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Your Beauty Routine May Be Thinning Your Hair

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We are constantly striving for a gorgeous head of locks and the perfect good hair day. We’re always chasing after the latest products or the best gadgets to get THE look – you know the one! But the question is, at what cost do we continue our favorite beauty routines? The truth is, it could be contributing to thinning hair.

Flat irons, harsh hairbrush bristles, and product chemicals can be seriously damaging to your hair. The chemicals and intense heat can even affect your roots and cause male pattern baldness! Other stressful things for your hair include tight hair styles that pull on your scalp such as braids, buns, cornrows, and weaves can also cause thinning hair and hair loss.

But that doesn’t mean you have to give up your beloved beauty routines! Here are some helpful tips that will help you avoid damaging your hair:

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  • Use brushes that have soft bristles.
  • Make sure your shampoo has a proper pH balance.
  • Condition often.
  • Avoid products with sulfates and parabens.
  • Be careful with how often you dye or color-treat your hair. Try not to overexpose it.
  • Reduce your weekly use of curling or flat irons.
  • Get your hair trimmed regularly to lose the split ends.

If you’re suffering from thinning hair or hair loss and you’re concerned about your luscious locks and beauty routine, come meet privately with one of our skilled hair loss specialists at HRC. Contact our office at (800) 966-9505 to schedule a free consultation today!

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Sex, Hair Loss, and Propecia

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When the hair loss treatment Propecia hit the market, it quickly became known as a miracle drug for men who suffered from male pattern baldness. Suddenly, it was a blockbuster treatment that was touted for being less messy and more effective than Rogaine. Propecia’s sales are now at over 400 million dollars annually, making it one of the top sellers of the pharmaceutical company Merck. Unfortunately for hundreds of thousands of patients taking Propecia, Merck failed to disclose just how serious and long-lasting certain side effects of Propecia can be: namely, erectile dysfunction, decreased libido, and inability to orgasm.

This has resulted in hundreds of lawsuits in the US and Canada. Patients have reported that Propecia’s side effects could even last an average of 40 months after discontinued use of the drug. What’s more, serious sexual dysfunction wasn’t the only serious risk of taking Propecia – other side effects include difficulty breathing, depression, anxiety attacks, loss of concentration, insomnia, memory loss, and an increased risk of high-grade prostate cancer.

These lawsuits allege that the medication – also marketed as “Proscar” – has devastating sexual, emotional, and mental side effects that last for years after the men stop taking it. They claim that Merck failed to adequately warn users about the risks, even after European regulators demanded for a stronger warning label. Merck has made a statement that some users of Propecia experience erectile dysfunction, but the company still won’t say how long the side effects last and if those issues worsen over time.

If you or a loved one is taking Propecia, don’t risk your health another day. The Hair Restoration of California has several safe, effective treatment options for hair loss. Call our office at 800-966-9505 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Options for Thinning Hair

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Thinning hair and hair loss are most commonly caused by genetics in both men and women. Things like your diet, stress levels, medications, illnesses, and even your cosmetic habits can also play big roles. For example, if you tend to wear very tight ponytails or buns, or style your hair in a way that pulls at your scalp, you’ll likely experience some degree of hair loss or thinning hair. Thankfully, there are several options for you to take to decrease or reverse the effects of thinning hair.

Medication:

There are currently two drugs that are approved by the FDA to treat thinning hair and hair loss. The first is called Rogaine, which is statistically better at slowing down hair loss than actually helping with hair growth. The second is called Propecia, which comes in the form of a pill and must be prescribed by your doctor. This is an effective treatment, but your results may not necessarily be maintained if you stop taking it.

Hair Transplant/Hair Grafting:

This procedure uses various methods to graft, or transplant, hair onto your scalp. It’s performed by a dermatological surgeon, and is a good option if you are interested in hair replacement. The specific procedure may vary depending on your circumstances and needs. Hair grafting or transplanting results in natural-grown hair and is relatively easy, with a quick recovery time.

Scalp Reduction:

A more intensive option than the simpler hair transplant, scalp reduction is a procedure that essentially removes areas of your scalp that aren’t growing hair as desired, so that areas where your hair growth is fuller can be stretched. This is more suitable for those with loss of hair than just thinning hair.

Hair Pieces:

The quickest way to get a head of full, thick hair is to purchase a hair piece. Hair pieces are available to blend in to your own grown hair, so you can still have a great natural look! There are many types of options with hair pieces, so we recommend researching what would be the best fit for you. Our hair technicians are always happy to answer your questions.

You may have heard of many “natural” options to treat thinning hair or hair loss, but many experts agree that these “natural remedies” make false promises. If you’re interesting in treating your thinning hair or hair loss, we offer a free consultation to help you determine what option is right for you! Call our office today at 800-966-9505.

