Alopecia universalis is the archetypical hair loss condition. When most people think about hair loss, they’re imagining alopecia universalis.

The fear of hair loss is ingrained in everyone, not just men. Our identities are so inextricably linked with our hair, that it’s no surprise that a condition that causes hair loss as severe as alopecia universalis is feared as much as it is.

What Is Alopecia Universalis?

In recent years, the term alopecia has come to be synonymous with all forms of hair loss. In actual fact, there are many different types of alopecia, each of which has distinct causes and effects.

Alopecia universalis is total loss of hair on the body. Unlike variants such as alopecia totalis – which only involves the loss of the hair on the scalp – the reach of alopecia universalis extends to every hair on the human body.

Being diagnosed with alopecia universalis can be a traumatic and stressful time. Sufferers of alopecia universalis will typically feel emotions of:

  • Confusion, not being able to process the changes occurring to the body
  • Shame, feeling embarrassed by their loss of hair
  • Stress and anxiety, becoming worried by the potential effects of alopecia on their lives
  • Sadness caused by the recent loss of hair

What Causes Alopecia Universalis?

Another thing that makes alopecia universalis so frustrating is its causes.

Much like with alopecia totalis, it’s not currently known what exactly alopecia universalis. Many theories exist, the most prominent of which argues that alopecia universaslis is an aggressive autoimmune disorder.

Under this theory, alopecia universalis occurs when our immune systems make the mistake of considering our hair follicles to be foreign threats to the body – and starts attacking our hair follicles.

With alopecia universalis, this isn’t just isolated to head hair. It’s so aggressive that it targets every hair on our bodies.

Who Is At Risk?

Because of alopecia universalis’s indeterminate causes, it’s difficult to say exactly who’s most at risk of contracting the disorder. It’s equally hard to delineate the factors which predispose people to the condition.

Studies have shown that alopecia universalis has some degree of heredity. Additionally, people with pre-existing autoimmune conditions, such as diabetes or thyroid disease are more likely to contract the condition.

Negative emotions such as stress or anxiety are widely considered to be triggers for the condition. In other words, there is a chance that an otherwise normal person with no history of alopecia can develop the disorder as a result of negative emotional stressors.

Contrary to popular beliefs, you can achieve a full head of hair even with alopecia universalis using Advanced Hair Studio’s Strand-by-Strand® non surgical hair loss treatment program.

Our industry-leading treatments help men and women around the world to achieve a full head of hair because we know how to do it.

The term alopecia is often used as a catch-all to describe hairlessness – but the reality is far more complicated than that. In truth, several distinct types of alopecia all exist, each of which has its own causes, risk-factors and treatments.

Understanding this is key to understanding a potential diagnosis, and deciding which treatment avenues to pursue.

Androgenic Alopecia is one such variant of the hair loss condition.

What is Androgenic Alopecia?

Androgenic Alopecia is more widely known by the name pattern hair loss. For men, this is male-pattern hair loss. For women, it’s female-pattern hair loss. It’s estimated that by the age of 50, half of all men experience pattern hair loss, while a quarter of all woman do at the same age.

So, it’s not a niche problem. Pattern hair loss is a concern for everyone. Even if it hasn’t affected us personally, we all know someone struggling with the condition in some form.

But what is Androgenic Alopecia? It’s the gradual recession of hair on specific parts of the head.

For men, Androgenic Alopecia typically begins just above the temples, continuing towards the centre of the scalp. Generally, the rim of hair from above the ears to the rear of the head are not affected. In women, it’s harder to observe similar patterns. The hair loss is scattershot rather than receding, occurring throughout the head without a discernible progression. Although less extreme in its onset, both conditions cause similar feelings in men and women.

Hair is tied to our identities and how we feel. When we begin to lose it, it’s understandable to experience negative emotions such as sadness or stress.

What Causes Androgenic Alopecia?

The causes of Androgenic Alopecia are interesting. That’s because while the causes for pattern baldness in men are widely accepted, scant evidence exists for why women experience it.

In men, Androgenic Alopecia is considered to come from a combination of genetic and hormonal factors. Many men are genetically predisposed to premature hair loss, while an imbalance in the hormonal levels of some men may be enough to cause an outbreak or even sustained period of hair loss.

For women, the answers are less clear. Having said that, female pattern hair loss is generally believed to result from more environmental factors such as:

  • High levels of stress
  • Disruption in personal relationships
  • A poor diet, or new exercise routine

How We Can Help

Despite the uncertainty surrounding the exact causes of Androgenic Alopecia (the term used to refer to both male pattern hair loss and female pattern hair loss), the solutions are more straightforward.

