Propecia scare

Hi! Just heard Newsbeat on radio 1 talking about the ‘cons’ of taking ‘Propecia’…stating new research that shows long term impotency in users. I will firstly point out that ‘Finasteride’ to give it it’s licenced name, is a very safe drug, one of few which does not have very many interactions with other medical compounds. There has always been a warning that approx 2% of men using this may suffer from erectile dysfunction or loss of libido. As this is a ‘temporary’ DHT blocker, there is no reason why after stoping the medication it would still have an effect?There is a very, very small risk that the side-effects of this medication may induce an underlying condition, but to say this medication causes permanant impotence is extreme and ‘scare-mongering’ You must always keep in mind that there is no such thing as a 100% safe medication; paracetamol, asprin..all the household medicines will have ‘some’ side effects on a minority of people. This medication is still a very safe and effective way of preventing and helping hair loss…so please don’t worry! If you have any specific questions about this or any other hair related topic please contact me at info@hairmedic.co.uk Merry Christmas and a happy new year...

The difference between fine hair and Thinning hair?

Whats the difference between fine hair and thinning hair?… fine hair is simply the texture of someone’s hair, it does not imply a disorder, where as thinning hair usually is thinning due to an underlying condition….heres some regular questions I get asked regarding the difference between the two.   What causes hair to be fine? The diameter of the actual hair cuticle determines how thick or fine your hair is, coupled with the amount of hairs you have per square centimetre make up the feeling if you have thick hair, fine (but a lot of it) or simply fine hair, this in effect is simply genetic. How can you tell if you have fine hair? This is a subjective question as one person ‘thick’ is another’s ‘fine’ it’s down to the individual really! Is fine hair something that affects both men and women? Yes, both men and women have fine hair [but to imply that they are ‘affected’ means that there is something wrong with having fine hair…see title above] What are the main disadvantages to having fine hair? Are there any advantages? Fine hair falls limp quickly, volume is always a problem with fine hair, as for advantages….it dries quicker! Can environmental factors affect the thickness of hair or is it all down to genetics? Hair is a dead appendage, so external factors cannot affect the hair growth, genetics does hold the key to fine hair, though there are internal factors which cause the narrowing and miniaturisation of hairs which lead to hair loss and thinning. How would you recommend caring for fine hair, i.e. products,appliances,brushes? Don’t use...

Measure with your own yardstick!

Hair is such a subjective matter, everyone has their own take on what hair should do, act like, be like, what colours look good, what products are nice? Same thing happens when you have a hair or scalp problem, but it is so subjective it really cannot be measured by anyone else’s yard stick! If you are suffering from hair thinning and you confide in your doctor/ friend/ partner [delete as necessary] and you are met with “it looks fine to me, your worrying over nothing!”  You may feel as though you’re fussing over nothing and wasting people’s time with this ‘triviality’! But…then the niggle comes back…”There is something wrong! I can notice a difference…it doesn’t feel like my hair anymore?” My rule of thumb is this, you know your own hair and only you can ‘feel’ a difference. By the time a hair thinning disorder makes a difference to the look of the hair you may have already lost over 30% of the volume of your hair! Here are some of the first tell tale signs you may experience if you’re wondering if your hair is thinning: Your pony tail becomes thinner Your hair may be shedding more than usual (over 80 hairs per day) Your hair is more ‘fly away’ Harder to style/ does not hold its style for very long. Partings may become slightly wider You can start seeing your scalp through your hair   The point of this list is to check against it and see if any of the above ring true, if it does your suspicions about a hair problem may be correct...

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So why are you reading this? Is it because you have a hair or scalp problem? …Probably but did you set out looking for a Trichologist?..probably not! At present Trichology is a little known specialism, which is a shame because we are very helpful people! Firstly though a word on the ‘qualified’ bit of the Qualified trichologists; I studied at the Institute of Trichologists*, the oldest, largest and the Original of the Trichology seats of learning. But many Trichologists did not and those I cannot vouch for.  Regarding other organisations all I can say is in my experience this institute provides the best education and has produced the most eminent scientists in this field, always check the organisation the person is affiliated to… (Letters after a name have been known to be given out after a weekend course on how to retail certain hair products!!) So you have found a qualified and respectable trichologist (…ahem!) now all you need to know is what we do and what we can do to help your problem…well… a Trichologist has is a deep scientific understanding on how hair works and the mechanism between what is happening in your body and why the hair is falling out. You have probably tried talking to your GP about your hair thinning/falling out and may have come out feeling as though you have just wasted the Doctors time or that you should have not bothered them for such a trivial matter! This is a common outlook by the majority of the medical profession (not all I hasten to add, but unfortunately most!)…this attitude coupled by the...