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What is the Process of Getting Virtual Reality Hair?

Virtual Reality Hair for men or Virtuésse Hair for women is the perfect option for those with hair loss who want to add fast, high-quality natural hair to their head of grown hair. It’s great for men and women who don’t want to use conventional wigs or hairpieces to cover up their own hair.

It consists of a thin membrane made of human hair that blends seamlessly with your own hair, kept in place using a special dermal-lens attachment. Duplicating your unique scalp tone, hair color, and texture, Virtual Reality Hair and Virtuésse is perfectly aligned with your natural hairline and real hair to create whatever look and style you want!

Virtuésse and Virtual Reality Hair takes as little as 30-60 minutes to apply. It does not require surgery and can be easily reversed. There are no long-term side effects, and it looks and feels just like your own grown head of hair. The hair graft remains in place for a whole month, in which you are free to sleep, shower, exercise, and enjoy all your normal activities. Simply get it touched up with our trained technicians once a month! There is no waiting for a transplant or for hair to start growing – the process is quick and the results are immediate.

Getting Virtuésse or Virtual Reality Hair is incredibly easy with HRC. The first step is to set up an appointment with one of our specialists for an evaluation. During this consultation, we take measurements, discuss the style you want, and review color samples. Once we determine that you are a good candidate for Virtuésse for women or Virtual Reality Hair for men, we then schedule your appointment for the procedure.

During this second visit, you will meet with one of our trained Virtuésse and Virtual Reality Hair technicians. We provide a private, discreet room with a pleasant ambiance you can relax in. Our technicians are highly trained and re-trained in derma-lens attachment and micro-length attachment, as well as other non-invasive hair attachment procedures that give your hair more volume and a fuller look. After the graft is placed in just 30-60 minutes, you can enjoy your additional hair that is friendly to the skin and undetectable to the touch!

For more information or to set up an appointment to see if Virtual Reality Hair is right for you, call our office at (310) 477-2320.

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A Short Guide to Wigs

Wigs do not only come in all shapes and colors – they also come in different materials, qualities, and constructions. Here is a short guide to the different types of wigs to help you make the most educated choice in picking out the perfect wig.

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What are Synthetic Wigs?

Synthetic wigs are the least expensive types of wigs, as they are made from synthetic materials such as acrylic and nylon. They can be pre-styled upon purchase, and dyed to match your hair color if needed. Synthetic wigs are made by machines and mass-produced, making them quite durable. However, avoid exposing your synthetic wig to high temperatures, as the fibers can melt easily. Special wigs are available to buy that can be blow-dried and curled with hot irons. Synthetic wigs have a lifespan of about three to six months.

What are Natural Wigs?

Natural wigs are wigs that can be made from a variety of natural hairs, such as human hair, horsehair, buffalo hair, or wool. These tend to be of higher quality, so they are often more expensive than synthetic wigs. The hairs are first treated to a base solution, partially dissolving the outer cortex. It is then bleached to remove the original color, then dyed to the desired color. Finally, a synthetic resin finish is applied to restore the hair’s natural strength and luster.

When they’re made well, human hair wigs are the best quality wigs available on the market. When not made well, the hairs can become frizzy, tangled easily, and unrealistic-looking. High quality natural wigs are hand-tied with confirmative strands that all point in the same direction, making them very easy to style. The less expensive natural wigs are made by machines with less attention to detail, so the hairs don’t all run in the same direction.

What are Remy Hair Wigs?

These are wigs made of human hair that keep the hair cuticle intact. The hair isn’t processed, so these wigs are sometimes called “cut hair” or “virgin hair” wigs. Remy hair wigs, similarly to hand-died natural wigs, have been made with all the hairs facing in a uniform direction. Because they are unprocessed, they feel softer and are less prone to tangling. They also retain most of their natural strength, so they’re quite durable and long-lasting.

What Are Different Types of Wig Construction?

From machine made to handmade, wigs have a variety of construction methods. Each technique has its own set of benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to learn about each and make an educated decision when looking at a certain wig for purchase.

