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Are Hair Extensions Safe for My Natural Hair?

One of the most common concerns from our clients who are seeking hair extensions is whether these extensions will cause hair loss, or worsen their alopecia. Older, more traditional styles of hair extensions can cause hair loss, because the way they are applied and the weight of those strands can damage your thinning hair and follicles. However, today’s hair extensions are much safer than they used to be, including Ultrastrands and Affinity used here in our hair loss salon.

There are a variety of application methods, from taping to gluing, and these extensions come with very lightweight hair strands so that they don’t weigh down your natural hair or damage the follicles. Many clients who are suffering from hair loss have found success with using brands like ULTRATRESS because they have been especially created to prevent hair damage!

Can I apply these hair extensions myself?

If your main concern is finding hair extensions that can give you the look you want while being safe for your hair, it is highly recommended by industry experts that you have a professional who’s been trained on specific hair extensions apply them for you. How they are added to your hair makes a world of difference when it comes to whether these hairpieces will be safe for your hair or not.

An experienced professional will be able to consult with you on your hair and provide the best course of action for how these extensions will be applied. Everyone has their own unique hair and needs, so having a custom game plan is important for keeping your hair healthy.

Does it matter if I use synthetic or human hair extensions?

You will definitely notice the difference between wearing these two types of hair extensions. Synthetic hair may be a less expensive alternative, but in the long run it can cause more work, more care, and more frustration.

When synthetic hair extensions are used along with your natural human hair, the level of care needed to make the two look good together can be time-consuming. Additionally, the upkeep is different for the two, so it can lead your extensions to look more unnatural as time progresses.

ULTRATRESS hair extensions are made with 100% Remy human hair, which means you can also use styling products like a blowdryer or curling iron on them. With synthetic hair, you cannot use heat-applying products because they will damage the strands more easily.

How long can I wear these extensions before I have to remove them?

The length of time for how long someone should wear hair extensions differs for everyone. Some hair loss clients can wear them for weeks depending on the brand and quality of the extensions they use, while others can only wear them for a few days.

Either way, a seasoned professional will be able to work with you to determine the best care and timeline for your hair extensions.

If you’d like more information hair extensions and if they are right for you, book a free consultation with our expert team online, or call us to reach both of our Los Angeles hair loss clinic locations at 800-966-9505.

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Wearing a Wig this Summer? Put on a Hat, Too!

Summer is in full swing, and the sun is beating down on us like never before. Record-breaking heat is afflicting many parts of the world, especially here in Los Angeles, and it’s hard to escape the sun. Even if we aren’t vacationing, we still need to go outside at some point to live our lives.

For those wearing hairpieces or wigs, this could be problematic. On one hand, you want to wear a hat to protect your eyes from the sun. On the other, a hat can make your head feel hot, especially since you’re already feeling the heat from wearing a wig in the first place.

So, how can you keep your look while also staying cool this summer?

Switch to Synthetic Hair

Human hair wigs may look more natural and could feel wonderful, but human hair is also thicker and grabs onto oil and dirt more easily than synthetic hair. Thus, it could make your head hotter.

Synthetic hair is traditionally lighter and thinner, so it won’t feel as heavy on your head as a natural wig might. The same goes for hair extensions. You could get away with using synthetic hair extensions if you find a stylist who’s able to match colors with your actual hair, despite the different chemical balances needed for both.

Also, if you find yourself at a pool or beach often this summer, then synthetic hairpieces might be the way to go for you anyway.

Lighten Up, and Cut it Up!

Darker colors hold more heat than lighter colors, so consider coloring your hair this season to ward off heat.

However, not everyone needs to be blonde this summer, even while it is a popular choice. There are other chic options, too! You could go for the trendy rose-gold, or the always-fun silver or ghosted hair color. Even having a lighter brunette color could improve your experience under the hot summer sun.

