When Does Postpartum Hair Loss Stop? Can it be Treated?

Can postpartum hair loss be treated?

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Of all the things they don’t tell you when you’re expecting a baby, postpartum hair loss in women would have to be right up there on the list. Many new mums are alarmed to find themselves losing more hair than normal in those first few months after giving birth. But rest assured, it’s all a normal part of the pregnancy and postpartum cycle, and your hair should be back to its pre-pregnancy status before baby’s first birthday.

What causes postpartum hair loss?

You may have noticed your hair growing more and more luscious as your pregnancy progressed, leaving you with thicker than normal locks. While the average person loses about 100 hairs a day, the increase in oestrogen and progesterone levels during pregnancy actually keeps those hairs from falling out, so your hair grows thicker and longer. Shortly after giving birth, however, those hormone levels begin to drop, so all those hairs that didn’t fall out during pregnancy begin to come out. This can happen all at once, and can happen in clumps, which can be alarming – but again, it’s normal.

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There are other factors that can play a role in hair loss for a new mum, including iron deficiency, stress and lack of sleep, and rapid weight loss – all of these can cause hormonal or metabolic changes in your body that can contribute to hair loss.

How long does postpartum hair loss last?

In most cases, hair loss continues for up to 12 months after giving birth. By the time you’re shooting that 1st birthday cake smash and congratulating yourself for keeping a new human alive for a full year, things should be back to normal. Some studies have suggested that shedding may continue for up to 24 months in some cases.

How to stop postpartum hair loss in women

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Since this type of hair loss is a natural part of the pregnancy/post-pregnancy period, you can rest assured that your hair will return to normal in time, and that you’re not actually losing more hair than you had to start with. But if you want to see faster improvement, we suggest getting regular exercise as soon as your doctor approves, being proactive about relaxing and taking time-outs whenever you can, and choosing a good nutritional diet. You can also continue taking your prenatal vitamin supplement to keep your hair healthy, and be extra gentle to your hair during this season of shedding: shampoo only when necessary (easier said than done with a new baby, of course!), use a good conditioner, use a wide-tooth comb to minimise tangling, and avoid pulling your hair into tight pony tails.

If you feel you need a bit of a boost in the thickening department during this stage, Biothik Hair Fibres are a fantastic solution to this. Biothik is a cosmetic hair thickener that instantly creates fuller, thicker looking hair.

Occasionally after treatment and regrowth, a woman’s hair may never quite recover from pregnancy. If this is the case, Transitions Hair offers a wide range of long term hair replacement and hair restoration solutions just for women. You can read more about those here, or visit us in the studio for a free and confidential consultation.

Eleven Hairstyles for Thin Hair

Strands feeling a bit sparse? A good haircut can make all the difference in pumping up thin hair. If you're not sure where to start, never fear - we've rounded up the best hairstyles for thinning hair, for men and women.

Hairstyles for Men

1. Brushed up hairstyle, a la Bono

If you’ve got a receding hairline to go along with thinning hair, take a cue from U2’s Bono, who uses his receding hairline to his advantage to conceal his thinning hair. The brushed up style adds volume, and the slightly dishevelled look adds a touch of cool.

Bono hairstyle for thinning hair

2. Faux hawk

A great disguise for thin hair, the faux hawk is just a bit trendy, just a bit cool. Style your hair upwards and taper it to a point into a faux hawk style – the natural layering of your hair will camouflage sparse strands into one large section, and the taper fade on the sides directs attention upwards. This style works for both short or longer hair.

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3. Slick Pompadour

You’ll need longer hair to pull off this look, but it’s hard to go wrong with the classic pompadour. It’s slick, it’s stylish, it’s sophisticated, it’s fashionable and a little bit retro. Use a generous amount of pomade to give this look the shine it deserves. Sweep the hair back across the head, and keep an extreme fade on the sides to complement the dramatic pomp.

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4. Buzz cut

Longer locks tend to make fine hair look thinner, so cutting it short is a great way to disguise sparse strands. A buzz cut makes the hair short all over, and can have the added benefit of making it look a little thicker. This cut looks great with a beard, which goes a long way to draw attention away from thin locks!

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5. Comb-over with fade

A comb-over isn’t just for your grandpa anymore - they are back, and better than ever! Paired with a faded undercut, you can instantly create the appearance of more volume with the contrast between the short sides and longer top. To master this tidy and stylish look after your haircut, apply a small amount of pomade or wax to clean hair, make a rough side part, and comb the sides down and the top across.

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If you need a little extra help with that pomp or fade, check out our gallery of men’s hair systems. We have a variety of options to achieve the look that you want, today!

 

Hairstyles for Women

1. Angled bob

This is hands-down one of the best hairstyles for thin hair. The angle of the bob will give instant lift to your thin locks. Tousled light layers and blunt ends complete this look for maximum volume.

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2. Shag cut

The length of your hair can vary with this style, but it’s one of the best options if you want to keep your hair long. Razor cut choppy layers create texture and fuller looking hair.