Stock wigs are made from synthetic fibers and are machine-made and mass-produced. The fibers are typically sewn onto wefts, then sewn onto the cap. Semi-custom wigs can be made of synthetic or natural hairs, and are made partially by machine and partially hand-tied. The cap has a solid weft, while the sides have fine mesh net. Custom made wigs also come in both synthetic and natural hairs. However, they are made of a flexible mesh net and are completely hand-tied. Custom wigs are made to a customer’s precise measurements.

Stock wigs are the cheapest type of wig and come in pre-cut styles. Semi-custom and custom-made wigs are the highest quality wigs and are usually found in specialty shops and salons like ours.

Get more information on wigs and other hair replacement options at Hair Restoration of California. Call us at 800-966-9505 to schedule your free consultation.

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The Perfect Cut for Your Face Shape

We’ve all heard the infamous words, “Get a haircut that suits your face shape!” But what does that mean? How do you determine your face shape, and what are the perfect cuts for you? To avoid the embarrassment of getting the wrong cut, and to help you glam up your looks with the absolutely perfect style for you, we have the answers.

To determine your face shape, simply break out the ruler and start measuring. An oval face (or long face) means that the widths of your jaw, cheekbones, and brow are about equal. A round face means that your face is almost as wide as it is long, with a slight curve to your forehead and jaw. A heart-shaped face has a narrow jaw and wide brow, while a square face is characterized by an equal width and length. Our experts have compiled the best cuts for each face shape:

Oval (Long)

Short: If you’re looking for a short haircut and you have an oval face, stick to an angular bob with chin-length layers. Choose a side part to give the choppy layers some lift.

 

 

 

 

 

Medium: Medium-length hair with a bit of a blowout is perfect on an oval face. It should have subtle layers to keep your hair from getting too flat, which would make your face look longer.

 

 

 

 

 

Long: For a long cut that doesn’t elongate your face, add side-swept bangs and some texture with layers. The sweeping fringe will shorten the length of your face perfectly.

 

 

 

 

 

Round

Short: Rock a short haircut with a round face by getting lots of choppy layers! The messy pixie cut will add height to your face up top, lengthening your face.

 

 

 

 

 

Medium: Go with a bob that just brushes the collarbone, with some wispy pieces that frame your neck. It will slim your face and give you more structure.

 

 

 

 

 

Long: For a round face and a long cut, get subtle layers around your jawline. This will make your hair seem fuller without adding roundness to your face! Keep more layers around the bottom of your hair to avoid volume around your face.

 

 

 

 

Heart-Shaped

Short: The best short cut for a heart-shaped face is a cute pixie with short layers on top and even sides. This will soften the jawline and break up the wide forehead.

 

 

 

 

 

Medium: Treat yourself to sweeping bangs and simple, uniform layers. This will give your face balance and draw the eyes away from a pronounced chin.

 

 

 

 

 

Long: Long layers and full bangs work well with a heart-shaped face. Add some curled pieces to soften the angles of your face.

 

 

 

 

 

Square

Short: Subtle bangs and a short-layered bob is the perfect short cut for a square face. It lifts the attention up to your cheekbones and eyes, and away from your jaw.

 

 

 

 

 

Medium: Give medium-length hair light layers around the shoulders and add sweeping bangs. The feathery layers will soften a strong chin. Finish by parting to the side to offset the sharp angles of your face.

 

 

 

 

 

Long: Frame your face with strands around your cheekbones, and add layers that hit your collarbone. Give your hair a soft wave to beautifully complement your square face shape.

 

 

 

 

 

There’s a perfect haircut for both your face shape and your personal style preferences! Whether you want short, medium, or long hair, you can achieve the best look for your face and have all the confidence in the world in your own unique style.

Get more information on the perfect cut for your face shape and other styles for you at Hair Restoration of California.  Call us at 800-966-9505 to schedule your free consultation.

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Hair Color Trends of 2015

The reign of ombré hair has come to an end, making way for several new color trends to take over the year 2015. There’s something for everyone in these top new trends, whether you love bold and edgy or soft and natural.

