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Female Pattern Baldness

Female Pattern Baldness

Trigg Hair Studio | Hair Loss Facts | Hairdresser Trigg North Beach Scarborough Karrinyup

Female pattern baldness, (Androgenic Alopecia), typically occurs at the front, parting, (middle and actual), and crown area. Thankfully it rarely results in total loss of the hair.

There is a strong genetic link though the pathway is still not known. Its more common after menopause, so there is a possible link between the loss and hormones, particularly estrogen. There is no cure for female pattern baldness. It occurs in up to two-thirds of women after menopause.

In your scalp, you have two types of hairs that come out of one follicle at a time. There are terminal hairs which are the fatter of the two and vellus hairs which are finer. During female pattern hair loss, some of the terminal hairs can shrink and become vellus hairs. These hairs are more fragile and eventually that hair can stop all together.

To discover if this is happening it’s as simple as looking through a trichoscope to compare the hairs in the unaffected areas to the ones in the affected areas. At Trigg Hair Studio Sam is our resident associate trichologist and you can book an exam here.

Things that can help are:

  • If it’s mostly through your part, change it to another spot.
  • Get blood text to check your thyroid, some indications it could be thyroid are an unexplained loss or gaining of weight and a loss of energy for no known reason.
  • Check in with your diet and exercise plan, have you been looking after your bodies needs?
  • There are certain hair and scalp care ranges that can assist, we use and recommend Activance.
  • Have your microbiome checked to make sure your gut health is good. Click here for who we recommend to use for this as seen on Catalyst
  • Minoxidil is a drug you can apply to your scalp that will help however like all medications there are side effects. Also you need to use it for 6-12months to see results and it’s not effective in everyone.
  • In extreme cases hair transplants can be done. They take hair from the unaffected areas and move it to where the loss is.

In summary for most women this issue will be minimal. For the most part it will only be you noticing the changes. Do be honest with your lifestyle choices as it’s the fuel that makes your body work. If you used diesel in a petrol engine vehicle, it’s not going to work.

For further information and a trichology exam to confirm this is whats happening to you, you can book in here.

A Trichology Consultation at Trigg Hair Studio

A Trichology Consultation at Trigg Hair Studio

PWhat to Expect from a Trichology Consultation at Trigg Hair Studio | Trigg Hair Studio | Trigg | Scarborough | Sorrento | North Beach | Scarborough | Carine | Karinyup | Duncraig

Have you ever wondered what to expect from a trichology consultation at Trigg Hair Studio?

Maybe you don’t even know what trichology is for?

First things first, trichology is the study of hair and scalp issues. Such as female pattern baldness, psoriasis, eczema, scalp itch, post-partum hair loss, alopecia and weak hair.

Sam is our resident associate trichologist as well as Hairdresser, and you can book a trichology consultation with her here.

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As with all things at Trigg Hair Studio, you can expect a mixture of a scientific approach with a natural approach.

If you’re not looking after your body then you’re not allowing your body to heal itself. We will talk through how lifestyle choice may be affecting your hair and scalp.

Sometimes however, your body needs science to give it the kick start it needs to then allow for the body to heal itself. When this is the case, we will look at a scientific approach to empowering your body.

Through your consultation we we look at simple ways to improve your scalp or hair issue so that you feel in control of your issue once and for all. You’ll be surprised what small changes can make to your body.

What you put into your body does mater! You wouldn’t put diesel into a petrol engine and expect it to work…

If you’d like to book an appointment to give your hair or scalp assistance, all the details to make a booking can be found here.

Can I Lose My Hair Due to Stress

Can I Lose My Hair Due To Stress?

Can I lose my hair due to stress | Hairdresser Trigg | Scarborough | North Beach | Carine | Duncraig | Sorrento

Yes, you can lose your hair due to stress! Its completely unfair but entirely possible.

Let’s start with a basic lesson on the lifecycle of the hair on your scalp.

There are 3 main stages:

Firstly, the growing stage which is usually somewhere between 4-7 years. That’s right, not everyone is capable of growing their hair as long as they like.

Secondly, the resting stage. Once it’s reached the end of its growth, your hair stops growing and sits there waiting for a new one to grow beneath it.

Thirdly the falling out stage. Once that new hair grows it will push out the old one and the cycle begins all over again.

Ok, now you know the answer to ‘can I lose my hair due to stress’, let’s get to why your hair can fall out from stress.

