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Sex, Hair Loss, and Propecia

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When the hair loss treatment Propecia hit the market, it quickly became known as a miracle drug for men who suffered from male pattern baldness. Suddenly, it was a blockbuster treatment that was touted for being less messy and more effective than Rogaine. Propecia’s sales are now at over 400 million dollars annually, making it one of the top sellers of the pharmaceutical company Merck. Unfortunately for hundreds of thousands of patients taking Propecia, Merck failed to disclose just how serious and long-lasting certain side effects of Propecia can be: namely, erectile dysfunction, decreased libido, and inability to orgasm.

This has resulted in hundreds of lawsuits in the US and Canada. Patients have reported that Propecia’s side effects could even last an average of 40 months after discontinued use of the drug. What’s more, serious sexual dysfunction wasn’t the only serious risk of taking Propecia – other side effects include difficulty breathing, depression, anxiety attacks, loss of concentration, insomnia, memory loss, and an increased risk of high-grade prostate cancer.

These lawsuits allege that the medication – also marketed as “Proscar” – has devastating sexual, emotional, and mental side effects that last for years after the men stop taking it. They claim that Merck failed to adequately warn users about the risks, even after European regulators demanded for a stronger warning label. Merck has made a statement that some users of Propecia experience erectile dysfunction, but the company still won’t say how long the side effects last and if those issues worsen over time.

If you or a loved one is taking Propecia, don’t risk your health another day. The Hair Restoration of California has several safe, effective treatment options for hair loss. Call our office at 800-966-9505 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Options for Thinning Hair

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Thinning hair and hair loss are most commonly caused by genetics in both men and women. Things like your diet, stress levels, medications, illnesses, and even your cosmetic habits can also play big roles. For example, if you tend to wear very tight ponytails or buns, or style your hair in a way that pulls at your scalp, you’ll likely experience some degree of hair loss or thinning hair. Thankfully, there are several options for you to take to decrease or reverse the effects of thinning hair.

Medication:

There are currently two drugs that are approved by the FDA to treat thinning hair and hair loss. The first is called Rogaine, which is statistically better at slowing down hair loss than actually helping with hair growth. The second is called Propecia, which comes in the form of a pill and must be prescribed by your doctor. This is an effective treatment, but your results may not necessarily be maintained if you stop taking it.

Hair Transplant/Hair Grafting:

This procedure uses various methods to graft, or transplant, hair onto your scalp. It’s performed by a dermatological surgeon, and is a good option if you are interested in hair replacement. The specific procedure may vary depending on your circumstances and needs. Hair grafting or transplanting results in natural-grown hair and is relatively easy, with a quick recovery time.

Scalp Reduction:

A more intensive option than the simpler hair transplant, scalp reduction is a procedure that essentially removes areas of your scalp that aren’t growing hair as desired, so that areas where your hair growth is fuller can be stretched. This is more suitable for those with loss of hair than just thinning hair.

Hair Pieces:

The quickest way to get a head of full, thick hair is to purchase a hair piece. Hair pieces are available to blend in to your own grown hair, so you can still have a great natural look! There are many types of options with hair pieces, so we recommend researching what would be the best fit for you. Our hair technicians are always happy to answer your questions.

You may have heard of many “natural” options to treat thinning hair or hair loss, but many experts agree that these “natural remedies” make false promises. If you’re interesting in treating your thinning hair or hair loss, we offer a free consultation to help you determine what option is right for you! Call our office today at 800-966-9505.

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How to Care for Different Textured Hair

Today, let’s talk about how to care for the three main hair types: straight, wavy, and curly. We’ll also be covering how to care for dyed hair. All four types of hair textures are unique, and need different methods of maintenance in order to bring out their best qualities.

Straight Hair

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  1. Wash fine hair often, such as every other day. Natural oils will only weight it down, making it limper.
  2. Don’t condition your roots. Conditioner is meant to smooth and moisturize the hair, but your scalp already produces natural oils. Adding more will only flatten your hair at the roots, minimizing volume! Condition the ends of your hair and up to about ear-level for best results.
  3. Try blow-drying your fine hair upside down. By flipping your hair over, you’ll give it extra lift at the roots and add volume!
  4. Avoid using too many products, such as mousses and gels. These will just weigh your hair down. However, try experimenting with light texturizing sprays, like sea salt spray, to give your hair that extra boost.
  5. Use your fingers or a metal fine-tooth comb to detangle or brush your hair. The metal comb won’t give your hair static, unlike plastic combs!

Wavy Hair

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  1. Don’t cleanse your hair too often. Your hair’s natural oils accentuate your waves, so if you wash it too much your hair will dry out, tangle, or frizz.
  2. Avoid drying your hair with terrycloth towels, which are rough on your hair. Instead, try using a microfiber towel. Let your hair air-dry. You can also use a towel to pat or scrunch-dry your hair.
  3. Use only alcohol-free styling products, and avoid greasy or oily products. They can cause your hair to tangle and break!
  4. Use your fingers or a fine-tooth comb to detangle hair while it’s damp.
  5. Spray your hair with leave-in conditioner, plain water, or diluted curl activator to refresh your waves. Be careful not to use these products too frequently, or product build-up will tangle your hair!

Curly Hair

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  1. Shampoo your curly hair at most every other day, or skip it altogether! We recommend just using a cleansing conditioner, which will wash and moisturize your hair without damaging or drying it out with detergents.
  2. Use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to style your hair while it’s still damp.
  3. Apply your products before you’ve even toweled off. This will help you prevent frizz or stiff curls. Gently use your fingers to apply products through your wet hair, starting from the roots to the tips.
  4. Avoid products with alcohol – they will give your hair a dry, crunch texture!
  5. Don’t handle your curls too much. Avoid toweling dry with terrycloth and use a microfiber cloth to simply pat dry. Furthermore, don’t comb your dry curls! This will result in a disruption of the curl pattern, causing the hair to frizz.

