Recently one of our clients who had lost all their hair due to treatment for cancer informed us about a fantastic cancer support group called Life force. Our client found this group to be so helpful that she herself became involved in the organisation of the group. Life Force Cancer Foundation has been a key organisation providing support and care to people affected by cancer since 1993.
A diagnosis of cancer can stir up a variety of emotions from fear, disbelief, hurt and hopelessness through to anger and despair. Coming to terms with this new reality can be a very stressful time as you learn to manage and accept the numerous changes in your life.
How Lifeforce Can Help
Life Force has a team of experienced counsellors, group facilitators and therapists who work together to help cancer patients journey on the path to healing.
Group work and supportive therapies provide an opportunity to overcome isolation through the sharing of feelings. In a safe and loving environment, healing can take place on many levels.
Joining a support group with people going through a similar experience provides an opportunity to overcome feelings of isolation. In a safe and caring atmosphere, it is possible to talk about difficult or frightening issues without fear of judgment. This eventually helps moves you to a calmer place.
For more information about Life Force cancer support visit: www.lifeforce.org.au/
How Transitions Can Help
Here at Transitions we see a number of people come through our doors after losing their hair due to aggressive cancer treatments. We understand what a stressful and traumatic time this can be and with that in mind we are here to help. Our gorgeous Follea Wigs are made from 100% real human hair, are comfortable to wear and look completely natural. Losing your hair often feels like losing a big part of yourself but with the help of the Gripper Wig and its amazing security, you will have your confidence back in no time.
If you would like to discuss hair replacement and restoration options available to you, why not book a free confidential consultation with one of our hair loss professionals.
Hair loss can affect anyone – young, old or in-between. It can really destroy a person’s self-confidence and stop people from feeling like themselves. This is particularly true for young people, who are already faced with many challenges and are at an age when enhancing self-esteem is vital.
Whatever your age, it can be a devastating experience, especially if you are a parent of a child experiencing hair loss. We know of children as young as 3 years old who suffer from hair loss conditions such as Alopecia (an auto-immune disease that causes the hair to fall out).
Our youngest hair wearers are often our most active and active was what the Follea Gripper Wig was made for. Follea offers Gripper Wigs with natural densities in a variety of sizes specifically designed for children. Better yet, these fantastic wigs have none of the taping or gluing hassles that can come with other wigs. With the Follea Gripper wig for kids, wearing added hair while being a regular kid is easier than ever.
Gripper Kids are made with Follea’s famous high-quality European hair (all double-drawn pony tail hair), gently processed in-house to consistently meet the colour-ring specifications and high-quality control standards.
If you or your child is experiencing hair loss we would love for you to come in for a free consultation and try out our Follea products with the help of one of our professional consultants – click here to book in for an appointment or call 1300 427 778.
“I’d rather die than lose my hair”
Like many of us women, Crystal Brown had always been fearful of experiencing hair loss at some point in her life. However when diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer while in her 30’s, she had to face this fear a lot earlier than expected.
Crystal had worn her hair long and straight her entire life, so when faced with the news of cancer treatments and hair loss Crystal felt absolutely terrified at the thought of losing her shoulder length hair. “I was a one month newlywed who was still beaming over my wedding pictures with a beautiful up do and now I was facing news that I would lose my eyebrows, eyelashes, and glorious crown?”
Crystal tried to come to terms with the cancer treatment but like most women, crystal felt she just couldn’t live life with no hair. Crystal had even worked out how she would tell her family that she had decided not to undergo chemotherapy and that she would just enjoy her quality of life with hair and see what happened. “When my teenage daughter got wind of this, she told me bluntly that she would never forgive me if I didn’t do chemotherapy and died. That is all I needed to hear.”
When her hairline started receding and the hair began to fall out in clumps, when Crystal realised that the hair loss was inevitable she drove to a salon, requesting they shave off the rest of the hair that was left.
