Alopecia & Jada Pinkett-Smith

Jada Pinkett-Smith has been open about her struggles with the hair loss condition alopecia for several years. She shares updates regularly via her social media, bringing much needed attention and to this condition that affects over 500,000 people in Australia, and bringing some normalisation to an otherwise distressing illness. So what is alopecia and what causes it, and does it have a cure?

Jada Pinkett-Smith has alopecia areata

Photo: Jada Pinkett-Smith instagram

What Is Alopecia?

Alopecia is a condition that affects the scalp (and in some cases, the entire body), resulting in temporary or permanent hair loss. Symptoms can develop suddenly or gradually. In men, hair usually recedes from the hairline, while womens’ hair typically starts to thin from the centre of the scalp. In some cases, individuals will develop circular or patchy bald spots over the head and parts of the face (such as the beard and eyebrows), or a sudden loosening of hair, which may fall out in clumps when brushing or washing the hair. Full-body hair loss is uncommon, but can occur with a variety of medical and psychological conditions, or as a result of certain drugs. 

Alopecia areata is equally common in men and women, and can affect individuals of all ethnic groups. Approximately 1 person in 50 will suffer from alopecia at some point during their lifetime. Most people develop this condition before age 30, however it can affect people later in life. Jada Pinkett-Smith, for example, was diagnosed with alopecia areata in her late-40s.

Alopecia causes include a variety of hereditary and lifestyle factors. While it is not curable, there are many forms of alopecia treatment that can aid in hair growth. Many people also find it helpful to seek support from local and national foundations, discussion groups, social media, blogs, and charities. 

To learn more about alopecia, refer to our blogs on living with alopecia, the truth about alopecia, and dating with alopecia

What Causes Alopecia?

If you’re wondering, ‘Is alopecia genetic?’, the answer is: it can be. Alopecia is strongly influenced by heredity. Balding patterns that occur with age can often be predicted by family history. Other alopecia causes may include scalp infections, thyroid disease, Down’s syndrome, vitamin D deficiency, along with a range of psychological disorders.

It’s important to note that alopecia is considered a natural part of the aging process, whereas alopecia areata results in patchy or diffuse hair loss, and is triggered by an autoimmune response. If you are affected with the latter sub-type, your prognosis will be less predictable, and you may experience lifelong bouts of hair loss and regrowth. Jada Pinkett-Smith’s hair loss is a result of alopecia areata. This condition is also associated with changes in the fingernails and toenails, which can include splitting, pitting, and the appearance of white spots and lines. 

Can Your Hair Grow Back From Alopecia?

Many individuals with alopecia areata experience bouts of hair regrowth. There are several treatment options that can help your hair to grow back faster. These include anti-inflammatory drugs such as corticosteroids, topical immunotherapy, and Minoxidil (a topical serum that aids in hair growth). 

  • Corticosteroids - These anti-inflammatory drugs can be applied topically, taken orally, or injected locally. For isolated patches of hair loss, injections can be administered and repeated at regular intervals until hair regrowth is achieved. For individuals who are averse to injections, topical corticosteroids can be applied on a daily basis. For sudden or widespread hair loss, oral corticosteroids may slow hair loss and encourage regrowth. 
  • Immunotherapy - Topical immunotherapy treats alopecia by initiating the body’s immune response. In response to a chemical applied to the skin, the scalp develops an allergic reaction. This diverts the focus of the immune system away from the hair follicles, thus stimulating hair growth. 
  • Minoxidil - Minoxidil is a medicated serum sold under the brand name ‘Rogaine’. Applied topically to the scalp, it is suitable for cases of mild alopecia areata. By dilating the blood vessels, it allows more oxygen, blood, and nutrients to penetrate the hair follicles, resulting in increased hair growth and the production of thicker hair strands. 

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Living with Alopecia Areata 

Hair loss can be devastating, especially when it occurs suddenly. You may experience feelings of anxiety, loss, fear, shame, frustration, and anger. Fortunately, there are several coping strategies you can implement to help you adjust to living with alopecia.

  • Combat your feelings of isolation by joining a support group, or meet others through local awareness events. 
  • Learn how to cope with your anxiety by seeking professional help from a psychologist. 
  • Gain a greater sense of control by exploring the various cosmetic solutions for alopecia areata.

Transitions Hair aims to equip you with the knowledge and support you need to overcome alopecia areata. Our hair loss solutions are designed for every level of hair loss in men and women. We offer hair regrowth and hair retention treatments, non-surgical hair replacement, hair transplants, and a wide range of stylish wigs. 

FDA approves first systemic treatment for Alopecia Areata

This week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States approved the first systemic treatment for alopecia areata. Alopecia areata is an auto-immune disease that affects more than 500,000 Australians, and there is currently no cure. It causes the body’s immune system to attack hair follicles in men, women and children, and can result in dramatic hair loss, ranging from bald patches to total baldness.

What is Olumiant?

