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Hair Loss Science

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Hair Loss? Many options – Today’s science

Lasers in Surgery and Medicine 

Recently, the use of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has been proposed as an alternative treatment for the prevention of hair loss and to stimulate hair regrowth in both MPHL and FPHL, with possibly better outcomes and minimal risk. A previous review concluded that LLLT appears to be a safe and effective therapy for multiple forms of alopecia [4]. Due to their minimal risk, there are now two commercially available LLLT devices that are FDA-approved.

Low-Level Laser Therapy as a Treatment for Androgenetic Alopecia

Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, Florida.
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, Florida.
Department of Surgery, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands.


Eleven studies were evaluated, which investigated a total of 680 patients, consisting of 444 males and 236 females. Nine out of 11 studies assessing hair count/hair density found statistically significant improvements in both males and females following LLLT treatment. Additionally, hair thickness and tensile strength significantly improved in two out of four studies. Patient satisfaction was investigated in five studies, and was overall positive, though not as profound as the objective outcomes.


The majority of studies covered in this review found an overall improvement in hair regrowth, thickness, and patient satisfaction following LLLT therapy. Although we should be cautious when interpreting these findings, LLLT therapy seems to be a promising
monotherapy for AGA and may serve as an effective alternative for individuals unwilling to use medical
therapy or undergo surgical options. Lasers Surg. Med. 49:27–39, 2017. ß 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc


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Ladies. Hair Loss after pregnancy?

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What You Can Do About Hair Loss After Pregnancy.

Pregnancy is a time of significant hormonal change in the body. Some of these changes are positive. Often, pregnant women have radiant skin and thick, healthy hair. But a few months after giving birth, some women may experience postpartum hair loss as their hormones return to normal levels. Learn more about hair loss after pregnancy and what you can do to get your hair back.

Hair Loss?

Is Hair Loss After Pregnancy Normal?

Everyone loses 50-100 hairs a day as part of the hair growth cycle. For women who have recently given birth, it’s normal to experience hair loss three to six months after pregnancy. It’s a condition called telogen effluvium. While this condition is temporary, it may take up to a full year to regain your hair’s normal fullness. Dermatologists characterise this condition as excessive hair shedding. The shedding occurs due to falling estrogen levels, which are much higher during pregnancy.

Why Is Hair Thicker and Healthier During Pregnancy?

Women often experience lush, thick hair while they’re pregnant. This is caused in part because of the increase of certain hormones, such as estrogen. The extra hormones circulating in the blood can cause shifts in the hair growth cycle, keeping hair in the growing phase longer, so it doesn’t shed. Some studies also suggest that hair strands thicken during pregnancy, resulting in fuller-looking hair. Unfortunately, this ends after pregnancy when hormone levels return to normal. The hairs that weren’t shed may begin to all fall out all at once leaving you with thinner-looking hair. Hair loss may be dramatic for some, while others may have mild thinning.

What You Can Do About Postpartum Hair Loss

Life after having a baby can be stressful enough. Between sleep deprivation and fluctuating hormones, the last thing you want to worry about is thinning hair. The good news is you don’t have to live with hair loss. At Hair Centre International, we’ve helped hundreds of women just like you. We offer a comprehensive suite of proven solutions for women’s hair loss —and our caring and empathetic team of professionals is here for you every step of the way. Come in to a Hair Centre International centre near you and meet with one of our trained hair loss experts. You’ll receive a free, private hair and scalp analysis that will help you understand your level of hair loss, the condition of your scalp and which proven solution will work for your needs. Schedule your hair loss appointment today, and get hair that makes you feel great about yourself!

For informational purposes only. The information presented herein is general in nature and is not intended to substitute the advice of a physician or other health care professional. The exact cause of hair loss can only be determined by a medical professional.

HairCheck® Advanced Technology

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  • HairCheck® is a technology that helps us provide answers to your hair loss and hair breakage questions.
  • It’s a scientific instrument which accurately measures hair loss, growth and breakage on any area of the scalp.
  • We do not need to cut a sample of your hair.
  • Testing takes about 5 minutes.
  • If we detect any hair loss or breakage, we can make appropriate suggestions and track the results of any treatments.

