female hair loss

A recent study has shown that a drug usually used to treat prostate cancer in men could help in the fight against female hair loss.

Hair loss in women is arguably even more devastating than its male equivalent, as few are the women who feel confident in shaving their heads and embracing the bald look. And up to now, it has always been harder to treat, too – the diffuse nature of female hair thinning means hair transplant is rarely a viable option.

However, there could be a light at the end of the tunnel, as scientists have now discovered that the prostate cancer drug bicalutamide could have a ‘significant’ effect on hair regrowth.

How can a prostate drug treat hair loss?

One of the major causes of hair loss in women is an overproduction of the male hormone testosterone – often during the menopause.

In prostate cancer, if testosterone reaches the cancerous cells it can cause tumours to grow rapidly; if the hormone is blocked, the tumours don’t just stop growing but have been known to shrink. So prostate cancer drugs like bicalutamide work by blocking testosterone production.

It’s early days, but in a recent trial involving seventeen women with hair loss, more than half showed “significant” hair regrowth within a few weeks of using the drug.

How did the study work?

During the trial, seventeen women were given a daily dose of the prostate drug bicalutamide, in pill form, for a minimum of six months. The results were assessed by a team of dermatologists, who agreed that 53% of the women showed “significant” regrowth after using the drug.

The study, which was published in the journal Dermatologic Therapy, was carried out by a research team from Ramon y Cajal University Hospital in Madrid. With the pilot trial showing such promising results, it is hoped that a larger study will be rolled out in the near future. Watch this space!

What if I want a solution for female hair loss now?

If you can’t wait for prostate drugs to become widely available to treat female hair loss, then don’t worry. There are plenty of options already on the market, from hair loss shampoos to hair systems to scalp micropigmentation.

Why not book a consultation with one of our hair loss experts today to find out which of these treatment options could work for you. Call 0121 312 2999 to book your consultation with the experts at The Hair Ambulance.

diet and hair loss

We all know it’s important to eat a well-balanced diet, for all sorts of reasons – it makes us feel better, keeps us in good shape and can even help us live longer. But did you know that what you eat can also have an impact on your hair loss?

There are three main ways that your diet can affect your hair:

  1. Certain key nutrients are necessary for hair growth

If your diet is low in certain nutrients, that can be a major influence on thinning hair. Vitamin C; B vitamins such as biotin and niacin; zinc and iron are some of the most important nutrients for hair growth, so if you’re suffering from hair loss it might be worth examining your diet to see whether any of these elements are lacking.

  1. Crash dieting can lead to hair loss

Again, it’s no secret that crash dieting isn’t good for you – if you’re looking to lose weight, then slow and steady always wins the race, both in terms of long-term success and the effects on your physical health.  And once again, this can cause problems with hair loss too.

This kind of hair loss is, in part, linked to a lack of nutrients as mentioned above: a diet that is heavily calorie-restricted is unlikely to contain enough proteins, vitamins and minerals to keep the body functioning as it should.

But it’s not just about nutrient-deficiency – sudden and major fluctuations in body mass index (BMI) can put the body under extreme stress, which in turn can lead to a condition known as telogen effluvium.

Although temporary, telogen effluvium can be devastating – it causes high numbers of hair follicles to go into “resting” mode at once, which means large patches of hair could fall out quite suddenly.

  1. Overeating can also be associated with hair loss

OK, so there’s not a direct link between overeating and hair loss – you won’t wake up the morning after a pizza binge and find clumps of hair lying on your pillow – but there is a definite association between obesity and alopecia.

Obesity can play havoc with your hormones, and it’s no secret that hormones are the most common culprits when it comes to hair loss. And it’s not just a hormonal problem: if you’re overweight it can put a huge strain on your heart, and hair loss is a major side effect of many blood pressure and cholesterol medications.

So what’s the take-home message? It’s simple really: eat sensibly and healthily. Not too much, not too little, and try to make sure you’re getting enough of the key vitamins and minerals.

For more advice on diet and hair loss, 0121 312 2999 to book your consultation with the experts at The Hair Ambulance.

traction alopecia

Whilst there are many causes of hair loss in women, androgenetic alopecia – or female pattern hair loss – is by far the most common. So it is easy to assume if your hair is thinning that genetic factors are at play.

However, before you resign yourself to thinning hair for life, it is always worth considering other possible causes of the problem. One common – but often overlooked – culprit when it comes to female hair loss is traction alopecia.

What is traction alopecia?

