Friday, 26 December 2014

How Help Hair Protein can help

Help Hair Whey Protein is an all-natural, vitamin rich protein drink designed to provide all the essential amino-acids, vitamins and proteins that make up the nutritional support for fuller, thicker and healthier hair.

Please avoid the following Anabolic supplements to maximize the effects of Help Hair Protein Shake: 

1) Whey Protein Isolate
2) Creatine especially Arginine or Orthonine
3) Growth Hormone
4) Testosterone patches, gel or injection
6) Andro-prohormone
7) Steroids
8) Energy drinks which contain arginine and high amounts of sugar and caffeine
9) Glutamine
10) Avoid all protein drinks while taking Help Hair Shake including egg, casein, soy, hemp protein
11) Avoid all soy products and do not mix the shake with soy milk
12) HCG
13) Bio-indenticals Tell tell your doctor if you are taking any herbs or supplements not discussed such as Bromelain which may degrade the protein.

Do's and Dont's for taking Help Hair Protein:

1) Avoid taking extra hair vitamins such as biotin. This will slow regrowth.
2) Please take the shake daily. Proper nutrition is important to the hair follicle. If a constant supply of nutrition is not maintained or interrupted during regeneration this will slow the process.
3) Do not heat the shake. It will denature the protein.
4) If you have a change in health; uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure, anemia, irregular menses, endocrine problems contact your doctor as this will affect the regrowth using the shake.
5) Multivitamins, fish oil, vitamin C and E will not interfere with the shake
6) Spicy foods such as curcumin (turmeric) or chili-peppers will actually enhance the effects of the shake
7) Caffeine of 200 MG daily(1-2 cups of coffee) will also enhance the shake.
8) Do not exceed 5 MG a day of biotin

Dosage: Weight in lbs; 125-250 lbs one scoop 2 x a day taken 12 hrs apart. More than 2 scoops a day is anabolic. For women 95-114 lbs one scoop daily and 1 Help Hair vitamin 12 hrs later. If you are unable to take 1 scoop 2 x daily then the second best is 1 scoop and 1 Help Hair vitamin (8-10 hrs apart).

Help Hair Protein Shake is a whey protein and is 99% lactose free and if you are lactose intolerant just add the shake to orange or grape juice and let sit for 15-20 minutes and the acidity will dissolve the extra small amount of milk sugar. Drinking the shake an hour or two after a meal also helps. Check all warnings on the label for a full list. But do not use the shake if taking sulfonamides , blood thinners, pregnancy , lactating , excessive alcohol or liver disease, sensitive to niacin or allergic to iodine.

Recipes: Mix Help Hair Protein Shake with ice, milk, skim milk, almond milk, water, orange or grape juice but never Soy Milk. Smoothies are tasty with fruit and filling. Adding instant coffee to chocolate flavor makes for a mocha frappé and studies have shown caffeine is good for hair regrowth but not excessive amounts. You can add the shake with oatmeal but be careful to not heat the whey since you may denature the protein.

Weight Loss: Help Hair Shake can be used for weight loss by replacing either one meal a day (breakfast or lunch) or using it as a snack replacement. You can drink it before lunch and dinner to replace an evening snack.

The shake can be used for working out. Adding milk, yogurt or even peanut butter will increase the protein per dose to 16-20 gms per serving.

Eating protein such as steak, chicken, fish daily is fine. Large amounts of egg whites can reduce your body of biotin.

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Sunday, 18 May 2014

Joanna's story as shown on Channel 7's Today Tonight

Former model, actress and songwriter Joanna Fergusson recalls that hair loss has been a concern for her since her primary school days. 

When looking at school photos Joanna was always aware of her ‘exceptionally high hairline’, a feature inherited from her maternal grandmother. 

But like many women, Joanna, now 35, was extremely creative in finding ways to conceal her hair loss and forged ahead with a career that often put her in front of the camera. 

“I became very fond of baseball caps and in Year 12 I set my sights on becoming a hairdresser. It was purely so that I could develop ways to disguise my thinning hair,” Joanna says. 

