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Do Tanning Beds Cause Hair Loss?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ready-to-Wear Wigs and Pieces

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

Pros:

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

Cons:

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

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

Custom Hair Systems

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

Pros:

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

Cons:

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

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

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

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How to Travel with Your Detachable Wigs?

Summer is around the corner, which means you’re probably thinking about flying away to the beach, or you’re planning your next getaway to a place other than home.

And we can’t blame you! It’s probably been a stressful year for you, and as we’ve already discussed before, stress can cause hair loss. A vacation may be just what the doctor ordered.

If you haven’t traveled with your wigs before, have no fear: it’s easier than many might think. It just takes some initial planning, a few bags, and you’ll be ready to look stylish no matter where you’re jetsetting to.

Everyone’s process will be different, but here are our suggestions for traveling with your detachable wigs and hairpieces:

  • Know which wig you’ll wear on the plane. Many people like to wear their wigs while traveling because for one, you don’t have to pack it, and two, you still want to look your best at the airport. Most TSA scanners will not sound off from typical wigs and clips, and the agents are generally aware of these situations too.

  • Decide whether you want wig travel cases or plastic bags to store your wigs: If you have wigs with delicate crowns or wigs with elaborate hairstyles or big curls, it may be worth your investment to get a hard-walled case for your wigs. You’ll insert the wig crown-first into the case, gently maneuver the hair into the crown, and close your case. For more storage, double up your wigs by stacking the crowns on each other, inserting them together, and maneuvering the hair in at the same time.

  • If plastic bags are what you’ll be using: You can maneuver the inside of the crown in with the hair, so that when the wig is laying inside the bag (and then your suitcase), the crown won’t get too crushed. Some people even add newspaper or tissue stuffing into the crown to prevent a crushed wig. Then, cover the hair with a net and place into a bag. You can even turn the crown inside out, maneuver the hair in, and then cover that with a hair-net for added protection of the hair.

  • Know ahead of time if you’ll place them in a carry-on or checked baggage: If you want to protect your investment, then we suggest placing your wigs in a carry-on bag. Checked luggage runs the risk of being lost or delayed, and may at times be rummaged through by TSA agents if something suspicious was found inside your bag through a scanner. Of course, with a wig case, it may be difficult to store that in your carry-on if there is not enough room.

  • Once you land, remove your wigs immediately: One of the first things you should unpack once you get to your destination are your wigs, since you don’t want them to be packed for any longer than they should. This helps prevent moisture build-up and the chances for the wig crown to become more crushed.

When packing, don’t forget to also pack all your necessary hair products that you use on your wigs – detachable or not. A comb is a definite necessity, and if you can, bring your wig stands so you can prop them up wherever you’re staying if you’re bringing detachable wigs or hairpieces.

It may help to also do an online search for local wig and hairstyles in the area where you’ll be staying in case you need help with styling.

If you’re coming to one of the beautiful Los Angeles beaches like Venice or Malibu for your vacation, or any water-dense resort or location, be sure to check out our post on swimming with hairpieces.

Have a question for one of our stylists? Reach out to us here, or book a free appointment today using our online scheduler. You can also give us a call at 800-966-9505 to book at either of our locations in Los Angeles or Woodland Hills.

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Can You Swim with a Removable Wig or Hairpiece?

Generally, the answer to this question is no, it is not recommended that you enter a pool or ocean with your removable wig or hairpiece. However, there are exceptions and varying scenarios where you can protect your hair from the potential damage your removable wig or hairpiece might suffer when you’re swimming.

Summer is near, so we know you’re thinking about this. Whether you’re at a gorgeous ocean beach, or you’re at your local pool, there are many reasons why you wouldn’t want to remove your wig before your take a dip in the waters. Maybe it’s not convenient for you to take it off and put it back on again later. Or maybe you’re dealing with alopecia or hair loss, and you just simply want to look your best with a full head of hair.

The thing is, it isn’t the water that’s harmful to your removable hairpiece – it’s what’s in the water! The good news is that there are ways you can protect your removable hairpiece from the damaging effects of salt water and chlorine.

Is there a difference between synthetic and human hair removable wigs in water?

Chemicals like chlorine can be detrimental to your hair in general, whether it’s natural or synthetic. The chlorine is great for killing bacteria that can make you sick, but it can also damage the hair if exposed too long.