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3. Short bob

The short bob is trendy and versatile – you can wear it straight for a chic, polished look, or add some waves and texture spray for a more edgy, undone look. For thinner hair, do add those waves, spray a good texture spray, shake it out, and you look like you have twice as much hair.

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4. Pixie

A good pixie cut can suit any age and lifestyle and complement just about any face shape, and for thin hair it’s a great option to add texture and volume. Don’t be afraid to use a lot of product: blow hair dry with a texture spray and be liberal with the styling products – try a volume powder to create a look of density within your hair.

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5. Textured lob

A great haircut for thin hair is a shoulder-length textured lob (long bob) cut. The texturing around the shoulders boosts volume, is easy to style and flatters any face shape. Experiment with highlights around your face to accentuate your features!

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6. Blunt bob

The bobs are running away with it for thin hair styles – that’s because shorter styles typically don’t weigh the hair down, which is great for thinner hair. A classic square or stacked (pictured) blunt bob will suit anyone, but it’s particularly helpful for those with thin hair because it stacks all the hair together and makes it appear thicker, rather than thinning it out further with excessive layering. This style can be worn sleek or teased at the crown.

If your natural hair just isn't doing it for you, a hair topette might be just the thing to add volume - it blends seamlessly with your natural hair to create that extra density on the top where it's needed most. Check out our gallery and give us a call today to try one out for yourself!

Thinning Hair in Men: Causes & Treatments

If you’ve started to think you might be thinning out on top, you’re not alone. About 85% of men will experience major hair thinning by the time they’re 50 – and some start to lose their hair as early as their teens or 20s. But if you’ve noticed that your strands are starting to look a little sparse, you’ve got options. Combatting hair loss is different for everyone, but there are more ways to tackle it today than ever before.

How do I know if my hair is thinning?

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There are a number of causes of thinning hair, and some look different to others. Typical thinning hair in men, or male pattern baldness, generally starts around the forehead, temples, and at the top of the head. A receding hairline is an early sign of this type of hair loss. You can check whether your hairline is receding by comparing a current photo of yourself with a photo that’s 1-2 years old. Thinning hair on the top of your head may be trickier to identify yourself, but you can check it regularly by parting your hair down the middle and comparing how much scalp is showing through.

If you’ve noticed that your hair loss is occurring in patches in a more random manner, you may have alopecia, an auto-immune disorder in both men and women that causes hair to come out in clumps or patches from the scalp or other parts of the body. In extreme cases alopecia can cause the loss of hair over the entire body.

How fast will I lose my hair?

Typical male pattern baldness usually takes about 15-25 years to claim your mane. Some men experience this faster than others though; it’s almost impossible to put an accurate timeline on each individual man’s hair loss. Remember, the majority of men lose their hair or experience thinning hair, so you're in good company, and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about!

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Why is my hair thinning?

The simple act of aging is enough to cause your hair to thin out over time, but there could be other factors at work. If you have male pattern baldness, hormones called androgens, which regulate human hair follicles, gradually begin to inhibit hair growth. The extent to which your hair will be affected by this process is genetic.

Hair loss can also be caused by illness or surgical procedures, certain medications, stressful circumstances, hormones, and lifestyle factors. Smoking is a clear example of a lifestyle factor that can increase your risk (and speed up the process) of losing your hair, as the toxins in cigarettes hinder blood flow to your hair follicles, causing the hair to thin. Dietary factors, like too much vitamin A or not enough protein, can also play a role. The good news is that hair loss that isn’t from male pattern baldness can often reverse itself and grow back.

Can I slow down my hair loss?

While male pattern hair loss is a hereditary condition that can’t be stopped entirely, there are things you can do to look after the hair you still have. Quit smoking, and eat a balanced diet with plenty of protein, iron, vitamin B-12 and other vitamins and minerals. If you often wear tight ponytails, braids or tight headwear, the tension of the constant pulling over a long period can cause a type of hair loss called traction alopecia that can become permanent. Be gentle with your hair to avoid pulling and hair breakage. Some doctors believe regular exercise can also help the health of your hair as it increases blood flow and circulation to your body, including your scalp.

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How can I thicken my hair?  

There are many products out there to try if the natural remedies aren’t giving you results. Here is a round up of some of our favourites:

Shampoo/Conditioner

Use a shampoo and conditioner combo that is formulated for thinning hair. We like Biothik Active Cleanser and Conditioner, which is made with ingredients that can strengthen your hair by up to 41% in two weeks. 

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Hair growth products

A growth serum can promote hair growth and prevent further hair loss as it prolongs the life cycle of your hair. You could also ask your doctor about Monoxidil, a medication that slows or even stops hair loss, and that can promote hair regrowth.

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Laser hair therapy

Laser therapy applies low level laser light to the scalp, stimulating hair follicles and increasing circulation. It is recommended by doctors worldwide as an effective treatment for early male pattern hair loss and thinning hair, encouraging hair growth and restoring a healthy hair cycle, and can be done in the privacy of your own home.

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Hair Loss Concealers

Make balding and thinning areas instantly vanish with hair thickening fibres. Biothik Hair Fibres are made of natural hair protein (keratin), and it blends seamlessly with your own hair, giving the appearance of a full head of hair in seconds.

