Create thicker, more beautiful hair this year!

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The New Year is here, what better time to shake up your hair habits and really make some positive steps towards achieving the hair that you want.

This time of year is the perfect opportunity to make the changes that you have always thought about:

1.  I will be brave

Whether you have been considering attempting to take control of your hair loss or simply a new hair colour, a different cut, promise yourself that this is your year! Even considering a major change is an important and brave step, and one that you do not have to do alone. We have all of the information and capabilities to guide you through a decision at your own pace. If you are considering working towards better hair then please, book a free consultation or give us a call on 1300 427 778.

2.  I will restock

One easy way to make yourself feel a lot better about your hair care routine is to cleanse yourself of all the products you do not use. Throw away those with expired dates, and pass along or swap the ones that aren’t working. Once you have purged yourself and have a clean slate (or bathroom cupboard) to work with, restock on all the items that need replacing. This will be so much better when you aren’t crowded with half finished bottles of shampoo that turned your hair to straw.

3.  I will deep condition

We have said it before but we will say it again, condition! There is no time like the present to make this an important part of your hair care routine. A regular deep conditioning treatment will lock in moisture, leaving you with healthy, luscious hair. Just keep up the good work and resolve to continue this for the rest of the year.

4.  I will wear accessories

Have fun with your hair this year! You don’t have to suddenly start rocking a sparkle headband, but why not try something a little different, such a small barrette or relive the 90’s with a scrunchie. One of our key accessories this season is our 100% virgin European Hair wrap. This will instantly change your look and add some volume and definition for season’s to come.

5.  I will take control

No matter what stage of hair loss you are in, this is the year for you to take control. It is time to get excited, and look gorgeous no matter what the relationship you presently have with your locks. Book an obligation and cost free consultation (valued at $250.00) today and speak with one of our trained hair loss consultants.  Alternatively, call on 1300 427 778 today. 

6.  I will accept compliments 

Now this is the hard one but it’s a MUST! You have worked for your gorgeous hair and you deserve the attention. So learn to say "thank you, you have made my day" with a big smile and don’t shy away.

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Alopecia Areata story - what it feels like to lose your hair!

For this young woman, losing her hair from Alopecia Areata was always unpredictable, but idea of shaving her head was a way to take control.

Alopecia areata is a condition in which your immune system attacks your own hair follicles. Whether it comes from lupus or just on its own, it causes your hair to fall out. And for Becky she will never forget the night before Christmas Eve.

Her, at the time, high school boyfriend was over. He ran his hands through her hair and a huge chunk of hair fell away. Understandably Becky became quite concerned and began to “freak out” and told the boyfriend to leave. Naturally, the young Becky runs to her mum, looking for answers. Her mother grabs a mirror, and with a worried expression on her face, shows Becky the back of her hair. There is a huge bald spot.

Becky truly felt her natural beauty and her femininity were at stake. For nine years she put her hair in styles to try and hide the bald spots.

After years of painful cortisone injection, Becky made the decision to shave her head. The above video shows Becky shaving her hair and reclaiming control and power over her condition.

Although shaving your hair is not a solution for everyone, it can be quite liberating. If you have any questions about other solutions, or about the Gripper wig, a wig for alopecians made by alopecians then please call 1300 427 778. Alternatively come in for a consultation and speak with one of our hair loss experts. 

The Bald Truth About Hair Loss

Women's hair loss myths debunked

We typically see advertisements and information about hair loss in men, however  women experience it too. According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), there are many factors that can result in hair loss in women, including illness, some medications and genetics. There are also a number of common myths surrounding hair loss in women.

We take a look at some of the myths, the causes and possible treatments.

Debunking the Myths about Women's Hair Loss

Some of the popular myths include:

•    Hair loss is inherited from the maternal line. In fact, according to the ISHRS, either parent's genes can factor in, and there’s no reliable way to predict how much hair you might lose, and in what pattern.
•    Women experience hair loss in the same way as men. Typically, rather than getting a noticeably receding hairline, women see a decreased density on the top of the head or a widening of the part.
•    All hair loss is permanent. There are treatments available, both surgical and non-surgical. The earlier the problem is identified and treated, the better.
•    Washing your hair can cause the condition. Generally, normal care doesn't result in hair loss, and it’s normal to lose a certain amount of hair naturally.
 

