What to do if you lose your locks


By Miriam Stoppard

Seeing recent pictures of Naomi Campbell’s bald patches, probably caused by hair extensions, brought back bad memories for me.

I know how she feels because a similar thing happened to me a few years ago. I wanted the front of my hair to look thicker and longer so I went to a hair-extension stylist who’d been highly recommended.

At first it looked fantastic but about a month later the join between my own hair and the extension had become noticeable so I decided to have them removed.

That’s when it went wrong. It took several attempts to dissolve the glue that was holding them on but the chemical used to do this pulled out my own hair.

As I looked down I saw huge clumps, roots and all, in my lap. When I looked up in the mirror, I had no hair at the front.

Once the shock had worn off, I was devastated. But I also felt incredibly stupid. I hadn’t really looked into what could go wrong – after all, it was a just a hair treatment, not a medical procedure.

What a mistake – although my hair has partially recovered it never regained its original thickness.

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Over the past few years, a number of celebrities, including Victoria Beckham, are said to have had the odd temporary bald patch after having extensions. Meanwhile, Jennifer Aniston has complained that having it done ruined the condition of her locks.

Stylists maintain that, if your own hair is in good nick and the extensions are properly fitted and maintained, they should be fine.

However, last year research
in the British Journal of Dermatology claimed that some women lose their hair within a week of having extensions and that even women with no obvious signs of hair loss had considerable underlying damage to the scalp when examined more closely.

The dermatologists – from the University of Miami in Florida and Bologna University in Italy – suggested that the problems are probably far more common than reported.

Danger areas

Traction alopecia tends to happen at the front of the head and around the temples, where the hair is weakest.

The extensions, which are attached by glue, weaving or braiding, put tension on the hair follicles, which become inflamed, causing hair to fall out. This is more likely if the extensions are heavy, left in a long time or fitted badly. Some glues can damage hair, too.

But any tight hairstyles like braids can have the same effect while harsh chemicals such as dyes, bleaches and straightening solutions further weaken hair.

If it’s caught early, it’ll grow back but the hair loss can be permanent.


Look out for small, red, sometimes painful bumps on the scalp, flaking or broken-off hair.

If there’s any damage or hair loss, have the extensions professionally removed and limit styling.

Ask your GP to refer you to a dermatologist who can confirm the cause of your hair loss and whether it may grow back. Regrowth can take three to six months or longer.

If the hair loss is permanent, a hair transplant, in which hairs from the back of the head are grafted on to the bald bits, is the only solution. Needless to say, you can’t get it on the NHS and it will set you back several thousand pounds, so make sure the doctor is registered with the General Medical Council and belongs to the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgeons (

The clinic should be registered with the Healthcare Commission. Ask about the doctor’s experience and what realistically can be achieved. Also
ask to see before and after pictures of their patients.

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Public Health Researcher Rallies Against Propecia


A number of men have filed lawsuits against drug maker Merck after experiencing side effects related to the hair loss drug Propecia, and one former patient is taking it much further–Kevin Malley, who is a former public health researcher from Las Vegas, Nevada, has staged a hunger strike and protest outside of Merck’s headquarters, which are located in New Jersey. He says that he experienced side effects as a result of his use of the drug that have virtually destroyed his life, leaving him with complications lasting much longer than could reasonably be expected. A number of patients have brought forth Propecia litigation with the help of a personal injury lawyer, but Malley is going even farther by staging his protest outside of company headquarters.

Propecia erectile dysfunction cause of fury
Kevin Malley is 30 years old and claims that he began taking the medication in 2011 to combat his hair loss. Five months later, he claims that he began experiencing side effects from his Propecia use, including erectile dysfunction and loss of libido. Although he stopped his use of the medication, his side effects did not go away. He claims that even now, despite having discontinued his use for eight months, the side effects have not resolved themselves. He claims that drug maker Merck should be held responsible for the loss of his quality of life.

Malley claims that as a result of his physical and psychological ailments resulting from his Propecia use, he resigned from his research position and broke off his engagement with his fiancée after she learned that his sexual dysfunction might be permanent. Malley found that a number of other men had experienced the same side effects and complications as he has, and has decided to take action against the drug manufacturer as a result.

Studies support Propecia plaintiffs
Studies have been released that seem to show a link between Propecia use and lasting sexual dysfunction, including one conducted by Dr. Michael S. Irwig. He found that more than 90 percent of the men he surveyed in his study developed low libido and erectile dysfunction after taking Propecia and many of these patients experienced side effects for an average of 40 months after they stopped taking the medication.