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When should I consider a hairpiece?

Men’s hairpieces have come a long way since the days of fake looking toupees that can cause extra anxiety on a windy day! Our hair systems are the best in the market, undetectable, and customised to your head. As far as non-surgical hair restoration goes, this option will give you a full head of hair in under two hours that was likely better than your original one. Read more about them here.

Come in anytime for a free, private & confidential consultation to discuss these and all your options – fill out this form or just give us a call on 1300 427 778.

How to Thicken Hair for Women: 9 ways to thicker, healthier hair

Thin, limp locks have you feeling flat? From products to hairstyles, we’ve rounded up 9 top tips and tricks to get those thicker, luscious locks you’ve been dreaming of.

Your shampoo and conditioner matter

Thicken hair with shampoo and conditioner

This one might be obvious, but it’s a great place to start. Pick a shampoo and conditioner combo that’s designed to thicken and build volume. These volumising duos are formulated with less conditioning agents, so they won’t weigh your hair down. Pick a good quality, salon-grade product if you’re able for better results.  We recommend Biothik Active shampoo and conditioner, which has ingredients that have been scientifically shown to strengthen hair by 41% in two weeks.

Consider a new hairstyle

There’s a misconception that longer hair looks thicker. But often thin hair can look stringy and weighed down (read: thinner) when it’s long. A shorter, layered or blunt cut can make all the difference. Additionally, a few well placed highlights can add depth to your locks and give the appearance of fuller hair. Avoid over-colouring though; overuse of chemical dyes can place stress on your strands, making them brittle and more prone to breakage. 

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If you find you do have weakened or brittle hair due to too much chemical processing, the Biothik Active shampoo and conditioner can help you here too.

Maintain good hair and scalp health

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It all starts with what’s inside: a balanced diet with plenty of protein, iron, vitamin B-12 and other vitamins and minerals is essential for healthy tresses.

Other key precautions to minimise breakage and hair loss are to avoid over-washing, and to minimise the use of styling tools like straightening irons, hot rollers/curling irons and blow dryers. Be gentle with your hair – tight braids, topknots and other hairstyles that pull, rub and twist your hair can damage and weaken it.

Over-washing and overuse of harsh, heavy products can compromise the health of your scalp; a healthy balance of natural oils and moisture are vital for flowing locks. Brushing regularly (try a wide-tooth, ceramic or boar-bristle brush, rather than a plastic one) distributes the hair’s natural oils, exfoliates your scalp and removes dead hair.

Fake it til you make it - in moderation!

Sometimes only a product will do to give that immediate appearance of plumped up thicker hair for a special occasion. Used sparingly, dry shampoo and a volumising product (like a root lifting spray or a light texturing spray) will lift and add volume without weighing your mane down. Spray at the roots to lift, blow dry the area gently on a low heat, and finish with a light texturizing spray. Be mindful of overuse though; heavy use of products can clog hair follicles and potentially prevent new hairs from growing.

A lifting spray or texturising spray can give the appearance of thicker hair

Biothik Locking Mist is an amazing root lift product that will give you sustained lift all day long. 

Avoid extensions (try a hair topper instead)

Many people try (and many hairstylists even recommend) hair extensions to give the illusion of thicker hair. Extensions can be a natural looking way to give your hair a thicker, fuller look, but ultimately they’ll cause more damage and stress to your hair, often resulting in further thinning. Extensions are applied to your existing hair through adhesive or threading, putting pressure on your hair. Each time you brush, style, or even sleep on your hair, it’s pulling at the roots and weakening your hair. You could end up with a worse situation than when you started. Plus, good ones can be quite expensive! Instead, try a hair topper, also known as a crown extension or a topette, a thin hairpiece that clips in to the top of your head (where thinning is most obvious) and blends in with the rest of your hair, without causing lasting damage. 

hair toppers give the appearance of thicker hair

Conceal

The more of your scalp that shows through your hair, the thinner your hair looks. An easy way to hide the appearance of thinning hair is to conceal it at the scalp with a cosmetic hair thickener to cover your roots and give the illusion of thick hair. We use and love Biothik, an undetectable, natural thickening powder made of keratin fibres that adds volume and hides the scalp for naturally thicker looking hair. Check out some of the transformations here

Medical solutions

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Sometimes a visit to a dermatologist or your GP will be your best bet to determine underlying issues that could be causing your hair loss. It’s important to discuss any medications you’re taking that could be causing hair loss, and check for hormone imbalances or other health issues like thyroid problems, autoimmune concerns and anaemia. Your doctor may recommend a treatment like Minoxidil, a medication that slows hair loss and promotes regrowth.

Laser hair therapy

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Laser hair rejuvenation is recommended by doctors worldwide as an effective treatment for early stage female hair loss and thinning hair. It works by applying low level laser light across the scalp, stimulating hair follicles and increasing circulation to the scalp. It’s been proven to encourage hair growth and restore a healthy hair cycle. Read about the benefits and find out if this could be an option for you here.

Try a wig or a hair system

Wigs are a great option when instant results are required. We have a fabulous range of human hair wigs that are top quality, natural and realistic looking – and often look better than your own hair!