Sometimes when we have a big stress on our bodies, either mental or physical, a bunch of our hair can go into the second stage prematurely. This stress response from our bodies is called telogen effluvium.

The sneaky thing about telogen effluvium is that it won’t usually fall our straight away. Normally you will experience the loss 2-3 months after the stress even happened. This can make it confusing when you’re no longer stressed and your hair is coming out.

On average we lose 100-150 hairs a day, when this happens, you don’t even notice. With telogen effluvium this amount increases from a little to a lot.

So, what can we do about it?

If the stress is something you can plan for such as knowing you’ll be going in for an operation or knowing your about to have a huge work load, supplements can help.

In times of stress your body goes through lots of vitamins and minerals much quicker and this can affect your hair loss. Cortisol, the stress hormone particularly loves stripping you of vitamin B for example. taking a supplement can really assist you.

If the stress comes out of the blue such as an emergency or unplanned injury, start taking supplements as soon as you can. It’s not as good as having a build-up already in your system but if your body is getting all it needs, it can recover faster.

Then of course we can look at our mindfulness. Meditation, taking time for yourself, sleeping well, eating a well-balanced diet, drinking less alcohol and caffeine, just to name a few. You know all of this of course but sometimes it’s easier said than done right!

Keep in mind, the best thing about your body is that it will sort itself out. Sadly, hair is slow growing so it can take a year or more. Feel grateful to your body because its looking after all the thing you can see, your organs that keep you alive.

If you’d like to book an appointment to give your hair or scalp some love then we are always be delighted to hear from you. We’d be happy to talk through your hairs current condition as part of your initial consultation. All the details to make a booking can be found here.

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Females Pattern Bladness

Female Pattern Baldness

Sam Macdonald Hair | Hairdresser Trigg North Beach Sorrento Karinyup Carine Duncraig Scarborough | Female Pattern Baldness

Fun Fact! 40% of women have female pattern baldness, (hair loss), by the time they go through menopause.

Here we were thinking it was just the blokes that had to endure this. In fact, most men who will go bald will notice it starting in their 20’s. At least us women can add a couple more decades on…

Some things that can affect hair loss are lack of required minerals in our bodies, stress or shock. In all honesty we can’t always stop this happening but we can slow it down and, in some cases, stop it completely.

First things first, lifestyle.

If you are not getting all the vitamins and minerals you need, your hair will suffer. Actually, your whole body will suffer but your hair will show it first.

Your body is super intelligent and it will use any minerals and vitamins for the essential parts of your body first. You guessed it; hair is last on that list.

Secondly become aware of stress in your body and try to deal with it in a way that’s suits your lifestyle. For most of exercise is a great way to release stress.

It’s not always easy to remove stress completely these days but being aware of it can really help. For example, notice when you’re tensing up and become more mindful of releasing it.

Shock is a hard one as its often unexpected. Sometimes we can know we’ll be having a shock, in the form of something coming up like an operation which is a shock on the body.

You can lose hair a couple of months after a shock so if you know this is coming you can take supplements to reduce its impact on the body.

Unfortunately sometimes it’s just part of your life cycle and its normal to experience some thinning.

You can change your part frequently to stop your part line scalp getting too much UV. Sunlight can speed up hair loss in the part area so this is an easy fix.

As always if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

If you’d like to book an appointment to give your hair or scalp some love. I’d be happy to talk through it’s current condition as part of your initial consultation. All the details to make a booking can be found here.

Is Your Hair Getting All The Nutrients It Needs?

Is Your Hair Getting All The Nutrients It Needs

Sam Macdonald hair | Hairdresser Trigg | Is You Hair Getting All The Nutrients It Needs

How can we tell if our hair is getting all the nutrients it needs to be the very best head of hair the you can have?

Well there are a few symptoms that could be showing up just by taking notice of you hair and scalp.

Stressful lifestyle:

I know, I know, we’re all stressed out at least a little. It is in fact possible to reduce stress just by being aware of it. You can tune into your body and when you feel it start to grow just stop what you’re doing for 60 seconds, concentrate on breathing slowly, do some stretching or just stare gently at something beautiful.

Did you know that your body uses up more vitamin B when your stressed out? An extra supplement of Vitamin B could really help you and if its an activated one, your body will absorb it nice and quickly.