What causes hair loss in women?


There are many reasons why you might suffer hair loss. Genetics plays a part in some types of hair loss. And just like the condition of your skin and nails, your hair is subject to your general state of health. The normal cycle of hair growth can be interrupted by medications, illness, hormones and even extreme diets. Certain conditions can result in hair loss, including pregnancy and menopause. It's possible to lose hair during times of extreme stress, such as after a surgery or a physical or emotional trauma. Tight braiding or inappropriate hair extensions may also result in hair loss.
 

Early signs and hair loss treatment


Early treatment is the most effective way of dealing with hair loss. While it’s normal to lose some hair each day, pay attention if you notice a difference in the amount of hair in your brushes and combs, on your pillow in the morning, or on the floor. You might also notice that your part is wider then it was and that you can see your scalp, especially when your hair is pulled back in a ponytail or a bun.
 
There are a number of treatment options, depending on your particular circumstances. These include wigs for women, crown extensions, hair transplants, hair extensions, laser hair therapy and cosmetic hair thickener.

At the onset of hair loss, seek professional advice for the best chance of finding a suitable option to rescue your locks.

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Hair Extensions - How do they work?

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If you've ever wanted hair that's straight out of a glamour magazine, hair extensions can transform your mane from limp to luscious. They're also a fantastic solution for women experiencing hair loss or thinning, providing you receive a professional consultation with regard to the best option for your circumstances.

It's important to do your research and get professional advice, because some extensions can be too heavy for your hair, which may result in further damage or hair loss in women. Other than that, no matter if you have straight, curly, long, short, streaked or coloured hair, there's likely to be an option for you. For natural looking extensions, you can add volume and length with handcrafted, 100% human hair extensions.

The methods used to attach hair extensions are varied, and require an assessment of your hair to create the right look, while maintaining the integrity of your locks.

Here are four common methods of attaching hair extensions.

1.  Clip-ins

If you've ever looked into getting hair extensions, you'll know that the different processes used can get a tad confusing. The most temporary type of hair extensions are clip-ins, which you can apply and remove in minutes.

These won't damage your hair and you can use them for special occasions to instantly add volume. They don't look as natural as permanent applications and you need to be careful they don’t fall out, however they're an easy solution for fine hair.

2.  Weaves

You may have heard about weaves, whereby your natural hair is braided into cornrows and the extensions are sewn in with a needle and cotton. This is a popular option for women with curly or frizzy hair, however it can put strain on your scalp and further contribute to any existing damage.

3.  Micro-link

There's also the micro-link process, which involves looping hair extensions through natural hair, before binding the hair using pliers and metal beads. While they last for a long time, they may require frequent attention and can damage your natural hair.

4.  Cold fusion

By far the gentlest and most natural option is cold fusion. This process uses a keratin-based polymer to attach extensions to the root of your hair. This method doesn't require heat, so damage to the scalp is minimised and it results in natural-feeling hair.  It also allows for additional extensions around the front of your head, and you can wash, style and treat your hair as normal.

When you no longer want your extensions (though you may choose to keep them forever), they can be easily removed.

The most important consideration with hair extensions is to start the process with a professional. That way, you can create the look you want without damaging your hair, and you'll receive guidance with regard to care and maintenance – meaning you get the most out of the gorgeous locks you deserve.

What are the Early Signs of Hair Loss?

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Hair loss can be a distressing issue and it's much more common than you might think. The problem is, you might not notice thinning hair until long after the process has begun.

In order to put preventative measures in place, it pays to be aware of the early signs of hair loss. Here are four common ones to watch out for.

Four symptoms of hair loss

1. Thinning hair

Hair loss in women can be harder to detect than in men, because it often develops in a general, widespread area across the top of the head. You can check for symtoms of thinning by looking for changes in thickness throughout all areas of your scalp.

2. A wider part in the hair

This sign is easy to detect if you regularly part your hair to one side or the other, or you use parts as a way to style your hair. Take notice of the width of your part, whether it be at the side or in the middle. This way, you'll be aware of parts becoming wider, which is a sign of hair loss.

