fuller appearance.

These days, there’s a lot of pressure placed onto women to look their best. It’s all about fake hair, fake eyelashes and fake tan. However, it’s no coincidence that the rise in hair extensions has also seen a significant increase in the number of women suffering from hair loss.

The video Kasaei released is shocking, but it’s all too familiar for many women. Sadly, there just isn’t enough information out there to highlight the dangers of hair extensions. So, the star is hoping her young fans will take notice of the dangers and avoid experiencing the same devastation.

Hair loss caused by hair extensions is referred to as traction alopecia. So, what exactly is it and how can it be treated?

Understanding traction alopecia

Traction alopecia occurs when the hair shafts are placed under constant pressure. As the shaft is pulled, it can end up causing damage to the hair follicles. Over time, if the problem isn’t addressed, it can lead to permanent hair loss.

Tight-fitting hairstyles, extensions, heated appliances and strong chemicals such as hair bleach, can all contribute to the condition. It usually affects the hairline, with hair loss occurring around the temples, or the front of the scalp. If caught early enough, the hair loss may only be a temporary problem. So, the earlier you seek treatment, the more chance you have at combatting the condition.

So, what treatments are available? Most commonly, Minoxidil tends to be used for early stage traction alopecia cases. This is a topical treatment which is applied directly onto the scalp. Later stage traction alopecia however, often requires slightly more drastic treatment such as laser treatment, SMP or a hair transplant.

Overall, it’s great to see stars from programmes like Geordie Shore opening up about their hair loss struggles. More awareness is needed to let girls know about the dangers of popular, modern hairstyles. If you are suffering from traction alopecia, the earlier you seek treatment, the higher the chance you have of stopping the hair loss in its tracks.

Worrying About Hair Loss Only Makes it Worse

hair loss worryAs a woman, your hair plays a big part in your identity. Therefore, if it starts to fall out or become significantly thinner, it’s understandable to worry. However, did you know that worrying about hair loss only makes the problem worse?

Female hair loss is actually really common, but few are willing to actually talk about it. There has been an increase in the number of celebrity and influential women who have spoken out about their own experiences, but generally women are ashamed to admit the problem.

Why are women ashamed of hair loss?

Hair loss is considered completely normal when it relates to men. However, for women there’s a huge stigma surrounding the issue. Most would rather worry in silence, trying to look up potential solutions online than talk about the problem with their doctor.

The trouble is, there are many reasons why the condition can occur in women. So, the majority of treatments you try out may not work. Take traction alopecia for example. Caused by the tight hairstyles, extensions and heated appliances which pull the hair at the root, medications can prove effective at eliminating the problem, while hair loss shampoos won’t do anything.

Alopecia areata is the more severe hair loss condition, sometimes causing all of the hair on the body to fall out, to which there is currently no cure. So, no amount of hair loss products will help to combat the problem. Instead, wigs, or SMP treatment would be the best option.

The takeaway point here is that if you don’t talk about it and you do try to suffer in silence, you’re less likely to treat the problem.

Treatment is much more effective than worrying in silence

With so many different treatments available, there’s no reason to risk making the condition worse. The main thing to remember is that you’re not alone. Approximately 40% of women suffer with hair loss at some point so it’s more common than you might think.

It’s really important to seek advice from a hair specialist before embarking on any course of treatment. They will be able to prescribe the best form of treatment to solve your hair loss worries.

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Can Iron Tablets Prevent Hair Loss?

iron tablets hair lossHair loss comes in many forms but it is always unwelcome.  For some women, it occurs after pregnancy as the body rebalances its hormones but thankfully this is usually temporary and short lived.  In others alopecia areata can strike at any time, sometimes causing bald patches and even occasionally total loss of body hair.  Many women suffer from Female Pattern Baldness or Androgenic Alopecia which generally strikes in middle age but can also affect younger people too.

“Blogger’s burnout” caused hair loss

In the case of Kimberly Nissen, 31 she found that she was shedding hair as a result of “Blogger’s burnout” as she described it to the Daily Mail.  Initially thinking she had traction alopecia brought it on by heat, vigorous brushing and tight hairstyles she changed her grooming habits but it didn’t seem to make any difference.

After speaking to her GP she realised that the condition could actually be related to an underlying medical condition, anaemia where the body has a lack of iron.  In Nissen’s case she blamed the iron deficiency on the stress of her work which became unbearable. “When I had my mental breakdown, I stopped eating appropriately,” she explained “Actually, I stopped eating altogether for long periods of time. The result was my anemia coming back and I ignored it.”

A word of caution

In her case a simple iron supplement, taken daily over the course of a month resolved the problem and her hair quickly returned to its pre-stressed state.  A word of caution though, iron supplements will only help with hair loss if the body is low in iron.  In most cases the cause will be something completely different. This is why it’s essential not to self-diagnose and speak to your GP or a specialist hair loss clinic who will be able to diagnose and hopefully treat the condition.

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I’m Losing Hair – What Can I Do?

losing hairIs your hair starting to thin or fall out more than usual? Hair loss is one of the most common problems faced by both men and women. It affects absolutely everyone at some time in their lives, yet that doesn’t provide much comfort when you start losing hair.

If your hair is becoming noticeably thinner, what can you do to stop it? Here we’ll look at why you may be experiencing hair loss and the top things you can do to stop it in its tracks.

Common causes of female hair loss

There’s a staggering number of factors which can lead to hair loss in women and it’s important to determine the cause before seeking treatment. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Traction alopecia
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Diet
  • Stress
  • Genetics

Traction alopecia in particular, is becoming increasingly common amongst women and it occurs due to stress being placed upon the hair follicles. This typically occurs if you tie your hair back too tight, have extensions fitted or you overuse chemicals on the hair such as bleach.

Hormones are another major cause of female hair loss. Life events such as pregnancy and the menopause can trigger significant changes in the hormones which result in hair loss and thinning. Significant levels of stress can also play a part, or you may be genetically unlucky and suffer from hereditary female pattern baldness.

Finally, diet could be another cause. If you undertake a lot of fad diets, it could be causing havoc with your hair. In order to benefit from healthy looking hair, you need to eat a balanced, nutritious diet.

These are just some of the potential causes and each requires a completely different form of treatment.

How can you stop it?

Once you’ve determined the cause, there are numerous treatment options available. Traction alopecia and hair loss triggered by stress or hormonal changes are usually treated with Minoxidil or Finasteride. These medications are proven to help with temporary, mild hair loss.