“Hairdressing wasn’t for me, so I trained as a makeup artist and this supplemented income earned from modelling, acting and song writing.   

“Prior to having children a big portion of my earnings were spent on solutions for camouflaging my thinning hair.” 

Joanna says some of the solutions she chose included expensive hair extensions and treatments and combing her hair in a strict style to conceal thinning areas on her scalp. 

After her two sons were born, Joanna’s hair loss became more pronounced and increasingly difficult to conceal. 

But as a single mother investing in ongoing solutions for concealing her hair loss became increasingly unaffordable. 

Joanna says she gained encouragement when a friend told her how the latest techniques in scalp micro pigmentation (SMP) are providing an affordable aesthetic semi permanent solution for concealing hair loss.    

SMP, which involves applying micro organic pigment into the epidermis layer of the skin, creates the illusion of greater hair density.  

The pigment appears as hair follicles, thereby creating the appearance of a fuller head of hair.   

Matched to the patient’s existing hair colour and skin tone, the non-invasive procedure, which involves no down time or scarring, lasts up to five years.  

After a consultation with trichologist Kate Dawes of Medical Hair Restoration Australia (MHRA) in Nedlands, Joanna decided to proceed with the treatment. 

“I didn’t think twice about having SMP and I most certainly will have it done again when it starts to wear off in five years time,” Joanna says.  

“Life is short so if something bothers you and you are in a position to do something about it, then do.”  

Joanna says hair loss can be devastating for women, particularly given that women link the appearance of their hair to their overall attractiveness. 

“Any woman will tell you they don’t feel right when their hair isn’t right,” Joanna says.

“It’s pretty hard to feel good when one looks in the mirror and sees evidence of balding.” 

Trichologist Kate Dawes says demand is rising among both men and women for SMP treatment. 

Kate says SMP provides an ideal alternative for people who can’t afford hair transplant surgery or who aren’t ready to commit to a completely permanent solution. 

Her clinic’s staff have been trained to utilise the latest equipment developed by German and Spanish company, Goldeneye,  

“Patients are delighted with the results achieved with SMP,” Kate says. 

“Medical Hair Restoration Australia only use the highest standard quality pigments available and procedures are completed at our modern, hygienic and sterilised clinic in Nedlands.” 

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Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Understanding Female Hair Loss

Female hair loss can be a source of worry and embarrassment for millions of women around the world, especially as female pattern baldness is less well understood than the male equivalent.  

Hair loss can be caused by a number of factors, including medication, infections and skin diseases, but as with baldness in men, loss of hair is most commonly due to genetics, hormones and the natural ageing process for women. Many women find their hair thinning after reaching menopause, due to an increase in androgen hormones, and women with female family members who experienced hair loss are more likely to have this genetic disposition.

Female pattern baldness may be observed as an increase in the number of hairs falling out or left on hair brushes, which is higher than the 100 to 150 normally lost per day on average as older hairs are replaced. If you also notice localised bald patches on the scalp or your ponytail becoming thinner, you should speak to a hair loss specialist to seek professional advice on prevention and treatment. Identifying the underlying cause of hair loss based on its appearance and your own medical history is the first step in successful treatment.

Kate Dawes is a trichologist at Medical Hair Restoration Australia, specialising in female hair loss. To book an obligation free consultation and hair analysis call 1800 668 480 or visit

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Trichology - how can a trichologist help with hair loss?

Trichologists specialise in treating hair and scalp conditions and are trained to diagnose the following conditions:
  • Excessive hair loss / shedding
  • Patchy hair 
  • Male Pattern Baldness
  • Female Pattern Baldness 
  • Dry or oily hair and scalp
  • Excessive scalp itching
  • Thinning and lifeless hair
  • Hair shaft disorders
  • Damaged hair from colouring, chemicals or straightening  
Trichologists are required to complete an extensive training course on hair loss and scalp conditions with The International Association of Trichologists (IAT) and are bound by a strict code of ethics and are required to maintain their knowledge by conducting ongoing research, study and to attend conferences. 

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Friday, 25 April 2014

Women and hair loss

Does feeling tired seem like a way of life for you?