Bold Streaks

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We’re seeing thick, strong streaks of color that gives hair that edgier look. The obvious highlights and bold ribbons of color that run through the hair draws the eye and helps flatter both face shape and skin tone.

Babylights

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Babylights, or baby lights, is a popular technique that’s gaining new ground in 2015. Rather than the usual highlights, these babylights use smaller sections of the hair for a natural, sun-kissed effect. Babylights are a great way to give balance and dimension to your hair. They’re also incredibly easy to maintain, and have natural grow-out.

Cool Colors

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A variety of cool colors are trending this year, including blue-black, silver, and platinum blonde. Blue tones are in, with silver being the most requested hair color of 2015. Whether it’s a full-blown silver tone or just some pieces blending in to blonde here or there, silver is in. For a more work-appropriate color, try cool black that has a hint of blue or violet hue.

Deep Browns

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Brunette is definitely the new blonde. Deep chocolates are universally complementary, and ash-brown is best for fair or olive skin. Go with a cool brown if you have a pink or dark complexion, and golden brown for warm skin tones.

Softer Reds

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We’re moving away from bright, strong reds and toward the deep reds, golds, and coppers. Another trending red is auburn – just a slight red hue, as well as dark strawberry blonde (or a very soft red).

Don’t get caught with yesterday’s style! Keep up with latest and greatest trends of 2015 with one of these top new color trends sweeping the beauty scene. Go subtle or go bold, there’s a hot style for every head of hair. Get more information on the latest style trends and how we can transform your look at Hair Restoration of California. Call us at 800-966-9505 to schedule your free consultation.

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Older Male Celebrities with Great Hair

One of the biggest fears most people have in life is getting old and losing their hair.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Well, you can’t stop aging, but you don’t have to experience the lack of amazing hair. And these Hollywood heart-throb males prove that no matter what age you are, you can rock an awesome hairstyle.

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The Dancing with Wolves star sports a casual, tousled hair style whilst singing with his band, Modern West. No need for a lot of product!

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The Oscar-winning actor relies a lot on his curly locks to achieve that seductive look. He slicks back his hair to call attention to his chiseled face.

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This actor best known for his role in the sitcom Cheers shows men everywhere that you do not need to be afraid of grey hair. Better yet, he’s got a full head of it, giving us that striking silver fox look.

Men and women can experience thinning hair at any age, and can lower the self-esteem of many who are afflicted by it. But there are choices available to you to help you gain confidence back in your image with amazing hair and hairstyles. If you’re in the Los Angeles area and would like to learn more about hair restoration treatments, call us to schedule an appointment at 800-966-9505 or fill out a contact form here.

Our experienced hair consultants at HRC will be able to guide you through the best options for your particular needs.

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Becoming More Comfortable Discussing Your Hairpieces

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It seems as time progresses, women everywhere are becoming more comfortable openly discussing image issues, like hair loss and replacement -- slowly, but surely.

While this segment is a few years old, it was made viral again on Facebook just recently. In an interview with Tony Award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth, who isn’t afraid of showcasing different hairstyles and discussing her use of hair extensions, the ladies of The View on CBS took turns removing their hair extensions and pieces on-screen.

The entire clip seems unscripted, which only adds to the honesty of the women connecting with each other on a deeper level. Watch as the hair-raising moment happens:

Probably the most enlightening moment of the segment came near the end when Sheryl Underwood removed her wig to reveal her natural hair. It took a lot of guts for Sheryl to expose her true self like that to the world, but she overcame that fear.

This scene did a few things for us: 1, it shows that no matter who you are, or how much money you make, image issues are abound, and many people deal with hair loss or thinning hair. Sometimes we forget that our favorite celebrities walk around with hair pieces just like us. And 2, that we should not be afraid to openly talk to one another about these issues, and to be comfortable in exposing our real selves to our friends and community.

And, of course, that people simply love to have full, beautiful hair!

