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Teenage Hair Loss

Hair loss generally occurs gradually as we age, but sometimes teenagers can lose their hair, too. The onset of teenage hair loss can be an upsetting experience for anyone, but it’s often substantially more distressing for teenage girls. There is no doubt that hair loss affects self-esteem in teenagers. A fair amount of this unhappiness results from social media, which presents images that tend to portray an ideal body that’s unattainable to most. Viewing these images can cause teenagers to question their appearance and lose self-esteem. When teenagers experience symptoms of thinning, balding, or shedding it can cause a reduction in confidence and their social life. 

Fortunately, it’s possible to prevent or reverse hair loss and avoid the damage it can cause to self-esteem. By working with a professional, teenagers can identify the cause of their hair loss and receive the treatment they need to raise their self-esteem.

If you are a teenager (or parent of) reading this and you notice signs of hair loss, you are not alone. There is a growing population of boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 19 who share your concerns, and there are a variety of treatments available to you and following a consultation, advice on lifestyle changes, grooming habits and in some cases supplement advice that will improve the health of your hair.

Here are some common causes of hair loss in teenagers:

Alopecia areata: This skin disease is thought to develop when the immune system damages the hair follicles, causing hair strands to weaken and eventually fall out. It can cause bald patches that may appear and disappear.

Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions can interfere with normal hair production and cause hair loss. These include polycystic ovary syndrome, thyroid disease and uncontrolled diabetes.

Medicines: Hair loss can be a side effect of medicines used to treat ADHD, acne, bipolar disorder and cancer. Diet pills containing amphetamines can also cause hair loss.

Traction alopecia: This condition develops due to hair follicle damage from hairstyles that pull on the hair. Teenagers who vigorously or excessively backcomb or brush their hair and those who wear braids, cornrows and extensions in their hair are at high risk for this type of hair loss.

Chemical hair treatments: Treatments such as dyes, bleaches and perms can damage the hair follicles, causing hair strands to break off or fall out.

Trichotillomania: This psychological disorder causes people to repeatedly pull their hair out. It’s often triggered by stress and anxiety, and leaves areas of baldness and damaged hair strands of different lengths.

Poor nutrition: Hair loss can be a symptom of nutritional deficiencies, such as zinc or vitamin H deficiency. Vegetarian and vegan teenagers are at high risk for hair loss due to poor nutrition.

Androgenetic alopecia: This condition is caused by several factors, including genetic makeup and hormones called androgens. Teenagers who take steroids to build their bodies are at high risk for this type of hair loss.

The causes of teenage hair loss are many and varied, and teenagers should work with a hair restoration specialist to develop a treatment plan. Early treatment can help teenagers with hair loss to improve their self-image and self-esteem.

At Hair Restoration of California, we offer the best non-surgical hair restoration treatments available to teenagers today. To schedule a free consultation call us today at (800) 966-9505.

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Dealing with Hair Loss After Chemotherapy


When your body undergoes cancer treatment you not only endure a tremendous shock physically, but also on a mental and psychological level. In addition, treatment brings with it numerous physical changes to your body. Several of the chemotherapy drugs used during cancer treatment cause hair loss. Chemotherapy drugs work by attacking the actively dividing cancer cells, but they also attack other actively growing cells in the body, like those in your hair follicles. These drugs cause hair thinking, hair fall out or even complete baldness depending on the type of drug used, the dosage and the duration of use, etc. Fortunately, once the chemo sessions are finished, hair starts to grow back within a few months. However, with radiotherapy, there’s a chance that hair loss may be permanent or patchy. On top of the tremendous stress of battling cancer, losing your hair can be a confounding strain as hair is so strongly associated with one’s self-image and beauty. Strong support from family and friends can help ease this phase, however there are also certain options available for cancer survivors.

