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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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7 Totally Random Facts about Wigs

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If you live in Los Angeles, you’ve most likely seen your fair share of wigs. Wigs are very common in Hollywood, as many movies and scenes will call for specific hairstyles that sometimes cannot be achieved with the actors’ real hair. One glance at Mad Men, and you’ll know what we’re talking about.

The staff at HRC know hair, and they know wigs. Here are just a few things we’ve learned in our experiences that we’d like to share with you.

  • The word wig is short for periwig and appeared in the English language around 1675.
  • In the 16th century, it was thought that shaving one’s natural hair and replacing it with a wig is the best defense against lice. It was also the first time we would see wigs used to help cover up hair loss.
  • Fake-hair wigs are usually made of yak hair, for their durability and strength.
  • The wax figures at Madame Tussauds do not have wigs, but rather real human hair is applied directly on the figure itself. It also must be kept washed and cleaned regularly.
  • Most human hair wigs are made up of Chinese or Indian hair, since the strands tend to be thicker and straighter. European hair is generally more expensive.
  • Dolly Parton has a lot of wigs. On The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, she said, “I have at least 365. One for each day. I do wear wigs all the time because it’s so handy and I’m always so busy. I really enjoy wearing the wigs.”
  • In the United States, only the first five Presidents, from George Washington to James Monroe, wore powdered wigs.

Wondering if a wig or some other type of hairpiece is right for you? Come visit us either at our Los Angeles or Woodland Hills location, and our staff will be more than happy to help you determine your needs.

Contact us today to schedule for your complimentary hair and scalp analysis.

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How to take care of your human hair pieces

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We’re not going to lie, taking care of the custom hair pieces on your own without professional help can be more difficult than taking care of your own hair -- however, it doesn’t have to be hard or time-consuming. HRC offers a full styling staff with two locations to help you and assist with having great hair. Human hair extensions require specialized attention, but taking small steps to keep them up will make them last you for a long time.

Luckily, today’s hair pieces come in many different colors and styles to fit your natural look, or to compliment a style you’re looking to achieve. We here at HRC have a variety of options for our clients, for both men and women with hairloss. HRC can custom design you the best hair pieces or hair replacement using the finest human hair available.

When you implement these simple tasks into your daily routine, taking care of your hairpiece will be a snap.

     Find a hairstylist you trust and has experience with hair extensions. If this is your first time with hair replacement, then you’ll need some guidance and a helping hand through this experience. You’ll be seeing your stylist often, as the hair system may get loose and will need readjusting over time.

     Consider the style you want before buying your hair pieces. Most people prefer to get the color and style that match what they naturally have, however, you can also opt to get hair pieces that match the style you want.

     Use the hair dryer on the low setting. Human hair pieces can withstand much more heat than synthetic hair pieces, but heat in general is damaging to any hair. While your natural hair will grow to replace hair that’s been blown out, hair pieces obviously can’t. Extend the life of your extensions by blow drying the pieces when you’re trying to style it.

     Wash and condition your hair. Most people will simply wash their hair with shampoo, and generally that’s okay. But if you’ve had hair replacement, it’s even more important that you also condition your hair. Like we just stated, your hair won’t grow, so you should keep your hairpieces healthy with conditioner. Both leave-in conditioner and the ones you use in the shower are fine, but be sure to not overdo it, because too much conditioner can leave build-up in your hair.  

     If you have removable hair pieces, store them neatly, away from the sun and other items, when you’re not using them. If you remove your hair extensions and want to store them away for future use, consider laying them out flat on a hand towel, and wrap the towel long-ways around the hair. If you put them in a drawer or if they’re out, the towel will keep the hair strands from tangling, and will protect it in the event something spills on it.

     Make it routine. Knowing in advance that you’ll need to set aside time every morning and night to care for your hair, will make it easier for you to motivate yourself. Keep a tight schedule, and caring for your hair will become part of your daily routine.

 If you’re still trying to understand what hair replacement solution is right for you, we’ve got you covered. Contact us today for a free hair and scalp consultation.

 

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Hair Loss Specialist Los Angeles: 8 Interesting Facts About Human Hair

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Hair is fascinating, and just as fascinating are some of these facts that the hair loss specialists at HRC in Los Angels have found and learned in our experiences. From hair growth to hair loss, these interesting tidbits are great conversation starters!

