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Going through chemo? Don't go it alone and find a support group

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Every week, we meet more and more chemotherapy patients looking to cover their hair loss by wearing natural looking wigs to help cope with the process of undergoing such a treatment. They are strong, inspiring individuals, and we are happy to serve them as clients.

However, people are an emotional species, and we realize how tough it is for these patients. Often times they visit HRC with other family members or friends as moral support. They walk away with a new set of hair on their head feeling empowered, ready to face the world again. And while human hair wigs  can provide a way for patients to regain confidence, it can never replace the bonds people can share with each other.

Our patients have found that joining support groups or clubs in Los Angeles have really assisted them in handling their emotions. They are able to off-load some of the turmoil onto each other and provide support, as they are all facing the same battles.

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For most patients, hair loss usually occurs a few weeks after treatment. People come into our location anticipating their desire for a hair solution before the hair loss is too noticeable. Our clients have said that the HRC hairpieces help them regain control of their image, thus keeping up their confidence and management of the situation.

But even then, having a group of people who share your journey around you can help immensely. Some groups not only offer networking with other patients, but also education for you and your loved ones. We’ve collected a list of a few outstanding support groups and clubs in the Los Angeles area that you may want to connect with:

  1. The group at Good Samaritan Hospital meet every second Saturday of the month
  2. Luzca Bien…Siéntase Mejor (Look Good...Feel Better) is a bilingual (Spanish/English) women’s club that offers support through their community, beauty lessons, and more. (They have multiple locations around the U.S., including Los Angeles and Orange County)
  3. Want to meet online instead? There are several options for connecting with other cancer patients and survivors through some of these networks.

 

HRC may be just a hair restoration center, but we’ve worked with many inspirational people in the community. We can provide you peace of mind that you’ve decided on the best hair replacement studio in Los Angeles. Our staff is sensitive and educated to help cancer patients make the best decision for their hair needs.

Contact us now to see a variety of handmade human and synthetic wigs or hairpieces that we can provide you with during treatment. HRC can deliver most of these human hair wigs within 7-10 days and provide you a fantastic stylist to cut and style your wig.

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Leave-in versus rinse-out conditioner: What's best for your hair pieces?

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Human hair pieces deserve the same amount of care as, if not more than, natural human hair. Wigs in particular need a lot of attention if you are looking to extend the life and vitality of the piece, and hair conditioners can work some serious wonders for that.

Before we get into the details, let’s first discuss the major differences between shampoo and conditioner. Shampooing helps clean the hair, ridding it of dirt, and most of the times, the natural oil produced by your body. Conditioner helps to restore moisture and reverse the unintended effects of shampooing away much needed oils.

But conditioning can also have other benefits.

Rinse-out conditioner

The most common type of conditioner, this product is normally applied while you’re in the shower right after you have rinsed out the shampoo from your hair. Its contents “stick” to your hair to restore moisture, even after you rinse it out, and makes combing your hair easier.

This type of conditioner also tends to weigh down your hair, so it is best for people with voluminous and typically unmanageable hair.

Leave-in conditioner

After you have shampooed your hair, rinsed it out, and towel it dry, you can apply this product to your damp hair. They are typically less weighty than rinse-out conditioner, so this is preferred for people with thinner hair.

While rinse-out conditioners are best to restore moisture and repair damaged hair, leave-in conditioners are best for added shine and better manageability. Also, this product is best for preventing heat damage. So if you plan on styling your hair after your shower, you should use leave-in conditioner on your hair moments before you put it through a flat iron or blowdryer.

Best methods to care for custom hair pieces?

Hair replacement has added to the complexity of hair care. Just as it is for natural human hair, everyone’s procedures for taking care of wigs will be slightly different, depending on the wigs or pieces themselves. However, here are some overall good tips to maintain a healthy-looking hair piece:

  1. Condition often. Since your wigs cannot produce natural oils needed to protect the hair, you will have to apply conditioner often. Most will use leave-in conditioner daily, and if you aren’t currently using your wigs, you should still apply conditioner whenever possible.
  2. Try Moroccan Argan or coconut oils. These oils are known to absorb into the hair quickly and efficiently, and is considered to be a top-tier care procedure. Since these oils are more expensive than normal conditioners, you may want to use these oils weekly, biweekly, or whenever you start to notice dryness in your hair pieces.
  3. Consider shampoo + conditioner products. Since shampooing itself tends to rip the hair from oils that are present, using a product that combines both may reduce the effect of dryness or damage.
  4. Consult your experienced stylist. As we always preach here at HRC, when dealing with the care of your custom hair pieces, you should work with your trained stylist, as s/he will have the experience necessary to consult you wisely on the care of your hair.