Some people opt for wigs during the course of cancer treatment, some shave their head or go bald as a symbol of their fight against cancer. Here are a few more possibilities:

Scalp Ice Caps: These are caps that are lined with a gel that is usually refrigerated and chilled. This is applied to the scalp 40-50 minutes before chemotherapy begins so that blood flow to the scalp is sluggish and chemo drugs do not actively flow there. This in turn, prevent hair from falling out. This procedure is not available in all hospitals so you’ll want to check with your doctor ahead of time.

Hair Replacement: A type of high-end toupee, it has a mesh base that is designed after taking the dimensions of the head and it’s color coordinated to the skin tone. Human hair is then tied to the mesh with special knots in a way that makes it appear like hair is growing out of the mesh base. The base is then fitted to the head.

Hair Transplantation: If there are patchy areas of hair loss after finishing cancer treatment or if the thinning hair seems permanent, hair transplant may be the solution. There are 2 types of transplants available; 1) FUT where a strip of scalp is removed from the back of the head and the hair grafts are dissected out and implanted or 2) FUE where individual grafts are removed with the help of a monitor and then implanted.

Minoxidil: Though it may not help during the process of chemo, it will help hair grow back much quicker after finishing treatment. Minoxidil is a solution that is applied directly to the scalp to stimulate hair follicles and can be used for both men and women. This solution general works best on the crown area compared to the frontal region. However, caution needs to be taken when applied because it can cause unwanted hair growth to the face or neck if applied there. You may have to continue use for a long period as stopping the application has often been linked to increased hair loss.

Finasteride: Taken in pill form, this promotes hair growth by blocking the action of natural hormones in scalp hair and reducing hair loss. At the moment this drug is only approved for use by men with androgenic hair loss and by post-menopausal women.

Hair Care: The methods above can help with hair loss but gentle hair care can also contribute to better growth. Using mild shampoo, brushing less vigorously and avoiding chemical treatments like perming, straightening and coloring all play a role. Try to minimize use of heat styling and keep hair short so that it looks fuller.

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

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Can Sun Damage Hair?

The answer is YES! It can! 

Hair is a fascinating thing. It's simple in structure, but it's made of a tough protein called keratin. Your hair shaft includes the inner cortex, as well as the protective outer layer called the cuticle. The cuticle has many overlapping cells that look like roof shingles. Your hair is best when the cuticle lies flat and a smooth cuticle reflects light and is soft to the touch.

Unfortunately, daily hair styling - flat irons, excessive blow drying, even vigorous brushing - can make the shingles stand up and weaken your hair. An open cuticle exposed to sunlight means UV rays are able to penetrate the cortex, which dulls and dehydrates your hair. And if you color your hair, bleaches and dyes have already compromised your cuticle so the dulling and dehydration is even more intense. 

And although your hair itself cannot get cancer or a sunburn, the sun can damage your hair - especially during the long hot summer months. Excess sun can cause weak, stressed dry and brittle hair and can make your hair more susceptible to split ends. If you color your hair, the sun can change the pigmentation of your hair as well. 

The best thing to do to protect your hair from the sun is to get regular trims to cut off the split ends and dry brittle hair. To protect the rest of your hair from the sun, use a fortifying leave in conditioner to that contains UV protection. 

To further enhance your hair's health during the summer, choose ultra-hydrating styling products that also contain SPF and UV protection. To remove any build-up, use once a week a clarifying shampoo. Regular hot oil treatments, hair masks or overnight balms are also great for deep conditioning in between treatments. 

Looking for options to manage hair loss or sun damage? Call us today at (800) 966-9505 for a free consultation!

 

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Does Dandruff Cause Hair Loss?

Dandruff is a chronic non-serious non-contagious condition that causes itching and flaking of the scalp. Causes of dandruff can vary, from hormones to oily scalp to genetics, or even more serious conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis. 

Even though hair loss tends to happen around the same time that dandruff happens, it is not the cause of permanent hair loss. However, if left untreated, dandruff can become so itchy and irritated that it can lead to temporary hair loss. 

