You can curse about the clogging in the shower drain and the need to vacuum more often than you wish before your carpet turns into a big hairy rug, but never ever jinx yourself by complaining that you wish your hair is less thick and not growing that fast. Bad hair days might be a chore to deal with, but it certainly beats having to worry over a thinning scalp that’s losing hair at an abnormal rate.On average we lose around 80 to 100 strands of hair a day, but if you begin to shed significantly more than that or notice that they aren’t growing back, well, that’s when things start to get a bit hairy. Female hair loss can be upsetting and confusing and you might be surprised to learn that it affects over eight million women in the UK alone. It might take the form of a general thinning, or it could be absolute bald patches or more, and it doesn’t discriminate on age, and can affect all women, both young and old.“Like a peacock’s brilliant feathers, hair is a secondary sexual characteristic.” Explains London trichologist Dr. Philip Kingsley. “You don’t need it to keep you either warm or cool, so the primary function is really to increase attractiveness.”
Give yourself on a Rapunzel’s diet
Having a good sound diet plays a crucial role in keeping your tresses happy and shiny.
One of the easiest and most important way to make your hair grow faster is to make sure that your diet isn’t the culprit sabotaging you. In our constant pursuit to shed pounds and drop our dress size, our diet may be lacking in important vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and proteins that are essential for healthy hair growth, maintenance and strength.
“Hair is made of collagen fibers which are derived and made from our dietary intake of absorbable protein.” Says Dr Chua Han Boon, senior medical consultant from the SW1 Clinic who manages their in-house Weight Management Program. “Fish, eggs, grains, beans and Greek yogurt are all excellent choices for those watching their weight without compromising their nutritional intake.B Vitamins, especially Biotin is another key nutrient greatly appreciated by growing hair follicles.”
A diet with a hearty portion of Vitamin B-rich foods is essential to prevent thinning and premature hair loss. These include avocados, nuts, hemp seeds and oats, along with fish, eggs and chicken too. In order to keep your hair growing and help it stay strong and shiny, one should not shun fats like a plague. A small to moderate amount of healthy fats in your diet is necessary to ensure your body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals required for a healthy head of Rapunzel’s locks. The best sources of healthy fats come from raw nuts, raw seeds, coconut oil and fatty fish such as salmon and barramundi. Don’t forget an extra helping of berries, dark greens and fresh herbs, to load on the antioxidants pertinent for healthy skin, nails and hair growth!
Minoxidil to the rescue
Minoxidil was first introduced as a treatment for high blood pressure, but people who took it noticed that they were growing hair in places where they had lost it.
In inherited female pattern baldness otherwise known as androgenetic alopecia where the hair follicles start to shrink, topical treatment is known to encourage healthy hair growth. Minoxidil is a FDA approved topical medication that can be rubbed into the scalp once or twice daily to promote healthy hair growth and prevent further loss, acting much like a “hair fertilizer”. Some ladies do experience some hair regrowth or a slower rate of hair loss or both, and it may take up to 12 weeks or more for new hair to start growing for visible improvement.
SW1 HAIR RECOVERY Strengthening & Rejuvenating Serum is an advanced hair tonic with the follicle stimulating trio of Minoxidil 5%, Ginkgo Biloba and Vitamin B6, designed and formulated to support “tricho-juvenation” for both males and females faced with the woes of hair loss. When used religiously as instructed, it will help to improve fine or thinning hair while helping to prevent hair loss. Hair Rescue & Recovery’s well curated ingredients help to strengthen damaged hair, build body, help increase diameter of the hair shaft and encourage new hair growth, so that hair is healthier, shinier and thicker too.
‘Cold’ Lasers for hot tresses
Revage 670 Laser is widely recognized as the gold standard to your follicular woes, rejuvenating thinning hair back to its former glory.