Ready to consider hair restoration? We offer a FREE hair and scalp analysis, where we can determine the best method for your specific needs. Our trained staff at HRC will help guide you to the best solution. Contact us today!

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Look Like a Hollywood Celebrity: Styling Your Hair Extensions

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There are many reasons for getting hair extensions, one of them being the opportunity to transform your hair into any style you want. Whether you are struggling with hair loss or simply desire to have more volume for that Hollywood hair look, hair pieces and extensions are definitely worth looking into.

But what can you do with hair pieces? Thankful to the major advances in science and technology, human hair extensions can be styled just like your own hair. Since they are made with real human hair, there is no need to worry about using the right products or heat in order to style the hair.

Here are some of our favorite hair styles with extensions straight from the red carpet:

Jayma Mays

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Jayma’s striking red hair is enhanced with extensions to add volume and length. Her stylist then gave her a clean yet tousled look that’s effortless and gorgeous. Try using a curling iron on medium heat, curling pieces of hair around the iron, and then slowly tugging the bunch down for those big curls.  

Minka Kelly

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Minka added some serious length with her extensions for a more modern look. On top of that, her hair stylist added an ombré coloration to her real hair and the extensions, which is definitely possible with human hair pieces. When you get your extensions colored, be sure to find a stylist who’s worked with extensions before, and be sure to communicate any history of coloration done to that piece, as the chemicals may affect future applications.

Miranda Kerr

 

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Miranda went for a classic and romantic look with a one-sided hairstyle to compliment her single strap dress. Professionally applied hair pieces won’t show even if you brush your hair to the side, giving you the freedom to create the hairstyle you want.

Be sure to also check out our post on how to care for your hair extensions, which can be very easy.  

 If you’re ready to see if human hair extensions are right for you, schedule a free hair and scalp appointment with us. Our hair experts at HRC will be able to guide you in the direction you want for your next hair style.

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7 Totally Random Facts about Wigs

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If you live in Los Angeles, you’ve most likely seen your fair share of wigs. Wigs are very common in Hollywood, as many movies and scenes will call for specific hairstyles that sometimes cannot be achieved with the actors’ real hair. One glance at Mad Men, and you’ll know what we’re talking about.

The staff at HRC know hair, and they know wigs. Here are just a few things we’ve learned in our experiences that we’d like to share with you.

  • The word wig is short for periwig and appeared in the English language around 1675.
  • In the 16th century, it was thought that shaving one’s natural hair and replacing it with a wig is the best defense against lice. It was also the first time we would see wigs used to help cover up hair loss.
  • Fake-hair wigs are usually made of yak hair, for their durability and strength.
  • The wax figures at Madame Tussauds do not have wigs, but rather real human hair is applied directly on the figure itself. It also must be kept washed and cleaned regularly.
  • Most human hair wigs are made up of Chinese or Indian hair, since the strands tend to be thicker and straighter. European hair is generally more expensive.
  • Dolly Parton has a lot of wigs. On The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, she said, “I have at least 365. One for each day. I do wear wigs all the time because it’s so handy and I’m always so busy. I really enjoy wearing the wigs.”
  • In the United States, only the first five Presidents, from George Washington to James Monroe, wore powdered wigs.

Wondering if a wig or some other type of hairpiece is right for you? Come visit us either at our Los Angeles or Woodland Hills location, and our staff will be more than happy to help you determine your needs.

Contact us today to schedule for your complimentary hair and scalp analysis.

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How to take care of your human hair pieces

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We’re not going to lie, taking care of the custom hair pieces on your own without professional help can be more difficult than taking care of your own hair -- however, it doesn’t have to be hard or time-consuming. HRC offers a full styling staff with two locations to help you and assist with having great hair. Human hair extensions require specialized attention, but taking small steps to keep them up will make them last you for a long time.

Luckily, today’s hair pieces come in many different colors and styles to fit your natural look, or to compliment a style you’re looking to achieve. We here at HRC have a variety of options for our clients, for both men and women with hairloss. HRC can custom design you the best hair pieces or hair replacement using the finest human hair available.