  1. Hair is the second fastest growing tissue in the body.

It’s second only to bone marrow. While race and gender play a role in how fast hair grows, it’s often quoted that hair grows about 6in/15cm per year.

  1. Blondes have more hair.

Blondes may or may not have more fun, but they have more hair, at about 130,000 strands compared to brunettes at 100,000. Also, a new scientific study claims that blonde women also have more estrogen.

  1. Beards can help protect against skin cancer.

It’s true that beards are back in vogue for men for style, but it seems there’s an added benefit -- it protects the skin against harmful UVs, cutting exposure to almost one-third.

  1. Gender and age cannot be determined by a hair strand.

Despite what you may have seen in CSI, hair strands can’t tell forensic scientists (without the root, from common hair loss or hair that’s been cut) what age or sex the hair came from (although general age determination, like an infant or a senior, stands).

  1. Hair dye and bleach cause only temporary hair loss.

It’s a standard notion that excessive hair coloring treatment can lead to hair loss for both men and women, however, it’s only temporary. The chemicals may cause your hair to become brittle and break off, but hair dye won’t give you bald patches or pattern baldness. We still recommend that you get your hair professionally colored.

  1. You CAN color hair with human hair extensions.

With professional help, it is very possible to dye your hair even if you have hair extensions. Keep in mind however that most hair pieces come with the hair already chemically-treated, so be sure to make your stylist aware of that. Some patch tests may need to occur before a full color treatment.

  1. Studies have linked heart disease to male baldness.

Many claim that just because there’s correlation between two events, doesn’t mean one signifies the other. However, this study on male pattern baldness and coronary heart disease is too significant to ignore -- the team found that “balding men had a 70% higher risk of having heart disease, while those in younger age groups had an 84% elevated chance.” If you’re a man experiencing hair loss, particularly in the frontal and crown-top areas, it’s important to discuss with your doctor the state of your cardiovascular health.

  1. Only 1% of the entire world’s population have red hair.

13% of the Scottish population has red hair, making it the highest proportion of redheads in the world. And in the U.S., there are more number of people with red hair than anywhere in the world.

While there are many facts about hair loss, this one fact remains: the professional, trained staff at HRC can help you with your hair needs, from laser hair therapy to Virtual Reality and Virtuésse, a non-surgical method for hair restoration. Contact us today for a free hair and scalp consultation.

 

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Human hair vs Synthetic hair wigs: Pros and cons

 

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

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

The difference between human hair and synthetic hair wigs

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

Human hair wigs: Pros

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

Human hair wigs: Cons

  • More expensive than synthetic
  • Requires styling; more effort

Synthetic hair wigs: Pros

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

Synthetic hair wigs: Cons

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

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

Come visit our specialists at Hair Restoration of California in Los Angeles or Woodland Hills for a free hair and scalp consultation to see which custom hair replacement method is right for you. Book your appointment today.
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Men Love The Virtual Reality Hair Solution - Real Testimonials.

Finally, a hair restoration solution that men really like -- Virtual Reality is hair that becomes a part of you. It's a nonsurgical hair replacement method that's unlike integrated hairpieces.

The hair technique involves applying an invisible, nonsurgical derma lens (like a contact lens) into which human hair is inserted, compatible in color, density, curl pattern, texture, etc. It looks and feels just like YOUR hair.

This revolutionary hair replacement method has all of Los Angeles buzzing -- Hollywood celebrities and executives endorse Virtual Reality Hair, and hair stylists are recommending this to all their clients. But they aren't the only ones who love it -- HRC's own male clients also rave about their new hair.

Check out this gentleman who talks about how his hair loss has affected not only his social life, but his confidence as well. He's had a long history of male hair loss in his family, and he came to HRC to see if Virtual Reality Hair would be a fit for him. Turns out, he's really happy with the results.