Dyed Hair

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  1. Use a mild shampoo and moisturizing conditioner specifically for color-treated hair. Dyed hair can be very dry, so make sure to nurture it.
  2. Only shampoo your scalp, and use the conditioner everywhere but the scalp. Our scalps are already rich in natural oils, so that’s where we cleanse. It doesn’t need additional moisturizing.
  3. Rinse your hair in cold water. We know this can be unpleasant, but hot water will dry out your hair and skin. Cold water helps keep the color in your hair, and it also improves its overall shine and health.
  4. If your dyed hair is unnatural or particularly vibrant – such as bright purples, reds, pinks, blues, or greens – try to avoid long-term sun exposure. Sunlight will naturally bleach your hair.
  5. Re-dye your hair about once 4-6 weeks. Any more than this and you will risk hair that splits, tangles, and breaks.

All hair is unique, but we hope you’ve found this general guide for the 4 main types to be helpful! If you have questions on how to care for your hair or to schedule an appointment with our expert stylists, please call 800-966-9505.

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A Guide to Custom Hair Pieces

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  1. Start with a consultation with a stylist you trust. At HRC, we provide private rooms with a peaceful, comfortable ambience to help you feel at ease.
  2. Make sure that the cap fits correctly. Be vocal so that it fits your scalp just right, or you run the risk of not being able to get the most comfortable and best look.
  3. An experienced stylist should always cut your custom hair piece. But, for your knowledge, it should never be cut with blunt edges! Texturized ends are essential to get that easy, natural look.
  4. Maintenance is very important for custom hair pieces. If it’s made of natural hair, you can simply care for it just like your own grown hair. At HRC, our experienced hair technicians can show you exactly how to properly care and maintain your hair piece and answer any questions you may have!
  5. Custom hair pieces can be dyed if they’re made of natural hair. HRC has skilled colorists who know how to work with your hair piece and can give you the look you want.

Remember, custom hair pieces don’t behave like natural grown hair. Because it doesn’t grow, the style it’s given will be long lasting, so make sure it’s cut and styled by experienced technicians like those at HRC. We’ll give you an attractive look you’ll love! If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment for a custom hair piece, call our office at 800-966-9505.

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Why Choose Custom Hair Replacement

While stock hair replacement options may seem attractive due to their easy availability and fast delivery, we know that there is nothing better than completely custom hair replacement tailored to all of your personal needs and specifications. The perfect size, perfect fit, and perfect color is only obtainable with custom hair replacement.

Stock hair replacement options all have a set size that they adhere to, typically 7-1/2” X 8-1/2”. If you get a piece that does not fit your head, you won’t be able to get the best most natural look! If you’re lucky enough to fit this standard size, you still may not be happy with the other qualities of the stock product- such as its fit, feel, or color.

You don’t have to compromise with custom hair replacement pieces. The fit will be absolutely perfect, because it will be made to fit the contours of your head. You won’t have to worry about uncomfortable bumps or odd folds at the base, since it will be made exactly to match the pattern sent in.

Even better, you won’t have to fight the hair to be styled as you want because it will be made to the hairstyle you desire for it. Stock hair replacements come pre-styled, and it is typically an uphill battle to train the hair to go in the direction you want since the direction of the hair is woven into the cap. With the customized option, you don’t have to worry about that or any repercussions of fighting the stock piece such as stress on your own grown hair (which could result in hair loss).

Finally, your custom hair replacement can be colored however you wish. When you make the order, you send in a small hair sample, and the color of your custom hair system is blended to match the sample exactly! It won’t be matched to a color ring for the closest color- it will be precisely custom blended to be your desired color. This will give you a totally natural look!

Another convenience of custom hair replacement is that once you do it once, your information – such as your pattern, hair samples, and specifications – are kept on file, making re-ordering as simple as a phone call or email. It also makes it incredibly easy to make any adjustments or changes. If you’re interested in custom hair replacement or want to schedule a consultation, call our office at 800-966-9505 and we’ll help you beautifully customize your hair replacement to give you an attractive, natural look!

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How to Care for Virtual Reality Hair

Virtual Reality Hair for men, or Virtuésse Hair for women, is incredibly easy to care for. For the first 24 hours after the initial procedure, simply don’t wet the hair. After, you care for it just as you would your own grown head of hair! We’ll train you how to shampoo and style your new locks, but the big benefit of Virtual Reality Hair and Virtuésse is that you can clean, brush, and style the hair just like your natural hair. You’re free to use styling aids such as gel, mousse, curling irons, flat irons, blow dryers, and more.

We recommend washing your hair no more than three times a week, just like your natural hair. You can towel dry, blow-dry, or air-dry the hair. Because Virtual Reality Hair and Virtuésse are so easy to style and care for, we expect that you will spend less time styling your hair! Due to the added volume, you won’t have to waste your time teasing and worrying your hair to style it the way you want.

Virtual Reality Hair and Virtuésse Hair require simple monthly maintenance in which we ask that you come in to our salon once a month. Our specialists will remove and re-apply the hair graft in as little as 30 minutes! We offer other services at this time such as haircuts, color touch ups, and more. The Virtual Reality Hair and Virtuésse Hair can be dyed just like your natural hair, so you can choose from highlights, recolors, root touch-ups, and other coloring options. We’ll give you a whole new hairstyle during the monthly maintenance.

It’s as easy as that! Care for your Virtual Reality Hair or Virtuésse Hair just as you would your own grown head of hair, and come in once a month for maintenance and styling. If you have additional questions on how to care for Virtual Reality Hair or Virtuésse, or if you want to schedule an appointment, call our office at (310) 477-2320.

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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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