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.

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

Styling thin hair

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!

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.

Photo via Flickr - Vagueonthehow

Male baldness may not mean high fertility

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.

4 Celebrities Who Wear Wigs

Instagram Photo

Kylie Jenner recently revealed a new hairstyle of long blond hair on Instagram. Although the young celebrity is often very creative with her hair, this is dramatically different from her naturally dark hair. The caption claiming ‘It took months of not dying my hair and wearing wigs to get my hair back to health so I can do this’, was a refreshingly honest confession about how celebrities are able to constantly switch their looks whilst still maintaining amazing, healthy looking hair.

Related: Get Celebrity Hairstyles With Follea Wigs And Topettes

Wearing wigs is common practice in Hollywood where celebrities stay relevant on the red carpet and front row at fashion week by rocking a different look seemingly overnight. Do you remember Katy Perry’s two NYFW looks? She was seen in red curls and a pink bob ALL IN ONE NIGHT. Obviously the songstress achieved this by wearing wigs. And the girl has been known to rock wigs with attitude in the past.

Katy Perry rainbow wig

 

In fact, there are many women who wear wigs so regularly we can’t be sure what their natural hair is like. Ranking number one on Forbes highest paid celebrity list in 2014, Beyonce Knowles is an undeniably powerful, beautiful and successful woman. The ‘Single Ladies’ singer never has a bad hair day (that we see), and with a wig collection that is rumoured to be worth over a million dollars, now we know why!

Beyonce

 

Your girl Rihanna has been extremely about wearing hair that is not her own. ‘The girl who donated, she’s the bomb’ she recently told Vogue before revealing what was under her false hair. Often wearing little more than her fabulous locks and an attitude to match, Rihanna’s style and beauty is one to be envied.

Rihanna red wig

 

If you are experiencing hair loss, a wig can be the perfect solution to help you feel yourself again. An amazing human hair wig can also be the perfect way to make you look and feel like a celebrity. At Transitions Hair for Women we offer an extensive range of beautiful wigs (even stocking a Follea the same shade of Katy’s NYFW red), and we recommend coming in for a free consultation. For more information on wigs and other hair loss solutions or to make a booking please call 1300 427 778.

How to do a ‘Wet Set’ with a Crown Extension

Wet set hairstyle

A main concern for women that are thinking about investing in a hair loss solution such as a wig or a crown extension is whether or not they will be able to style their hair as normal. One amazing client has a lot of fun and is very creative with how she styles her hair piece and she offered to share with us how she creates this hair style. 

Introducing Elinor from The Nylon Swish 

I’m a 28 year old woman who has been experiencing hair loss since my late teens. I used to have beautiful long, thick hair that took forever to wash, brush and style and I took it for granted, until it started to fall out. I have diagnosed female pattern baldness and it is something that I used to think about almost every minute of every day. I would spend hours searching through various websites, trying to find something that would make my hair grow back. Once I realised that it wouldn’t grown back, I tried to find hair pieces that would hide my thinning hair and shiny scalp. Honestly, it was exhausting.

One of my hobbies is blogging, I blog about vintage underwear and stockings and often need to do photoshoots. In the vintage scene, all the girls have beautiful hairstyles, such as ‘victory rolls’, ‘bettie bangs’ and beautifully styled waves. I would have no option but to tie my hair back and clip in a bunch of horrible extensions. As shallow as it may seem, my hair made me very unhappy.

However, that all changed when I discovered crown extensions. I have owned mine since May of this year, and I can honestly say that it has changed my life. I now have the hair that I have always lusted after. Luckily, I have some very talented friends who were kind enough to show me how to do a wet set on my ‘special hair’, and I haven’t looked back since.

Vintage look photo black and white

If you would like to try something different on your crown-extension, or you are after a vintage look, keep on reading to find out how to recreate my favourite style.

Vintage look photo

What you will need:

  • Foam rollers - 2 different sizes, small (1 pack is enough) and medium (2 packs) 
  • Tail comb
  • Hairspray
  • Fabric/ scarf to wrap around your head
  • Setting lotion (I use Jane Carter Solution - Wrap and Roll)
  • Hair brush (I use a paddle brush)
How to:

Step 1:

Wet Set step 1

You can do this style on both freshly washed hair or days old hair, it is up to you. Either way, it will need to be 90% dry. If you have just washed it, blow dry until most of the moisture has gone, or spray your hair with a little water.