If it is traction alopecia related, you’re also going to need to change the way you style your hair and cut back on heated hair appliances and chemical styling products. If it’s related to what you eat, then switching to a healthy, balanced diet will help to treat the problem.

Overall, there are many reasons why you may be losing your hair and it’s vital to seek a proper diagnosis before seeking treatment. There’s all kinds of treatment options available these days and a hair specialist will be able to tell you which one would work best for you.  We’d be more than happy to offer a free confidential consultation at a time of your convenience if you call us on +44 (0)845 359 2915

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How to Deal with Hair Loss

hair loss womenFor many people, seeing a man with a bald or shaven head is perfectly normal, acceptable sight, however if a woman has a bald head they will often attract a lot of unwanted attention. There is still a lot of social stigma attached to hair loss in women along with the fact that the condition can cause a dramatic and devastating effect on a woman’s self-esteem, body image and self-confidence.

We often think of our hair as our crowning glory, and for women especially, hair can be associated with sexuality, age and mortality. Many women end up questioning themselves; whether they did anything wrong which caused the condition, how others will perceive them and usually whether their partners will still love them. Unfortunately, some patients end up becoming socially reclusive and giving up hobbies and activities they enjoy in fear of their hair loss condition being revealed to others.

Coping with hair loss

In the UK, approximately fifty percent of women who are aged over sixty five experience female pattern baldness, a condition which is not only the most common form of hair loss but is also thought to be inherited.

One of the most important things to address, is the psychological impact hair loss has on an individual . Regardless of whether the hair loss is temporary or permanent, once you can accept what has happened and learn to live with and make peace with your altered appearance, you will find your confidence and self-esteem increasing.

Sharing the experience can help

Talking about the condition, whether in person in a support group or online in a discussion forum can really help many patients share their concerns and worries, as well as seek advice and support for their condition. If you have trouble in accepting yourself physically, you can look in options such as wigs, hair extensions and scarves, however some people prefer not to cover up at all which is completely acceptable and works well for many.

If you have hair loss which you are finding difficult to accept or conceal, or the hair loss is a result of chemotherapy, then you are most likely eligible for a wig through the NHS. Find out more and get access to the appropriate support you require by speaking to your doctor or call our specialist Hair Loss for Women clinic on +44 (0)845 359 2915 for a free consultation.

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Voluntarily Losing Hair for Little Princesses

losing hairAlthough plenty of full sized wigs are available on the market, there are few which are available and small enough to fit young children. This means there are many young patients who are going through the trauma of losing hair due to treatments and medical conditions, but do not have the comfort of being able to wear a wig.

The ‘Little Princess Trust’ charity relies on donations from people to make their wigs. Each wig requires an average of ten donations worth of hair; this is partially because an astonishing four inches of hair are lost in the specialist knotting process used to make the wigs.

How to donate your hair

Your donation can have an extremely positive impact on a child’s life, as well as give new life to your own look! If you want to donate your hair you will need to;

  • Wash and dry your hair, do not use any styling products
  • Secure the dry hair into a ponytail or braid, and then secure both the ends with an elastic band.
  • Cut your hair above the band closest to your head
  • Place your hair into a clear, resealable plastic bag, then place into a padded envelope and post to:

Little Princess Trust
Broadway House
32-35 Broad Street
Hereford
HR4 9AR

What Is The Difference Between Human Hair And Synthetic Hair In Wigs?

Both human hair and synthetic hair have their own advantages and limitations which is why some people choose one over the other if they are losing hair.

Human Hair offers the most natural look, not only does it have a natural shine and movement, it is highly versatile. Human hair can be carefully cut and styled according to the wearers preference, can last for over a year, yet it is a more expensive choice.

Synthetic hair is appealing in the sense that it can be won immediately with little to no styling required. The hair fibres used will have a ‘memory’, so any waves or volume will bounce back with minimal maintenance required. However the hair is not versatile and has a shorter lifespan of around four to six months.

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Women’s guide to wigs

wigsHair loss is usually only a temporary condition and in women, it very rarely leads to complete baldness. However, there are certain types which can cause all of the hair to fall out such as alopecia areata or the type caused by chemotherapy. Losing all of your hair can be utterly devastating and the most obvious solution would be to turn to a wig to cover it up. However, as many women discover, wigs don’t always look or feel natural. It can also be difficult trying to choose the right wig, with so many different options on the market. That’s why make-up artist and hair stylist from Dallas, Jeanna Doyle has put together a book guiding women through the process of choosing a wig.

Is it worth investing in a wig guide?

Wigs can certainly be a great way for women to cope with losing their hair.

If you are interested in trying out a wig, even just for temporary use, a guide such as the Wig ED by Jeanna Doyle, would be a great help. Many women don’t realise just how confusing it can be trying to find a wig that suits them. It can be a long and difficult process, adding to the devastation felt after losing your hair.

There aren’t any other similar guides out there, so this one is sure to help many women. If you’re looking for a more permanent solution however, a wig isn’t the answer.

What permanent options are out there?

If you have lost all, or a significant portion of the hair, there are two main treatment options that can help.

Firstly, there’s SMP. This is often advertised as a men’s hair loss solution, but it can also work wonders for women too. Tiny pigments are tattooed into the scalp, and they look just like hair follicles. SMP is often used to create a shaved hair look, but it can also be useful in covering up bald patches – especially in women suffering from female pattern baldness where the parting becomes wider over time.  It’s also great for creating the illusion of more volume by reducing the contrast between the scalp and the hair.

Hair transplants are another option, though you will need some suitable donor hair at the back, or sides of the head, to be used in the transplantation process. Both of these options produce long-lasting results so it’s worth finding out more about them to determine if they’d be a better option for you.

Overall, wigs can be great to temporarily cover up hair loss, but they’re not a long-term solution. Why not book an appointment with a hair specialist to see which treatments are available to help?

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Ex Towie star discusses post-partum hair loss

post-partumAmy Childs has come a long way since her appearance on the cult series “TOWIE”. After branching out into the world of fashion, the 27-year-old star has recently undergone another major change in her life – she gave birth to daughter Polly.

However, like many women, Childs has discovered a common nasty side effect of pregnancy – hair loss. In desperation, she turned to her fellow Instagram followers for advice on how to treat the condition.