Treatments prescribed for hair loss can irritate your scalp and cause the itching and flaking dandruff reaction. Minoxidil, which has been used to treat thinning hair, can cause dandruff-like conditions. Alcohol, which is used in Minoxidil, can dry the scalp over time leading to itching and scaling.

Another reason dandruff is related to hair loss is due to the physical act of itching itself. Intense itching usually induces vigorous scratching, and vigorous scratching can separate the hair from one’s head. While scratching, you may be pulling, breaking and scraping your hair away from your scalp–this just adds to the hair loss situation.

If you have dandruff, begin by using an over-the-counter medicated shampoo containing zinc pyrithione, tar, salicylic acid, selenium sulfide or ketoconazole. Try using the medicated shampoo daily until symptoms improve, and then reducing the frequency to two or three times each week. Alternating between active ingredients and leaving the shampoo on your scalp for at least five minutes is also beneficial.

Lifestyle changes to help prevent dandruff include eating a healthier diet that includes B vitamins, zinc and omega 3 fats while reducing overall stress in your life.

Looking for options to fight or manage hair loss? Call us today at (800) 966-9505 for a free consultation!

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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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Hormones and Women’s Hair Loss

Hair loss can be a startling and upsetting condition for anyone, but it can be especially difficult for women – since hair loss is generally perceived to be a men’s issue, often catching women off guard when it happens to them! While we know of many causes for hair loss in women, from high stress to tight ponytails, one of the most common explanations is actually hormonal imbalance.

The American Hair Loss Association’s research has debunked that myth that women with traditionally more masculine traits are “more likely” to suffer from hair loss. While it is true that hair follicles can be forced into dormancy by testosterone, this is not always the primary cause of women’s hair loss. Despite popular believe, there is no such thing as “male” hormones and “female” hormones – rather, the body has a delicate balance of all hormones, which require this balance to keep hair growing.

When women use birth control, experience pregnancy, or begin menopause, the usual cycle of hormones becomes disrupted. This disruption sometimes results in dramatic increases of estrogen and progesterone, or a decrease in a hormone called dihydrotestosterone. Either of these changes can lead to hair loss.

If you think you may be experiencing hormonal hair loss or thinning hair, you can be tested by an endocrinologist to determine if your hormone levels are off. Even the smallest shift can result in symptoms like hair loss, hair thinning, mood swings, acne, and weight gain! A professional can give you the recommendations you need to get started with treatment.

In addition to consulting your doctor for help, you can also make certain lifestyle changes that can also begin correcting hormonal imbalances. We suggest adding fiber-rich food to your diet such as whole proteins and steel-cut oatmeal, as well as exercising on a regular basis. Furthermore, any activities that help decrease your stress can have marvelous effects on increasing hormonal vitality.

We specialize in nonsurgical hair restoration and hair replacement solutions for all types of hair loss and hair thinning. If you’re interested in learning more about what our skilled hair technicians can do for you, call our office for a free consultation or to book your next appointment. Contact us today 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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4 Reversible Causes of Hair Loss

Hair loss isn’t on anyone’s agenda, and when it suddenly happens to you – don’t panic! Thinning hair and hair loss can often be reversed, and on the occasion it can’t be, there are still aesthetically pleasing solutions like natural human-hair wigs and hairpieces available that can beautiful conceal any imperfections. Regardless, you absolutely can regain a full head of thick, luxurious hair!Hair loss isn’t on anyone’s agenda, and when it suddenly happens to you – don’t panic! Thinning hair and hair loss can often be reversed, and on the occasion it can’t be, there are still aesthetically pleasing solutions like natural human-hair wigs and hairpieces available that can beautiful conceal any imperfections. Regardless, you absolutely can regain a full head of thick, luxurious hair!