Have you noticed you are shedding more hair than usual and have brittle nails?

Hair loss can be a devastating condition for many women, with many being either at a loss where to turn to for help or just too embarrassed to discuss it with health professionals.

Medical Hair Restoration Australia director and trichologist Kate Dawes says many women dismiss the above symptoms as something that is simply a manifestation of either being a woman, age and or a busy life.

“Sometimes women think this is just another thing that I have to put up with because I’ve reached a certain age,” Mrs Dawes says.

“This just isn’t the case. It’s important to investigate the reasons why.”

Mrs Dawes says she counsels an increasing number of women whose lethargy and hair loss is due to a simple nutritional deficiency.

Hair loss caused by poor nutrition can be successfully treated with nutritional supplements such as iron, essential fatty acids and vitamins and minerals.

Anaemia is common among women, particularly those on restricted diets who experience heavy menstruation, and this often contributes to hair loss.

She says while pathology results showing ferritin levels of 20 -30 are often seen as normal, much higher ferritin levels of around 70 are needed to maintain healthy hair.
Mrs Dawes says good dietary sources of iron include red meat, green leafy vegetables, shell fish, egg yolk, nuts and cereal.

She says it’s a good idea to eat foods rich in vitamin C to enhance iron absorption.

Women with hair loss and less than ideal ferritin levels are often prescribed the iron supplement Ferrogradumet, along with a vitamin C, supplement, to increase absorption.

She says female and male clients are also achieving excellent results in improving the health of their hair and minimizing hair loss with the Help Hair Protein Shake.

Developed by United States based hair transplant surgeon and dermatologist Dr Larry Shapiro, the Help Hair Protein Shake is distributed by Medical Hair Restoration in Perth Western Australia.    

Other recommended supplements include essential fatty acids (EFAs) such as omega 3 fatty acid & 6 linoleic fatty acid and lysine.

Good dietary sources of EFAs include primrose oil, grape seed oil, flax-seed oil, nuts and seeds, salmon, trout, tuna and mackerel.

Foods such as cheese, eggs, potatoes, milk, meat and lima beans provide sources of lysine.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Young women and diet related hair loss

Growing numbers of young women, many of whom are on self imposed extremely low calorie diets, are seeking help for hair loss. 

According to trichologist, Kate Dawes, IAT, an increasing amount of young women, aged between 15 and 25, are seeking treatment for diet related hair loss. 

Ms Dawes says while genetic reasons, stress and other health issues can play a factor in hair loss, trichologists increasingly see a lot of young women who are affected by the condition due to completely preventable reasons. 

She says while hair loss affects 50 per cent of women at some stage of their lives, women are increasingly seeking treatment at a younger age. 

Ms Dawes says up to 40 per cent of the young women who seek her help for hair loss have a nutritional source to their problem. 

While the women she sees don’t necessarily all have an eating disorder, many of them have an extremely limited calorie intake and are starving themselves of the essential nutrients needed for their hair health. 

The impact of this is seen in hair that is dull, breaks easily and is either thinning or falls out. 

Ms Dawes, the consulting trichologist for Medical Hair Restoration Australia, says hair loss is often one of the first visible signs of the damaging affects of excessive exercise and dieting. 

She says after treating nutritional deficiencies, identified through blood tests, patients often notice a big improvement in their hair health within months. 

Ms Dawes says a lot of women are quite surprised to learn that nutrition plays such an important role in the health of their hair. 

“There are many nutrients that play a role in the hair growth cycle and hair and scalp health,” Ms Dawes says. 

“However, the main nutrients that we find lacking are iron, zinc, protein and vitamin D. 

“While a lot of patients will act on my advice and improve their diets, there are still some who continue to eat sparse and poorly balanced diets and, as a consequence, the health of their hair does not improve.”    

Ms Dawes interest in nutrition and trichology began almost a decade ago, when after being diagnosed with Graves Disease, now in remission, she sought a way of managing her condition. 

“I wanted to find a better way of healing and I became very interested in nutrition and the link with a lot of diseases and hair and skin conditions,” Ms Dawes says. 