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The stunning ‘henna crowns’ helping cancer victims come to terms with their hair-loss


A photographer is on a mission to transform the bald heads of women with cancer and genetic alopecia using the ancient art form of henna.

Frances Darwin launched Henna Heals last year, where artists hand-paint intricate designs onto women’s scalps with a natural plant-based paste, giving them back their femininity, confidence and power.

Using a hairless head as a canvas, ‘the designs are customized and one-off works of art,’ Ms Darwin told Today, who wants to empower cancer sufferers to feel beautiful again.

Henna Heals: Tara Schubert, who has Stage 3 breast cancer, models her intricate design by Henna Lounge

Henna has been used since antiquity in countries such as Pakistan, Morocco, Somalia and India for decorative purposes, to bring the wearer luck, joy and enhanced beauty.  

Ms Darwin’s Henna Heals is on a path to make conditional female baldness not only acceptable, but also chic.

Known as henna crowns, the designs are not tattoos, involving no needles or pain, and last up to two weeks – offering women who suffer hair loss, and the lost sense of self, femininity and confidence it brings, a chance to feel beautifully adorned while at the same time also inviting dialogue about a sensitive subject.

Henna crowns: The designs offer women suffering hair loss, and the lost sense of femininity it brings, a chance to feel beautiful – as Sandee Waite discovers with her design by Tarquin Singh

Painted canvas: Kelly, who only gave her first name, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and recently finished her last chemotherapy treatment, believes the Henna crowns are a healing experience

Ms Darwin was inspired to start Henna Heals when she first saw the henna crown’s power to transform.

While taking pictures of a breast cancer patient whose head was adorned with a henna crown, the woman told Ms Darwin she had never felt as beautiful, even before she had cancer.

Ms Darwin knew she wanted to continue empowering women to feel beautiful and confident, while at the same time helping to de-stigamatize hair-loss.

Cleverly chic: Tara Schubert models another design by Henna Lounge, promoting positive conversations and interactions during such a challenging time

 Healing team: Henna Heals artists and participants (from left to right) Holly Monster, Luma R. Brieuc, Sandee Waite, Frances Darwin, Meg Montgomery, Sunni Rochelle, Nadia Bukhari and Tarquin Singh

Each design take between 60 and 90 minutes for the artist to create, which cost about $100. Ten per cent of profits also go into a fund to assist people who would like a henna crown but are unable to afford it.

Ms Darwin said: ‘For cancer patients, the henna crowns really are a healing experience. This is all about them reclaiming a part of themselves that would normally be perceived as ill or damaged or not nice to look at and making it more feminine and beautiful.’

Read more: Frances Darwin Photography: Frances Darwin Photography | We are a team of artists based in the Greater Toronto Area. We specialize in professional henna-art and photography services for people who are experiencing complete hair loss from Cancer or Alopecia

Our Trichologist pointed out that while hair loss is not life-threatening, it can be ‘life-altering’.

He said the problem should be taken seriously and that available treatments can greatly improve women’s psychological health and quality of life.

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Researchers successfully grow hair on bald mouse: Humans next?


(CBS News) Great news for bald men men and women: Scientists in Japan have successfully regrown hair on a bald mouse.

Even though the technological advancement only happened on a rodent, this new development may mean that humans could look forward to a hair-filled future.

 Not only were Japanese scientists able to regrow hair in the study, which was published April 17 in Nature Communications, but they were able to manipulate the density and color of the locks.

“Our study provides a substantial contribution to the development of bioengineering technologies that will enable future regenerative therapy for hair loss caused by injury or by diseases such as alopecia and androgenic alopecia,” researchers wrote in the study.

 Researchers cultivated two different kinds of mice hair follicles and transplanted them on a mouse. Three weeks later, 74 percent of the hair follicles had grown into black hair. When human hair follicles cells were transplanted, human hair grew. The hair continued to regenerate after it fell out due to normal growth cycles.

Hair loss is a very common problem in both men and women. By 35, two-thirds of American men will experience some sort of noticeable hair loss, according to the American Hair Loss Association. At 50, 85 percent of men will have significantly thinning hair. Thought typically considered to be a male disease, 40 percent of women make up hair loss sufferers. The disease is not life-threatening, but it can cause many emotional problems because of the physical changes.

While researchers believe that this method won’t be able to cure premature baldness, it may give people a chance to relive their hairy youth and consider themselves locky.

 To see what the mice looked like with their new hair, check out the video below from Research SEA:

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