Invest in your hair

Scrolling through my Instagram feed, as I do every night before bed, I came across a quote that got me thinking: “Invest in your hair, it is the Crown you never take off”.

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How many of us take our shiny, healthy hair locks for granted? Treating hair with bleaching and chemical relaxants, heat styling… blonde today, brunette tomorrow, only to go back to platinum once it’s trending again. And that’s us, women and men even worse. Men use body soaps or shower gels to wash their hair, completely oblivious of all the conditioning & care products women, at least, use in the attempt of reversing some of the hair loss, hair fall or damage.

Needless to say, 1 in 3 guys I meet these days, has hair loss or problems with his hair: thinned, receded, zero shape and style. Conclusion: their Crown is a huge risk. Men tend to wear caps, hats or other hair “hiding” accessories, but the truth is once they’re off, their confidence plummets.

Here, a very much hated family of words, comes into the discussion: “bald”, “balding”, “bald spots”. Let’s be frank, calling someone who’s losing hair by these “b” words is just as bad as calling an overweight person “fat”. No-one likes looking bad, feeling bad or having the sensing that they have lost control of their bodies.That is exactly what hair loss is: a loss of control, looking older, looking less sharp, a permanent and irreversible change in one’s appearance.

So here’s my question: Why not invest in your hair?

Most of us splash out of clothes, cars, jewellery, spa days, holidays and expensive dinners. Now, these are treats and very few people would disagree with me. The list can go on and on, but the fact is that “hair” would not come up in most people’s TOP 5. And why is that? It’s there, it’s always been there, it doesn’t hurt when over styled or ignored. In fact, the more frizzy and annoying it gets, the more we seem to punish our Crowning Glory so that it fits our requirement at the time.

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How many of us chose our shampoos and hair treatments as carefully as the meals you would serve to a new born baby? 10%? 5%? 1%? Truth is we don’t focus on the quality of our hair and keeping it happy and healthy. We are much more preoccupied with it helping us get the look we desire and forget to do our bit of the bargain. Next time you chose a hair cleaning and conditioning product, make sure it’s chemical free, organic and suits your Crown’s requirements. If not, keep changing until you’ve got the right match.

How many of us take an active step in figuring out why our hair has clogged the drain after each shower? In true fact, hair fall and hair loss is gradual and stubborn. It doesn’t go away if you ignore it and it always gets worst instead of better. Go online, read up, find places and people that can help you, do something about your hair treatments today before it’s too late regardless of the cost involved. Remember, once gone, it’s never coming back.

How many of our’s confidence takes a hit on a “bad hair day”? 99.9%? I think, if not 100% (my theory is that others might be suffering in silence :P). How about having a “bad hair day” everyday after losing your hair ? Would you get used to it? Maybe. Would you be ok with it? I very much doubt so.

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People who lose their hair quality and ultimately the mere existence of it on their heads, go through that, every day. Some may develop a style around being bald (and being good looking overall, generally helps a lot) but most wish they could turn back the clock. And guess what? There are non-surgical hair loss solutions for the latecomers too. Research, information and the right companies will be able to produce wonders in terms of hair loss treatments.

So my advice is to look after your hair like you would with any other part of your body. Treat it with kindness, understanding and care. Stay away from parabens, chemicals and over-styling and if you notice it looking in bad shape or taking a one way ticked down your drain pipe, seek the advice of a specialist.

It is the crown you never take off, so wear it with confidence.

Does Stress Related Hair Loss = Surgery?

Stress related hair loss is seen as something you can’t do anything about, but this is not in fact the case.

Hair loss is one of those afflictions that often beg the question – which came first, the chicken or the egg? Or more accurately, is your hair falling out because you are anxious or are you anxious about your hair falling out? Think about it too long and you’ll eventually tangle yourself in the whole ‘are you anxious because your hair is falling because you are anxious’-debacle.

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The short of the long is that anxiety and hair loss shares a fairly complicated relationship that can only be properly understood if you have a grasp of the underlying biology that underpins stress related hair loss.

First off, the most important thing to realise is that stress and anxiety itself is not directly to blame for hair loss. Much like hair fall treatment is related to, but not a direct result of, cancer (but rather the unwanted side-effect of a course of chemotherapy), stress-related hair fall cannot be ascribed to the emotional affliction itself, but rather to a number of conditions that is the result thereof.

These conditions include (in order of the likelihood of occurrence in the general population):

1. Telogen Effluvium

Telogen effluvium (TE) is probably the second most common form of hair loss dermatologists diagnose in their patients. It appears as a diffuse thinning of hair on the scalp, which may not be even all over. It can be a bit more severe in some areas of the scalp than others. Most often, the hair on top of the scalp thins more than it does at the sides and back of the scalp. There is usually no hair line recession, except in a few rare chronic cases.

Sufferers of TE never completely lose all their scalp hair, but the hair can be noticeably thin in severe cases. The shed hairs are typically telogen hairs, which can be recognized by a small bulb of keratin on the root end. Whether the keratinized lump is pigmented or un-pigmented makes no difference; the hair fibres are still typical telogen hairs.

2. Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that presents as spot baldness and is also known as ‘Davey Kirts syndrome’. It is characterised by hair loss from some or all areas of the body, but most often from the scalp and can be attributed to the body’s sudden inability to recognise its own cells and subsequent destruction of its own tissue.

The typical initial symptoms of alopecia areata include small bald patches where the underlying skin appears un-scarred and looks superficially normal. These patches can take many shapes, but are normally round or oval. The affliction most often affects the scalp and beard, but may occur on any part of the body that is covered with hair. Different areas of the skin may exhibit hair loss and regrowth at the same time. The disease may also go into remission for a time, or may be permanent.

3. Trichotillomania

While the previous two disorders are physical in nature, Trichotillomania is an emotional affliction that causes the sufferer to have the uncontrollable urge to pull out their own hair. Sufferers vary in age and are known to pull out their body hair at the root from places like the scalp, eyebrows, lashes and pubic region. It presents in various stages of severity across genders, age groups and creeds – some people pull out handfuls of hair at a time, while others pull out one strand at a time and others even ingest the hair once removed.

We started this article by asking the question, does stress-related Hair loss necessarily mean that you have to get surgery. The short answer is not necessarily. Depending on the severity and root cause of your hair fall, there are a number of less invasive hair restoration techniques that can be applied before you have to submit to surgery.

The first step in the process to identifying your options is to ascertain why your hair is falling. At Advanced Hair Studio UAE we offer Advanced Hair Check, a scientific approach using advanced technology and state-of-the-art instruments, to answer questions related to hair loss, thinning and overall scalp condition. Our experienced and thoroughly trained hair loss consultants examine all aspects of your hair and scalp condition in order to recommend the most suitable procedure or combination of procedures to suit your age, face, personality and expectations to give you a head full of hair. This approach ensures that we establish the root cause of your hair loss before you make any decisions regarding treatment.

Would you like to learn more about hair loss causes, solutions and treatments? Keep an eye on the Advanced Hair Studio UAE blog to stay abreast of the latest developments in the hair restoration field. We have a team of experts standing by to keep you in the know.