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More on the popular PRP

Do you know the difference between getting older and getting old? If you are decoding both these phrases with no common difference, and thinking that both of them can be used randomly at any age past the age of speech acquisitions; then you probably are just playing with the words, without understanding the true essence. Although, many times no real difference is intended, there is a difference between both the phrases. As getting older, in deeper context can be accepting the emotional and physical changes, your body has to undergo and be very vigilant with your health checks and other body changes. Speaking about other body changes, your hair will have early impact of you becoming older; as in, it will start shedding out with increasing number, with the passage of each year. On the contrary, being the most primary beauty attribute, many men and women are getting more concern about their hair loss. This concern may ultimately add on to more load to their pockets for many creams, oils and other hair loss treatment option; and they may ultimately land up having nothing! However, thanks to the recent advances in the field of medical biotechnology and regenerative medicine, many techniques have cropped up in the market recently, stem cells therapy and PRP application for hair loss can be considered as the top listed amongst them.

One of the most highly accepted reasons, claiming PRP and stem cells as truly admired is that it targets at the root cause of concern and force it to be changed through intrinsic cellular mechanism. PRP is apparently an acronym for Platelet Rich Plasma, with choke full of platelets and other essential growth hormones; promoting tissue regeneration.

While there are many more other benefits, which have been continuously listed by patients, who have undergone treatment using it; some of the most surprising benefits for PRP and hair loss can be:

Used from Patients own body

The blood being used for the isolation and extraction of PRP is being extracted from patient’s own body. Moreover, stem cells isolated from tissue regeneration can as well be extracted from the fat source of patient body. Upon extraction, PRP and Stem cells are processed, separated and stimulated together under controlled condition, to promote production of in house stem cells in the hair follicles and other immuno regulatory cells; thus, working categorically towards the speedy hair growth.

Higher Success Rates

Research has gathered a lot of evidence suggesting reduced thinning of hair strands and regeneration of hair cuticle; which is one of the strongest reason for hair fall. Subtle, gradual regrowth of hair strands through strong foundation of well-nourished hair follicles through application of PRP and stem cells, is the key towards success.

Affordably Effective

While other conventional medicines like hair transplant, pills, surgery, etc. are the costly options; PRP has surprisingly been proven as affordable solution with higher success rates. Apparently, many patients who have undergone PRP treatment for hair loss; have reported to have experienced, mild discomfort, almost like getting a tattoo, but have as well accepted it to be worth as far as outcome is concerned.

5 days clinic training and you call yourself a 'Trichologist' Really?

 

 

My views also on a ever increasing problem. 'So called Trchologists' that pray on the vulnerable and do not follow the true meaning and ethical practice of a clinical Trichologist;

  1. Investigation (of the patient’s presenting problem)
  2. Explanation (as to the type of hair or scalp problem the patient exhibits and contributing causes through the ‘evidence’ of pathology testing & results)
  3. Treatment recommendations (options, alternatives, as well as duty of care in suggesting same)

It is definitely NOT setting up shop to engage in predatory practices; preying on the anxieties of consumers & to rip them off selling useless bottles of lotions – as well as trashing the 115 year tradition of Trichology as a science-based, academic specialism.

We all like to present ourselves from the most advantageous standpoint to highlight our talents, experience & services – or any other exclusive benefit we can you offer the consumer. This is a ‘no brainer’ as the Americans like to say – providing it’s true.

I have been a full-time practicing Trichologist for almost 10 years; and over 30 years in the hair research and education field – and I am still learning.

So I become irritated in the extreme when some Trichology wannabes do a basic course & begin immediately posturing themselves as ‘hair science experts’ – setting up Trichology training schools & franchises, and flogging over-priced ‘treatment products’ – which apparently work for everyone regardless of the problem.

Apparently these Trichology imitators are so good – and their treatment products work so well – they don’t need to investigate the many potential causes (via appropriate pathology testing) as I or other methodical practitioners still need to do. They seemingly have the ‘miracle cure’ to hair loss the world’s been waiting for – as long as you’re prepared to pay them enough ‘up front’ money.