She claims she already takes vitamins but wanted to see if there was anything else she could be doing. So, what should you do if you suffer with post-partum hair loss?

Understanding post-partum hair loss

Post-partum hair loss is extremely common in women yet many are too embarrassed to talk about. Therefore, although Childs didn’t have any advice to share with her followers, the fact she brought it up is a positive step in raising awareness of the condition.

A lot of women suffer with hair loss shortly after giving birth and it’s all down to changes within the hormones. In pregnancy, the levels of Oestrogen increase, causing the hair to grow for longer periods of time before it starts to fall out. Then, after giving birth the hormones drop and return to their normal levels, causing the hair to fall out in much larger clumps than usual.

It typically lasts for 10-12 weeks before the growth cycle settles down and gets back to normal. So, you could just wait it out and suffer with the temporary thinning and hair loss, but if you don’t feel you can do that there are alternatives.

Treating post-partum hair loss

No significant treatment is required due to the fact post-partum hair loss is only temporary. However, things you can do to help minimise the damage include:

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Topical treatments such as Minoxidil
  • Change your hair cut

The hair needs plenty of nutrients to grow strong and healthy, so eating a balanced, nutrition packed diet should be your first step. If the hair loss is mild to moderate, trying a topical treatment such as Minoxidil could make a significant difference. Or, you could even just try changing your hair to a shorter style. This will help to make it look naturally fuller and is one of the reasons why you often see new mothers sporting new, short hair.

Overall, the main thing to remember is post-partum hair loss is temporary. However, if it does carry on for more than 3 months, be sure to have it checked out by a doctor or speak to a specialist hair loss clinic.

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You’ve tried face and body scrubs -now try the ‘Hair Scrub’!

hair scrubWe’ve all tried out various face and body scrubs, but the new beauty breakthrough – the hair scrub may just be what your beauty routine has been missing. Regardless of which types of shampoos, conditioners and hair masks you use, are you taking good enough care of your scalp? The scalp is often overlooked and neglected, as many of us fail to remember that the skin underneath is where healthy, luscious hair growth begins. If you find yourself suffering from conditions such as dandruff, hair fall or even greasy locks, giving your scalp some extra care could be the secret to improving the condition of your hair.

Who Can Benefit From Using A Hair Scrub?

Hair scrubs can be suitable for everyone, as they help to stimulate blood circulation, remove build-up of dead skin cells and also even eliminate any product build-up on the scalp. All these benefits can help in promoting healthier hair growth as well as a natural shine.

If you find yourself suffering from hair which is thinning or perhaps not growing, adding a scalp scrub into your usual routine can improve the turnover and renewal of skin cells which will allow enough space for new hair growth. If your primary concern is greasy hair, a hair scrub can benefit you by removing any excessive grease which your shampoo missed, giving you more days between your hair washes.

How Often Should I Wash My Hair?

Generally the rule is that the thicker your hair, the less frequently you will need to wash it. Most women find that washing their hair two to three times a week is suitable enough for them. By keeping hair in a protective hairstyle, such as braids, you will be able to go longer between hair washes.

Although daily washing will not cause hair loss, the additional maintenance we do after a hair wash can weaken the hair causing it to fall out. Therefore it is advised to only wash your hair when it is needed.

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Can a healthy diet help with menopausal hair loss?

hair loss dietHair loss or thinning, is a common side effect of the menopause. Due to hormonal changes, the hair does start to thin, often a few years before the menopause actually begins. It’s difficult enough for a woman to deal with the fact she’s going through the menopause, so the added emotional stress of losing her hair too is often overwhelming and devastating.

The good news is, you don’t have to suffer in silence. There’s a wide range of treatments which can help slow down and cover up menopausal hair loss. Even simple changes to your diet can make a huge difference. Here, we’ll look at how a healthy diet can help you deal with menopausal hair loss and other treatment options you may want to consider.

Using diet to deal with menopausal hair loss

Although there are limitations on what diet can achieve in terms of menopausal hair loss, making just a few changes can help significantly.

Firstly, you’ll want to ensure you’re eating a protein-packed diet. High-protein foods should make up around 10% to 15% of your daily diet. Without adequate protein, the hair can become brittle and fragile; causing it to break off easily. You’ll want to focus on foods such as fish, eggs, paneer, turkey and legumes. All of these foods contain essential amino acids known to promote healthy hair growth.

Foods packed full of healthy fats are also good to include. These help to provide linoleic acids to the body, which are known to be beneficial to the structure of the hair. If you aren’t getting enough healthy fats, your hair will appear limp and dry. Oily fish, olive oil, poultry and eggs all contain a good level of healthy fats.

Finally, complex carbohydrates are also important for healthy hair. In a bid to lose weight, many women cut back on, or cut out carbs completely from their diet and this can actually trigger hair loss. It’s recommended complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, whole meal pasta and low glycaemic fruit should make up around 50% of your daily diet.

Other hair loss treatments available

Although the above dietary advice can help you to improve menopausal hair loss, the majority of women find clinical treatments to be the most successful.

Topical treatments and medications are often the first course of action for mild hair loss. However, if the problem is more serious, hair transplants, SMP and laser treatment may be recommended.

Overall, there’s a lot of treatment options to choose from these days. If you want to achieve best results, combining a healthy diet and proven clinical treatments is your best option.

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Could this product help cure menopausal hair loss?

menopausal hair lossIt’s not just the menopause that can cause hair loss in women.  Any change in hormone levels such as pregnancy can affect the follicles, which like the skin can be a pretty good barometer of general well-being.   It is common for women to experience a general thinning of the hair with noticeably less volume and lustre in the months leading up to the menopause and in some cases the results can be very noticeable.  Unlike the changes after pregnancy the hair is unlikely to grow back though, so what can be done?

“Encourages a vigorous

growth of weak anaemic hair”

According to a recent article in the Express a French hair care brand, Lazartique claim to have created a product that with continued use can promote regrowth of lost hair after a three month period.  Their Stymulactic 21 serum contains a mixture of vitamins, AHA’s hyaluronic acid, collagen, plant placenta and keratin which according to their marketing “encourages a vigorous growth of weak and anaemic hair”.

The problem is that despite the claims there’s very little evidence that serum has any effect at all.  Without proper clinical trials the product could simply be a rather expensive conditioner.  If you believe that your hair is thinning and you’re in your early fifties then you’d be much better talking to an expert hair loss clinic who’ll be able to advise on the available products and solutions that are likely to work for you.