Advanced Hair Studio’s world-class treatments are proven to work and change the lives of sufferers of Androgenic Alopecia. Don’t think that your pattern hair loss is a long-term and irreversible condition. It isn’t. We’ve helped over 500 000 people, and our results are remarkable, the key is early intervention.

At some point or another in our lives, there’s a very high likelihood of developing an issue with infected hair follicles. It’s not something to be embarrassed about – it’s just a fact of life. Too often though, infected hair follicle issues are swept under the rug or dismissed as unimportant. This is dangerous, and can lead to wide-ranging, long-term, and sometimes irreversible hair care issues in the future.

What is a Hair Follicle?

The term ‘hair follicle’ refers to an organ composed of a group of various different cell types, which combine to form what we think of as a hair (both the parts we can see and those beneath the surface). It’s responsible for hair and hair growth. It’s composed of four distinct parts:

  • The papilla, the base of the hair follicle
  • The hair matrix, which surrounds the papilla
  • The root sheath, both internal and external
  • The bulge

Types of Hair Follicle Infections

In addition to well-known diseases of the hair follicle such as alopecia, the hair follicle can also become infected in a variety of ways.

An infected hair follicle is known as folliculitis. Folliculitis is most commonly a bacterial or fungal infection, that may present itself in the form of white-and-red bumps which look like pimples. Other symptoms include having a persisting itch or rash, as well as painful skin.

The most common types of folliculitis are:

  • Bacterial folliculitis: one of the most common, occurs from infection by the staphylococcus aureus bacteria
  • Razor bumps: when shaving too close, men and women can develop ingrown hairs, which in turn can lead to the development of razor bumps
  • Pityrosproum folliculitis: the onset of itchy red pustules resulting from a yeast infection

Understandably, these infections make people feel uncomfortable – physically and emotionally. It’s important not to be embarrassed by these infections. We need to understand that infected hair follicles can affect even the most hygienic people.

Risk Factors and Consequences

Having said that, there are still several important risk factors that are worth keeping in mind, in order to increase chances of prevention.

These include:

  • Shaving too close to the skin
  • Having thick, curly hair
  • Having a medical condition such as HIV or diabetes, which increase susceptibility to infection
  • Taking baths in unclean bathtubs

The consequences of folliculitis have the potential to be disastrous. They can lead to recurring infections, irreparable skin damage – and even the destruction of hair follicles and hair loss.

How Advanced Hair Studio Can Help

Luckily, Advanced Hair Studio has a range of solutions and treatments to deal with the fallout of folliculitis.

Our online store stocks a range of products like our Laser Hair Growth TreatmentAHS-FP Program or our Stem Cell Program that can put you on the path to successful hair regrowth.

Don’t let infected hair follicles get the better of you.

When we think of hair, we think of all the individual strands on our heads and elsewhere. That’s only half of the story. In fact, did you know that every strand of hair that we can actually see is dead? The living part lives just under the surface of the skin, and that’s known as the hair follicle.

What Is A Hair Follicle?

The hair follicle is a sebaceous gland, attached to a strand of hair, responsible for its growth. It is a collection of around 20 different cell types meshed with connective tissue, every one of which combines to grow your hair.

Hair follicles are found on every surface of the human body, with the exception of the palms, lips, soles and feet.

Areas of the human body with a high concentration of hair – like the scalp – also typically have the greatest number of hair follicles.

Why They Matter

Hair follicles are the beginning and the end of the hair growth story. They are responsible for the three distinct phases of the hair growth cycle:

  • Anagen: the active growth phase of hair, in which healthy hair grows roughly 0.5 inches a month for 3 to 5 years
  • Catagen: a short, 1 to 2 week transitional phase
  • Telogen: a resting phase in which your hair naturally falls out and begins to shed, which takes approximately 3 to 4 months

For a healthy person, the cycle is completely natural. Hair growing, shedding, and regrowing is a normal process. When the cycle is disrupted however, it’s a genuine cause for concern.

The hair follicle, and the maintenance of its health are the single most important factors in understanding, preventing and treating hair loss.

The Disruption of the Hair Follicle Growth Cycle

Although sometimes the disruption of the growth cycle can be sudden and unprovoked, in many instances there are early warning signs and risk factors which can predict an unhealthy hair follicle.

These include:

  • Natural issues such as metabolic disorders; hormonal imbalances; vitamin deficiencies and poor nutrition
  • Lifestyle factors like sudden stress, grief, emotional discomfort or other negative emotions

How We Can Take Care of Your Follicles

Unhealthy hair follicles, and the resultant disruption of the hair growth cycle can also lead to extremely negative emotions. This has the potential to create a feedback loop of hair loss and negativity, which can be hard to get out of.