Take comfort in knowing that there is a community of people having the same experience as you when it comes to wearing hair pieces and dealing with hair loss. The staff at HRC is ready to help you discover what solutions are best for you. Call us now at 800-966-9505 to schedule a free hair and scalp consultation, or contact us here.

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They're Just Like This: Celebrities Dealing with Hair Loss

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It's easy for someone who is experiencing thinning hair to feel alone. With all the media surrounding gorgeous celebrities, we are hit with pictures of beautiful people with beautiful hair left and right. Maybe even in our immediate circles, we tend not to notice the issues others are dealing with, as we become so consumed with our own problems.

Or, people just simply believe that talking about hair loss is too much of a taboo topic to discuss with others.

But it shouldn't have to be. Over 56 million men and women, just in the U.S., experience hair loss. And those gorgeous faces you see on the big screen? Some of them are part of that very same statistic.

Here is a short video that previews some of the most prominent names in Hollywood who deal with thinning hair, from Jude Law to Prince William:

We bet some of those people you never realized struggled with hair loss, or underwent some sort of hair restoration procedure to regain some of the lost hair. So now you don’t have to feel so alone, knowing that guys like Brendan Fraser and Hugh Laurie are by your side.

Hair restoration is not just reserved for the Hollywood elite -- you too can win your confidence back in your image. We here at HRC can provide you with a variety of options that are best suited for your individual need, whether it's laser hair growth therapy or custom hairpieces.

Book a free hair and scalp consultation with us now, and an experienced stylist can help you find the ways you can achieve the hairstyle you desire.

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Should you wear lace wigs if you have alopecia?

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There are many different types of wigs on the market, and different foundations, or the base of the wig, too. One such foundation that is currently popular and trendy is the lace wig.

Lace wigs, or lace-front wigs--when only the front of the base is lace and the rest is capped--are a great choice for women who want not only natural-looking hair, but also want versatility in styling. When the base cap of the wig is simply lace, it’s easy to hide the fact that the person is wearing a wig should she choose to pull her hair up for a particular style.

However, this style wig is not typically recommended for women with severe hair loss or alopecia.

When a full lace wig is placed on a person, strands of your existing hair are tied to the sheer lace base. This constant tugging can cause further damage to your hair if you are already experiencing hair loss. But, if you are one of the people who have balding issues in only certain areas of your scalp, and do not have alopecia or weak hair follicles, then lace or lace-front wigs may be a proper choice for you.

You still have great choices, however. Full cap wigs are easier to wear, can come in a variety of styles and color, and there are some that are especially made for those suffering from alopecia or other types of hair loss. Virtuesse, by Virtual Reality, is also a wonderful choice for those who are looking for something more custom-made and flexible.

Here in Los Angeles, it is easy to get caught up in the Hollywood hairstyles of glamour, but remember that there is a team of experts behind every women with luscious locks going down the red carpet. You do have options, and no matter your needs, the experienced HRC staff can help meet them for you. Contact us now to book your FREE hair and scalp consultation, or call us at 800-966-9505.

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Should men color dye their custom hairpieces?

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It is generally well-known that it is possible to dye human hair extensions and pieces (keyword “human hair” here). But, it takes a stylist with experience in coloring hairpieces to get it right. The chemicals and history of that hair is different than your own, which means you’ll have to employ a different process for coloring or dyeing them.

While the idea of dyeing a hairpiece sounds acceptable, should men do it? There are a variety of men’s custom hairpieces that come in different lengths and color, so finding the right color to make your own natural hair shouldn’t be too difficult. But if in the event you cannot find the right tone for you, or you just want a change and do not want to bother with buying a different hairpiece, then let’s consider these scenarios first.

