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Can Sun Damage Hair?

The answer is YES! It can! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Does Dandruff Cause Hair Loss?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Helping Loved Ones Cope with Hair Loss

Hair loss is no laughing matter. It can be a harsh blow to your self-esteem, and although the experience is different from person-to-person, the impact ranges from mild annoyance to traumatic. If someone you love is suffering from hair loss, you could be a vital part of their support system! Here are some dos and don’ts when it comes to helping someone cope with this difficult situation...

What to Avoid
You may very well be upset with someone who has hair loss at some point in your life, and your instinct may be to use this against them in a moment of anger. However, using it to insult someone is definitely hitting below the belt. It also sends the message that there is something “wrong” or “embarrassing” about hair loss, which will stick with a person far into the future – well after your moment of anger.

While someone may make fun of their own hair loss, we don’t recommend emulating this self-deprecating humor! Humor is a well-known coping mechanism, and laughter is absolutely a very effective medicine. We recommend that you simply tread carefully when it comes to teasing, since it’s one thing to laugh at yourself versus having someone laugh at you.

What to Do
No doubt that you’ve heard someone with hair loss complaining about it. The best thing that you can do is to emphasize that outward appearance doesn’t define self worth, and focus on the positives. Sometimes the perfect fix to a self-esteem spiral is to hear how much you love and value them unconditionally.

That said, try not to discount or invalidate the negative emotions that your loved one is struggling with over their hair loss. They’re still going through a very real difficulty, and sometimes it can just help to hear, “Yeah, that does sick.”

Ultimately, it’s up to the individual what they want to do or not do about their hair loss. Some seek out treatment, others don’t. Whatever the decision, it’s important to be supportive – whether that means being a sounding board for ideas and options or accepting a final decision made by the hair loss sufferer. If you’re looking to help provide a more concrete solution, call our office today and we can offer a free consultation to your loved one! You can reach our expert hair technicians at (800) 966-9505.

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Birth Control and Hair Loss

When it comes to oral contraceptives, it might be a surprise to learn that hair loss is actually a common side effect! The pill has been in popular use since the 1960s, and its uses go well beyond just birth control. It helps many women keep their menstruation cycles regular, decrease symptoms of PMS, and even regulate hormones and alleviate acne. While the pill has many benefits, it may also cause hair loss.

Primarily, the pill is meant to suppress ovulation by using the hormones estrogen and progestin to block fertility. Consequently, hormones are also the main trigger for hair loss, which means that the pill puts you at risk of losing your hair. In addition to this latent risk, some women are more predisposed than others to hormone-related hair loss and have an increased likelihood of experiencing it as a side effect of using the pill.

The result of hair loss varies when it’s triggered by the pill. It can range from minimal to drastic loss, and it may not even occur until well after you have stopped taking the pill. While we aren’t arguing the safety or effectiveness of oral contraceptives, we do think that women should be forewarned that the pill might cause them hair loss. By being aware of this side effect, we hope more women can make more informed decisions about their bodies and how best to approach birth control.

If you fear you’re suffering from hormone-related hair loss, we can help you with nonsurgical hair replacement solutions and styling options. Call us today at (800) 966-9505 for a free consultation!

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Breakthrough Science Aids in Hair Regrowth

Stem cell research has held the hope for curing baldness for many years, but now a new breakthrough in bio-engineering has taken the spotlight. A team of experts has actually made it possible to create a hair follicle from your own DNA, which could pave the way for some seriously cool solutions to hair loss.

The researchers are specialists in bio-engineering and genetic regenerative medicine at Tokyo University. They’ve demonstrated an interesting technique in which they’ve been able to literally bio-engineer functional, healthy hair follicles that have a normal growth cycle and are taken straight from stem cells in existing hair follicles!

To show that these bio-engineered hair follicles function just like natural hair follicles, the scientists used a popular hair transplant technique known as follicle unit transplantation (FUT) in order to transplant the bio-engineered hair follicles onto the heads of mice. The results were incredible – not only did these transplanted bio-engineered follicles exhibit normal hair growth, but they even grew the right type of hair and in the correct direction and orientation! 

In other words, it is now possible to bio-engineer our very own fully functional hair based on our personal DNA. According to the research team, we can expect to see a practical hair replacement treatment based on this within the next three to five years. If that happens, it’s possible that we’ll see a surgical hair replacement option using bio-engineering within just one decade.

