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By Emy Hassan, Mar 16 2019 08:59PM


Healthy hair grows from a healthy scalp, and if your scalp is not in good shape, you can’t expect your hair to be either.

Every single strand of your hair grows through a hair follicle which surfaces on the scalp. The sebaceous glands on the scalp produce oils which protect your hair and keep it hydrated. The problem is, sometimes the glands produce too much oil, and it builds up, along with dead skin and grime, and blocks the hair follicle. When hair follicles are blocked, healthy hair can’t grow from them, so it’s important that they’re kept clear. This is where scalp dermabrasion comes in.


What is scalp microdermabrasion?

Think of it as being like an exfoliating facial for the scalp. We use HairDreams Scalp Activator in the salon, which gently exfoliates the scalp, and gets rid of any build-up of oil, products, and dead skin so that healthier skin cells come to the surface, and hair follicles are unclogged. This means that healthy hair can start growing from the follicles again.


Can I have a Scalp DermaBrasion treatment?

The treatment is perfect for men and women whose hair problems stem from the condition of their scalp. It’s great for people who use hair fibers, spray-on scalp colour, or dry shampoo, as these products clog the follicles and prevent the hair from growing properly. If you do want to continue using these, having a regular dermabrasion treatment will make your scalp healthier.

If you have sores, tenderness of the scalp, or any rashes, this treatment is not suitable for you, and you should see your doctor or a trichologist for further treatment and advice.


What does the treatment involve?

The product is massaged gently into the scalp for around one minute, then it’s left on for about 10 minutes before it’s thoroughly rinsed off. Your hair is washed and styled as usual, and you should be able to feel and see the difference straight away!


How often should I have the treatment?

The treatment should be done every 30 days.


Quick tips for a healthy scalp

Eat a healthy diet

Healthy hair grows from a healthy scalp, but to have a healthy scalp, you need to be in good health overall. Eat a balanced diet, full of fruit, vegetables, lean protein, wholegrains, and healthy fats to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need. It might be a good idea to invest in a specific supplement for your hair as an insurance policy too.

Watch what you put on your scalp

Use a gentle shampoo that doesn’t contain harsh detergents that can irritate the scalp or silicones that can clog the hair follicles.

Is your scalp not as healthy as it could be?

Ask in salon about our scalp treatments. Whether your scalp is dry, oily, or flaky, we have a treatment that can restore it, and your hair, back to health.

By Emy Hassan, Dec 19 2018 09:38PM

As many of you who have done your hair replacement system training with us will know, you get to spend a day with the lovely Stephanie Moore, a very passionate trichologist who aims to bust all of the myths about hair loss. But what is a trichologist and why it is so important that our learners work with her? We asked Stephanie to answer these questions and more for our latest blog.


The Hair Confidante (THC): What is trichology?

Stephanie Moore (SM): “Trichology is the scientific study of hair and scalp disorders and physiology. To be a qualified and registered trichologist, you have to study a specific scientific programme covering a diverse range of subjects from nutrition and genetics to microbiology ,and you have to abide by a strict code of ethics.

Trichologists aren’t medically qualified, but they’re specially trained to evaluate all the underlying factors that contribute to a hair loss or scalp condition and give appropriate evidence-based advice about treatment options. This might include telling a patient they need to be referred to a medical professional for further evaluation. “


THC: What made you become a trichologist?

SM: “I began my career as a hairdresser and moved into teaching hairdressing. I became a trichologist because I’ve seen a lot of people suffer from hair or scalp problems over the years and they had no idea what it was or why it was happening. I wanted to be able to answer my students’ or clients’ questions when they asked me. There are so many myths flying around about hair loss in the hairdressing industry, and I wanted to become a trichologist to find out the truth and help other people. I now teach at the Institute of Trichologists in London, as well as having my own clinic in Surrey.”


THC: Did you always know that this was what you wanted to do?

SM: “When I was doing my hairdressing qualification, I remember learning about something called ‘Trichology’ and I started to look into it. I think it was always in the back of my mind as a natural career progression. It’s a great career and I love sharing my knowledge and helping people. There’s always new research being published so it’s exciting to always be updating my knowledge. I was very proud to win the ‘Outstanding Trichologist – Newcomer Award’ at the Hair Science Awards this year and I definitely feel I’ve found the correct career path for me!”


THC: What are the most common reasons people visit a trichologist?

