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What is laser hair growth therapy?

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The official phrase low level laser growth therapy (LLLT) is a medical procedure that uses low-power (or “cold”) lasers to react with cells and their functions in the human body to treat a variety of conditions. One such popular treatment is for encouraging healthy hair growth for people, men and women, afflicted with hair loss.

Biological reaction to light is used widespread for many conditions, from cancer treatments to soft tissue repair in physical therapy. For hair growth, red light (the low-level light, or “soft” laser) is used to react to the damaged cells responsible for growing your hair. The result is healthier cells and a restoration to normal bodily functions.

Study after study has shown that LLLT is a safe, non-invasive hair growth procedure that can show real results in restoring healthy, shiny hair. It increases volume, growth and thickness of miniaturized hair follicles whether you’re suffering from trichotillomania or simply want fuller hair; this procedure could be for you.

Like many other treatments and therapies, laser hair growth treatment or therapy is not 100% effective for 100% of people. But, recent advances in technology and more conclusive studies and research have increased the odds in this procedure, making it more effective than ever before.

In addition to faster and more efficient procedures in-office, there are products offered to use outside of the doctor’s office, like hair laser combs.

Still, it is important to seek the help of a hair loss clinic who has much experience with this therapy. The staff at HRC is extremely knowledgeable in LLLT and has been administering this therapy for many, many years in the Los Angeles area.

Contact us today to schedule a free hair and scalp consultation to see if low level laser therapy is right for you.

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Leave-in versus rinse-out conditioner: What's best for your hair pieces?

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Human hair pieces deserve the same amount of care as, if not more than, natural human hair. Wigs in particular need a lot of attention if you are looking to extend the life and vitality of the piece, and hair conditioners can work some serious wonders for that.

Before we get into the details, let’s first discuss the major differences between shampoo and conditioner. Shampooing helps clean the hair, ridding it of dirt, and most of the times, the natural oil produced by your body. Conditioner helps to restore moisture and reverse the unintended effects of shampooing away much needed oils.

But conditioning can also have other benefits.

Rinse-out conditioner

The most common type of conditioner, this product is normally applied while you’re in the shower right after you have rinsed out the shampoo from your hair. Its contents “stick” to your hair to restore moisture, even after you rinse it out, and makes combing your hair easier.

This type of conditioner also tends to weigh down your hair, so it is best for people with voluminous and typically unmanageable hair.

Leave-in conditioner

After you have shampooed your hair, rinsed it out, and towel it dry, you can apply this product to your damp hair. They are typically less weighty than rinse-out conditioner, so this is preferred for people with thinner hair.

While rinse-out conditioners are best to restore moisture and repair damaged hair, leave-in conditioners are best for added shine and better manageability. Also, this product is best for preventing heat damage. So if you plan on styling your hair after your shower, you should use leave-in conditioner on your hair moments before you put it through a flat iron or blowdryer.

Best methods to care for custom hair pieces?

Hair replacement has added to the complexity of hair care. Just as it is for natural human hair, everyone’s procedures for taking care of wigs will be slightly different, depending on the wigs or pieces themselves. However, here are some overall good tips to maintain a healthy-looking hair piece:

  1. Condition often. Since your wigs cannot produce natural oils needed to protect the hair, you will have to apply conditioner often. Most will use leave-in conditioner daily, and if you aren’t currently using your wigs, you should still apply conditioner whenever possible.
  2. Try Moroccan Argan or coconut oils. These oils are known to absorb into the hair quickly and efficiently, and is considered to be a top-tier care procedure. Since these oils are more expensive than normal conditioners, you may want to use these oils weekly, biweekly, or whenever you start to notice dryness in your hair pieces.
  3. Consider shampoo + conditioner products. Since shampooing itself tends to rip the hair from oils that are present, using a product that combines both may reduce the effect of dryness or damage.
  4. Consult your experienced stylist. As we always preach here at HRC, when dealing with the care of your custom hair pieces, you should work with your trained stylist, as s/he will have the experience necessary to consult you wisely on the care of your hair.

Ready to consider hair restoration? We offer a FREE hair and scalp analysis, where we can determine the best method for your specific needs. Our trained staff at HRC will help guide you to the best solution. Contact us today!

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Should you dye your human hair extensions?

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Flip through any celebrity magazine, or any Huffington Post article that’s about Hollywood celebrities, and you’ll see a plethora of women with full, voluminous hair with that perfectly shaded ombre hair. It’s gorgeous, yes, but the real question is, is it attainable for the rest of us?

In short, the answer is yes. When you opt for human hair extensions rather than the synthetic kind, the opportunities for customization and styling are almost limitless, as if they are your own hair. Not only are you able to style the extensions with flat irons and other hot tools, but you can also color your hair.