The Benefits of Advanced Analysis

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  1. HAIR LOSS: In their lifetime, some form of hair loss affects an estimated 75% of men and two-thirds of women. Your chances of experiencing hair loss is high.
  2. SAVINGS: How much are you spending on hair growth products? A simple HairCheck® measurement will save you time and money.
  3. PRECISION: Hair Centre International’s HairCheck® is a patented device that provides scientific measurements. Now we can provide you with an analysis of hair loss and growth.
  4. KNOWLEDGE: Measuring effectiveness is important. Otherwise its like going on a weight loss program without using a scale!
  5. HEAD START: Hair Centre International’s HairCheck® can detect thinning before it is visible to the naked eye. If you start treatment early, you can delay or avoid the visible effects of balding.
  6. IMMEDIATE: On your first visit, you can find out how much hair you have and how much hair you’ve lost.
  7. RESULTS: Because HairCheck® provides quantitative and photo evidence on whether or not your treatment is working. This knowledge enables you to  switch from one product or service to another.
  8. WOMEN: Hair Centre International’s HairCheck® can actually detect and measures hair breakage. This is an important but under-appreciated early indicator of hair problems for women.
  9. PEACE OF MIND: HairCheck® can answer almost every question you might have regarding hair loss and hair growth.
  10. EXCLUSIVE: HairCheck® is the easy and affordable scientific method to measure hair loss and growth.  A HairCheck® can be performed in 5 minutes and not a single hair is cut.

Targeted Treatment with HairCheck®

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Do you have balding (thinning) that IS VISIBLE?

  • Simply have the area measured every few months.  HairCheck® will measure “how much hair” is present and indicate whether or not your loss is getting worse or remaining stable.

Do you have balding (thinning) that is NOT YET VISIBLE?

  • HairCheck® can detect early thinning years before it is visible to the naked eye.  Two areas are measured – the back of your head where thinning never occurs, and the suspected area on top, where thinning might have already started.  The values are compared, and your loss is easily detected and quantified.


Do you have shedding (hairs falling out) ?

  • Unlike thinning, shedding involves the entire scalp and hairs are seen in the sink and brush. Shedding can stabilize in a few months…. it can stabilize in a few years.  If you want to know if your shedding has stabilized, or if your hair has begun to re-grow, then HairCheck® is the only way to get a quantitative answer

How much are you spending each month on hair-growth products like Rogaine (minoxidil), Propecia (finasteride), laser therapy, etc.?

  • HairCheck® will save you time and money by providing quantitative evidence of whether or not that treatment is actually working. If you’re not getting the results you want, simply change products until you find the product that works for you.


Is your hair damaged, brittle or broken?

  • With one simple measurement, HairCheck® can determine if breakage is present and precisely measure its severity.  Start using hair strengthening and reconstructor products recommended by your hair professional and see how quickly your percentage of broken hairs begins to drop.

Why Hair Count and Analysis?

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  • Hair loss affects an estimated 75% of men.
  • Two-thirds of women will also have some form of hair loss in their lifetime.


HairCheck® has forever changed the way people approach hair loss. Before HairCheck® there was no evidence-based way to measure hair loss, hair breakage, and the response to treatments.

When hair could not be measured, doctors and hair professionals were simply unable to answer the following questions;

  1. Do I have hair loss?
  2. Is it getting worse?
  3. How quickly?
  4. Do I have hair breakage?  How bad?
  5. Is my hair loss/breakage treatment working?

50% of your hair must be lost or broken before it’s visible to the naked eye!

With HairCheck®, your Hair Centre International professional can detect the early stages of thinning and breakage, and suggest early treatment.  Treatments that can reverse breakage and possibly delay future balding.



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Hair Centre International’s – Hair Count and Measurement Technology.

Latest Technology employed.

With this new and revolutionary device, we can show our clients measurable hair thinning, or breakage.  Scientific evidence that our clients are losing their hair.

Traditionally, treatment for thinning hair starts when balding is visible to the naked eye, but by then, nearly 50 percent of the hair is already gone!


HairCheck® gives our clients the information needed to begin their hair growth treatment years before balding begins to show.  There are two types of new services Hair Centre International can provide to our clients.  Hair loss or growth measurements and hair breakage measurements.