The medication is known as Olumiant and contains the drug baricitinib. It is available in oral tablets, taken once daily. The FDA has approved Olumiant for adults with severe alopecia. About 40% of people saw significant hair regrowth in two large trials that spanned over 36 weeks.

Olumiant has traditionally been used to treat moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. It works by disrupting the communication of specific enzymes involved in harming hair follicles and causing inflammation, and it can help to calm down an overactive immune system. Olumiant isn’t recommended for use with other immunosuppressant drugs. Common side effects of Olumiant can include upper respiratory tract infections, headache, acne, high cholesterol and other medical conditions.

Will Olumiant be available in Australia?

The Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) is monitoring its use as a treatment for alopecia here in Australia. 

This is very exciting news for those who suffer from alopecia areata, as there currently aren’t many medical options for them. This will be the first FDA-approved systemic medicine to treat it, and we know many are hoping the TGA soon follows suit. Watch this space!

What is DHT in hair?

What is DHT in Hair?

One of the biggest problems with hair loss is an excess of the hormone “Dihydrotestosterone,” or DHT for short. DHT is just one of the nearly 80 hormones found in the human body. Hormones are vital for the healthy functioning of your body, but when they are imbalanced they can cause problems. In the case of DHT, there really can be too much of a good thing! If you are susceptible to its effects, it can attack your hair follicles by miniaturising them, which in turn leads to DHT hair loss in both men and women.

man experiencing hair loss

What is DHT?

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a male sex hormone that forms when testosterone combines with the 5-Alpha reductase enzyme. It is estimated that 10% of the testosterone produced by men and women each day is converted to DHT. Under normal conditions, women’s bodies typically have only a small amount of testosterone compared to men, but even a lower level of DHT can trigger hair loss in women.

This enzyme, 5-Alpha reductase, is held in the oil glands of hair follicles.  When it combines to the testosterone it is converted to the more powerful DHT Thus, DHT can attach to the hair follicles and remain there for a long time, eventually leading to DHT hair loss.


In normal amounts, DHT is important in the following ways:

  • It helps with the development of the reproductive organs, including the prostate gland.
  • It establishes masculine characteristics, such as the growth of facial and body hair.

However, if the body produces too much DHT, there could be symptoms such as:

  • A breakout of acne can occur.
  • Because DHT drives the growth of prostate cells, excessive amounts can result in an enlarged prostate.
  • Male pattern baldness is a symptom of high DHT (such as receding hairline and hair loss at the temples and on the crown).
  • In women, too much DHT can result in female pattern hair loss. 
  • Stress can also be related to increased levels of DHT in the body.

DHT Hair Loss

To understand how excessive DHT causes hair loss, it is necessary to look at the normal functioning of hair follicles. Each hair follicle attaches a hair into the skin and regulates the hair growth by interacting with hormones and other factors. This hair growth occurs in several stages:

Active growth phase: The length of this growth phase can vary for the different areas of hair on your body. The hairs on your head, for example, typically have a growth cycle of 2 to 5 years. During this phase, hair grows about 1 cm per month. Around 90% of your scalp hair is in this phase.  This is also known as the anagen phase.

Transitional phase: This is where hair growth stops and prepares to enter the resting phase by cutting off the blood supply to the hair. This takes only a couple of weeks and, in a normal cycle, occurs in 1% of your scalp hair.

Resting phase: During this phase, the resting hair remains in the follicle until it is pushed out when a new hair begins its active growth phase. About 9% of your hair is in this resting phase, and this cycle takes about 2 to 3 months. The transitional phase and resting phase are commonly referred to as the Catagen and Telogen phases.

Shedding phase: This is when the old hair is pushed out of the pore by the new growth and becomes fully detached. Between 50 to 100 hairs are shed each day from a normal scalp.  This is also know as the Exogen phase.

How does DHT affect this normal hair growth cycle? 

A study conducted in 2020 by a research team of dermatologists (published in the Frontiers in Pharmacology Journal) verified the effects of different concentrations of DHT on the hair follicle, concluding that higher concentrations of DHT inhibit hair follicle growth.

DHT binds with receptors in the scalp, which eventually causes a build-up of DHT in the hair follicles. This causes miniaturisation, which shrinks the hair follicles and shortens the normal cycle of hair growth. The follicles then produce thinner hairs which are also more brittle and can fall out more easily. DHT hair loss also means it will take longer and longer for new hair to grow back. And this can eventually lead to the follicles shutting down entirely and being unable to produce hair.

How can the effects of DHT be negated? 

There are two main approaches concerning how to reduce DHT:

Blocking excess production of the body’s DHT: For example, this could be achieved by something as simple as changing one’s diet towards foods that naturally block DHT production, or lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, getting regular exercise and reducing stress, etc.

Blocking DHT on the scalp: This method uses DHT blockers to prevent DHT hormones from binding directly with receptors in the scalp, thus preventing further shrinkage of the hair follicles.

Does DHT Increase With Age?

A 2002 study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that, while testosterone levels decline with age, DHT levels seem to remain constant in men between 40 and 70 years of age. Therefore, the male pattern baldness caused by DHT will continue as the DHT hormones constantly bind with receptors in the scalp, leading to further hair follicle deterioration unless action is taken to prevent further hair loss.

