A Message From Tom Magliaro…

A Message from the Owner, Tom Magliaro

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Nothing lasts forever! Not the Houston summers! Not the struggles we endure! And not the hair on your head! We can’t always control all of these phenomena — and yet in Houston we don’t feel it, autumn has arrived. there are always life’s struggle, but my latest scans show I am cancer-free (yahoooo!) I am immensely grateful for my renewed energy and health!

As for the hair on your head, well, if you haven’t done something about that, I can say with certainty, you will continue to lose it! If that matters to you — if having hair on your head affects the way you feel about your appearance, then please do something about it! We have so many options for you to choose from.

Laser! Laser! Laser! I can’t say enough about the amazing results people are experiencing with our new Capillus Laser Cap, and the ease and convenience of using it. Some of our staff members walk around the office wearing it as they work. And it is good for every member of the household as it not only stimulates regrowth of hair for people who are beginning to lose it, it improves the health of everyone’s hair. You can wear it while you cook, clean, watch TV, study, nap, drive to or from work….. There is no way you can not find 30 minutes two or three times a week to wear it!                                                    

And for those who wear another form of hair replacement, the laser can still enhance and help retain the hair you do have on the sides and back. I now know from personal experience how important that little bit of hair I did have (before my chemo treatments) was in helping my hair system look so natural. So it’s essential to keep your existing hair intact.

Obviously, people with no hair at all have greater difficulty with creating a natural appearance since there is no existing hair to blend the system into. That said, because of my particular needs, I had my staff members almost pulling their own hair out to figure out how to keep me looking good. There is such an integral relationship between looking good and feeling good. I can say with great confidence that we’ve created the absolute best chemo hair system that I’ve ever seen.

My hair has to look good all the time. Like it or not, wherever I go, people are looking at my hair as an example of what we can do for them. Sometimes, yes, it feels like my head is under the lens of a microscope. So I am undoubtedly, more of a perfectionist than almost all of my clients. There was nothing in the market that satisfied me, so…….we created this expressly for me.

Please call and come in to find out all about our take-home lasers, newest chemo hair systems, and all that we have to offer. We are constantly researching, growing, and improving to provide you with the best there is to give you a hairier life!

 

Happiness,

Tom Magliaro


 

 

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

 

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The Most Effective Low Level Laser Therapy Device On The Market

Here’s some more information on our medical grade, take-home laser device… 

CAPILLUS272® PRO HAIR REGROWTH LASER CAP

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Capillus® laser caps are a new was to enjoy laser hair therapy in the comfort of your own home. This revolutionary new non-surgical treatment option stops the progression of hair loss, making it easier to achieve natural results with hair transplants and other non-surgical treatments. Women are sure to love laser hair therapy too, because it is proven to create thicker and fuller hair without the need for surgery or messy topical foams.

  • Proven to increase hair count by up to 51%.
  • Safe—Cleared by FDA for treatment of androgenetic alopecia (hair loss).
  • Effective when used in conjunction with hair transplant surgery, prescription medications, topical hair loss foams, or as an individual hair restoration method.

How does it Work?

 

Capillus® represents the finest in at-home LLLT hair restoration. With Capillus®, your journey toward a newer, fuller head of hair is guided by a licensed hair restoration professional who understands how to diagnose and treat your unique conditions.

CAPILLUS272®: CONVENIENT, COMFORTABLE, & SAFE

There are many reasons to choose the Capillus272®.  LLLT with the Capillus272 Pro is a convenient, comfortable, and safe non-surgical hair loss treatment option for men and women.

Convenient: Treat hair loss, on your terms. The Capillus272® fits snugly under your favorite hat or ball cap, empowering you to manage your hair loss with the utmost convenience and discretion. Battery operated and ultra-portable, the Capillus272® easily travels with you on vacation, to the office, on your favorite walk, or around the house.

Comfortable: Say no to messy topical foams, recurring trips to the doctors office, and upset stomachs from early morning hair loss medications. With the Capillus272®, you can comfortably treat your hair loss while maintaining your normal lifestyle and daily routine. Low level laser diodes are cool to the touch, allowing daily treatment without discomfort.

Safe: Capillus® products are prescribed through an international network of licensed physicians. After receiving a personalized hair loss diagnosis and physician referral, your journey toward a fuller and healthier head of hair will include guidance from your physician to ensure the best possible outcome. The Capillus272 Pro has no known side-effects and has been deemed safe for use by the FDA.

 

For more information on the Capillus272 Pro®, visit www.tmhair.com or call 713-838-1880 to schedule your free hair loss consultation.

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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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ACell-PRP Hair Regrowth Therapy

Here’s some information on one of the most recently developed treatment options now available for people with thinning hair…

 

ACell + PRP

In 2012 Dr. McGrath began consulting with hair restoration surgeons across the country that were studying the effect of genuine hair regeneration from dormant follicles through the combination of two medical therapies:  PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Injections and a product called ACell MatriStem. Acell MatriStem is “porcine urinary bladder matrix,” derived from pig bladder cells, that has proven to be very helpful in wound healing. Wound healing has been at the forefront of research into hair cloning and hair follicle regeneration.

