Four Common Causes of Female Hair Loss

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‘Long, beautiful, gleaming, steaming, flaxen, waxen...’

The hair symbolises beauty and femininity. It’s associated with personal style and physical attractiveness. This is why having luscious locks is the goal of every woman and the reason most women panic at the thought of experiencing thinning hair problems.

But what exactly causes women to lose their crowning glory? Read on and discover the four common causes of hair loss in women.

1. Medications

Medications used to treat health conditions may trigger hair thinning problems. These include: chemotherapy drugs for the treatment of cancer; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for fever, pain and inflammation; blood thinners; oral contraceptives; diet pills and medications for the treatment of acne, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders.

2. Ailments

Hair thinning may be a symptom of underlying medical conditions, such as hyper and hypothyroidism, syphilis, hypotrichosis and lupus, or a result of disorders like trichotillomania. It may also be due to scalp infections, such as demodex parasiti, tinea capitis, piedra, folliculitis and kerion, which are due to infectious agents like fungi, bacteria and viruses.

3. Hormones

Androgenic alopecia or female pattern baldness is caused by the production of the male hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The accumulation of DHT in the scalp may disrupt the flow of blood and nutrients from reaching the follicles, causing them to shrink and produce smaller and finer hair strands. The decrease in oestrogen production or the change in hormonal levels during pregnancy or menopause may also trigger hair loss. Typically, pregnancy-induced hair loss is characterised rapid and general hair thinning all over. Usually it will recover afterwards, but this is not always the case.

4. Lifestyle

Dieting, smoking, drinking and stress may affect the quality of your hair, causing the onset of hair loss or thinning hair problem. Nutrition deficiency may weaken the follicles, resulting to the growth of smaller, finer and thinner hair strands. Physical stress due to constant exposure to heated styling tools like curling irons and straighteners as well as tight braids (e.g. dreadlocks and cornrows) may also trigger the onset of hair loss in women.

Related: Female Hair Loss – The Social Stigma

Unhealthy lifestyle, hormonal changes, diseases, infections and medications are some of the common causes of hair loss and hair thinning problems in women. Once you understand each of them, you will have the opportunity to stop the onset of hair loss, reduce its severity or treat the problem once and for all.

At Transitions Hair, we specialise in hair loss in women. No matter what the state or the cause of your hair loss, we can help you find the most suitable solution for your condition. We offer a wide range of clinically proven hair lost treatment and hair restoration solutions, from hair extensions and wigs for women, to hair transplantation, hair integration system and laser therapy.

Traditional Hair Extensions Leading to Balding in Young Women

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Users of traditional hair extensions are literally pulling their hair out with despair, unaware that tailored, gentler and more realistic hair loss solutions are available.

Sufferers of female hair loss will know the paranoia that comes with trying to convince the world that they have a healthy head of hair. Prompted by months of worry, many women are tragically driven to attempt to hide their hair loss problem by attaching weighty false tresses to their already weak hair.

Hair Extensions Causing Traction Alopecia

In a heartbreaking and ironic twist, it appears that the use of poor quality hair extensions, many women’s bids to maintain hair, is actually exacerbating hair loss. Confirming this vicious cycle, hair surgeon Mabroor Bhatty of Transform Cosmetic Surgery, revealed that traditional hair extensions drastically aggravate hair loss and spot balding. Warning against using such extensions, Bhatty explains how the pull from the weight of the extensions themselves create tension in the hair follicle, resulting in patchy and severe hair loss as the natural hair is simply unable to bear the strain. Known as ‘traction alopecia’, this dermatological disorder is both painful for the scalp, and distressing to the woman.

An Alternative to Traditional Hair Extensions

However, there is hope for women living with hair loss and interested in hair extensions, especially for increasing hair density and length along the crown and part. Made specifically for women experiencing hair loss, Topette Crown Extensions successfully avoid excess pulling on delicate hair follicles, whilst still adding length and thickness to hair. Unlike traditional hair extensions, these topettes look seamlessly natural. Many women express their concerns that their traditional hair extensions are not wholly convincing, as thinning along the crown and part still give away their hair loss problem. Addressing this issue, crown extensions create the natural appearance of hair growing from the scalp whilst also adding a seamless natural density along the crown and part.  This undetectable look is achieved through the use of a transparent lace matrix contoured to the shape and size of the scalp where said thinning is occurring. Individual hairs are implanted one strand at a time into the lace matrix to avoid the awkward lumps and bumps that come with inferior hair extensions.

Topette Crown Extensions offer a far superior alternative to traditional hair extensions, giving the wearer confidence, comfort and a more convincing natural look. To read more about the securing system and tailored design of topettes, as well as hear testimonials from Transitions clients with topettes click here. You can also call us on 1300 427 778 to book a free consultation with one of our hair loss specialists.

Are You a Qualified Hair Transplant Candidate? Find Out Here:

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Problem: I’m a 35-year old woman who started experiencing hair loss at the early age of 17. Now, I have thin and fine hair strands, and my hairline is receding. I am thinking of considering hair transplant, but is it the best option for my condition? Most importantly, am I qualified for this type of surgery?

Surgical hair transplant is a viable option for female hair loss problems. This is why many women ask whether or not they qualify for this type of procedure.

Though only a hair loss consultant or hair transplant doctor can determine who qualifies for transplantation, there are factors and general rules to help them consider the best candidates for this surgical hair restoration option. Below are some of them.

Age

What is the best age for hair transplant? Young people (those under the age of 27) are usually not good candidates for transplant surgery since the hair loss may not be mature enough, or the pattern of baldness may not be established completely. Early transplant may cause the incorrect distribution of a finite amount of donor hair, resulting in operations throughout the person’s life if baldness progresses. Also, the doctor may have no way of knowing exactly how severe the future hair loss will be, resulting in unrealistic expectations and making the patient dissatisfied with the outcome of the hair transplant.