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Some of the DHT blockers used to address constant DHT hair loss

Pharmaceutical: Finasteride, for example, is available as a prescription medicine and reduces the effects of the enzyme that normally aids the conversion of testosterone into DHT. This means there is less DHT available to bind with the receptors in the scalp.

DHT Blocker Shampoos: These can be effective in blocking DHT’s activity on the scalp and hair follicles, plus they can wash away substances containing DHT. Some natural ingredients which act as DHT blockers are pumpkin seed oil and saw palmetto.

DHT Blocker Side Effects 

With the pharmaceutical product Finasteride, common side effects are:

  • Men may experience a decreased sexual desire.
  • There might also be trouble having or maintaining an erection.
  • It may cause ejaculation problems.
  • Symptoms of an allergic reaction to Finasteride may include skin rash or swelling of the lips or face.

Unfortunately, DHT blockers will not reverse the effects of male pattern baldness. At best, they will only slow down or stop the ongoing effects of DHT hair loss. They can’t restore a receding hairline or any of the other areas of hair loss.

How can Transitions Hair help? 

To restore your hair, Transitions Hair offers a variety of hair loss solutions for men and women, for every type and severity of hair loss. These include treatments such as:

Hair Loss Concealer: BioTHIK Hair Fibres are made up of microscopic natural keratin protein, the same protein that makes up your own hair. These fibres cling and seamlessly blend into your hair, hiding bald spots and receding areas instantly.

SensiGraft® is a groundbreaking hair restoration technique that bridges the gap between surgical hair transplants and typical hair replacement procedures. It is totally non-surgical yet natural-looking and undetectable, even by touch!

Laser Hair Retention Therapy has proven to be effective in promoting hair growth in males suffering from male pattern baldness. These proven procedures ensure the optimal environment for hair growth and the best results for you.

Hair Transplants utilise your own, growing hair in order to cover thinning or bald areas. Individual hair follicles are collected and relocated to other areas of your head. Not everyone is a suitable candidate for hair transplants, however, and a screening process is necessary.

Get in touch with Transitions Hair for your hair loss needs now!

What is better? Minoxidil or Finasteride

Minoxidil and finasteride are two popular compounds that are used to combat hair loss. Studies have found that both compounds have been proven to effectively treat male pattern baldness. On top of that, minoxidil has been shown to treat female pattern baldness.

Below, we’ll explain everything you need to know about minoxidil and finasteride and discuss how effective each solution is in treating and preventing hair loss. We will also mention the pros and cons of each of these, including notable side effects and whether both can be used simultaneously to improve hair loss.

What are Finasteride and Minoxidil?

Finasteride and minoxidil are two compounds approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Therapeutic Goods Association in Australia (TGA) to treat hair loss. 

Finasteride (known under the trade names Propecia and Proscar) is part of a class of medications called 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors. Finasteride was originally designed to treat enlargement of the prostate. It prevents hair loss by stopping men from converting testosterone into DHT (dihydrotestosterone). DHT is a male sex hormone, which when produced, can negatively bind itself to hair follicles and effectively damage them, rendering hair unable to regrow itself effectively. 

Minoxidil is an antihypertensive vasodilator medication, meaning that it widens blood vessels and facilitates the flow of blood to hair follicles in your scalp, encouraging thicker, and faster hair growth. It causes hairs in their resting (telogen) phase to shed and replaces them with new hairs, lengthening the growing (anagen) phase, or hair growth cycle. Minoxidil is the only drug approved by the FDA that can treat female pattern baldness. Originally minoxidil was used to help treat high blood pressure and is widely known under trade names Rogaine/Regaine, Vanarex or Loniten (oral). 

Do Minoxidil and Finasteride work?

Yes, studies have found that both minoxidil and finasteride work effectively to combat hair loss. A meta-analysis done by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that both minoxidil and finasteride were effective in improving male pattern baldness, and minoxidil was also effective in treating female pattern baldness. 

Finasteride works internally to stop hair loss by blocking DHT in men. There is also evidence to suggest that finasteride can encourage new hair growth. 

Minoxidil encourages hair to grow faster and thicker, effectively lengthening the hair growth phase. This thickening of the hair follicles can help treat the appearance of bald patches in both men and women. 

Although genetic hair loss can’t completely be cured, it can be slowed down substantially. Research has found that minoxidil and finasteride are the only two products to be consistently effective against hair loss.

Is Finasteride better than Minoxidil?

Finasteride works very differently than minoxidil, yet both of these compounds have been found to be effective hair loss solutions. The compound finasteride works internally to help stop hair loss and encourages new hair growth through a process of blocking excess DHT in men. In contrast, through increased blood flow, minoxidil encourages hair follicles to grow at a thicker, faster rate.

On the downside, women cannot use finasteride due to the male hormonal mechanism it utilises. However, minoxidil has been proven to be effective for treating female pattern baldness.