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Meet this other gentleman who had the unfortunate case of drastic hair loss in his 20s. He became accustomed to wearing hats a lot, and has tried several other hair restoration methods like Rogaine and other surgical methods, to which he's had no luck. His luck changed, however, after he came to HRC. See how he feels about his new hair:

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Here are some other reasons why Virtual Reality Hair may be right for you:

  1. You can have any hairstyle you want
  2. The process is quick and simple -- in under 1 hour!
  3. 100% Euro texture hair, so it looks completely natural
  4. Rain and wind are no problem!
  5. No additional at-home maintenance required, aside from normal washing, drying and styling (which is completely fine with VR Hair as well)

Are you experiencing hair loss and looking for a nonsurgical, painless and popular solution? If you're looking to get your life back, contact us, and our experienced staff here at HRC will take care of you. We provide a FREE hair and scalp analysis, and will provide a custom hair replacement solution best fit for your needs.

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The Best Hairstyles from the 86th Academy Awards

The red carpet at the Oscars 2014 in Los Angeles have never looked better, and the hair that graced the screens were no exception. From Jared Leto to Cate Blanchett, the nominated (and winning) actors and actresses once again employed stellar Hollywood hair stylists that will set the trend for 2014. 

As they say, all "nominees" are winners in our book! HRC has kept their eyes glued to the screen looking for amazing hairstyles. Here are our four favorites:

 
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Sally Field
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At age 67, the legendary actress who we all "really really love" looked amazing in her gown, but what really blew us away was her full hair. A classic, layered haircut that was perfectly framed to her face, Sally Field wowed us with healthy-looking hair. Giving a very inspirational speech only moved us even more.

To achieve her hairstyle, you could use hair pieces underneath your hair to give a full, voluminous look. Add just a few, big curls tossed with some light hairspray, and you've got this classic look. See the variety of hair extensions options available to you from HRC.

 
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Long hair for men is back in style this year, but one guy that particularly stood out was Dallas Buyer's Club Oscar-winning supporting actor, Jared Leto. We were definitely moved by his speech dedicated to his loving mother, but no one could get over the fact that this 42-year-old man wore long hair better than some of the women!

To achieve his sunkissed-ombre (or a manbre as some would call it) locks, men could add hair pieces or extensions to their hair. But since most men tend to lose hair at the top, you should try virtual reality hair, which is a hair replacement method that involves no surgery, and is much used in Hollywood and by other hair elites. Click here to get more information on this revolutionary technique.

 

Baby-bump-friendly gowns took to the red carpet this year, with Scandal actress Kerry Washington looking luxurious with a nice, full head of hair. It's not uncommon for women to have healthy hair during pregnancy, as the rise of estrogen promotes hair growth. However, after delivery, it is common for women to experience hair loss. Telogen effluvium, the second most common form of hair loss seen by dermatologists, occurs normally 1-5 months after pregnancy, when estrogen levels fall back to normal.

Kerry Washington showed up with a half-up/half-down hair style, with nice curls at the bottom. Try adding hair extensions to your hair to give your style a full look like hers. If you want to curl it, be sure to get natural hair extensions (like we use) instead of synthetic, as those would be damaged if you put hot metal to them.

 
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Kerry Washington
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Just because hair is short, doesn't mean that hair can't be styled. Supporting actor nominee for 12 Years a Slave, Michael Fassbender showed men everywhere that you can sport a messy look with short hair without looking like a California beach bum. On top of that (or rather, at the bottom of his look), Michael sports a full, great-looking beard, which is also coming back into style these days.

Men with hair loss who get virtual reality hair with us at HRC can also get this look and style it the same way as if it was your own hair. Read more about it here.

What hairstyle at the Oscars 2014 blew you away? Our staff here at Hair Restoration of California can help you achieve the look you want. Call us today to schedule a free hair consultation.

 
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Michael Fassbender
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4 Vitamins and Minerals for Healthier Hair

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

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

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

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

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

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Solutions for Hair Loss as a Result of Alopecia

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

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

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

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

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

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The Best Hollywood Hairstyles from the 2014 Golden Globes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     
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HRC 2014 Special - Start the year right with amazing Low Level Laser Hair Therapy

HRC 2014 Special - Start the year right with amazing Low Level Laser Hair Therapy

We are excited about an upcoming special offer on Low Level Laser Hair Therapy. Our January offer continues HRC's proud tradition of offering the latest and safest in hair restoration, with the best service in Los Angeles.

HRC has partnered with Living Social to provide an exclusive, discounted offer on our world-class low-level laser therapy treatments. Check into our website later this month for more details. 