Tackle menopausal hair loss with SMP

There are proven medicines such as minoxidil which can stem hair loss and in some cases actually promote regrowth.  For more advanced loss then hair transplant surgery could be an option or Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) to reduce the contrast between the scalp and hair, creating the impression of volume.

The key thing is to speak to the professionals and not to be taken in by all the marketing blurb on the back.  Whilst it’s unlikely to actively damage your hair every day you delay seeking unbiased advice from a reputable clinic is another day of lost hair that may never grow back.

female hair loss

Kristen Davis opens up about female hair loss

female hair lossSex in the City star, Kristen Davis recently disclosed to Women’s Wear Daily that she was losing her hair.  The glamorous actress explained that she’d always had difficult hair that required professional stylists to create the “Charlotte” look but at least it was possible because she had the volume.  The 52 year old explained how things had changed, “My hair just was not what it used to be.  It was very fine, like it had gone away, there just was hardly any hair there.”

Female hair loss – surprisingly common

Although hair loss is normal regarded as the exclusive preserve of males it’s surprisingly common in women too.  By the age of 65 at least half of all women will have some form of hair loss.  Hormonal changes, such has having a baby, the menopause or even the stresses of modern living can all have a detrimental effect on the hair.

Cleaning and styling can also cause a surprising amount of damage to hair too.  Traction alopecia can be caused by extensions or over vigorous towel trying whilst heat and chemicals such as dyes can also cause permanent damage.

Normal to shed up to 100 hairs per day

It’s actually quite normal to shed up to about 100 hairs per day so in most cases there’s no need to panic but if you’re regularly losing more than that and you suspect that you may be prone to hair loss because of your age or hormonal changes then it’s definitely worth seeking out some professional advice. Depending on the cause and progress of the condition there are a number of ways to tackle it and a hair loss clinic will be able to advise on the best course of action for you.

In Kristen’s case she went to her stylist, Luke O’Connor who recommended a range of voluminising products which clearly did the trick for her as she has recently been appointed their global ambassador.

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Khloe Kardashian talks hair loss

Hair extensionThe Kardashians are always happy to share their beauty tips and treatments with the world and Khloe Kardashian is another member of the clan to come clean, in this case about hair extensions.  According to her blog Khloé with a K she’s been wearing a weave since being a teenager.

A way of dealing with stress related hair loss

Khloe explains that it’s not just a vanity thing though.  When she lost her father one of the results was significant hair loss and the weave was just a way to disguise what was clearly a distressing condition whilst she was dealing with the grief for her Dad.

Hair loss as a result of a deep anxiety or stress is not abnormal.  Telogen effluvium, as it’s known can strike some time after the traumatic event and is the result of the body sending nutrients to more vital parts of the body, allowing the hair follicles to die.  Effectively the body is in survival mode.

The condition is normally temporary and the lost hair grows back within a few months.  It’s not clear in Khloe’s case whether that’s still the case and she still needs the weave.  She certainly claims in the blog that her “natural long hair is protected underneath it all”.

A word of warning about hair extensions

A word of warning to her though.  Hair extensions and weaves can ultimately do more damage than good.  You are, after all attaching more weight to the existing follicles which place them under stress and can ultimately cause more hair loss through a condition known as traction alopecia.  It’s normally a problem where a weave or extensions haven’t been professionally sourced or fitted which definitely doesn’t apply in Khloe’s case but nonetheless the advice from most hair professionals is avoid them where possible and where not make sure that they’re only in for a limited time.

yoga hair loss

Yoga for hair loss – is it worth a try?

yoga hair lossWant to know the secret to beautiful glowing skin and healthy hair? According to Shahnaz Husain, the answer could be yoga.

Said to boost blood circulation, as well as help to remove toxins from the body, yoga is renowned for its awesome health benefits. However, could it really help treat hair loss?

How yoga promotes healthy hair

It’s reported that yoga can help to boost oxygenation and blood circulation within the hair follicles and the scalp. This in turn enables more nutrients to be delivered into the hair follicles, contributing to healthy looking hair.

It also promotes hair growth and as an additional bonus, yoga also reduces stress – something that has been linked to some types of hair loss. If you want to gain the full benefits for your skin and hair, practising certain yoga asanas such as pranayama, is recommended.

However, before you go out and grab a yoga mat, it’s important to note that while yoga could certainly have a positive effect on the hair, it cannot treat hair loss.

Use it as a preventative measure for hair loss

Like other natural therapies such as acupuncture, yoga can be used a preventative measure. So, if you haven’t experienced hair loss just yet but it is something you’re worried about, taking up yoga could help.

This is largely down to the reduced stress and improved blood circulation benefits. It’s one of the best forms of exercises you can do to improve your overall wellbeing.

If you have started to notice shedding, you’d be better off heading to the doctors where you’ll be given an expert recommendation of appropriate treatments. There are a lot of potential solutions for hair loss which have proven to be effective.

Overall, yoga isn’t a treatment for hair loss and it won’t magically help you grow your hair back. So, if you’re looking for an effective hair loss treatment, you’ll need to seek help from a hair specialist or doctor.

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The Lebanese hair stylist who can hide your bald spot

bald spotA Lebanese hair stylist has recently hit the headlines after managing to miraculously cover up a woman’s bald spot.

Female hair loss is becoming increasingly common and unsurprisingly, it causes a high level of distress and embarrassment. There’s a lot of hair loss products out there, but most are ineffective and require a lot of effort to maintain. So, could a simple hairstyle be the answer to obvious balding spots?

The miraculous transformation

Ghazi, a top Lebanese hair stylist posted the hair transformation with a caption “No matter what your hair problem, we can fix it”. After watching the video, it’s certainly excellent advertising with pretty jaw-dropping results.

Once finished, there isn’t a bald spot in sight. In fact, the hair looks big, bouncy and healthy. This proves the way you style your hair could make a dramatic difference when it comes to covering up balding areas. However, it’s also only a temporary solution. The cost of maintaining the impressive cover up, is far more than most women can afford.

So, if you have a distressing bald spot, it could be worth seeking out longer-lasting treatment options.

What treatments are available for a bald spot?

There’s a surprising amount of different treatments on the market for women suffering from hair loss.