These ‘trichology’ charlatans are low-life pond scum who manipulate the concerns & distress of clients who’ve come to them for professional help – to their own financial advantage. I urge readers to recall that in many situations thinning scalp hair is an indication of internal deficiency or disturbance – so (potentially) one’s health is ‘at risk’ here too.

The most blatant scammer operating under the guise of a certified trichologist in Dubai who’s recently come to my attention is one situated at a hair restoration center (hair pieces) Their claims include a whole myriad of products that can be bought over the counter (OTC). And guess what? yes the founder of the company has the sole distribution of these products.

There is no consultation fee. Hmm I wonder why? Well actually I don't, I know why. At minimum 2000- 3000 aed products are recommended  per visit. The actual cost of these products is 300 aed. But more importantly, for a topical ‘something’ with absolutely NO scientific or quality control studies behind it!

These facts have been verified by Clients who have contacted me after consulting this person as well as my own investigations.

I also strongly state it’s the ‘due diligence’ duty of the Trichology Association these people are supposedly members of to do more than just collect fees for courses & membership dues, but continue to ensure their members are practicing ethically.

Again I say to consumers: whatever title they give themselves, whatever claims they make on success rates or how many MCG’s they may have filled – always request the consulting Practitioner give full disclosure on their qualifications & experience. They are essentially dealing with your health as well as taking your money!

I remain a strident campaigner for the hair loss industry be regulated to a compulsory Trichology qualification standard & registered with an official governing body for consumer protection.

 

This piece was originally written by a highly qualified and respected Trichologist Anthony Pearce

Do Protein Smoothies Cause Hair Loss?

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Can protein smoothies cause hair loss? Half of Europeans and Americans use supplements, according to recent statistics. By 2017, analysts estimate that the health supplement industry will grow to a staggering $36.1 billion. Protein shakes are among the most popular supplements available, often viewed as a relatively transparent and safe option for managing weight, muscle mass, and even sugar cravings. Now, fitness enthusiasts are concerned after a correlation between protein shakes and hair loss is sweeping the Internet.

Do Protein Smoothies Cause Hair Loss?

Many health and fitness enthusiasts are surprised to hear rumblings of a connection between protein shakes and hair loss. Protein supplements are often made with whey, a food byproduct that can be extracted from ordinary milk. Some manufacturers offer plant-based protein supplements as well, an option that is widely popular among vegans and other health conscious consumers.

So, how can something derived so closely from natural food products cause hair loss?

Creatine, DHEA, and Other Supplements That May Cause Hair Loss

A closer look shows that not all protein shakes cause hair loss. In fact, there is no clinical evidence to support the claim that protein shakes cause hair loss at all. At best, there seems to be a correlation between hair loss and specific types of protein shakes that contain added ingredients for weight, muscle, and dietary management. Those ingredients include creatine, DHEA, and other prohormones.

Creatine— The link between creatine and hair loss is still being studied. In one of the most talked-about studies, creatine was correlated with a 56% increase in DHT production.

DHEA—Be wary of products that claim to have DHEA, a hormone that some supplement companies may market as a “mass builder” or weight loss aid. DHEA may increase the risk of hormone-sensitive cancers and has been linked with many side effects, including hair loss.

A word on testosterone replacement therapy. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is a popular physician-guided treatment for men who have low levels of natural testosterone, a condition commonly referred to as Low T. For more insight on testosterone, DHT, and TRT treatments, visit this article on TRT and hair loss.

Don't Brush For A Week?

Earlier this month there was an article in the Daily Mail which stated that the average woman has 103 hairstyles and three hair colours during her life. And, with trends changing so regularly and the latest celebrity looks having such a huge influence on women’s hair nowadays, I wasn’t particularly surprised by this figure. Whatever your choice of styling, straightening, curling, twisting or plaiting that takes your fancy, there are many aids to help you styling or to help you achieve your desired look. However, the first thing  that most women reach for is the good old hair brush when styling.