Low level laser hair therapy (LLLT) allows you to achieve thicker, fuller, shinier and healthier looking hair. LLLT is a revolutionary, non-surgical breakthrough for both men and women suffering the devastating effects of hair loss

Laser hair therapy was developed in Europe and used for improving hair volume and hair shaft quality and prolonging the life of hair color and improving hair colors and perms.

 

LLLT uses "soft" low level lasers, that do not have the thermal-component to cut, burn or vaporize.

 

Low Level Laser Hair Therapy treatments utilize a device containing therapeutic soft low level light lasers which delivers light energy directly to the scalp. 


The Benefits of Laser Hair Therapy Treatment

    Increases the blood supply to the scalp by 54% after only one treatment.

    Stimulates hair follicles.

    Stops the progression of hair loss in 85% of patients.

    Increased hair strength and elasticity.

    Fuller, shinier, softer, thicker hair.

    For Post Operative Transplant surgery, laser treatments have been shown to help newly transplanted hair to thrive and increases the healing process.

    Repairs damage normally caused by chemical services.

    Delivers light energy directly from different positions without loss of light properties to insure appropriate dosage.

 

Be sure to visit our website www.hrc4hair.com for our exclusive offer on Low Level Laser Therapy, in partnership with our friends at Living Social. We truly believe in offering the best hair restoration treatments for all our clients, and you won't want to miss this one!

 

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Full head of Silver Hair?? Why Not!

Full head of Silver Hair?? Why Not!

There is a renaissance underway in Hollywood for films catering to more, let's say 'mature' audiences. The silver screen's 'silver-hair boom' (link to BBC article) started with the sleeper hit 'The Exotic Marigold Hotel' which starred Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and other luminaries of cinema and stage. 

 

The film, made on a relatively small budget, became one of the surprise (and hugely profitable) hits of 2012, making over $130 million at the worldwide box-office. Suddenly, amongst the plethora of superhero films and 'tentpole' action franchises, Hollywood has realized a huge, unfulfilled gap for older audiences hungry for more grounded, meaningful films. In short, silver is trendy and the common threads are many, but none as obvious to our keen sense as the trend in maintaining a great head of hair as you age. 

 

As more senior stars re-emerge in the spotlight, it's obvious that silver is trendy, and maintaining a full head of hair into the golden years is more important now than it's ever been. New developments in hair restoration methods mean you can now take advantage and achieve the everlasting presence of film stars like Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Geoffrey Rush - who also starred in another success amongst older audiences, the Oscar-winning 'King's Speech'. 

 

At HRC, we pride ourselves on keeping a pulse on the latest trends in popular culture, as they often lead the trends in hair. We offer personalized hair restoration to match the colour of any hair (including those with greying hair) so you can get the look of the silver screens silver-haired greats. 

 

We treat all types of hair loss and our hair replacement systems are virtually undetectable to sight and touch. A full head of natural looking hair has helped the old-new guard of films stars shine again. We don't see any signs the trend will slow down, so book your free consultation with us today and find your own hair-renaissance.

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HRC Changes The Way Women Think about Beauty Enhancements

HRC Changes The Way Women Think about Beauty Enhancements

HRC offers women Risk-free, Reversible Enhancement

 

With the increased safety of many procedures, and the promises of longer-lasting beauty, it's no surprise that the plastic surgery industry has grown to record heights. With a steady 5% growth from 2012, over 14 million procedures were performed in the US (Plastic Surgery.org stats - http://www.plasticsurgery.org/news-and-resources/press-release-archives/2013/14-million-cosmetic-plastic-surgery-procedures-performed-in-2012.html).

 

For women undergoing peels, botox and other minimally invasive facial procedures, one key part of their face and beauty is often left behind - hair!

 

As many women begin considering surgery in their 30's, so they should consider hair restoration treatments to fully complement their beauty routines.

 

Being key reproductive years, the 30's are also an age where hormones and naturally-occurring prenatal vitamins can lead to hair loss. Women in their 30's typically have lower-density hair at the top of the head, and begin seeing a loss of colour and texture if they have spent their lives colouring their hair.

 

The result for women out of plastic surgery procedures then, is that their faces look young while their hair ages - creating a less than desirable look, and reducing the real value (and money spent!) on expensive plastic surgeries.