If you swim often and you’re trying to decide between a synthetic removable wig and a human hair removable wig, then we suggest investing in a one that will primarily be worn when you do go swimming, or a “swimming wig.” If you’re not concerned about the wig’s shape or style over time, then this would be a great way to both look your best out in the water, and look your best with another wig for other occasions.

Removable human hair wigs are expensive, and tend to look more natural because of their ability to retain moisture. However, because chlorine can be damaging to regular hair, you likely wouldn’t want any damage done to a big investment like a natural human hair removable wig.

Likewise, if you’re thinking of swimming in the ocean, salt can dry out your hair. It will pull the much-needed moisture from your natural hair removable wigs and pieces! Even using products that add moisture back into your hair won’t bring your human hair removable wigs back to their original state. And don’t forget that the sun, too, can damage human hair! It’s recommended that you take the risk with a synthetic removable wig instead.

Other methods to protect your hairpieces

If switching out for a different removable hairpiece is not possible, try out these methods for keeping your removable hair piece protected!

  • Wear a swim cap. You can look like an Olympian AND protect your hair piece all at the same time. Swim caps are inexpensive, and they’re a great investment for just about anyone who wants the convenience and the protection.
  • Invest in hair products formulated for swimming. There are many brands on the market with products targeted specifically to swimmers and to those who enjoy swimming. There are serums you can apply before your hair gets wet to protect it from chemicals and sun damage. There are also products that you can apply after to remove the salt and chlorine, and to add moisture back to your hair.
  • Get water-resistant wig glue. One of the other issues with hair pieces in water is the chance that it may slip off while you’re swimming. To help avoid this problem, look for water-resistant adhesives that are better at keeping your wig and hair pieces in place while you’re active.
  • Wear a headband designed for swimming. There are some special bands on the market that are used for when people want to reinforce their wigs while they’re swimming. They press down on your hairline, protecting your wig from the water and also assisting with the grip on your hair piece.

If you're looking for the type of hair piece that you can wear in the water without worrying about any of these issues, then contact us about our Virtual Reality hair pieces and custom wigs that can be worn just like any hair! Click here to schedule an appointment today or by call our team of hair restoration experts today at 800-966-9505.

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How to Manage Your Wigs and Hairpieces When It’s Humid?

Humidity is no fun when you want to have a nice, fun hairstyle to go out in. The moisture in the air causes real hair to frizz if it’s too dry, or to go limp, which makes all that time you put into styling your hair go to waste!

Fortunately for people who wear wigs or hairpieces, synthetic hair is a great option. Unlike natural hair wigs, the hair strands of a synthetic piece won’t react to the increased moisture in the air as easily. Because of this reason, it’s not uncommon for people to own both natural hair and synthetic hair wigs. Switching between different hair pieces helps to extend the life of your pieces – and it adds some variety to your hairstyle choices, too!

If switching hair pieces is not for you, here are some options to manage your hair during humid weather. Luckily, it’s not too different from what stylists would normally use on every day human hair as well.

Use only hair products that contain no alcohol

Hair products that use natural oils are gaining popularity, and for good reason. Alcohol strips the hair dry, which makes it easier to frizz during humidity. You also shouldn’t wash your hair pieces too often, due to this reason as well.

Choose a humidity-friendly hair style

Opt to style your hair up in a ponytail, braid, or bun your hair while it’s wet to minimize the frizziness. (Remember not to pull too much on your scalp when creating this style to avoid damaging the hair or risk making your hair loss worse.) Also, try not to go for styles that use a blow dryer, curling iron, or flat iron – the added heat will clean the moisture out of your hair making it more susceptible to the effects of humidity.

Use hydrating shampoo, and shampoo infrequently

Washing your hair too often can do more harm than good, so it’s best to space out your shampooing so that you can have clean hair but not dried up hair. There are shampoos and conditioners on the market especially formulated to fight frizziness, and which add hydration back into your hair.

Apply anti-frizz hair serum after washing

Using a serum is a great way to add moisture back into your hair and help reduce frizzing. Some products may contain silicone, and that’s okay, but just be mindful that it can weigh your hair down (which may be okay if the style you want calls for it).

There are many serums on the market. It’s always good to pick several that fit in your budget and try out each for at least a week and see which ones do well for you and your lifestyle. Serums also work great on synthetic hairs, if you’re looking for that added climate protection.

