The Link Between Contraception and Hair Loss

 

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

Iron in Spinach for hair loss

 

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:

Lots of hair on brush

 

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

Stressed out

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.

Clinical Study into the Psychological Effects of Alopecia Areata

Alopecia Areata psychological effects

The truth behind alopecia areata has so far escaped scientists and researchers, however a new study is correlating AA with anxiety, depression and other psychiatric problems.

It is not a question that hair abnormalities can have a negative impact on the psychological well being of patients with AA. Loss of hair has a tremendous toll, especially on women and young adults with up to 39% of AA patients suffering from generalised anxiety disorders.

Some researchers however are suggesting AA can be grouped among primary dermatologic disorders with psychiatric comorbidities or even as a primary psychiatric disorder with a dermatologic problem.

A comorbidity (in medicine) is the presence of one or more additional disorders co-occurring with a primary disease or disorder.

One instance that supports this theory is the significant hair regrowth seen in patients with AA that take imipramine (an anti-depressant drug) or under go hypnotic approaches.

At this stage it is unclear what this will mean for patients suffering from alopecia areata, however the more we know about the condition, the closer we are to a cure!

Story via International Journal of Trichology 


If you are or a loved one is suffering from depression, anxiety or another mental issue there are places you can go for immediate and professional help. Lifeline 13 11 14 is a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week support service. 

Here at Transitions Hair we strive to provide a safe, supportive space for women suffering from hair loss. To learn more about hair loss and the various solutions we provide, book an obligation and cost free consultation, with one of our experts. Ph: 1300 427 778

There is hope for those suffering from Trichotillomania!

A new treatment approach for Trichotillomania has been disclosed by Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. The study shows that both the online self-help intervention 'decoupling' and progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) could be effective in reducing hair pulling symptoms.

Trichotillomania is a compulsive conditions which results in sufferers pulling out their hair, though this may not necessarily always mean the scalp. The severity of hair pulling varies from case to case but may result in noticeable bald patches.

Decoupling is a recent method which has presented to reduce excess hair pulling (and nail biting). This is done by breaking down and rearranging elements of the old behaviour. The idea is to unlearn the misbehaviour and replace it with a new (harmless behaviour).

Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) is a tension reducing technique that involves the systematic tensing and relaxing of certain muscle groups. It is effective in identifying hidden tension throughout the body.

Researches have found significant and comparable reductions in symptoms of rich in both forms of intervention. Although the researchers concluded that further studies were required, this is finally some good news for those suffering from Trichotillomania.

Trichotillomania can be an isolating experience, and one that you should not have to endure alone. This condition can severely affect confidence and self esteem effecting a person's quality of life. If you would like to restore your hair, and gain back your confidence, please give us a call on 1300 427 778 or, alternatively come in for a free consultation with one of our hair loss experts.

How to Determine the Extent of Your Hair Loss

Understanding the Ludwig and Savin Scales for Female Pattern Hair Loss

Is baldness genetic? Experts revealed that heredity or genetic is just one of the many causes of hair loss in women. Other causes of female hair loss include medications, stress, ageing, ailments, underlying medical conditions and unhealthy lifestyle.

Once the root cause of the condition is determined, the next step is to evaluate the degree of hair loss. This is crucial to find the right treatment that can prevent the onset of the problem.

The Different Phases of Female Pattern Hair Loss
 

There are several methods that help determine the phases of women’s hair loss, such as the Ebling-Rock scale and the Olsen scale. However, two of the most common methods used to create a uniformed analysis on the stages of female pattern baldness are the Savin scale and the Ludwig scale. These two scales are identical, the main difference is that the Savin scale also measures the hair density or the overall thinning of the hair.

The Ludwig and the Savin Scales both have a chart showing nine images of the same woman with a balding scalp in various stages of severity. The first image being the least severe and the last being the most severe.

Female pattern hair loss

Grade I-1: Illustrates a woman with the hair parted down the middle of the head. There is no hair thinning on this stage and the parted area in the centre of the scalp remains intact.

Grade I-2: In this stage, the hair begins to thin down the middle. The parted area at the centre of the head becomes slightly wider.

Grade I-3: There is noticeable hair thinning at the centre of the parted area. The thinning area becomes even wider than Grade I-2.

Grade I-4: The hair thinning problem is even more apparent. It’s almost double the size of Grade I-3.

Grade II-1: The width of the parting gets progressively wider. In this stage, the overall hair appearance looks thinner and finer.

Grade II-2: The hair loss becomes more diffused, exposing a greater area on the top of the scalp.

Source: www.howtostophairfall.info

At this point, the patient has already lost a substantial amount of hair density.

Grade III: In this stage, you can see an oval shape on top of the scalp showing complete hair loss. There is very little hair in the front of the head and severe hair loss down the middle is extremely noticeable.

Advanced: The top of the scalp is fully exposed with very little hair left in the front of the head. In this stage, using topical and oral medications may no longer be an option. Some hair doctors may recommend undergoing hair transplant surgery or using hair systems or wigs for women as means to cover up the condition.

Frontal: A receding hairline in the temporal and frontal areas above the forehead is noticeable. The hair thinning problem in the central parted area resembles the Grade I-4.

There is a lot to learn about female pattern hair loss or androgenetic alopecia. We hope that the information we’ve provided will help you gain better understanding on the rate of hair loss that women may suffer from.