 

So what's the solution?

 

After spending money on plastic surgeries, the last thing you want to worry about is more difficult-to-reverse beauty treatments.

 

HRC has a great history of partnering with top plastic surgeons in Los Angeles, many of whom refer their patients to us for hair treatments that match their surgical operations.

 

The great news, and ultimate advantage with HRC's cutting-edge hair restoration treatments, is that all of our non-surgical enhancements are completely reversible and easily adjustable. Our treatments allow clients to adjust for colour, density, texture, highlights until they are satisfied. 

 

If clients are still uncomfortable, our procedures are fully reversible to their natural hair. HRC has only the highest quality stylists and colourists in the industry. 

 

Even with the highest quality hair restoration, some women may still benefit from minor surgical hair transplant - often around the hair line. HRC works closely with US Hair Restoration, a prominent hair transplant establishment, to provide a truly complete service for your hair restoration needs. These combination treatments are being developed with US Hair Restoration's Dr Mohebi - one of the pre-eminent surgeons of the Los Angeles area. For more information on our treatments and services with US Hair Restoration, visit Dr. Mohebi's blog here.

 

 

Women undergoing plastic surgery often neglect correct hair treatments to match with their surgical work. Without consideration of the right hair restoration and hair treatment, many dollars are wasted not getting the best effect from plastic surgery. HRC works closely with women who have gone under the knife, and we have a host of non-invasive, completely reversible procedures customised for your hair, to make it look truly healthy and vibrant. Visit us for a free consultation today!

 

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HRC Leads the Way in Innovative Hair Replacement for All

HRC Leads the Way in Innovative Hair Replacement for All

There was a time when hair replacement was considered a cheap, and often-noticeable way to hide hair loss. However modern developments in hair replacement technology have made hair replacement virtually undetectable - most importantly giving coverage to the top and crown of the head. 

In this day and age, even some of the biggest names in Hollywood with seemingly excellent hair, have in fact undergone hair replacement - we're not naming names!

With the refinement of hair restoration processes, and the significant advantages in the technology which allow fully customizable hair - an 'as you wish' system - it makes sense to combine hair replacement with more traditionally respected hair transplant systems. 

We at Hair Restoration California are proud to announce our partnership with Doctor Parsa Moehbi and US Hair Restoration. Apart from being a Medical Director, Dr. Mohebi is one of the most recognized hair transplant surgeons, having served Los Angeles for over 20 years. Our partnership recognizes the need for some patients who undergo hair transplant procedures, but do not have enough donor hair to get a full head of hair from transplant.

This combination treatment is particularly useful for many patients who are at the higher stages of hair loss, particularly on the Norwood Scale VI and VII classes.

 

So how does it work?

 

Patients who represent more advanced male or female hair loss will find great benefit results-wise and financially through our combination treatment. A solid hair line will be created through transplant which densely packs a smaller surface area. All other areas of the scalp not covered by this transplant will be restored through HRC's world-leading hair system. The most important fact is this: our hair system is made from actual human hair matched precisely to the patient's existing hair.

Using safe medical-grade adhesives behind the hairline (and undetectable as a result), the hair system is attached and integrated with the hairline. Although the hair system requires some maintenance, patients can still enjoy lifestyle activities such as swimming, sports and outdoor activities.  

All this adds up to a single fact: across the entire spectrum of hair loss patients - there are now truly great solutions for ALL patients experience patterned hair loss. With our combination treatments, in partnership with Dr. Mohebi and US Hair Restoration, we're proud to be at the frontier of helping all our clients be the best they can be.

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30 million women in America experience hair loss

30 million women in America experience hair loss

As an age-old defining feature of health, success & attractiveness, radiant hair is second to none. A defining point of personal image and style, our brains are wired to notice distinctive hairstyles - think of the Jennifers (Aniston or Lopez), Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Palin or Christina Hendricks.

But people aren't just watching from the sidelines, they're talking with their wallets too. Americans spent over $20billion combined in 2012 on hair care services (SBDC Market Research, 2012), and with increasing stress of modern lifestyles and increases in female baldness, that figure is sure to rise - along with the need for affordable hair replacement options for balding women.

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