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A hair system is another option for those with moderate to severe hair loss that replicates the natural appearance of your hair and scalp and gives you the hair you’ve always wanted.

Get in touch today if you'd like to have a free chat about your thinning hair or any of these hair loss solutions!

Androgenetic & Areata Alopecia: Causes and Differences

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Shedding about 75 to 100 strands of hair every day is a normal situation for most of us. A person's normal hair growth period can last from 2 to 6 years, and in around twelve weeks, the scalp can regrow fresh hair. On one hand, lots of people are going to lose over 100 hair strands a day. Unfortunately, numerous males and females are suffering from baldness and the numbers are rising daily.

Alopecia is characterized by a thinning hair, either in the head or body. Baldness may apply to general hair loss or to androgenic alopecia (male baldness pattern). Many forms of baldness are caused by an autoimmune disease, the alopecia areata. The severe types of alopecia areata are alopecia totalis, involving the loss of all head hair, and alopecia universalis, involving the loss of all head and body hairs. 

There are different forms of hair loss and the most common are below:

Androgenic Alopecia 

This form of hair loss is normal, affecting both men and women. It's also known for men as male pattern baldness, defined as hair loss or thinning on the crown of the head or hairline shrinking from the temples. A U-shaped hair pattern that usually stays across the back and sides of the head or hair that begin to fall out will possibly lead to total baldness as time passes.

Androgenic alopecia in women is caused by the activity of androgens, male hormones usually present in very limited amounts. Androgenic alopecia can be caused by a number of factors related to hormone activities, including certain ovarian cysts, taking birth control pills with high androgen level, pregnancy, and menopause.

Alopecia Areata

This is a disease occurring when the body's immune system affects the hair follicles and disturbs the development and formation of natural hair. What causes it is still unclear but it seems to be a phenomenon in which the immune system targets specific body tissues. Affected skin biopsies show immune cells inside hair follicles when they aren't usually present.

Often, alopecia areata is associated with many autoimmune disorders, such as ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, vitiligo, thyroid disorder, and allergic diseases. In some cases, alopecia areata occurs in many family members, suggesting a function of inheritance and genetics.

The Remedy for Hair Loss

As a lot of people are experiencing thinning hair, the demand for hair loss treatment has seen a dramatic increase as time goes by. You may have heard of famous celebrities who experienced hair loss at a very young age and successfully found a remedy for it. Although some have relied on hair transplant and injections, still, a number of them were able to find other treatments for such condition. It’s never a hopeless case.

Laser hair therapy is one of those highly sought-out means of regrowing one’s hair and being back in style again. Others would prefer hair growth shampoo, gels and waxes, and many others.

If ever you’re experiencing alopecia right now, never hesitate to consult a medical professional and try some effective treatments for your thinning hair. Discover more!

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Celebrities Going Through Hair Loss & Their Treatments

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In this era of creative and contemporary hairstyling, a lot of people have always wanted to try various hairdos whenever they wish to. For many, a good hairstyle is everything and they invest adequate time and money just to achieve their desired hairstyle. Bob cut, curly and blonde, pixie cut --- name it. But how could all these be possible when you’re experiencing hair loss?

For quite a long time, hair loss has been a great barricade for many. Some experienced it in their senior years, while others started out at a young age. Due to a lot of uncontrollable factors, like genetics and stress, even famous celebrities and highly-respected personalities are not exempted from this condition. Some of them just shrugged it off, while many have actually sought a couple of ways to regrow their hair and get back in style. Since then, the demand for hair loss treatment and hair implant has dramatically increased.

Here are some of the most famous celebrities who have experienced hair loss and learn how they found a remedy for that condition.

  • Matthew McConaughey - Known for his role in the 1996 film adaptation of John Grisham’s novel A Time to Kill, Matthew McConaughey has gained so much popularity as an actor and as a film producer. He started to notice symptoms of male pattern baldness when he turned 30. Not giving baldness a chance to steal the glory of his overall look and hairstyle, he managed to regrow his hair by using a well-trusted hair loss treatment for men.

    He even shared on 'Live with Kelly!’ that there have been doctors claiming he’d undergone hair transplant and some have actually taken credit of that very effective hair loss treatment he used. The famous actor just laughed about it and didn’t take the issue seriously. He must’ve known that stress is one of the major causes of hair loss. Sorry doctors, not a chance!

  • Viola Davis - This Oscar-awardee and lead star of How To Get Away With Murder boldly admitted to wearing wigs on the red carpet regularly to hide her patchy hair loss caused by alopecia areata. She was once quoted saying, "I wore a wig in the Jacuzzi. I had a wig I wore around the house. I had a wig that I wore to events. I had a wig that I wore when I worked out. I never showed my natural hair. It was a crutch, not an enhancement … I was so desperate for people to think that I was beautiful.” Fortunately, her hair has now regrown and she has now flaunted her natural hair (no wigs and extension) in high-profile magazines. It seems like the How To Get Away With Murder star adeptly knows “how to get away with hair loss” as well. If that didn’t happen naturally, she can freely opt to avail of effective hair loss treatment for women

  • Tyra Banks - Being a superstar in the world of modeling, Tyra Banks is revered by many as the epitome of elegant beauty, style, and catwalk. Tyra Banks always looked impeccably groomed when showcasing her popular TV show America's Next Top Model. However, when she ventured into fiction writing, the burden of balancing her other business obligations and writing stuff became too much, hence resulting in alopecia areata, a stress-related disorder that causes hair loss.