Firstly, you have Minoxidil. This is a topical treatment, available in two different strengths. Applied to the scalp, it helps to slow down hair loss and promote regrowth. This type of treatment is best suited to those suffering with temporary hair loss as once you stop using it, the hair loss will continue.

More permanent solutions are available in the form of SMP and hair transplants. However, while hair transplants are really effective for men, women’s hair typically thins all over, making it much more difficult to treat with a hair transplant. So, instead you may be better off with SMP, or Scalp MicroPigmentation. This basically tattoos pigments into the scalp to make them appear like hair follicles. It’s a great cover-up treatment.

Overall, styling cover-ups can be a great temporary solution, but if you’re looking for a longer lasting treatment, the options listed above should definitely be considered so why not give us a call to arrange a free consultation on 0845 359 2915.

Hair loss around the globe

Hair tips from all around the globe

Hair loss around the globeHair loss is a global problem, affecting millions of people worldwide. Therefore, it’s no surprise many of us are obsessed with keeping our hair looking and feeling healthy.

If you’re looking for new, effective hair tips, here you’ll discover some of the best (and most bizarre) from across the globe.

Cactus oil – helping Jamaican women fight the heat

Unlike here in the UK, Jamaica is renowned for its extreme high temperatures. So, for Jamaican women, finding a solution to keep their hair protected against the heat has been important.

Cactus oil has been used to keep the hair looking healthy and strong for years now in Jamaica. It contains B5 vitamins and omega fatty acids, which are also known to help with hair growth.

While there’s no harm trying out this great oil, if you’re experiencing hair loss, you might be better off using Minoxidil. This effective topical treatment helps to encourage regrowth, helping women suffering from mild, temporary hair loss.

Using your fingers to style your hair

Just across the pond, French women have discovered a way to combat damage caused by heated styling tools – boycott them altogether! Instead, they use their fingers to style their hair and they let it air-dry naturally after washing. They still use styling products, but replacing heated tools for their fingers has helped to keep the hair looking naturally beautiful.

This is actually a pretty useful tip as hairdressers have seen an increase in the number of women suffering from traction alopecia. This is caused purely by the way you style your hair. If it is scraped back into tight hairstyles, the follicles can become damaged and the hair could break off. If the hair is over-styled with heated appliances, it can also start to easily break and become damaged. So, the next time you wash your hair, you might want to switch to your fingers instead of the blow-dryer.

Burn off those split ends!

In Brazil, some hair stylists have reported to extreme measures to eliminate split ends – burning them off! Supposedly, the burning technique seals in moisture, keeping the hair looking healthier for longer.

Now, obviously this isn’t something you’ll want to try yourself! Instead, split ends are best dealt with the old-fashioned way – cutting them off!

Overall, there are some great global hair tips you can incorporate into your daily routine. However, some should almost certainly be avoided. If you’re looking for help with thinning hair or hair loss, it’s a good idea to visit your doctor or a specialist hair loss clinic to get the condition diagnosed and discover which treatments would be most effective.

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Cheap Hair Dye Made My Hair Fall Out

hair dyeCould cheap hair dye cause your hair to fall out? According to Jenniffer Brown a 21-year old mother of 4 from Harborne, it can.

The young mum was distraught after using a cheap Superdrug brand hair dye after her long, healthy locks suddenly fell out.

Clumps of hair fell out and took FIVE years to grow back

The problem started the morning after Brown used two boxes of Superdrug hair dye, priced at just £4.49. She’d previously used the same dye with no problems, so thought nothing of using two boxes.

However, the next morning as she brushed her hair, she noticed clumps were appearing on the hairbrush. She washed it again thinking maybe she’d left some conditioner in, but when blow drying even more fell out.

After contacting Superdrug, Brown was instructed to send before and after photos, which she did. Then, after apologising the company offered in-store vouchers as compensation. It took a long time after the initial complaint for them to actually offer a refund.

What was worse, was the fact it took five years for Brown’s hair to grow back. She had to have her hair cut shorter to hide the damage caused and she feels the company couldn’t care less about her experience; leading her to speak out in the hope of making others aware of what can happen.

Hair dye and hair loss

While Brown’s is a rare case, it isn’t actually unusual for hair dye to lead to hair loss. This is especially true if bleach is over-used. Many women are discovering over-styling and dying is causing hair loss and hair thinning. It is worth noting cheap hair dye isn’t necessarily any worse than more expensive brands and a patch test should always be carried out before the dye is used over the entire hair.

It is usually temporary and the hair will eventually grow back. However, as Brown’s case highlights, it can take years to experience full regrowth. So, if you’re looking to avoid suffering the same experience, limit your use of hair dyes and other hair styling chemicals.

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Former bulimia sufferer offers tips on how to regrow your hair

bulimic hair lossBulimia is an eating disorder which can be characterised by periods of binge (excessive) over-eating, followed by the individual attempting to compensate with unhealthy methods such as over-exercising, forcefully vomiting or using laxatives. Associated symptoms with bulimia include poor skin condition, brittle nails, bad breath, yellowing teeth and hair loss. Most of the time, these symptoms are due to the body becoming anaemic which is an expected side effect of bulimia where the body’s iron levels drop.

 

Hair growth methods after bulimia

Hattie Gladwell suffered from bulimia for two years, which was causing her hair to thin, fall out in clumps and her scalp to become dry and incredibly sore. She found a selection of methods which worked for her and eventually allowed her hair to grow back thick and healthy;

  • Applying castor oil regularly, this oil is well known for its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, is high in vitamin-e, minerals, proteins, omega-6 and is beneficial for the growth of skin and hair. Moreover, castor oil contains antioxidants which support keratin in the hair and keep it strong, preventing breakage.
  • Applying coconut oil, coconut oil contains vitamins and fatty acids which can nourish the scalp and remove build-up of sebum. This oil can also moisturise and condition the hair and the scalp with the added benefit the hair smelling nice and feeling softer.
  • Shampoo less, or on alternate days to avoid unnecessary force on the hair roots and to enhance the benefits of the natural oils which form on the scalp.
  • Eating healthier, adapting a healthy diet rich in vitamins and protein have been shown to improve hair health and reduce hair loss. Increasing water intake is also recommended to flush out toxins and activating nerve endings which can enhance the natural vitality of hair roots.
  • Consuming vitamin supplements, vitamins tablets containing iron and zinc supplements can promote hair growth as deficiencies of these two micronutrients can weaken the protein structure of the hair, causing unwanted hair fall. Vitamin B, Biotin tablets contain iron and sometimes also coconut oil which are vital for hair growth.

