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Helping Loved Ones Cope with Hair Loss

Hair loss is no laughing matter. It can be a harsh blow to your self-esteem, and although the experience is different from person-to-person, the impact ranges from mild annoyance to traumatic. If someone you love is suffering from hair loss, you could be a vital part of their support system! Here are some dos and don’ts when it comes to helping someone cope with this difficult situation...

What to Avoid
You may very well be upset with someone who has hair loss at some point in your life, and your instinct may be to use this against them in a moment of anger. However, using it to insult someone is definitely hitting below the belt. It also sends the message that there is something “wrong” or “embarrassing” about hair loss, which will stick with a person far into the future – well after your moment of anger.

While someone may make fun of their own hair loss, we don’t recommend emulating this self-deprecating humor! Humor is a well-known coping mechanism, and laughter is absolutely a very effective medicine. We recommend that you simply tread carefully when it comes to teasing, since it’s one thing to laugh at yourself versus having someone laugh at you.

What to Do
No doubt that you’ve heard someone with hair loss complaining about it. The best thing that you can do is to emphasize that outward appearance doesn’t define self worth, and focus on the positives. Sometimes the perfect fix to a self-esteem spiral is to hear how much you love and value them unconditionally.

That said, try not to discount or invalidate the negative emotions that your loved one is struggling with over their hair loss. They’re still going through a very real difficulty, and sometimes it can just help to hear, “Yeah, that does sick.”

Ultimately, it’s up to the individual what they want to do or not do about their hair loss. Some seek out treatment, others don’t. Whatever the decision, it’s important to be supportive – whether that means being a sounding board for ideas and options or accepting a final decision made by the hair loss sufferer. If you’re looking to help provide a more concrete solution, call our office today and we can offer a free consultation to your loved one! You can reach our expert hair technicians at (800) 966-9505.

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Birth Control and Hair Loss

When it comes to oral contraceptives, it might be a surprise to learn that hair loss is actually a common side effect! The pill has been in popular use since the 1960s, and its uses go well beyond just birth control. It helps many women keep their menstruation cycles regular, decrease symptoms of PMS, and even regulate hormones and alleviate acne. While the pill has many benefits, it may also cause hair loss.

Primarily, the pill is meant to suppress ovulation by using the hormones estrogen and progestin to block fertility. Consequently, hormones are also the main trigger for hair loss, which means that the pill puts you at risk of losing your hair. In addition to this latent risk, some women are more predisposed than others to hormone-related hair loss and have an increased likelihood of experiencing it as a side effect of using the pill.

The result of hair loss varies when it’s triggered by the pill. It can range from minimal to drastic loss, and it may not even occur until well after you have stopped taking the pill. While we aren’t arguing the safety or effectiveness of oral contraceptives, we do think that women should be forewarned that the pill might cause them hair loss. By being aware of this side effect, we hope more women can make more informed decisions about their bodies and how best to approach birth control.

If you fear you’re suffering from hormone-related hair loss, we can help you with nonsurgical hair replacement solutions and styling options. Call us today at (800) 966-9505 for a free consultation!

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Breakthrough Science Aids in Hair Regrowth

Stem cell research has held the hope for curing baldness for many years, but now a new breakthrough in bio-engineering has taken the spotlight. A team of experts has actually made it possible to create a hair follicle from your own DNA, which could pave the way for some seriously cool solutions to hair loss.

The researchers are specialists in bio-engineering and genetic regenerative medicine at Tokyo University. They’ve demonstrated an interesting technique in which they’ve been able to literally bio-engineer functional, healthy hair follicles that have a normal growth cycle and are taken straight from stem cells in existing hair follicles!

To show that these bio-engineered hair follicles function just like natural hair follicles, the scientists used a popular hair transplant technique known as follicle unit transplantation (FUT) in order to transplant the bio-engineered hair follicles onto the heads of mice. The results were incredible – not only did these transplanted bio-engineered follicles exhibit normal hair growth, but they even grew the right type of hair and in the correct direction and orientation! 