    Fortunately, stress-related hair loss is not a hopeless case. As soon as the human body recovers from severe stress, the hair naturally regrows and is ready to go back in style. This was the kind of hope that Tyra has banked on, and she never failed.

  • Ben Affleck - One of the greatest stars in Hollywood, Ben Affleck, has brought us amazing movies such as Justice League, Triple Frontier, and The Accountant. His hair, unlike his popularity, doesn't seem to last for long. He has often been caught by the paparazzi, flaunting hairstyles perfect for men losing hair. After quite some time, the gray hairline and the bald spots on his head were noticeable. However, he didn’t let this pass. It didn’t take long until he subjected himself to hair transplant in order to regain his youthful look. And just like his films, it was a sweet success.

These are just a few of those famous celebrities who have experienced hair loss and have successfully sought effective remedies for it. Whichever worked better for them, whether it’s the hair loss treatment they’ve applied on their scalp or the hair transplant they’ve undergone, the bottomline is the fact that hair loss is never a despairing case. There are plenty of options available for people whose hair strands are beginning to fall out. Thus, stay on the bright side of hair loss remedies, not on the bright side of your scalp. Learn and discover more!

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Keep Your Wig Looking Fresh With Our Complete Wig Care Tips!

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Are your wigs looking limp, frizzy, misshapen and tangled after just a couple of months? You may need to take some steps to keep them looking fresh!

Wigs are investments, and like any good investment you need to take care of them in order to get the most out of them. With proper care and maintenance, your wig can keep looking fresh and new for longer.

Here at Transitions Hair, we’ve created numerous types of hairpieces so you can bet that we know a thing or two about keeping wigs in the best condition. To this end, the very first thing you need to do before anything else is:

Know Your Wig

Different types of wigs require different hair care steps primarily because of the difference in their material. Human hair wigs are obviously made of real human hair, and as such are a lot stronger and have a higher resistance to heat than synthetic wigs. They also tangle a lot less and hardly ever melt. Because of these qualities, real hair wigs are better for styling but care still needs to be taken when styling them.

Caring for Your Wigs

  • Cleaning your wig


    Whether you have a real hair wig or a synthetic one, both will need to be combed and cleaned to maintain their look. For human hair wigs, this means getting a special wig shampoo and conditioner for wigs. While it may be tempting to just use your regular shampoo and conditioner, you have to consider that while this wig is made of real human hair, it is no longer attached to a scalp. This means that it no longer receives natural oils and nutrients from the scalp. If exposed to regular shampoos and conditioners, your real hair wig may not be able to withstand the harsh chemicals contained within these products and they will become damaged. This is why it’s best to use specially-made wig shampoos and conditioners.

    For synthetic wigs, you can use a synthetic wig cleaner or a mild soap or detergent to clean them. Never use the synthetic wig cleaner on real human hair wigs! And to keep them from getting frizzy, you can spray on a mixture of fabric softener and water to your synthetic wigs. Fabric softeners eliminate static cling, which is often the cause of synthetic wigs losing their shape and style.

    There’s no need to wash your wigs everyday, once every few weeks should do. To wash your wigs, first make sure to detangle your wig using a wide-toothed comb or wig comb.

    • Fill a bowl with cold water and mix in a capful of shampoo or cleanser. Never use hot water as this may only damage your wig.
    • Immerse your wig into the shampoo solution and let it sit for a few minutes.
    • Do not scrunch your wig while washing as this may only tangle the strands and leave knots. If you need to, simply move the strands gently in the water to remove any buildup of dirt.
    • To rinse off the shampoo, immerse your wig in another bowl of cold water. Do not wring your wig as this can cause the strands to fall off. If you must, gently squeeze the remaining water from your wig, one small portion at at time.
    • For real human hair wigs, apply conditioner directly to the wig, stroking downwards from roots to tips. Leave the conditioner on for 4-5 minutes. Do not use too much conditioner or condition too often as this could cause some buildup.
    • Rinse off the conditioner by immersing the wig again in a bowl of cold water.
    • To dry, place the wig between a folded towel and pat dry. Do not wring or rub strands together while drying.
    • Once done, gently shake the wig to allow it to regain its style, and place on a wig stand to continue air drying. Do not comb the wig if it is still wet, and do not use a hair dryer unless it is a heat resistant wig. Only use a dryer for heat resistant wigs and only in the lowest heat setting.
       
  • Combing your wig
     

    Combing your wig after every use and before washing is essential to keep it from matting. But you have to be careful not to overcomb or comb while the wig is still wet, as some strands may fall off. You should also use a specially-made wig comb, not a brush. Comb your wig from the bottom, working your way to the top. This way you are better able to detangle the strands without causing damage or pulling out any of the strands.
     