Gender

Hair loss in women is usually different in appearance compared with hair loss in men. Women have a diffuse thinning throughout the entire head while men typically have localised areas of thinning. Women who are experiencing diffuse hair thinning are not good candidates of transplant surgery, but those who have a distinct pattern of baldness, including vertex thinning, hairline recession and a donor area that is not affected by androgenetic alopecia, are good candidates for this type of hair regrowth procedure. Patients with alopecia areata are not good candidates for hair transplant due to the erratic nature of the condition, one never knows the full extent of the hair loss or future hair regrowth

Hair Density

Exhibiting the right hair and scalp condition has a great impact on the outcome of the transplantation. Good candidates of hair transplant are patients with higher hair density (the number of hair strands per unit of surface area). Why? This is because the number of follicular units you can transfer is limited to the amount of hair available at the donor area (the back of the scalp). Hence, if the hair is denser in this region, the doctor will have more hair grafts available for transplant and achieve better hair coverage.

Ethnicity

Ethnicity has a significant role in the success or failure of a hair restoration procedure. Since this restoration technique depends on the hair density, the outcome of the procedure may differ among various groups. Asians have very straight hair and have less follicular density compared with Caucasians. Africans have coarser and curlier strands which are advantageous for hair transplant. But no matter what the ethnicity, the best way to learn if you are a good candidate of hair transplant is to consult an expert in this field.

Scalp Laxity

Scalp laxity refers to how loose or flexible the scalp is. The looser the scalp, the more donor hair can be removed and transferred, and the lesser the chance of scarring. A patient with a tight scalp may not be a good candidate for transplantation since it may result to painful scarring.

Bottom Line

Although doctors have their own set of factors and rules used to determine whether the patient is a good candidate of hair transplant or not, these are some of the most common factors that can establish which patients best qualify for this hair restoration option.

If a hair transplant is something you would like to consider, you can contact our experts to explore the possibilities of undergoing this type of hair restoration. Our hair consultants are trained to determine whether hair regrowth can be achieved through a transplant surgery.

Apart from hair transplant, we also have many hair loss treatment options that can be tailored to your specific needs, from laser hair therapy and SensiGraft, to hair extensions and wigs for women.

Alopecia Areata: Hair Loss and the Grieving Process

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A diagnosis of Alopecia Areata or any similar condition that results in hair loss is devastating news for anyone. Regardless of age or gender, these unpredictable (and often extreme) changes to a person’s appearance often results in a negative psychological impact.

The Australian Alopecia Areata Foundation (AAAF) in conjunction with Associate Professor Gerard Kennedy and Ryan Veal of Victoria University, have created an informative brochure on the grieving process that can accompany hair loss.

Funding for the creation and production of this document was provided by Nicholas Assef, an investment banker, father and husband who developed Alopecia Universalis suddenly as an adult. He now spends time motivating those that have developed the condition on all the positives in life.

The brochure outlines the seven stages of grief that may be associated with Alopecia Areata as well as coping mechanisms for this from of hair loss. If you know somebody close to you with Alopecia Areata, you may feel helpless at times. Although you cannot “cure” the disorder, you can let the person know that you are there for them, and show you care. This brochure suggests many ways in which you can do that and will hopefully develop your understanding of what your friend or family member may be going through.

You can read the full document here.

Supporting a Loved One with Trichotillomania

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Four Things You Need To Know

Whether it is your friend, daughter, sibling or partner, showing love and support to someone with Trichotillomania can be challenging; especially if you don’t actually understand what’s going on.  Sometimes when we think we’re being helpful, our advice only frustrates someone with Trich and makes us and them feel helpless.

Here is some guidance to help you better understand your loved one’s hair pulling disorder and how you can help them and encourage them in a positive way.

  1. It’s okay if you don’t understand, and definitely don’t pretend that you do. Listen, without making suggestions or offering advice. Instead, supply plenty of praise, hugs and above all, acceptance. Trichotillomania is more prevalent than you might think. Your loved one isn’t crazy for having this strange hair pulling disorder – they are one of many people who also suffer for Trich and even more who fall into the broader category of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders.
  2. If they could stop, they would. Many people with Trichotillomania can't stand the question, "Why don't you just stop?"  You need to understand that if they could – they would! It's not a choice, even if it appears to be. Asking this question may make your loved one feel as if there is something wrong with them, making them feel even more frustrated with the situation.
  3. Hair pulling will probably remain an issue for life. So it is really important that you come to terms with this. Even though some days it will be unnoticeable, other days it may be rampant without any warning.
  4. Don’t be the ‘Pulling Police’. Hair pulling often occurs subconsciously so while alerting your loved one every time they pull may seem like you’re helping, it will often do more harm than good and put strain on your relationship as they will associate you with those negative feelings of shame and guilt when they are ‘caught out’.

So what should you do when you're sitting down, perhaps watching television, and out of the corner of your eye you notice you loved one pulling?

Distraction can help; try handing them a cup of tea. Engaging the logical brain can often stop subconscious hair pulling. Invite them out for a walk. Getting out or even just moving from place to place, helps. Reading and watching TV are triggers for pulling. Play chess, computer games or anything which involves the hands. Cross stitching is helpful. Try to keep them active and interested. Boredom is really bad for Trich.

Do you want to help your loved one restore their hair? Going out in public with bald patches can often add to the embarrassment and low self-esteem that they may already be feeling. Why not bring them in for a free confidential consultation with one of our hair loss specialists to help them restore their hair and their confidence! We have consult rooms in Sydney and representitaves in New Zealand. Skype consultations are also available if you are from outside New South Wales. Call 1300 427 778 to book now.

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?

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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

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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?

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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.

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

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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.