In situations like this, the big picture is life – hair cannot rob you of that. But here at transition we understand that your hair is a big part of who you are and it can be hard to feel like yourself without it. Our beautiful Follea Gripper wigs are the next generation in wig technology. Unlike older style wigs, the new Gripper wig does not use tapes or glue to adhere to the scalp. Instead, it uses a proprietary medical grade silicone that ‘grips’ to the scalp with complete security. It is so secure that even if you are engaged in competitive sport, at the gym, dancing, or out with your friends, you can have complete confidence in knowing this wig is going to stay on your head.
Hair loss doesn't make you feel your best, but we take the time to make sure you look your best! Call now for a free, private, and confidential consultation on 1300 427 778.
Hair loss in women is often a topic of taboo that we’d rather not think about, but the truth is there are a growing number of women experiencing hair loss in Australia and worldwide. While also common in those under the age of 50, when women reach menopause many start experiencing hair loss where hair is wanted and hair growth where it is not! Whatever your feelings about menopause, the hair loss that can come with it is a problem that can negatively affects a woman’s self-esteem, confidence and emotional well-being.
Before exploring the role of menopause and aging for hair loss in women, let’s have a quick look at alopecia. There are two types of alopecia and although it can begin any time after puberty; as we see with many of our clients here at Transitions, alopecia is also a common form of hair loss in women over the age of 50.
Two Types of Hair Loss in Women:
The most common type of hair loss in women is female pattern thinning hair, also known as Androgenetic alopecia. This constitutes over 85% of all hair loss in women. It has been linked to an inherited sensitivity to the male sex hormone, androgen. Unlike the type of baldness that develops in men, women may experience diffuse hair thinning over their entire scalp instead. In its early phases, laser hair therapy can be a good treatment option. Our most popular solution is our Topette crown extensions as they create thicker, fuller hair instantly.
Alopecia areata affects close to half a million Australians and is often first sited as a small, round patch of baldness on the scalp. Alopecia areata is considered an autoimmune disease as the body’s immune system attacks its own follicles; other factors such as pregnancy, stress, illness or a person’s genetic makeup can also contribute to the alopecia onset. The progression of alopecia areata is unpredictable, and hair may grow back only to fall out again. Many of our clients with substantial areas of hair loss have found our gripper wigs, made with beautiful European hair to be a fantastic solution.
Menopause and Hair Loss:
The onset of menopause causes a decrease in the production of oestrogen. This results in a shorter hair growth cycle, finer hair, and eventually hair loss in women. Other factors related to hair loss are high levels of stress, illness, hormonal imbalances, harsh hair products, and genetic disposition. Changes in lifestyle such as switching to a healthier diet, getting plenty of B vitamins, enjoying a cup of green tea, losing weight, and trying shampoo that contains hyaluronic acid are all adjustments that may help promote hair growth as well as being good habits for general well-being.
Blood-sugar levels, thyroid tests, and an evaluation for rheumatoid disease may be suggested by your doctor to rule out other possible causes for any hair loss. As for managing the unwanted hair loss, transitions are here to help find the right hair loss solution for you.
Menopause is a time in all women's lives where many things are changing. However, make a change for the better - don’t just accept the hand that life has dealt you; at Transitions, we believe life isn't about waiting for the right circumstances, but rather creating our own. We have helped thousands of women experience the benefits of having great hair again through our hair restoration and hair replacement techniques. Don't wait any longer - call us now for a free, confidential consultation on 1300 427 778.
However, it is important to know that not all wigs are created equal. Here are just some of the types of wigs out there:
- Cheap wigs – these are all machine made fashion wigs that you buy at the mall.
- Hybrid or Mono-top wigs, these are a combination of machine made and hand knotted wigs.
- Processed human hair wigs.
- Virgin (unprocessed) European hair wigs.
- Medical grade synthetic or synthetic blend wigs.
- Machine made wigs and “hand knotted” human hair wigs.