Advanced Hair Studio has unlocked the secrets to healthy hair follicle maintenance. Hair loss treatment isn’t just reactive, it can and should be preventative. Even if it may not seem like you’re experiencing hair loss issues, your hair follicles could be in trouble.

The scalp doesn’t get the attention it deserves. With regards to hair-loss, so much attention is paid to the hair and caring for it; that too often we neglect to think of caring for the scalp.

This is a huge mistake. The scalp – and the hair follicles just underneath its surface – is the engine-room of hair and its growth.

Because of this negligence, a plethora of different scalp conditions can arise; which can have some seriously dramatic consequences both on hair health – and on the likelihood of developing some form of hair loss.

One of the most common scalp problems? Scalp Folliculitis.

What Is Scalp Folliculitis?

Scalp Folliculitis is an inflammatory condition, which affects the scalp’s hair follicles.

The condition is typified by the presence of small, white-and-red pimple-like bumps and pustules, which can erupt suddenly from the skin of the scalp.

Symptoms can include:

  • Itchiness of the scalp and surrounding areas – in many cases this can lead to scratching, which only worsens things
  • Redness, soreness and tenderness of the affected area; this can cause severe distraction and discomfort
  • Uncomfortable bumps and masses in bumps, which is most likely to affect confidence and self-esteem – this can prove devastating to personal and professional relationships, even if the infection is short-lived

Types of Folliculitis

Many cases of scalp folliculitis are innocuous; they won’t last very long, can seem scantly noticeable, and will likely cause very few problems and complications. These are known as superficial scalp folliculitis, which is quite common.

Deep scalp folliculitis – which affects the entire hair follicle ¬– is far more severe, and can cause some dramatic and long-lasting consequences for you and your hair line.

Some superficial types of scalp folliculitis are:

  • Bacterial folliculitis; usually caused by the staphylococcus aureus bacteria
  • Razor Bumps; characterised by the presence of ingrown hairs, this can affect males who shave too close to the skin
  • Pityrosporum; which occurs as a consequence of a yeast infection

Deep types of folliculitis include:

  • Sycosis barbae; a deep infection of the facial hair follicles
  • Gram-negative folliculitis; can occur during antibiotic treatment for acne
  • Boils and carbuncles; a dramatic infection caused by the staphylococcus bacteria

How It Can Be Treated

There are of course, certain risk factors which increase the likelihood of scalp folliculitis. Everyone should avoid re-wearing dirty clothes; not washing their hair properly; as well as showering in water that’s too hot.

Despite taking every precaution, scalp folliculitis is unfortunately common. Almost everyone is likely to have some form or another at some point. What’s important is determining what form you have as soon as possible.

At Advanced Hair Studio, our experts can tell you what your condition is; whether it’s something minor or more serious, we’ll have the right treatment plan for you.

Scalp folliculitis shouldn’t last longer than it has to.

Abnormal hormones caused by a thyroid issue are often blamed for hair loss, but there are relatively few cases of this actually occurring. Other factors may be at play, including the fact that hair loss is a facet of ageing, and that the hormones produced as a result of childbirth, menopause and the pressures of age can create hair loss. Genetics are also a major factor.

However, hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can cause loss of hair. In cases of hair loss caused by these factors, the loss will affect the whole scalp and not just certain areas. In most cases, the hair looks sparse across the entire head, and the thyroid disorder has to be treated before the hair can grow back. It is rare for hair loss to happen in mild or short-lived cases, with prolonged hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism being the most common causes.

The hair loss will usually present after several months of the thyroid disorder taking effect. The delayed onset means the medication to treat the thyroid issue is often blamed and therefore discontinued, meaning the thyroid condition worsens along with the hair loss. Some anti-thyroid drugs, such as carbimazole and propylthiouracil can cause diffuse hair loss, although this is very rare.

Autoimmune Thyroid Disease and Hair Loss

Most sufferers of thyroid disease will have autoimmune thyroid disease. Some hair loss conditions, such as Alopecia areata, are also autoimmune conditions which means that people suffering from autoimmune thyroid disease are more likely to suffer from hair loss as well.

How to Treat Hair Loss Caused by Thyroid Disease

If you suffer from thyroid disease and you’re experiencing hair loss, you should visit Advanced Hair Studio right away. Your doctors will take care of your thyroid, but we can provide you with a range of solutions to expedite your hair growth.