Brushing your hair using a soft bristle brush stimulates the circulation in the tissue of your scalp and can help to keep your hair healthy – it’s not just about those tresses looking silky and sleek!

Despite this, I’d always recommend that unnecessary brushing, combing or handling is avoided, as it can lead to split ends and breakages, which could eventually lead to hair loss.

A lot of women over-brush their hair, both in terms of brushing for too long and brushing with too much force. This vigorous taming of locks can remove some of the hair’s cuticles, causing weak, dull hair – not to mention the amount of hair that’s actually pulled out as a result of the constant traction caused by brushing.

Understanding your hair is one step towards achieving healthy locks and with excessive heating and brushing, it’s just a matter of time before your hair becomes frizzy and starts to break off.

Banish those blow dries and ditch the brush for a month and see the results for yourself. Tweet me @dubaihairdoctor and let me know how you get on!

 

original article by Dr Bessam Farjo

Daily shampooing?

Daily shampooing might be the topic that we have the most initial debate over with my patients, so I thought it very important to dedicate a page to explaining why I recommend it, and why it is good for the health of your hair and scalp.  

I understand that it isn’t realistic for everyone to wash their hair daily due to lack of time and their hair texture and length – this is particularly true if you have very unruly, curly, coarse and hard-to-control hair, such as African Caribbean hair. Furthermore, if you need to straighten your hair every time you wash it, there can be negatives. Indeed, some individuals find their hair looks and behaves better after a few days of not washing. It is an individual preference, but research shows that frequent shampooing helps to maintain a healthy scalp and hair.

 

If daily shampooing isn’t possible, I recommend every other day, or try using a scalp toner, or dry shampoo with scalp benefits, on the days in between to help keep your scalp and hair in better condition and to discourage the overgrowth of bacteria. The most important thing is to choose the correct shampoo and conditioner for your hair texture and needs.

 

There are 3 common myths connected to people’s reluctance to wash their hair frequently: ‘Shampooing dries my hair’; ‘Shampooing makes my hair oily and dirtier’; ‘Frequent washing makes my hair fall out - if I washed it every day I’d have none left.’

I have dispelled these misconceptions in other articles (and you can click through to our Hair Myths section to find out in more detail).

THE SIMPLE SCIENCE OF THE BENEFITS OF FREQUENT SHAMPOOING

  • You take your hair and scalp to the same places you take your face, and it gets just as dirty. Clean hair reflects light better and so has a glossier and shinier finish.
  • A clean scalp encouarges your hair to grow at its optimum rate.
  • Build-up of oils, dirt and sweat on your scalp can lead to dandruff and clogged follicles – both conditions which can affect your rate of hair growth and also your hair’s general appearance.
  • If you are already prone to dandruff and a flaky/itchy scalp, daily shampooing helps to remove the excess skin and clear up visible flakes. This is especially true if you use a shampoo specifically formulated to clear dandruff.
  • Shampooing hydrates your hair. It is in fact moisture (water), not oil, content that keeps your hair supple and elastic. ‘Natural oils’ on your scalp simply sit on top of your hair, but do not penetrate the cuticle or cortex.

6 essentials for thinning hair

rp_nutrition2.jpgWe may often blame external factors such as pollution, stress, dandruff, etc. for our hair fall problem. But did you know a poor diet is one of the main causes of this issue? When you deprive your body of essential nutrients, many of which are needed for normal hair growth, you are likely to suffer from hair fall. If nothing’s done about it for a prolonged time, you are likely to near baldness. In order to control this situation, it is best to feed your locks a healthy diet, high on the nutrition scale. Here’s what your hair needs to remain healthy. Vitamin B-Complex: This is required to help the hemoglobin supply oxygen to the scalp and hair follicles. More oxygen promotes hair growth and a healthy mane. The lack of vitamin B-Complex can lead to weak, undernourished and damaged hair. You can either get this from natural sources like chicken, tuna and salmon, or eat vitamin tablets if you have its deficiency. Find out if you have vitamin B-Complex deficiency with these symptoms.

