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.

16 Do’s and Don’ts for a Successful Hair Transplant

At Advanced Hair Studio, we perform hair restoration surgery for clients who are struggling with hair loss for various reasons such as hormonal problems and male pattern baldness. For many people, hair transplant surgery — also called follicular unit extraction (FUE) — can restore a full or gain a fuller head of hair. Hair restoration surgery involves transferring hair follicles from one area of the scalp to a balding part where they can continue to grow.

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As the FUE procedure continues to grow in popularity, it’s important to remember that complying with your surgeon’s instructions are crucial to a successful transplant and a faster recovery. Here are some of the most important do’s and don’ts to achieve the best possible results.

1. Do Keep Your Scalp Dry

You will need to keep your scalp dry while it heals. Avoid taking showers or swimming for few days. You will have a follow-up appointment the day after your surgery at which point your scalp and hair will be shampooed and blow dried before your scalp is examined. You can usually begin shampooing and blow drying your hair as usual about one week after your surgery.

2. Do Apply the Antibiotic Ointment

Your surgeon will prescribe an antibiotic cream that you must apply to your scalp after your surgery. This cream will help prevent infection and reduce irritation and swelling.

3. Do Take Painkillers After Surgery

You may experience some discomfort after surgery. You can begin taking painkillers about 3 to 4 hours after surgery once your anaesthesia wears off. Always take your medication as prescribed to reduce any discomfort you are feeling.

4. Do Ask Questions

During your consultation and ahead of your procedure, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Getting your hair back is a big decision and you want to be sure that FUE is the right choice for you. You will also want to have answers to all of your questions prior to your transplant, especially when it comes to managing your recovery and maximizing your success.

5. Do Have Someone Drive You Home

You will need someone to drive you home after your FUE procedure. This surgery is done under a sedative that helps you relax but it takes hours to wear off. Though most of us are confident on a personal note it isn’t safe to drive while the sedative is still in your system.

6. Do Follow Your Customized Post-Op Directions

Your surgeon and the team will provide you with personalized post-op instructions that must be followed. This post-op care plan will also be reviewed with your designated driver prior to surgery.

7. Do Sleep in an Upright Position

Keep your head elevated while you sleep and use two or more pillows if you can or sleep in a recliner chair. This helps reduce swelling on your scalp by allowing blood to flow away from the scalp.

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8. Do Apply Light Pressure to the Follicular hair

If you notice mild swelling or bleeding once you wash your hair, apply very light pressure to the area with gauze or a moist, clean cloth for 5-10 minutes. Do not dab the area because this can contribute to scabbing and infection. However, you can expect some scabbing in the beginning of the healing process.

9. Do Keep Your Hair Long

If you are concerned about hair follicles or grafts being visible at first, keep your hair long for the first week or two until scabs heal and your stitches are removed. A very small number of clients experience a so-called “shadow effect” in which follicles are visible. Keeping your hair a bit longer than usual can help hide this effect.

10. Do Be Patient

It’s important to go into hair transplant surgery with realistic expectations. You can expect your first new hair to start the growth cycle in 2-4 months after your surgery but remember that hair grows in cycles. This means not all of the new Follicular hair will begin growing at once. By the 8th or 9th month, about 90% of the hair grafts will be growing hair. Once all of the transplanted hair has grown, your results should look very natural, even when examined closely.

11. DON’T Expose Your Scalp to Sunlight

After your hair transplant dubai, it’s important to avoid exposing your scalp to direct sunlight for the first few days. This can cause irritation, especially if your scalp is tender and swollen. Wear a hat if you need to go outside.

12. DON’T Scratch Your Scalp

You may experience itchiness of your scalp after your procedure but it’s important to leave your scalp alone as it heals. If you scratch or irritate your scalp, you may dislodge your hair follicles before they can grow.

13. DON’T Drink or Smoke

Drinking and smoking can both interfere with the blood supply to your scalp and reduce the success of your hair transplant. Avoid alcohol for at least 5 days after your procedure and do not smoke for at least 3 to 4 weeks.

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14. DON’T Play Sports or Engage in Heavy Exercise

Excessive sweating can increase the risk of an infection on your scalp. After your surgery, avoid any activities that may lead to excessive perspiration for about a month. This includes sports and moderate to strenuous exercise.

15. DON’T Be Worried When the New Hair Falls Out

About 2 to 3 weeks after your surgery, the transplanted hair will fall out. This is a normal effect of the procedure and not a cause for concern. You should notice new hair growth within a few months. You may also notice some loss of original hair at the recipient site. This is called shock loss and it’s usually temporary. Most people experience 60% new hair growth after 6-9 months. Your surgeon may prescribe various medicated topical applications to improve hair growth after your procedure.