There are a few reasons why you could be experiencing hair loss, which can affect the type of treatment or solution that’s best for your particular situation. We’ve compiled a list of the most common causes of hair loss to consider:

1. Too Much Shampoo
Most people shower daily, and shampooing their hair is part of their routine. However, this is only recommended if you have oily hair. Excessive shampooing can damage normal hair and dry out your scalp, leading to dander, thinning hair, and eventually hair loss. Instead of shampooing every day, try every other day. On days when you don’t shampoo, simply massage your scalp gently and rinse your hair with water to remove dirt and product build-up.

2. Products Containing Sulfates
Many hair-care products contain sulfates, such as 90% of all shampoos! While sulfates are responsible for the rich lather you work up using your shampoo, this harsh chemical actually dehydrates your scalp and even strips it of its moisturizing natural oils. Sulfates also clog the hair follicles, which can lead to irritation and stunted hair growth. If your hair is thinning, sulfates could be the culprit and it may be time to get rid of sulfate products and go sulfate-free.

3. Mistreating Wet Hair
How do you handle your hair when you step out of the shower? If you vigorously towel-dry it, comb it, brush it, blast it with a hot dryer, or flip your head upside down to dry it... It’s time to stop! All of these common methods can damage your hair! You can prevent breakage by gently patting your hair dry with a microfiber towel, then leave it to air-dry the rest of the way. If you must blow-dry your hair, be sure to use it at the lowest heat setting to avoid damage.

4. Poor Diet
Because hair is mostly made up of protein, a protein-rich diet is vital for healthy hair. Protein is needed to create Keratin, which is what strengthens hair and gives it that smooth, silky feel and luminous shine that everyone loves. If your body needs more protein, it could cause your hair follicles to shift into a resting phase – which then leads to significant hair shedding and eventually full-blown hair loss. You can fight hair loss with these 4 foods, and these 5 nutrients will keep your hair healthy.

If you’re struggling with hair loss or thinning hair, we have a multitude of treatment options and nonsurgical hair replacement and hair restoration solutions. Call our office today at (800) 966-9505 for a free consultation or to book your next appointment. We’ll support you get your full head of hair back!

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Debunking 6 Common Hair Loss Myths

Sometimes, old wives tales and myths worm their way into becoming understood as “common knowledge”. These tales are passed down over time and become simply assumed as truth, when in reality they’re just misconceptions! Things are no different for the subject of hair loss. Unfortunately, that means that myths could be deterring you from having a healthy head of hair! Today, let’s look at six common myths about hair loss and uncover the truth.

Does wearing a hat cause hair loss?
Not quite. We could argue that a very tight cap may cut off blood flow and essential nutrients, or that they cause your hair to break or thin via friction, or even that dirty hats may lead to scalp infections. However, these tend to be rather unique scenarios. For the most part, hats don’t cause hair loss – but hair loss often causes hats!

Does cutting hair make it return thicker?
This myth stems from a simple optical illusion. When your hair needs to be trimmed, the split ends make it look thinner than it really is. Once those thin-appearing pieces are trimmed away, your hair looks thicker and healthier but the hair itself hasn’t actually changed in volume. Still the perfect incentive for getting your hair cut!

Does hair loss only come from Mom’s side of the family?
Nope! Hair loss comes from both your mother’s and father’s side. Any genetic coding for hair loss simply does not originate within the genes of a single parent. It’s possible that there may be hereditary factors on your mother’s side that are significantly more dominant, but overall we cannot predict the future of our hair by looking at one parent or the other.

Does shampooing cause hair loss?
Typically, any hair loss you witness in the shower is just normal shedding. We all shed our hair – and the amount may surprise you! The average adult sheds around 50-125 strands a day. However, if you notice a marginal increase in hair loss during the daily shower, we recommend scheduling a free consultation with our hair specialists at (800) 966-9505. However, even then, shampooing your hair is only what reveals your hair loss, it isn’t the cause.