  1. You won’t have much hair to test on. It’s normally advised to stylists that before they go in and give you a full color treatment, that they first test a strand of hair. While that technique may work on longer hair, chopping off an unwanted strand of hair is bit too obvious on shorter lengths. Our solution? Have another hairpiece on hand, separate from the one you have on, for the stylist to test on.
  2. Once your hair is color-treated, that’s it. Experts say that coloring is damaging to the health of your hair, but people are okay with this because healthy hair grows back. But for your hairpieces? Not so much. Our solution? Keep the number of times you dye your custom piece low, or be ready to invest in purchasing more pieces in the future.
  3. Consider non-toxic hair dyes. Now, less-harsh chemicals do not necessarily mean less-damaging to the hair, although these products do seem to boast the idea that it is less cancerous. But the fact that non-toxic hair dyes are not as permanent as their chemically-heavy sisters, it does provide a good argument for being an all-around safer option for your hairpiece or extensions.
  4. Maybe you just need a new hairstyle. Are you bored with your hair because of the color, or maybe it’s because you haven’t had an experienced stylist on your hair before? Sometimes, a different cut or style can make a world of difference to how you perceive your own look. You can just avoid the dye altogether!

Let the staff at HRC guide you to the best option fit for you, and give you the style you deserve to look your best! Schedule a free hair and scalp consultation today here, or call us at 800-966-9505.

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Chemotherapy and hair loss: How to prepare before treatment

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It is almost inevitable that cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy will experience some sort of hair loss. While not all drugs prescribed to patients are not known to cause hair loss, it’s important to discuss with your doctor the possible side effects. Knowing ahead of time can help you prepare, both physically and emotionally, for what’s to come.

Meet with an experienced stylist

It’s more than simply going to a person with exceptional hair styling skills, but someone who’s had patients in their chair. You’ll want guidance on how to deal with the emotions of losing your hair and someone who can design a hair restoration procedure just for you, male or female. Even simply a free consultation with our HRC staff can provide you with some peace of mind.

Cut your hair short

To better prepare yourself emotionally, you should cut your hair -- and if you really need to ease into it, try cutting it little by little every other day. It’s a very staggering experience to go from long hair to almost no hair at all, so if you can help yourself take small steps, it’ll make the transition a bit easier for you.

Purchase a comfortable and natural looking wig or a hairpiece before you start your treatment.

At HRC, we offer the finest handmade and custom-made full cap wigs made with 100% human hair, European hair or the finest synthetic fiber. Our full cap wigs and hairpieces provide highlights or low-lights, shine, bounce and softness as your own natural hair. They actually mimic nature at its best. We offer private styling rooms for our clients comfort and confidentiality as well. Our talented team of hairstylists can cut and style your wig and help you with your transition to a temporary prosthesis until your hair can grow out after your treatment.

HRC wigs will give you ultimate comfort, softness at their bases where it meets your scalp for maximum comfort. We will provide you education and additional required service visits to make sure your wig will continue to be used with the least amount of maintenance during your treatment period.

Shop for hats, head scarves, etc.

For those days you want to just wake up and run some errands, wearing a hat is a great way to look your best in the shortest amount of time. Plus, it’ll protect your head from the sun if you plan on spending some time outside.

Everyone copes with these emotions differently, and that’s okay. This is just a basic guide to help you navigate this part of your life, and fortunately, the staff here at HRC has had much experience helping others get through this. Talk to our office today to schedule a free hair and scalp consultation.

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What is a lace wig and is it right for me?

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Wigs can come with either real human hair or synthetic hair, styled or straight, black or some other color, and so forth. But one trait that you may not think about is the wig’s base, or how it is actually worn on a person.

Some wigs can be worn simply like a cap, and then there are those that can be braided into your hair, almost like extensions but for your whole head. Lace wigs offer a nice medium between the these types of bases.

As the name suggests, lace wigs contain a sheer, lace base where each strand of hair is tied to the lace itself. A full lace base can be worn for those who would like to style their wigs in an updo, but takes more time to put on. A lace front wig, however, only has the sheer lace on the front of the wig, so it can be placed one quicker than a full lace wig, but will only allow the wearer to style their hair down. But, lace fronts are more popular than full lace, since people tend to value the convenience of the former.

Whether you’re experience hair loss or not, lace wigs can be a great choice for those who are looking for a full hairpiece that looks natural, as if it was their own hair.