Young Man and a Young Boy (6-7) Looking at Each Other Laughing


HairCheck® only takes only a few minutes to give an accurate measure of hair loss caused by thinning, shedding, or breakage.  This revolutionary new service is becoming one of our most in-demand menu items, and is resulting in a significant increase in the number and retention of our clients who are willing to do what it takes to keep or regrow their hair.

Here, at Hair Centre International we can prove that our treatments work.

Women with hair breakage are welcoming the professional manner with which we approach their loss.  They are motivated clients, seeking additional services and products to address their damage and prevent further breakage.



  • Identify and treat hair loss before it shows.
  • Measure the effectiveness of hair growth treatments to help make better decisions in treatment.
  • Quantify and distinguish hair loss due to shedding, thinning and breakage to make appropriate recommendations.
  • Early detection helps make better decisions of hair growth products.S
  • Show measurable results.
  • Enable expert decisions to strengthen your hair. Enable use of products that improve your hair protein.

HairCheck® evaluation can be a part of a service or retail purchase, YOU will now feel that you can control these frustrating and worrisome hair conditions.

Changing Expectations of Hair for an Ageing Population

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Evolving Trends

In the last 30 years there has been a noticeable shift in hair trends due to the ageing of our population. More people are now staying in the workforce until they are in their 60’s, 70’s or even their 80’s.

It is important that their appearance be maintained so that they appear more youthful and vibrant for longer. With ageing comes hair thinning and hair loss. This phenomenon has created a huge category for shampoos and conditioners that promise thicker looking hair . But these products can only do so much.

In time, these consumers will need a more effective solution such as alternative hair that companies such as ours can provide.

Female Hair Loss

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Female Hair Loss

Women with androgenetic alopecia tend to have a thinning hairline behind the fringe.

If your mother has suffered from hair thinning, it is likely you will experience the same condition. Losing your hair may set in as early as your 20’s.

Causes of hair loss include mental and physical stress, such as pregnancy and dramatic weight loss. Also conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome, thyroid disorders and anemia autoimmune diseases have been shown to cause hair loss.

Also, certain skin sonditions such as psoriasis or dermatitis have also led to hair loss for clients.


Hair Regrowth Programs

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Laser Hair Re-growth Program

The laser hair treatment involves sitting under a laser hood. The helmet beams low energy laser light directly onto the scalp.

The aim of the laser light is to increase blood flow to the scalp. Scientists have said this stimulation helps the hair follicles to absorb more nutrients and grow healthier hair.

According to Wayne Walker, of Hair Centre International, the laser is a clinical alternative that’s proven to get results. It is also safe and highly effective for a range of hair loss problems.

Reasons for Hair Loss

The reasons for losing hair is simple. For many of us with a genetic predisposition, we experience a build up of dihydrotestosterone or DHT. This testosterone strangles the follicles causing the hair to become life less and eventually fall out.

If you’ve noticed your hair starting to thin or recede, it’s easy to stress over what’s causing it to happen. Is it stress? A bad diet? Unlucky genetics? Or is it a lifestyle factor you can fix through a change in behaviour?

The Reality.

For men, the reality is that hair loss is primarily caused by dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This is a steroid hormone that binds to receptors in your scalp.

DHT may sound complicated, but its role in hair loss is fairly easy to understand.

If interested, please read on for basic knowledge on how your body produces DHT and the effect DHT has on hair follicles.

In the following guide, we’ll explain what DHT is, how it’s produced by your body, and the options that are available for limiting the negative effects of DHT on your hairline.

What is DHT?

DHT, or dihydrotestosterone, is an androgen produced as a byproduct of testosterone. DHT is a fairly powerful male sex hormone that’s responsible for things like forming male genitalia during pregnancy.

In short, DHT is one of the many hormones that makes men, well, men. However, it’s different from other male sex hormones like testosterone in several important ways.

Your body produces DHT as a byproduct of testosterone through the 5α-Reductase enzyme. This enzyme converts a certain percentage of your testosterone into DHT in tissue such as the skin, liver, prostate and hair follicles.

If you’re genetically susceptible to hair loss, DHT can bind to receptors in your hair follicles and cause them to shrink, weaken and eventually die. This process is called ‘miniaturisation’, and it eventually leads to a complete end of hair growth in DHT-affected hair follicles.