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How to Care for Different Textured Hair

Today, let’s talk about how to care for the three main hair types: straight, wavy, and curly. We’ll also be covering how to care for dyed hair. All four types of hair textures are unique, and need different methods of maintenance in order to bring out their best qualities.

Straight Hair

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  1. Wash fine hair often, such as every other day. Natural oils will only weight it down, making it limper.
  2. Don’t condition your roots. Conditioner is meant to smooth and moisturize the hair, but your scalp already produces natural oils. Adding more will only flatten your hair at the roots, minimizing volume! Condition the ends of your hair and up to about ear-level for best results.
  3. Try blow-drying your fine hair upside down. By flipping your hair over, you’ll give it extra lift at the roots and add volume!
  4. Avoid using too many products, such as mousses and gels. These will just weigh your hair down. However, try experimenting with light texturizing sprays, like sea salt spray, to give your hair that extra boost.
  5. Use your fingers or a metal fine-tooth comb to detangle or brush your hair. The metal comb won’t give your hair static, unlike plastic combs!

Wavy Hair

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  1. Don’t cleanse your hair too often. Your hair’s natural oils accentuate your waves, so if you wash it too much your hair will dry out, tangle, or frizz.
  2. Avoid drying your hair with terrycloth towels, which are rough on your hair. Instead, try using a microfiber towel. Let your hair air-dry. You can also use a towel to pat or scrunch-dry your hair.
  3. Use only alcohol-free styling products, and avoid greasy or oily products. They can cause your hair to tangle and break!
  4. Use your fingers or a fine-tooth comb to detangle hair while it’s damp.
  5. Spray your hair with leave-in conditioner, plain water, or diluted curl activator to refresh your waves. Be careful not to use these products too frequently, or product build-up will tangle your hair!

Curly Hair

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  1. Shampoo your curly hair at most every other day, or skip it altogether! We recommend just using a cleansing conditioner, which will wash and moisturize your hair without damaging or drying it out with detergents.
  2. Use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to style your hair while it’s still damp.
  3. Apply your products before you’ve even toweled off. This will help you prevent frizz or stiff curls. Gently use your fingers to apply products through your wet hair, starting from the roots to the tips.
  4. Avoid products with alcohol – they will give your hair a dry, crunch texture!
  5. Don’t handle your curls too much. Avoid toweling dry with terrycloth and use a microfiber cloth to simply pat dry. Furthermore, don’t comb your dry curls! This will result in a disruption of the curl pattern, causing the hair to frizz.

Dyed Hair

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  1. Use a mild shampoo and moisturizing conditioner specifically for color-treated hair. Dyed hair can be very dry, so make sure to nurture it.
  2. Only shampoo your scalp, and use the conditioner everywhere but the scalp. Our scalps are already rich in natural oils, so that’s where we cleanse. It doesn’t need additional moisturizing.
  3. Rinse your hair in cold water. We know this can be unpleasant, but hot water will dry out your hair and skin. Cold water helps keep the color in your hair, and it also improves its overall shine and health.
  4. If your dyed hair is unnatural or particularly vibrant – such as bright purples, reds, pinks, blues, or greens – try to avoid long-term sun exposure. Sunlight will naturally bleach your hair.
  5. Re-dye your hair about once 4-6 weeks. Any more than this and you will risk hair that splits, tangles, and breaks.

All hair is unique, but we hope you’ve found this general guide for the 4 main types to be helpful! If you have questions on how to care for your hair or to schedule an appointment with our expert stylists, please call 800-966-9505.

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A Guide to Custom Hair Pieces

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  1. Start with a consultation with a stylist you trust. At HRC, we provide private rooms with a peaceful, comfortable ambience to help you feel at ease.
  2. Make sure that the cap fits correctly. Be vocal so that it fits your scalp just right, or you run the risk of not being able to get the most comfortable and best look.
  3. An experienced stylist should always cut your custom hair piece. But, for your knowledge, it should never be cut with blunt edges! Texturized ends are essential to get that easy, natural look.
  4. Maintenance is very important for custom hair pieces. If it’s made of natural hair, you can simply care for it just like your own grown hair. At HRC, our experienced hair technicians can show you exactly how to properly care and maintain your hair piece and answer any questions you may have!
  5. Custom hair pieces can be dyed if they’re made of natural hair. HRC has skilled colorists who know how to work with your hair piece and can give you the look you want.

Remember, custom hair pieces don’t behave like natural grown hair. Because it doesn’t grow, the style it’s given will be long lasting, so make sure it’s cut and styled by experienced technicians like those at HRC. We’ll give you an attractive look you’ll love! If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment for a custom hair piece, call our office at 800-966-9505.

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