In Australia and the US, finasteride has the downside of being a prescription-only medication. However, it has the advantage of coming in pill form. It is taken orally, only once per day, and improvements are usually seen within a 3-4 month period. 

In comparison, minoxidil is commonly a topical treatment that is available over the counter, usually in gel or foam form (and less commonly in oral form). Minoxidil has the disadvantage that it must be taken twice per day and often rubbed into the scalp. Improvements are usually seen over the course of several months and even up to a year. Because it causes an interruption to the hair growth cycle, this may mean that initially, certain people will shed more hairs in the first few months of use, which is a temporary downside. As minoxidil works slowly, it is advisable to integrate this solution with other hair loss treatments, such as laser hair therapy.

Can you use Minoxidil and Finasteride together?

Finasteride and minoxidil work by using very different mechanisms. Studies have shown that both compounds are safe when used together by men. In fact, data published from studies by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that minoxidil, when used in combination with finasteride, was an effective combined treatment for stopping and slowing down male pattern baldness.

Minoxidil can cause side effects, which is why it’s important to discuss taking it with your doctor and be sure to mention any current medications to avoid potential interactions. Your doctor may prescribe medication to reduce side effects. Minoxidil may cause itchiness and skin irritations in some people. Generally, topical treatments contain a solution of 5% minoxidil, with one millilitre, administered twice daily, as the recommended dosage. The oral version (Loniten) is recommended at an initial dosage of 2.5 mg, twice daily. Too much minoxidil can cause an increased risk of side effects, including dizziness, heart problems or chest pain.

Similarly, finasteride can also cause potential side effects in a small percentage of men. Finasteride (Propecia) has been found to be effective when administered at a dose of 1mg per day. A high strength version (Proscar) is available in a dosage of 5mg per tablet, but the potential for side effects logically increases at this dosage. Some of these include sexual problems, such as erectile dysfunction, ejaculation disorder, and decreased libido. Less common side effects include depression, pain in the testicles, and changes to breast tissue. 

How can Transitions Hair help? 

At Transitions, we offer a wide range of proven, advanced hair loss solutions for both men and women. Our services allow you to feel a renewed sense of confidence in your everyday life. We often find that an integrated approach to hair loss works best. Regardless of your hair loss severity, we provide tailored solutions to meet your specific needs and budget!

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The Stages of Hair Growth and Loss

Hair growth and loss is a complicated process. Hair not only grows and sheds at different rates for everyone depending on many genetic and lifestyle factors, but our hair also transmits sensory information. Scientists have studied the distinct stages to understand hair growth and to find ways to prevent premature hair loss. Each stage follows its own timeline, which can be affected by genetics, nutrition, age, and health. 

diagram of hair shaft and follicle

Our hair has two components: the follicle and the shaft. The hair follicle resides in the skin and cannot be seen, while the shaft is visible above the scalp and is what we see when we look at someone’s ‘hair’. The follicle stretches from the epidermis to the dermis and is made up of several layers, each having a specific function. The dermal papilla lays at the follicle’s base and contains capillaries that nourish the cells. The bulb, or root, surrounds the papilla at the bottom of the follicle and divides every 24 – 72 hours. The inner and outer sheaths surround the follicle and protect the hair shaft. All of these parts work tirelessly together to create what we know as hair.

In this blog we will go through the four stages of hair growth, from the anagen to the exogen, and what to expect during each. 

stages of hair growth and loss

The First Stage of Hair Growth - Anagen

Also called the growing phase, anagen is the active stage of hair growth. It occurs when the cells in the root of your hair are rapidly dividing. When new hair is formed, it pushes club hair up the follicle. Club hair is hair that is no longer in the anagen stage and has stopped growing.

Your scalp hair stays in the anagen stage for a period of two to six years, growing about a centimetre every 28 days on average. Because everyone is different, our phases may last either longer or shorter durations. For example, some people may experience difficulty growing their hair past a certain length, while others may not. 

Those who experience difficulty growing their hair may find it due to their anagen phase being significantly shorter than those who grow their hair long with relative ease.

The Second Stage of Hair Growth - Catagen

After the end of the anagen phase, the catagen phase begins – lasting between two and three weeks. During this phase, hair growth begins to slow, while the outer root sheath of the hair follicles shrinks down. At the catagen stage, your hair will begin to separate from the bottom of the follicle but will remain in place, forming club hair during the final days of hair growth. 

This doesn't happen to all your hair at once; only about 3-5% of your hairs are in the catagen stage at a time. The catagen stage is a transitional stage for your hair, which is why it may also be referred to as the transition phase. Although it is the second stage of hair growth, the catagen stage is also considered the first stage of hair loss.

The Third Stage of Hair Growth - Telogen

The telogen stage (also called the resting phase) lasts for about 3 months for hair on the scalp, accounting for between 6-8% of hair at a time. The club hair forms completely during this stage, and the hair follicle is at rest. Since the hair follicle is at rest, your hair will not grow during this phase. Hair that is plucked while in the telogen stage will have a solid white consistency at the root. 