DHT is important

Interestingly, DHT is an important hormone for hair growth in other areas of the body. This is the hormone that’s responsible for causing male pattern baldness and responsible for fuelling the growth of hair on your chest, back and other areas.

Since DHT is the primary hormone responsible for hair loss in men, the most effective way to slow down and prevent hair loss is to block DHT.

You can do this at the follicular level by using a topical DHT blocking shampoo or spray to keep DHT off your hair follicles. This is mostly effective, but it does not completely block the DHT from binding to receptors in your scalp.

A more effective method for blocking DHT is to block it at the source. Drugs like finasteride are made to block the conversion of testosterone to DHT by binding to the 5α-Reductase enzyme. In turn, preventing your body from producing any DHT in the first place.

Call us on (03) 9866 6616 for more detail on finasteride and other DHT blockers below. For now, just remember that while factors like stress and diet can have a significant effect on your hair, your hair loss is most likely caused by a genetic sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone.

Finasteride and DHT

Data from a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology shows that finasteride, in combination with minoxidil, is the most effective treatment available for slowing and stopping male pattern baldness.

Finasteride belongs to a category of drugs called 5α-reductase inhibitors. It works by binding to the 5α-reductase enzyme and blocking the enzyme from converting your testosterone into DHT.

The best way to think of finasteride is as a hormonal shield that keeps your testosterone the way it originally was, all while stopping DHT production. Instead of only blocking DHT on your scalp, you’re blocking it at the original source.

Remember earlier, when we said that DHT binds to receptors in the prostate? Finasteride was actually originally designed as a treatment for prostate growth. It wasn’t until the medical study period that Merck, the drug’s creator, discovered it also stopped male pattern baldness.

On average, a daily dose of 1mg finasteride blocks DHT production enough to stop most hair loss. In certain cases, it can also cause miniaturised hair follicles damaged by DHT to start to grow back.

If you’re starting to notice hair loss and want to take action, the most effective method is to talk to a doctor using our simple online booking process to see which treatment options are right for you.

What are the Side Effects of Blocking DHT?

For the most part, blocking DHT doesn’t produce any noticeable side effects for most men. The vast majority of people that use drugs like finasteride and topical DHT blockers don’t experience any negative effects — instead, they notice thicker and healthier hair.

However, some men do experience negative effects from DHT blockers, with finasteride a fairly common culprit. Below, we’ve listed the main side effects of blocking DHT, ranging from positive side effects to potential downsides:

  • Higher testosterone. Because DHT blockers like finasteride prevent the conversion of testosterone to DHT, they can cause a slight increase in your testosterone production. In this 2003 study, researchers found that finasteride boosted testosterone by a modest amount.

Caution for Sportsmen

If you compete in tested sports, you should be aware that this effect on testosterone production means that finasteride could be on the banned drug list.

  • Lower sex drive. Most of the time, finasteride has no positive or negative effect on your sex drive. While taking it, you’ll just feel the same as normal. However, in a small number of men, finasteride can result in a noticeably reduced interest in sex.
  • Weak erections. Just like reduced sex drive, this is a rare side effect that affects a small number of finasteride users. Some people also report getting less “morning wood” when on finasteride, possibly due to the lower level of DHT.

Looks scary, right? While the above side effects seem scary, the reality is that the vast majority of men that use DHT blockers like finasteride don’t get serious side effects.

Evidence of Low Risk

To put things in perspective, a 2012 study of finasteride in Japanese men found that of the 3,177 men given finasteride, only 23 had adverse reactions. Even at five times the regular dosage for preventing hair loss, side effects are rarely reported.

It’s also worth noting that in the rare event of sexual side effects occurring, they’ll almost always stop once you come off finasteride. It’s extremely rare for any negative symptoms to persist if you don’t actively take a DHT blocker.

Should You Block DHT?

If you’re starting to notice hair loss, drugs that block DHT are the most powerful weapons you have in your arsenal to slow down and stop it.

Whether or not to take them is ultimately your choice. What’s clear is that the earlier you start to block DHT, the more successful you’ll be in preventing further hair loss. Once the hair is gone, no amount of DHT blocking can bring it back and give you what you once had.

The best way to start blocking DHT production is to use finasteride along with minoxidil and a shampoo that can block DHT in your scalp.

This article was reviewed by Brendan Levy, MD.