There is hope for those suffering from Trichotillomania!

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Cancer Drug could Cure Baldness

Good news! New drugs that have been developed to fight rheumatoid arthritis and cancer may work to stimulate hair growth. A surprising twist that these drugs may offer a potential baldness cure given cancer is normally associated with hair loss.

It is specialised drugs called JAK inhibitors that stimulate hair growth and they are currently being tested at Columbia University as treatments for alopecia areata (hurrah).

Alopecia areata is an auto immune disease that attacks the hair follicles. These drugs suppress the inappropriate immune responses, and allow the follicles to leave the 'resting' stage and enter the hair cycle.

'The hair that came in came in beautifully and in a few weeks and very thickly'

Although these drugs do suppress the immune system, which leaves patients vulnerable to infections, there is more good news! The smart people at Columbia are developing away to topically apply the drugs (through creams), which is much safer. It also seems as if topical application gets more of the drug to the hair follicle.

'Male pattern hair loss follicles are stuck in the same state where these drugs seem to work'

This is exciting news for anyone experiencing hair loss, however a cosmetic option may be a while away.

Related: Better Grey than Bald

If you are experiencing hair loss, and would like further information on current solutions available to you, please feel free to give us a call on 1300 427 778. Or better yet, come in for a cost and obligation free consultation with a hair loss consultant.

Episode 1 - WELCOME!

Why?

We are producing a Vlog in order to communicate important and useful information to the public in regards to hair loss & hair loss solutions.

Who?

Andrew Wilson is the Owner & Director of Transitions Hair in Sydney,  Australia.  With twenty years’ worth of experience,  Andrew is able to share much of the helpful and useful information he has gathered along his professional journey.

What?

• Forum to answer questions – please feel free to send any questions that you may have in to enquiries@transitionshair.com.au. There is so much information out there that it is easy to become overwhelmed and confused.
• How to videos – insightful and useful information on how to use various products or style guides.
• Review products – Honest and educated opinions on the magnitude of products that are out there. Some of it is really exciting and some of it is best left behind.
• Education – It is important to be informed across the board about hair loss, whether it is products, technology or the latest breakthroughs in science and medicine.

Look out for “Episode 2 – Who Are Transitions Hair?” and please visit the website.

5 of the Best Haircuts for Thin Hair

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So you haven’t been blessed with celebrity thick hair (don’t sweat it, most of the time theirs isn't natural), you can still have a glamourous hair style that will be the hair envy of all your friends. In fact, some of these styles will only work because you have thin hair (hurrah).

1. Graduated Bob

The graduated (or A line) bob can be a super elegant, stylish look, and it’s perfect for thin haired sisters. This is because your thin hair won’t make your face look wide! It should also be noted that this hair style is great for shorter girls, as your hair won’t cut your body in half.

2. Thick Bangs

Bangs are great way to instantly add volume and texture into thin hair, and are also a lot easier to control and style when hair is thinner. There is a bang style to suit everyone, just remember, you want your bangs to make you pop, not hide your pretty face!

3. Choppy pixie

Pixie cuts are cute as, and they definitely work better for those of us with thinner hair. By making the cut choppy, you can easily add volume and avoid your hair looking too thin.

4. Deep side Part

I know what you are thinking – but side parts don’t work on my thin hair! Sweeping all your hair to one side is a different matter entirely; this look is sexy on everyone. Add waves and curls to enhance the look and make your hair thicker than ever.

5. Lob with Light Layers

This look is fantastic as it’s so much easier to create and hold if you have thin hair rather than thick. Quick tip, don’t over straighten, as this will make your hair appear even thinner. Instead, add a little product and go natural, the layers will add movement and body to your hair.

Still not happy?

If a new hair style isn’t quite cutting it, than we offer many solutions to boost your hair thickness, from cosmetic concealers to hair integration products. Our cutting edge hair loss solutions help many women gain their confidence back by getting them to feel themselves again. 

We recommend coming in for a free, confidential consultation (valued at $250.00) and one of our hair loss experts will tailor a solution for you Ph 1300 427 778 to book today.

Your Man Bun could be the Hair Loss Culprit!

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An extremely popular hair style for men these days, it can be seen on the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Jared Leto and Harry Styles. However, the man bun, essentially an extremely tight ponytail can cause traction alopecia, effecting the hairline of men who sport this look.

After prolonged pulling at the roots, they will become damaged and the hair will cease to grow, this is when bald patches, generally around the forehead and the temples will appear.

Hairstyles causing traction alopecia is not an uncommon issue, with many women suffering after extended use of extensions, wefts, braids and clip-ins. Similarly, it is a common issue amongst people of African descent. African hair is more fragile than Asian or European hair; it is tight and curly and has a thinner diameter. Hairstyles commonly used to control the hair, for example, braiding can be particularly damaging the follicle.

PREVENT FURTHER DAMAGE

In order to halt the progression of hair loss, you must redistribute the tension in the hair. This can be achieved by switching up hairstyles and by brushing out the hair frequently. Unfortunately a return to normal may not be possible for those who have early androgenetic alopecia, or have developed scarring from prolonged traction.

Related: 5 of the Best Haircuts for Thin Hair

If you or a loved one is suffering from traction or androgenetic alopecia, there are many solutions to restore the hair. If you would like more information on the various hair loss solutions that we offer at Transitions Hair, please come in for an obligation free and confidential consultation with one of hair loss consultants. Alternatively, feel free to phone on 1300 427 778.

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Male baldness may not mean high fertility

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It is an age old adage that male baldness is a sign of the man in question's virility; however a new study shows that this may be an old wives tale. The study reveals that men who are young (around 30) when they lose their hair may in fact be less fertile.

Researchers hypothesise the hormone changes associated with hair loss may also affect sperm count. Those experiencing moderate to severe hair loss in the study had a sperm volume count almost 60 percent lower than average.

The idea that bald men are more fertile is based on the assumption that the baldness is due to higher levels of testosterone. This testosterone is believed to give a superior sex drive but can also lead to baldness at an early age. However, medicine has taught us that men with low levels of testosterone can also lose their hair and that hair loss is caused by a complex combination of genetic and hormonal factors.

For more information on male pattern baldness or other hair loss concerns, you can book a free consultation and speak to one of our hair loss professionals,  or phone 1300 427 778.