Traction alopecia is a type of hair loss that occurs when hair is pulled tightly from the root – usually from styling choices like weaves, extensions and cornrows, but super-tight ponytails can also be a problem if worn regularly. Although it is more common amongst women, men can suffer from traction alopecia too.

How can I tell if my hair loss is traction alopecia?

An easy way to recognise traction alopecia is by looking at the pattern of your hair loss. Androgenetic alopecia in women (female pattern hair loss) tends to present as a diffuse thinning of the hair across the entire scalp.

Traction alopecia, on the other hand, usually shows most prominently around the hairline. There are other warning signs, however, which could help you to nip the problem in the bud: if you wear your hair in one of the styles above and experience headaches regularly, that could be an early symptom of traction alopecia.

Other signs that should start alarm bells ringing are:

  • A bumpy scalp
  • Sensitivity when releasing hair from the style
  • Itching at the roots of the hair

What can be done to treat traction alopecia?

As traction alopecia affects the actual hair follicles, once the damage has been done it can be difficult to treat.

However, luckily the problem is easy to prevent. Experts recommend giving your hair regular breaks from styling – ideally with a one to one ratio – so if you wear braids for a month, you then take a month off.

If you think you might have traction alopecia, why not book a consultation with one of our hair loss experts, who can assess the extent of the damage and advise you on potential treatment options. Call 0121 312 2999 to book your consultation with the experts at The Hair Ambulance.

thinning hair

A recent article in Salon Prive, written by celebrity hairstylist Joe Mills, looked at the trendiest haircuts for men this winter. But what if you’re suffering from hair loss – can you still rock a cool hairstyle?

We at The Hair Ambulance say you can, so we’ve examined these hairstyles and come up with some ways you can adapt them for thinning hair.

  1. ‘The Modern Mullet’

Less bouffant than the mullets we all loved to hate in the eighties, this is a relatively easy style to pull off for those with mild to moderate hair thinning.

A longer, layered cut with a fringe at the front and the back curling down around the collar, the “modern mullet” is brushed forward around the face, so a mildly receding hairline can be disguised – the 2019 equivalent of a combover.

  1. The Buzzcut

This is the style for those of us whose hair loss has gone beyond the point where a bit of nifty styling can hide it.

Go bold by shaving it all off – and if you can’t bear the thought of any regrowth making your bald spots more prominent, consider scalp micropigmentation to disguise them.

  1. Longer Layers

Essentially a shorter version of the modern mullet, this is another one that you might be able to get away with if your hairline is only just beginning to recede.

For those whose hair loss is more advanced, however, you might need to consider hair loss treatment options before going down this route. A hair transplant would be effective, but would take so long to take effect that you might have gone off the hairstyle by the time you’re able to wear it!

Another option here could be scalp micropigmentation – whilst usually considered a treatment for those wishing to shave their heads (see above), SMP can be used very effectively to disguise thinner areas in longer hair.

  1. The Quiff

As Joe Mills says, a quiff never goes out of fashion. And in fact, if a receding hairline is your main hair loss problem, a quiff could be the hairstyle for you. You do need to have a full crown of hair, however, as the style relies on hair being brushed forward from the crown and back at the sides.

So if you are worried that hair loss could prevent you from keeping up with the latest trends, think again. Just make sure you see a hairstylist you trust and discuss your hair loss concerns with them from the start.

Call 0121 312 2999 to book your consultation with the experts at The Hair Ambulance.

Light Therapy For Hair Loss

It is 15 years since the first FDA approved LED light therapy device hit the market, to a largely underwhelmed public. Light therapy for hair loss has come a long way since then, we take a closer look.

 

LED Light For Hair Removal

It may have been forgotten by many, but the first use of light therapy for hair was for its removal. Hair removal lasers were a popular treatment at the time and using light therapy to fight hair loss was a distant dream. Unfortunately, for some, these early machines were underpowered. Used at low settings they struggled to remove hair. In fact, when those underpowered devices were used at low settings a remarkable discovery was made.

Unexpected Hair Growth

A series of court cases featuring unhappy clients of laser hair removal services caught the attention of the hair loss industry. They were in court because instead of removing their hair the treatment had actually encouraged more hair to grow.

This hitherto unknown attribute of laser light naturally attracted the attention of the hair loss industry. Low-Level Light Therapy (LLLT) lasers were introduced and quickly got FDA approval for use in hair growth.

Despite much fanfare and high expectations, those early devices were not up to much. It turns out the FDA approval for devices like this is much less demanding than for drugs. Users of those early devices were almost universally disappointed in the results. For those users, the experience was that, rather than growing new hair, they continued to lose hair during treatment. It is probably fair to say, despite many advances, the technology has suffered from a reputation gained during that early period.