Continuous hair loss

If you find that your hair loss is excessive and these tips don’t work for you, it is advised to see a doctor or hair loss expert so that the root cause of the hair fall is professionally diagnosed. Hair loss can be an associated symptom of a primary condition which needs diagnosing and treating.

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Bald, bold, beautiful women

bald bold beautifulA recent article in Huffpost focused on three women who’ve all struggled for years with hair loss.  The common factor uniting the trio was a new-found confidence and happiness after years of misery, brought about by taking the decision to shave off their remaining hair and embracing their bald look.

Taking back control by going bald

This may sound like an extreme approach but to anyone who’s suffered from chronic hair loss over a sustained period of time it actually makes perfect sense. It’s really a question of taking back control over a condition which can be psychologically damaging with its negative effects on confidence and self-worth.   The removal of all the hair encourages a feeling of acceptance and reduces stress levels.  There’s no more waking up in the morning wondering how much hair is on the pillow.  In the words of one of the women, Charlie Crisp, “it took shaving my head for me to really accept the reality and stop freaking out every time I looked in the mirror.”

For women who are brave enough to adopt a new, “no messing” look then there’s always Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP).  The treatment, more commonly associated with balding men, involves the injection of small dots of organic inks into the scalp to create the illusion of real hair.

The nuclear option could be best

Many women with thinning hair have already adopted SMP as a way of removing the contrast between scalp and hair, which gives the appearance of greater volume and thickness but that’s not always possible and where the loss is in clumps and patches then going for the nuclear option could be best.  Certainly, if you’ve already made the decision to shave it all off then SMP could be the way forward.

The buzz cut look isn’t necessarily the accepted norm of female beauty but SMP could be the way of telling society that you’ve taken control of your hairstyle whilst avoiding some of the inevitable sympathy that the bald look attracts.

How one woman’s devastating diagnosis led to a hair loss revelation

Hair diagnosis

Like any woman, 36-year-old Emma Procter started to get increasingly worried and self-conscious when she noticed her hair was starting to fall out. There are many reasons why women can develop hair loss, but Emma’s was down to a devastating  hair diagnosis she received a few years ago –  Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a rare genetic condition.

The condition is largely known to cause tears in the muscles and joint dislocation due to its effects on the body’s collagen. Many sufferers also develop very weak, thin hair, along with poor regrowth.  However, being a scientist specialising in chemistry, alongside additional work as a consultant at a hair clinic, she decided to try and research a potential solution.

Emma’s research led to a surprising discovery

One thing that was important to Emma when she began her research, was to find a solution that would be gentle on the stomach due to additional digestive issues. It needed to be dairy-free and as she discovered, this wasn’t an easy task.

A lot of the products already on the market to help with hair growth, contained collagen taken from marine animals, or marine complex. After being unable to find anything suitable she decided to research and create her own unique product.

After researching everything from which minerals and vitamins are good for hair growth, along with which ingredients work well together, Emma made one important discovery – a potential link between hair loss and DHT (Dihydrotestosterone). She found the hair follicles could shrink if there was a sensitivity to the hormone.

So, with her newfound knowledge, she created a product known as Lustalox, which contains ingredients specifically shown to stop DHT from forming. After trialling the product on herself and seeing excellent results, she did further product trials before releasing it onto the market. She’s since gone on to create her own company “My Hair Secret”.

Hair diagnosis and treatments

Emma’s story is inspirational and fantastic news for other sufferers of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. However, it’s important to note that there are many different potential causes of hair loss in women. This means, before trying out any type of treatment, it’s vital you seek a diagnosis from a doctor or hair specialist.

There are many different types of treatments available, many offering excellent results. So, if you are suffering from hair loss or hair thinning, seek a diagnosis before attempting to treat the condition.

Caffeine for hair loss

Add some caffeine to your beauty regime

Caffeine for hair lossYes, it’s true!  After all these years of being told that caffeine is bad for you it turns out that it actually has a whole range of beauty benefits.  In the words of facialist Su-Man  “Caffeine has the ability to drain excess fluid from the tissue so, when applied topically, it drains water retention to give your skin an instant lift and firm feeling”.  Topically is the key here though.  It’s no good expecting your morning skinny latte to do the job. This is all about application directly on to the skin in a number of different products.

Caffeine “a stimulator of human hair growth”

What’s good for the skin is usually also great for the hair, after all hair follicles are effectively modified skin cells.  The International Journal of Dermatology recently published research which concluded that caffeine is “a stimulator of human hair growth”.   It’s still early days as the hair growth was seen in lab condition on tissue that had been removed from fourteen men in the early stages of balding.  Nonetheless the results were impressive with all the samples showing some hair growth after 8 days of being exposed to different levels of caffeine with the highest concentrations producing the best results.

Not yet the perfect cure for hair loss

Whilst the research is encouraging for anyone suffering from baldness it does come with a couple of caveats:

  1. It’s early days and certainly not a recognized treatment. If you’re experiencing hair loss and you want to treat it then rubbing a caffeine compound on to your head is no replacement for seeking expert advice and proven treatments.  Putting your faith in caffeine could just cause more delay and further irreversible hair loss.
  2. Caffeine can be absorbed into the blood stream through the skin so just because you’re not drinking it some there still needs to be some caution about the levels being applied.

If you want to find out more then don’t hesitate us to call us to arrange a free consultation or visit our website https://www.hairlossforwomen.com/

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Breastfeeding and postpartum hair loss

postpartum hair lossGenerally, women have fuller hair than men do – this is down to the hormone oestrogen, the ‘primary female hormone’. Oestrogen can make hair grow faster and reduce levels of hair loss, which is why in pregnancy around the fifth month most women will notice their hair getting thicker and a rapid reduction in hair loss when oestrogen levels are climbing.

Unfortunately as oestrogen levels take a dip again after birth, hair shedding will begin a few weeks postpartum.

The shed should only last one or two months, however in theory breastfeeding mothers will experience further hair loss as oestrogen levels remain low for a longer period of time. Hair loss is not permanent so mothers shouldn’t let this deter them from nursing, and according to numerous online forums with real mothers putting up their personal experiences, hair loss amongst both breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding women is almost equal as everyone’s postpartum experiences can vary widely.