Zinc: Our scalp contains oil glands which need to function adequately to produce enough oil, the lack of which can lead to a dry scalp, dandruff and eventually hair loss. Eat foods like nuts, whole grains, lentils, meat and seafood to provide enough amounts of zinc to your hair. Also read these benefits and sources of zinc.

Copper: Hemoglobin is needed by our body to supply enough oxygen and blood to various organs including our hair. Copper helps in the formation of more hemoglobin. Lack of it can result in weak, brittle hair which will lead to hair loss. Good sources of copper include sesame seeds, soya, cashew nuts, meat, and seafood. Here are natural ways to increase your hemoglobin levels.

Iron: Iron is very essential for men and especially women as they lose out blood and iron during their menstrual cycle. Even pregnant and lactating women need a high dose of iron as it helps produce hemoglobin. The lack of iron can weaken your hair right from the roots which will cause them to break very soon. Losing more than a 100 strands a day is a sign of hair loss. In order to avoid its deficiency, eat spinach, soybeans, dal, red kidney beans, chicken, meat, eggs and fish. Iron from animal sources is more easily absorbed into our system.

Vitamin C: Collagen production is very important to hold the hair tissues together in place and vitamin C helps do the needful. A lack of this can lead to frequent split ends, hair fall and brittle hair. Include fruits like oranges, lemons, berries, sweet lime, watermelon and tomatoes in your diet. If you are a smoker, you need more amounts of vitamin C so cut down on smoking and eat more fruits.

Protein: A very important nutrient which acts as the building block of every tissue in our body including the hair and scalp, protein is highly essential for us. It helps in the production of new hair to replace the ones lost. A lack of protein can lead to thinning of hair, dry and brittle hair as well as eventual hair loss. Get your protein intake from foods like beans, nuts, grains, milk, cheese, fish, eggs, chicken.

Eating right can help control hair fall to a large extent as your diet makes your mane stronger from within. Instead of relying on just shampoos and serums, make sure you are getting an adequate dose of these nutrients from the food y

Ramadan; Have an egg!

Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse and are exceedingly good for your hair due to their high levels of protein, vitamins and minerals! The ‘Perfect’ Protein

It could be said that eggs are the ‘perfect protein’ for you hair. The amino acids (protein) found in eggs whites are in fact the most complete and easily absorbed form of protein for your body! Dietary protein is essential to hair growth and health as hair is made primarily of keratin – a special hair protein that gives your strands their strength, flexibility and elasticity.

Sulphur

Egg yolks are an excellent source of sulphur – a nutrient that helps with the production of keratin and cartilage, amongst other important things!

Vitamin D

Eggs contain good levels of Vitamin D. Lack of this essential nutrient often causes excessive hair loss, fatigue and dull skin.

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Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

B vitamins help your body convert carbohydrates into energy that can be used by your cells. Hair cells are the 2nd fastest dividing cells in your body and require a lot of energy to grow – and keep growing!

Iodine

Iodine helps maintain healthy thyroid function. Hypo or hyperthyroid are known to trigger hair loss and excessive shedding in certain individuals.

Note: If you are concerned about egg yolks and their effects on cholesterol, you can opt to eat egg whites only. While it is debated whether or not egg yolks raise ‘bad’ cholesterol, you should nevertheless try to eat things in moderation as part of a well-balanced and varied diet.

Ramadan Kareem

The Holy  month of Ramadan is upon us again so quickly. During this Holy month your eating habits are obviously going to change, this will most likely result in changes for your hair. If you experience hair fall during, or after the Holy month, this is quite normal but remember if it continues, then its not.

Check out previous posts on how best to look after your locks during this time.

 

Ramadan Kareem

 

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Emotional effects of hair loss among women

Emotional effects of hair loss

 

Feeling unattractive: The moment a woman starts seeing some changes on her scalp, like thinning or bald spots, the first thing that comes to mind is her level of attractiveness. Women, who have a full head of hair or simply healthy hair, have a way of feeling content with their beauty because it is more a symbol of femininity. So when it starts to fall, every feeling of self-worth starts disappearing which can lead to mental health problems.

