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August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month Cont.

In honor of National Hair Loss Awareness Month,  I’m going to share some chapters from my e-Book, “Hair Loss: Causes and Solutions”  to educate the consumer with facts, as well as cover some basic information when it comes to hair loss. One of hardest things to deal with when experiencing hair loss is having to diagnosis, treat, or navigate your way through a problem you aren’t familiar with. There are so many magical potions and lotions that are said to “regrow your hair,” but how are you supposed to know what’s right for your specific situation? Hopefully these excerpts will help…

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Ch. 2:  “What Can I Do About My Hair Loss?”                                               

There are many treatments available that can cater to your individual needs. For some types of hair loss, the hair may fully grow back over time without aid. For more permanent hair loss situations, there are also several options that can help promote growth or camouflage the hair loss you have incurred. The key is finding the right treatment for you…

Non-Surgical Solutions

  • Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

What Is It?  Laser light hair therapy is a therapeutic, non-invasive and non-chemical way to treat and control hair loss using a “cold” low-level, laser device. The laser is a “hooded” model under which the client or patient sits for a period of 20 to 30 minutes while 40 to 80 laser diodes distribute “soft” laser light to the tissues of the scalp.  Unlike some topicals and other pills, the low level laser diodes have no thermal component and are side-effect free.  The process is one of “bio-stimulation,” and is absolutely safe; to put it simply, laser therapy is a “trigger” for the rearrangement of cellular metabolism.

How Does It Work?:  Clinical trials conducted in the United States have confirmed that low level laser energy delivered at a specific wave-length, using the correct power has the ability to stimulate hair growth and stop the progression of hair loss. These studies have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.  Studies also show this to be a solution to treat damaged hair by restoring the state of health back to what it originally was prior to hair loss. Patients will see an increase in thickness and fullness of their hair as well. Once treatment is completed, minimal maintenance may be required.

Because laser therapy involves follicle stimulation, it is recommended for the patient to meet with an experienced laser therapy specialist who will determine whether an individual is a viable candidate for laser treatment. Treatment programs for candidates are typically from six to 12 months. Patients visit their hair loss center two-three times a week.

For those who are unable to make weekly visits to a specific location, there are now portable, in-home laser therapy devices that have also been approved by the FDA – removing inconvenience and lack of time as an obstacle to stopping hair loss. Remember, it’s still important to see a hair loss specialist and be screened for candidacy and potential for regrowth.

 

There is no right or wrong answer when deciding which treatment is best for you; all of these options can be effective if used correctly. Your treatment choice should be the one that fits best with your life style, the extent of your hair loss and your commitment to stopping it.

 

  • Non-Surgical Hair Systems and Procedures

What Is It?  The most popular method of hair replacement – a hair graft or hair system can re-create the look and feel of your own natural hair. The hair system is customized per individual client prescription (male or female); so any hair color, texture, density and style can be matched. Continued technological advancements have culminated into modern hair systems that supersede hair pieces or wigs of the past. These solutions can be completely natural and undetectable. If done correctly, the hair systems are designed to become a part of you and your everyday lifestyle.

How Does It Work?  Once the prescription has been made, the hair systems are created by injecting strands of human hair into a thin layer of polyurethane or mesh material – a membrane which acts as a contact lens, or second layer of skin.  Unlike a synthetic or machine-made wig, the material is light weight, breathable and comfortable and provides an undetectable hair line that is life-like in appearance.

Benefits of Human Hair Systems:

  • Human hair allows for custom characteristics in hair systems, but it also allows the client to treat the hair like they would normally treat hair growing from their scalp. Clients wash and style the system on a regular basis. Styling options are unlimited – you can blow-dry, curl, flat-iron the hair and use hair spray, gels or any other styling products to achieve the look you want. Human hair looks the most natural but it also requires maintenance and will need to be replaced over time.

Method of Attachment:

  • Semi-permanent: This hair system is attached to your scalp using a medical adhesive and designed to only be removed every 2-6 weeks by a licensed technician. This method allows clients to resume normal daily activities without worrying about their hair – exercising, playing sports, swimming, surfing, riding in a convertible, running your hands through your hair, etc. This method does require monthly maintenance visits, where service is done to the system, as well as to the client’s natural hair. The client only has to visit one place for all of their hair needs.
  • Temporary: For people who don’t want a more permanent method of attachment, double-sided adhesives and clip attachments are available. This is an easy kind of attachment, and you can remove it or re-attach it anytime you want. Both are secure when attached and easy to use.

 

  • Hair Extensions for Women

What is it? For women desiring for longer, thicker and fuller hair, extensions may be the best solution. There are many different types of hair extensions available, from clip-ins that you can put in and take out yourself, to professionally applied, Hollywood-style human hair extensions.