3. A visible scalp

As hair loss progresses, your scalp will become more visible. You can easily detect this when your hair is pulled back in a bun or a ponytail, as 'see-through' areas will be more prominent.

4. More hair strands

There's no need for concern when you see hair in your brush, in the shower after washing or on the floor, as it's normal for hair to fall out and accumulate on surfaces. However, if you are experiencing hair loss or thinning, the amount of hair will increase, so it pays to take ongoing notice of the amount. The best way to do this is to monitor your pillow, bathroom floor, brushes and combs.

What can you do about it?

As soon as you notice any of these signs, seek professional advice as to the next steps to take.

There are many options available, including hair transplants, which are permanent and undetectable. Crown extensions are designed to help women with androgenetic alopecia and thinning on the top, front and crown of the head. Laser hair therapy is used for early stage hair loss and thinning, to improve the volume, thickness and quality of hair.

You can also look at products such as cosmetic hair thickener, wigs and extensions, so you can rest assured in the knowledge that your hair loss doesn't have to affect your confidence or self-esteem.

With early detection, evaluation and a range of treatment options available, hair loss in women can be dealt with effectively.  Call us today for more information or a free hair consultation  to discover your options Ph: 1300 427 778

Hair consultations are avaible in hair loss clinic in Sydney.  We also offer Skype/Facetime consultations.

Illnesses and Lifestyle Factors that can Contribute to Hair Loss

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Experiencing hair loss can be distressing and not knowing the cause serves to increase stress and anxiety. At the first signs of hair loss in women, it pays to seek medical advice to discover the underlying factors.

It’s also useful to look into hair loss solutions when you are about to embark on certain debilitating medications.

Let's take a look at some illnesses and lifestyle factors that can contribute to hair loss.

Diet

A poor diet is bad news for health in general, and your hair health is also affected. A diet high in junk food contains toxins which need to be eliminated from your body, including from the scalp, which results in greasy, limp hair.

Further to that, if you don't receive the full range of nutrition your body needs to function at maximum capacity, the follicles won't be able to produce as much hair, which leads to thinning and loss. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, protein and whole grains to ensure you're filling up on vital vitamins and minerals.

Stress

In a fast-paced world it's easy to become stressed. However, if stress rules your life, the hormones released to put your body into 'flight or fight' mode, can take their toll on your health. With more hormones in your bloodstream, your hair cycle is disrupted and essential nutrients are depleted. Take steps to monitor and alleviate stress on a daily basis with exercise, relaxation and good sleeping habits.

Smoking

We all know that smoking is bad for our health, but it also impacts the normal function of hair growth. The toxins released enter the hair follicles and blood circulation is reduced, which impedes new hair growth. Seek medical advice on giving up smoking to increase the health of your hair and overall wellbeing.

Illnesses and medications

Certain Illnesses, conditions and the medications associated with them are common causes of hair loss. Those associated with hair loss include:

Ringworm
Anemia
Menopause
Lupus
Thyroid disorders
Cancer
Diabetes

Once you understand how and why you're experiencing hair loss, you can get the ball rolling towards finding the perfect hair loss treatment for you.

Your solution could be found in wigs for women, extensions, hair transplants or even cosmetic hair thickener, so you can rest assured there is a suitable solution out there for you.

The Link Between Contraception and Hair Loss

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Whether you've read the headlines or you've experienced it yourself, there's no doubt that a common side effect of the birth control pill is hair loss in women. Some women experience hair loss while they're on the pill, while others don't notice the effects until several weeks after stopping it.

As with many medications, it can be hard to determine if contraception is the culprit, so here's a look at the possible connections and what you can do about it.

How can the birth control pill cause hair loss?

According to The American Hair Loss Association, birth control pills have been clinically proven to be safe and effective. However, the Association also recognises the negative effects on normal hair growth, especially in women with a history of hair loss in their family.

Hair loss can be an issue for women who are sensitive to the hormones contained in contraceptive pills. The main reason is because the pill can disrupt the normal growth phases of your hair.