16. DON’T Chemically Treat Your Hair

You will need to wait at least 30 days before you color or chemically treat your hair in any way. If you undergo any hair treatments, you may want to schedule them for one week before your surgery.

Established in Florida in the 1970s, Advanced Hair Studio have more than 45 years of experience performing a variety of hair restoration and hair retention techniques as one of the world’s largest hair restoration companies. If you are considering hair transplant surgery, contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about what you can expect following your procedure.

Your Guide to Reducing Hair Fall and ideal Hair Regime

Greasy, untidy, falling hair are things that people lose sleep over. In today’s time, it is necessary to care for your hair & nurture them if you want them to look great. This is an ideal guide for your hair regime and tips to stop hair fall, from Advanced Hair Studio, which is phenomenally going to change the way your hair looks.

1. Brushing your hair

So, let’s start with the basics. Brushing or combing has been perceived as a technique of styling your hair and some people think it causes hair fall. But, it isn’t exactly true. Your scalp requires good blood circulation to promote healthy hair strands. Brushing your hair regularly ensures proper blood circulation in the scalp, along with transportation of oxygen & nutrients in the hair. It is advisable to brush twice in a day. Brushing also helps in reducing hair fall.

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2. Argh! Blow Drying Hair:

Using a blow dryer post-shower is widely practiced among women. However, they take no notice of the ill effects of using it on their hair. The excessive amount of heat a blow dryer produces when in contact with your hair can easily make them dry, brittle or damaged and also cause hair fall. So, you need to be over-cautious about the frequency of using your blow dryer.

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3. Oil – Bring it On:

An important thing to include in your hair regime is a good organic oil or preferably a blend of different organic oils in combination with some powerful essential oils. Oiling hair is a great way to keep them nourished & healthy. Essential oils such as Tea tree, Rosemary, Lavender are considered effective for hair growth & hair strength. They also help in fighting hair fall.

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4. Deep Condition your Hair:

Even if you condition your hair regularly, deep conditioning has its own perks. Deep conditioning can be done using your regular conditioner, however, visiting a good salon for a leave-in conditioning treatment will give your hair that extra oomph that you have been desiring for long. This process makes your hair smooth and shiny. This too helps with reducing hair fall.

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5. Pick your Shampoo wisely:

Before plunging on that large dollop of your shampoo, you must be aware of the constituents of it. There are certain compounds, such as Sulfates, which harm the roots & quality of hair while stripping the essential oils from the scalp and causing hair fall. Therefore, it is advisable to check the labels on the back of shampoos prior to getting to purchasing them.

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Adopt these simple changes in your lifestyle & the resultant change in your hair will definitely amaze you. However, if the condition of your scalp has been deterring you for a while, come see us at one of our studios for an Advanced Hair Check. This will help you get your hair deeply analyzed by an expert and they can help suggest the best solution to your hair problems.

Is Trichotillomania a reason of your hair loss?

You might be having the urge to constantly pull your hair. You may even be ashamed of it but you cannot control it. The reason you are doing so is because you may have Trichotillomania. Trichotillomania is an impulse disorder in which a person is feeling a constant urge, which one may not be able to resist, to pull their hair. Impulse control disorders are conditions in which you have strong, uncontrollable urges to take part in self-destructive behavior. Some examples of impulse control disorders are Pyromania and Kleptomania. Pyromania is the urge to set fires and Kleptomania is the urge to steal. The real reason behind Trichotillomania is not been understood or found, however researchers believe that it is caused due to chemical imbalances in the brain. Trichotillomania may also be a genetic condition because it runs in families.

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Symptoms of Trichotillomania

Everyone doesn’t have the same symptoms of Trichotillomania. Some pull their hair strand by strand while others may pull large clumps of it. Some people may do this consciously and are getting a good feeling while pulling their hair off, while some may be pulling their hair unconsciously without even realizing it. After pulling the strand some may inspect it or even swallow it. The symptoms usually are:-

  • pulling hair causing hair loss in patches
  • satisfactory feeling when pulling the hair
  • shame and even denying what they are doing
  • experiencing relief when the hair is pulled
  • playing with pulled hair
  • rubbing the pulled hair on lips

How common is Trichotillomania?

Trichotillomania is a pretty rare condition in which only about 1 percent of the population may have it. This condition is usually found in females outnumbering males in a ratio of 3 to 1. There is a problem in finding the frequency of the people who have Trichotillomania. This is because people tend to deny that they have the disorder and do not seek help from professionals. Trichotillomania usually begins around the age of 11 to 13 however, there is a possibility that children of age 1 to 2 also have Trichotillomania and pull their hair.