For a free confidential hair consultation (valued at $250.00) or detailed explanation of any hair problem that you may be experiencing, contact Transitions Hair today. Whether it’s alopecia areata, androgenetic alopecia or any other type of hair loss, we take the time to understand your individual needs and help you find the ideal solution to achieve a desirable result.

Wigs for Biggest Kids

We have some exciting news from the Australia Alopecia Areata Foundation.

The AAAF believes that whether to wear a wig or not is a personal choice. As government assistance and Medicare/Private Health Care reabates are limited and vary across states, the AAAF is offering from November 1st - February 28th 2016 a once off program to assist people over the age of 55 with updating or purchasing a new wig

Application Criteria

  • The amount awarded is a total of $700.00 inclusive of GST
  • The applicant will need to provide relevant proof of age, in the form of a scan or photograph of a valid licence, passport, health care card or pension card.
  • The applicant will also need to supply a confirmation that you do have a form of alopecia areata. Your GP can fill out a form that is available here
  • AAAF can provide a list of Wig Providers in your state. A Wig Provider needs to be selected as part of this application. AAAF has the right to refuse the Wig Provider if we do not believe the Wig Provider will provide an overall positive experience and quality product for the applicant.
  • The successful applicatn will recieve a voucher to present to the Wig Provider on collection of the wig. The Wig Provider will invoice AAAF directly quoting the voucher reference number.
  • The grant is valid only until the 30/06/2016 and must be used before this date or it will be forfeited.

Please pass this information on to anyone you know that may be interested!

Episode 2 - Who are we?

Andrew Wilson – Owner and director at the Transitions Hair Sydney Studio. Transitions Hair in Australia has typically been a family business and Andrew has been working in the industry for 20 years, as well as watching his dad work in the industry while he was growing up.

In the beginning
In the 1960’s and ‘70s it was important to have big hair, Brigitte Bardot was an icon with big hair and people emulated this look with different hairpieces. Similarly, big hair for men became all the rage, big perms, big fros, big beards, big mo’s, and big hairy chests.

Andrew began work serving coffees at age 12, and was able to observe the work that his father did, speaking with clients and learning to appreciate the work that was being done. It was at the age of 20 that Andrew began to work on hair himself.

Sydney Studio
Andrew opened the Sydney studio in 2009 and designed the space with comfort and elegance in mind. The studio has a consultation room which is where you will meet with Andrew to discuss any issues that you may have. From there the space has two private and discreet styling rooms so that clients feel comfortable at all times in the studio.

To learn more or to book in for a free consultation, please give us a call Ph. 1300 437 778 or email us at enquiries@transitionshair.com.au. Our website for women also provides extensive information on our various services.

Tune in next for Episode 3 – Why is hair so important? Or if you missed it, check out our last episode which explains the direction we are heading with this vlog. 

What You Need to Know About Androgenetic Alopecia — 3 General Patterns of Baldness

‘Worldwide, women make up 14.2 per cent of all hair restoration patients. Since 2004, the number of female surgical hair restoration patients has increased by 24 per cent.’

— International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS)

This staggering statistic only proves that hair loss is not a domain reserved only for men. Women may also experience thinning hair or hair loss at some stage in their lives. Approximately 80 per cent of women may exhibit noticeable signs of hair loss as they reach the age of 60. The only main difference between male and female hair loss is the pattern of the condition.

Worried about hair loss

The Three General Patterns of Hair Loss in Women

Female pattern baldness (FPB) or androgenetic alopecia is the most common type of hair loss in women. It is a distinctive form of baldness that is characterised by a receding hairline on the top and crown of the scalp while the front hairline remains unaffected except for normal recession. Below are three general patterns of female hair loss:

1. Christmas Tree Pattern

Frontal accentuation is a type of hair loss pattern that is commonly referred to as the ‘Christmas tree pattern’. The term was first coined by Dr. Elise Olsen, a dermatology specialist, who noticed that the hair loss resembled the shape of the base of a tree (at the hairline) and the tip of the tree (at the centre of the scalp).

2. Ludwig Pattern

A hair loss pattern that is demonstrated in the Ludwig Scale. This separates female pattern baldness in three unique stages or types, namely:

• Type I (Mild) — exhibits an early sign of thinning that may become noticeable when the hair is parted down the centre of the scalp. Most women who are in this stage of hair loss may have difficulty noticing the condition since the frontal hairline remains intact.

• Type II (Moderate) — shows a noticeable thinning, shedding and decrease of hair volume accompanied by a significant widening of the midline part that may broaden over time.

• Type III (Extensive) — characterised by a thin, see-through look on the top of the scalp that is usually associated with generalised hair thinning problem.

3. Norwood-Hamilton Pattern

A type of hair loss pattern that is similar to the pattern seen in men experiencing androgenic alopecia. Women experiencing this condition may exhibit recession of the hairline that resembles the Norwood-Hamilton Type II pattern of hair loss. The condition may progress to Norwood-Hamilton Type IV typically when women reach the age of 50 to 60. In very rare cases, this condition may progress to Norwood-Hamilton Type VI and VII.

Female pattern baldness is subtle and unpredictable. Most women who experienced hair loss may not realise that they’re losing their locks until the condition has reached its advanced stage.

If you fear that you may be experiencing female hair loss, contact us today.

At Transitions Hair, we offer a free consultation to help you identify your type of hair loss condition. We also provide a range of clinically proven hair loss treatments that will restore the beauty of your crowning glory.