We offer treatments tailored to both male and female versions of hair loss:

  • Men’s Therapies: Our men’s therapies have been designed by our hair loss doctors to treat all stages of balding and thinning hair. Each treatment has been through rigorous scientific testing, meaning our methods are proven.
  • Women’s Therapies: Females suffering from thyroid-related hair loss will be pleased to know that we offer a range of treatments to counteract hair loss. You’ll be looked after by a hair loss expert who will be with you all the way from the consultation period to your treatment.

Suffering from a thyroid disorder is hard enough, however, also dealing with hair loss is simply unfair. We’re here to help you sort out any hair loss issues, thereby ensuring your better equipped to fight the thyroid disorder.

Advanced Hair Studio Can Treat Hair Loss Caused By Thyroid Disease

If you’re noticing your hair change and thin in front of your eyes. See us as soon as possible, the quicker we see you, the quicker you’ll get your hair and your enjoyment of life back.

Get in touch with us at Advanced Hair Studio, and we’ll be able to determine just what you and your hair need. Hair loss can be reversed, we’ll show you how.

It is normal to notice some hair falling out in the shower. The average amount of hair to lose every day is between 50 and 100 strands, so you will notice some hair in the shower. However, if you start to see significant clumps or more hair than you’re used to, you may be dealing with hair loss or thinning.

It is hugely confronting to look down at your shower floor and see a pile of hair. If you are going through the stress and worry of losing your hair, you should seek treatment and advice, as soon as possible. So many people avoid dealing with the problem out of a fear of being judged or embarrassed, but Advanced Hair Studio is here to help.

Our hair loss doctors will look at your scalp and hair and analyse your lifestyle to find a possible reason for your hair loss. By identifying the reason, we can map out a way to treat your problem, so you don’t have to just accept losing hair as part of your future.

Why Is Hair So Important?

Whether you’re a man or a woman, hair is often part of your identity. The hairstyle or cut you choose is often tied to who you are as a person. It can even be tied to your occupation, which is why accountants have different hairstyles to professional athletes, in most cases. When you start to lose your hair, this identity comes under threat.

You may choose to wear your hair in a close-cropped style, but if you start to lose your hair, you lose that choice, because you are forced to choose a hairstyle that your hair demands. The loss of choice and identity is why maintaining your hair is so important.

If you look down in the shower and see more than 50-100 strands of hair sitting in your plughole, you need to get in touch with Advanced Hair Studio as soon as possible. We have the hair loss doctors and technology you need in order to enable you to hold onto your hair and thereby provide you with the choice over your visual identity.

Why Does Hair Fall Out In The Shower?

Excess hair can fall out in the shower for a number of reasons. The reasons are usually tied to either lifestyle or genetics, with the confluence of these factors often leading to the excess of hair clogging up your drain.

Common reasons for hair loss include:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • High stress
  • Vitamin imbalance
  • Weight loss
  • Ageing
  • The use of new medicines

Your hair loss could be tied to any of the above factors, and determining the cause is the only way to evaluate the best way forward. For example, there’s no point going through a hair transplant if your hair will grow back naturally after you stop taking a particular medication.

How Advanced Hair Studio Can Help

Even though it’s hard to determine why hair loss in the shower happens, it’s easy to figure out what to do when it does. Advanced Hair Studio offers a suite of industry-leading treatments and solutions to maximise your chances of reversing hair loss in a long-term and meaningful way.

From flagship treatments like our Laser Hair Growth TreatmentStrand-By-Strand® and our Advanced Singular Grafting, right through to our highly-specialised trichologist-led lifestyle treatments, Advanced Hair Studio has an answer for you.

We will determine what’s causing your hair loss, and we will stop it.

Thinning hair is a lot of things; scary, confusing, frustrating – but it’s definitely not untreatable.

As a matter of fact, thinning hair is eminently treatable, especially considering the amount of other, far more severe and long-lasting hair loss conditions there are out there.

Having said that, hair thinning is frequently misunderstood, and can also not be taken as seriously as perhaps it should be at times. Thinning hair can often signal the start of another hair loss condition – but it could just as easily be a small problem, likely to dissipate of its own accord.

That’s why it’s important to understand it.

What Is Thinning Hair?

Thinning hair is a form of hair loss. It just manifests itself in slightly different ways to many other common conditions.

Typically, normal humans lose an average of about 100 hairs a day. Once we begin to lose around 150 however, there is a cause for concern (don’t try to count each strand of hair you lose, but take note if it seems like more than usual when you comb or brush).

If this begins to happen, there’s likely hair thinning occurring in some form.

Types of Hair Thinning

Although there are many reasons for which someone’s hair might start thinning, there is one type which accounts for almost all cases.