You hair grows in cycles, from active, to transitional, to resting. Birth control pills can cause the hair to move from the active growth phase, to the resting phase too soon. This results in large amounts of hair growing, but also falling out at a pace that's too rapid for the regrowth.

For women who are sensitive to hormonal-related hair loss, as the pill suppresses ovulation, the hormonal changes taking place in the body can increase the chances of hair loss weeks or even months after stopping the pill.

When hair loss is the result of high levels of oestrogen, which increases the cell turnover and speeds up the entire cycle, it's medically termed telogen effluvium. Often, however, treatment isn't required as your body will eventually adjust to the higher oestrogen levels.

What can you do about hair loss?

If you feel you are experiencing hair loss due to the contraceptive pill, it's important to seek medical advice before stopping. You may be able to change to a lower-dose pill or find another suitable form of contraception, especially if female hair loss runs in your family.

Taking extra care of your hair, avoiding chemical-based treatments and styling your hair gently can also help as your body adjusts hormonally. You can also promote hair growth by making changes to your diet to include sufficient amounts of vitamins and minerals, including zinc and B vitamins.

To help you through the stages of adjustment, there are a number of hair loss treatments available. These include Laser Hair Therapy, cosmetic hair thickener, extensions and even wigs for women.

If you're concerned, consult a professional at the early signs of hair loss. This can help you restore your confidence and find solutions for the ongoing health of your hair.

Need advice on the best cosmetic options available to create thicker hair?  Call our hair loss clinic in Sydney for more information.  Ph: 1300 427 778.

How Your Iron Levels are Linked to Hair Loss

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The relationship between iron levels and hair loss has been the cause of numerous medical studies. In fact, anaemia is one of the most common reasons for female hair loss.

If you suspect you may have iron deficiency, it's important to seek medical advice immediately, rather than treat yourself through supplements – because high levels of iron can be toxic.

How do you know if you have iron deficiency?

Anyone can have iron deficiency, including men, however teenage girls and women are especially at risk. The causes include heavy blood loss during menstruation, pregnancy or inadequate nutrients.

You may experience symptoms such as fatigue, brittle nails, shortness of breath, an impaired immune system, pale skin and thinning hair.

If this is the case, your doctor can measure your iron levels with a series of tests. These include the amount of iron in your blood and how much iron your body is using from stored sources.

How does iron deficiency contribute to hair loss?

Hair loss as a result of iron deficiency is usually temporary and is referred to as telogen effluvium. This is an abnormality of the hair growth cycle, whereby excess shedding occurs because hair follicles are being forced out of their growing phase, on a continual basis. As your body requires sufficient nutrients to function properly, hair growth is one of the first processes to suffer when you're nutrient deficient.

How can you avoid iron deficiency?

A great starting point is to increase your daily intake via your diet. Get into the habit of regularly incorporating some iron rich ingredients. These include leafy vegetables, tofu, red meat, chickpeas, chicken, rolled oats, brown rice, nuts, kidney beans, dark chocolate, oysters, dried fruits and broccoli. Combining iron-rich foods or supplements with vitamin C helps to increase your absorption.

It also pays to avoid foods that may inhibit iron absorption into your body, including coffee, milk, yogurt, cheese, tea and junk foods. Your doctor may prescribe an iron supplement to ensure your levels increase.

What are your options for thinning hair?

The good news is you can easily find a hair loss treatment to suit you while you recover from iron deficiency. Treatments include wigs, extensions, cosmetic hair thickener and hair transplants for more serious cases. A hair loss specialist can recommend the best choice, based on an individual evaluation of your condition.

Rest assured that, in the majority of cases, your hair will start to grow back once the imbalance is corrected through diet, supplements and procedures as advised by your doctor.

Noticed Hair Loss and Hair Fall?  Your next steps:

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It can certainly be a crushing experience. Staring in the bathroom mirror and noticing hair loss is never going to make anyone feel good. Be reassured that it is remarkably common however, among both men and women, and it may affect people of all ages. If you have noticed any degree of hair loss, then it is important to remember that you do have choices.

