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Bigger Problem or Just A Bad hair day?

Posted by Paul, on March 24th, 2009, under TRICHOTALK


According to the American Academy of Dermatology hair will regrow spontaneously in some forms of hair loss. See a trichologist if, over time, you have documented your hair loss (where on your head? Approximately how many hairs per day?) and any medical, drug or lifestyle changes you’ve experienced (become a vegetarian, say or started a new contraceptive pill.)

In the meantime, check out the following facts on normal hair growth:

About 90% of the hair is growing at any one time, and the growth phase lasts between 2 and 6 years.

10% of the hair is in a resting phase that lasts 2 to 3 months, and at the end of its resting state the hair is shed.

When a hair is shed, a new hair from the same follicle replaces it and the growing cycle starts once more.

Scalp hair grows about one-half inch per month. But as you age, that rate of hair growth slows.

Most hair shedding is due to the normal hair cycle; losing up to 100 hairs a day is normal.

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HAIR LOSS: Is Collagen The Answer?

Posted by Admin, on March 23rd, 2009, under HAIR LOSS SCIENCE, TRICHOTALK


A new discovery has been made in finding out what actually causes hair loss, namely: the hardening of collagen. Persons who do not suffer from hair loss have supple collagen and persons who begin showing signs of hair loss have hardened collagen. Collagen hardening interferes with the healthy functioning of the hair roots. The vital exchange process of the hair follicle cycle is disrupted and the hair becomes suffocated.

Collagen is the main protein of connective tissue in animals and the most abundant protein in mammals,[1] making up about 25% to 35% of the whole-body protein content. In muscle tissue it serves as a major component of endomysium. Collagen constitutes 1% to 2% of muscle tissue, and accounts for 6% of the weight of strong, tendinous muscles.[2] The gelatin used in food and industry is derived from the partial hydrolysis of collagen.


Collagen is one of the long, fibrous structural proteins whose functions are quite different from those of globular proteins such as enzymes. Tough bundles of collagen called collagen fibers are a major component of the extracellular matrix that supports most tissues and gives cells structure from the outside, but collagen is also found inside certain cells. Collagen has great tensile strength, and is the main component of fascia, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, bone and skin. Along with soft keratin, it is responsible for skin strength and elasticity, and its degradation leads to wrinkles that accompany aging. It strengthens blood vessels and plays a role in tissue development. It is present in the cornea and lens of the eye in crystalline form. It is also used in cosmetic surgery and burns surgery. Hydrolyzed collagen can play an important role in weight management, as a protein, it can be advantageously used for its satiating power.

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The Hair Centre Treatments And Unique Results Increases The Demand To Be Seen By Our Leading Trichologist In Black Hair Problems Gary Heron

Posted by Gary Heron, on March 20th, 2009, under HAIR LOSS CLINIC REVIEWED, HAIR LOSS [ PHOTOS ] TREATED




















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Understanding Scalp Psoriasis And Treating It Successfully

Posted by Gary Heron, on March 20th, 2009, under HAIR LOSS FACTS

When psoriasis develops on the scalp, hair loss sometimes follows. What surprises most people is that the root cause of this hair loss is not the psoriasis. Understanding why hair loss occurs and how to manage scalp psoriasis can help.

Root Causes of Hair Loss


When psoriasis develops on the scalp and hair loss results, the root cause is generally one or more of the following:

Scales removed too forcefully. When scalp psoriasis is severe, very thick scales tend to develop. Forcefully removing these scales often loosens the hair as well as the scales.


Frequent scratching. Psoriasis can be incredibly itchy, but frequently scratching the scalp can pull on the hair. Repetitive pulling can lead to a type of hair loss called traction alopecia.


Psoriasis treatment too harsh. Sometimes the psoriasis treatment causes the hair loss. Certain medications used to treat scalp psoriasis such as salicylic acid can temporarily damage the hair and lead to hair loss. Also, any treatment that is too vigorous or frequently used can break the hairs and cause hair loss. In most cases, hair grows back when the treatment stops.


Having psoriasis can be stressful. For some people, stress leads to hair loss. Research shows that stress can cause too many hairs to enter the resting (telogen) phase of the hair growth cycle. Hair stays in the resting phase for about 3 months. At the end of this phase, the body sheds all of the hair in the resting phase. When too much hair goes into the resting phase at one time, the body sheds large amounts of hair at once.