SM: “I see all sorts of hair and scalp conditions and I think people always know when something is not right, so they come to me for answers and reassurance. Two people might have exactly the same condition, but the causes can vary so widely, and this is what makes hair loss such an interesting and specialist area. Hair loss isn’t usually life-threatening, but it can cause a great deal of distress. The hair has the second fastest cell growth in the body and it’s a non-essential tissue, so it’s often the first place to display signs of deficiency or disease, if you know what you are looking for! A trichologist takes a personalised holistic approach when treating hair loss and scalp conditions, rather than ‘one size fit’s all’.”


THC: What is the question you get asked most often by patients?

SM: “When people see a huge amount of their hair falling out it’s hard for them to believe that they won’t end up completely bald, so the question I probably get asked the most is ‘Am I going to lose all my hair…?’

But the fact is there are many types of hair loss, and only a limited number of them result in complete hair loss or ‘alopecia totalis’. It’s often a huge relief to people when I can explain the mystery of what has caused their hair loss and suggest a solution. Even in cases where hair loss is very extensive or irreversible, there are excellent options for camouflage, such as hair replacement systems that really help people to regain their confidence.”


THC: What would be your number one piece of advice for someone who is suffering from hair loss?

SM: “Make sure you have a diagnosis from a qualified Trichologist or Dermatologist so you know what you are dealing with and how best to treat it. This will save you time, money and anxiety when the next ‘miracle cure’ does not work. Your hair loss may be caused by something as simple as an iron deficiency! Hair loss is a symptom not a diagnosis, so don’t be dismissed or fobbed off if you know something isn’t quite as it should be.”


THC: People who train in hair replacement systems with The Hair Confidante spend time with you as part of their course. Why is this so important?

SM: “Anyone working in the hair loss industry needs to be aware of what condition their client has, because hair loss replacement systems will not be suitable for everyone. This needs to be recognised across the industry, so stylists can professionally and ethically offer clients the correct advice. It’s also important that if stylists are dealing with a client whose problem hasn’t been diagnosed, they signpost them to where they can get a diagnosis and find out about all of the treatment options available to them. I’ve found that all the people I have met who trained with The Hair Confidante had a lot of compassion for their clients and wanted to do things the right way.”


If you would like help or advice about your hair or scalp condition, you can contact Stephanie at stephanie@surreytrichologyclinic.co.uk or on 07751 553234 or 01372 270790.

You can also visit her website at www.surreytrichologyclinic.co.uk

By Emy Hassan, Oct 23 2018 09:56PM

As well as providing high-quality hair replacement and hair extension services to clients, I also train hairdressers and extensionists in hair replacement systems and extensions. For women, In particular, the hair is a symbol of feminity and beauty, and it’s tied up with self-esteem, so when they lose their hair, it can be devastating and it really affects their confidence.

These ladies are going through a very tough time emotionally, and there’s a definite need



for hair replacement services that are not only high-quality, but that offer them the empathy and privacy that they need.


What qualities do you need to be a hair replacement specialist?

The first thing I would say is that you need to have empathy for what these ladies are going through. Helping them get their confidence back should be your passion, it shouldn’t be about making money. Clients should never feel taken advantage of and you should treat everyone who walks through your doors with the same levels of respect and discretion. Remember that by the time they come to you, they’ve probably exhausted a lot of other options.


My hair replacement courses

I pride myself offering some of the most in-depth and informative hair replacement courses that you’ll find anywhere. I don’t offer courses that claim to teach you multiple methods in one day, as I don’t believe that anyone could feel confident on how to fit a hair system safely and correctly after that amount of time. I’ve had to retrain people who have gone on bogus 1-day courses where they have come away with nothing and didn’t feel confident enough to fit a hair system.


On one of my courses, you’ll be in a class of no more than 3 people so that everyone gets the best out of their learning. I spend as much time as you need on one method until you’re 100% confident in your skills, then you’ll get to work on real clients. You’ll get to spend a day with Stephanie Moore, a trichologist who teaches at the Institute of Trichology, and you can come back and shadow me whenever you like. Every course is a completely rewarding and immersive experience.



Courses I offer


The Integrated Enhancer

Our Integrated Enhancer course is a 5-day course with theory and practical elements and 2 days of assessments on real clients in a salon environment. You must be at least a level 2 qualified hairdresser and should have experience in fitting hair extensions such as micro rings. If you don’t have experience in doing hair extensions, I’d suggest you take our 1-day course in micro ring extensions.


Micro Parting System

The Micro Parting system was designed by us for people with fine hair or parting thinning. This system is unique to our brand and our trainee partner salons. You must be at least a level 2 hairdresser with competency in hair extensions.


Clip on Hair Topper

This 2-day course will teach you how to remove and clip in hair pieces. You’ll learn how to make a custom-made ventilated topper and also a quick fix topper with a bespoke base. This course is an excellent add-on for any hair replacement specialist, and it will be especially useful when you work with clients who don’t want to wear a permanent hair replacement piece, but still require coverage on the top of the scalp.