Get layers added to your hair

If your wig is long and straight with only one length, then consider taking your wig to a stylist to add layers. This won’t necessarily aid in the fight against humidity, but it will add interest and volume to your hair without additional styling, decreasing your need to add more product or heat to your hair.

Need more information on choosing the best wigs and hairpieces for you, or looking to get more product recommendations? You can book a consultation online here or call us at 800-966-9505.

Additionally, you can learn about our latest specials and promotions by clicking here!

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Men: How to Add More Volume to Your Hair and Hairpieces?

If you’ve checked out the top hair trends for men in 2018, then you’ll notice that voluminous hair is in. Not only that, but hair that has volume looks healthier and gives you more options for styling.

It is important to note that the process for adding volume is different for men who wear hairpieces, but it doesn’t mean it’s harder! If your piece or wig is made of synthetic hair, then the most important difference is that you shouldn’t use heating tools like a blow dryer or flat iron, as they could damage your hair. Of course, even on real human hair, heating tools are often damaging to your hair if it isn’t protected by some kind of serum.

After you’ve used one of the methods below to create volume, it’s critical that you use some kind of styling product that doesn’t weigh down your hair. We’ll provide some suggestions at the end.

Using a blow dryer

Using this tool is probably the most popular way to add volume to your hair. Again, if you’re wearing synthetic hair, it is highly suggested you skip this and go for the next method.

Before you expose your hair to potentially damaging heat, you should apply some kind of heat protectant product to your hair or hairpieces. They come either as a serum, cream, or spray.

After applying your protectant, take a comb and grab a small chunk of hair, and point the dryer in the opposite direction of where your hair naturally lays. So if your hair lays to the front, you should point the dryer so that the wind goes back behind you. This will help your hair stand up, giving you the volume you’re looking for.

Using dry volumizing powder

This is likely the best option for men who wear wigs or hairpieces with synthetic hair. But even if you don’t have synthetic hair, this is still a great product to try.

Also called texture powder, this looks and feels a little like baby powder. You apply it directly to the roots of your hair, massaging it into your scalp and the roots of your hair, then move up the hair strands to add lift to them. After the powder sets in, you can then style your hair with volumizing hairspray to give it the shape you’re looking for.

Using volumizing hairspray

Using hairspray is generally advised to be applied after the previous two methods, but oftentimes when you’re busy and need a quick fix, this alone could work! On its own, this method may not hold your style for as long as it could when used alongside a blow dryer or texture powder, but it’s great for when you’re preparing for a quick meeting and need to get out the door fast.

Using your comb, bring small pieces of your hair up and spray from the roots up along the strands. After applying to the places where you want volume, you can use the comb to shape your hair to the style you want.

Keep in mind that using fingers to style your hair may weigh down the style later in the day. The oils from your fingers may transfer to your hair, which can make style up-keep more difficult later on.

If you have stubborn or synthetic hair, you might want to try applying a serum or hair lotion before using hairspray. There’s also volumizing shampoo and conditioner products that you could use in the mornings to help build more body to your hair.

Find what works for you

No matter your hair type, the hairpiece you use, or the time you have, you’ll have plenty of options! The key is to try different methods to see what works for you. Some men even apply their product before bed so that it has overnight to set.

Even if the style you’re looking to achieve doesn’t necessarily need a lot of volume, these options can give lift to your hair and add some life and movement to it.

Need help getting the look you want? Book a free consultation online or call our team of hair experts today at 800-966-9505.

What’s more, you can learn about our latest specials and promotions by clicking here!

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The Best Hair Moments from Celebrities at the 2018 Oscars

Many people may watch the Oscars to see if their favorite film will win prestigious awards. Others watch it for the stunning looks that come across the red carpet, from gorgeous gowns to sleek suits. However, we watch the Oscars for the incredible hairstyles!

The ‘dos that recently hit the Los Angeles red carpet set the trend for what we’re likely to see for the rest of the year. Stylists and celebrities brought their A-game to show that no matter how little or how much hair you have, you can always look glamorous.

From hair color to creative uses of hair extensions, here are our favorites from this year.

1. Naomi Campbell

Leave it to the world’s most famed and fabulous supermodel to leave us breathless with her look. That long, sleek hair is a great look not just for her, but for any woman who wants to show the world that she’s a force to be reckoned with.