Step one – diagnosis of hair loss

It’s natural for us to lose hair every day but if you start noticing a significant increase in hair loss, either in patches or overall thinning, then it may be a good idea to visit your doctor. There are many possible reasons for women’s hair loss including stress, menopause and medical conditions such as alopecia and anaemia. A trip to the doctor may help determine what is actually happening so you are very clear on how best to proceed.

Step two – treatment to prevent further loss

Once you understand why you are experiencing hair loss, you may be able to seek treatment to try to prevent further loss. Depending on the cause, this might involve specialist consultation, medication and/or targeting lifestyle areas – such as stress or poor diet - that may be a contributing factor. Female hair thinning is not unusual as we age, and your doctor may be able to offer advice. Always feel free to ask plenty of questions so you are clear on all your options.

Step three – assessing the degree of hair loss

Hair loss can obviously vary significantly from one case to the next. Some people will notice that their centre part appears wider and there is an overall thinning or lanky look. Some might develop patchy ‘holes’ where the hair follicles have stopped producing new hairs. Others may have very significant loss over larger areas. The best solution for you should be a targeted one taking into account exactly what is happening in your case.

Step four – finding the right solution

We understand that whatever degree of hair loss you are experiencing, it can have a major impact on your life. Our hair is one of our most defining features so even the smallest loss may affect not just appearance, but our overall confidence. Thankfully, there are a range of solutions available these days that work to address specific problem areas. These include treatments for regrowth and hair restoration such as cosmetic hair thickener’s, natural hair wigs, hairpieces for women (we call them ‘toppettes’ and crown extensions) and hair integration systems.

The absolute bottom line is that there are solutions that may assist. So if you’re unhappy with the state of your hair, don’t be shy in taking steps to address your hair loss, improve your appearance and help regain your confidence.

Call us today for a Free Consultation about your hair Ph: 1300 427 778

Hair Loss Consultation is available in Sydney.

The Link Between Stress and Hair Loss

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The mind may have a powerful impact on the body, and when we are stressed it’s not uncommon for anxiety to impact us in all sorts of ways. Stress can affect our ability to sleep and think clearly, it might contribute to back pain and muscle tension, and in some cases, it may even be a contributing factor to hair loss in women and men.

Identifying stress and hair loss

It is important to be clear that not all hair loss is due to stress, and not everyone who experiences stress will suffer hair loss. As noted by the American Academy of Dermatology, some degree of hair loss is natural as we age, plus there are a number of hair loss disorders with varying causes. Many people with conditions such as alopecia areata (often signified by small, round patches of hair loss) and telogen effluvium (where there is an overall thinning), do maintain that the conditions developed after periods of severe or ongoing stress. We all lose hair every day but if you notice sudden patches or substantial thinning, the first step is to seek a professional medical option.

Alleviating stress

If you are suffering from stress, whether you are currently experiencing hair loss or not, then it is important to try and deal with it. This might involve making changes to your lifestyle (changing jobs, seeking financial advice or talking to a counsellor or psychologist). And there are a number of other options that may help, including:

Exercise – A healthy diet and regular exercise is good for the body and the mind.
Meditation – Many people attest that meditation is a useful tool to help alleviate stress and maintain a positive focus. Free meditation apps for smartphones are a good option.
Acupuncture – Some people swear by the positive effects acupuncture may have on reducing stress levels.
Social network – Good friends may make all the difference. It’s helpful to talk when stressed, and close friends or family may also help you see things from a different perspective. The old saying about laughter being the best medicine also holds sway, so try and fit in some purely social time.
Music – For some people, music may have a beneficial effect. Opt for slower paced tunes or even classical CD’s, find a quite space and breathe deeply.

For hair loss

Once you have sought medical advice, you may also wish to do something about your hair’s current appearance. Whether patches or hair thinning, women and men often find that any loss can impact on confidence and self-esteem (and may cause more stress!) The good news is that there are a number of options, including human hair Crown Extensions(some like to call them human hair toppers) and hair extensions in Sydney and around the country. If you want to improve the appearance of your hair, don’t hesitate to get in touch - for those who are not in Sydney we offer Skype or Facetime consultations.  Call today for more information:  Ph: 1300 427 778.