Step 2: 

Add the setting lotion evenly to your hair, not too much as we don’t want crispy curls!

Step 3:

Wet Set step 3.1

We are so lucky to be able to wear these crown extensions as we are able to style our hair off of our own heads, making it so much easier! Take your crown extension and a large roller then using the tail comb, section off some hair about the width of the roller. Roll the hair OVER the roller and secure the end of the hair with your fingers. Then tightly roll all the way up to the ‘scalp’. Clip roller closed.

Wet Set step 3.2

Step 4:

Wet Set step 4

Repeat this all the way around the crown extension. If you want more curls, you can section off smaller amounts of hair and add twice as many rollers

Step 5:

If you have bangs cut into your crown extension, take a couple of the smaller rollers and roll as desired

Step 6:

Wet Set step 6

Now for your real hair, this is pretty much the same as the above steps. Try to follow the same placement as the rollers on the crown extension. I do mine really badly because … Well I haven’t had much hair to practice on before now!

Step 7:

Now that you are all rollered-up, take a scarf and wrap it around your head to protect the hair from getting messy while you’re sleeping. You can leave your crown extension on it’s mannequin head. Sleeping in foam rollers isn't my favourite thing to do but it’s not the worst, you will get used to it after a couple of times, trust me!

Step 8:

Wet Set step 8.1

In the morning, take all the rollers out of your real hair and your crown extension.

Wet Set step 8.2

Once the rollers are all out, clip your crown extensions in, as you would normally do.

Wet Set step 8.3

Step 9:

Wet Set step 9

Keeping the crown extension in place with one hand, start brushing all the curls out. Don’t hold back, really brush your hair out. The secret to this hair style is the brush-out, keep on brushing for a good 5-10 minutes. *Warning* you will look ridiculous!

Step 10:

Wet Set step 10

Once you have finished brushing-out, start brushing your hair over your hand and towards your face. As you do this, follow the brush down the hair with your other hand and smooth it out in between your fingers. You then need to basically ‘sculpt’ your hair into place.

Step 11:

You will then get cute waves throughout your hair, at this point you just need to arrange your hair into the shape you want it. If it looks bad, bush it out again and then smooth and sculpt it with your fingers. Don’t give up!

Step 12:

Wet Set step 12.1

 I then like to clip the left side of my hair behind my ear and then I use hairspray to keep everything in place.

Wet Set step 12.2Wet Set final

Don’t forget, practise makes perfect!

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We absolutely LOVE hearing from people about how they are finding their hair piece and what they have been doing. If you have any suggestions or helpful hints please let us know!

If you are experiencing hair loss, or are considering a hair loss solution, please feel free to call us on

PH 1300 427 778. Alternatively, come in and talk with one of our hair loss specialists about your options. We offer an obligation and cost free consultation

FDA clear The Capillus 82™ for Androgenic Alopecia Treatment

The U.S Food and Drug Administration have cleared The Capillus 82 for the treatment of androgenic alopecia in adults. This is exciting as it not only substantiates the effectiveness of the laser therapy cap but demonstrates the safety of using the device at home to fight hair loss.

The Capillus 82™ Laser Hair Therapy Cap is highly effective, and being non-surgical, it is a non-invasive way to treat female hair loss.  The hands free nature of the device means that it can be used in your own home, around the office, running errands and going about daily life. This advanced laser treatment is convenient and portable, making it an ideal hair loss solution in some cases. 

When it comes to ease of use, the Capillus82 is a superior product to other laser hair loss treatments. Where combs must be repetitively brushed through the hair during use, Capillus82 offers a hands free treatment by simply wearing a hat on top of the device. This reduces the likelihood of abandoned treatments that can arise due to frustration over the brushing aspect of laser combs. 

The design of the Capillus82 offers more than just convenience, however. The wearable design of the product means that the Capillus82 is nearly undetectable under an ordinary hat, eliminating the “shame factor” associated with hair loss treatment. While other laser therapy domes are big, bulky, and painfully obvious, the battery-operated Capillus82 can be worn with confidence around the house, in public, and on-the-go.

Your next steps

If you are considering The Capillus 82 or laser hair therapy generally, please give us a call today on 1300 427 778 and have a chat to one of our qualified consultants. Alternatively come in for a free hair loss consultation (valued at $250.00) where our consultant can go through all our possible hair loss solutions.