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The bald and the beautiful

Posted by Gary Heron, on December 19th, 2012, under MALE HAIR LOSS

YUL BRYNNER, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jason Statham, David Beckham, Rovilson Fernandez, Mark Salling (of Glee fame) and yes, even the fictional Les Grossman (a.k.a. the knuckle-ringed alter ego of Tom Cruise) have proven Delilah wrong; a buzz cut — heck, an all-the-way bald do — won’t unman a dude with attitude.

In case you missed the headline — bald is bad, bald is sexy, bald is rugged hot — losing all that hair actually means you’ve got a high MQ (manliness quotient).

“Most male pattern baldness is caused by DHT (dihydrotestosterone) which is a bypro-duct of an overabundance of testosterone. So if they want to look on the bright side, it is a sign that they are truly real men. This chemical actually chokes off the blood supply to the hair follicle, which is the main nourishment for hair growth, and in turn eventually kills the hair follicle,” Sujiivana Salon Creative Director Kne Palmer wrote BusinessWorld.

Let’s rephrase that: if you’re prematurely balding, your guy hormones have killed off all your hair.

Or, allowed Mr. Palmer, it could also be because you’ve somehow damaged the hair follicle by some mechanical means (wore that baseball cap too often, took to cornrows because maybe you grew up watching Wesley Snipes or Dennis Rodman, or back in the days of grunge, you grew your hair long and wore it in a tight ponytail; in which case, this could be remedied by getting rid of all those bad habits). Women, in this instance, can also suffer hair loss. “The constant tension put stress on the follicle and damages the follicle,” cautioned Mr. Palmer.

The last type of hair loss is alopecia, which can have many different causes (one of which is an abnormality in the immune system), and is very hard to remedy. This type starts to show up with patches of bald areas around the head, and while stress and diet can affect this type of hair loss, a doctor is better equipped to handle the case.



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What to do if you lose your locks

Posted by Admin, on December 19th, 2012, under CELEBRITY HAIR, HAIR LOSS HEALTH NEWS

By Miriam Stoppard

Seeing recent pictures of Naomi Campbell’s bald patches, probably caused by hair extensions, brought back bad memories for me.

I know how she feels because a similar thing happened to me a few years ago. I wanted the front of my hair to look thicker and longer so I went to a hair-extension stylist who’d been highly recommended.

At first it looked fantastic but about a month later the join between my own hair and the extension had become noticeable so I decided to have them removed.

That’s when it went wrong. It took several attempts to dissolve the glue that was holding them on but the chemical used to do this pulled out my own hair.

As I looked down I saw huge clumps, roots and all, in my lap. When I looked up in the mirror, I had no hair at the front.

Once the shock had worn off, I was devastated. But I also felt incredibly stupid. I hadn’t really looked into what could go wrong – after all, it was a just a hair treatment, not a medical procedure.

What a mistake – although my hair has partially recovered it never regained its original thickness.

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Over the past few years, a number of celebrities, including Victoria Beckham, are said to have had the odd temporary bald patch after having extensions. Meanwhile, Jennifer Aniston has complained that having it done ruined the condition of her locks.

Stylists maintain that, if your own hair is in good nick and the extensions are properly fitted and maintained, they should be fine.

However, last year research
in the British Journal of Dermatology claimed that some women lose their hair within a week of having extensions and that even women with no obvious signs of hair loss had considerable underlying damage to the scalp when examined more closely.

The dermatologists – from the University of Miami in Florida and Bologna University in Italy – suggested that the problems are probably far more common than reported.

Danger areas

Traction alopecia tends to happen at the front of the head and around the temples, where the hair is weakest.

The extensions, which are attached by glue, weaving or braiding, put tension on the hair follicles, which become inflamed, causing hair to fall out. This is more likely if the extensions are heavy, left in a long time or fitted badly. Some glues can damage hair, too.

But any tight hairstyles like braids can have the same effect while harsh chemicals such as dyes, bleaches and straightening solutions further weaken hair.

If it’s caught early, it’ll grow back but the hair loss can be permanent.


Look out for small, red, sometimes painful bumps on the scalp, flaking or broken-off hair.

If there’s any damage or hair loss, have the extensions professionally removed and limit styling.

Ask your GP to refer you to a dermatologist who can confirm the cause of your hair loss and whether it may grow back. Regrowth can take three to six months or longer.

If the hair loss is permanent, a hair transplant, in which hairs from the back of the head are grafted on to the bald bits, is the only solution. Needless to say, you can’t get it on the NHS and it will set you back several thousand pounds, so make sure the doctor is registered with the General Medical Council and belongs to the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgeons (

The clinic should be registered with the Healthcare Commission. Ask about the doctor’s experience and what realistically can be achieved. Also
ask to see before and after pictures of their patients.

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What is hair loss in women?

Posted by Gary Heron, on December 18th, 2012, under FEMALE HAIR LOSS, HAIR LOSS [ PHOTOS ] TREATED

One of the commonest forms of hair loss in women (and men) is a condition called telogen effluvium, in which there is a diffuse (or widely spread out) shedding of hairs around the scalp and elsewhere on the body.

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This is usually a reaction to intense stress on the body’s physical or hormonal systems, or as a reaction to medication.

The condition, which can occur at any age, generally begins fairly suddenly and gets better on its own within about six months, although for a few people it can become a chronic problem.

Because telogen effluvium develops a while after its trigger, and causes generalised thinning of hair density rather than a bald patch, women with the condition can easily be diagnosed as overanxious or neurotic.

Fortunately, it often gets better with time. Telogen effluvium is a phenomenon related to the growth cycles of hair.

Hair growth cycles alternate between a growth phase (called anagen, it lasts about three years) and a resting phase (telogen, which lasts about three months). During telogen, the hair remains in the follicle until it is pushed out by the growth of a new hair in the anagen phase.

At any one time, up to about 15 per cent of hairs are in telogen. But a sudden stress on the body can trigger large numbers of hairs to enter the telogen phase at the same time. Then, about three months later, this large number of hairs will be shed. As the new hairs start to grow out, so the density of hair may thicken again.

Many adults have had an episode of telogen effluvium at some point in their lives, reflecting episodes of illness or stress.

Another common type of hair loss in women is androgenetic alopecia, which is related to hormone levels in the body. There’s a large genetic predisposition, which may be inherited from the father or mother.

Androgenetic alopecia affects roughly 50 per cent of men (this is the main cause of the usual pattern of balding seen as men age) and perhaps as many women over the age of 40.

Research shows that up to 13 per cent of women have some degree of this sort of hair loss before the menopause, and afterwards it becomes far more common – one piece of research suggests that over the age of 65 as many as 75 per cent of women are affected.

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Female Hair Loss Treated

Posted by Gary Heron, on December 9th, 2012, under FEMALE HAIR LOSS, HAIR LOSS [ PHOTOS ] TREATED

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Androgenetic alopecia (female pattern baldness) in women is often linked to hormonal changes with the hair loss following events such as the menopause, childbirth or as a result of stopping or starting oral contraceptive pills. The hair loss is generally more uniform over the scalp than in the male counterpart, but also results from a complex chemical reaction when the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase converts the testosterone in the system into DHT or dihydrotestosterone. The hair follicles are genetically predisposed to be over sensitive to the DHT and become smaller and smaller with time, leading to the eventual hair loss.

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Black Hair Loss Treated [Photos] Using Vitastim and Biostim Treatments

Posted by Gary Heron, on December 9th, 2012, under HAIR LOSS [ PHOTOS ] TREATED

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