But first, it is important to note that you should always work with an experienced stylist. While you can dye your hair, these extensions are already chemically treated before you even buy them. These chemicals will affect how the dye reacts to the hair. Having someone who’s comfortable dealing with hair and hair extensions, and sensitive to information about this, will only make your experience go more smoothly.

Here are some other things to remember before dying your extensions:

     Dying hair damages hair, and hair extensions don’t grow. Don’t overdo the coloring.

     A full color change is discouraged; you’ll want to keep chemicals away from your scalp

     Highlights are generally the better choice

     Dying the extensions can caused the hair to straighten out, so if you’ve purchased curly hair extensions, coloring is discouraged (then again, you could always curl it again with a curling iron after the coloring)

The stylists at HRC have many years of experience dealing with the care and treatment of hair extensions. You can have celebrity-quality hair, and not at the price of Hollywood-hair stylists, with hair extensions, or even custom hair pieces. Speak with us today to book your free hair and scalp analysis.

 

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7 Totally Random Facts about Wigs

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If you live in Los Angeles, you’ve most likely seen your fair share of wigs. Wigs are very common in Hollywood, as many movies and scenes will call for specific hairstyles that sometimes cannot be achieved with the actors’ real hair. One glance at Mad Men, and you’ll know what we’re talking about.

The staff at HRC know hair, and they know wigs. Here are just a few things we’ve learned in our experiences that we’d like to share with you.

  • The word wig is short for periwig and appeared in the English language around 1675.
  • In the 16th century, it was thought that shaving one’s natural hair and replacing it with a wig is the best defense against lice. It was also the first time we would see wigs used to help cover up hair loss.
  • Fake-hair wigs are usually made of yak hair, for their durability and strength.
  • The wax figures at Madame Tussauds do not have wigs, but rather real human hair is applied directly on the figure itself. It also must be kept washed and cleaned regularly.
  • Most human hair wigs are made up of Chinese or Indian hair, since the strands tend to be thicker and straighter. European hair is generally more expensive.
  • Dolly Parton has a lot of wigs. On The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, she said, “I have at least 365. One for each day. I do wear wigs all the time because it’s so handy and I’m always so busy. I really enjoy wearing the wigs.”
  • In the United States, only the first five Presidents, from George Washington to James Monroe, wore powdered wigs.

Wondering if a wig or some other type of hairpiece is right for you? Come visit us either at our Los Angeles or Woodland Hills location, and our staff will be more than happy to help you determine your needs.

Contact us today to schedule for your complimentary hair and scalp analysis.

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How to take care of your human hair pieces

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We’re not going to lie, taking care of the custom hair pieces on your own without professional help can be more difficult than taking care of your own hair -- however, it doesn’t have to be hard or time-consuming. HRC offers a full styling staff with two locations to help you and assist with having great hair. Human hair extensions require specialized attention, but taking small steps to keep them up will make them last you for a long time.

Luckily, today’s hair pieces come in many different colors and styles to fit your natural look, or to compliment a style you’re looking to achieve. We here at HRC have a variety of options for our clients, for both men and women with hairloss. HRC can custom design you the best hair pieces or hair replacement using the finest human hair available.

When you implement these simple tasks into your daily routine, taking care of your hairpiece will be a snap.

     Find a hairstylist you trust and has experience with hair extensions. If this is your first time with hair replacement, then you’ll need some guidance and a helping hand through this experience. You’ll be seeing your stylist often, as the hair system may get loose and will need readjusting over time.

     Consider the style you want before buying your hair pieces. Most people prefer to get the color and style that match what they naturally have, however, you can also opt to get hair pieces that match the style you want.

     Use the hair dryer on the low setting. Human hair pieces can withstand much more heat than synthetic hair pieces, but heat in general is damaging to any hair. While your natural hair will grow to replace hair that’s been blown out, hair pieces obviously can’t. Extend the life of your extensions by blow drying the pieces when you’re trying to style it.

     Wash and condition your hair. Most people will simply wash their hair with shampoo, and generally that’s okay. But if you’ve had hair replacement, it’s even more important that you also condition your hair. Like we just stated, your hair won’t grow, so you should keep your hairpieces healthy with conditioner. Both leave-in conditioner and the ones you use in the shower are fine, but be sure to not overdo it, because too much conditioner can leave build-up in your hair.  

     If you have removable hair pieces, store them neatly, away from the sun and other items, when you’re not using them. If you remove your hair extensions and want to store them away for future use, consider laying them out flat on a hand towel, and wrap the towel long-ways around the hair. If you put them in a drawer or if they’re out, the towel will keep the hair strands from tangling, and will protect it in the event something spills on it.

     Make it routine. Knowing in advance that you’ll need to set aside time every morning and night to care for your hair, will make it easier for you to motivate yourself. Keep a tight schedule, and caring for your hair will become part of your daily routine.

 If you’re still trying to understand what hair replacement solution is right for you, we’ve got you covered. Contact us today for a free hair and scalp consultation.

 

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