Additionally, consider going shorter this season. Is there a new haircut you’ve been dying to try out, but you haven’t taken the plunge yet? Talk to your stylist about shortening your hair and discuss what styles may be best for you to try out. If there’s ever a time to cut your hair shorter, it’s now!

Consider Other Wig Bands

Some wig bands on detachable wigs are built to last and hold like glue, but sometimes they can feel heavy and hot on your head. There are new products on the market that can still hold your wigs down, but also not feel too warm.

Gel bands, which are sometimes called cool grip bands, for detachable wigs and hairpieces are all the rage right now. They use a lighter and more breathable material so that your head can stay cool while wearing your favorite wigs.

Avoid Direct Sunlight (Wear a Hat!)

Even if it isn’t terribly hot outside, you should still protect your head by keeping it away from the sunlight. UV rays can be very damaging to both natural human hair and synthetic hair, even with the use of serums and other products made for protecting hair from the sun.

One of the best ways to protect yourself is to wear a hat – a large, straw, floppy hat is a great choice. It’s a lighter hat in feel, so it doesn’t weigh your hair down, and the rim is large enough to cover most of your face and hair.

If a floppy hat isn’t your style, then simply wearing a hat to cover up most of your head and crown is your next best option. Choose a straw or any lighter material that can still breathe and allow for ventilation, so that you don’t feel like you’re baking inside your hat.

Need help staying cool in the heat while looking hot this summer? Book an appointment with us today, with two Los Angeles locations to serve you. The stylists at our hair loss clinics are here to assist you with all your needs. Schedule online, or call us today at 800-966-9505.

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Most Men Would Forego Sex and Booze to Keep Their Hair

“Your hair looks so sexy pushed back...” This is one iconic movie quote that has more emotional layers to it than we’d like to think!

If you had a choice between going bald and giving up sex for a year, and you’d choose no sex, then you’re actually in good company. In this survey, 70% of men in their 20s stated that they’d rather give up sex for a whole year than lose their hair, and 75% of men aged 20-49 wouldn’t mind giving up alcohol if it meant keeping their natural mane.

Women also stand in solidarity with these survey results. Many women have noted that they’d give up sex if it meant saving their significant other’s hair.

But unfortunately, Mother Nature can’t be bargained with – if you’re losing your hair, there’s no deal you can make to keep it. However, don’t give up or lose hope! There are many safe and effective hair loss solutions available to you, and they don’t make you give up sex or alcohol. (Well, maybe you should consider putting down that bottle of liquor. Studies have shown that excessive alcohol use can worsen hair loss.)

The Theradome LH80 PRO is a convenient and affordable laser helmet that is FDA-cleared and patented, is user-friendly and hands-free, and is offered as an over-the-counter device. That means you can do your treatments from the comfort of your own home and go about your daily business while the helmet does its thing! The sessions are quick, too – you only need to wear the device for 20 minutes, twice a week.

This amazing piece of technology has been awarded the Aesthetic Industry Guide's 2017 Hair Restoration Device of the Year, and was recently presented with Innovation of the Year at the 2018 Hollywood Beauty Awards. And most importantly, our clients rave about the incredible results and absolutely love it!

Interested in learning more? Click here or call us at 800-966-9505 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your options and get more information about the Theradome helmet. For only $895, this easy-to-use device will change your life for the better – you can keep or regrow your hair, keep your sex life, and not break the bank.

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Do Tanning Beds Cause Hair Loss?

Tanning beds generally use UVA rays to tan your skin, and some tanning beds also emit UVB rays to produce a better tan. However, we now know that UV rays can age and damage skin – and they do this by creating a molecular reaction that produces damaging changes to the DNA and cell membranes. Research even shows a connection between melanoma and UVA ray exposure, which could mean that tanning beds put you at greater risk for melanoma. While all of this sounds quite grim for those who love the quick and effortless results of tanning beds, there is no specific evidence that links tanning beds directly with hair loss.