Hair Loss Light Therapy Study

One company, PhotonMD, decided that the technology had evolved sufficiently in the 15 years since its introduction. They put one of their products, a laser cap designed for home use, through a double-blind clinical trial of the sort usually reserved for testing new drugs.

Their study achieved a couple of important milestones. They proved the safety of the devices revealing that not a single patient had to withdraw from the trial due to any adverse effects. Adult men and women on the trial were required to wear the cap for 10 minutes a day for up to 26 weeks. Others wore a placebo cap and followed the same procedure.

The results showed that the 18 patients who wore the active cap added 21.3 additional hairs per sq cm. This was above the target set for the study by PhotonMD.

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The work of PhotonMD testifies to the efficacy of LLLT lasers in the fight against hair loss. Maybe not as a sole tool in that fight though, 21.3 hairs might not be that noticeable in reality. But it needs to be balanced against the fact that the 18 patients who wore the placebo cap all continued losing hair.

PhotonMD themselves point out the limitations of this study. They only studied one cap in their range, with no variation in the treatment at 10 minutes a day across the study group.

The results do prove the value of LLLT lasers as part of a wider, appropriate for you, strategy. What is needed is an expert consultation to identify the precise causes of your hair loss. Only once that is delivered can a meaningful course of treatment be prescribed.

The Hair Ambulance brings world-leading hair loss solutions to your door. Hair loss is no longer inevitable. Use the contact form here to either arrange a home visit or book a consultation at one of our private hair loss clinics. Early intervention is a necessity. Do not delay if you are concerned about your hair loss.

 

 

 

 

Three Essential Hair Loss Tips

Worried about the condition of your hair and scalp? Whether you are experiencing a general deterioration in condition, or actually losing hair, here are our three essential tips for giving your hair its best chance.

 

Hair Loss For Women

Three essential tips for anyone suffering from hair loss. Women have a particular set of problems when it comes to hair loss. For starters, our hair is our crowning glory. Over the last couple of decades, we have seen men catching up, barbers being replaced by gentlemen’s hairdressers. But it is women who have led the way in this regard. Many of us will have a ‘relationship’ with our favourite hairdresser. A relationship based on trust in their ability and desire to do their very best for us. Often they are the first to spot a problem. Let’s face it, nobody else pays more attention to your hair, unless it is you. But we know that hair loss can be a problem for a long time before it becomes noticeable, so your hairdresser has an important role to play in helping you spot the problem early.

Help For Hair Loss

Should your hairdresser tell you there is a problem, your plan of action is clear. Get yourself along to a hair professional for the right advice. A trichologist will assess your condition, take into account wider health and lifestyle issues, and produce a treatment plan. And there are plenty of options available.

The fight against hair loss, like charity, begins at home. Regardless of your proposed treatment plan, there are some essential tips that we should all consider. Simple changes can make all the difference in the quality and speed of your recovery.

Essential Hair Loss Tips

Here we aim to maintain the levels of three vital ingredients for healthy hair growth.

Drink Yourself Healthy – We all lose a couple of litres of water through the course of a day. It is imperative to replace that loss of fluids by drinking water throughout your day.

Get Plenty Of Protein – Proteins produce the amino acids, not produced otherwise by our bodies, that make the specific protein, keratin, that our hair is made of.

Up Your Iron Game – Iron is essential for ensuring the delivery of oxygen to the follicle. Increasing your intake of iron will protect you from all manner of ailments associated with anaemia.

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Getting enough water, protein, and iron in your diet may seem like obvious advice. Yet statistics show that many of us do not get the recommended daily levels, and the problem is getting worse. Diet is at the heart of wellbeing. If you are consciously substituting meat in your diet, as is increasingly popular, the need to replace the huge amounts of protein and iron is very real. Beans and legumes could be your new best friends. Kidney beans, soybeans, lima beans, lentils chickpeas, and many more. These contain prodigious amounts of both iron and protein.

There are, of course, dozens of supplements you can try that lay claim to help with hair loss. Visiting a trichologist will give you access to the best that modern medicine can deliver, and tailor the treatment to you. That consultation will also deliver important advice on those supplements that you might consider taking at the same time. For an example of the importance of that advice, check out the publication here to see how a supplement might be impacting on your wider health.

But if you want to start making a difference today, or want to enhance the support received from your trichologist, make these three changes today.