Low self-esteem: The next thing to start disappearing with the hair is the person’s self-confidence. The beauty of hair adds on to someone’s self-esteem, and plays a big part in their entire personality. By losing hair, the self-worth also disappears and expressing herself becomes a big problem, leading to insecurities.

Embarrassment: Loss of hair also leads to one being embarrassed. Compared with a man in her position, a woman will not be very confident going out or meeting people because the hair loss she is going through brings shyness to her life. And the result is not wanting anyone to see her balding spots, for fear of it leading to stigmatization or people feeling sorry for her.

Frustration: Like I had mentioned above, hair loss might not seem like the end of the world but for those going through it, it surely feels like the end of the world. Being frustrated for not being able to have your hair in a particular style, or sticking to one style throughout so as to hide a hairless spot could feel more like emotional torture. This frustration is what can also easily drive a woman who is losing her hair into depression.

Feelings of envy: Although the green-eyed monster is a very negative feeling, losing hair can easily lead a person to such feelings. Hair is a sign of femininity and when you start losing it you feel like you have lost the feminine qualities as well. So when you see someone else with a beautiful flowing mane, the feelings of envy start eating away at you, which again adds more to your depressing feelings.

Does your hair need a caffine boost?

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One week we’re led to believe we need to be eating goji berries and flax seeds, and the next we should be having kale smoothies for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But, this week, it’s coffee that’s being hailed as the latest super food for hair.

A recent study by the Kangbuk Samsung Hospital in Seoul, Korea, has claimed that moderate caffeine consumption – around three to five cups a day – can lower the risk of illnesses from type 2 diabetes to Parkinson’s disease.

These results aside, previous lab research also shows that caffeine may be the espresso your hairs need to stimulate their growth, thus preventing hair loss.

In a study published in the International Journal of Dermatology, researchers found that caffeine encourages the hair shaft to grow by blocking the effects of DHT, a hormone known to damage follicle growth. However, you’d need to be drinking between 50 and 60 cups of coffee a day for your hair to receive an adequate dose!

These findings also echoed the results of an earlier study by the journal, which found that caffeine boosted the length of individual hairs by between 33 and 40 per cent.

However, until there’s robust clinical evidence that caffeine helps to avert hair loss, I’d advise people wanting to give their hair a kick to stick to increasing their intake of essential fatty acids, protein, iron and Vitamin C before they start drinking 50 cups of coffee a day.

There are also a range of hair care products from the likes of Tricomax, Revivogen, Garnier, Alpecin and Plantur 39, which contain caffeine, so it may be worth testing a couple of these before the more curious of you find yourself rubbing coffee on to your scalp!

Love Life, Love Coca Cola.

When names appeared on Coca-Cola bottles last year, people crowded the shelves in search of their own. From Claire and Jess, to Adam and Ben, an array of names were available. But, we failed to notice any that said ‘hair’. Not surprising really, who would share a coke with their hair?!  An array of famous models, that’s who! There are many weird and wonderful shampoo alternatives that float around the market, from tea, mayonnaise and lemon juice, to beer, fabric softener and ketchup. But, last month, a model-of-the-moment revealed that she washes her hair in Coca-Cola – another thing to add to the shopping list!

She claims that, by pouring Coca-Cola over her hair in place of shampoo, she’s left with more textured, thicker feeling hair. So, is coke the new secret to the perfectly tousled, softer feeling and voluptuous locks?

Although I’d be very cautious about removing shampoo from your hair washing routine, there’s actually some science behind using Coca-Cola, albeit dubious. The drink has a very low pH level, making it acidic, which would cause the cuticles to contract, resulting in smoother and shinier hair. What’s more, those with hair prone to curling will see their natural curls enhanced – who knew that a little bit of fizz could tame a whole load of frizz!

Please note, however, it’s not advised to use a bottle of Coca-Cola straight from the fridge, there’s a risk of screaming as you pour the cold stuff over you!