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10 Surprising Causes of Hair Loss

hair lossHair loss-whether baldness or noticeably thinning hair — can occur for a number of different reasons. Sometimes hair loss is a side effect of a health problem that needs to be addressed and will remedy itself when the health problem is properly treated. When hair loss is due to a condition involving the hair itself, as in the case of alopecia, the hair loss can be permanent.


Hair Loss From Thyroid Problems

Either an underactive thyroid, a medical condition called hypothyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, or hyperthyroidism, can result in hair loss because each condition causes a hormonal imbalance. Hormones help to regulate nearly every function in the body, including hair growth. Getting the right treatment to control either of these thyroid conditions will get hormones under control, stop hair loss, and allow your hair to starting grow back.


Thinning Hair Following Pregnancy

Other hormonal imbalances can also lead to hair loss, especially the fluctuating hormones that occur following pregnancy and childbirth. It takes time after pregnancy for hormone levels to return to normal, so it’s not at all uncommon for post-partum moms to notice thinning hair or even patches of baldness. This often occurs about three months after baby’s arrival. As the rest of your body recovers, so will your hair follicles. The hair loss is only temporary; your hair will grow back.


Hair Loss Due to Medications

Hair loss is a side effect of a number of medications taken for common health problems. Blood-thinning medications, oral contraceptives, drugs for depression, NSAIDs, and beta and calcium channel blockers can all lead to thinning hair or baldness. Too much vitamin A and vitamin A-based drugs can cause hair loss as well. Some chemotherapy drugs used to treat cancer are known to cause total hair loss as they work to destroy cancer cells. Just as hair usually grows back after chemo, it should also grow back once you stop taking any medication that causes hair loss.


Different Types of Alopecia

Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss, and there are two main types: alopecia areata and androgenic alopecia. Alopecia may cause hair loss only on the scalp or all over the body. It may result in thinning hair, patches of hair loss, some balding, or total baldness, and it may be permanent or temporary. There are numerous causes, including genetics.


Physical Trauma: A Shock to Hair Follicles

When your body is under serious physical stress, the natural cycle of hair growth and resting can be disrupted, resulting in hair loss, often in the form of thinning hair. Any shock to the system, such as being in a severe accident, undergoing surgery, experiencing burns, or becoming very ill, can also shock the hair follicles, resulting in up to 75% of your hair falling out, sometimes months after the fact.


Emotional Stress and Your Hair

When you’re dealing with a life-altering event, like a divorce or break-up, bankruptcy or other financial problems, the loss of a home, or the death of a loved one, significant emotional stress can also disrupt the normal cycle of hair growth. Significant emotional stressors can cause temporary hair loss, but once stress is brought under control, normal hair growth is usually restored.


Diet Deficiencies: Your Hair Is What You Eat

The essential vitamins and nutrients, like protein, that you get from a healthy, varied, and well-balanced diet ensure good health all throughout your body, making sure all your organs and internal systems are working just as they should. Poor nutrition or following a severely restrictive crash or fad diet can lead to all kinds of nutrient deficiencies, which in turn can result in hair loss, from thinning hair to patches of baldness.


Extreme Hair Care

In an effort to create a stylish hairdo, you can actually cause significant damage and breakage to strands, which could result in hair loss and thinning hair. Shampooing or blow drying too frequently, repeatedly using heated styling tools, pulling on hair-whether from blow drying it, styling it in a too tight ponytail, or too vigorously rubbing the scalp can all lead to hair loss.


Infections That Cause Hair Loss

A number of infections and illnesses can lead to hair loss. An infection that causes a high fever, a fungal skin infection, and bacterial infections can all be responsible for balding or thinning hair. Treating the underlying infection can restore hair growth and prevent future hair loss.


Autoimmune Diseases That Affect Hair

Alopecia areata is often associated with an autoimmune disease, so it’s thought that some forms of hair loss can be caused by one of these medical conditions or is at least somehow related to it. Diabetes and lupus are two autoimmune diseases that can result in hair loss. This type of hair loss may not always be reversible but medications and hair restoration may help compensate for any hair loss.







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You Are Not Alone

Like many successful entrepreneurs, I began my business as the result of a personal quest. A victim of hair loss myself, compassion for my clients comes naturally to me. My own hair began to thin and recede when I was only 21 and in college; the situation began to worsen during my first year as an elementary school teacher and continued to progress after. Destined for extremely premature balding, I experimented and explored all available enhancement avenues, including a hair transplant at age 23 and a number of unacceptable toupees. It was these unsuccessful attempts at restoring my own hair which ultimately led to the creation of my company.


Today, Tom Magliaro’s is a recipient for the “National Salon of the Year” award; the company services an average of 55 clients daily, from college students to school teachers to many Houston notables, each person dealing with their own hair loss story.


Hair replacement is much more than just a job for me, it is a true passion I have for helping those in need and changing their life for the better. 






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Easy Tips to Protect Your Hair From the Summer Sun

200013869-001We talk about this every time the seasons change – because when the seasons change the health of our hair can change too. Over exposure to the sun’s UV rays is one of the most harmful effects of the hot and humid summer months. Here are some easy tips to help protect your hair during this pool season…


-First things first: If your hair is already a bit fried, go to a professional stylist and have all the split-ends cut or at least trimmed.  If they are badly broken, no product will reseal them completely anyway.  After the trim, start over using moisturizing and protective products. Once a week give parched strands a jump start with a moisturizing, protein hair mask (I like our Welker rePHreshed Fortified Protein Conditioner, ).

-Next, maintain the new health of your hair (even under a beating sun) by using effective products. Shampoos and conditioners are the building blocks of great hair – and in order to have a great head of hair, you have to have a healthy scalp (especially during the summer!)