The Hair Ambulance brings world-leading hair loss solutions to your door. Hair loss is no longer inevitable. Use the contact form here to either arrange a home visit or book a consultation at one of our private hair loss clinics. Early intervention is a necessity. Do not delay if you are concerned about your hair loss.

 

hair wellness

Hair loss affects up to fifty per cent of men and can have a devastating impact on self-esteem and emotional wellbeing. And a huge industry has built up to try and solve the problem – analysts predict the global alopecia market to be worth US$4.8billion by 2026.

But some marketing people have taken matters into their own hands in an attempt to take the negativity out of the industry, rebranding ‘hair loss’ as ‘hair wellness’.

What’s in a name?

According to those in the know, replacing the word ‘loss’ with ‘wellness’ takes the fear out of the industry, encompassing all the hair-related issues that women’s hair products promote, from volumising to conditioning and everything in between.

What’s wrong with saying hair loss?

Whilst there’s no real problem with the term ‘hair loss’ per se, it does suggest treating the problem after it has started. Whereas with ‘hair wellness’ products, you might well be nipping it in the bud by looking after your hair before any hair loss has begun to occur.

One brand promoting the idea of hair wellness is Hims – a US company offering virtual consultations with doctors, thus providing users with access to generic versions of FDA approved hair loss drugs.

Hims founder and CEO Andrew Dudum spoke to the New York Times about the wellness revolution:

“It’s been a fear-based industry. This new wave of energy around being the best version of yourself is what we’re trying to capitalise on.”

Hidden dangers of hair wellness

But some experts think brands like Hims take the ‘wellness’ trend too far. Many of the prescription-only medications accessed via the site have some serious side effects, and some say a face-to-face consultation with a trusted hair loss expert is the best route to having those drugs prescribed.

And medications aren’t the only way to treat alopecia – here at The Hair Ambulance, we recommend consulting with a qualified hair loss expert to ascertain the best treatment for you, whether or not you have started to lose your hair already… whilst hair transplants are really only suitable for more advanced hair loss cases, treatments such as SMP or hair loss shampoos can provide an effective preventative measure.

If you’re ready to take charge of your hair loss, contact us on 0121 312 2999 to book a consultation with one of our hair loss experts.

Turmeric A Hair Loss Hazard

An American doctor, treating himself for inflammation, spotted a hitherto unknown property of turmeric. A property that may well designate turmeric a hair loss hazard. We look closer.

 

Turmeric

This Asian spice is probably still best known for its use in cooking. It’s warm bitter taste frequently appears in curries where it is used for colour and flavour. It contains over 300 compounds, the most potent of which is curcumin. It is credited with many positive health properties, but one doctor may have just highlighted a new property, one which makes turmeric a hair loss hazard.

The powerful anti-inflammatory agents contained in turmeric have seen it used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. Prescribed for a range of ailments it is primarily used to treat inflammation, especially of the sort associated with arthritis. Beyond that, it is used to treat wounds, stomach upsets, liver conditions, and more.

More recently, turmeric has gained a reputation as an important tool in the fight against hair loss. A reputation that has grown exponentially driven by many reviews hailing its efficacy. While there is little or no supporting evidence for its effect on hair growth, what we do know about its anti-oxidant properties would support the theory.

However, news from America suggests that taking turmeric as a supplement might have dire consequences for some.

Unknown Side Effect Of Turmeric

The American doctor in question was taking turmeric for a reason. He had been suffering from osteoarthritis and enduring crippling pain associated with the condition. Aware of the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric, he added around 7g a day to his routine. It certainly helped alleviate the pain from his arthritis but he noted that his iron levels were very low. To combat the iron deficiency he added iron to his routine too.

A short time later he was surprised to discover that, despite taking the iron supplement, his levels had fallen even further. The problems associated with iron deficiency can be so serious that the doctor took action and stopped taking the turmeric. With two weeks his iron levels returned to normal.

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Iron deficiency is a serious issue, particularly for women. Keeping an eye on our levels is recommended since a deficiency can lead to a range of health problems. Without enough iron, we do not produce sufficient red blood cells to get oxygen to our tissues and muscles.

The doctor’s experience was the first time a link has been made between turmeric triggering an iron deficiency. The details of his experience were published here. As that publication concludes, it is an issue that requires more attention given the popularity of turmeric as a supplement. But it is a piece of anecdotal evidence we would all to well to take notice of. One that points to the importance of reaching out to a hair professional before self-medicating. It is vital to understand the potential effect on your wider health before beginning your fight against hair loss.

