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Protect Your Hair & Scalp from the Summer Sun

Summer is here, and we all know that the California sun will be out in full force! Thousands of beach goers, BBQ lovers, and outdoor fans are going to slather their skin in protective sunscreen and break out their best sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats to guard against the relentless summer sun – but what about our hair and scalps? The sun is just as damaging to what’s on our heads, and can cause our hair to become lackluster and our scalps to dry and (God forbid) flake! Here are some precautions you can take to protect your hair and scalp from the summer sun when venturing outdoors this season.

Wear a Hat
The easiest and simplest protection you can use is wearing a stylish hat. Wide brims are ideal, as they cover more of your hair, but baseball caps can be just as effective. Try to tuck your hair underneath the hat for bonus protection. But remember, if you have thin hair, fitted hats can rub against your scalp and could create more problems down the line. Scarves and bandanas are good alternatives as well.

Use SPF Products
There are many products that are formulated specifically to protect your hair from the sun. These serums, sprays, and conditioners can usually be found at your local supermarket or drugstore. Shampoos and conditioners that provide UV protection are less effective since they are rinsed off, so try to choose other products like sprays or leave-in serums.

Be Aware of the Part
The part in your hair is an area where your scalp is exposed to the sun, so we recommend applying a bit of sunscreen directly onto any exposed scalp. If your hair is longer, you can protect your scalp by pulling back your hair into a ponytail or bun so that no areas of your scalp are showing.

Plan Around the Sun
The sun is at its highest point in the sky from 10am to 3pm, which is when UV rays are at their strongest. If you avoid being exposed during this window of time, you will lessen your chances of sun damage to your hair and scalp. However, if you don’t want to stay indoors or in the shade during these times, we recommend carrying your protective products with you to reapply throughout the day.

Don’t neglect your sensitive scalp or hair this summer! Be sure to protect yourself from sun damage to maintain healthy, beautiful hair all year round.

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Does Hair Dye Cause Hair Loss?

One of the most often-asked questions is, “Can dying my hair cause it to fall out?” The easy answer is, no. If you use hair dye products that are sold in a reputable store and contain safe ingredients or visit a licensed salon, you should not experience hair loss from dying your hair.

Hair dye does contain chemicals that can damage your hair follicles or your scalp and cause hair loss if used incorrectly or over-used. Dying your hair can cause breakage which will ultimately result in hair loss. However, all hair, dyed or natural is prone to some breakage. Dying your hair should not cause hair loss unless you use incorrect products during or after the process.

So, what exactly does happen to your hair when you dye it? Hair dyes use chemicals to bond the new color to your hair (both externally and internally) and that means your hair must be penetrated by the chemicals. There is a difference between dying your hair darker or lighter. Going darker tends to do less damage to your hair follicles, where as, the peroxide used to go lighter can be more destructive.

Ultimately, coloring your hair will not cause hair loss because your hair is already dead! Once your hair grows past the follicle it is dead and no longer growing. Growth occurs from underneath your scalp where the hair is alive beneath the skin’s surface. This is also where the root (no pun intended) of hair loss can result. Your hair bulb can be affected by chemicals or hormones in your blood which can result in hair loss. However, since dying your hair only affects the hair on the surface, it doesn’t result in hair loss.

If you feel that your hair is getting damaged by your hair dye, ask your colorist to try an ammonia-free option. Ammonia is used to make it easier for the dye to seep into your hair, but it can also strip hair of natural nutrients which in turn weakens the hair.

In general, hair dye doesn’t make your hair fall out, however, everybody is different and there could be a reason the dye you’ve used to color your hair is causing breakage or thinning. 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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10 Benefits Of Going Gray

Gray will save you time & money. Life is short and gray hair is easy and (mostly) free. Think of all the money you would still have in your pocket if you had never colored your hair? That Caribbean vacation would have already happened!

Gray is the new black. Have you seen Helen Mirren's gorgeous silver locks lately? Or George Clooney’s handsome, shining gray? What about Anderson Cooper or Annie Lennox? Even singer/songwriter and rebel icon Patti Smith now has a head full of silver—and that really rocks.

Gray is real. We live in a society that worships youth and makes us afraid of aging. For many people, going gray is not as much about style as it is about attitude. Going gray lets us celebrate our wisdom and maturity and throw out the script that says older men and women can't be sexy and strong and happy.

Gray is flexible. Thinking about trying it? There are many approaches to converting—from stealth to cold turkey—and you can pick the one that fits your comfort level. Here’s four approaches to letting your gray go wild:

  • Eliminate the artificial color in one fell swoop by shaving your head.
  • Wear a wig in your dyed color until your gray has grown long enough to cut off the old color.
  • Have a professional colorist camouflage the transitioning hair with artfully placed lowlights as the gray grows in.
  • Just wait out the growth, trimming off the old color until you're left with purest silver (a short haircut speeds the process along).