Even if you have short hair, you can still achieve this look. Use hair extensions and a straightening iron with some heat protectant serum and voila! You’ve achieved this beautiful style. Since you’ll be applying heat to your hair, we also suggest you get real hair extensions, instead of a synthetic hairpiece, if you are going to add length.

2. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth

One of Hollywood’s power couples took to the red carpet with effortless glamour. The mirrored parting of their hair adds great symmetry to this photo, adding to their overall look! They are giving us classic Hollywood style that’s been modernized, with Liam’s tousled but controlled hairstyle and Miley’s elegant two-toned dress.

Going out with your loved one for the night? Don’t be afraid to match your looks! Guys, you don’t need a black tux to make a statement – your hair is where you can express your style and creativity. If you don’t already have the hair for this look, we encourage you to get a hairpiece with some length so that you can change it to match looks for the night!

3. Allison Janney

This elegant and talented actress gave us a wonderfully creative yet simple hairstyle on the red carpet: a “fishbone braid” looped into a bun! This updo is both subdued and sophisticated, and we love how versatile this look is.

It’s true that you may need some length to achieve this style, but you may consider getting a bun or extension that can attach to you like a hairpiece. Some hairpieces can be long and thick – like a ponytail extension – which many people can use to achieve a look like this one.

4. Timothée Chalamet

Hollywood newcomer Timothée Chalamet shows that men can rock long hair and look effortlessly cool. This hairstyle gives off a vibe that’s slightly rebellious, yet charming and approachable.

Guys, if you’re ready to try a longer hairstyle, remember that hair extensions and longer hairpieces can be for you too. Play with the style to see what works for your personality and look! Another benefit to getting long hairpieces is that you can always cut go shorter if you find that it isn’t for you.

Need help getting the hairpieces, wigs, or extensions you need to achieve these looks? Book an appointment with one of our stylists today at 800-966-9505!

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Silver Hair and Ghosted Trends

The recent hair color trends are off the charts amazing. While you might think that colors are going bigger, brighter, and bolder than ever, you’re in for a surprise! Lately, the beauty world has been fawning over trends that are soft and desaturated. Hair color that is silver, smoky, or “ghosted” are what’s hot right now, and they aren’t going away any time soon. These colors are fabulous, unique, and also office appropriate!

Silver Hair

Silver hair, and the various shades on the silvery spectrum, is inarguably what launched this new trend of smoky styles. For many of us, the popularity of going silver was surprising. In the past, dyeing your hair was usually to cover up those grays, silvers, and whites! However, there is no denying how gorgeous these colors are. No matter what your skin tone is or what type of hair you have, silver looks fabulous. It doesn’t have to be a severe change; you can make it as subtle or bright as you want it. This empowering trend allows you to rock this look no matter your age or career.

Smoky Hair

Smokey purple and denim blue are the next on our list. These colors are full of variety and ways to make the trending look your own. Not only do you have the spectrum of color to choose from, but you can also combine with a touch of silver to add the smoky effect and create a unique color all your own. We love these colors because they can be beautifully subtle or awesomely bold, while still looking elegant and refined. Dyed hair is no longer just for the teens! It’s classy, chic, and professional.

Ghosted Hair

Ghosted is the name of a new hair trend that’s sweeping the beauty world, but it isn’t something to spook you out of giving it a try. Ghosted hair is the latest revolution in these soft and desaturated color trends, and it is stunning. Using light tones to wash down the color, it leaves behind just a hint of the color, or a “ghosted” version of the dye. It’s such a subtle implementation of color, and yet this trend is still bold, fresh, and unique.

We believe your hair should be an expression and reflection of you. However you see yourself, we are here to help you craft the look that is uniquely you. Contact our team of hair professionals today for an appointment at 800-966-9505!

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Men’s Hair Trends for Spring 2018

Gentlemen, spring is around the corner and it’s the perfect time to change your look. Don’t get stuck playing it safe! Discover a new style that makes you excited to look in the mirror and show off that brimming confidence to your friends and family. We have some ideas for you that promise to be huge this spring...

Blowouts
Blowouts take long hair on the top of the head to a new level. Designed to look devil-may-care and effortlessly cool, this style has a ton of possibilities. You can combine it with a high fade, short side, or with an undercut. However you choose to style it, we love it.

High Fades
Fades are one of the most popular styles to rock this spring. Let’s start with this high fade and long textured or curly fringe on top. This style is great for those of you who love a shorter haircut that’s low-maintenance and easy to style. It doesn’t require as much product or time to own this look, so you can go about your day with easy confidence.

