Are Genetics to Blame for my Hair Loss?

Why is it that some people age gracefully, with only a touch of salt and pepper but a full head of hair and then others start developing a bald spot and a receding hairline, sometimes even before they hit 30?

If you are suffering from hair loss or thinning hair it can be tempting to look for something, or someone to blame! And this blame often lands on genetics or more specifically your mum's dad, who is often said to be the link between genetics and hair loss. But how much truth is there to this?

While some will blame their hair loss on stress, lifestyle habits, or over-use of heated styling tools (all which can in fact lead to hair loss) the cause of your thinning hair is likely tied to genetics. Take a look at the short video below to learn more about the role of genetics in hair loss and thinning hair.

As the AsapScience video explained, the most prominent hair loss gene is located on the X chromosome only and, as a result, baldness is therefore partly hereditary and passed down on mum's side. So what does this mean? Well, if your hair loss is hereditary unfortunately there's not much you can do about it. Genetic-pattern baldness is not really a disease where you can take a pill and the symptoms will go away, but a natural condition caused most often by a combination of genetics, hormone levels and the aging process.

Diagnosing Genetic Hair Loss

While most hair loss is genetic and is not a sign of illness, if you experience rapid hair loss that comes out in clumps or anything similar you should consult your GP straight away. Even if it does turn out to be hereditary-pattern baldness its always better to get the all clear! Genetic hair loss is usually diagnosed by both its pattern and by identifying a history of a similar type of hair loss that has affected your family members also. In most people, no further tests are required.

Hair Loss Treatment for Pattern Baldness

There is some evidence to suggest that medication such as Minoxidil and finasteride may prevent hair loss and promote new hair growth. However the effects are hard to determine and it may take anywhere up to a year before you will see results which will often differ from one person to the next.

Here at Transitions Hair we offer effective hair loss solutions for male pattern baldness such as Hair Transplants and the Sensigraft Hair System. For more information or to book a FREE confidential consultation with a hair loss expert call 1300 427 778. We have a salon in Sydney and representatives in New Zealand. You can also have Skype consultations if you are from outside New South Wales.

I Have Female Hair Loss: Now What?

Caught with hair loss

Hair loss is a scary though for anyone, but as a woman, losing your hair can be especially traumatic.

Men can work the bald look and even make it sexy. But seeing a woman with female hair loss will often lead people to assume you’re unwell. Perhaps it’s because female hair loss doesn’t seem all that common? But the truth is that around 30 million women in America alone have experienced extensive hair loss, not to mention the many more that have thinning hair as a result of menopause and certain medications.

On average, it is normal to lose about 50 to 100 hairs each day as when all is well with your body, just as many will grow back. Lifestyle setbacks, including severe stress (death in the family, divorce, job loss) and changes in your diet or nutritional deficiency (crash programs, lack of protein), can cause your hair to shed more rapidly than normal.

Medical issues such as am overactive or underactive thyroid gland or iron deficiency can also result in hair loss in women. When women go through menopause and their estrogen levels fall, their hair often begins to thin. Many women also lose some hair a few months after giving birth because of the hormonal changes the body experiences.

Take Control of Female Hair Loss

When you first start to notice that you have thinning hair you should consult a doctor straight aim; and if you can, a dermatologist who specializes in hair loss. No matter what the cause, the sooner you address the problem the better for you and your hair. The dermatologist will take your medical history, run blood tests and may even do a scalp biopsy.

If the blood test reveals that you have low iron, for instance, your doctor will put you on a supplement. If your hair loss seems to be the result of menopause, you and your doctor can discuss whether hormone replacement therapy would be a good idea.

Hair Loss Treatments for Women

Studies show that the most effective topical medication for the female hair loss is currently minoxidil (brand name Rogaine) which is the only treatment for hair loss in women that has been approved by the FDA. However Minoxidil can take anywhere between six months or even up to a year before you will see results and even then there is no guarantee. Many sufferers of female hair loss report success with laser hair therapy devices such as the iGrow laser or the Capillus272 Laser Cap which are devices that are designed to stimulate hair follicles.