However, even with no hard evidence that links tanning beds with hair loss, they can still affect those with androgenic alopecia and actually speed up the hair loss process. It is believed that the rays from tanning beds increase the micro-inflammation that alopecia sufferers are more sensitive to.

While we don’t recommend it, if you are planning on using a tanning bed, you should take precautions. It’s important to protect your hair from UV ray exposure because the rays can affect the chemical structure of your hair, and even cause changes in color. This is especially important if your hair is chemically treated. UV rays can make your hair more porous and allow for dramatic color changes.

In general, you want to make sure to protect your hair and skin from sun exposure. One way to do this is to apply sunscreen to your scalp and the roots of your hair, or wear a hat when you go outside. Prolonged exposure to harmful UV rays can increase your risk of problems in the future.

If you think you’re losing more hair than normal, make an appointment to see one of our hair restoration specialists for a free consultation by calling (800) 966-9505 today.

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The Pros and Cons of Custom Hair Systems vs. Stock Hairpieces

When seeking hair replacement solutions, one of the first decisions many people come across is what type of piece to purchase. They wonder if they should invest in a custom hairpiece or if instead they should purchase a ready-to-wear stock wig that’s quick and, in some cases, less expensive.

There are pros and cons to each of these options. You may be asking yourself, “What’s the care and maintenance like for these hairpieces?” or “How much flexibility will I have in styling?” Everyone’s situations will be different, and it will depend on your lifestyle, budget, and severity of your hair loss.

Here, we run down a short list of some of the positives and potential negatives of each. Keep in mind that both solutions could use either natural human hair or synthetic hair.

Ready-to-Wear Wigs and Pieces

Sometimes referred to as stock pieces, this removable hair system is what people generally think of when researching hair replacement options. They come pre-made in a variety of different styles and features, and offer little flexibility in terms of changes and fit. This category includes wigs, hair extensions, top-of-head systems like toupees, partial caps, and more.

Pros:

  • Readily available at brick-and-mortar and online retailers and salons
  • Elastic caps fit just about any head size and shape
  • Easy to put on and remove at a moment’s notice
  • The low price point allows room in your budget for multiple wigs and pieces for variety
  • Great for patients experiencing temporary hair loss, like cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy

Cons:

  • Out-of-the-box fit often isn’t comfortable for many people
  • Pieces tend to look artificial, not blending well with someone’s natural look
  • Elastic band may limit your physical activities, like dancing
  • Requires additional time for care and maintenance
  • Lifespan of a removable hairpiece is short, and it needs to be switched out often

While there are a variety of different stock hair pieces on the market, it can be a chore to find the one that’s fit and right for you. If you’re looking for something that’s low maintenance and yet gives you a natural, beautiful look, then custom hairpieces may be the way to go.

Custom Hair Systems

Thanks to the advancement of science and technology, there are now many solutions available for hair replacement. From Omnigraft – a non-surgical hair grafting procedure, to Aurora Hair Integration system – a procedure using existing hair to add volume, there is sure to be a hair system that’s fit for your needs.

Pros:

  • Great for people experiencing hair loss in patches or partial areas
  • Can sometimes use existing hair to fulfill the needs of a client
  • Advanced bonding techniques for hair pieces to scalp allow for superior fit
  • New pieces can be blended and fitted to look natural and unapparent
  • Higher quality means lower maintenance and longer lifespans for hairpieces
  • Variety of available procedures ranges largely in cost, so custom hair systems can actually be cost-effective and inexpensive for many patients

Cons:

  • Custom pieces require time and are not instant like stock wigs and hairpieces
  • Every patient responds to the bonding techniques differently

If a custom hair system is what you’re looking for, but you’re not sure if your budget allows for it, one of our experienced hair loss experts will be able to explore the many options available to you. There is something for everyone!

Book a free consultation today online or call us at 800-966-9505 for either of our Los Angeles or Woodland Hills locations.

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