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How Celebrities Use Hair Extensions

Many celebrities – including Jessica Simpson, Halle Berry, Mindy Kaling, and Vanessa Hudgens – have opened up about using hair extensions. It's rumored that Beyoncé dutifully hauls around three full trunks of custom hair pieces to all of her performances. Top celeb hairstylists admit to augmenting clients such as the Kardashian family with three times the amount of their natural hair for years!

In Hollywood, directors strongly prefer hair extensions to wigs because while wigs can inhibit actors and require different lighting, extensions are easy to move in, easy to apply/remove, and have a more natural and beautiful appearance. Stylists can give you a whole new look in as little as one hour.

Today in everyday life, hair extensions are now convenient fashion accessories. Putting on hair has become just another part of the wardrobe routine, giving us fabulous and versatile A-lister looks without the time or effort to grow out and style our natural hair. What was once restricted to actors, models, and singers is now attainable by women as a whole – and we are all better for it (as is our hair)! After Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan, and many other pop stars made long luscious hair aspirational, every girl soon fell in line behind them and the demand created supply.

Hair extensions come in all types today at all price points. There are a variety of different types of hair extensions, with cost ranging from $200 for quality clip-on hair extensions to $4,500 or more for completely custom jobs. With the rise of popular demand, you can choose from extensions with different widths, hair lock extensions, keratin bonds extensions, clip-on extensions, and more. If you're interested in getting hair extensions for a more beautiful look that you can change on the fly, call our team of hair experts today at 800-966-9505 to book a free consultation!

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Great Looks You Can Create With Hair Extensions

Hair extensions are a great way to achieve a variety of different looks in record time, with easy application to boot! If your natural hair is short or thin, or you simply want to change up your look, you can use extensions to create these great hairstyles below:

Curls
A cascade of beautiful curls is the epitome of femininity. Using careful heat (as advised by your specific brand/type), curl your natural hair with the extensions one layer at a time. We recommend styling it into a side-sweep, with your curls draped to one side for a classy look perfect for parties or a night out.

Messy Layers
Long, flowing hair looks fantastic with layers! Perfect for a messier, more casual style. We suggest loose or messy buns and side ponytails where you leave the shorter layers out to frame your face.

Braided
There are various ways to style a beautiful ponytail. When you have extensions helping to give your hair more length and even more volume, it's the perfect time to style your hair into a wonderfully thick braid. While braids like fishtails and French braids usually look thin and drab with just your natural hair, extensions will make your hair fuller and give you what you need to work with to achieve a truly gorgeous braid.

Updos
Updos are the classic style choice for parties, but you can make them work for the office and dinner dates too! From a sleek tight bun to something sweeter like an updo with a braided crown, it's the perfect time to put your wonderfully long hair extensions to use!

If you're interested in adding length and volume to your natural hair, get started today with beautiful hair extensions! Call us now at 800-966-9505 for a free consultation.

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Teenage Hair Loss

Hair loss generally occurs gradually as we age, but sometimes teenagers can lose their hair, too. The onset of teenage hair loss can be an upsetting experience for anyone, but it’s often substantially more distressing for teenage girls. There is no doubt that hair loss affects self-esteem in teenagers. A fair amount of this unhappiness results from social media, which presents images that tend to portray an ideal body that’s unattainable to most. Viewing these images can cause teenagers to question their appearance and lose self-esteem. When teenagers experience symptoms of thinning, balding, or shedding it can cause a reduction in confidence and their social life. 

Fortunately, it’s possible to prevent or reverse hair loss and avoid the damage it can cause to self-esteem. By working with a professional, teenagers can identify the cause of their hair loss and receive the treatment they need to raise their self-esteem.

If you are a teenager (or parent of) reading this and you notice signs of hair loss, you are not alone. There is a growing population of boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 19 who share your concerns, and there are a variety of treatments available to you and following a consultation, advice on lifestyle changes, grooming habits and in some cases supplement advice that will improve the health of your hair.

Here are some common causes of hair loss in teenagers:

Alopecia areata: This skin disease is thought to develop when the immune system damages the hair follicles, causing hair strands to weaken and eventually fall out. It can cause bald patches that may appear and disappear.

Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions can interfere with normal hair production and cause hair loss. These include polycystic ovary syndrome, thyroid disease and uncontrolled diabetes.

Medicines: Hair loss can be a side effect of medicines used to treat ADHD, acne, bipolar disorder and cancer. Diet pills containing amphetamines can also cause hair loss.

Traction alopecia: This condition develops due to hair follicle damage from hairstyles that pull on the hair. Teenagers who vigorously or excessively backcomb or brush their hair and those who wear braids, cornrows and extensions in their hair are at high risk for this type of hair loss.

Chemical hair treatments: Treatments such as dyes, bleaches and perms can damage the hair follicles, causing hair strands to break off or fall out.

Trichotillomania: This psychological disorder causes people to repeatedly pull their hair out. It’s often triggered by stress and anxiety, and leaves areas of baldness and damaged hair strands of different lengths.

