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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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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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Human hair vs Synthetic hair wigs: Pros and cons

 

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Wigs are a great hair replacement method for people who are experiencing all different kinds of hair loss. Whether you’re a cancer patient going through chemotherapy, or a person inflicted with alopecia areata or trichotillomania, having a wig can help you regain that confidence in your image and make you feel like yourself again.

We here at HRC pride ourselves in carrying lace front wigs, which are a very popular choice among many who wear wigs. Lace front wigs create the look of natural hair growth along the front lines, which means that they can be styled back if you want! Your hairline will look so natural that no one can tell that you’re wearing a wig.

The difference between human hair and synthetic hair wigs

While both types of wigs have their own benefits, read the pros and cons of each to see which nonsurgical hair replacement solution one would be right for you.

Human hair wigs: Pros

  • Looks the most natural; higher quality
  • Versatile in terms of styling
  • Durable and will last a while

Human hair wigs: Cons

  • More expensive than synthetic
  • Requires styling; more effort

Synthetic hair wigs: Pros

  • Ready-to-wear; little effort needed
  • Less expensive than human hair
  • Variety of styles and color available

Synthetic hair wigs: Cons

  • Less versatile; styling is more difficult
  • Special heating tools needed for styling

Wigs are available not only for women, but are a great hair solution for men and children as well. And, modern-day technology has been able to create wigs that are comfortable for all types of heads.

Come visit our specialists at Hair Restoration of California in Los Angeles or Woodland Hills for a free hair and scalp consultation to see which custom hair replacement method is right for you. Book your appointment today.
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4 Vitamins and Minerals for Healthier Hair

Dietary changes and certain supplements have been prescribed for people with health issues for a long time, and people with chronic hair loss are no exception. While vitamins and minerals alone cannot restore hair to its fullest, it's still important to concern yourself with health to positively impact your hair.

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Although supplements and multivitamins are great ways to get the nutrients you need daily, they are not a substitute for a healthy diet. Eating foods rich in these vitamins is the best way to get your recommended intake. Taking these pills however is still beneficial, as long as you take the right dosage. Check this wonderful article on multivitamins and see if it's right for you.

  • Vitamin D: Recent studies have highlighted a correlation between Vitamin D deficiency and hair loss, particularly in women. This vitamin is known to help with the health of hair follicles. Getting vitamin D is as simple as standing out in the sun, but if you're sensitive to UV rays, the n try eating mushrooms, fatty fish or egg yolk.
  • Vitamin B complex: A fancy way of describing all water-soluble vitamins (except C), vitamin B is known to have a variety of health benefits. One of them is to promote healthy skin, nails and shiny hair. While all the different variations of B are found in a large array of food, try focusing on nuts, brown rice, eggs and green vegetables.
  • Iron: When it comes to restoring hair growth, iron seems to play a big role. While having an iron deficiency doesn't necessarily mean hair loss, not having enough iron in your blood can make it worse. Try eating more meat, egg yolk (noticing a trend here?) and dark leafy greens for the best impact.
  • Zinc: The last mineral in the alphabetical array of nutrients should not be last on your list. Zinc also provides a variety of benefits, and can be easily found in red meats, poultry, fish, whole wheats and dairy. Did you know that there are actually shampoos that contain zinc? It's that good for hair restoration.

However you decide to get your nutrients, remember to always consult with a doctor to ensure your health.

Looking for hair loss treatment opportunities in Los Angeles, while plentiful, can be confusing. While a quick search on Yelp will pull up many vitamin shops and restaurants with tons of leafy greens, finding a hair care doctor should be easy. The staff here at HRC in Los Angeles are extremely knowledgeable and eager to help you with your hair restoration needs. So, contact us today for a free hair consultation appointment.

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Solutions for Hair Loss as a Result of Alopecia

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that results in the loss of hair. It occurs when your immune system accidentally attacks your hair follicles, although scientists to this day do not understand why. This disease affects almost 2% of the entire U.S. population and it happens more often to younger people, although anyone at any age and gender can be affected.

Alopecia is also cyclical, meaning hair can fall out and then regrow over time, and fall out again. Only a small percentage of people affected with alopecia may never regrow hair again, and that depends on a variety of cases, like family history, onset of the disease at a very early age, extreme hair loss, among other things. In some more extreme cases, loss of body hair may also occur. Please talk to a hair loss clinic to see if you may be susceptible to alopecia totalis.

The disease is diagnosed by a doctor through a series of questions inquiring about your family history and your own pattern of hair loss. A small physical examination may be required. If the diagnosis still remains unclear, then a blood or hair test may be employed.

While there is no cure yet for this disease, a number of people diagnosed with this have found inspirational ways to live a wonderful life. It’s understandable that a person losing their hair on and off again can be frustrating, and many people have reported feeling anger, loss and grief, among many others. But there are a variety of products, methods and hair replacement techniques to help those affected.

 
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Rogaine and Propecia are the only drugs approved by the FDA for hair loss treatment. Surgical methods like hair grafting and hair transplants are available as well, but for those seeking non-surgical hair replacement methods in Los Angeles, come visit HRC. We are the only LA-based hair replacement clinic to offer virtual reality hair, a new, non-surgical hair replacement solution. No, it’s not a game! Read more about this innovative way men are treating their hair loss. Women can also learn more about Virtuesse, a care-free, high fashion, non-surgical wonder that is natural looking.

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The Best Hollywood Hairstyles from the 2014 Golden Globes

Award shows are always a great place to catch a glimpse of what’s trendy (or going to become trendy) for hair. You may have watched the 71st Golden Globes for the films, but we were looking at the red carpet for the hottest hairstyles in Beverly Hills!

This year’s hairdos were a varietal mix of high and up to long and elegant. At least, it was for the women -- we’ll also feature our favorite men’s hairstyles as well. Let this list be an inspiration for your next haircut or style whenever you come in for treatment!

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Ah, America’s beloved woman, Jennifer Lawrence refreshed the carpet with a soft and whimsical pixie cut. This is a great cut for women with soft features, or who simply just do not want to deal with a lot of hair! Jennifer may have chopped off her locks for an upcoming film, but we simply can’t get enough of this hairstyle. (Though, her dress may be a different story).

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Leonardo DiCaprio, who won Best Actor for “Wolf of Wall Street”, may also receive Best Hair in the men’s category. Men can’t go wrong with a class comb-over, but Leo’s slicked-back style takes us back to the days when dapper men ran rampant (alright, maybe a little excessively speaking).

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Actress Emilia Clarke graced the red carpet with a delicate and dainty hairstyle. This loose-curled hairstyle never goes out of style and is always a classic look that frames any face well. Try this style when you’re out for some casual errands, or even turn heads as you dine out in glamorous Hollywood.

If you have short hair, but you want to have this look, you can try adding some hair extensions to add length to your style. Curl the pieces and you’ve got instant volume!

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The silver fox look for the silver screen -- actors like Michael Douglas have embraced grey and made it an elegant statement. Whoever said that grey hair looks old? It can look rather dashing, and studies have shown that women view men with gorgeous grey hair as mature and sexy.

Also, for having gone through chemotherapy for his throat cancer diagnosis in 2010, he’s still sporting a pretty good head of hair. In an interview with Oprah, he said he was actually more concerned about losing the ability to speak than hair loss. Though we’re unsure whether he sought out hair loss treatment following his radiation therapy, we applaud his full recovery and healthy hair!

So, no matter what hairstyle you’ve locked your eyes on in this red carpet, remember that attaining gorgeous hair can be easy, and it’s our job to help you get it. Come in today and let us know what celebrity has inspired your next hairstyle!

     
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