It’s just old men who lose their hair, right?
This is completely false. While age can certainly speed up the process, hair loss can actually happen to any person of any age for a number of reasons. A whopping 40% of women experience thinning hair in their lifetime. Meanwhile, health concerns like alopecia areata and trichotillomania affect many children. Aging men with hair loss aren’t the only ones struggling with losing hair.

But nothing can be DONE about hair loss. There is no cure!
Fortunately, this isn’t accurate at all. Every case of hair loss is different, which means that each prognosis, strategy, and response to treatment is equally unique and individual. There isn’t a single “cure-all,” but there are many options to choose from! The future is full of possibility, and it’s all about finding the right solution for you. When you work with our skilled hair specialists, we’ll help you explore the most effective options and discover the best fit for your individual situation. Call our office at (800) 966-9505 to schedule a free consultation today!

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Fight Hair Loss with These 4 Foods

Suffering from hair loss can be extremely frustrating and difficult, but there are ways to combat and overcome those challenges. You can undergo treatments like Hair Growth Therapy, get an amazing wig, and even fight hair loss naturally via your diet! The food you eat can actually help you increase the health of your hair. For example, the four foods below will restore essential nutrients to your hair that will make sure it’s as healthy and attractive as possible.

Salmon
When your body is lacking important nutrients like healthy fats, your hair can lose its luster and volume. Salmon is a perfect source for those healthy fats – specifically, those called omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients increase oil production along the hair follicles, which moisturizes your hair and makes it look shiny and smooth.

Almonds
A lack of magnesium could be causing your hair to fall out, and almonds are an excellent source! Almonds are also packed with many other nutrients that improve your overall health, along with your skin and hair. This includes Vitamin E, which also protects your hair and scalp from harmful UV rays.

Strawberries
Brittle and breaking hair is in desperate need of Vitamin C, which can be deliciously found in strawberries. Vitamin C is needed to form essential proteins, which are the building blocks of not only your hair, but also your muscles. If you’re not a fan of strawberries or they aren’t in season, Vitamin C is also found in citrus fruits, broccoli, and bell peppers.

Spinach
When your body is iron deficient, one possible consequence is hair loss. Spinach is one of the richest foods in iron, and eating it can help hair stay healthy and on your head. Spinach also contains Vitamin C and beta-carotene, which are also beneficial nutrients to your hair and body.

A simple change in your diet could help you drastically improve the health of your hair. If you’re experiencing hair loss, these four essential foods can be a great source of help! If you’re interested in learning more about how you can recover from hair loss and thinning hair, book a free consultation by calling us today at (800) 966-9505.

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How to Care for Human Hair Wigs

Choosing the right wig is a significant process that is often much more involved than we usually think it is. There are all sorts, but many agree that human hair wigs are the highest quality and will give you the most natural and attractive look. But how do you take care of a human hair wig? Is it just like maintaining your natural-grown hair? Well, there are some similarities and there are some differences. Today, we’re going to walk you through four different categories of care for human hair wigs: storage, cleaning, drying, and styling.

Storage
When you aren’t wearing your wig, it needs to be stored on a wig stand or wig block in order to keep it from getting tangled, misshapen, or damaged. Keep it in a dry, cool location away from moisture, dirt, mold, and direct sunlight.

Cleaning
Begin by brushing the wig through with a wide-tooth comb, starting at the ends and making your way up to the cap. Wash the wig using a gentle shampoo – make sure to choose one that doesn’t contain a lot of chemicals. You should avoid shampoos like Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Clairol, and Sauve.

You can wash the wig by either submerging it in water or by placing it under running water. We suggest consulting a hair care professional, because the method depends on what type of wig you have. Condition the wig frequently by smoothing product over the hair, and avoid a rubbing motion. Clean the wig regularly to keep it shiny and looking healthy, and follow any other cleaning directions you’ve received from your specialist.