Revage 670 laser system is a clinically proven, FDA approved treatment that engages low level light energy also known as “cold lasers” to safely and effectively stimulate cellular metabolism, protein synthesis and regenerate tissues while increasing blood flow to rejuvenate thinning scalps back to their former glory. With a total of 30 laser diodes, Revage provides critical coherent beams of laser light in a hood that goes over the scalp to ensure optimum laser energy contact, with maximum stimulation of each hair follicle at a much higher level than that provided by hand-held lasers of lesser make. It works by thickening fine, miniaturized hair and is therefore highly suitable for women with diffuse thinning or general weakening of their crowning glory.
“Studies have shown that Revage produces an 85% success rate in halting hair loss with an almost 40%of increased fullness reported.” Says Dr. Chua Han Boon. “Therefore, this treatment targets not only current hair thinning, but is useful to help prevent further hair loss and to maintain hair density for as long a period of time as possible.”
Revage can be done as a standalone treatment, or best paired with Revitascalp in the Keramax Scalp Program conceptualized by the beauty experts from the SW1 Clinic. Working in tandem with Revage to fight hair loss, Revitascalp is a holistic in-house specialty whereby a targeted blast of scientifically selected nutrients to help support a healthy growth of hair, including vitamin B12, folic acid, protein-building amino acids and a hefty shot of clinically proven Minoxidil is infused directly into the scalp via a special delivery system. Revitascalp helps to inhibit the production of hair-hindering DHT,and when combined with the hair stimulating effects of Revage, boost your chances of retarding any ‘hair-zards’ in the foreseeable future while restoring your thinned out coiffure.
Attack of the Clones
Kera-clone is a game changing approach to combat premature hair loss in a specially designed Regenera Activa system that uses your own existing healthy hair to grow hair in areas that are thinning. The donor site whereby 3 tissue samples are obtained via punch biopsy healed well with no scarring 10 days post treatment.
Thanks to aesthetic innovations, new and more effective ways of combating aging have brought forth revolutionary techniques to tackle hair loss. The current trend is the use of bio technologies and stem cells that are present in the body which can trigger a massive regenerative process, and this is the principle behind Kera-clone, a natural scalp strengthening therapy to regenerate hair growth brought to you by the team of dedicated specialist at the SW1 Clinic.
Kera-clone is a novel treatment which basically creates a viable environment for hair follicles to flourish and grow. Think of it as putting fertilizers into your dying planter. Thinning hair will become thicker, weak hair shafts revitalized and stronger, dormant hair follicles are re-awakened and new hair growth is expected too! It is a special technique of replanting your own hair follicular units back into areas of thinning hair with the state-of-the-art Regenera Activa system.
Kera-clone is based on the theory of autologous stem cells transplantation, whereby healthy cells present in the patient’s own body are harvested and introduced into area(s) required to trigger regeneration and tissue renewal processes. These healthy dermal papilla or stromal stem cells are extracted from the back of the head where the hair is full and lush via punch biopsy. The tissue samples obtained (3 to be exact) are treated with the Regenera Activa system to produce a stem cells rich solution suspension that is introduced via microinjections into area(s) that are experiencing thinning or hair loss. Kera-clone is essentially an alternative form of “mini hair transplantation”relying on your own cells to regenerate new hair follicles for the scalp which will eventually lead to new hair growth. In addition, the procedure also help to activate inactive hair follicles and dormant cells under the scalp to restore your mane back to its former crowning glory.
ARTAS hair transplantation
When previously hair transplant is best regarded as the last resort at the end of the road to address hair loss, mind-sets are fast changing with the introduction of the revolutionary ARTAS Robotic hair transplant system. This FDA approved procedure takes hair transplantation to the next level by employing advanced digital technology and precise robotics. The ARTAS System is able to identify and map hair from the donor site in its natural groupings on the scalp and unlike traditional manual harvesting whereby a strip of donor scalp up to 30cm in length need to be excised, your doctor with the aid of the ARTAS System is able to remove hair randomly so that the selected donor area on the scalp retains its original appearance as only small dermal punches are employed in harvesting as opposed to open dissection with a scalpel.
Over a period of 3 to 4 months, one should start noticing new permanent hair. At the end of 6 months, most patients notice steady growth and increasing fullness, with the majority experiencing complete results in about a year, and this new, permanent hair can be styled and cut without a hitch!