Maria Jaggard Salon

British Columbia's Premier Hair Replacement Centre

  604.534.5049

Whether your hair loss is caused by alopecia, chemotherapy, pattern baldness, trichotillomania (TTM), illness or injury, Maria Jaggard Salon has a solution for you. 

 Important Revenue Canada Tax Information - Wigs

Your custom hair system from Maria Jaggard Salon may be eligible for a medical tax credit. Almost all other hair systems and wigs DO NOT qualify because they are not TRUE CUSTOM, made to order hair systems.

For a "wig" to qualify for a medical tax credit, it must MADE TO ORDER for individuals suffering abnormal hair loss owing to disease (for example: Alopecia Areata), medical treatment (for example: chemotherapy), or accident.

Many shops claim to produce a "made to order" hair system. However, unless they are making a mould of your scalp and creating a base identical to your scalp, then it is not made to order. We have countless clients enter our shop with wigs that have a stock number on the bottom (a true custom, made to order hair system should have your own name and date of manufacture on the base) - these are NOT made to order and most are NOT hand tied. If another shop makes a mould of your scalp that does NOT mean it is made to order - they may simply use the measurements to find the closest match of a machine produced "stock" wig.

Maria Jaggard Salon hair systems are 100% hand tied and made to order.

A medical tax credit can be quite significant and very much worth investigating.

 

 Alopecia

Your hair loss may have started with a few extra hairs in the sink or in your comb. But now you can't look in the mirror without seeing more of your scalp.

Your hair loss may have started with a few extra hairs in the sink or in your comb. But now you can't look in the mirror without seeing more of your scalp.

Baldness typically refers to excessive hair loss from your scalp and can be the result of heredity, certain medications or an underlying medical condition. Anyone - men, women and children - can experience hair loss.

Some people prefer to let their baldness run its course untreated and unhidden. Others may cover it up with hairstyles, makeup, hats or scarves. And still others choose one of the medications and surgical procedures that are available to treat baldness. Before pursuing any of these treatment options, talk with your doctor about the cause of and best possible treatments for your hair loss.

 Chemotherapy and hair loss

You might not think of your hair's importance in your everyday life until you face losing it. And if you have cancer and are about to undergo chemotherapy, the chance of losing your hair is very real. Both men and women report hair loss as one of the side effects they fear most after being diagnosed with cancer.

You might not think of your hair's importance in your everyday life until you face losing it. And if you have cancer and are about to undergo chemotherapy, the chance of losing your hair is very real. Both men and women report hair loss as one of the side effects they fear most after being diagnosed with cancer.

Whether or not your hair falls out from your chemotherapy depends mostly on the type and dose of medication you receive. But whether you can maintain a healthy body image after you hair falls out depends a lot on your attitude and the support of your friends and family.

Chemotherapy and hair loss: Why does it occur?

Chemotherapy drugs are powerful medications that attack rapidly growing cancer cells. Unfortunately, these drugs also attack other rapidly growing cells in your body - including those in your hair roots.

Chemotherapy may cause hair loss all over your body - not just on your scalp. Sometimes your eyelash, eyebrow, armpit, pubic and other body hair also fall out. Some chemotherapy drugs are more likely than others to cause hair loss, and different doses can cause anything from a mere thinning to complete baldness. Talk to your doctor or nurse about the medication you'll be taking. Your doctor or nurse can tell you what to expect.

Fortunately, most of the time hair loss from chemotherapy is temporary. You can expect to regrow a full head of hair six months to a year after you stop treatment, though your hair may temporarily be a different shade or texture.

 Trichotillomania

An Animated Short Film on Trichotillomania

 Telogen Effluvium Hair Loss

This hair loss affects many of our clients who experience sudden hair loss or thinning hair.

It is normal to lose up to about 100 hairs a day on one's comb, brush, in the sink or on the pillow. This is the result of the normal hair growth cycle. Hairs will grow for a few years, then rest for a few months, shed, and regrow. Telogen is the name for the resting stage of the hair growth cycle. A telogen effluvium is when some stress causes hair roots to be pushed prematurely into the resting state. Telogen effluvium can be acute or chronic.

If there is some "shock to the system", as many as 70% of the scalp hairs are then shed in large numbers about 2 months after the "shock". This sudden increase in hair loss, usually described as the hair coming out in handfuls, is acute telogen effluvium. This is a different problem than gradual genetic hair thinning. However, this can be seen in the less common chronic telogen effluvium, only after a significant amount of hair has already been lost.