Thinning hair or even bald patches:

Thinning hair can simply be a sign of age and embedded in your DNA, however it doesn’t mean that you can’t slow the process down. There is strong evidence that lifestyle can impact on this process which can indicate your body isn’t getting everything it needs.

Thinking you can get every single thing your body needs from food may not be correct as our soils don’t contain what they used to. Did you know that in Australia there is no selenium in the soil and extremely low zinc? Zinc is super important for hair and scalp.

As for small patches of hair not being there anymore, this could be alopecia areata, also known as spot baldness. This could be linked to stress and again you may need extra supplements to help get through this quicker.

Slow hair growth:

If you have noticed your hair growth has slowed down, this could be an indication of unrest in your body. Hair growth does vary from person to person but if you notice a change a supplement could help and failing that going to your health professional for more advice.

If this could be you then please don’t hesitate to contact me so we can have a look together and see what we can do to hlep.

In salon I have an amazing range of supplements for hair and scalp called Apotecari to help you get the best hair and scalp you can possibly have. I also do Trichology services in the salon so we can get to the root of the problem once and for all.

You can rest assured I can help you. Hooray!

If you’d like to book an appointment to give your hair or scalp some love. I’d be happy to talk through it’s current condition as part of your initial consultation. All the details to make a booking can be found here.

Female Pattern Baldness

Female Pattern Baldness

Sam Macdonald Hair | Hairdresser Trigg North Beach Scarborough Karrinyup Sorrento |Trichology| Scalp Care

I’m sorry to share with you that yes, female pattern baldness, aka androgenic alopecia, is a thing!

Totally unfair but the good news is that we can prevent or at least slow it down.

The latest figures that I have read, states that approximately 50% of women will experience this issue in their lifetime so it a good thing to be aware of.

Who gets it?

There is a strong genetic link to female pattern baldness which can be passed my either parent. Its usually starts mid life with menopause being the start for many women, as it can be linked with our hormones.

This is not the only reason for possible hair loss in women. It can also be from medications, auto-immune issues or illness to name a few. Today though I’m concentrating on female pattern baldness.

So what can we do about it?

First thing as always, is look after our health. As with most things in life, what you’re fueling your body with is how you’re going to look and feel. Your diet can show up in your skin and therefore your hair as well.

Whatever your dietary beliefs all know we need to eat less processed foods, lots of raw stuff and make sure its varied so your getting everything you need. If you just ate Kale you would not be well, thank goodness for that! Vegans I have been told, cannot source certain vitamin B, so you need a supplement for this.

OK that’s the food bit sorted.

Its important to change your part every so often. Your body is fabulous at protecting you from things. When the sun hits your scalp in the same place, your skin can toughen up a bit and make it harder for the hair to get through your scalp. I myself have just had to do this because I’m starting to thin and I’m only 42, that’s still young right?

Make sure you are using a shampoo that is right for your scalp. The best bet here is to get professional advise. Even if you’re using professional products, ideally don’t pick them off the hairdresser shelf your self. Chat with your hairdresser about whats best so they can use their years of knowledge to prescribe the best thing for you.

There are specific ranges out there to help with these scalp issues. I prefer to get specialised hairdresser level products for scalp issues. I have found some off the medical grade ones that doctors prescribe, will help your scalp but can be a little rough on the actual hair. This of course is a choice you need to make for yourselves, with your own beliefs in mind.

In my business I use and recommend Activance Professional which is powered with an ingredient called Rhodanide.

Rhodanide performs several vital functions including stimulating growth, strengthening hair and fighting off damaging chemicals.

To put it simply, if you are looking after yourself with good food and health, you are nurturing your hair and scalp from the inside out. Then with the use of something like the Activance Professional, we can help nurture from the outside in. 80-20 rule at its best.

There is also a drug on the market called Minoxidil that can be topically applied to the scalp that can help regrowth sometimes. Minoxidil claims it can regrow hair, slow down the loss and sometimes have no effect at all. It’s important to weigh up all the pros and cons before trying this.

When taking any drug either orally or on the skin, we need to realise there are often side effects, so professional advise is necessary. Even though Minoxidil only goes on the scalp, the entire body absorbs it like with all medications.

As always I am not a health professional, so before taking any advise you should check in with your go to doctor or Naturopath.

If you’d like to book an appointment to give your hair or scalp some love, I’d be happy to talk through it’s current condition as part of your initial consultation. All the details to make a booking can be found here.