  • Styling your wig

    As we’ve previously mentioned, real human hair wigs are better for styling as they are more heat resistant and stronger than synthetic wigs. However, it is not recommended to expose them to too much heat as this can cause the hairs to become brittle. As much as possible steer clear of intense heat. Avoid putting on too much hair product that can weigh the wig down and cause buildup; and avoid hairstyles that can pull on the hair strands.

    If you’re fond of just one particular hairstyle, it would be better to have a synthetic wig with that hairstyle already in place. Synthetic wigs are known to keep their style wash after wash, so they can be easier to care for and better suited to your preference.
     
  • Storing your wig

    For maximum protection and longevity, it is not recommended that you wear your wigs to bed. If you choose to do so however, make sure to put a protective covering over your wig and head to keep it from tangling as you sleep.

    It’s best to store your wig when not in use. Place it on a wig stand so it keeps its shape, and cover it so it does not collect dust. If you have a synthetic wig and don’t have a stand, you could also keep it in the bag or box it first came in. Make sure to keep it away from heat, direct sunlight, pets and children. Lastly, do not store your wigs for very long without washing away any styling products and combing out any tangles and knots.

Additional Tips

Here are some additional tips for keeping your wigs looking fresh:

  • Don’t wear your wig to the shower, and remove it if it’s getting wet from the rain. Wearing your wig wet may cause strands to break or fall off.
  • If you put too much product on your wig or cause it to become oily from contact, but don’t want to wash it too often, you can remedy the situation with some baby powder. Simply shake a small amount of baby powder to the roots and work it down through the wig with your hands or a wig comb. All that extra shine and oil should be gone in an instant.
  • Take it to a professional. Want to achieve a new, fresh look with your wig? You can bring it to us here at Transitions Hair for extra special care and styling. Keep in mind however, that unlike your real hair your wig isn’t going to grow back once cut, so be sure if you want to have your wig restyled and cut.

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Hair Loss In Women - What Are The Causes & How Can You Treat It?

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Hair loss is a very natural occurence-- every day you lose some hair to your hairbrush, find some hair on your shower drain, and even have some of them end up on your sheets and all over your carpet. But when you start losing hair in larger-than-normal clumps and experience very evident hair thinning, you may be experiencing a more serious hair loss problem.

Severe hair loss and thinning hair is a problem that’s experienced not only by men, but by women as well. Female hair loss can be caused by a number of things that can generally be sorted into two types: genetic and reactive.

Genetic Hair Loss

Genetic hair loss is hair loss that’s a result of a genetic predisposition. If hair loss runs in the family, there’s a definite probability that you could experience it as well. This type of hair loss usually occurs gradually with aging and happens in a predictable pattern. For women this usually means thinning hair due to the hair follicles gradually shrinking to produce finer and shorter hairs with every growth cycle. For some, eventually the hair follicles stop growing hair altogether.

This hereditary condition of female pattern hair loss can happen to about 50% of women, mostly in their 50s or 60s, but it can also happen at any age.

Reactive Hair Loss

Reactive hair loss is hair loss that’s been caused by a trigger and not a genetic predisposition. This trigger can be an internal imbalance, or a mistreatment of the hair.

Below are some of the most common causes of reactive hair loss in women:

  1. Hormonal imbalance - Hormones play a significant role in regulating the hair growth cycle, so it’s not surprising that any hormonal change can cause hair loss. Hormonal changes can be due to pregnancy and childbirth, menopause and thyroid problems.
  2. Medical conditions, medications and treatments - Scalp infections, medical conditions like alopecia areata, anaemia, and the hair-pulling disorder trichotillomania are just some of the conditions that can lead to significant hair loss. Radiation therapy as well as certain drugs, like those used to treat arthritis, depression and heart problems also have hair loss as a side effect.
  3. Stress - Stress can affect the body in a number of very negative ways. It can affect the scalp by raising the level of androgens (male hormones) in the body, which can cause hair loss. It may also trigger other problems, such as dandruff and abnormal eating habits that can all contribute to increased hair loss.
  4. Nutrient deficiencies - When you don’t eat well you don’t get enough nutrients, and without the right amount of certain nutrients you could end up losing more hair. One of the most common causes of hair loss in women is iron deficiency, as iron is essential for producing hair cell protein. Another nutrient that your hair needs is vitamin B12. The lack of vitamin B12 can affect the health of your blood cells, which are responsible for carrying oxygen to your tissues and that of course, includes your scalp.
  5. Sudden weight loss - This cause is closely connected to nutrient deficiency. When weight loss is done in a sudden and unhealthy manner, the body is depleted of certain nutrients necessary for healthy hair growth, causing hair to fall out.
  6. Certain hairstyles and treatments - Constant hair colouring, chemical treatments, blow drying, ironing, bad brushing and even aggressive towel drying can all lead to increased hair loss. Some hairstyles, such as cornrows or tight braids can also cause hair loss.

So What Can You Do About It?