Medium Fades
For a more polished look, try a medium drop fade with a side part. This look is a classic, and it’s definitely on trend this spring. You can leave it longer on top to keep your styling options open. This allows you to rock a messy effortless look, or you can throw a little product in it and smooth it over for a night out.

Low Fades
The last fade we have for you is a low skin fade with a comb over. I know you’re thinking a comb over is a bad idea, but this is not your grandfather’s comb over! This low skin fade is will give you a clean look, and you can make it your own by adding a few lines or designs in the buzzed sections.

Updated Comb Over
For those of you out there who aren’t into the fades, a medium-length comb over with short sides is a sexy way to handle those locks. Its natural flow gives you an effortless vibe as if you just woke up looking absolute best. It also requires very little work to maintain and style.

You deserve to rock the hair you want this spring and we can help! Contact us today at 800-966-9505 to schedule an appointment, and our team of hair professionals will take care of you.

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Women’s Spring Hair Trends in 2018

A new year is here, and with that comes lovely new hair trends to fawn! Luckily for us, New York Fashion Week has given us lots of inspiration to work with. As you can imagine, this spring will be filled with some familiar styles like twists, big buns, and luscious waves, but it also has some wonderfully new styles to add to the mix.

Bobs
Bobs are back and are looking edgier this season. Center part or classic side part, these textured short looks are sexier than ever!

Pixies
If you’re feeling extra adventurous, these short pixie cuts are just what you need. This season will be sporting some super short and layered pixie cuts. Nothing is off limits – designs, fades, or even a touch of color!

Braids & Florals
Keeping your hair long and luscious? We’ve got styles for you too. Fashion week was full of fabulous braids and floral accessories. These natural and messy looks are going to be everywhere this spring. Multiple braids mixed into your curly waves will create a relaxed boho-chic look with a dash of elegance. You can also twist this ‘do into a cute bun or add a few flowers for a colorful accent!

Painted Hair
That’s right, we said painted hair, and the possibilities are endless. This exciting and truly unique style was seen at fashion week, and it’s sure to be huge this season. We have already seen hair dye in every color imaginable, but with paint you can make as many changes as you want!

Rhinestones
People have been bedazzling things for years, but your scalp? Yes, we saw rhinestones applied along the part during New York’s Fashion Week and we loved it! They sparkled and shined as the model took to the runway, leaving us all spellbound.

Let us help you achieve your spring style. Call our team of hair professionals today for an appointment at 800-966-9505!

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Is My Hair Loss Normal?

Everyone goes through the natural process of shedding hair, but it can still be rather scary. No one is particularly thrilled to find a clump of hair sticking out of the drain after a shower. So the question is, what amount of hair loss is normal? At what point should you seek treatment and make an appointment with a hair restoration clinic like HRC?

Most healthy people have approximately 100,000 hairs on top of their heads, and we naturally lose about 125 hairs a day in shedding. Because of the cycles of our hair, it goes through periods of growing and resting and shedding. Once the hair falls out, the follicle goes back to a growth stage, then it rests during a period where growth stops, and then the hair is shed again. Rinse and repeat!

This means that at any given time, anywhere between 80-90% of your hair follicles are growing while the rest is either in the resting stage or shedding. If you're losing more than 125 hairs a day, then your hair loss is no longer considered just shedding – but rather, it could be an issue with deeper roots that needs to be examined and treated accordingly.

One common explanation is stress. Both emotional and physical stress can often lead to hair loss. Other possibilities you are experiencing hair loss include a change in diet or a change in any medications you use (including some antidepressants, birth control, and acne prescriptions).

Sometimes, hair loss can be perfectly normal. However, if you're concerned that your hair loss is due to something more serious, we offer a free hair and scalp consultation to determine the cause of your hair loss! To schedule your consultation today, please call 800-966-9505.

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Can Lack of Sleep Cause Hair Loss?

Sleep is the body's period of natural restoration. It's a time when our bodies rejuvenate and repair themselves, so when our sleep suffers, our hair does too! Lack of sleep can stunt the growth of hair and decrease its volume, bounce, and shine – and in some cases, it can even lead to hair loss.

When we don't get enough sleep, it affects the body's immune functions, hormone production, and both mental and physical stamina. Hair, meanwhile, is incredibly sensitive to changes that occur within the body and internal disturbances are nearly always the cause of hair loss.