If hair loss treatments are not working for you and your scalp is more visible than you’d like it to be, hair loss solutions such as a Topette Crown Extension or a Human Hair Wig will give you instantly beautiful hair. You can also cosmetically cover hair loss and thicken hair with BioTHIK Hair Fibres.

Beware of Hair Loss Gimmicks

“If you have thinning hair, be warned that there are lots of female hair loss treatments on the market but few are worth your money.” - Dr. Melissa Piliang, Dermatologist

Americans spent an estimated $176 million on hair loss products last year, and chances are some of that money was not well spent. Don’t let charming salon owners, seductive ads or fancy gimmicks convince you otherwise.

Lots of over-the-counter products that you  can buy in  chemist’s or supermarkets claim to promote hair growth but they very rarely do. Unless it contains minoxidil there is very little chance you will see your hair restored! Shampoos and vitamins might make your hair look and feel healthier, but they won’t put more hairs on your head. Unless you are nutritionally deficient, you probably don’t need a vitamin supplement and if you do, a simple multivitamin is enough.

Fads and gimmicks probably won’t hurt you, but they will waste time and money. When it comes to hair loss, seek professional medical advice first. Transitions Hair can then help you find the right hair replacement or hair restoration option for you. Take advantage of our free, no obligation consultation (valued at $250.00) today by calling 1300 427 778.

Hair Wigs for Women: Their History and Uses

Women in wigs

A wig is not just a fashion accessory. It’s an essential element of identity.

Back in the early days, a wig was a symbol of wealth and power, signifying intellectual, sexual and social status. Today, however, it’s used for fun and entertainment as well as a solution to thinning hair conditions.  

Take a look at this timeline and learn about the evolution of wigs as well as its various uses, from one civilisation to the next.

Women's Wigs Throughout the Ages

Ancient Civilisation. The wig played a major role in the social scene during the Egyptian and Roman ancient civilisations. The Roman women wore them as fashion accessories and symbols of social ranks while the Egyptians used them as part of their daily attire. Their styles and sizes often indicated religious piety and status in the community.

The Renaissance. The wigs lost their social relevance and appeal during the Dark Ages.  But the Renaissance brought back its resurgence as part of everyday wardrobe for women. Because beautiful locks were given great importance, the use of elaborate hairpieces with jewel embellishments became popular.  

17th Century. King Louis XIII of France pioneered the use of these hair accessories to disguise his premature baldness. During his reign and that of his son, King Louis XIV, the wig became a fashion emblem in the French courts and all over Europe. As a result, it became an integral part of a nobleman’s costume; thus, making it a symbol of power and political status.

18th Century. The use of elaborate, white powdered coiffures with long ringlets were widespread during this time. Wearing toupees was also considered fashionable. The English monarch, Queen Elizabeth I, also became famous for wearing a close-fitted and elaborate red wig. Most women during this period wore coiffures that are supplemented with synthetic hair strands.

19th Century. During the Victorian era, the wearing of wigs as a symbol of social standing was abandoned. Although some women continued to wear wigs, most preferred to look natural. In the court of Queen Victoria, the ladies wore shorter fringes and headpieces with simple designs.

20th Century. The advent of technology helped coiffeurs create natural-looking wigs that are made from both synthetic and real human hair. Also during this period, wig makers started using postiches or pre-made curls, ringlets and buns to enhance the volume of the tresses. Wigs were primarily used by people who worked in the entertainment industry, such as those in television, movies, theatres and cabarets. These were part of their costumes, allowing them to take on different personas.

21st Century. Nowadays, wigs are not only used for fun and entertainment, but also to cover up balding problems. Most people who use them are those with thinning hair and undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

For women suffering from alopecia, wigs can be a great part of your everyday wardrobe.

Here at Transitions Hair for Women, our next generation wigs for women are made of 100% human hair, ensuring that it looks undetectable and natural.

