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Does Dandruff Cause Hair Loss?

Dandruff is a chronic non-serious non-contagious condition that causes itching and flaking of the scalp. Causes of dandruff can vary, from hormones to oily scalp to genetics, or even more serious conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis. 

Even though hair loss tends to happen around the same time that dandruff happens, it is not the cause of permanent hair loss. However, if left untreated, dandruff can become so itchy and irritated that it can lead to temporary hair loss. 

Treatments prescribed for hair loss can irritate your scalp and cause the itching and flaking dandruff reaction. Minoxidil, which has been used to treat thinning hair, can cause dandruff-like conditions. Alcohol, which is used in Minoxidil, can dry the scalp over time leading to itching and scaling.

Another reason dandruff is related to hair loss is due to the physical act of itching itself. Intense itching usually induces vigorous scratching, and vigorous scratching can separate the hair from one’s head. While scratching, you may be pulling, breaking and scraping your hair away from your scalp–this just adds to the hair loss situation.

If you have dandruff, begin by using an over-the-counter medicated shampoo containing zinc pyrithione, tar, salicylic acid, selenium sulfide or ketoconazole. Try using the medicated shampoo daily until symptoms improve, and then reducing the frequency to two or three times each week. Alternating between active ingredients and leaving the shampoo on your scalp for at least five minutes is also beneficial.

Lifestyle changes to help prevent dandruff include eating a healthier diet that includes B vitamins, zinc and omega 3 fats while reducing overall stress in your life.

Looking for options to fight or manage hair loss? Call us today at (800) 966-9505 for a free consultation!

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Hormones and Women’s Hair Loss

Hair loss can be a startling and upsetting condition for anyone, but it can be especially difficult for women – since hair loss is generally perceived to be a men’s issue, often catching women off guard when it happens to them! While we know of many causes for hair loss in women, from high stress to tight ponytails, one of the most common explanations is actually hormonal imbalance.

The American Hair Loss Association’s research has debunked that myth that women with traditionally more masculine traits are “more likely” to suffer from hair loss. While it is true that hair follicles can be forced into dormancy by testosterone, this is not always the primary cause of women’s hair loss. Despite popular believe, there is no such thing as “male” hormones and “female” hormones – rather, the body has a delicate balance of all hormones, which require this balance to keep hair growing.

When women use birth control, experience pregnancy, or begin menopause, the usual cycle of hormones becomes disrupted. This disruption sometimes results in dramatic increases of estrogen and progesterone, or a decrease in a hormone called dihydrotestosterone. Either of these changes can lead to hair loss.

If you think you may be experiencing hormonal hair loss or thinning hair, you can be tested by an endocrinologist to determine if your hormone levels are off. Even the smallest shift can result in symptoms like hair loss, hair thinning, mood swings, acne, and weight gain! A professional can give you the recommendations you need to get started with treatment.

In addition to consulting your doctor for help, you can also make certain lifestyle changes that can also begin correcting hormonal imbalances. We suggest adding fiber-rich food to your diet such as whole proteins and steel-cut oatmeal, as well as exercising on a regular basis. Furthermore, any activities that help decrease your stress can have marvelous effects on increasing hormonal vitality.

We specialize in nonsurgical hair restoration and hair replacement solutions for all types of hair loss and hair thinning. If you’re interested in learning more about what our skilled hair technicians can do for you, call our office for a free consultation or to book your next appointment. Contact us today at (800) 966-9505.

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4 Reversible Causes of Hair Loss

Hair loss isn’t on anyone’s agenda, and when it suddenly happens to you – don’t panic! Thinning hair and hair loss can often be reversed, and on the occasion it can’t be, there are still aesthetically pleasing solutions like natural human-hair wigs and hairpieces available that can beautiful conceal any imperfections. Regardless, you absolutely can regain a full head of thick, luxurious hair!Hair loss isn’t on anyone’s agenda, and when it suddenly happens to you – don’t panic! Thinning hair and hair loss can often be reversed, and on the occasion it can’t be, there are still aesthetically pleasing solutions like natural human-hair wigs and hairpieces available that can beautiful conceal any imperfections. Regardless, you absolutely can regain a full head of thick, luxurious hair!

There are a few reasons why you could be experiencing hair loss, which can affect the type of treatment or solution that’s best for your particular situation. We’ve compiled a list of the most common causes of hair loss to consider:

1. Too Much Shampoo
Most people shower daily, and shampooing their hair is part of their routine. However, this is only recommended if you have oily hair. Excessive shampooing can damage normal hair and dry out your scalp, leading to dander, thinning hair, and eventually hair loss. Instead of shampooing every day, try every other day. On days when you don’t shampoo, simply massage your scalp gently and rinse your hair with water to remove dirt and product build-up.

2. Products Containing Sulfates
Many hair-care products contain sulfates, such as 90% of all shampoos! While sulfates are responsible for the rich lather you work up using your shampoo, this harsh chemical actually dehydrates your scalp and even strips it of its moisturizing natural oils. Sulfates also clog the hair follicles, which can lead to irritation and stunted hair growth. If your hair is thinning, sulfates could be the culprit and it may be time to get rid of sulfate products and go sulfate-free.