This leads to stress on the body, and we all know that stress goes hand in hand with lack of sleep. Essentially, sleep deprivation can stress the body to the point of hair loss!

However, there are measures that you can take to help prevent this issue. In addition to getting the proper amount of sleep that your body needs, we also recommend sleeping on a satin or silk pillowcase. Not only will these feel wonderful and luxurious, it will also help you avoid damaging your hair while you sleep by creating less friction.

You can also pamper your hair with a nighttime hair mask or leave-in conditioner to get that extra boost.

If you think you may be experiencing sleep-related hair loss or want to discuss treatment options, call our team of hair professionals today for an appointment at 800-966-9505!

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Men's Hair Trends to Look Out for in 2018

New year, new you, right? Whether you’re updating your look for a new career move or just looking for something different, there are many reasons to update your look for the new year.

Take a look through these trending hairstyles and use these as inspiration for your next look:

Loose Sweep
This classic hairstyle is perfect for men who are looking for something stylish but also manageable. Great style like this doesn’t have to take your entire morning – just a simple blow dry to add some volume to the top of your head, and some light product (think small amounts of either wax or fiber) to achieve that effortless look.

Comb-Back Undercut
If you have a little bit more time, then this hairstyle may be for you. Frame your face with a tapered side cut so it gives your head a more flattering shape. Then grow out the top of your head and slick back your hair using a comb and some pomade for the optimum hold.

High-Part Comb-Over
Men are starting to give the comb-over a much needed update by placing their part higher on the head, and also thickening the part itself. The disconnect is more defined and adds an interesting element to a guy’s hairstyle. Use a comb and pomade to hold the style.

Classic Long and Straight
What used to be cool a few years ago is now making a comeback – or maybe it never actually fell out of style. Whatever the reason, it’s always great to see a man rock a longer cut, since it gives you many options for styling for different occasions and moods. Pair the long hair with some clean and short facial hair and you’ll have a dapper Hollywood-style look.

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Hair Trends for 2018

2018 is right around the corner, so what hairstyles can we expect to be the hottest and most popular in the coming year?

Bangs

Hair stylists agree that bangs will be big in 2018. There are lots of variations to choose from but the most popular will be curtain fringe. This long, tapered style works for every hair texture and length and can be worn long, soft, side-swept, or even separated in the middle. This chic and classic look is multi-functional, low maintenance, and you can personalize it by wearing it your own way.

Bobs

2018 might just be called the year of the bob, with so many celebrities getting rid of their long hair and embracing the effortlessly cool look of short hair. Whether it’s worn slicked back and modern or soft and casual, the consensus is that jaw-length hair is in.

Natural Curls

Embrace your natural wave because curly, textured hair will be in! We’re seeing soft and center-parted hair, as well as a more relaxed, less-structured style as this year’s trend. Try this look with a heavy fringed bang to incorporate two popular styles for a gorgeous new look that wows all of your friends and family!

Shag

With a beautiful shape that emphasizes your hair’s natural texture, this style is making a comeback in 2018. Think a textured “lived-in” look for this modern shag with lots of layers. A little messy and a little rock n’ roll, sport this ‘do and you’ll be right on trend for 2018.

Accessories

Accessories will be everywhere in 2018. They are a perfect low-maintenance way to dress up a look quickly. A simple ponytail can be stylizes with fashionable accessories or even a long bow in a high-end material like velvet.

If you want help trying out a new hairstyle for 2018, call our team of hair professionals today for an appointment at 800-966-9505!

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I Got My Hair Back Thanks to HRC

At 30 years old, Mike got his hair and confidence back with the help of HRC! After struggling with hair loss for over 10 years, nothing Mike tried seemed to work until he sat down in our chair and got the perfect hair restoration treatment tailored to his unique needs and style.

Watch this video now for what Mike has to say about his new look:

If you want to regain your confidence and enjoy a fresh new appearance, HRC is here to help. To schedule a free hair and scalp evaluation ($195 value!), call us today at 800-966-9505 or click here.

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Holiday Hairstyles

It’s holiday party time, so we’ve put together some of the hottest hairstyles of the season:

SEXY MESSY BALLERINA BUN

This updo is way easier than it looks! To get the textured bun, spritz texturing spray all over your clean, dry hair, and tease the crown with a comb. This particular hairstyle is ideal for those with naturally curly hair; however, if you have straight hair like our model does, you'll need to spend some time curling small pieces of hair with a small-barrel curling iron.