Prolonged breastfeeding and postpartum hair loss

It is worth noting that prolonged breastfeeding – over three years, can lead to hormonal and even nutritional issues in mothers which is why it is strongly suggested these women take vitamin and iron supplements to keep both their bodies and their hair in healthy and strong shape. Every woman naturally has some level of hair fall after pregnancy, however this is always temporary and down to fluctuating levels in hormones. Pregnancy cannot permanently affect a woman’s hormone levels, if you feel your hair loss is excessive then it is recommended that you see a doctor who can diagnose the root cause of the problem before looking into treatments.

Other reasons for postpartum hair loss

There can be other reasons why your hair is shedding after having a baby which are not directly related to postpartum hormones and breastfeeding. The first and main factor can be stress, having to adjust to a huge new change in your personal life such as a baby can sometimes create stress on new hormonal mothers, as well as their partners. Breastfeeding around the clock, disrupted sleep and the trauma of childbirth coupled with your body’s physical recovery can create emotional and physical stress leading to hair loss. Secondly, changes in grooming routines and new mothers regularly pulling their hair back into tight ponytails and buns can place stress on the already weakened hair roots and cause hair fall.

If you are worried about increased hair shedding, call 0845 359 2915 to make an appointment with our female hair loss expert.

turning hair loss around: from hair stylist to alopecia activist

Turning hair loss around – from hair stylist to alopecia activist

turning hair loss around: from hair stylist to alopecia activistA hair stylist diagnosed with alopecia areata, Jamie Elmore, has recently opened up about her struggle with this devastating condition; proving it is possible to overcome adversity and continue to live a healthy, happy life.

For many women, losing their hair can be absolutely devastating. It takes away their sense of identity and can have a drastic impact on self-esteem. However, as Elmore proves, it really doesn’t have to be the end.

Fighting to raise awareness of alopecia

Elmore’s story is incredibly inspiring. After being diagnosed with one of the rarest forms of alopecia, she has not only continued her work as a stylist, but she’s gone on to become an ambassador for alopecia; helping to raise awareness of the condition.

By speaking about her experience and raising awareness of the condition, Elmore is hoping to help others deal with the mental effects that come from losing your hair.

As well as being a global ambassador and running her own hair salon business, Elmore has also faced other incredibly difficult challenges. After giving birth in 1993, Elmore’s daughter was born with serious medical issues, which meant she needed to go on to have 10 major surgeries on her brain.

So, when you read Elmore’s story of all of the trials and tribulations she’s had to endure, it makes her positivity and determination to succeed, all the more inspiring.

Alopecia is a common, yet devastating condition

Many people are unaware just how common alopecia is. There are numerous types of the condition, with Alopecia Areata being one of the most severe. It’s an autoimmune condition, where the immune system attacks the hair follicles.

Though around 6.8 million American’s and millions more people across the globe suffer from the condition, there is no cure available.

Elmore is hoping her story will help to ease the mental distress caused by the condition. There are treatments available and although distressing, hair loss doesn’t have to stop you from living a happy and healthy life.

If you’re concerned about alopecia, or any form of hair loss, why not book an appointment with a hair loss expert.

How to protect your hair and prevent hair loss this summer

How to protect your hair and prevent hair loss this summer

How to protect your hair and prevent hair loss this summerSummer is officially here, but before you make the most of the rare British hot and sunny weather, there’s a few things you’ll want to do to protect those precious locks and prevent summer hair loss.

We all know we need to protect the skin in summer, but few of us think about the effect the sun’s rays has on our hair too. Without adequate protection, the hair can become damaged and in some cases, fall out due to the summer heat.

Here, we’ll look at ways to protect the hair and prevent hair loss this summer.

Look out for UV protection hair products

One way to protect the hair from the sun’s harmful rays, is to use UV protection hair products. Unlike sun tan lotion, this won’t clog up the hair (which could actually make hair loss worse). Instead, it adds shine to ensure your hair isn’t just protected – it looks good too!

Heat protection sprays are especially great for those with coloured hair who are at an increased risk of the hair getting damaged by the sun; especially if it’s been bleached. Just remember to keep applying the products throughout the day, just as you would with sun tan lotion.

Cover the hair at peak times to prevent hair loss

The sun typically becomes stronger throughout the day. So, if you plan on being outside during peak times, it’s worth covering the hair with a hat. This helps to protect the scalp, which can easily burn.

It’s not the burning which directly causes hair loss. When the scalp burns, it starts to itch. Then, as you scratch it, the inflammation can lead to damage of the hair follicles, which in turn will lead to hair loss. So, covering the scalp to prevent burning will really reduce the chances of developing hair loss.

Use a leave-in conditioner

If you’re planning on heading to the beach or pool, it’s a good idea to use a leave-in conditioner before you go. This will prevent the chemicals such as chlorine, from absorbing into the hair follicles, which could eventually lead to hair loss.

It’s also a good idea to rinse the hair after swimming to eliminate chemicals from the hair before they have a chance to do any damage.

Overall, it’s easy to forget that the hair needs protection from the harsh summer sun too. If you don’t follow the prevention tips above, you could experience hair loss or thinning due to the damage caused to both the hair and the scalp.

how going bald at 30 helped me appreciate what I've got

How going bald at 30 helped me appreciate what I’ve got

how going bald at 30 helped me appreciate what I've gotAfter discovering she was going bald at just 30 years of age, Saba Imtiaz has opened up about the devastating effects it had on her mental health and how she managed to overcome it. Her story is just one of many inspiring cases of women who have lost their hair and gone on to become more confident, happier and at peace with themselves.

Here, you’ll discover more about Imtiaz’s experience and how she managed to use the experience to appreciate what she has.

Imtiaz’s hair loss journey

Imtiaz actually discovered she was first losing her hair at age 17. However, although extremely worrying, it proved to be temporary and she put it down to the strong heat of Karachi.

It wasn’t until she was aged 30, the problem really took over. She started to lose hair for a few weeks before she discovered her hairline was also receding. Initially, Imtiaz was devastated. Like most women who start to go bald, she was ashamed, she blamed her unhealthy lifestyle choices and her confidence hit rock bottom.

She admits she spent a staggering amount of money on potential hair loss solutions to cover up the problem. However, nothing worked which led to a lot of self-pity. It took a long time for her to overcome the extreme emotional distress caused by losing her hair, but eventually she managed to accept the situation.

