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Stress Hair Loss – Are You At Risk?

Posted by Gary Heron, on June 7th, 2013, under ALOPECIA AREATA

When Nadine Dorries spoke out about her alopecia on Daybreak earlier this week, she referred to the condition as a “confidence stealer”.


Although we don’t quite agree that it’s vastly different for men than it is for women – she said on the show that -”When men go bald and when they lose their hair, what they tend to do is have a mid-life crisis and go out and have an affair, but what women tend to do is to actually go into their houses and lock the door” – she did shine a spotlight on an issue that is often embarrassing and difficult to talk about.

Dorries isn’t completely sure what has caused her alopecia, and there are several types. Androgenic alopecia is the standard male and female pattern baldness, while traction alopecia is caused by pressure to the hair, so if the hair is tied up too tightly or held tightly in a wrapper of cloth.

There are some types of alopecia however, which are linked to stress, which is anagen effluvium, where it occurs three months after a stressful event, like a bereavement or emotional stress, and alopecia areata, when the hair falls out quite quickly and in a circular pattern.

Gary Heron, Head of Practice and former alopecia sufferer at The Westminster Practice spoke to the HuffPost UK Lifestyle about how stress can affect your hair. He said “It fluctuates from recession to recession, we have seen more alopecia areata across the board, which are stresses from recession in 2007. We’re seeing more aggressive cases too, where there’s around 20-30% hair loss, which is a lot. If you’re stressed out, your auto immune system runs completely flat, the stress builds up, and if you’re the kind of person who implodes rather than explodes, you’re more likely to get it”.

He adds “It’s also immune system related and genetic related, so in groups of a family, one might have asthma, one might have eczema and another alopecia. If your boats are lined up the wrong way you might be prone to it”.

According to Gary, alopecia barbae – which affects a man’s beard – is definitely on the increase simply because more men are growing beards these days. It might sound obvious, but if you are stressed out, or are noticing hair loss, here are the following tips that can make life a lot easier:

1. Take a long, hard look at your diet. If you’re vegetarian, you want to make sure that you are supplementing your diet with protein you might not get otherwise. Gary remarked on a woman who was cooking really well for her family but then spent so much time running around that she ate really poorly herself.

2. There isn’t enough time in the day to do everything, but that’s what tomorrow is for. Sounds obvious, but prioritise what needs to be done today, and don’t beat yourself with a proverbial stick if you can’t finish it all.

3. Gary recommends the ‘Churchill method’ of sitting down with a pen and paper and writing down all the good and bad things in your life. Then making an effort to tackle the bad.

4. If you have alopecia and your hair is starting to grow back, don’t unduly stress yourself by worrying the hair will stay fine and thin. It takes time.

5. Don’t force yourself to go out if you are feeling rubbish, but similarly don’t hide away either. Confide in your close friends who will be able to keep things in perspective for you, and more importantly, take your mind off the matter.

6. Lastly, if you are suffering bad hair loss, as in the pattern is turning from a circle to an exclamation mark, then make an appointment with a trichologist who might be able to point out the triggers setting it off.

Click here for the original article on Huffington Post.


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Female Hair Loss Treated [Photos]

Posted by Gary Heron, on December 28th, 2012, under HAIR LOSS [ PHOTOS ] TREATED

These results were achieved by using a 15% solution of Vitastim and Biostim between the following dates: October 2010 and February 2011.


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Another Success: Male Hair Loss Treated

Posted by Gary Heron, on December 28th, 2012, under HAIR LOSS [ PHOTOS ] TREATED

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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.

Hair today..

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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