However, we do recommend that you do not wear your lace wigs for long periods of time. The constant tugging of your own hair may damage hair follicles. But like with anything in life, everything must be taken in moderation. You should wear these wigs on special occasions, and when you have found the time to properly place the wig on your hair.

Lace front wigs are a popular choice for those in the entertainment field, especially in the performing arts, since they give a natural look and are easy to put on and take off a person.

Wondering what kind of wigs or hairpieces are the right fit for your lifestyle? Schedule a free hair and scalp consultation with the HRC staff today, and we can provide for you expert insight and advice for your particular situation. We have offices in Los Angeles and Woodland Hills, so book today!

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What happens when your favorite birth control pill causes hair loss?

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In October, Molly Oswaks posted to the popular media site The Daily Beast about how the contraceptives she was taking, specifically Loestrin, had been troublesome for the health of her hair, despite the fact that the pill itself hasn’t given her much trouble in terms of other symptoms, she stated.

Reading through the comments and the rest of the article, you’ll find that hair loss isn’t typically discussed as a major side-effect when an OB-GYN prescribes a pill to a patient. Either it isn’t a thoroughly researched effect or maybe no one really wants to talk about it, seeing how hair loss is probably one of the few symptoms some women just will not tolerate. 

But even with the plethora of birth control available to women, it can be difficult to find the right pill for you to help avoid hair loss. For one, the pill is used for a variety of other reasons than preventing pregnancy. You will have to weigh the pros and cons of each pill. It can be a very daunting task, even with the help of a doctor. 

You can use this WebMD entry as a beginning point of research, if you’re trying to avoid taking pills that may cause hair loss. There, you will find the reasons why some of these pills cause hair loss, and how sometimes, if you suddenly stop taking the contraceptive, it may induce worse hair loss (at least for the short term.) 

You may find at some point of your research, that your genetic makeup and your preferences may not allow for you to freely choose the birth control you want. However, with every problem, there has to be a solution, right?

Over 30 million women suffer from hair loss just in America, so it’s comforting to know that options are available to you should you choose a birth control pill with a hair loss side effect.  

Hair Extensions

Human hair extensions are easy and popular among women looking for a quick hair solution. New advances allow extensions to be more natural looking and safer without damaging existing hair. 

Wigs

This solution can offer a fun and wide array of styles to choose from. HRC provides only the best quality human hair wigs, so wear and style can feel like the real thing. 

Laser hair growth therapy

This non-invasive, non-surgical method uses low-level laser technology to stimulate hair growth in areas where cells are damaged. 

Hair transplant restoration

By far the most natural-looking procedure, this technique uses the hair already available on your body to give you fuller hair on your head.

Please set up a free hair and scalp consultation with us to help you determine the best method for dealing with your hair loss. The HRC staff is fully knowledgeable in the safest and most modern hair restoration techniques available today. 

Call us to schedule a free consultation at: 800-966-9505

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Club Cheveux: Fun hairstyles for a night on the town

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Want to regain confidence and show off your new custom hair piece? Go out with your best friends (or significant other) looking your very best and be dressed to impress -- especially your hair.

Now, you won’t need to go to your local Los Angeles hair club to nab these styles. With a little bit of practice and patience initially, you could easily learn to do these on your own. Of course, as an HRC client, our stylists are more than willing to help you with crafting the style you want.

For Women

Tease hair for volume

There are many styles you can create after teasing your hair and for many different hair lengths and cuts. But, we are particularly fond of this mid-length hair tutorial.

An especially popular hair style for older women, this hairstyle looks strong and fun at the same time. The best part is, you won’t need many tools at all to achieve this voluminous look. 

Tousled curls

Though it’s meant more for longer hair, this style still works for mid-length as well. It’s a little more time-consuming than the previous style, but once you have it down, you’ll probably love it more than we do already!

This looks is very sexy, flirty and glamorous all at the same time. It’s a great look for women of any age.

For Men

The Pompadour 

This rockabilly hairstyle has been very popular recently, and it’s a good thing: it’s a clean, classic look that almost any guy can rock and instantly look more dapper. Join the club for ridiculously good-looking men with this tutorial:

Though we’re not sure exactly why it’s back in style, we can probably thank guys like David Beckham or Justin Timberlake for this. 

