Hair Salon Beautique No9 in Mullingar, honest and ethical consultation, great services and products for your hair.
Hair Salon Beautique No9 believes in giving an honest and ethical consultation, ensuring the right diagnosis and treatment.
Nicola can’t emphasise enough the importance of having good hair.
…Everyone has the ability to have good hair it is how they do it…
The holistic approach to hair and beauty care takes into account what your hair needs internally as well as externally to look and feel its absolute best.
Nicola understands the importance how hair can affect day-to-day morale, self confidence and also how it can be used to express individual personalities.
With collective trichological experience from Philip Kingsley the correct hair regime based on your hair texture as well as its condition and length are essential to a healthy scalp and beautiful head of hair. However your hair also needs to be supported by a healthy lifestyle and diet.
Hair Salon Beautique No9 in Mullingar have now taken on the Philip Kingsley range.
Philip Kingsley is called the ‘The Hair Doctor’ by the times and the ‘The Hair Guro’ by the New York paper. Practising as a Trichological consultant since 1957 and is a fellow and pass chairman of the institute of trichology.
He coined the phrase ‘BAD HAIR DAY’ and is the world’s most respected authority on hair and scalp health.
Clients have included Audrey Hepburn, Sir Laurence Olivier ,Kate Winslet and Cate Blanchett.
HEALTH & HAIR
You probably, at one time or another, have connected the behaviour of your hair with the way you feel – the state of your health, stress or worry, dieting, sleep patterns, pregnancies, menstrual cycle, long and short term illnesses, fevers, and very importantly, the drugs, vitamins and minerals your take to counteract them all. Every one of these can affect your hair.
Hair is incredibly sensitive to internal changes. Your hair is the second fastest growing cell in your body, the fastest being your intestinal cells. However, unlike your intestines, hair is a non-essential tissue. Psychologically it is very important, but physically, you could easily survive without it. Your metabolism doesn’t prioritize your hairs needs, but instead aims to keep your essential tissues functioning first and foremost. This means your hair is usually the first to suffer from any bodily upset, and also the last to benefit from an improvement.
HEALTH, LIFESTYLE & HAIR LOSS
Sudden hair fall, or hair not as thick as it was, often indicates an underlying metabolic problem, illness or psychological/emotional stress. These include:
- Short term illness
- Long term illness
- Hormonal imbalances
- Thyroid dysfunction
- High fever
- Restrictive dieting
- Worry or upset
Hair thinning or hair loss does not always coincide with the disturbance that causes it – as much as three months can pass before the effects of an illness or emotional trauma are noticeable in your hair. Examples of these are post partum hair loss, undergoing an operation, stress, mental anguish and extreme weight loss or dieting.
If you are experiencing excessive hair shedding, look back for possible triggers. It’s important to do this, as hair loss problems are often dismissed by doctors as ‘genetic’, when this may not be the case at all.
It is likely that everyone knows a person who has undergone the trauma of being diagnosed with cancer and having to be treated by chemotherapy. It’s also common knowledge that one of its side effects can be hair loss. The disease, so distressing in itself, gives further distress and anxiety when one of the most upsetting side effects of treatment is loss of hair.
However, hair lost as a result of chemotherapy does grow back. There are also newer treatments that are less likely to cause hair loss, as well as methods to help reduce hair fall.
WHY CHEMOTHERAPY CAUSES HAIR LOSS
Chemotherapy describes any treatment where ‘chemical’ agents are given intravenously. With cancer, the chemicals given during chemotherapy are used to destroy cancer cells, but these drugs can also have a toxic effect on other parts of your body and very often disrupt your natural hair growth cycle.
Chemotherapy can cause your hair to bypass the normal shedding (telogen) phase, and come out excessively in the hairs’ growing (anagen) phase. This is called anagen effluvium and usually occurs within 4-6 weeks of starting treatment. However, some chemotherapy never causes hair loss.
Cold caps are tightly bandaged ice packs around the head. They inhibit the flow of the chemical therapy around your head and so limit the flow of chemicals to your scalp and hair capillaries. Some hair may still fall out, but not to the extent of near-baldness. However, cold caps can be unbearably uncomfortable and many find the amount of hair saved does not warrant using them.
COPING WITH HAIR LOSS
Individuals undergoing chemotherapy sometimes prefer to completely shave their heads before their treatments to gain a sense of control. It’s often less distressing to do this as hair fall is not as obvious and isn’t actively seen. We generally advise those with long hair to adopt a shorter style. Hair loss is less visible and emotionally it may be easier. Other ways to help cope with hair loss and to boost morale are to wear scarves, hats or hairpieces and wigs.
Modern wigs can look very natural and there are a wide range of different colours and textures to choose from. Wearing wigs won’t inhibit hair growth, but we advise you leave them off whenever possible to let your scalp breathe. Your scalp tissue still contains oil and sweat glands, so even if you lose your hair or shave it off, daily shampooing is best.
In 99% of cases, hair does grow back after chemotherapy, but you may find your hair grows back differently. Your hair might change its colour, shape and/or texture. It could also initially grow back fine and fluffy. The latter is only a temporary change though, and your follicles will eventually produce mature hairs.
As soon as your hair has grown back, and is strong enough, you can start using conditioners and styling products as usual. Having your hair styled by a professional hairdresser who knows you and understands your situation can also be very helpful and reassuring. However, great care should be taken when styling initally to avoid pulling out and breaking new, fluffy hairs – this is especially true with massage. Hair colouring can also be continued, but a skin patch test must be done initially, regardless of applications before chemotherapy. This is particularly important with permanent hair dyes.
You can also begin to perm or highlight your hair once your hair has grown. While perms and highlights don’t cause allergies, a strand test must still be done on the first occasion after treatment. Even though it’s still your hair, the new hair may react differently than it did before.
WHAT WE DO IN OUR CLINICS FOR POST-CHEMOTHERAPY HAIR
Liz Phillips, Philip Kingsley Trichologist, New York: ‘As soon as your oncologist clears you for topical treatments, you can start to circulate, stimulate and increase blood flow to your scalp. Your follicles are going to want to grow hair. You can encourage this with appropriate treatments – such as scalp masks and prescribed stimulant drops, and perhaps changes to your diet and nutritional supplements if needed.’
For more information on treatments we offer with the Philip Kingsley range Please contact Nicola at Beautique No9
Localised radiotherapy can cause hair loss in the treated area. In breast cancer this includes the armpits. When the head is treated with radiotherapy, particularly in the treatment of brain tumours, hair follicles in direct contact are permanently destroyed. In many cases hair transplantation can be successful, but, as with other forms of cosmetic surgery, it’s essential that you are referred to the best specialists.
FREE TREATMENT EVENINGS
Next the Hair Salon Beautique No9 will discuss more of the treatments and services If you’d like to Know more about the Philip Kingsley range Beautique No9 holds free treatment evenings.