  1. Pull hair into a high ponytail and brush the hair up.
  2. Then over the ponytail wrap a mesh donut around the base.
  3. Then split the ponytail into 4 or 5 equal sections.
  4. Wrap each section, 1 by 1, around the mesh donut and use bobby pins to secure to the bun. Leave ends poking out.
  5. Now with a firm hold hairspray, spray the style and you’re all set.  

SOFT & SEXY CURLS

  1. Start with clean, dry hair.
  2. Apply a texturing balm through hair.
  3. Wrap small sections of your hair around a curling iron, but don't use the clamper. Not using the clamper will result in looser, natural-looking curls!
  4. Finish off with your favorite hairspray.

FESTIVE FRENCH TWIST

  1. Gather the top quarter section of hair into a ponytail and secure with a hair elastic.
  2. Take a 2 inch section from each side of your head and pull toward the back.
  3. Twist both sections and then put them together with a hair elastic to create a 2nd small ponytail.
  4. Continue with 2 inch sections until all hair in secured.
  5. Take the top section of hair and the ends of the 2 inch ponytail sections, twist and secure with bobby pins.

THE HIGH AND TIGHT

Your barber probably knows it by name, but there are variations. Usually it goes from the lowest setting on the electric clippers and fades up, leaving the top long enough to work in pomade and style.

THE STYLED BEDHEAD

Trim the sides with a pair of scissors and leave the top long. Style with a little coconut oil and by tightly twisting individual pieces with your fingers or a comb.

THE DEBONAIR MOUNTAIN MAN

Let your scruffy beard grow full and wear your whiskers! Trim beard and apply beard lotion/oil to avoid looking too bushy. Dab a bit of pomade into your hair and mold it up and to the center from both sides with your fingers.

Happy holidays and to a new year of healthy hair! If you have thinning hair and would like help resolving your hair loss or looking at hair replacement options, our skilled stylists will give you the look you want! To schedule an appointment or consultation, please call 800-966-9505.

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How Stress Can Affect Hair Loss

High stress levels and hair loss can be related. In general, there’s 3 types of hair loss that are usually associated with high stress:

Telogen effluvium: With telogen effluvium, major stress can push high numbers of your hair follicles into a resting phase. After a few months of this, affected hairs may fall out suddenly when washing or combing your hair.

Alopecia areata: Multiple factors are thought to cause alopecia areata, including severe stress. The body’s immune system attacks your hair follicles, causing hair to fall out and resulting in bald patches.

Trichotillomania: If you have an overwhelming urge to pull your hair out from your scalp, you may be suffering from trichotillomania. Hair pulling can be an outlet for dealing with uncomfortable or negative feelings like tension, boredom, frustration, stress or loneliness.

If you’re experiencing mild hair loss, it’s most likely due to telogen effluvium or even stress-weakened hair. But a small percentage of hair loss sufferers can experience alopecia or trichotillomania.

If you think you may be experiencing hair loss, call our team of hair professionals today for an appointment at 800-966-9505!

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2017 Fall Hair Trends

Are you looking for a change for fall? Get ready for these new hair fashions for fall 2017!

The Low Ponytail

We’re seeing many types of low ponytails for this upcoming fall: messy, sleek, side. Achieve a sophisticated look with a ponytail that starts at the base of your head or move it down to your shoulders or lower!

Updated French Twist

The French twist is getting a fresh update for a looser, cooler, and more youthful look. Don’t be afraid to make it a little messy. Add some statement accessories like a pin or ribbon to give it a chic boost.

Knot Buns

This fall is all about embracing an easygoing, laissez-fair style. Say goodbye to well-kept buns and say hello to messy, thrown-together knots.

Half-Up

Partial updos are in! From simple styles like a loose half or quarter ponytail to more detailed looks like crimped hair, little braids, and sophisticated twists – the sky’s the limit with this trend.

Top Style

A sharp contrast to the fall trends above, this one requires a tip-top bun, knot, or ponytail. Think 1960’s classic and you’ve got it down. This style tends to be sleek, tight, and professional.

If you have thinning hair and would like help resolving your hair loss or looking at hair replacement options, our skilled stylists will give you the look you want! To schedule an appointment or consultation, please call 800-966-9505.