While you search for these products, remember to check out a few things first:

  1. Scalp type – oily, dry, dandruff, itchy, combination or any other medical condition.
  2. Hair type – straight, curly, wavy, colored, treated, permed, straightened or any other.

If you can – get a professional scalp and hair diagnosis. We offer them complimentary at my clinic, all it takes is about 15 minutes to meet with a hair and scalp consultant to point you in the right direction of which products to use and why.

Once you know your scalp and hair type, use a shampoo and conditioner that is formulated for your specific condition and also will protect your hair against environmental aggressors like sun, wind, and pollution (which can worsen in the summer months).  Also look for rich moisturizers like jojoba on the ingredient list; these will leave hair soft and silky.

In general, it’s best to steer clear of sudsy shampoos  that contain sulfur, as these strip color and wash away natural, hydrating oils. Instead use a detergent-free shampoo, which is more gentle on hair (look for “sulfate-free” on the bottle).

-Finally, spritz a leave-in conditioner through damp strands for another burst of hydration and UV protection. Spray types are best because they aren’t greasy and won’t weigh hair down. Both our Welker rePHreshed leave-in conditioners contain a natural UVA and UVB filter that shields hair against sun damage and gives it shine –

-Once you’re outside, keep strands from super windy conditions that can cause split ends – one way to do this by pulling hair back into a gentle bun. As long as it’s not  pulled back too tightly, it’s better to keep your hair in place.

-Remember, when it comes to the pool – DO NOT shampoo before you go for a swim, as this will rob your hair of all protective oils and will make it extra vulnerable to the chemicals and salt in the water.


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10 Myths You Shouldn’t Believe About Hair Loss For Women


Women lose their hair the same way men do

With male pattern baldness, hairlines form an M shape as the hair recedes, and many men go on to lose all the hair on the tops of their heads. Women, however, typically do not have receding hairlines. They get diffuse thinning right on top of their heads. Decreased density on top of your head or even a widening part are more common signs of hair loss in women. Female pattern hair loss is usually inherited from family members, but it’s also sparked by hormone changes or everyday aging.

High testosterone makes hair fall out

Excess testosterone does not cause either sex to go bald—but testosterone does play a big role. The body converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and this process causes damage to the hair follicle. So those who convert testosterone to DHT most efficiently lose more hair than those whose bodies are less efficient.

Birth control pills cause hair loss

A number of androgen hormones can interact with the hair follicle to make it thinner and finer. Some types of progesterone, a hormone commonly found in oral contraceptives, can act like androgens. Hair loss with the pill is more of a problem, if you’re using an older version of birth control. The newer ones developed have fewer of those side effects and are really more anti-androgen. In fact, some doctors may prescribe birth control to help fight unwanted hair loss.


All hair loss is permanent

Some instances of shedding could just be temporary. Many women lose some hair after giving birth, for instance, as their hormones adjust back to their pre-pregnancy levels, but it regrows within several months. Many women also have diet issues that affect their hair-iron and zinc are both key nutrients for strong hair, so low levels could weaken your strands. You can fix that by increasing your intake of foods rich in those nutrients, like beans and oysters. You could also take supplements. Best to avoid extreme eating plans too. Any restrictive diet can lead to hair shedding because you’re losing out on essential nutrients.


Stress makes your hair fall out

It’s easy to blame thinning strands on stress, but for stress to cause hair loss, it has to be more extreme than what you experience when you’re prepping for a big presentation at work or in an argument with your spouse. When your body experiences something traumatic, like a major surgery or illness, it can disrupt the cycle of hair, shifting it prematurely into the shedding phase. Shedding usually subsides once the stressful event has passed.


Only older women lose their hair

It’s possible for some women, especially those with a family history of hair loss, to see thinning start in their 20s or even earlier. Female hair loss can start in the teens and gradually progress with age. Hormone problems are one thing that could affect hair at a young age but they aren’t the only culprit for early hair loss. The things to look for in young women are nutritional deficiencies, eating disorders, or really high stress.


Biotin can cure hair loss

At the drugstore, you’re sure to find supplements that claim to boost your hair and nails. Most of them contain biotin, which makes up the group of B complex vitamins. They play an essential part in maintaining healthy hair by helping with metabolism and converting food for energy production. While a biotin deficiency can trigger hair loss, a lack of it is pretty rare. Biotin is only worth taking if you’re having hair breakage problems. Though it might help strengthen your hair, there’s not strong evidence it can do much for hair loss caused by hormone problems or genetics.

Shampooing too much will make you lose your hair

People tend to notice shedding most in the shower, so they associate shedding with shampooing. There’s no scientific evidence, though, that ties hair loss to the number of times you shampoo during the week. In fact, shampooing less can actually be bad for your hair. Shampoo cleans off oils on the scalp that can contain hormones that drive hair loss. Not shampooing enough can also lead to dandruff, which can inhibit hair growth. Make sure to wash your hair regularly and keep in mind it’s normal to shed 100 to 150 hairs a day.


Too much sun can make thinning hair worse

Being out in the sun without sunscreen on your scalp is sure to bring on a burn, but it won’t cause hair loss. In fact, vitamin D, a key nutrient you get from the sun and food, can be crucial for your locks. Vitamin D is very important for hair cycling-it helps push hair from its resting phase to the growing phase.

Coloring your hair can make it fall out

Dyeing your hair won’t make you go bald, but bad styling practices can weaken your strands. Any treatment done too much can make hair break more easily. That includes bleaching or coloring hair, overusing hot irons and dryers, as well as using chemical straighteners. Putting any kind of tension on the hair, with tight braids or extensions for example, also damages the hair over time. When hair is under extreme tension for long periods, it weakens and the growing part of the hair gets damaged. If you notice breakage, it’s a good idea to start treating your hair more gently and use protectants each time you apply heat.




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