Most reactive hair loss can be treated or prevented with a few simple lifestyle changes:

  1. Have a well-balanced diet - In order to keep growing healthy hair, you need to have a healthy diet. Make sure you eat a good amount of protein-rich foods, as hair is essentially made of protein. Ideally you should have a palm-sized portion (around 120g) of protein at breakfast and lunch. Also make sure you get enough iron, vitamin B12 and other vitamins and minerals. You could take a supplement to make sure you have enough of these nutrients daily.
  2. Style smart - Avoid the tight braids, messy topknots and other hairstyles that place stress on your strands. Also limit your use of chemical dyes, heavy styling creams and serums.
  3. Be gentle with your hair - Wash and brush your hair with care. Detangle strands starting from the bottom using a wide-toothed comb, and avoid twisting, rubbing or pulling your hair. Also avoid using hot rollers, hair irons and blow dryers as these can damage and weaken your hair.
  4. Avoid medications that could cause hair loss - If these medications are necessary, ask your doctor if there are any other options you could try that won’t cause hair loss
  5. Don’t stress - Stressing can instigate and exacerbate a hair loss problem, so always try to keep your stress levels to a minimum. Approach problems with a level head, avoid sources of stress if you can, and always make time to engage in relaxing activities

Hair Loss Treatments for Women

If your hair loss is genetic or if it’s taking time for you to recover naturally from hair loss, there are several other solutions you can try. These include laser hair retention and regrowth therapy, cosmetic hair thickeners, hair transplants and more. Get in touch with Transitions Hair today to know more about these hair loss solutions.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Consider A Wig As Your Hair Loss Solution

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Decades of slapstick comedies poking fun at wigs and well, simply bad quality wigs have all given wigs a bad name. But now all that is changing. Wigs are becoming a very popular beauty product, and more than ever are the ideal hair solution for women suffering from female pattern baldness.

Many women however, can still feel apprehensive about wearing wigs. They’re worried that these may not look or feel real; that they’ll look unnatural and easily fall off; or be really uncomfortable to wear. But all these couldn’t be further from the truth, especially with today’s modern wigs for women.

Today, women’s wigs are more beautiful, comfortable and realistic looking than ever before. And there are plenty of reasons why you should consider them as your female pattern hair loss solution:

1. They effectively disguise hair thinning and hair loss, and boost confidence

Losing a lot of hair can be a particularly traumatic experience, especially for women. Hair plays such a significant role in building up a woman’s identity and self-confidence. So when a woman starts to lose that hair, it’s like they lose a part of themselves as well.

Real human hair wigs give women an effective hair replacement solution that lets them feel like themselves again. These not only cover up any bald or thinning spots, they also give women a whole new look that they can choose to suit them perfectly. This is why wigs are not just ideal for women who suffer from conditions like alopecia areata. They’re a great option for any woman who wants a boost in confidence by sporting a great new do with their wig.

2. They let you change your style whenever you want

Speaking of hairdos, wigs allow you to style your hair in just about any way you want, whenever you want. This is especially true with real hair wigs. Celebrities like the Kardashian-Jenners are well known for wearing wigs for this exact purpose. By wearing wigs they can sport a uniquely styled and coloured ‘do in one event, and instantly have a totally different one in another. Like these celebrities, you can choose from a myriad of styles, cuts and colours. So no matter how you feel like wearing your hair on any given day, you can achieve it without inflicting any damage whatsoever to your real hair. Blonde with a perm? A daring jet black bob? Fiery redhead? You can get every look effortlessly with a wig!

3. They protect your natural hair and allow it to grow

Curling, colouring, straightening, blow drying-- with all of the damaging things we put our hair through it’s inevitable for them to become brittle and fall out. Wearing a wig can help your hair to recover from this damage and grow back. This is the reason famous actress Keira Knightley gave on why she wears wigs: to protect her hair from all the styling it has to go through in all of her movies. Apart from giving your natural hair a break from damaging styling processes, wigs can also protect your hair from bad or extreme weather and pollutants. Just make sure you wear one that has a breathable cap to give your hair and scalp room to breathe.

4. They save you tons of time

If you’re fond of styling your hair but take forever to do so, you’ll love wearing a wig because all you need to do to get the style you want is to pick the right wig and go! You never have to go through a day of bed head hair, bad hair or bad hairstyling ever again. Just put your wig on and you’ll look just as fabulous as you did the day before! And if you’re suffering from severe hair loss, wigs can also save you plenty of time compared to other hair loss solutions. There are no extra treatments, waiting times, clips or combs necessary-- simply put the wig in place and you instantly have a full head of hair in the style that you want!

5. They can save you money

Now before you object and say that wigs are expensive, hear us out. Wigs can actually be more economical than other hair loss solutions because, with proper care they can last for up to a year. They also don’t require expensive surgeries or several treatment sessions, just a good quality wig shampoo and conditioner, and a wig stand.

Also, when you consider the annual cost of maintenance for your own hair including cuts, colours or foils (which can cost you up to $500 per visit!), there’s really not much of a difference in terms of cost.

There are some wigs however that can cost a bit more than ready-made wigs, but these kinds certainly make up for their costs in customisation.