Hair Extensions


Tape Hair Extensions

This 1- day course will cover a full head application and removal of Tape hair extensions. You will learn vital placements for a natural look and flow of the hair, and different colour combinations to create different tones and highlights/lowlights. You will also learn how tape extensions can be great for people with extremely fine hair and how to keep them lightweight. This is a fully- accredited course and you must be at least a minimum level 2 hairdresser to take part.


Micro ring Extensions

This 1-day course will cover a full head application and removal of Micro ring hair extensions as well as mini tip extensions. You’ll learn how to attach and place the extensions safely and correctly, as well as how to place colours for multiple shades. The course also covers hair extension maintenance and removal. This is a fully -accredited course and you must be at least a level 2 hairdresser to take part.


Do you want to train with The Hair Confidante?

You can find more information on my hair replacement and extension courses on my training page or you can contact me directly to apply.




By Emy Hassan, Sep 11 2018 07:45PM


If you suffer from hair loss, you’ll probably have experienced a rollercoaster of emotions. Maybe after years of hating what you see when you look in the mirror and researching different solutions, you’ve given up hope that anything will work. When your confidence is low and you’re in distress, you might not feel like you want to go to a big faceless company to discuss hair loss solutions; what you need is someone who will understand and care. Someone like The Hair Confidante.

Emy Hassan is the proud and very talented owner of The Hair Confidante and she uses her knowledge and experience to change lives. Here’s why she loves what she does ( and why her gorgeous new puppy is the apple of her eye!)


When did you first become interested in hair replacements?

I’ve been wearing different types of hair replacements for around 22 years now. When I was 15, you’d find me in the afro hair shops in London, trying on the wigs. I’ve done it all, from wearing clip on ponytails to synthetic hair bunches, and gluing wefts into my hair; and yes, I do cringe when I think about it now! The things we do to our hair all in the name of having more volume!


Was hair replacement something that you always wanted to do?

No, in fact I went from being just about to complete a degree in Nursing and Midwifery to working with hair; a complete change in career path. Maybe some people would have called it madness, but I do think I made the right decision!


What was it that led you to focus on hair loss solutions?

I’d been a hair extension technician for several years, then I began working for a trichologist in Cairo. I learned all about the huge range of hair replacement solutions that were available specifically for hair loss and I was fascinated. It opened up a whole new world for me.


What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Every part of my job is rewarding, Building a hair system and seeing the positive effect it has on people’s lives is amazing. That feeling never gets old. Seeing my clients’ hair (and their confidence) grow is a great feeling and it’s what makes my job the absolute best!


Is there any client ‘success story’ that sticks in your mind?

Yes, my greatest success stories are always with my clients who have suffered from trichotillomania. The one story that has always stuck in my mind was a client who had been pulling her hair out since she was young, to the point where her scalp would bleed. I worked with her along with her therapist and a year and a half later, she was able to go without a hair replacement system. It was a long and difficult road because she’d pull at her hair system and remove it, but after a few relapses, she learned some new coping mechanisms to deal with her condition and was able to recognise the hard work she had done to get her hair to grow to a decent length and thickness. It has been seven months now since the hair system was removed and we still keep in touch regularly.


What makes you different?- why do clients choose The Hair Confidante?

The reason I chose the name The Hair Confidante was because I wanted my clients to see me as the person they could confide in about their deepest hair problems and fears. My clients choose me because they are given a private and bespoke service, and not a ‘one size fits all’ approach. I really use my knowledge and experience to offer the best options for every person who walks through my doors. I like to build a relationship with my clients, so when they come to their appointments, it feels just like they’re visiting a friend.


If you could give ladies who are suffering from hair loss just one piece of advice, what would it be?

My advice would be DO NOT DESPAIR!! There are so many options available nowadays, and hair replacements are much more socially acceptable now than they were even as little as 10 years ago. When you’re looking for hair loss solutions, do your research and don’t be pressured into buying something you are not sure about.


What do you like to do in your spare time when you’re not transforming ladies’ hair?

When I have lots of free time (which is hardly ever!) I love to travel. Last year we went castle spotting in the Scottish highlands and it was just amazing! It’s such a breathtakingly beautiful and spiritual place. I’m hoping to do it all again next year with my mum.


Tell us something people don’t know about you

Hmm…probably the one thing that people don’t know about me is I’m such a home bird! If I’m not working, I’m usually at home working or just relaxing. Clients always ask if I’m out partying on a Friday night; maybe that’s people’s perception of hairdressers, eternally happy party animals! But that’s not me. I love to spend a Friday night snuggled up with my dog and a nice glass of Rose, either reading one of the Outlander books (my obsession!) or watching a good film.