The Hair Ambulance brings world-leading hair loss solutions, including scalp reductions for the hairline, to your door. Hair loss is no longer inevitable. Use the contact form here to either arrange a home visit or book a consultation at one of our private hair loss clinics. Early intervention is a necessity. Do not delay if you are concerned about your hair loss.

cause of hair loss

In today’s fast-paced business world, if you want to get ahead you are expected to work longer hours, skip lunch and generally prioritise your job above all else. Now we all know this isn’t great for our health, but did you know it could actually be at the root (no pun intended) of your hair loss?

Cause of hair loss: longer hours mean fewer follicles

According to a study carried out by a research team in Korea, there is a direct and significant correlation between the number of hours you put in at the office and the number of hairs on your head – and not in a good way.

The study, which has been published in the journal Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, was conducted over a period of four years, looked at the rate of hair loss in over 13,000 employed men in South Korea, between the ages of 20 and 59.

The findings were quite alarming: men in their 20s and 30s working 52 hours a week or more lost their hair faster than those working a standard 9-5, with incidence of alopecia increasing by two per cent amongst those working a “normal” 40-hour week, three per cent for men who work between 40 and 52 hours per week (classified in the study as “long”) and almost four per cent in those working 52 or more hours (“longer”).

And it looks like it really is those extra hours at the office that do the damage – the study took into account other lifestyle factors and marital status.

Why is longer working hours a cause of hair loss?

Stress is a known cause of hair loss, and the scientists behind the study think that a lethal combination of more time at the office and less time for self-care is what causes the follicles to die off.

Kyung-Hun Son, Of SungKyunKwan University in Seoul, who led the research team, said:

“The results of this study demonstrate that long working hours are significantly associated with the increased development of alopecia in male workers.

Furthermore, the strength of association has increased linearly as work time got longer…

Preventative interventions to promote appropriate and reasonable working hours are required in our society.”

So next time you’re thinking of putting in a bit of overtime, take a moment to consider the effect it could have on your hairline, and ask yourself: Is it really worth it? For advice on hair loss, contact us on 0121 312 2999 to book a consultation with one of our hair loss experts.

science pointing at a hair loss cure

When it comes to hair loss, there have been some remarkable discoveries in the last decade. Here we look at some newly published, collaborative research that has some amazing science pointing at a hair loss cure.

 

Stem Cell Breakthrough

When it comes to modern bioscience, there is not much that is more complex than stem cells. Studying how stem cells work has become central to many labs across the world. Since their discovery, they have teased endless possibilities from curing cancer to the ability to grow new limbs. In amazing research just published, we have science pointing at a hair loss cure.

We all understand that our skin goes through a constant process of renewal. The precise role of stem cells in that process has only been loosely understood. With the publication of this latest research, we now have a better understanding than ever before.

Throughout the skin, stem cells are stored in supportive microenvironments, called niches. Professor Elaine Fuchs (pictured receiving an award from President Obama), of the Rockefeller University, led an international team studying this process. They established that a molecular coordination tool exists. This tool can be used by stem cells to send signals across these niches.

 

A New Understanding Of Hair Growth

So Dr. Fuchs and her international team were studying stem cell niches. A massively complex environment whose roles in tissue growth are still being learned. They identified lymphatic capillaries as critical. These specialised blood vessels transport immune cells and drain away toxins and excess fluids. Through these capillaries all the stem cell niches become interconnected.

During their research, the team turned skin completely transparent. This allowed them to look at the architecture of this network of vessels. They watched as the stem cells secreted molecules that switched that drainage on and off.

Dr. Fuchs describes the involvement of the lymphatic system as a new concept. One which might lead to new therapeutic targets for lymph-related conditions.

 

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The sheer complexity of hair growth, with over 200 genes involved in the process, makes the science a challenge. The amazing work of Dr. Fuchs and her team is great evidence for this. For most of us, making the skin transparent to study the interaction of stem cells with the lymphatic system is just mindblowing.

The phrase, standing on the shoulders of giants springs to mind. Dr. Fuchs is a beneficiary of the decades of great work that went before hers. But she is turning the pages in the book of medical progress, one page at a time. There is no doubt, this is a significant step forward in our grasp of the processes around healthy hair growth. We will continue to monitor her work and look forward to more news from this outstanding team. If you want to read more detail on this breakthrough, you can see the original article, published in Science, by clicking here.

The Hair Ambulance brings world-leading hair loss solutions, including scalp reductions for the hairline, to your door. Hair loss is no longer inevitable. Use the contact form here to either arrange a home visit or book a consultation at one of our private hair loss clinics. Early intervention is a necessity. Do not delay if you are concerned about your hair loss.

 

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