When you implement these simple tasks into your daily routine, taking care of your hairpiece will be a snap.

     Find a hairstylist you trust and has experience with hair extensions. If this is your first time with hair replacement, then you’ll need some guidance and a helping hand through this experience. You’ll be seeing your stylist often, as the hair system may get loose and will need readjusting over time.

     Consider the style you want before buying your hair pieces. Most people prefer to get the color and style that match what they naturally have, however, you can also opt to get hair pieces that match the style you want.

     Use the hair dryer on the low setting. Human hair pieces can withstand much more heat than synthetic hair pieces, but heat in general is damaging to any hair. While your natural hair will grow to replace hair that’s been blown out, hair pieces obviously can’t. Extend the life of your extensions by blow drying the pieces when you’re trying to style it.

     Wash and condition your hair. Most people will simply wash their hair with shampoo, and generally that’s okay. But if you’ve had hair replacement, it’s even more important that you also condition your hair. Like we just stated, your hair won’t grow, so you should keep your hairpieces healthy with conditioner. Both leave-in conditioner and the ones you use in the shower are fine, but be sure to not overdo it, because too much conditioner can leave build-up in your hair.  

     If you have removable hair pieces, store them neatly, away from the sun and other items, when you’re not using them. If you remove your hair 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 hair will become part of your daily routine.

 If you’re still trying to understand what hair replacement solution is right for you, we’ve got you covered. Contact us today for a free hair and scalp consultation.

 

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The Best Hairstyles from the 86th Academy Awards

The red carpet at the Oscars 2014 in Los Angeles have never looked better, and the hair that graced the screens were no exception. From Jared Leto to Cate Blanchett, the nominated (and winning) actors and actresses once again employed stellar Hollywood hair stylists that will set the trend for 2014. 

As they say, all "nominees" are winners in our book! HRC has kept their eyes glued to the screen looking for amazing hairstyles. Here are our four favorites:

 
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Sally Field
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At age 67, the legendary actress who we all "really really love" looked amazing in her gown, but what really blew us away was her full hair. A classic, layered haircut that was perfectly framed to her face, Sally Field wowed us with healthy-looking hair. Giving a very inspirational speech only moved us even more.

To achieve her hairstyle, you could use hair pieces underneath your hair to give a full, voluminous look. Add just a few, big curls tossed with some light hairspray, and you've got this classic look. See the variety of hair extensions options available to you from HRC.

 
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Long hair for men is back in style this year, but one guy that particularly stood out was Dallas Buyer's Club Oscar-winning supporting actor, Jared Leto. We were definitely moved by his speech dedicated to his loving mother, but no one could get over the fact that this 42-year-old man wore long hair better than some of the women!

To achieve his sunkissed-ombre (or a manbre as some would call it) locks, men could add hair pieces or extensions to their hair. But since most men tend to lose hair at the top, you should try virtual reality hair, which is a hair replacement method that involves no surgery, and is much used in Hollywood and by other hair elites. Click here to get more information on this revolutionary technique.

 

Baby-bump-friendly gowns took to the red carpet this year, with Scandal actress Kerry Washington looking luxurious with a nice, full head of hair. It's not uncommon for women to have healthy hair during pregnancy, as the rise of estrogen promotes hair growth. However, after delivery, it is common for women to experience hair loss. Telogen effluvium, the second most common form of hair loss seen by dermatologists, occurs normally 1-5 months after pregnancy, when estrogen levels fall back to normal.

Kerry Washington showed up with a half-up/half-down hair style, with nice curls at the bottom. Try adding hair extensions to your hair to give your style a full look like hers. If you want to curl it, be sure to get natural hair extensions (like we use) instead of synthetic, as those would be damaged if you put hot metal to them.

 
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Kerry Washington
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Just because hair is short, doesn't mean that hair can't be styled. Supporting actor nominee for 12 Years a Slave, Michael Fassbender showed men everywhere that you can sport a messy look with short hair without looking like a California beach bum. On top of that (or rather, at the bottom of his look), Michael sports a full, great-looking beard, which is also coming back into style these days.

Men with hair loss who get virtual reality hair with us at HRC can also get this look and style it the same way as if it was your own hair. Read more about it here.

What hairstyle at the Oscars 2014 blew you away? Our staff here at Hair Restoration of California can help you achieve the look you want. Call us today to schedule a free hair consultation.

 
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Michael Fassbender
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