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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.

By Emy Hassan, Jul 24 2018 08:16PM

If you’re one of the many women (and sometimes men) that experiences considerable hair loss in Autumn, especially October and November, you aren’t imagining it. Researchers in Sweden have discovered that seasonal hair loss actually exists.

Shedding between 50 and 100 hairs each day is normal and the average strand of hair has a life cycle of between 2 and 6 years, during which normal growth occurs. At any one time, 90 percent of the hair is in the growth or anagen phase and around 10 percent of your hair can be in its ‘resting’ or telogen phase, where the hair follicle rests and the hair falls out.

What the research says

The Swedish research suggests that women experience higher rates of telogen during the summer, especially in July, and as a result, this hair falls out about 100 days later in the Autumn. A study of 800 women found that a higher than normal proportion of hair follicles entered the telogen phase in July and released the hair strands 100 days later, so it appears that seasonal hair loss is more common and noticeable in women.

At this time, hair can fall out up to 4 times faster than normal. It’s not known exactly why this happens, but there are some theories. Stress caused by the summer heat is one theory (pretty relevant at the moment!). Researchers think that our hair grows more in the summer to protect the scalp from the sun’s UV rays, and when they cooler weather comes, it’s no longer needed so it sheds.

Is your hair loss seasonal or is it something more serious?

So some seasonal hair loss is possible, but sometimes this is not hugely noticeable and regrowth does occur. When the hair grows back as soon as it sheds, hair loss won’t be too obvious. But if you’re losing more than the usual 50-100 hairs per day and your hair growth has slowed, it might be a sign of something a bit more serious. If your hair loss is excessive, you might notice that it sheds in a pattern, such as at the temples or at the crown. Your parting might look wider and if you wear a ponytail, it will feel thinner.

If you’re noticing hair loss all year round, and it’s shedding in patches in specific places you should speak to your doctor and a trichologist so they can investigate and treat the cause of your hair loss.

Are you worried about hair loss?

Being concerned about hair loss is not about being vain. Losing your hair can be a sign that you have an underlying health condition, it might be a side effect of medication, or it can be a reaction to stress, and whatever the cause, it can be very emotionally distressing.

If you are suffering from hair loss and the cause has been diagnosed by a 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.

By Emy Hassan, Jul 13 2018 10:44PM

This blog is about one of the most personal subjects I’ve ever spoken about; my own hair loss, and the journey that took me to where I am today.

My clients often comment on my hair, telling me how lovely it is, and how lucky I am to be blessed with thick, lustrous hair. But the truth is, until recently, my hair was being covered with extensions, toppers, and thickening fibres and because I’m good at my job, I managed to hide my thinning hair extremely well!

My hair was thinning because I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) at a young age.

PCOS is an endocrine disorder which affects the ovaries, and it can also produce symptoms like:

• Having irregular periods or no periods at all.

• Difficulty getting pregnant (because of irregular ovulation or failure to ovulate)

• Excessive hair growth (hirsutism) – usually on the face, chest, back or buttocks.

• Weight gain.

• Thinning hair and hair loss from the head.

• Oily skin or acne.

• Hormonal changes

For me personally, I didn’t suffer with acne, but my hair started thinning and I also had excessive facial hair to deal with; not exactly what you want at any age, never mind when you’re young.

Why does PCOS cause hair loss?

Women with PCOS have higher levels of androgens (male hormones). One of the androgens, a hormone called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) binds to the hair follicles, making them go into their resting phase sooner than they should. This means that as the hair enters each growth phase, it becomes progressively thinner, as it does in cases of Androgenic Alopecia (Female pattern hair loss.) If your hair follicles are particularly sensitive to androgens, the reduced hair growth on your scalp will be met with increased growth of the hair on your body.

Treatments for hair loss caused by PCOS

There are topical treatments and anti-androgens available that can help to prevent hair loss and restore growth, but they aren’t guaranteed to work for everyone and they need to be used sooner rather than later if they’re going to have any chance of success.

My battle with infertility

For me, my thinning hair was the least of my problems. I managed to disguise it so well, but what I couldn’t hide was my desire to have a baby.

Over the past five years, I’ve put myself through four soul destroying rounds of IVF treatment. Because of the PCOS and other issues with my fertility, there was no possibility that I would conceive naturally, so IVF was my only option.

For those of you who are not familiar with what’s involved when you have IVF, there’s a course of harsh injectable drugs you have to self-administer, as well as long courses of other medicines that play havoc with your hair and skin. While you’re having the treatment, and for months before and after it, you’re advised not to use any topical hair loss solutions or take any hair growth vitamins, as these can potentially cause hormone imbalances. The hormone imbalances that are present during IVF could also cause acute Telogen Effluvium, which is the same as post-partum hair loss (also known as baby shed). So during those five years, I couldn’t take anything to give my hair a helping hand, all I could do was hope that it would get better on its own.

As well as the IVF, my body had to contend with the steroids I was taking, namely Prednisolone, to suppress my immune system. Steroids have an effect on the sex hormones and can cause imbalances between oestrogen and testosterone. This can cause hair thinning and loss in people whose hair follicles are sensitive to hormone imbalances... So aswell as the hair loss from the PCOS I also had to fight with the Telogen Effluvium, which luckily for me only affected my 4th round of IVF.

Enough is enough

This year, I made the decision to stop the IVF treatment, because I could no longer take the financial, emotional, and physical strain. It has given me the chance to concentrate on restoring my hair and other health issues and I’ve noticed a huge difference already!

Six months later, I rarely need to wear my topper any more. I still wear extensions, but only because I believe that my hair growth cycle won’t allow my hair to grow healthily past shoulder length. The extensions give my hair an amazing thickness that my own hair never even had before I was diagnosed with PCOS.

I’ve combined protein supplements with a topical hair solution to nourish my shrinking hair follicles, plus I’ve been following a balanced diet designed to specifically benefit women with PCOS; and I’ve never looked back.

This is my story, but everyone who suffers from hair loss is on their own journey. Some are at the beginning, and some are nearing the end, and no matter how confused, upset, or uncertain you might be that there’s anything that can help you, I want to tell you that there is.

Are you suffering from hair loss? Contact us to book a consultation to discuss your needs in a private, welcoming and understanding environment.

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