The telogen stage is sometimes referred to as the shedding phase, which is why you may see specialists referring to the three stages of hair growth with the telogen stage as the final stage. But many scientists have separated this into two stages, with the telogen and exogen stages representing resting and shedding, respectively. 

In the telogen stage, you will lose around 100 hairs a day on average. You can lose more if your body undergoes an unexpected change or stressor, a condition known as telogen effluvium. Someone who suffers from telogen effluvium will have 30% of their hairs go into resting and lose about 300 hairs a day.

The Fourth Stage of Hair Growth - Exogen 

As mentioned earlier, the exogen stage is seen as an extension of the telogen phase, and they are sometimes coupled together. During this stage, new hairs grow in the follicles and old hairs detach from the scalp and fall off. Hairs in the exogen stage are most noticeable after brushing, combing, or styling your hair. This shedding phase can last from two to five months, and you are expected to lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day. 

How Can Transitions Hair help? 

Now that you know the four stages of hair growth and what the process typically looks like, you will be better positioned to understand what is going on with your hair. Should you notice that you are losing more hair than normal, it is important to seek professional help. That’s where Transitions Hair comes in. 

Transitions Hair are Australian-based hair restoration specialists that have been serving the Australian population since the 1970s. As a member of Transitions International Group, we are a part of the most prestigious group of hair restoration professionals in the world. 

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The information and advice available on the internet can be confusing and misleading. We believe that the best way to treat your condition is to start with the right information. If you believe that you are suffering from hair loss, you must act fast and try to prevent the spread of hair loss before it is too late. 

The most effective way to get to the root of your problem is to schedule a free, confidential consultation with us. If you’re ready to treat hair loss now, contact us and we will begin the journey to happy, healthy hair together.

Tips on How to get Thicker Hair for Men

Our Guide for Thicker Hair for Men

As we get older, our body goes through changes and our hair is no different. But hair loss can be a long and confidence-sapping process that many men will have to endure. 

By age 35, around 66 percent of men will have experienced some degree of hair loss. All men will experience some hair thinning during their lifetime, but for some, this happens more quickly and is more extreme than others. 

If your hair is thinning, the good news is that there are steps you can take to tackle the problem—you don’t have to sit back and watch your hair disappear any longer.

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Here are our top tips for how to get thicker hair for men.

What causes hair thinning in men?

Thinning hair in men is primarily due to biological factors, but lifestyle choices can also play a part. One of the genetic reasons for hair loss in men is a reduced ability to produce testosterone.  As the male body breaks down testosterone, it changes into the compound DHT, shrinking your hair follicles and shortening your hair’s growth cycle. Over time this can cause your hair to be slow to regrow and more prone to breakage—symptoms of the onset of male pattern baldness. 

There are also some common lifestyle factors that can cause thinning hair:

  • Having a poor diet 
  • Using the wrong hair care products 
  • Some medications
  • Smoking

Thicken men's hair naturally with these tips

While there’s no way to reverse the ageing process (yet), the emergence of a receding hairline or a bald spot doesn’t necessarily mean ‘game over’ for your hair. So, before you freak out and start pulling out your locks, read these tips below on how to get thicker hair. 

Choose the right hair care products

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Keeping your hair and scalp clean with good quality products helps your hair look its best. Greasy hair lies flat on your head, emphasising thinning, while having a dirty scalp can inhibit new hair growth. 

Try washing with a good thickening or volumising shampoo and conditioner, applying the conditioner more on the ends of your hair—not your scalp. Avoid heavy styling products like waxes and gels, which weigh your hair down. Mousses and sprays will provide much more volume and keep your hair looking thick and rich.

Dry carefully

Wet hair is weak hair and breaks more easily. Be careful when drying your hair— avoiding vigorous rubbing with a towel—instead gently pat it dry, or if you have time, allow it to dry naturally. 

Say goodbye to the comb

Combing separates the strands in your hair, making it look thinner and lacking in volume. Although brushes are better at increasing volume, they also cause friction that can snap your hair. The best option for a glorious mane is to
use your fingers. 

Style gently 

Styling your hair gently with your fingers is one of the best ways to avoid breaking it.  If you use a hairdryer, avoid applying too much heat as this can weaken your hair. If you need to use heat for volume, start at a low temperature and increase gradually rather than beginning with a hot blast. 

Add more mineral-rich foods to your diet

Foods high in Iron, Zinc and B12 help stimulate healthy hair. Stocking your fridge with leafy greens, avocados, and nuts will help you on your way to thicker hair. Animal proteins such as fish and red meat are packed full of B12, which also help promote hair growth.  

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Stop smoking

Looking for another reason to kick the habit? Consider your hair. Research shows that smoking increases the production of hormones that promote hair loss and prevents vital nutrients from reaching your scalp, which stops hair from growing. 

Protect your head from the sun

Excessive heat from the sun can make your hair brittle, and the effects on your hair are even worse if you get sunburnt. Sunburn causes your scalp to produce a compound called superoxide, which inhibits your follicles’ ability to grow hair, switching your hair from a growth phase into a shedding phase. 