A considerable number of different causes for telogen effluvium exist. Among the common causes are high fevers, childbirth, severe infections, severe chronic illness, severe psychological stress, major surgery or illness, over or under active thyroid gland, crash diets with inadequate protein, and a variety of medications. Most hair loss from medications is this type and causes include retinoids, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, antidepressants, and NSAIDS (including ibuprofen).

Typically, abrupt diffuse hair loss is noticed several weeks to several months after the incident has initiated the biologic program for hair loss. While the most often noticed hair loss occurs on the scalp, some individuals may also notice hair loss elsewhere on the body. Significant hair shedding usually occurs when shampooing, combing, or even when gently manipulating the hair. Shedding usually slowly decreases over 6 to 8 months once the cause for the hair loss is no longer present. As some of the causes represent ongoing problems, it is important to determine the likely cause when possible and take appropriate measures to prevent continued hair loss.

These shed or loose hairs all have club-shaped "roots" typical of resting, telogen hairs and may be easily identified under a microscope. After shampooing, the bulk of existing loose hair has often been shed and loose hair may not again appear until additional hairs enter this resting phase. When there is any doubt about the presence of this condition, a small piece of skin may be taken from the scalp as a biopsy to be examined under the microscope. In this way, the condition of the hair follicles, the tissues that produce the hair, may be determined.

No treatment is needed for most cases of telogen effluvium. Remember that the hairs fall out when a new hair growing beneath pushes it out. Thus with this type of hair loss, hair falling out is a sign of hair regrowth. As the new hair first comes up through the scalp and pushes out the dead hair, a fine fringe of new hair is often evident along the forehead hairline.

The most important issue in telogen effluvium is to determine if an underlying cause for the problem is present. Blood tests may need to be done if the cause is not obvious, such as mild iron deficiency. If the telogen effluvium is caused by a medication, the medication needs to be stopped (consult your doctor). When the cause of the hair loss is something like giving birth, a transient illness, or other self-limited problem the induced telogen effluvium is also usually self-limited and requires no treatment.

Chronic telogen effluvium is recently recognized and not uncommon. It often occurs in women who previously had very thick hair in their teens and twenties and still have an apparently normal head of hair to a casual observer. It affects the entire scalp with no obvious cause apparent. It usually affects women 30 to 60 years of age, starts suddenly and has a tendency to fluctuate for a period of years. The degree of shedding is usually severe in the early stages and the hair may come out in handfuls. It does not cause complete baldness and does appear to be self-limiting in the long run.

The above information has been reprinted from an article on the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology website: www.aocd.org

 Dr. Jerry Shapiro and Other Hair Loss Doctors

Prior to seeking help from us or anyone else regarding your hair loss problem, please be sure to see your family physician to ensure there are no underlying causes for your hair loss.

Prior to seeking help from us or anyone else regarding your hair loss problem, please be sure to see your family physician to ensure there are no underlying causes for your hair loss.

Many of our clients will visit Dr. Jerry Shapiro or Dr. Sunil Kalia prior to visiting our salon. Please note that Dr. Shapiro has moved to New York, USA.

Information regarding Dr. Shapiro and the UBC can be found here: UBC DEPARTMENT OF DERMATOLOGY

Here is a list of dermatologists in British Columbia:

Dr. Carmel R. Anderson

3970 Lakeshore Road

Kelowna BC

Phone:             250.764.6463

 

Dr. Julian A. Hancock

Brickyard Clinic

6010 Brickyard Rd.

Nanaimo BC

Phone:             250.729.2665

 

Dr. Chih-ho Hong

#20, 15300 - 105th Avenue

Surrey BC

Phone:             604.585.1110

 

Dr. Richard John Lewis

712 Seymour Street

Kamloops BC

Phone:             250.374.4442

 

Dr. Mark Lupin

207 - 1990 Fort Street

Victoria BC

Phone:             250.598.3300

Email:             info@cosmedica.ca

Website:             http://www.cosmedica.ca

 

Dr. Jason Rivers

1790-1111 West Georgia St.

Vancouver BC

Phone:             Dermatology - 604.682.0708

Cosmetic - 604.682.7546

Websites:             www.riversol.com

www.vancouverskin.com

 

Dr. Richard Thomas

888 W. 8th Avenue, Suite 314

Vancouver BC

Our Clients Say:

I have been balding on top of my head for over 15 years. This is the first time since I was 10 years old that I've been able to wear my hair down without worrying about people seeing my bald spots. You made me feel comfortable and respected my privacy. I am so thankful I found you, but I wish it had been many years ago! Thank-you for giving me my confidence back, it's like I never had a problem.

 Becky