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Female Pattern Baldness

Female Pattern Baldness

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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.



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Psoriasis, what is it?

A condition where skin cells build up and from scales and itchy dry patches. Its typically found on the hands, feet, face, neck and scalp.

It is a long term, (chronic), non-curable autoimmune condition that will flare up throughout your life time for many different reasons.

Its commonly associated with other conditions such as psoriatic arthritis.

What does it look like?

Built up layers of dried skin of a whitish-silver colour. It can be difficult to see the colour with the naked eye, this is where I trichoscope, (microscope for hair and skin), can assist. Our resident associate trichologist Sam can do an exam for you in salon.

Book here for a trichology exam.

Why does it happen?

We’re not sure what causes psoriasis, however it develops when T cells mistakenly attack healthy skin cells. In normal skin, the life cycle is approximately 28days. When psoriasis is present this can happen in a little as 7 days. This leads to the skin piling up on top of itself as it doesn’t have time to naturally fall off.

What can we do about it?

As psoriasis in non-curable, what we can concentrate on is reducing flare ups through lifestyle choices.

  • Stay to a healthy weight, not only for obvious reason but also to prevent in forming in the folds of your skin
  • Exercise to encourage blood flow and help immune cells travel through your body
  • Decrease alcohol
  • Eat less inflammatory foods
  • Stay hydrated

Failing this you can get topical ointments and some medications can slow down cellular growth and relieve the itching.

Also as with all scalp issues, try not to scratch with your fingernails. You typically have lots of bacteria living under them. If you put this bacteria in broken skin, you can get an infection.

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.

All the Other Types of Dermatitis

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All the Other Types of Dermatitis

Dermatitis a general term for skin inflammation. It leaves the skin looking puffy, swollen, dry and red from the inflammation.

There are several types of dermatitis and none of them are contagious.

Seborrheic Dermatitis can be found here

Atoptic Dermatitis (Eczema)

This is also known as eczema and is usually inherited and can develop when you’re young though can happen at any age. It’s a chronic (long lasting) condition and can be accompanied by hay fever or asthma. There is no cure though life style choices can assist with keeping it at bay.

Contact Dermatitis

This is caused by a product touching your skin that you are sensitive to. It can be made worse if you don’t have much of a natural protective layer on your skin because of natural dryness or over washing of your skin.

The two main forms are irritant and allergic though you can have both at the same time. Irritant is a reaction to something such as a chemical in solvents, detergents, cosmetics or cleaning products. Allegic is caused by the body having an immune reaction typically from plant saps, some medications or metals.

Phototoxic Dermatits

This is when contact with certain chemicals on your skin, comes in contact with sunlight or UV. This can happen with disinfectants, fragrances, insecticides, some sunscreens or coal tar products. It can also happen with some plants. The skin can blister and go very red.

How do you fix this? Find the offending product and stop using and/or stay out of direct exposure to sun and UV.

Stasis Dermatitis

 This is due to your body having poor circulation, usually in the lower part of your body, your hands and feet. 

What are some common triggers for dermatitis?

  • Hormonal changes
  • Irritating substances
  • Stress
  • Your environment

Treatment for dermatitis

If there is suspicion its an allergic reaction, you need to find out what’s causing the dermatitis. You can have a skin scratch test done at the dermatologist to find out for sure.

You can also stop using one product at a time for 4-6 weeks to see if the issue goes away. Eventually you will work out which thing you’re using that’s causing the issue.

However, if you want to find out for sure what it is, the skin scratch test is the way to go. This means you can look at the ingredient in any product you wish to purchase in the future.

An antihistamine could also help relieve the symptoms or a mild steroid cream from the chemist or doctor.

You could also have a food allergy so giving up one food for a 4-6 week period to see if it clears up could help. The life cycle of skin is 28 days so this gives it a chance to heal. The best thing to eliminate first is dairy and if it’s not that go for gluten next. I know this sucks but it’s not forever, just 6 weeks to be sure.

Use mild cleansers on your skin. Heavily perfumed products or drying soaps can leave the skin more exposed than is necessary.

Lastly, be careful not to scratch it with your finger tips. Bacteria is usually under your finger nails and you can make the condition worse. It you tear the skin and put bacteria in the tear you can get a bacterial infection as well. If you need to scratch, use the ball of your fingers so you don’t break the skin.


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.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic Dermatitis

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Seborrheic dermatitis, where on our body do we find it?

Its also known as cradle cap in infants and on adults is mostly common in oily areas such as the scalp, chest, back and face. It can create dandruff on the scalp as well as redness and scaly patches. It is likely that’s it’s caused by a fungus (Malassezia) which is naturally found in the oil (sebum) your body produces.

Seborrheic dermatitis tends to get worse in the cooler months potentially because of the hot water and heat we use. This dries out our skin and the body makes more sebum to try and replace it.

Often its hereditary though the cause is unknown and changes to your hormones can also have an effect.

How do we know for sure that we have it?

Seborrheic dermatitis can have a yellow waxy appearance though this can be hard to see with the naked eye. You can book yourself in for a scalp exam where we can look using the trichoscope (microscope for the skin and hair).

If needed, we can recommend you to a dermatologist for further testing.

What are some things you can do if you suspect you have this?

  • You can use a dandruff shampoo. These tend to be high in chemicals and need to be used daily. In salon we have a natural range that could assist you without the chemicals called Activance.
  • Don’t put your hair up in the same spot every day. Clean, fresh air around your scalp will help your skin.
  • In general use hypoallergenic soap and detergent
  • If it’s on your skin and there is hair, you can shave the area.
  • Check your diet, are you getting a wide range of healthy items in it? A blood or hair test could help you here
  • Get your microbiome checked to see how your gut is fairing
  • Find a way to deal with stress better, this will have an effect
  • Reduce alcohol consumption

Lastly, be careful not to scratch it with your fingertips. Bacteria is usually under your finger nails and you can make the condition worse. It you tear the skin and put bacteria in the tear you can get a bacterial infection as well. If you need to scratch, use the ball of your fingers so you don’t break the skin.

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.

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.

Book trichology consult here


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.



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Ever wondered about your follicles?

I thought so, here is all the information you need to be enlightened!

Humans are born with all of their hair follicles and there is no possible way to increase the number of follicles you have. More follicles would equal more hair but you’re stuck with what you have.

Interestingly though some people have more hair coming out of these follicles. People with super thick hair often have 4 thick hairs coming out of each follicle, (technical name is terminal hair). As well as these you could have 2-3 baby hairs coming out of the same follicle, (named vellus hairs).

People with fine hair like me will only have 1-2 terminal hairs and 1-2 vellus hairs coming out of each follicle.

As your hair thins with age your terminal hair number can reduce and the terminal hairs can turn into vellus hairs. A good example of this is when you see a man who’s bald but still has soft fine hairs in that, ‘bald’, area.

The best things to keep these follicles producing the best that they can is to look after your body and treat it kindly. Give it good food, great vitamins and keep that stress at bay. Good luck with that last one…

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.