Add volume to short hair

If you have custom hair pieces, then you probably have hair that’s not very voluminous and typically short. Adding volume to your hair is easy, and will definitely turn some heads at the club! 

As you can see, it’s an easy style to achieve if you dedicate some time for preparing before you night out. 

Looking for a more permanent solution to adding more volume to your hair? Consider hair transplant restoration

Let us help you figure out a fun style for your hair! 

If you need a consultation to help you achieve the style you want, or you’re still considering whether custom hair pieces are right for you, contact us now for a free hair and scalp consultation.

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What is laser hair growth therapy?

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The official phrase low level laser growth therapy (LLLT) is a medical procedure that uses low-power (or “cold”) lasers to react with cells and their functions in the human body to treat a variety of conditions. One such popular treatment is for encouraging healthy hair growth for people, men and women, afflicted with hair loss.

Biological reaction to light is used widespread for many conditions, from cancer treatments to soft tissue repair in physical therapy. For hair growth, red light (the low-level light, or “soft” laser) is used to react to the damaged cells responsible for growing your hair. The result is healthier cells and a restoration to normal bodily functions.

Study after study has shown that LLLT is a safe, non-invasive hair growth procedure that can show real results in restoring healthy, shiny hair. It increases volume, growth and thickness of miniaturized hair follicles whether you’re suffering from trichotillomania or simply want fuller hair; this procedure could be for you.

Like many other treatments and therapies, laser hair growth treatment or therapy is not 100% effective for 100% of people. But, recent advances in technology and more conclusive studies and research have increased the odds in this procedure, making it more effective than ever before.

In addition to faster and more efficient procedures in-office, there are products offered to use outside of the doctor’s office, like hair laser combs.

Still, it is important to seek the help of a hair loss clinic who has much experience with this therapy. The staff at HRC is extremely knowledgeable in LLLT and has been administering this therapy for many, many years in the Los Angeles area.

Contact us today to schedule a free hair and scalp consultation to see if low level laser therapy is right for you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

But conditioning can also have other benefits.

Rinse-out conditioner

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

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

Leave-in conditioner

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

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

Best methods to care for custom hair pieces?

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

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

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

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Facial hair transplants: Why men should not be so quick to get them

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Hair transplants are nothing new. The procedure itself has been around for a very long time, helping men and women everywhere with balding issues. Surgery can last for hours, and recovery could last a few days, but it’s one of the most popular hair replacement techniques.

But there is a new trend on the rise, attributed to the “hipsters” of society who find solace in having a full beard: facial hair transplants.

We are quite sure now that the trend has bypassed the hipsters and carried onto the general male demographic. It’s become almost commonplace to desire not only having a beard, but also for others to desire a beard on their male lover. A quick glance at any red carpet will show you just that.

But why now? Why, after centuries and eras of men sporting beards, has it gotten to the point where men are rushing to get these transplants? For one, technological advances in this industry has made it more affordable to do so (a facial hair transplant costs about the same as a hair transplant, starting at $3,000 and depends greatly on your hair and needs.)

Also, the rise of startup businesses that go against the corporate schema, challenging the idea of how men should look while at work, has helped with the trend as well. It was considered taboo for men holding high positions at large companies to have beards, as many studies have shown that facial hair can send off the wrong message to people about a man’s personality and temperament.

But before you go out and get a facial hair transplant, you need to stop yourself, sit down for a bit, and entertain these few points:

  1. Like many trends, this too could die off. The reason why all want beards could be that it was so rare for a guy to sport a good one, so when the population of bearded men go on the rise, it could correlate to the decline of those desiring one. Would you really want to spend thousands of dollars for something that may or may not be ‘trendy’ in a few more years?
  2. You can’t hide your recovery period as well as normal hair transplant surgeries. You can conceal your head with a hat for days after surgery, but what would you use to hide your face? You could always try the beard beanie.
  3. Consider the real reasons why you want a fuller beard. Is it because you really want a beard (for a long time) and it gives you more confidence, or is it because you want to attract the attention of others? While a little vanity never hurts, think about whether you’re doing this for yourself or for others.