Westminster Trichologists’ Tips for Controlling Scalp Psoriasis

While it may seem nearly impossible to control the causes of hair loss associated with scalp psoriasis, effectively managing scalp psoriasis can diminish hair loss. Here are tips that dermatologists often give their patients struggling to control scalp psoriasis:

Westminster Trichologists’ Treatment

Remove scale with gentle combing and brushing. Loosening and removing scale is an essential part of treating scalp psoriasis. The key is to do it gently. Picking at the scale can aggravate the skin and cause psoriasis to flare. Over time, the picking also can cause traction alopecia, a type of hair loss.

Treat the scalp not the hair. When applying a Hair Centre psoriasis medication, including medicated our shampoos, be sure the treatment reaches the scalp and does not sit in the hair.

If a treatment seems too harsh, talk with a Westminster Trichologists. Skin on the scalp is thick, so treatment for scalp psoriasis may be stronger than the medication applied to other areas. If the medication causes concern, talk with a Westminster Trichologists’ . There are a number of treatments for scalp psoriasis. Rotating treatments can help as can switching to another Westminster  treatment.


If nothing seems to stop hair loss, consult a Westminster Trichologists. There are many causes of hair loss. The cause of a patient’s hair loss may have nothing to do with psoriasis or its treatment. Hereditary thinning or balding, which is the most common cause of hair loss, affects millions. A Westminster Trichologists  can help determine the root cause of hair loss and recommend treatment options.

Hair Care

Try alternating your Westminster shampoos. Using a Westminster Trichologist shampoo one day and a non-medicated shampoo the next can help avoid over-drying of the scalp and hair. Be sure to discuss this strategy with a Westminster Trichologist before trying it.

Use a Westminster Trichologist conditioner after every shampoo. Applying a conditioner after every shampoo can help keep the scalp moist. A non-medicated conditioner also may help reduce the odor left behind by some tar shampoos.

Let hair air dry. Skin affected by psoriasis is extremely dry. Blow-drying can increase the dryness and exacerbate hair loss. Limiting use of blow dryers and styling products helps to reduce the dryness.

Discuss hair styling options with a Westminster Trichologist first. While hair colors, perms, straightening, and hair sprays can boost self-esteem, they also can irritate scalp psoriasis. Sometimes the chemicals damage already fragile hair, leading to hair loss. Before using any of these hair-care products, either test the product on a small area or ask a Westminster Trichologist when such a product can be used.

Self Care

Keep fingernails short. For many, scratching is inevitable. Short nails can prevent one from scratching the scalp so hard that it bleeds.

Wear a hat or a scarf or shave the head bald. Until the hair grows back, these strategies can relieve some of the uneasiness that sometimes accompanies noticeable hair loss.

On the Bright Side

While hair loss can leave patients feeling devastated, knowing a few key facts about scalp psoriasis may alleviate some anxiety.

The first fact: Once scalp psoriasis clears, most patients find that their hair loss was temporary.

Secondly, when a patient consults a Trichologist, it is rare for anyone to suffer from severe scalp psoriasis for a long time when the treatment is used as directed.

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Posted by Gary Heron, on March 19th, 2009, under ALOPECIA AREATA, HAIR LOSS [ PHOTOS ] TREATED

Alopecia Areata is an extremely common condition and will affect 1% to 2% of the population at some point in their lives.  Most sufferers are children and young adults (below 40 years old), though it can affect people of all ages.  The hair loss is sudden and manifests itself in small, smooth-skinned patches that are likely to gradually widen with time.  It can also affect the sufferer’s nails, giving them a pitted, ridged or brittle appearance.  The exact cause is still unknown, although current theories include an auto-immune disease, stress or suggest a genetic basis.




We recommended an intensive 12-month treatment course of:

Vitastim 15% Hair Regrowth Stimulant and Hair Loss Stabiliser
This stimulant is recommended to help stabilise hair loss and strengthen existing hair.  It is a natural hop-based solution that works as a vasodilator to increase blood circulation in the scalp and so enable healthy hair growth.  It also contains a multi-vitamin complex to help catalyse the process of conversion of amino acids into keratin hair cells and accelerate growth and diameter of the hair from the dermal papilla.

Follicle Builder 15% Hair Strengthener
This stimulant is formulated to increase cell metabolism and nutrient concentration at the hair root to increase hair cell production.  It also has the effect of extending the hair growth cycle, improving overall hair density.

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