How Does it Work? Extensions can be braided, woven, bonded or clipped in using synthetic or human hair. The two most common methods are:

  • o Quick Fix Extensions: If you are looking for a temporary fix for a fun night out or a special occasion then this option is best for you. These are available in synthetic and human hair and are either clipped in and out of existing strands or sewn into existing hair.
  • o Great Lengths Extensions: These extensions offer a more permanent and natural solution for longer, thicker hair. A licensed cosmetologist and Great Length expert can give you a more customized full, long head of hair within hours.
  • Great Length extensions use 100% human hair that’s attached strand by strand using a protein tip as opposed to other glues that could damage your hair. These last up to 6 months and are treated like normal, human hair – they can be styled (blow dry, straighten, curled) and washed on a daily basis. The GL expert will blend or highlight colors to match the individual order.
  • If you don’t need length but still want thicker hair, you choose the level of volume you want with GL. This would be a good solution for women with fine, limp or thin textured hair.
  • A specific solvent is used to remove the extensions once it’s time for them to be replaced. The process is non-damaging and pain-free.

 

  • Topical Products and Prescriptions

 

  • o Rogaine/Minoxidil: Minoxidil is a topical, over the counter treatment used to stimulate hair growth in adult men and women with a certain type of baldness. Available in two different dosages, 5% for men and 2% for women, both forms have been approved by the FDA for topical treatment of pattern baldness. Common side effects include: irritated, red, or itchy scalp, excess hair growth in unwanted places and facial hair growth for women. With all of these side effects reversible once treatment stops, experts say that the biggest drawback is that treatment must be continued for as long as results are desired. Once treatment stops, any re-growth that occurred will most likely be lost.
  • o Propecia/Finasteride: Propecia is an oral, prescription medication with an active ingredient of finasteride that contains DHT blockers. Propecia was approved by the FDA for treatment of male-pattern baldness in 1997, but should not be used by women. Research shows finasteride is successful at preventing hair loss and keeping what you have, but re-growth may be minimal. Common side effects may occur, mainly a risk of different sexual side effects that can continue even after you stop taking the drug. Like minoxidil, Propecia use must be continued for as long as results are desired. If you stop taking the drug, your newly grown hair will likely fall out within a year.
  • o Other Topical Treatments: There are other products available like shampoos, creams and lotions with DHT inhibitors or stimulating agents that are used for hair loss, as well as concealers and powders that are applied to the scalp to help camouflage or hide the skin that shows from thinning hair. Typically, these have no side effects.

 

Surgical Solutions

  • Hair Transplantation

What Is It?  Hair Transplantation is a surgical procedure where the surgeon removes small pieces of hair-bearing scalp grafts (that are DHT resistant) from the back or sides of the head.

How Does It Work?  These grafts are divided and then transplanted to the bald or thinning area. The number of hair grafts used depends on the hair type, quality and texture, along with the size of the area where they will be transplanted. Additional surgeries may be needed depending on the extent of your hair loss, the projected hair loss rate, and the amount of donor hair you can spare.

  • Expectations for Men vs Women:

Typically, men experiencing male pattern baldness will remain with a permanent wreath or “cul-de-sac” of hair surrounding the sides and the back of their head. This is where hair is harvested for the transplant. This hair is genetically programmed to continue to grow even in the worse cases of male pattern baldness. In order to be a good candidate for a transplant, you must have a certain number of donors hairs based on your specific needs. Even if a man does qualify for a transplant, there is no guarantee the transplanted hairs will grow successfully or that the end result will give the patient their desired full head of hair.

Female pattern baldness is when hair loss is distributed throughout the entire scalp, leaving the sides and the back very sparse. If this hair were to be transplanted, there’s no guarantee that it would continue to grow due to the fact that this hair seems to be just as susceptible to DHT as the hair lost on the top of the scalp. Very few women are candidates for transplants (only about 2%-5%) and if they are, typically many procedures are needed to achieve proper density. Most experts strongly advise women not to even consider it.

  • Risk and Recovery:

Recovery time will be needed (typically between 3-5 days) and pain medications and other antibiotics will need to be taken. As with any surgical procedure, hair transplantation carries risks, including bleeding and infection. Other risks that can occur with hair transplants include scarring and unnatural-looking new hair growth.

 

 

To find out what solution is right for your individual type of hair loss, call to schedule a free consultation at 713-838-1880, or visit http://www.tmhair.com

 

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August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month

In honor of National Hair Loss Awareness Month,  I’m going to share some chapters from my e-Book, “Hair Loss: Causes and Solutions”  to educate the consumer with facts, as well as cover some basic information when it comes to hair loss. One of hardest things to deal with when experiencing hair loss is having to diagnosis, treat, or navigate your way through a problem you aren’t familiar with. There are so many magical potions and lotions that are said to “regrow your hair,” but how are you supposed to know what’s right for your specific situation? Hopefully these excerpts will help…

 

Intro:

Are You Experiencing Hair Loss? You Are Not Alone

Do you find yourself looking in the mirror and feeling dissatisfied with the appearance or condition of your hair? Is it becoming thin throughout? Do you have patches of baldness? Can you seen through to your crown? Have you searched for solutions and found nothing for your specific hair loss situation? Or are you simply tired of not knowing what to do about it? It is important to know that you are not alone.