Tell us more about your gorgeous new puppy





Ahh my lovely boy Chapo; he’s our gorgeous golden Labrador puppy. I got him because we lost our last dog two years ago and our lives just hadn’t been the same since. Chapo is now eight months old and he is the funniest and most affectionate little boy ever! I’m totally obsessed with him; I love taking him out on fun walks and watching him swim in the rivers and sea. I’m an unashamedly proud dog parent!


If you would like to find out more about Emy’s hair replacement services and bespoke solutions, contact the salon to book a consultation.










By Emy Hassan, Aug 15 2018 08:29PM

Every client who walks through my doors is on their own unique hair loss journey. Many ladies have suffered from hair loss for years, and whether it’s been caused by a medical condition, taking medication, or emotional problems, the effects can be devastating.


I see clients who have lost their confidence, who feel anxious when they go out because they feel they’re being stared at, and who have all but lost hope that they’ll find a solution to their problem.

This is what makes it even more amazing and rewarding when I get to support someone through their hair loss journey, help them find the right hair loss solution, and watch them come through the other side as the happy, confident person they should be.

One of my success stories is my amazing client Kelly, who’s 36 and from Surrey. She kindly agreed to talk about her hair loss journey. I hope you read this and find that it gives you hope that there’s a perfect hair loss solution for you.


The Hair Confidante (THC): What type of hair loss do you have?

Kelly (K): “ I’ve had trichotillomania since I was 11-12yrs old. I’m 36 now and I still suffer with it. I have a hair system that stops me pulling at it, but the urges to pull it are still there. I was also diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) a few years ago, and hair loss is also a side effect of that.”


THC: How long have you been disguising your hair loss and in what different ways?

K: “I’ve tried so many things over the years from wearing hats at often as I could, wearing headbands, brushing it a certain way and hair-spraying it in place, dying it dark colours and staining my scalp with hair dye to make my hair look fuller. I’ve also bought clip- in extensions and even had a wig made, but I didn’t really wear the wig often as I felt so self-conscious that people could tell it was a wig. But that was 20 years ago and wig-making techniques have come a long way since then!”


THC: How has your hair system changed your life?

K: “Where do I start? Now I have a barrier in place to stop me pulling because the system is custom made to cover the areas that you’d normally pull hair from. I’m not 100% cured from trichotillomania, but I’ve gone from pulling my hair daily for a couple of hours to days or weeks without pulling at all. I’ve tried many treatments over the years, like CBT, therapy and hypnosis, and I felt they weren’t effective.

I feel so much more confident and enjoy spending time creating new hairstyles instead of spending hours trying to cover the bald areas, and crying in front of the mirror when I saw how bad it looked. When I used to go out I’d have anxiety about people looking at me and seeing the bald patches, and now I blend into the crowd which is perfect for me.”


THC: Is the hair system easy to take care of?

K: “Yes. I just wash my hair as normal once a week, then depending on the style I’m going to have I blow dry, curl, or straighten it as you would with normal hair. I visit the salon every 4 weeks or so for adjustments and a nice blow dry.”


THC: What type of hair styles do you like doing with your hair system?

K: “I love curling my hair with tongs and making natural looking waves. My hair is long so I like to plait it as well.”


THC: Are you ever self-conscious about wearing a hair replacement?

K: “Not really. Sometimes right before my adjustment appointment, it can feel loose due to my hair loss and I wonder if people look at me and notice it but it doesn’t bother me. If I feel it’s a bit loose I just book my appointment for a sooner date.”



THC: What words of wisdom would you have for anyone contemplating a hair replacement solution?

K: “Research is key. I originally found a London- based company and went for a consultation, and they were massively overpriced. When I said I couldn’t afford it they said I could get NHS funding which I believe is not true. The NHS will rarely give out funding for this condition. I left the appointment in tears because I’d expected to find a solution. I then did some more research and found The Hair Confidante. I went for a consultation and came out beaming. I messaged her an hour later to book an appointment in!

Your hair system is custom made so you can choose the style, length, and colour. I’m on my second system now and I’m always changing the length and colour! For me, getting a hair system has been the best decision I’ve ever made.”


Do you want to start your journey to a hair loss solution?

If you are suffering from hair loss and the cause has been diagnosed by a doctor or trichologist, come and talk to us to find out how we can help.

We’ll discuss your hair loss and your options in a compassionate and understanding environment where your privacy is assured.

Contact us to book a consultation.

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