Get a better haircut

Some men believe that growing their hair out can help disguise thinning, but this usually just results in a lot of lifeless, wispy hair. Long hair is heavier, which can weigh down on your scalp and emphasise the thinning. A shorter haircut is always more flattering and can even help to make your hair appear thicker. Check out our blog post on the best hairstyles for thin hair.

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Consider colouring

Hair dyes actually thicken hair strands, and a well-chosen colour will reduce the contrast between your scalp and your hair, giving your hair a thicker, fuller look. For best results, it’s always best to consult a specialist when considering a hair colouring treatment.

How Transitions Hair can help you

Thanks to modern research and technology, there are more ways to mitigate and prevent hair loss than ever before. 

Transitions Hair offers a full range of cutting edge hair loss treatments for men, so whatever stage of your hair loss journey you’re at, we can help you turn things around and get you back to your confident best.

Get thicker-looking hair in an instant with BioTHIK Hair Fibre

BioTHIK hair loss concealer is easy to use and provides richer, thicker-looking hair in just 30 seconds—no surgery or expensive procedures required. This product is made with keratin, the same natural protein your hair is made up of, so it blends seamlessly with your hair for that movie star look, without the high price tag.

Regrow your hair with Laser Hair Therapy

Laser hair therapy is an evidence-based, clinically-tested hair retention and regrowth treatment that stimulates new hair growth and reverses the effects of thinning hair, leaving you full of confidence and a fuller head of hair. This solution is ideal for men with early-stage hair loss.

Enjoy a thicker, natural look with SensiGraft ®

A modern marvel, SensiGraft® bridges the gap between non-surgical and surgical hair loss treatments. Hair restored through the non-surgical SensiGraft hair replacement process is so natural looking that others will never be able to spot it—even under close visual inspection or touching, SensiGraft hair appears totally natural. 

Bring back a full head of hair with hair transplants

With no ongoing maintenance required, a hair transplant can be the ultimate long-lasting hair loss solution. You can enjoy thick, full locks of your own hair for years to come and be confident in any situation because you’re looking your best. Enquire today to speak to a Transitions Hair expert consultant about whether this solution is right for you.

Final thoughts

With proper care, good lifestyle choices, and the option to give your hair a new lease of life with Transitions Hair’s advanced treatments, hair loss doesn’t have to be a daily burden in your life any longer. Book your free hair loss consultation today to enjoy a private, personalised consultation to find the best solution for you.

Our Guide to Postpartum Hair Loss

Guide to Postpartum Hair Loss

Hormones, ‘baby brain’, and loss of sleep are common post-childbirth topics, but oddly hair loss doesn’t feature much in these conversations.

Watching your hair thin and shed in front of your eyes may be distressing, leaving you to wonder what is going on. Rest assured, it is totally normal for women to experience pronounced hair shedding following childbirth! This is known as postpartum hair loss. 

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What is postpartum hair loss?

Postpartum hair loss is the natural shedding of hair that can take place anytime straight after birth up to five months later, when a woman’s body and hormone levels start to return to a pre-pregnant state. The amount of hair loss varies amongst women. subject to their natural state and hair volume.

What causes postpartum hair loss?

During pregnancy, you may have noticed your locks were looking extra luscious. Your body’s estrogen and progesterone levels soar during pregnancy, putting your hair into a full-on ‘growth phase’, making it fuller and thicker. While there are several factors that can contribute to postpartum hair loss, the main one is that your body’s estrogen levels plummet after childbirth. This drop in hormones exacerbates the shedding stage of the normal hair cycle. Typically, women lose about 100 hairs daily, but postpartum hair loss can increase the amount to around 400.

How long does postpartum hair loss last?

Postpartum hair loss is temporary.  You may be wondering when the hair loss slows down, as you see a surplus of those previously lustrous strands of hair now left on your pillow in the morning or as big clumps clogging your shower drain. Generally, the hair loss will last for about four months as your body’s hormone levels readjust. Postpartum hair loss commonly stops around 12 months post-childbirth, and in rare cases, can last up to 24 months.

How to stop postpartum hair loss?

Reducing anxiety by accepting that postpartum hair loss is natural is a good start. There are simple things you can do to manage and minimise hair loss. You can encourage some faster improvements with a few basic self-care measures for your hair’s wellbeing: 

·       Making time to relax and get sleep (this can be difficult with a new bub, we know!)

·       Fitting in exercise

·       Eating well with a balanced, fresh food diet high in vitamins and minerals (protein and omega-3 are particularly good)

·       Skipping styling and reducing brushing your hair to avoid tugging at the roots

·       Desisting those baby grips on your hair

baby pulling mum's hair

Extreme Postpartum Hair Loss

Every woman’s body and situation differ. If you’re feeling concerned about your hair, seek dermatological or medical advice on what may be causing excessive or extended hair loss. They may identify other reasons, like vitamin or mineral deficiencies such as iron (anemia) or a low thyroid hormone.  