Can’t wait that long for hair replacement treatment? No worries! Here at HRC, we offer a variety of non-surgical options to suit your every need. Schedule a free consultation today at (800) 966-9505 and achieve the transformation you’ve been dreaming of!

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Pregnancy and Hair Loss

Many aspects of a woman’s body goes through big changes during pregnancy, and their hair is no exception! A mommy-to-be might experience her hair becoming more lustrous, fuller, and healthier – or her hair might grow thinner and more susceptible to breakage, leading to hair loss. Experts don’t know what causes this hair loss, but many propose that hormonal changes and stress are primary factors. If you or someone you know is experiencing pregnancy-related hair loss, there are a few things that help hair get fuller and more lustrous!

Avoid Updo’s
You may be tempted to throw your hair up in an easy updo like a ponytail, braid, or bun. However, any hairstyle that pulls on the scalp or uses hair ties of some sort will increase the likelihood that your hair will break off or grow thinner. Wear your hair down and loose to keep it full and healthy, and maybe consider a shorter style if you just want your hair out of your face.

Update Your Diet
According to research, the certain nutritional values of certain foods actually help to promote healthy hair and hair growth. Foods rich in minerals, antioxidants, and flavonoids are important to add to your diet! These nutrients are especially good for healthy hair, while these 4 foods are known to help prevent hair loss.

Use Gentler Hair Products
Be careful of the harsh chemicals in certain hair products, which could be damaging your hair. For example, 90% of all shampoos contain sulfates, which strip your hair and scalp of moisture and put your hair at greater risk of breaking. Parabens are equally harmful, and are found in many products like sprays, gels, and sculpting waxes. We recommend switching to natural hair products for a gentler experience.

If you’re a mommy-to-be experiencing thinning hair or hair loss, HRC offers a selection of safe and healthy options for hair replacement. Get a free consultation today from one of our skilled hair technicians, and call us at (800) 966-9505!

 

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Hormones and Women’s Hair Loss

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

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

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

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

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

We specialize in nonsurgical hair restoration and hair replacement solutions for all types of hair loss and hair thinning. If you’re interested in learning more about what our skilled hair technicians can do for you, call our office for a free consultation or to book your next appointment. Contact us today at (800) 966-9505.

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Coping with Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling)

Trichotillomania, or hair pulling, can be difficult to live with – but that doesn’t mean that if you have trich, you must also give up on your beauty and self-care routines! There are many styling techniques that can help boost your confidence, and also provide you new coping mechanisms.

Hairstyles that Prevent Pulling
Styling your hair when you struggle with pulling can be hard, but the trick is to stay positive and work with what you have. There are a variety of styling methods that are perfect for those with trich. We compiled a simple, easy list of styles that you can use to give yourself a beautiful and complimentary look:

  1. Casual bun: Draw your hair into a loose, messy bun and use a clip to set it in place. Avoid pulling tightly! This style can help you stay cool when it’s hot, and hide any bald patches as well.
  2. Hair parting: Change up where you part your hair. This is a great way to disguise hair loss, and will also help protect new hair growth.
  3. Go short: Short hairstyles can conceal thinning hair and hair loss. We recommend a pixie cut, textured bob, or even trying the new trend of half-shaved hair or buzz cuts for a chic punk look.
  4. Hair extensions: These can give you not only a boost of self-confidence, but also a boost in volume!

Wigs, Hair Pieces, & Accessories
Wigs and hair pieces can be valuable tools to not only give you a gorgeous style that your grown hair can’t yet provide, but additionally they can help deter pulling. These and other non-surgical hair replacement solutions are perfect for those who have lost a lot of hair.

Meanwhile, accessories like hats and scarves can help stylishly conceal hair loss. Depending on your own personal style, you can choose anything from casual beanies and baseball caps to chic wide-brimmed hats and cloches. You can also try headscarves and wraps, which can help you prevent pulling.

If you struggle with trichotillomania and are looking for solutions, our skilled hair technicians can help with styling, cuts, and non-surgical hair replacement systems. If you’re interested in learning more about what we can do for you, call us for a free consultation at (800) 966-9505.

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4 Reversible Causes of Hair Loss

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Debunking 6 Common Hair Loss Myths

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fight Hair Loss with These 4 Foods

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to Care for Human Hair Wigs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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