There’s a lot to understand, but the bottom line is that you should not write off wigs all together when looking for a hair loss solution. There are amazing 100% natural human hair wigs available that you absolutely cannot tell from real natural growing hair. Check out these human hair wigs from Follea (available in Australia through Transitions Hair):
When you’re looking for a solution to hair loss or thinning hair, you want the most natural result possible. This is where an expert can help. At Transitions, we have caring consultants who are trained to help you through this time of deciding which wig or hair replacement option is right for you. Call us today on 1300 427 778, or click here to arrange a free hair consultation with one of our consultants. We look forward to your call.
It is almost June again, and time to think about maximising your tax deductions. This can be a tedious process! However, we at Transitions want to help out a little by letting you know how you can save money on your medical hair loss solution, in addition to any help you may be receiving from your health insurance provider. Did you know that your wig may be considered as a medical expense for the purposes of your tax claims? Under this definition, you may be able to save 20% of the cost of your hair replacement system. Check out the details below.
According to the Taxation Ruling TR93/34 you should be able to add the cost of your wig to your medical claims. Below are some quotes from the ATO website relating to the Income Tax: Medical Expense Rebate (Taxation Ruling TR93/34):
Net medical expenses includes: payments for a 'medical or surgical appliance' prescribed by a legally qualified medical practitioner.
A 'medical or surgical appliance' for the purposes of paragraph (f) of the definition of 'medical expenses' in subsection 159P (4) is an instrument, apparatus or device which is:
a) Manufactured as; or
b) Distributed as; or
c) Generally recognised to be an aid to the function or capacity of a person with a disability or illness.
Examples of a 'medical or surgical appliance' include:
(m) Medical or surgical wigs for use by a person which is necessitated by loss of hair through sickness or disease (other than naturally occurring baldness) or the effects of the treatment of sickness or disease
Click here for full details on this ruling.
According to the Australian Taxation Office Supplementary Tax Return Subsection T9, if your medical appliances cost $2060.00 or more, you are eligible to claim 20% of the cost back on your tax return. That is a huge saving!
What does all of this mean?
If you buy your new hair before June 30th 2013, you will increase the amount you are able to claim and save more. Due to a $2060.00 threshold (minimum spending requirement) before the tax saving kicks in, it make sense update your hair prior to June 30th 2013. This way you maximise the amount you can claim. Essentially, the more you spend this financial year, the more you can claim and the more you save. If you wait till after June 30th, the amount you can claim will be diluted and you will have to wait a whole year until you can claim the benefit. Call us today to get your next order started Ph: 02- 9212 4950.
Please check with your tax advisor to make sure you are getting the most current information on medical claims in Australia. There are also government subsidies available for medical wigs which differ from state to state. For example, in NSW the government department to speak to is the Program of Appliances for Disabled People (PADP). It is worth doing your homework to make sure that you are getting all the help available to you to pay for your new wig, topette, or hair replacement system.
Wigs are much more common than you may realise, and are often worn for reasons other than hair loss. One reason women wear wigs is due to their religion and culture. For example, some Orthodox Jewish women choose to wear a wig called the sheitel.
A sheitel is a wig worn by women to conform to the Jewish Law instructing married women to keep their head covered in the sight of men other than their husband. This is part of the modesty-related dress standards of the tzniut – a spiritual path of modesty and humility. Many women who wear sheitels love that they can allow a woman to save her true appearance for the privacy of her family life, but also to look attractive in public.
Traditional sheitels used to be thick and often uncomfortable, with heavy fringes to hide the hairline. However, as modern wigs have developed, women have a lot more choice and can find natural-looking, comfortable sheitels.
Transitions Hair is proud to provide a huge range of beautiful human hair wigs that fit the needs of sheitel wearers perfectly. To meet with one of our consultants and find the perfect sheitel for you, call us on 1300 427 778 or book your consultation here.
Take a look at some of the high-quality wigs available through Transitions, and the amazing, natural looks that can be achieved...