Poor nutrition: Hair loss can be a symptom of nutritional deficiencies, such as zinc or vitamin H deficiency. Vegetarian and vegan teenagers are at high risk for hair loss due to poor nutrition.

Androgenetic alopecia: This condition is caused by several factors, including genetic makeup and hormones called androgens. Teenagers who take steroids to build their bodies are at high risk for this type of hair loss.

The causes of teenage hair loss are many and varied, and teenagers should work with a hair restoration specialist to develop a treatment plan. Early treatment can help teenagers with hair loss to improve their self-image and self-esteem.

At Hair Restoration of California, we offer the best non-surgical hair restoration treatments available to teenagers today. To schedule a free consultation call us today at (800) 966-9505.

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Dealing with Hair Loss After Chemotherapy


When your body undergoes cancer treatment you not only endure a tremendous shock physically, but also on a mental and psychological level. In addition, treatment brings with it numerous physical changes to your body. Several of the chemotherapy drugs used during cancer treatment cause hair loss. Chemotherapy drugs work by attacking the actively dividing cancer cells, but they also attack other actively growing cells in the body, like those in your hair follicles. These drugs cause hair thinking, hair fall out or even complete baldness depending on the type of drug used, the dosage and the duration of use, etc. Fortunately, once the chemo sessions are finished, hair starts to grow back within a few months. However, with radiotherapy, there’s a chance that hair loss may be permanent or patchy. On top of the tremendous stress of battling cancer, losing your hair can be a confounding strain as hair is so strongly associated with one’s self-image and beauty. Strong support from family and friends can help ease this phase, however there are also certain options available for cancer survivors.

Some people opt for wigs during the course of cancer treatment, some shave their head or go bald as a symbol of their fight against cancer. Here are a few more possibilities:

Scalp Ice Caps: These are caps that are lined with a gel that is usually refrigerated and chilled. This is applied to the scalp 40-50 minutes before chemotherapy begins so that blood flow to the scalp is sluggish and chemo drugs do not actively flow there. This in turn, prevent hair from falling out. This procedure is not available in all hospitals so you’ll want to check with your doctor ahead of time.

Hair Replacement: A type of high-end toupee, it has a mesh base that is designed after taking the dimensions of the head and it’s color coordinated to the skin tone. Human hair is then tied to the mesh with special knots in a way that makes it appear like hair is growing out of the mesh base. The base is then fitted to the head.

Hair Transplantation: If there are patchy areas of hair loss after finishing cancer treatment or if the thinning hair seems permanent, hair transplant may be the solution. There are 2 types of transplants available; 1) FUT where a strip of scalp is removed from the back of the head and the hair grafts are dissected out and implanted or 2) FUE where individual grafts are removed with the help of a monitor and then implanted.

Minoxidil: Though it may not help during the process of chemo, it will help hair grow back much quicker after finishing treatment. Minoxidil is a solution that is applied directly to the scalp to stimulate hair follicles and can be used for both men and women. This solution general works best on the crown area compared to the frontal region. However, caution needs to be taken when applied because it can cause unwanted hair growth to the face or neck if applied there. You may have to continue use for a long period as stopping the application has often been linked to increased hair loss.

Finasteride: Taken in pill form, this promotes hair growth by blocking the action of natural hormones in scalp hair and reducing hair loss. At the moment this drug is only approved for use by men with androgenic hair loss and by post-menopausal women.

Hair Care: The methods above can help with hair loss but gentle hair care can also contribute to better growth. Using mild shampoo, brushing less vigorously and avoiding chemical treatments like perming, straightening and coloring all play a role. Try to minimize use of heat styling and keep hair short so that it looks fuller.

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

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Can Sun Damage Hair?

The answer is YES! It can! 

Hair is a fascinating thing. It's simple in structure, but it's made of a tough protein called keratin. Your hair shaft includes the inner cortex, as well as the protective outer layer called the cuticle. The cuticle has many overlapping cells that look like roof shingles. Your hair is best when the cuticle lies flat and a smooth cuticle reflects light and is soft to the touch.

Unfortunately, daily hair styling - flat irons, excessive blow drying, even vigorous brushing - can make the shingles stand up and weaken your hair. An open cuticle exposed to sunlight means UV rays are able to penetrate the cortex, which dulls and dehydrates your hair. And if you color your hair, bleaches and dyes have already compromised your cuticle so the dulling and dehydration is even more intense. 

And although your hair itself cannot get cancer or a sunburn, the sun can damage your hair - especially during the long hot summer months. Excess sun can cause weak, stressed dry and brittle hair and can make your hair more susceptible to split ends. If you color your hair, the sun can change the pigmentation of your hair as well. 

The best thing to do to protect your hair from the sun is to get regular trims to cut off the split ends and dry brittle hair. To protect the rest of your hair from the sun, use a fortifying leave in conditioner to that contains UV protection. 

To further enhance your hair's health during the summer, choose ultra-hydrating styling products that also contain SPF and UV protection. To remove any build-up, use once a week a clarifying shampoo. Regular hot oil treatments, hair masks or overnight balms are also great for deep conditioning in between treatments. 

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

 

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