In other words, it is now possible to bio-engineer our very own fully functional hair based on our personal DNA. According to the research team, we can expect to see a practical hair replacement treatment based on this within the next three to five years. If that happens, it’s possible that we’ll see a surgical hair replacement option using bio-engineering within just one decade.

Can’t wait that long for hair replacement treatment? No worries! Here at HRC, we offer a variety of non-surgical options to suit your every need. Schedule a free consultation today at (800) 966-9505 and achieve the transformation you’ve been dreaming of!

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Pregnancy and Hair Loss

Many aspects of a woman’s body goes through big changes during pregnancy, and their hair is no exception! A mommy-to-be might experience her hair becoming more lustrous, fuller, and healthier – or her hair might grow thinner and more susceptible to breakage, leading to hair loss. Experts don’t know what causes this hair loss, but many propose that hormonal changes and stress are primary factors. If you or someone you know is experiencing pregnancy-related hair loss, there are a few things that help hair get fuller and more lustrous!

Avoid Updo’s
You may be tempted to throw your hair up in an easy updo like a ponytail, braid, or bun. However, any hairstyle that pulls on the scalp or uses hair ties of some sort will increase the likelihood that your hair will break off or grow thinner. Wear your hair down and loose to keep it full and healthy, and maybe consider a shorter style if you just want your hair out of your face.

Update Your Diet
According to research, the certain nutritional values of certain foods actually help to promote healthy hair and hair growth. Foods rich in minerals, antioxidants, and flavonoids are important to add to your diet! These nutrients are especially good for healthy hair, while these 4 foods are known to help prevent hair loss.

Use Gentler Hair Products
Be careful of the harsh chemicals in certain hair products, which could be damaging your hair. For example, 90% of all shampoos contain sulfates, which strip your hair and scalp of moisture and put your hair at greater risk of breaking. Parabens are equally harmful, and are found in many products like sprays, gels, and sculpting waxes. We recommend switching to natural hair products for a gentler experience.

If you’re a mommy-to-be experiencing thinning hair or hair loss, HRC offers a selection of safe and healthy options for hair replacement. Get a free consultation today from one of our skilled hair technicians, and call us at (800) 966-9505!

 

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Coping with Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling)

Trichotillomania, or hair pulling, can be difficult to live with – but that doesn’t mean that if you have trich, you must also give up on your beauty and self-care routines! There are many styling techniques that can help boost your confidence, and also provide you new coping mechanisms.

Hairstyles that Prevent Pulling
Styling your hair when you struggle with pulling can be hard, but the trick is to stay positive and work with what you have. There are a variety of styling methods that are perfect for those with trich. We compiled a simple, easy list of styles that you can use to give yourself a beautiful and complimentary look:

  1. Casual bun: Draw your hair into a loose, messy bun and use a clip to set it in place. Avoid pulling tightly! This style can help you stay cool when it’s hot, and hide any bald patches as well.
  2. Hair parting: Change up where you part your hair. This is a great way to disguise hair loss, and will also help protect new hair growth.
  3. Go short: Short hairstyles can conceal thinning hair and hair loss. We recommend a pixie cut, textured bob, or even trying the new trend of half-shaved hair or buzz cuts for a chic punk look.
  4. Hair extensions: These can give you not only a boost of self-confidence, but also a boost in volume!

Wigs, Hair Pieces, & Accessories
Wigs and hair pieces can be valuable tools to not only give you a gorgeous style that your grown hair can’t yet provide, but additionally they can help deter pulling. These and other non-surgical hair replacement solutions are perfect for those who have lost a lot of hair.

Meanwhile, accessories like hats and scarves can help stylishly conceal hair loss. Depending on your own personal style, you can choose anything from casual beanies and baseball caps to chic wide-brimmed hats and cloches. You can also try headscarves and wraps, which can help you prevent pulling.

If you struggle with trichotillomania and are looking for solutions, our skilled hair technicians can help with styling, cuts, and non-surgical hair replacement systems. If you’re interested in learning more about what we can do for you, call us for a free consultation at (800) 966-9505.

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