How Transitions Hair Can Help You

At Transitions Hair, we fully understand how a woman’s hair is integral to her confidence and self-esteem. If you’re feeling self-conscious about your thinning hair and revealing your scalp, we can guide you through a choice of customisable and effective cosmetic or restorative hair treatments and solutions that are undetectable and look totally natural while your hair regrows.

Whatever your hair thinning situation, there are several instant self-applied temporary solutions to more intricate, longer-term options that will help you feel and look your best with glamorous-looking hair:

Hair Loss Concealer & Cosmetic Hair Thickener- BioTHIK Hair Fibre

For an undetectable quick fix to conceal mild thinning and add immediate volume to fine hair, try BioTHIK Hair Fibres. This is a natural thickening powder made of keratin fibres, just like your own hair. It takes less than a minute to sprinkle and pat into place to bond to your existing hair. A light spray of Locking Mist will hold the keratin fibres in place, leaving you with a natural-looking coverage, and up to 150 percent thicker-looking hair, to last until your next hair wash.

Crown Extensions

Topette crown extensions are a popular cosmetic option, as they are lightweight hairpieces that are easily clipped into your own hair.  Made of genuine human hair that has been woven into a fine matrix, they immediately add natural-looking volume and crown coverage.

Customised to any length and colour, topette crown extensions can be styled to blend in with your own hair adding an appearance of soft, fuller, and thicker natural hair. It’s so comfortable and secure, you can even sleep with it.

Laser Hair Retention & Regrowth Therapy

Laser hair therapy is a safe, effective, and non-invasive laser hair rejuvenation solution that stimulates hair follicles and blood circulation to the scalp, encouraging hair growth and restoring a healthy hair cycle. The gentle low-level laser light therapy is self-applied, either through laser hair brushes, combs, caps, or laser helmets, depending on preference and budget. Clinically proven to increase hair volume and thickness with a softer and shinier feel, it’s an easy solution during the early stages of hair loss or used in combination with other treatments.

SensiGraft ®

Using the latest hair to skin technology, this is an easy non-surgical alternative solution to hair transplants that is similar to a topette, just more permanent. SensiGraft ® is a skin-like membrane implanted with genuine hair which is safely and securely bonded to your scalp for weeks, allowing you to wake up every morning to a full head of 100 percent natural-looking hair. You can even swim with it! Suitable as you transition between growing and restored hair, SensiGraft®  adds density, thickness, and volume that can be styled any way you like.  


If you’re looking for a versatile, yet full head of hair ‘makeover’, a wig is a perfect option.  Made from human hair, which is stronger and more heat resistant than a synthetic option, it looks, moves, and feels like your own hair that you can style the way you want. You can choose pre-designed or custom-made wigs from a wide range of quality, sizes, and colours, that will suit your face. Lightweight and silky soft, they are cool and comfortable to wear. These wigs have a natural hairline which gives them an entirely realistic appearance.

womens human hair wigs

Hair Transplants

In the event you are looking for a permanent hair restoration option, hair transplants are a possible solution. This involves transplanting your own hair by carefully redistributing selected healthy donor hair on your head to a thinning section via an advanced micrografting surgical procedure. 


Postpartum hair loss is temporary, yet the amount and duration of shedding will vary between women. Advanced pattern thinning is more likely due to medical or genetic reasons known as Androgenetic Alopecia. Whatever your hair situation, Transitions Hair can offer the best solution according to your lifestyle that will help you regain your looks and your confidence.

Contact or call one of our hair loss experts now for a free private consultation: 1300 427 778 (valued at $250) to work out the best hair solution for you.

Transitions Hair’s Guide to Laser Combs

Guide to Laser Combs for Hair Growth

Welcome to your one-stop guide to finding laser combs for hair loss. Learn about the benefits of using a laser comb regularly and compare some of the best laser combs on the market to find the best one for you. Hair loss is a very common condition among both men and women, especially later in life. That’s why it’s essential to take pre-emptive measures to ensure the health and vitality of your hair. Are laser combs effective? If you suffer from hair loss such as pattern hair loss and alopecia, studies have proven using a laser comb can help drastically reduce the side effects of these illnesses.

A bald head being combed with a brush

Did you know that research shows approximately 66 per cent of men experience some form of male pattern hair loss or baldness (MPB) by 35? Or that female pattern hair loss (FPHL) affects 57 per cent of women over the age of 80? Fortunately, with today’s advancements in technology, learning how to grow fuller, thicker hair at home is easier than ever. Forget the invasive transplants or tedious consultations with doctors and have the luxury of your treatment right in the palm of your hand with an FDA approved handheld laser hair comb.

What Is a Laser Comb?