Some Facts About Hair Loss:

  • 35 million men and 21 million women experience hair loss in the United States alone.
  • By the age of 50, approximately 85% of men have some type of baldness or hair loss.
  • 9 out of 10 balding men cite hair loss as their number one concern.
  • 1 in 4 women suffer from hair loss, thinning hair or pattern baldness.
  • Over 800,000 people seek hair restorations each year.
  • The average scalp has about 100,000 hair follicles. Most people on average lose about 50 to 100 hairs a day. Once you begin to lose more than that it can become an issue.

These statistics show that hair loss affects millions. Though the causes vary, the physical changes that one experiences can result in emotional and/or psychological suffering  – from self-consciousness to immobilization to extreme depression. This change in our appearance not only affects our self-esteem, but also our quality of life. We can allow it to limit our physical activities and our social interactions.

The Good News:

You don’t have to suffer from any more “bad hair days.”  The right solution for you is dependent on the specific cause of your hair loss, your budget, your time, your expectations, and your temperament. Below you will find a list of many causes of hair loss, and in the following pages, suggestions for which treatment could be best for you.

 

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Ch. 1:  Why Am I Losing My Hair?

The causes of hair loss for both men and women vary. It’s crucial to understand what’s causing your hair loss so you can make an informed decision about the best treatment for you. Some of these causes only lead to temporary hair loss – while others are more permanent.

Hair Disorders

  • Hereditary Thinning or Baldness (Androgenetic Alopecia): Inherited male-pattern or female-pattern hair loss is the most common cause of hair loss. Male-pattern hair loss can result in a receding hair line and bald patches, mainly on the top of the head. Female-pattern hair loss can result in noticeably thinning hair throughout the scalp; the first sign being a widening part. The hormone dihydrotestosterone or DHT (a derivative of the male hormone testosterone) is associated with this.
  • Alopecia Areata and Other Types: Classified as an autoimmune disorder, alopecia areata causes the body’s own immune system to attack healthy hair follicles. This causes patches of hair loss on the scalp and other areas of the body. There are many other different types of alopecia that have different effects on people.
  • Trichotillomania: This impulse-control disorder causes people to repeatedly and compulsively pull out their own hair. They often feel a constant urge to pull out the hair on the scalp.

Medical Conditions and Disease

  • Disease: There are about 30 diseases overall that can lead to hair loss. Thyroid and other ailments that affect your hormones can cause loss of hair. Skin and auto-immune disorders like anemia and types of lupus can result in hair loss as well. By treating the disease, hair loss often can be stopped or reversed.
  • Illness: A major surgery, high fever or even the flu can cause hair loss. Your dermatologist may call this telogen effluvium. In most cases complete remission is probable.
  • Infections: Scalp infections, such as ringworm, can invade the hair and skin of your scalp, leading to hair loss. Once infections are treated, hair generally grows back.

Medicine

  • Some prescription medicines can cause hair loss. These include:

-Blood thinners.

-High-dose Vitamin A.

-Medicines that treat arthritis, depression, gout, heart problems, and high blood pressure.

-Birth control pills

-Anabolic steroids

 

Stress and Shock

  • Experiencing a traumatic event (e.g., death of a loved one or divorce) can cause hair loss. Anytime your body experiences high stress or shock emotionally or physically hair loss can occur.

 

Diet and Poor Nutrition

  • Poor diet can definitely affect the health of your hair. Eating regiment regiments lacking sufficient protein or iron, too much Vitamin A, drastic weight loss programs, and eating disorders can all affect the growth cycle and the condition of your hair.

 

Hormones

  • Pregnancy and Child Birth: After giving birth, some women have noticeable hair loss due to falling estrogen levels. This is usually temporary.
  • Menopause: Thinning hair is very common during menopause. This loss is often temporary and the hair will re-grow with time. Aging affects hair loss because hormones are involved; if a woman is 40 years or older, she unfortunately should not expect her hair to have the same fullness that it did when she was younger.
  • Birth control: Birth control and other hormone related medicines can lead to thinning hair.

 

Hair Care – Styling and Treatments

  • Chemical Processing: Frequent bleaching, perms and relaxers can cause breakage and other damage to your hair. Improper or excessive use of other hair products (dyes, gels, hairsprays) can also cause damage.
  • Heat Damage: Frequent use of high-heat styling tools (blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons,) can dry out the hair shaft, leaving hair brittle and prone to breakage. Limiting use and if possible lowering the heat settings are ways to help avoid damage. Letting your hair air dry before styling is also recommended.
  • Traction Alopecia: Wearing your hair in a style that pulls on the hair (tight braids or tight ponytails) can cause hair loss. This is known as traction alopecia. If done repetitively, it can lead to gradual hair loss, specifically, along the hair line.

 

To find out the cause of your hair loss, you should visit a hair loss clinic or doctor to get an accurate diagnosis. Once you have a diagnosis, you can find the best treatment or solution for you. My clinic offers complimentary consultations that include a scalp and hair analysis. 

For more information on the causes and solutions of hair loss, visit www.tmhair.com or call 713-838-1880 to schedule your free consultation. 

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