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Coping with Trichotillomania

If you feel that you or someone you know suffers hair loss because of Trichotillomania then it would be advisable to visit a professional team of Hair experts. The hair exerts can give you tips for controlling Trichotillomania before it is too late. People will need help from professionals for controlling their hair pulling impulses. Common treatment for Trichotillomania includes:

  • MEDICATIONS: If treatment of Trichotillomania is not needed then the hair expert can prescribe medications such as serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to help people to control their hair pulling urges.
  • COGNITIVE-BEHAVIOUR THERAPY: In this therapy the hair expert will teach you how to manage your hair pulling urges and how to recognize them so that you are not pulling your hair unconsciously. The hair expert will teach you how specific situations cause hair pulling urges and how to control them or modify the situation and stop hair loss caused by it.
  • BEHAVIOURAL MODIFICATION: The hair expert recommends you to occupy yourself when you feel the urge to pull your hair. You could squeeze a stress ball or do activities like knitting, reading, cooking etc.
  • Controlling Trichotillomania can be tough, but working with the hair expert and to manage your condition, joining support groups made up of other people who have a similar situation as you can help you overcome Trichotillomania.

 

Does A Buzz Cut Impact The Normal Hair Growth Cycle

Can particular types of hair cuts affect the normal hair growth cycle?

At Advanced Hair Studio UAE, we receive a lot of queries regarding hairstyles and whether it impacts on the normal hair growth cycle. Recently a reader wanted to know whether his preference for buzz cuts could adversely affect hair regrowth down the line, so we decided to share our insights on the matter.

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We are very happy to report that buzz cuts do not cause hair loss or hair thinning. The only relationship between buzz cuts and hair loss that we could find is that gentlemen who suffer from male pattern baldness often prefer to shave their heads rather than opting for less slightly solutions like a comb-over hairstyle. Happily, there is no causal relationship between the two beyond the notion of personal preference.

In fact, you are more favorite impede hair regrowth or contribute to hair loss by wearing your favourite cap day in and day out. We recently published an article that discussed the notion of continual hat wearing and how it impacts on hair loss, which you can read here. The gist of it is that blood flow restriction and exposure to excess sebum and sweat could negatively impact on the health of your scalp and therefore deter natural hair regeneration.

What is the normal hair growth cycle?

While we are on the topic, here is a quite explanation of the four stages of the normal hair growth cycle:

1. Anagen (the growing phase): The anagen or growing phase will normally last between two to seven years and determines the length of an individual’s hair.
2. Catagen (the regression phase): The catagen or regression phase will normally last approximately ten days. During this phase the hair follicle shrinks and detaches from the dermal papilla.
3. Exogen (the shedding phase): The exogen or shedding phase refers to the period between the natural death of a resting hair and when it detaches from the follicle. During this phase the hair naturally loosens and falls.
4. Telogen (the resting phase): The telogen or resting phase lasts approximately three months and around 20% of your hair is in this stage at any given time.

It is important to note that our follicles are in a constant state of flux, which means that not all of your hair will be in the same growth phase at once. While some are growing or regressing, others are shedding or resting. There is not a lot you can do to prolong the growth stage or shorten the shedding phase, except adhering to a healthy lifestyle that will promote your body’s ability to grow strong and healthy hair. Look out for our article on daily lifestyle habits that keep your hair healthy for helpful advice on giving your body a helping hand.

Hair styles that do impact the normal hair growth cycle

While a buzz cut might not impact on the normal hair growth cycle, there are hairstyles that contribute to something called traction alopecia. In short – certain hairstyles pull on the roots of the hair, slowly killing it over time. These hairstyles include tight buns, cornrows, dreadlocks, weaves, hair extensions and chemically relaxed styles. Buzz cuts do not contribute to traction alopecia.

So what can you do when you notice hair loss?

At Advanced Hair Studio UAE, we offer a range of hair loss solutions, including the extremely effective Strand-by-Strand Blitz® treatment. This breakthrough procedure is the result of 45 years of research at the hands of the world’s foremost plastic surgeons, tricologists, stylists, and hair loss experts and features a singular combination of clinical and cosmetic elements to restore your crowning glory to its previous lush state.

Two major research and development departments and three state-of-the-art labs in Australia, UK, and America, work continuously to upgrade our technology and product range. The benefits of Strand-by-Strand Blitz® includes not only improved hair texture and density, but also gives a much wider array of styling options that allows you to select a style that suits your lifestyle and unique requirements.

Keep in touch & stay informed

Do you feel that there is something we neglected to include in this article about the impact of a buzz cut on the normal hair growth cycle? Please let us know by leaving a comment in the comment section. We value your input and would love to improve this article for further readers.

Would you like to learn more about hair regrowth, solutions and hair fall 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.