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By Emy Hassan, Aug 16 2019 09:15PM


If you’ve been following us on social media, you’ll remember the lovely Alison, our competition winner from last year who won a free hair integration system. Well since then, she’s never looked back and she recently got married in Vegas!

I spoke to her about how her struggles with hair loss and how her hair system has changed her life.


The Hair Confidante (THC): When did you start suffering from hair loss?

Alison (A): My hair started falling out 13 days after my first FEC-T chemotherapy treatment for triple negative breast cancer. My hair never grew back after treatment, which I was told is rare.


THC: What solutions did you try before trying a hair system?

A: I tried lotions that you had to apply to your scalp to encourage hair growth, and I also tried shampoo treatments and wigs.


THC: What made you choose The Hair Confidante?

A: I saw a post from a lady on the Younger Breast Cancer Network (YBCN) Facebook page, and I thought I’d take a look. I noticed Emy was running a competition to win a hair integration system so I entered and couldn’t believe it when I won 1st prize!


THC: How did the hair system change your life?

A: It gave me my confidence back. I no longer had to worry about my wig blowing off and I felt amazing as I’d never had long hair before. Emy made me feel at ease from the moment I went for my consultation. I was overwhelmed with her generosity and kindness, and I felt extremely lucky. It has completely changed my life.


THC: Was the system easy to manage?

A: Yes, it was easier to manage than I thought. It’s easy to wash, though drying and styling it takes me a bit of time, but I absolutely love it.


THC: What advice would you give to people suffering from hair loss?

A: Go and see Emy! She will advise you on which hair loss solution is the best one for you. I wouldn’t be without my hair system now. It’s worth all the sacrifices to have such wonderful hair!


THC: And finally, huge congratulations on getting married! How did having a new hair system make you feel on the day?

A: Thank you! I felt beautiful, confident, and so much more feminine than I would have done wearing a wig. I was able to style my hair and it just felt so natural. I can’t thank Emy enough!


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, Jun 21 2019 08:38PM

As you know if you’re one of my lovely loyal clients or you follow me on social media, modern hair systems can look absolutely gorgeous. They look just like your own hair and you can swim, go to the gym, sleep, shower in them, you name it.


But there are some differences between hair systems and your natural hair which you need to know about so you can keep your own system looking and feeling as amazing as the day it was fitted.


How a hair system differs from your natural hair

If you lose hair from your hair system, it won’t regrow

Unlike natural hair that usually grows back, once hair is gone from a hair system, it’s gone. This is why you have to follow my aftercare advice and have proper maintenance. You need to avoid things that cause hair loss and breakage as much as possible.


Your hair system won’t be protected by your scalp’s natural oils

The glands attached to your hair follicles make a natural oil called sebum which coats your hair and keeps it nourished and hydrated. Your hair system won’t have access to these natural oils so you need to keep it hydrated with conditioner and deep conditioning treatments.


My top tips for looking after your hair system

Do:

*Detangle hair with a wide-toothed comb or good quality hair brush. Start from the ends and work your way up.

*When you wash your hair, only use the recommended products

*Pat shampoo over your hair system rather than massaging it in which can cause tangling

*Use a deep conditioning treatment once per week to keep it hydrated

*Sleep with a 100% silk scarf on or on a silk pillowcase to prevent friction and breakage

*Sleep with hair tied back

*Learn some good blowdrying techniques to keep your system looking sleek

*Use a heat protection cream or spray

*Use professional quality products such as leave in conditioners and serums, avoid heavy hairsprays

*Use a good finishing serum or Argan oil to keep return hairs at bay and to keep your ends subtle.


Don’t:

*Wash your hair system too often as this can dry it out

*Wash your hair system with hot water

*Rub your hair system when drying it with a towel, pat it dry instead

*Sleep with wet hair as this can cause matting

*Use poor quality or heavy silicone lined products

*Attemp to colour your hair system yourself

*Expose your hair system to excessive sunlight, harsh chemicals, or chlorinated water. If you swim, use a leave-in product to protect your hair system and Malibu C swimmers products and then wash and condition it as soon as you get out of the pool. If you know you’re going to be spending a lot of time in the sun, wear a hat, or use products with added UV filters.


The important thing to remember is that your hair system is an investment so it makes sense to look after it. Natural hair can recover from chemical treatments, excessive heat styling, and other damage, hair systems can’t.


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, 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, 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.



By Emy Hassan, May 1 2018 09:30PM


Trichotillomania is a condition where sufferers have a compulsion to pull their hair out, usually as a way of soothing themselves when they feel stressed or upset. People can suffer for years before they feel comfortable enough to seek help, and the effects of the condition can be devastating. Chronic hair pulling can cause infection, skin damage, and permanent hair loss, as well as problems with self-esteem and body image.

Around 60% of my clients are affected by Trichotillomania, ranging from 13-year-old girls to women in their 60’s and I feel really passionate about helping them to open up about their condition, especially when they fear being judged. I’m also very proud to say that I’ve been able to help many clients recover from years of hair pulling, not just by providing hair systems, but by being there to support and understand them.


What causes Trichotillomania?

The exact cause of the condition isn’t known, but research suggests that abnormalities in the brain’s pathways, especially those that regulate emotions and control impulses may be to blame. It’s also known that trichotillomania is linked to depression and anxiety.


The importance of proper treatment

While I can certainly help in terms of providing clients with hair integration systems or hair replacement, using these alone is simply not enough. Trichotillomania is a complex condition, and the root cause needs to be found. Whether it’s stress, depression, anxiety, or trauma that causes someone to pull out their hair, this needs to be treated with appropriate behavioural therapy like CBT. Sufferers also need plenty of emotional support to encourage them to open up about their condition, and to work through any feelings of embarrassment or shame.


An amazing success story

My first ever client was a lady who had suffered from this devastating condition since she was just five years old. At the age of 11, she was seeing psychiatrists, but none of them diagnosed the problem. As she got older, the problem got worse, and she felt more and more compelled to pull her hair out. People would stare at her and make jokes about her having no hair which she found very upsetting. She was even accused of pulling her hair out to get attention.


After 30 years of suffering, I was able to help her get on the road to recovery, by providing her with a hair system, and some much-needed support and understanding. As her hair began to grow back, so did her confidence, and I worked closely with her until she didn’t need the system or my help anymore. She’s gone on to set up a Facebook group for people with Trichotillomania to raise awareness and to help sufferers to feel comfortable talking about their condition. You can read the full story here.


There’s light at the end of the tunnel

People suffering from trichotillomania often can’t imagine a time when they’ll have a head of beautiful healthy hair, and when they’ll be able to feel confident and ‘normal.’ But I truly believe that with treatments like CBT, a hair system, and an understanding stylist, they can have all of that and more.

Do you suffer from trichotillomania? Contact me to arrange a consultation to find out how I can help you.







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