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Menopause and Hair Loss

Hair loss is often one of those symptoms of menopause that catch women off guard, bot more than 40% of menopausal women experience it. Why don’t we talk more about it? Essentially, hair loss looks and works differently for women than for men. It doesn’t usually look like full baldness, but rather consist of subtler changes such as thinner hair, a wider part line, and more hair shedding. The impact can be rough on self-esteem, especially when combined with the other hormonal changes that are happening. So what causes menopausal hair loss, and what are your treatment options?

Hormones and Other Key Factors

The primary reason behind menopausal hair loss is the change of hormones – mainly in the levels of estrogen and progesterone. These hormones decrease, while hormones like testosterone increase. These dramatic shifts in hormones can cause hair follicles to stop working properly, stunting hair growth and resulting in thinning hair.

However, hormones aren’t the cause of menopausal hair loss. There are other key factors that could be playing a part in the thinning hair and hair loss of women experiencing menopause. These factors include nutritional deficiencies, thyroid health, and other medical complications that may be affecting you. Always discuss your symptoms with a doctor to get a professional medical opinion and help you understand your options better.

Identifying & Treating Hair Loss

Hair loss is often difficult to see before it becomes significant. If hair loss isn’t recognized soon enough, there may not be sufficient time for the treatments to have their full effect. That’s why we recommend that women who are going through menopause come to HRC for a complimentary evaluation. We’ll help determine if there are any warning signs of hair loss, and we can recommend a treatment from there.

The good news is that women’s hair loss is a treatable condition, and at HRC we can help determine the best course of action for your hair loss treatment. Depending on your needs, these treatments can range from simple lifestyle changes to topical solutions, laser hair therapy, hair replacement, and beyond.

For more information about menopausal hair loss treatment options, or to book your complimentary hair and scalp evaluation, call our hair loss practitioners today at 800-966-9505.

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5 Ways You May Be Inadvertently Hurting Your Hair

Could you be accidentally harming your hair? You may be making these common hair care mistakes, but don’t worry! Being aware is the first step in regaining your hair health, and we also provide many treatment options for varying levels of damaged and thinning hair.

So let’s take a look at what hair care mistakes to avoid!

1. Overusing Heat Appliances

While you aren’t going to start going bald just because you’ve used a flat iron every now and then, it’s important to be cautious with your use of heat appliances. Daily use will dry out your hair and leave it brittle, damaged, and broken. If you can’t stay away from heat appliances, try to use the lowest heating settings as often as possible and limit use as much as you can. Look into alternative ways to dry and style your hair to keep it healthy and undamaged.

2. Styling it with Tight Updos

Again, the occasional tight braid or ponytail will not damage your hair irreparably. However, regularly pulling back your hair into tight styles can wear on your hair and also affect your hairline. The strain can eventually do permanent damage! Make sure that your updos don’t pull on your scalp. Looser braids, ponytails, and buns will allow your hair the room to breathe. Also, avoid styling wet hair in an updo, and let your hair down as often as you can.

3. Over-Brushing Your Hair

Brushing your hair too much can pull it out of your scalp, and can cause an increase in shedding. Try to be as gentle as possible when you brush your hair, and don’t use too many strokes to get the job done. If you have a habit of brushing your hair with a hundred strokes every day, it can result in damaged and even thinning hair! Additionally, be sure to replace old brushes as needed, since worn-out ones can do a lot of damage.

4. Over-Shampooing Your Hair

Shampoo is designed to get rid of all the grease and dirt that’s accumulated on your scalp, but too much shampooing can cause damage to the hair cuticle and sometimes even result in hair loss. Try decreasing the amount of times you shampoo your hair to every other day, or even to just a couple times a week.

5. Bleaching Your Hair

If you bleach your hair regularly, you will ultimately cause lasting damage. Powerful chemicals are stripping your hair of essential nutrients, making it weaker and less healthy. Eventually, bleach will cause your hair to become so brittle that it breaks. Try giving your hair a break from the bleaching, and if possible, ditch the bleach completely and find a different style that doesn’t require it for healthiest results!

Keep Your Hair Healthy with HRC

If you aren’t sure what the best way is to keep your hair nice and healthy, visit HRC for a free hair and scalp evaluation! Our hair loss practitioners are here to help you achieve beautiful, healthy hair and we offer tailored solutions to meet your every hair care need! To schedule your free evaluation, call us today at 800-966-9505.

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