Considering hair transplants to help you deal with baldness? Contact our staff at HRC in Los Angeles in a free hair and scalp consultation, to discuss whether hair transplants would be the best hair replacement technique for your situation.

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Should you dye your human hair extensions?

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Flip through any celebrity magazine, or any Huffington Post article that’s about Hollywood celebrities, and you’ll see a plethora of women with full, voluminous hair with that perfectly shaded ombre hair. It’s gorgeous, yes, but the real question is, is it attainable for the rest of us?

In short, the answer is yes. When you opt for human hair extensions rather than the synthetic kind, the opportunities for customization and styling are almost limitless, as if they are your own hair. Not only are you able to style the extensions with flat irons and other hot tools, but you can also color your hair.

But first, it is important to note that you should always work with an experienced stylist. While you can dye your hair, these extensions are already chemically treated before you even buy them. These chemicals will affect how the dye reacts to the hair. Having someone who’s comfortable dealing with hair and hair extensions, and sensitive to information about this, will only make your experience go more smoothly.

Here are some other things to remember before dying your extensions:

     Dying hair damages hair, and hair extensions don’t grow. Don’t overdo the coloring.

     A full color change is discouraged; you’ll want to keep chemicals away from your scalp

     Highlights are generally the better choice

     Dying the extensions can caused the hair to straighten out, so if you’ve purchased curly hair extensions, coloring is discouraged (then again, you could always curl it again with a curling iron after the coloring)

The stylists at HRC have many years of experience dealing with the care and treatment of hair extensions. You can have celebrity-quality hair, and not at the price of Hollywood-hair stylists, with hair extensions, or even custom hair pieces. Speak with us today to book your free hair and scalp analysis.

 

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5 Insane Hairstyles from World Cup 2014

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Fans of all sports have interesting and fun ways to express their love of the sport and their favorite teams. Even the players themselves sometimes will don interesting hairdos either for press, personal image or just because.

With the World Cup still in full storm, we’ve decided to bring together some of the most interesting hairstyles from fans and players that we’ve spotted so far.

 

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If you thought barbers were talented, you have to see the work of Rob Ferrel, owner of Rob the Original Barbershop in San Antonio. Here, he shaves a portrait of USA goalkeeper Tim Howard into a man’s hair. He uses eyeliner at the end to add color to the cut. If this isn’t true World Cup fandom, then we have no idea what is.

 

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Rodrigo Palacio of Argentina has his own version of a rat tail for his hair. While we have seen this hairstyle all over the world, this one is a bit mind-boggling. For one, it looks like a braided hair extension stuck to the middle of his head. Also, we can’t imagine the pain if another player were to accidentally tug on that hair while playing.

 

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Can’t get cornrows for your hair? Just find braided rope and paint your favorite team’s colors instead! All joking aside, this fan shows his dedication to Brazil by taunting opposing teams not only with his iPad, but with his hair. Maybe it’s just best to find some braided human hair extensions, no?

 

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Marouane Fellaini of Belgium is taking us back to the 70s with his fro. If you saw him down the street, you’d think that it’s a men’s wig, but no. This is his real hair. We wonder if it helps ease the pain when head-bunting the soccer ball.

 

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This is some next-level patriotism here. Possibly just as insane as the first Tim Howard pic, this male American fan embodies the great country’s flag onto his head. Whether he actually shaved stars onto his head, or he used a custom hairpiece in the shape of a star, you can tell he’s definitely proud of his country.

Maybe this will serve you as inspiration for your next hairstyle when you want to express your love for the sport. Or maybe this was just a fun read for you as it was a fun post to put together for us! Make sure to visit our Facebook page for more fun content.

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Look Like a Hollywood Celebrity: Styling Your Hair Extensions

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

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

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

Jayma Mays

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

Minka Kelly

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

Miranda Kerr

 

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

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

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

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