6. They can be customised

There are plenty of ready-made wigs you can choose from, but if you want a wig that’s specially made to suit you, you can opt for a custom-made natural hair wig. These realistic wigs are made by first getting a contour analysis of your head, so the wig can be made to fit your head perfectly and according to your specified preferences.

If you’re interested in getting a custom-made wig or want to find a high quality ready-made wig you can feel absolutely comfortable in, get in touch with Transitions Hair today. We always sit down with our clients first to talk about their exact needs and preferences, so they can get the most ideal hair loss solution for them. Give us a call now on 1300 427 778 to schedule your free first consultation.

How Much Is Too Much? Understanding Hair Loss In Men And The Solutions Available

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Are you losing more hair than you normally would? For men this is a question that comes to mind more often as they near their 30s, and the possibility of male pattern baldness becomes more of a reality. Male pattern baldness is not something most men look forward to, but the fact is half of all men begin to bald by the time they’re 30.

So exactly how do you know to which half you belong? When is it safe to say that you’ll be keeping your hair for life, and when should you start being concerned about male pattern baldness?

What You Need to Know About Hair Loss

Before you start going crazy obsessing over hair loss, there’s one thing you need to remember and it is that experiencing hair loss daily is normal. Everyday, everyone loses around 100 to 125 strands of hair from their heads, which is quite insignificant considering most of us have about 100,000 strands (or more) on our heads.

Hair normally undergoes three stages throughout their life cycle. These are the anagen phase, the catagen phase and the telogen phase. For any normal, healthy person about 80 to 90 per cent of their hair is in anagen phase or growth phase at any given time. About 1 to 2 per cent are in catagen phase, wherein the hair simply stops growing. The last phase, the telogen phase is what around 8 to 9 per cent of your hair go through at any given time. It is at this stage that hairs are at rest as they prepare to detach from your scalp.

When someone experiences having more than 10 per cent of their hair in the telogen phase, this is called telogen effluvium. This is a temporary condition, often caused by stress, surgery, sickness and other factors. Many other things could also affect the amount of hair we lose on a daily basis. Poor nutrition, health condition, hygeine, hair colouring and daily styling could also contribute to hair loss.

So just because you see a clump of hair on your shower drain doesn’t mean you should immediately worry about male pattern hair loss.

So How Much Is Too Much?

Now that you have an idea of how much hair loss is normal, how can you tell if what you’re experiencing is within that norm? You could count all the hairs falling off your scalp, but that would be cumbersome, time consuming and would probably just drive you mad! A more efficient and practical way would be to do the ‘pull test’. Start with a clean and dry head of hair. Run your fingers through a small portion of it, gently tugging at the strands once you get to the ends. Count the number of strands left in your hand after one tug, and if there are more than 3 strands (and especially if there are more than 6) then you may have a hair loss problem. No more than 10 strands should be falling out for every 100 tugged.

When to Consider Hair Loss Treatment

If you are losing a significant amount of hair, it may just be temporary and getting drastic hair loss treatments may be unnecessary. As we’ve mentioned before, you may just be experiencing some stress at the moment or have some nutritional deficiencies, and can recover from the hair loss with proper rest and relaxation, and a healthy diet.

However, if your hair loss is steadily progressing and producing a gradual thinning on top of your head, a receding hairline, patchy or bald spots on your scalp, then you may need to turn to more serious hair loss solutions.

These days there are a number of hair loss treatments for men designed to cater to every type and level of hair loss and balding:

  • Hair Loss Concealer - A hair loss concealer is an instant hair thickening solution made up of microscopic natural keratin protein fibres that cling to your hair and make them appear thicker and fuller in seconds. This is a great solution for those who still have most of their hair intact and just want to hide any receding or thinning areas.
  • Laser Hair Retention Therapy - This solution utilises laser technology to stimulate hair regrowth. It is often done in conjunction with stem cell treatment to further produce positive results. Laser hair retention therapy and stem cell serums can be used in the convenience and privacy of your own home. And because it promotes natural hair growth for men it is a great option for those looking to regain natural hair thickness.

  • Non-Surgical Hair Replacements - This includes wigs and toupees, but here at Transitions Hair we have an even better non-surgical hair replacement solution: SensiGraft. SensiGraft bridges the gap between surgical hair transplants and conventional hair replacements. It utilises highly advanced technology to produce a very natural look that cannot be perceived even under close visual inspection or a probing touch. It’s a great choice for those experiencing baldness at the top of their head and want a non-surgical solution that looks and feels incredibly natural.

  • Hair Transplants - This has become a very popular option especially among male celebrities. Hair transplants utilise your own existing hair, transplanting some of these hairs to thinning or balding areas of your scalp. Because it will be your own hair growing naturally, there is no special maintenance required other than your regular hair care routine. However, not everyone is a suitable candidate for this procedure, as you would need a sufficient amount of donor hairs and the right quality of hair in order to get the best results.

To know more about these different hair loss treatments, feel free to give us a call on 1300 427 778. We believe that an important first step in overcoming hair loss is to get access to the right information, and that’s exactly what we strive to offer. Schedule your free consultation with us today.