Drying
Use a microfiber towel to gently pat and dry the hair. Avoid squeezing, wringing, or rubbing. Once you’ve gotten rid of the excess water, place it onto a stand to dry. This should be a second, smaller form that the one you use for storage because you do not want to stretch out the wig cap. If you don’t have a smaller form, you can use a household item like a can of hairspray. Gently arrange the hair of your wig into the position you want it to dry. Don’t comb, brush, or blow-dry the wig while it’s still damp or wet.

Styling
To style your human-hair wig, use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to gently tease out any tangles. To help avoid static, you can apply leave-in conditioner, wig mousse, or even water spray. This will also help moisturize the hair and keep it healthy. At this point, you can style the wig however you like – use hot rollers, blow-dryers, curling irons, and straighteners – but just like styling your natural-grown hair, stay aware of the level of heat you’re using. When you’re finished styling your wig for the perfect look, put it on and get ready to wow the world!

Do you have a human-hair wig and want even more tips on how to care for it? Or are you interested in getting a human-hair wig, and need a consultation? Our expert hair technicians are here to help! Call us today at (800) 966-9505.

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Why Chemotherapy Causes Hair Loss

Cancer is characterized by an uncontrollable division of abnormal cells in the body, so chemotherapy aims to target and destroy those cells. Unfortunately, this results in the death of many healthy cells and tissues as well, since some types of cells naturally divide rapidly. This includes the cells of your scalp and hair, and patients of chemotherapy often experience hair loss because of this.

Thankfully as research progresses, side effects like hair loss are becoming more and more manageable. For example, new treatments are now able to be more precise in targeting specific cancer cells instead of attacking all cells that divide rapidly. This helps reduce hair loss that’s experienced by chemo patients. Many still use older drugs, so we’ve compiled a list of drugs and their effects on your hair:

  • Adriamycin: Causes all hair on the head to be lost, sometimes including eyebrows and eyelashes.
  • Methotrexate: Thins hair in some patients but not in others. Complete hair loss is rare.
  • Cytoxan & 5-fluorouracil: Results in minimal hair loss in most patients, but can cause significant hair loss in some.
  • Taxol: Often causes total hair loss over the entire body including head, eyebrows, eyelashes, legs, arms, and pubic area.

By understanding the effects of chemo treatments and drugs, you can be better equipped to discuss your best options with your doctor. We understand the emotional and physical difficulties cancer patients face, and we work with many patients who are experiencing minimal to severe hair loss. Our team will help you regain your confidence with comfortable and high-quality wigs and other options. Simply call us today at (800) 966-9505 to schedule your free consultation.

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Five Nutrients Your Hair Needs to Stay Healthy

Did you know that there are five essential nutrients needed to maintain great healthy hair? Simply using products to take external care of your hair won’t get the job done alone. You also need a healthy and well-balanced diet to keep your locks full and shiny! These five nutrients are found in everyday foods that you can easily add to your daily diet, resulting in a healthier head of hair.

1. Iron
Iron
is a vital nutrient that helps your hair from becoming dull, thin, and dry. Delicious iron-rich foods that you can add to your diet include spinach, dried fruit, beans, fish, red meat, and poultry.

2. Fatty Acids
Healthy Omega-3 fatty acids
are a very effective means of increasing the shine of your hair. We recommend consuming them twice a week to prevent dry brittle hair, and they’ll also help you avoid a flaky scalp. Try eating foods like fish, walnuts, flax seeds, and leafy greens. You can also start cooking with vegetable oils and flaxseed oils for that extra boost.

3. Vitamin C
If you want to improve your hair growth and decrease hair loss, Vitamin C is the perfect addition to your diet. It will also help reduce split ends, and increase the amount of iron your body absorbs! Start eating more citrus fruits, papayas, berries, bell peppers, dark leafy greens, and broccoli to get more Vitamin C in your body.