“I felt a strong need to work in a field that is healing, and trichology – which treats hair loss, hair shaft breakage and scalp conditions -  enabled me to build on my experience as a hairdresser, was the perfect fit.”   

Medical Hair Restoration Australia is the distributor for the Help Hair Protein Shake – a shake developed to support the complete nutritional needs of hair and nails. 

Developed by United States based hair transplant surgeon and dermatologist Dr Larry Shapiro, Help Hair can be incorporated in a weight loss program and is free of wheat, gluten, soy, eggs, nuts, peanut oil, artificial sweeteners, MSG, artificial colours and flavours, growth hormones and sulphites.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Genetic hair loss in Women

Characterised by thinning of the hair in the front and top area of the scalp, genetic hair loss is understood to be inherited from both parents. While a daughter may inherit the condition from her parent's gene pool, it is still possible for both parents to have thick hair.

Genetic hair loss in women is sometimes associated with oily skin, excessive facial hair and sensitive or 'burning' scalp.

Estrogens (female hormones) are “good” for the hair. Androgens (male hormones) are “bad” for the hair. Women and men produce both types of hormones. In women with genetic thinning, their levels of androgens are usually quite normal.

In younger women, genetic thinning can be triggered by particular oral contraceptives. Progestogens that are not considered to have an adverse effect on the hair include desorgestrol, gestodene and cyproterone acetate (androcur). Androcur is contained in the oral contraceptive Diane 35 ED (see below)

If a sex hormonal imbalance is suspected, blood tests can be run that establish whether the ovaries or adrenal glands are at fault. Once the problem can be pinpointed, corrective action can be taken. Relevant blood tests include SHBG. Total testosterone, free testosterone, DHEAS, FSH, LH and Prolactin.

Inflammation / swelling around the hair follicles are indicative of the stem cells of the hair follicles being attacked by a group of white blood cells. The oral intake of tyrosine usually reduces this inflammation quite quickly. Tyrosine reduces the production of noradrenaline from the sympathetic nerves in the skin. In turn, this reduces the white blood cells.


Such oral contraceptives as Diane 35 ED (Brenda, Estelle, Juliet) or Yasmin or Yaz. The possible side – effects of the therapy include weight gain, nausea, headaches and decreased libido.

The diuretic Aldactone also called spironolactone. Possible side-effects include hyperkalaemia, mood swings, disturbed cycles, and tenderness of the breasts. Because of the hyperkalaemia, patients on spironolactone should not take potassium supplements.

The topical application of Minoxidil 5% (Rogaine etc.)

Finasteride (Propecia or Prosar), 1 to 2.5 mg daily. There have now been several medical studies undertaken with Finasteride which show positive results for women. You or your doctor can review the studies at PubMed on the internet: Type in 'androgenetic alopecia in females and Finasteride'.

Herbally, phytoestrogens such as Dong Quai, red clover or Black Cohosh can sometimes stabilise or reverse genetic thinning. Phytoestrogens probably work by blocking androgen – receptor sites. Saw palmetto may also be of benefit.

If treatment helps, it has to be continued for life. It can take at least 6 months before improvement becomes apparent.

Kate Dawes I.A.T Trichologist

Female hair loss no longer on fringe

A woman losing her hair was once considered a shameful experience, but Perth – based trichologist Kate Dawes is turning that perception on its head. 

Mrs Dawes said trichology involved studying microscopic photos of hair follicles to find the cause and treatment of hair loss, shaft breakage and scalp conditions.

“Even though more than 50 per cent of women experience hair loss in their lives, today’s market is focused on male patterns baldness so a lot of women are suffering in silence”, she said.

“For me, it’s very satisfying to help people recover and to see that improvement in their hair and confidence. “When my clients first come in they’re usually in tears, they are embarrassed and devastated by what is happening to the hair.

Mrs Dawes, director of Medical Hair Restoration Australia, said her interest in trichology began after she was diagnosed with Graves Disease, now in remission. “I wanted to find a better way of healing, so I became very interested in nutrition and the link with a lot of diseases and hair and skin conditions,” she said.

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