This is known as Female Pattern hair loss, or in men, as Male Pattern hair loss.

Female Pattern hair loss is difficult to diagnose as it manifests itself in a markedly different way to its counterpart.

With men, hair loss and thinning is originally noticeable in the temple and front/top of the hairline; it’s less easy to apply similar patterns to the female hairline. Women follow different patterns; losing hair across the scalp, although most of it does begin at the crown.

Despite the differences in hair thinning between the two gender-specific conditions, they lead to the same result.

Men and women experiencing hair thinning can feel:

  • Frustration, sadness and other negative emotions at the gradual loss of their hair
  • Surprise, that they’re not losing their hair as suddenly as they might have thought
  • Confusion, because much about more typical hair loss problems such as alopecia is known to the public, whereas hair thinning is more misunderstood

Although there is a heavy genetic component to whether or not – and how severely – someone will experience hair thinning, there are several lifestyle changes that can be made, which can prevent onset.

This largely revolves around maintaining a balanced diet, with a consistent exercise and hygiene routine; while also avoiding alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in excess.

Advanced Hair Studio Can Treat Hair Thinning

If you’ve applied those lifestyle changes, and are still seeing your hair gradually thinning, don’t waste time.

Get in touch with us at Advanced Hair Studio, and we’ll be able to determine just what you and your hair need. Hair thinning can be reversed, we’ll show you how.

Advanced Hair Studio is the premier provider of hair replacement in Australia. We help you avoid the cost of thinning and balding hair by offering a series of hair replacement techniques that address thinning and balding hair in a completely natural way – no obvious extensions, wigs or plugs, just natural looking replacements.

Hair Replacement for Men

  • Strand-by-Strand®: This hair replacement technique works by replacing your hair that way it falls out – strand by strand. This method of replacement is what sets our technique apart because it looks utterly natural from every angle.
  • Laser Therapy: Our laser therapy goes far beyond the use of laser technology. Our sophisticated laser treatment is combined with hair regrowth medication and a hair and scalp health treatment to address the cause of hair loss and create the scalp conditions you need to regrow your hair.
  • Advanced Hair Fibres: The beauty of our Keratin treatment is that all you have to do is brush it through your hair and you’ll have an instantaneous form of hair replacement. The Keratin bonds instantly to your hair, and forms a strong bond so you can brush it or style it however you like.
  • Advanced Singular Hair Grafting: The most common area of the scalp where a hair replacement is required is the hairline. In male pattern baldness, this is where balding commonly starts, so if you’re in the early stages, you’ll be happy to know that our advanced singular hair grafting offers a natural form of hairline replacement.
  • Stem Cell Hair Technology Factors: This program delivers the highest concentration of active cell signal proteins on the market. The program also: unblocks the follicle entrance, reduces excessive oil, kills bacteria caused by dandruff and inflammation, and increases nutrients to the scalp and restores the appearance of hair colour.

Hair Replacement for Women

  • Advanced Laser Therapy: With a 90% success rate, our Advanced Laser Therapy is a great way for women to boost their hair replacement treatments. It works to improve the health of your scalp and promote hair regrowth.
  • Strand-by-Strand®: Our patented hair replacement technique is also perfect for women. Our clients love how natural and looks, and with no surgery, you don’t have to worry about pain or scarring!
  • FlashPoints®: Our reusable hair extensions don’t require any glue, wax or weaving, so you don’t have to worry about damaging any remaining hair. They are also available in a range of textures, colours and styles, so they really are the perfect method on instant hair replacement.
  • Stem Cell Hair Technology Factors: This program delivers the highest concentration of active cell signal proteins on the market. The program also: unblocks the follicle entrance, reduces excessive oil, kills bacteria caused by dandruff and inflammation, and increases nutrients to the scalp and restores the appearance of hair colour.

Treatments and Products to Assist in Hair Replacement

  • Hair and Scalp Fitness Range: Serenoa is the best way to address early stages of hair loss. A hormone called DHT causes follicles to stop growing hair, and Serenoa blocks this hormone and encourages hair regrowth. We combine this treatment with an Advanced Laser Helmet and an AHS-FP Antioxidant for a full at-home hair regrowth treatment to complement your hair replacement.
  • Stem Cell Hair Technology Factors: Regrowing hair is a great form of hair replacement. We can help you to do this by restoring dormant follicles with our patented ‘Growth Factors.’

Contact Advanced Hair Studio For Hair Replacement

Rest assured, you can replace your thinning or balding hair. Advanced Hair Studio has over 500,000 happy customers who will attest to this.