4. Vitamin E
Another aid to hair growth is Vitamin E. This vitamin can be found in foods such as avocados, dark leafy greens, almonds, broccoli, seafood, and squash. It’s also rich in olive oil and kiwi fruit.

5. Biotin
Lastly, the fifth key nutrient to healthy hair is called Biotin, which is a B vitamin. It’s been found to help reduce hair loss and improve overall scalp health, and a deficiency results in dry brittle hair. Biotin-rich foods include eggs, salmon, almonds and peanuts, avocados, and low-fat cheese.

Taking care of your body with these five key nutrients will not only help you stay healthy, it’ll help your hair stay healthy too. But when changing your diet isn’t enough to keep your hair thick and full and on your head, HRC and our expert hair technicians can save the day. We’ll help you overcome hair loss through a variety of methods and cutting-edge technology. Book a free consultation today at (800) 966-9505.

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Women’s Hair Loss & Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

b2ap3_thumbnail_polycystic-ovarian-syndrome-1.jpgHair loss is one of the unfortunate symptoms of an endocrine disorder called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), which affects the function of a woman’s ovaries. Other common symptoms include fatigue, weight gain, and increased facial hair. The excessive hair shedding and thinning that PCOS causes is primarily due to a genetic predisposition, coupled with sensitivity of the hair follicle.

But exactly what is it about PCOS that makes women to lose their hair? In reality, it is because of something called hyperandrogenism. This basically means that your body is producing an excess of male hormones called androgens. These hormones are found naturally in all women, but PCOS causes a dramatic increase that throws your hormonal system off balance.

b2ap3_thumbnail_polycystic-ovarian-syndrome-2.jpgAndrogens affect the frequency and degree of bleeding when you menstruate, and they can also cause oily skin and acne. Typically that’s about it, but when you also have androgen-sensitive hair follicles, the hormones can actually decrease hair growth on your scalp and increase hair growth on the rest of your body!

Follicle sensitivity is genetically inherited, so it isn’t something that you just catch or randomly acquire during your lifetime. It’s been with you since birth. If you don’t have significant follicle sensitivity, PCOS may not really affect your hair. However if you do carry this sensitivity, an imbalance of androgens may cause hair loss.

b2ap3_thumbnail_polycystic-ovarian-syndrome-3.jpgThe treatment for PCOS can be complex depending on your various symptoms. Fortunately, if you only struggle with hair loss or if it is simply your predominant symptom, treatment is quite straightforward! We recommend consulting your doctor about an oral or topical anti-androgen solution. If you would also like help styling and cutting your hair to make it look the best it can be while undergoing treatment for PCOS, make an appointment with one of our skilled hair technicians today! Call our office at (800) 966-9505 for a free consultation.

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Blame Hormones in the Food Supply for ED and Cougars?

blame-hormones-in-the-food-supply-for-ed-and-cougars-1.jpgThe rise of cougars is an interesting phenomenon – and we aren’t talking about the big cat. Older women are partnering up with younger men, and the reason isn’t just about their more desirable youthful appearance. It’s about the oldest motive in the book: sex. Older women tend to have full, active sex drives, but what about older men? Unfortunately, men are experiencing a decrease in sex drive after their twenties and an increase in impotence or erectile dysfunction (ED), and it could be in part due to what they’re eating!

Sex drive, erections, and orgasms require hormones to be finely balanced in men. This means normal testosterone levels, estrogen levels, and thyroid levels. Yes, you read right – estrogen is present in both women and men, and like all hormones, it works in perfect tandem and balance with your body. Think of your body as a delicate ecosystem all unto itself, and when one of the working parts is disrupted or changed, it can spell disaster for the whole. This is what happens when hormones in our food throw off the balance of our body’s natural hormones.

Foods that are high in the hormones prolactin, estrogen, and progesterone are known to cause not only a disruption in a man’s normal sex drive, but also ED and breast enlargement. These hormones are present in all dairy products, as well as in legumes such as soy. Also, while it may seem to make sense to increase your consumption of foods with testosterone, this may also throw off the balance of your hormonal environment and cause sexual complications.