3. Mistreating Wet Hair
How do you handle your hair when you step out of the shower? If you vigorously towel-dry it, comb it, brush it, blast it with a hot dryer, or flip your head upside down to dry it... It’s time to stop! All of these common methods can damage your hair! You can prevent breakage by gently patting your hair dry with a microfiber towel, then leave it to air-dry the rest of the way. If you must blow-dry your hair, be sure to use it at the lowest heat setting to avoid damage.

4. Poor Diet
Because hair is mostly made up of protein, a protein-rich diet is vital for healthy hair. Protein is needed to create Keratin, which is what strengthens hair and gives it that smooth, silky feel and luminous shine that everyone loves. If your body needs more protein, it could cause your hair follicles to shift into a resting phase – which then leads to significant hair shedding and eventually full-blown hair loss. You can fight hair loss with these 4 foods, and these 5 nutrients will keep your hair healthy.

If you’re struggling with hair loss or thinning hair, we have a multitude of treatment options and nonsurgical hair replacement and hair restoration solutions. Call our office today at (800) 966-9505 for a free consultation or to book your next appointment. We’ll support you get your full head of hair back!

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Chemotherapy and hair loss: How to prepare before treatment

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It is almost inevitable that cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy will experience some sort of hair loss. While not all drugs prescribed to patients are not known to cause hair loss, it’s important to discuss with your doctor the possible side effects. Knowing ahead of time can help you prepare, both physically and emotionally, for what’s to come.

Meet with an experienced stylist

It’s more than simply going to a person with exceptional hair styling skills, but someone who’s had patients in their chair. You’ll want guidance on how to deal with the emotions of losing your hair and someone who can design a hair restoration procedure just for you, male or female. Even simply a free consultation with our HRC staff can provide you with some peace of mind.

Cut your hair short

To better prepare yourself emotionally, you should cut your hair -- and if you really need to ease into it, try cutting it little by little every other day. It’s a very staggering experience to go from long hair to almost no hair at all, so if you can help yourself take small steps, it’ll make the transition a bit easier for you.

Purchase a comfortable and natural looking wig or a hairpiece before you start your treatment.

At HRC, we offer the finest handmade and custom-made full cap wigs made with 100% human hair, European hair or the finest synthetic fiber. Our full cap wigs and hairpieces provide highlights or low-lights, shine, bounce and softness as your own natural hair. They actually mimic nature at its best. We offer private styling rooms for our clients comfort and confidentiality as well. Our talented team of hairstylists can cut and style your wig and help you with your transition to a temporary prosthesis until your hair can grow out after your treatment.

HRC wigs will give you ultimate comfort, softness at their bases where it meets your scalp for maximum comfort. We will provide you education and additional required service visits to make sure your wig will continue to be used with the least amount of maintenance during your treatment period.

Shop for hats, head scarves, etc.

For those days you want to just wake up and run some errands, wearing a hat is a great way to look your best in the shortest amount of time. Plus, it’ll protect your head from the sun if you plan on spending some time outside.

Everyone copes with these emotions differently, and that’s okay. This is just a basic guide to help you navigate this part of your life, and fortunately, the staff here at HRC has had much experience helping others get through this. Talk to our office today to schedule a free hair and scalp consultation.

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What happens when your favorite birth control pill causes hair loss?

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In October, Molly Oswaks posted to the popular media site The Daily Beast about how the contraceptives she was taking, specifically Loestrin, had been troublesome for the health of her hair, despite the fact that the pill itself hasn’t given her much trouble in terms of other symptoms, she stated.

Reading through the comments and the rest of the article, you’ll find that hair loss isn’t typically discussed as a major side-effect when an OB-GYN prescribes a pill to a patient. Either it isn’t a thoroughly researched effect or maybe no one really wants to talk about it, seeing how hair loss is probably one of the few symptoms some women just will not tolerate. 

But even with the plethora of birth control available to women, it can be difficult to find the right pill for you to help avoid hair loss. For one, the pill is used for a variety of other reasons than preventing pregnancy. You will have to weigh the pros and cons of each pill. It can be a very daunting task, even with the help of a doctor. 

You can use this WebMD entry as a beginning point of research, if you’re trying to avoid taking pills that may cause hair loss. There, you will find the reasons why some of these pills cause hair loss, and how sometimes, if you suddenly stop taking the contraceptive, it may induce worse hair loss (at least for the short term.) 

You may find at some point of your research, that your genetic makeup and your preferences may not allow for you to freely choose the birth control you want. However, with every problem, there has to be a solution, right?

Over 30 million women suffer from hair loss just in America, so it’s comforting to know that options are available to you should you choose a birth control pill with a hair loss side effect.  

Hair Extensions

Human hair extensions are easy and popular among women looking for a quick hair solution. New advances allow extensions to be more natural looking and safer without damaging existing hair. 

Wigs

This solution can offer a fun and wide array of styles to choose from. HRC provides only the best quality human hair wigs, so wear and style can feel like the real thing. 

Laser hair growth therapy

This non-invasive, non-surgical method uses low-level laser technology to stimulate hair growth in areas where cells are damaged. 

Hair transplant restoration

By far the most natural-looking procedure, this technique uses the hair already available on your body to give you fuller hair on your head.

Please set up a free hair and scalp consultation with us to help you determine the best method for dealing with your hair loss. The HRC staff is fully knowledgeable in the safest and most modern hair restoration techniques available today. 

Call us to schedule a free consultation at: 800-966-9505

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