Our custom-made wigs capture the exact curvature of your scalp, creating the ideal solution that gives you total control over your look.  

We also offer a range of proven hair loss treatment and cosmetic solutions that are of the highest quality.

Get in touch for a free no obligation consultation (valued at $250.00). For any other inquiry, you can also call us at 1300 427 778 and one of our qualified hair specialists will contact you.

At Transitions Hair for Women, we take a consultative approach to your wig selection.

What is Prince Harry doing to Treat Hair Loss?

Many people are wondering what Prince Harry is doing to combat hair loss.

While his hair does seem to be showing the early signs of male pattern baldness it seems to be occurring at a much slower rate than older brother Prince William! Prince William has been seen with a rapidly receding hairline for many years now and for a while, it seemed that Harry had dodged the bullet! But recently the young Prince has been seen with an expanding bald patch at the top of his head known as 'crown vertex thinning'; a classic indicator of male pattern baldness.

Prince Harry has reportedly been seeking natural solutions to his hair loss condition in order to slow down the inevitable, including increasing his dietary intake of vitamins and minerals. Those close to him are even suggesting that he is trusting the high alkaline content of asparagus to encourage new hair growth.

Can asparagus be used as a hair loss treatment?

Unfortunately for Prince Harry, there is no clear evidence to date that eating a lot of asparagus will promote hair growth. There is however a clear link between a healthy diet and hair loss so he is at least on the right track!

Diet is a great place to start, not just for healthy hair but for a healthy life! But the problem with male Pattern Baldness is that it is a genetic disorder that while diet may restore shine, it will not reverse hair loss. Male Pattern baldness is caused by the hormone testosterone being converted into a secondary compound known as DHT rather than a nutritional definitely. The DHT attacks hair follicles in the scalp which then leads to this kind of hair loss.

So How Can I Restore my Hair?

Hair regrowth can still be influenced by diet, so establishing a healthy diet is still vital when it comes to hair loss! However diet cannot prevent or cease genetic hair loss. The best way to restore your hair is to seek professional advice; from a doctor and also a hair loss specialist.  Alongside a nutritious diet, effective hair restoration is possible with the right help!

Male Pattern Baldness is also known as androgenetic alopecia and the only way to stop the hair loss that results from this condition is to prevent the production of DHT - something that asparagus nor any nutrient found in foods has been shown to do. Consult your doctor on how to stop hair loss and then consult the experts in hair restoration - Transitions Hair.

Transitions Hair Loss Centres

Transitions Hair can help restore hair through our superior range of hair restoration and hair replacement options. Transitions Hair Loss Centre is located in Sydney, with Skype consultations available if you are from outside New South Wales and representatives in New Zealand. To find out more or to book a free consultation (valued at $250.00), call 1300 427 778.

What Happens when you donate your Hair to ‘Wigs for Kids’

Wigs for Kids

Bridget suffers from alopecia, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss. This gorgeous little girl gets a new wig made from donated hair so she can feel like a regular kid. We’ve all probably heard of people who cut of their hair to “donate”, but how many people out there actually know what that process involves, or what happens to the hair on its journey from one head to another? In the video below, one woman, Hannah, donates 12 inches of her hair we see little Bridget get a fabulous new wig that makes her look even more adorable. 

The process involved in turning the hair that is cut off into a wig is a surprisingly complicated process that involves sorting the all the hair donations, preparing the hair and stitching the hair onto a custom made cap for the individuals head. And according to the video, this intricate work is all done by hand – one strand at a time! All the hair gets brushed, treated, and blended with other similarly-coloured hair, so the resulting wigs look as close to natural hair as possible. It takes between 20 and 30 ponytails to make one wig. 

‘Wigs for Kids’ is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1981 which, as the name would imply, aims to help children who are suffering from hair loss by hooking them up with beautiful wigs. One of the reasons that hairdresser and founder of Wigs for Kids Jeffrey Paul started up the organisation was his 15-year-old niece who developed leukaemia and was devastated to lose her hair to due to the chemotherapy treatments. Since its inception, Wigs for Kids has helps more than 100 children every year who have lost their hair due to alopecia or other medical related hair loss.