Going bald: the importance of a proper diagnosis

As well as Imtiaz’s new inspiring attitude to hair loss, something else that can be taken from her story is the importance of getting a proper diagnosis.

So many women, desperate to regain their thick, full locks, spend a fortune on hair loss products. However, depending upon the cause of the condition, these will often have very little effect on the hair.

Hair loss can be caused by many different factors so it’s extremely important to get a proper diagnosis before treatment can be started.

Overall, Imtiaz proves that your hair doesn’t have to define your life. While most types of hair loss can be treated, even if you do go completely bald, it doesn’t need to control or define your life. It’s absolutely possible to embrace the baldness and go on to be a happy, healthy person.

what works for your skin could work for your hair

What works for your skin could work for your hair

what works for your skin could work for your hairExperts are continuously developing new ways to beautify and strengthen the hair. The most recent trend companies are using, is the addition of ingredients more commonly used in skincare products.

So, could what works for your skin also work for your hair?

Understanding the differences between the hair and skin

The hair and the skin do contain a very similar structure. However, there are a few differences between how they function which could determine just how well these new ingredients will work.

Your skin is a living organ and it constantly renews itself, with the ability to heal itself when damage occurs. Your hair on the other hand, is technically dead. It doesn’t heal once it becomes damaged. Instead, when it weakens, it simply snaps off and falls out. The only living part of it is located deeper within the scalp.

So, in order for the ingredients which help the skin to also help the hair, they’d need to be targeted at the area where it is still living – in the follicles.

Is it just a marketing gimmick?

So, are the products now advertising the use of peptides, antioxidants and stem cells just a marketing gimmick? Sadly, it appears they are.

Experts claim the only things that currently have any long-lasting effects on the hair are relaxants and dyes. The effects these have are mostly negative too. The trouble with the products using skin care ingredients, is that they contain too few ingredients to actually make much of a difference.

However, peptides do have the potential to help ageing hair. They’re known for boosting collagen levels, so they can help to make your locks look thicker and healthier. So, leave-in products which contain peptides could potentially work.

In the grand scheme of things however, most products with skin care ingredients added do tend to be mostly a marketing gimmick, failing to deliver any real benefits in terms of thickening and preventing loss.

Overall, if you are worried about shedding or thinning, it’s important to seek advice from a GP. There are numerous treatments available which will be much more effective than skincare ingredients, at both preventing and treating hair loss.

female hair loss at an all-time high

Female hair loss at an all-time high

female hair loss at an all-time highAccording to experts, female hair loss is currently at an all-time high. While largely associated with genetics, even those without a family history of the condition are starting to progressively lose their precious locks.
So, what’s causing the sudden rise in female hair loss and what can be done about it?

Understanding female hair loss

There are actually numerous reasons why women may experience hair loss.

Female pattern baldness, or androgenic alopecia as it is medically referred to, tends to be one of the most common causes. This is a genetic form of hair loss that develops as you age. It’s similar to male pattern baldness, though the hair loss pattern it follows is slightly different. With female pattern baldness, it tends to result in more of an overall thinning than patches of hair loss.

However, the rise in female hair loss appears to be less to do with genetics, and more to do with lifestyle choices.

Traction alopecia is particular becoming more of an issue for women. This type of hair loss is caused by specific hairstyles. If you over-bleach the hair, use extensions or typically tie it back tightly, it can cause a lot of pressure on the hair follicles. Over time, this can lead to permanent damage, leading to long-lasting bald spots.

Extreme weight loss can also contribute to hair loss. So, if you follow a fad, extreme diet, it could lead to either hair thinning, or hair loss. These are just some of the potential causes.

Can it be treated?

Most of the time, female hair loss is only temporary. However, it is important to seek advice from a doctor as there could be a medical problem causing the hair to fall out.

Most types of hair loss can be treated, either with medication and topical treatments or laser treatment. There’s also more permanent solutions for those with more severe hair loss such as SMP or a hair transplant.

Overall, hair loss is becoming a more common issue for women, and it does appear to be down to lifestyle choices. If you’re worried about hair loss, it’s important to seek a proper diagnosis from a doctor or hair loss expert prior to seeking treatment.

Teenage girls and hair loss: The Facts

teenage girls and hair loss: the factsHair thinning may be most commonly associated as a sign of old age, but it can actually strike at any age. Many teenagers, especially girls, start to notice changes within the thickness of their hair and sometimes even patches of hair loss.

It’s difficult enough for grown men and women to deal with, but when it affects teenage girls, it can be particularly devastating. So, what causes teenage girls to start losing their hair? Below we’ll look at some of the key facts surrounding teenage girls and hair loss.

Could hormonal changes be to blame?

One of the most common reasons hair shedding can strike during the teenage years is because of hormonal changes. There’s evidence to back up the effect hormones have on the hair and as teenagers go through a lot of hormonal changes during puberty.

The main culprit is a hormone known as DHT; something that’s present in both men and women. High levels of DHT start to cause the hair follicles to shrink, in turn leading to hair loss. It’s a natural process, and any shedding caused by hormonal changes is only temporary. Once the hormones balance out again, the hair loss will stop. However, this understandably doesn’t make it any easier for a teenage girl to deal with.

Over-styling can contribute

There’s been a rise in hair loss related to over-styling in recent years. This is largely down to the pressure placed upon young girls and women to constantly look their best these days. Over-styling with heated appliances can cause the hair to weaken and snap off.

The same applies for tight fitting hairstyles or extensions. These can lead to a type of hair shedding referred to as traction alopecia. Stress placed upon the hair follicle can lead to damage which in some cases, can be permanent.

Overall, there are many reasons teenage girls may experience hair thinning or loss and the above are just two of the main ones. Medications such as birth control pills, can also contribute. Therefore, it’s important to seek advice from a doctor or hair loss expert before a treatment plan can be set up. There are treatments available and the good news is that most teenage hair loss is only temporary.

Five lesser known reasons for hair loss in women

Five lesser-known reasons for hair loss in women

Five lesser known reasons for hair loss in womenThere are a lot of different types of hair loss out there and even more potential causes! The trouble is, unless you discover the root cause of the problem, it’s going to be very difficult to treat it.

While there’s a lot of information out there regarding the most common causes of hair loss in women, there’s also a few lesser-known causes you should be aware of. Below, we’ll look at just five of the lesser-known reasons women can experience hair loss.

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