Quit Playing Games With Your Crowning Glory

The struggle with uncooperative, unruly, and damaged hair is REAL. We admit that we are addicted to "beautifying" our tresses ----- colouring, straightening, bleaching or curling our hair, all the time. When it comes to treating our crowns like queens they deserve to be, we are regrettably lacking behind.

In 2018, we will quit toying with our crowning glory. Instead, we will make an effort to show it with oodles of TLC, or even seek some help from the professionals. We had the chance to speak to the suave hair expert Dr Chua Han Boon from SW1 Clinic, for some insider's tips on how to get the fluffiest and "can't take your eyes off you" lustrous looking tresses.

"Invest in your hair, it is the crown you never take off."

Q: What are the main causes of thinning hair and balding scalp? 

Dr Chua: Thinning hair is one of the most common issues faced by many men and women as they age.

For men, thinning hair is associated with the male hormone testosterone. Testosterone causes hair thinning in a particular pattern with thinning at hair line in the shape of a “M”, and thinning of the vertex/crown area.

Male pattern baldness (MPB) - The front hairline and side recede to form an M shape. The crown of the head, also known as the vertex, becomes bald as well. Eventually, the two areas join into a “U” shape.

For women, as they grow older, their hair tends to thin in a more generalised pattern, as the hair follicles decrease significantly due the ageing process. Also, women after giving birth will experience increased hair loss in the first few months post-delivery due to hormonal changes during pregnancy.

Q: We know that our hair will eventually fall out naturally in 3-5 years.  Does our scalp age too? 

Dr Chua: Our scalp is actually skin with many hair follicles, with the hair roots implanted deep into the scalp. So the scalp will age just like the normal skin on our face and body. As we age, the blood supply to the scalp will decrease, and thus the nutrition supply to the hair roots will be compromised. Over time, the hair itself will become thinner and ultimately, some of the hair roots will die. It also does not help that our body will prioritise the major organs (heart, lungs and lungs) before the hair, thus in many diseases, eg anaemia (where red blood cell count is low), hair is the first to be “sacrificed” before other organs.

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Before attributing thinning hair to being part of the ageing process, we must exclude certain scalp diseases like a fungal infection and certain autoimmune diseases that are associated with hair loss.

Our scalp is somewhat protected by the sun due to the coverage of hair, so a normal scalp will be pretty “young” compared to the skin on our face. Thus, an ageing scalp manifests as thinning hair rather than the physical appearance of the scalp itself.

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Q: Which is more important, scalp care or hair care? 

Dr Chua: Scalp care is definitely more important because the scalp houses the most important part of the hair – the hair root. The cells of the hair root determine the thickness, length, and the brittleness of the hair.

The hair on the different parts of the body has different qualities. For example, the hair on the scalp can grow to more than 30 cm long, but the hair in other parts eg. on limbs, eyebrows has a limited growth length. Thus,  a healthy scalp is the key to having a thick set of hair.

Nevertheless, hair care should not be ignored too. Too much chemical treatments like rebonding, colouring and perming, as well as too much tension like braiding, can affect and curtail the quality of the hair too.

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Q: Are there any hair and scalp targeted treatments offered by SW1 Clinic? 

Dr Chua: Revitascalp consists of ionto-phoretic infusion of a specially selected cocktail of vitamins and nutrients that supports hair growth. The content of the cocktail includes Vitamins B6 and B12, folic acid, protein binding amino acids and clinically proven minoxidil. It is a very comfortable treatment with zero discomfort.

Revage 670 low intensity laser treatment is a U.S. FDA approved treatment that utilises rotational laser therapy to rejuvenate thinning hair by increasing the blood supply to the scalp.

To get the best out of both worlds, SW1 Keramax Scalp Program consists of 12 sessions of Revitascalp treatments tagged with 12 sessions of Revage 670 laser treatments. The synergy of the two treatments will bring increased nutrition coupled with enhanced blood circulation to the scalp. It is specially recommended for any patients who notice that their hair has started to thin.

Q: When can one start to see improvements of hair growth?

Improvement can be seen as early as in 6 weeks, but the best result is seen in 12 weeks.

Q: When should one start to seek professional help? 

Dr Chua: The best time to seek professional help is when you notice that your hair is starting to thin, or you are having an increased amount of shedding hair when you are taking your shower. The treatment has been shown to stop hair loss and increase hair growth even in patients with severe hair loss issues.

Q: If my parents have hair loss problem, will Keramax Scalp Program help me? 

Dr Chua: Genetically speaking, you will have an increased risk of hair loss issue. Maintenance with Keramax Scalp Program with a once-a-month treatment may help to delay the onset of hair loss.

Q: What else can we do to maintain our hair and scalp conditions after the Keramax Scalp Program?

Dr Chua: Avoid harsh chemicals treatments and too much hair tension on the hair and scalp.

Direct sun exposure on the scalp is frequently overlooked as a cause of thinning hair. If your head if full of hair, the hair will shield most of the UV rays and protect your scalp. However, there will be significant UV exposure on your scalp when your hair is thinning or running low. It is advisable to wear a cap or hat when you are out in the sun to give your hair the extra protection.

Having a balanced diet is extremely important for lustrous looking hair. This is especially important for women. Due to monthly blood loss with menstruation, women need to consume enough iron, and vitamins to prevent anaemia, which will also manifest as hair loss.

Q: Do you see more men or women coming for treatments? How about age group? 

We have a roughly similar number of men and women coming for Keramax Scalp Program.

Hair loss issue may affect men more, but women are more likely to seek treatment for early hair loss issues. We do see a wide range of patients from as young as 20 years old to the 50s and 60s. A large percentage of the patients are in the 30 to 50-year-old group.


Dr Chua Han Boon
Dr Chua Han Boon

Dr Chua Han Boon previously from The Sloane Clinic, is currently the Aesthetic Consultant of SW1 Clinic. Dr Chua specialised in cosmetic lasers, anti-wrinkle injections, filler procedures and hair care.

SW1 Clinic was founded by Dr Low Chai Ling, who had also founded The Sloane Clinic in 2003. Dr Low left The Sloane Clinic in 2017 because she felt that the time has finally come for her to fulfill her greater vision of creating an empowering space of wellness not constrained by boundaries. SW1 caters to the best of both worlds: non-invasive cosmetic dermatology as well as cutting-edge plastic surgery. It also epitomizes a synergistic amalgamation of different forces as SW1's new 8000 sq feet aesthetic centre represents one of the largest aesthetic plastic surgery & medical spa establishments in Singapore.

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