What is a laser comb? A laser comb is a portable device that emits a low level of light to promote follicle growth and impede hair loss. Despite the fact they look like high tech hairbrushes from the future, laser combs are the quickest way to promote hair growth and maintain your luscious locks. The laser comb is one of the first drug-free treatment options on the market for hair loss.

laser combs for hair loss

How do laser combs work? Laser combs use what’s called low-level laser therapy (LLLT) or photobiomodulation to increase blood flow and reverse the thinning process. The term ‘laser comb’ may seem intimidating at first. However, once you compare laser combs to other marketed LED combs, you’ll find LEDs just aren’t dense enough to penetrate the skin to increase the blood supply to the desired area. Laser combs utilise safe, medical-grade lasers that emit a small amount of heat directly to your scalp and stimulate the follicle.

This method of stimulating the follicles allows your hair production to increase and strengthen at the root, restoring your hair’s vitality to all its natural glory. Using a laser comb is painless compared to other treatment options. Just brush your hair as you normally would while focusing the laser light energy directly on your hair follicles to repair dry, damaged hair, wherever necessary. Forget about the procedures and expensive shampoos because it’s time to take back your treatment with a laser comb.

hairmax laser comb for hair growth

Do laser combs work for hair growth?

Do laser combs work for hair growth? If you’re looking for an effective way to induce hair growth without the side effects of traditional treatments, then look no further than a laser comb. Clinical studies have proven that the low-level laser therapy (LLLT) found in laser combs can help to promote hair growth for both men and women.

It’s important to understand the hair growth cycle to care for your hair when it needs you the most. The hair growth cycle is broken up into three stages. 

Anagen stage: where the growth happens

Catagen stage: transitional period

Telogen stage: the resting period, where the hair sheds as the cycle restarts

So, do laser combs work to regrow hair? Though laser combs can’t revive dead hair follicles (sorry to the bald people out there), they can work alongside and help aid the regrowth progress. For example, in the Anagen stage, the laser comb produces a high volume of energy to stimulate the follicle to produce thicker, healthier hair; whereas in the Catagen stage, a laser comb helps the shedding process to allow for the process to begin again. Whether you’re thinning in one spot or all over your scalp, laser technology has been proven to revitalise dead ends, reduce regrowth time and strengthen follicles.

What is the best laser comb for hair loss?

There are many options on the market for laser combs, so you’re probably wondering what the best laser comb is for hair loss. When researching and shopping around for the most appropriate option for you, having peace of mind on your purchase should always be a top concern.                   

We’ve compared some of the most popular laser combs on the market and decided that with the Hairmax Ultima 12 Lasercomb, peace of mind is exactly what you’ll get. What more can you ask for than an FDA approved, clinically proven, alternative way of hair loss treatment? The Hair Max Laser Comb features a lightweight, portable design that allows you to treat your hair wherever you need to be. Suitable for both males and females, the Hairmax comes with up to 12 non-LED medical grade lasers for full head coverage.

the Hairmax Ultima 12 lasercomb

The laser comb brush features a unique design that incorporates patented hair parting teeth, allowing you to thoroughly brush your hair while maintaining maximum therapeutic coverage all over your scalp. Research on users of Hairmax Laser Combs found that 93% of their both male and female participants month period was an increase of 17 hairs per centimetre over 26 weeks. Though the results won’t appear overnight, your hair will be thanking you in the future. ‘Strengthen, Nourish, Stimulate, Grow’ is the Hair Max Lasercomb mantra, and the reviews speak for themselves.

How to use laser comb for hair growth?

Wondering how to use laser combs for hair growth? Well, surprisingly, it’s quite simple. A laser comb is used simply by running it through your hair or over the affected spots for the specified time.

How often do you use the laser comb? The Hair Max Lasercomb is recommended to be used three times a week for eight minutes each time for optimal results. Laser combs that are stronger generally have a shorter usage time, but usually, it varies from 5-15 minutes. 

a man using the hairmax laser comb

Can I use the Hair Max Lasercomb every day? Short answer, no. Laser combs cannot be used as a replacement for your regular hairbrush. Using one every day won’t increase the benefits but within a couple of months of using the Hair Max Lasercomb as directed, you should start to see results of thicker, healthier hair.

Can a laser comb cause hair loss? During the first few weeks of usage, it should be noted that there could be an increase in shedding. This is normal and should not discourage your ongoing usage. To achieve maximum progression in your treatment, continued use is essential. If you abruptly stop using your Hair Max Lasercomb the regrowth progress will halt and you’ll have to start the process again. For maximum results use your laser comb with the Hairmax Density RSN8 Pro Scalp Infusion for fuller, lush locks.

female before and after with hairmax

male before and after with hairmax

If you're wondering if laser hair therapy is a good option for you, get in touch for a free consultation where we can show you the Hairmax laser comb, show you how it works, and answer all your questions.

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

Can postpartum hair loss be treated?

mum and new baby

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.

women's hair loss in a brush

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

post partum hair loss

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.

Matt LeBlanc faux hawk for thinning hair

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.

slick pompadour hairstyle for thinning hair

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!

Tom Hardy buzz cut for thinning hair

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.

comb over fade hairstyle for thinning hair

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.

angled bob hairstyle for thin hair

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.

shag cut style for thin hair

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.

short bob style for thin hair

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.

pixie hairstyle for thin hair

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!

long bob for thin hair

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!