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We advise you eat no more than 2 servings of red meat per week, because it’s high in fat and has been genetically engineered with high levels of testosterone. This could cause your body to gain weight and put stress on your heart, which also increases your risk of ED and low sex drive. In fact, the extra fat cells in your belly will convert testosterone into estrogen, which interferes with your normal balance of testosterone/estrogen.

Furthermore, if you’re eating foods packaged in cans or plastic, watch out! This packaging is lined with a chemical called BPA, which has been found to decrease sexual desire and increase your risk of developing ED, infertility, and other hormonal disorders. If you’re purchasing food contained in plastic or canned packaging, make sure its label says “BPA-free” to lower your risk of developing these health issues.

The hormones in our food supply are meant to help us enjoy inexpensive high quality animal proteins, but on the whole it seems they present an uncomfortable amount of health risks. For men, this includes lowered sex drives, impotence, and other sex-related health problems. The trend of older women partnering up with younger, more virile, sexier men who can match their own sexual needs will continue long into the future unless older men make some changes to their diet.

If you’re interested in learning how HRC can help you feel and look more attractive and are experiencing hair loss, schedule an appointment today. Call our office at (800) 966-9505 and we’ll help give you the confidence you need to show cougars that young men aren’t the only hot ones in the jungle!

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Hormones Present in our Food Affect Hair Loss

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Our health is at risk, but the source of worry is well hidden and under-challenged: it’s the hormones present in our food, and the effects are felt by men, women, and children alike. From self-esteem debilitating issues like hair loss and early puberty to potentially fatal health problems like breast cancer and prostate cancer, hormones in our food could be posing a huge crisis for the future of our health and wellness.

Unfortunately, there’s very little research going on to dig into the heart of this problem. The research done by the FDA is conveniently inconclusive at best, and at worst the FDA has even concluded that the hormone amounts present in our food is considered negligible. In other words, “Don’t worry about it.” However, some hormones used in our food are referred to as probably carcinogens by the National Institutes of Health. Estrogen (present in dairy) has been linked with breast cancer, testosterone (present in red meats) has been linked with prostate cancer, and the hormone progesterone increases the growth of breast, ovarian, and uterine tumors.

food-effect-2.jpgThe genetically engineered growth hormone called rBGH (used on cattle) was even banned in Europe and Canada due to the concerns that arose for animal welfare and human health. Yet in the United States, the FDA approves the hormone and claims it presents no risk to human health. Interestingly, there is also very little we can know about the illegal use of hormones, because the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) does not test animals for natural hormones, and only does sporadic testing for synthetic hormones. It clearly isn’t enough, because in 1999 an organization of more rigorous testers in Europe detected a drug called diethylstilbestrol (DES) in two shipments of US beef. DES was banned by the FDA in 1959 as a growth promoter in chicken and lambs, and again in 1979 for use in all animal feed.

The European Union has completely banned the use of growth hormones, while the EU’s Scientific Committee for Veterinary Measures has clearly stated that all growth hormones used in the US could pose the risk of cancer.

Meanwhile, the hormones present in our food also affect hair loss. Diets rich in animal fats are shown to cause excessive testosterone, which directly impacts hair loss. This is because oil glands in the hair follicle begin to grow, and the production of DHT is increased. DHT is a hormone that results from the breakdown of testosterone, and it’s widely accepted as the principal cause of hair loss.

Ultimately, if you’re worried about the health concerns of hormones in your food, it may be best to change your diet. For example, you can purchase organic meats that state no hormones were used on the animal, and you can even increase your consumption of foods that help lower DHT levels. If hair loss is a primary concern, a diet change alone will probably not reverse your hair loss, so other measures such as hair growth therapy and hair replacement would be beneficial to work in tandem with your altered diet. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call our office today at (800) 966-9505.

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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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