How do I donate my hair?

Here at Transitions Hair, we would love for you to help others by donating your hair.  Here are some guidelines to follow if you want to donate your locks:

  • You must have a minimum 12 inches of good quality hair to cut off.
  • It must not be permed or colour-treated.
  • Make sure your hair is clean and dry before you send it (wet hair can gather mould and what kind of monster gives a child their mouldy hair?).
  • The hair must be get kept in the same direction, from root to tip (if the hair is not going in the same direction it will cause the hair to tangle when turned into a wig, making it unusable).  The easy way to do this is to make small pony tails across your head, 'tie' them off and then cut them.  Please use a rubber band to tightly tie the hair at each end. 

So if you meet these guidelines, all you need to do is make the chop, send it off – too easy!

Our Address:

Transitions Hair,  Suite 113/410 Elizabeth St,  Surry Hills, NSW, 2010.  Australia.

For more information about donating your hair, or if you are looking for a human hair wig for yourself or your child you can come in for a free consultation with one of our hair loss specialists. Call 1300 427 778.

“Gotham” Star and Alopecia Sufferer Anthony Carrigan Shares His Hair Loss Story

Do you recognise the name Anthony Carrigan? Perhaps if you were watching TV? Well even then maybe not! As an up-and-coming actor, and now current star on "Gotham' Anthony has been popping up in primetime TV dramas for the past few years not, but it wasn't until recently that this occurred while looking and feeling like himself. Anthony has now opened up about his struggle with the hair loss condition known as alopecia areata and how things have changed for him both personally and professionally.

Anthony has been battling alopecia areata since the age of three; but growing up with it was always quite manageable for him. He only had relatively small hair loss patches that were very easy to conceal. However this did not stop him from being extremely embarrassed about his condition. Keeping it well under wraps, even in his 20s, very few of Anthony's friends knew he had alopecia areata or that he was experiencing hair loss at all. "I didn't want to let anyone know and I didn't want it to affect my career or the possibility of me getting hired for a job." So Anthony covered up his hair loss for as long as he could, finished school, got some good jobs, but by then the extent of his hair loss was only getting worse.

At one stage Anthony was working on a job with a viewership of millions every week. He was working on TV all the while having lost half the hair on his scalp, both eyebrows and the majority of his eyelashes. Anthony covered this all up in order to look like his character. "It was pretty terrifying to have to keep that secret and pretend like I looked this way, that I looked normal when I just didn't'

Many people in Anthony's life told him to hide his condition; but Anthony go to the point where he didn't care anymore.

"I wanted to just feel OK with the way that I looked so I shaved my head and I stopped wearing makeup."

The most important thing was that he felt so empowered to not have to hide anymore, to own the way that he looked and to feel really good about it.

Making the hair loss decision that's right for you

Anthony has talked a lot about not using hair pieces, wigs, or wearing makeup to give him eyebrows but he fully encourages people, if it makes them feel more like themselves, to do exactly that, and do whatever it takes for them to feel comfortable in their own skin. "Anything that makes you feel more like you, go for it. I don't want anyone, whether its people with alopecia or whatever body image issues they're struggling with, I don't want anyone to feel like they have to be ashamed or that they have to cover up something that they're ashamed of.'

To find out more about a hair loss solution that's right for you, come in for a free confidential consultation with one of our hair loss specialists. Call 1300 427 778.

Alopecia Sufferer Performs on ‘America’s Got Talent’

“I chose to perform my Aerial act on America’s Got Talent in order to prove to myself that I deserve to be seen.”

Laura Dasi stunned both the judges and audience on the hit television show ‘America’s Got Talent’ when the mother of two took to the stage and performed an incredible aerial silk act. Not only that, she then became an inspiration to all alopecia sufferers out there by admitting on national television that she was in fact wearing a wig as she was completely bald as a result of her alopecia.