Gray is exciting. Letting your hair go gray is a little like searching for hidden treasure—you can't be sure at the outset what you're going to find at the end of the trail, but the journey is always interesting. Some find that their real hair color is a shiny salt and pepper mix, and others might describe theirs as "precious metals"—a little bit each of silver, gold and copper. If your gray hair is tinged with yellow, which is sometimes the case if your hair was naturally blond or a warm brunette, your colorist can correct this with salon treatments that bring out blue or violet rather than gold hues. This will give your natural color a silvery shimmer.

Gray is earth-friendly. You recycle. You avoid foods with unpronounceable ingredients. So why are you putting something called Phenylenediamine just a few millimeters from your brain eight times a year? Depending on the product you use, you might be smearing your noggin with lead, mercury, coal tar or formaldehyde. The jury's still out on how dangerous hair coloring may or may not be, but why risk putting an alphabet soup of potential toxins on your head and down the drain into the groundwater?

Gray is stylish and sexy. Just six words: Jamie. Lee. Curtis. And. John. Slattery.

Gray goes with everything. Once you go gray, you may also discover that your hair not only matches your eyebrows, but that it has a rich new texture and amazing shine. You can play up the beauty of your gray even more with gray-friendly clothing in cool tones from the blue (rather than the gold) end of the spectrum.

Gray is powerful. Think about it. Would Meryl Streep's character in The Devil Wears Prada be taken so seriously without that mane of snowy hair? Not so scary, but plenty powerful. What about the gray that Joe Manganiello’s been rocking lately? Definitely taking his status from beefcake to flat out handsome. Many people find that they're taken more seriously in the workplace after they reveal their gray.

Gray is just hair. Going gray doesn't have to be permanent unless you want it to be. That’s the beauty of it—you're in charge. It's not just about hair, but about how you want to live and creating a life that reflects the person you've become.

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

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How to Take Care of Synthetic Hair Pieces?

We’re not going to lie, taking care of hair pieces can be more difficult than taking care of real human hair, however, it doesn’t have to be hard or time-consuming. Synthetic hair requires more effort for upkeep than human hair extensions, but it’s generally more affordable for most people.

We here at HRC have a variety of options for our clients, which you can find here.

With care and attention, synthetic hair pieces can last you a long time, and remain looking high-quality.

  • Find a hairstylist you trust and has experience with hair extensions. If this is your first time with hair pieces, then you’ll need some guidance and a helping hand through this experience. You’ll be seeing your stylist often, as the pieces may get loose and will need readjusting over time.
  • Consider quality before buying synthetic hair extensions. Different hair pieces may come in different levels of quality, usually depending on how much heat the hair can take. If you think you need to have the ability to curl or flat iron your hair, you’ll need to make sure you’re getting the correct type of synthetic hair. The product should have information as to the highest level of heat the hair can take before it melts.
  • Use the hair dryer on the low or no-heat setting. Even if the hair piece states that the hair can withstand heat up to a certain degree, there’s no need to chance it with a hot blow dryer.
  • Invest in synthetic hair-friendly products (shampoo especially). Before you go to bed at night, make sure to wash out all product from your synthetic hair, as product build-up could not only damage the fibers, but will make it hard to comb out the next day. A quick Google search will reveal some shampoo made especially for synthetic hair pieces, and while you’re at it, get some de-tangler too.
  • Store them neatly, away from sun and other items, when you’re not using them. If you remove your 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 synthetic hair will become part of your daily routine.

Synthetic hair pieces are a great investment for those who are unsure if they want to commit to human hair extensions and wigs. We prefer real human hair over synthetic hair, purely for aesthetic reasons and ease of care, however, it’s also important for our clients to feel out their options.

Contact us today for a free hair and scalp consultation, and discover what options are best for you.

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Real Women With Hair Loss Talk About the Benefits of Virtuésse

Utter the phrase “nonsurgical hair replacement method” and often times we’re looked at confusingly. “Is there such a thing?” people will normally ask. Why, yes there is!

Virtuésse, developed by Virtual Reality Hair is a hairpiece that’s made with real human hair, and can be attached to the scalp by a bonding material. The scalp of Virtuésse, which is made with a DermaLens product, looks and feels real, so even if you put your hair up in a ponytail, no one can tell that it’s not your real hair.

The major benefit to this revolutionary hair replacement method is it removes the work of having to take off and put on your hairpieces every day. It’s a part of you and it stays on, all the time, even when you’re styling or shampooing your hair.

Whether you have alopecia or experience hair loss because of chemotherapy, Virtuésse is for anyone who wants an easy and better alternative to surgical hair restoration methods.

Since it’s made with real human hair, you can style it with a hot curling iron or flat iron if you wish. The hair pieces come in many colors, so it’s possible to find the color that fits either your current color or the look you’re going for.

Upkeep is also easy -- you just have to come to us or go to any hair studio around the country certified by Virtual Reality Hair for monthly maintenance, or for any last-minute adjustments and needs. You can also view a gallery of actual women with Virtuésse, and you’ll see that their hair not only looks real, but full and healthy!

Ready to see if this solution is the right one for you? Contact the helpful staff at HRC to schedule your free hair and scalp consultation.

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