HAIR AND HAIR LOSS

Hair is a very active tissue with a high nutrient demand. It is sensitive to stress, hormones, fatigue, life events and even daylight hours. It is a historical record of what our bodies have been through. Toxins are laid down in the hair like a forensic record. Sudden hair loss from chemotherapy, stress, grief or shock will take at least three months to respond to treatment reminding us of the time lag in creating fresh new hair from a healthy scalp.

Normally most of the hair is in an active growth phase, the anagen phase. Each hair grows for up to 6 – 7 years, 90 – 95% of the hair on the head should be actively growing. Hair grows on average about 1cm per month.

The hair then passes through a transitional phase, catagen, lasting about 2 – 3 weeks, prior to entering a resting phase known as the telogen phase. It is in this resting phase that hair falls out. Normally 6-8% of the hair is in this phase, which lasts about 2 – 3 months.

A finely tuned balance between growth and resting/falling out ensures that our head has a good coverage of hair. Many factors disturb this delicate balance, emotional, physical and psychological, disease, hormones and drugs. Diseases always have a cause – they don’t just happen, so very frequently we observe stress as a precursor for physical disease of the hair and scalp.

In view of the delicate nature of hair growth and its real demand for nutrients, we like to include the following in our treatment protocol:

  1. Diagnosis and treatment of medical hair disorders. Only a medically qualified hair specialist can make a diagnosis of hair problems and suggest a treatment, which may involve medication or scalp treatment. We recommend Professor Vicky Jollife as our preferred specialist.
  2. Adequate nutrition of the hair follicle. The hair follicle is the growing unit and creates hair. It is a hungry unit and requires adequate portions of protein, vitamin, minerals, essential fatty acids and a healthy intestinal flora (digestive ability) to work at its best.
  3. Addressing stressful life episodes. Homeopathy, acupuncture, counselling and other therapies allow the body to process stressful events and remove their negative action on the body, including of course hair growth. Such stressful episodes are often the cause of hair loss as the body cries out for help. Dis-ease is the dialogue of the body.
  4. Direct nourishment of the hair follicle. Mesotherapy is a medical treatment introduced to the UK by our own Dr Elisabeth Dancey back in 1993 and involves the injection of tiny amounts of vitamins, minerals, hyaluronic acid and other bio-active elements into the scalp. The scalp acts as a reservoir, feeding the hair follicle with this nourishing mixture and ensuring that the hair has all the nutrition it needs, as scientifically documented. Thanks to tiny needles the procedure is easy, swift and pain free, with no bleeding or bruising.
  5. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP). This is a medical treatment that harnesses the active principals in the blood responsible for growth – the so-called growth factors. Growth factors are tiny peptides found in the platelets of the blood. These are easily harvested and concentrated ready to inject back into the scalp in the vicinity of the hair follicles. Blood is taken from the arm, centrifuged and then separated. The platelet-rich aspect of the plasma (PRP) is then injected directly and immediately into the scalp.

At Bijoux we offer the following :

1. Consultation £80 (with Dr Dancey)

2. Nutrient-rich mesotherapy for the scalp for hair restoration. Recommended five treatments every two weeks. £200 per treatment                             

3. Platelet rich plasma injections (PRP). Recommended three treatments every four weeks. £380 per treatment

4. Home use scalp and hair restorative mask £35

5. Home use nourishing lotion £70

6. Anti-hair loss shampoo £39

7. Homeopathic treatment (discussed at consultation). £10 per remedy