There was a point in my life where I wanted to hide. I felt ugly and I didn’t feel beautiful at all. Five years ago I developed an autoimmune condition called Alopecia. This horrible disease attacks the hair follicles and left me completely bald. Since hair has a lot to do with society’s view of a beautiful woman I felt I was losing my womanhood.”

“I now have come to a place of acceptance and I no longer have a fear of this disease. I teach classes and I perform in front of large audiences without feeling ugly or ashamed. Facing my Alopecia and not letting it control me has changed my life for the better.”

Complete Hair Security with the Follea Gripper Wig

Maybe you don’t have the added concern of not wanted your wig to fall off while you’re upside down on the aerial silk – but I think I speak for everyone when I say we still want our hair to stay in place no matter what situation we’re in! Well, with the Follea Gripper Wig, a wig designed specifically for alopecia sufferers, you can have complete confidence in knowing your human hair wig is secure and looking fabulous!

The Follea Gripper Wig offers the most natural look that will have you feeling like yourself again in no time at all. Take inspiration from Laura Dasi in the video above and don’t let alopecia control your life. Call 1300 427 778 or click here to book your free confidential consultation with one of our hair loss specialists to kick-start your journey back to great looking hair!

How to Deal with Hair Loss

Many people are terrified by the thought of hair loss. Baldness is an experience most would rather do without, especially if you start experiencing hair loss or thinning hair early in life. The amount of time and money some people spend on hair restoration or in search of a hair loss treatment is testament to how much hair loss affects people.

Male pattern baldness is very common with about 50% of all males will experience some kind of hair thinning during their lifetime. While some are quite untroubled by it, others dread the radical transformation that can occur to one's appearance.

Female hair loss is often a taboo subject however it is more common than people realise. In Australia, it is estimated that there are 700,000 women who have extreme hair loss and another 2.2 million who have moderate hair loss. Overall, about 50% of the adult female population will experience some form of hair thinning in their lifetime. This loss of hair can be even more devastating than for their male counterparts. Hair is viewed as something that defines a woman, her femininity, even womanhood.

Whether male or female, most people grieve the loss of their hair. Unfortunately, this process of grieving is largely misunderstood, underestimated and isn't given due sympathy or empathy from those who have never felt its effects. Simply put, they don't understand.

The Process of Dealing with Hair Loss

Hair loss in both men and women can often be embarrassing and the of cause low self-esteem, which in turn can affect a person's social life, social interactions, work life, etc. Between men and women the coping mechanisms to deal with hair loss vary, however there are often some common stages people go through when dealing with hair loss.

1. First Moment of Realisation

That 'moment' of realisation that your hair is thinning can occur in a variety of ways however many people see their 'bald spot' for the first time when looking at a photo of themselves or something like that. Sometimes your hairdresser may mention that you don't have as much hair as you used to. Or maybe your child comments on your thinning hair. Hair loss often comes as a rude shock. Most people don't realise they are experiencing hair loss until they have already lost 30% of their hair.

2. Panic, Fear & Denial

After this first moment of realisation people often begin to panic, particularly women who fear there may be something wrong with them. Or perhaps you think it's all in your head - is my hair really thinning or am I being crazy? Many women will try and hide their hair loss due to this fear and embarrassment.

3. Acceptance & Motivation

You begin to accept that there appears to be a problem and you should look into it further. You begin to research the causes of hair loss, your hair loss symptoms, what can be done to prevent hair loss, etc. You may then get to the stage where you are motivated to pro-actively seek out a solution for your hair loss - which is what we're here for!

Today, there is a wealth of information about hair loss on the web. Some of it is helpful, some of it isn't. Whilst it is good to read up on hair loss, it is better to speak to an expert in the field of health and hair. Seeing your GP is a good place to start to make sure there isn't an underlying medical condition that needs to be addressed. You may like to get a referral to a dermatologist, who can perform a biopsy to test the condition of your hair and further tests if necessary.

Speak to a Hair loss Consultant

Doctors can help treat your hair medically, but most are unaware of all of the options available to make a cosmetic change to your hair i.e. how to make your hair look thicker, even how it used to be.

This is where a hair loss consultant, like the one's at Transitions Hair can help. Our consultants specialise in the area of hair loss, and are trained in all forms of hair loss treatments for men and women inluding hair loss prevention, hair regrowth, hair transplants, non-surgical hair loss treatments and hair replacement. They will help guide you and educate you on what your options are so you can make the right decision for you. Call 1300 427 778 to book your FREE confidential consultation.

Client Thrilled With New Fiery Red Hair!

Fiery red wig

 

The other day one of our courageous clients came into the salon to get her Follea Gripper Wig dyed a fiery red. The result? One fierce, roller derby loving, flaming red head who couldn’t be happier with her new look!

Inspired by the picture below which she saw on our website, our client who lives in Melbourne had a fly in, fly out appointment in our Sydney salon where our talented stylists Victoria and Anneliese made her hair dreams come to life.  Colour specialist Victoria was the brains behind achieving this amazing result, tag teaming with Anneliese who then proceeded to do the fastest cut in on a Gripper Wig in Transitions Hair history to make sure our client got her flight home to Melbourne!

 

Redhead

 

Have fun with your Gripper Wig!

Before suffering from the hair loss condition known as alopecia, our client had previously had bright red hair and was keen to recreate this stand out look, taking charge of her alopecia and not letting this condition control her life! We love that she’s not afraid to have fun with her hair and embrace her alopecia by not only experimenting with the colour and style of her Gripper Wig but also by getting excited to change things up with her new hair!

The Gripper Wig is a fantastic hair loss solution for anyone suffering from alopecia. In particular for those like our roller-derby loving client who leads an active lifestyle and wants complete confidence knowing that her Gripper Wig is going to stay secure at all times.

For more information on anything you’ve read, whether you too want to experiment with the colour of your wig in our full service salon, or you are interested in purchasing a Gripper Wig then call 1300 427 778. You can also book a free confidential consultation (valued at $250.00) with one of our hair loss specialists to discuss an of our hair loss solutions further.

Hair Loss Concerns Revealed

Worried about hair loss? You aren't the only one. According to new research by Nanogen, a staggering eight out of ten people in the UK are unhappy with their hair; not just because they don't like the way it looks - but they also believe that their hair is adversely affecting their love life and career.

More than 50 per cent of those surveyed said that their hair concerns were also negatively affecting their confidence and even 10 per cent of people admitted to cancelling plans because of their hair concerns!

Clinical psychologist Dr Jayne McCartney comments on the correlations between hair and confidence: "Our hair plays a major part in our appearance. Thinning hair can be psychologically devastating for both sexes, but for women especially the loss of hair can have long lasting and profound effects. Our hair is one of the first aspects that people will see and comment on, so they can be extremely self-conscious about it thinning.'

The Main Concern? Thinning Hair

Thinning hair definitely seems to be the prominent concern among those worried about their hair. In fact two thirds of people are constantly worrying that their hair will recede or get thinner in the future. The research shows that hair loss isn't just a male concern with more and women being concerned about hair loss and thinning hair than their male counterparts.

So as stated above, it would seem our major concern is the thickness, or more accurately the thinness of our hair. 40 per cent of us are concerned our hair is too thin, too oily and that our hair breaks too easily. It's a long known fact that better looking people earn more money and are more likely succeed in life and business. The quality of our hair is a major contributor to this. Many of us feel that thinning hair will damage our careers in areas such as salary and promotion prospects.

Dr McCartney continues: "The research also shows a lack of understanding with hair loss; only 14 per cent of women believe their hair will thin more after childbirth when actually up to a staggering 90 per cent suffer with thinning hair. Therefore everyone should be well educated and knowledgeable in products that can reduce hair loss'.

For Further information about hair loss and hair loss treatment options for both men and women, speak to one of our certified consultants by calling 1300 427 778 or click here to book your free confidential consultation with a hair loss specialist in Sydney.