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ACell – 1 year hair regrowth progression.

At the 19th annual conference of the International Society of Hair Transplant Surgeons, evidence was presented that Acell “attracts” adult stem cells to a “wound” and converts them into the progenitor cells that, in the case of hair follicles, actually grow hair. So, the idea is to combine Acell with large amounts of adult stem cells taken from the patient’s own body — which is where the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) comes in — and then to inject this  into the thinning hair areas of the scalp. The hope is that it will send signals to the adult stem cells lurking in the dormant hair follicles and, in essence, wake them up.

Dr. McGrath began treating select patients with a combination of ACell plus Platelet Rich Plasma. The initial results have been very encouraging and we are expanding treatment for both men and women and in combination with hair transplant surgery. This has been particularly exciting for women who until now had few options for treating genetic hair loss.

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About ACell MatriStem®

ACell’s MatriStem® technology is a naturally occurring, non-crosslinked, completely resorbable, acellular material. MatriStem devices are unique from other scaffold technologies in that they fundamentally change healing by triggering abundant new blood vessel formation and recruiting numerous cell types to the site of injury. It appears that these cells, including progenitor cells, have the potential to differentiate into numerous types of site specific tissues. During the healing process, the scaffold is degraded and completely resorbed, leaving new tissue where scar tissue would normally be expected. This proprietary UBM scaffold technology can be used in a broad range of medical applications such as wound care, general surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, urology and plastic and reconstructive surgery.

 

 

 

For more information on ACell-PRP and to find out if your a candidate, call 713-838-1880 to set up your free consultation, or visit www.tmhair.com.

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5 Foods for Longer and Healthier Hair

We have all heard this before – beauty starts from within. What we put into our body radiates into how we feel on the outside. Healthy food, regular exercise, kind words are all contributors to how we feel every day. Today, we will focus on food, and more specifically on food that makes more beautiful, healthier and longer hair!

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Avocados are pretty much perfection concentrated into one round green shell. It is a great source of healthy fats, which are very important to our overall health. Indeed, unsaturated fats can help control blood sugar levels, play an important role in cognitive function and emotional health, and if you didn’t guess it already, avocados make our hair very happy! Avocados are amazing not just because of their creamy consistency and light flavor, but also due to the vitamins A, D and E and omega-9 fatty acids that they contain. When avocados are not in season, the best alternative is the oil extracted from them. Avocado oil can be directly applied to the hair in order to stimulate collagen production, which is very beneficial to our hair growth.

2. Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds

Pumpkin and sunflower seeds, although tiny, are filled with lots of benefits that make our hair happy. These little shells are packed with iron, which is extremely important to the health of our hair. Hair loss is primarily caused from a lack of iron, so we want to make sure that our iron levels remain high and steady. In addition, pumpkin seeds are very high in zinc, vitamins A, and K and omega-3 fatty acids. Sunflower seeds are also high in vitamin E, which enhances our blood flow to the scalp and promotes faster hair growth.

3. Green Leafy Vegetables

Green leafy vegetables definitely lack some love. Maybe because of their scary color, or bitter flavor, they are often underrated
and under-eaten. Green leafy vegetables are extremely high in iron and allow us to battle brittle hair. A great example of this is spinach; rich in vitamin A, iron, beta carotene, folate, and vitamin C. Greens ensure a healthy scalp and allow for hair to stay moisturized. There is a great variety of green leafy vegetables like swiss chard, kale, broccoli, arugula…the list goes on!

4. Hazelnut Butter

Hazelnut Butter is extremely high in biotin and can be added to any pancake or smoothie recipe for added creaminess, protein and biotin. Biotin is very important because these B7 vitamins are not only responsible for digestion, but also for promoting hair growth.

5. Sweet Potatoes

download (1)Vegetables and fruits are very high in vitamins and minerals, which help us nourish our bodies and promote the growth of our hair. Sweet potatoes are truly the best. Their incredible sweetness matched with the antioxidant Beta Carotene that they possess (our bodies convert it into vitamin A) make this a special food that we should include more into our diet. Baked in the oven with some cinnamon and rosemary, or grilled on the pan with some tomato sauce and cumin, sweet potatoes will help you get stronger and healthier hair!

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on hair loss visit our website at www.tmhair.com 

 

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Salt Water and How it Effects Your Hair

Beach-HairOcean water has high salt content, it is osmotic, so it leaches water out of your hair. The result? Dry, parched and brittle locks.

After a day at the beach, strands become dull, tangled, rough feeling and can be hard to comb or brush out. If you have color in your hair, salt water damage would give it a very hard texture.

Once you shampoo your hair, you may even notice that it takes longer to blow-dry or you may have problems getting your locks to curl or hold a style. In its worst form, salt water damage causes the ends of the hair to split, and breakage can begin.

To prevent salt water from damaging your strands, take these recommended steps before and after you leave the beach.

  • Leave-in conditioner is a must to keep the hair moist and soft, and to make it harder for the salt water to damage the hair. Look for a spray formula that you can toss in your beach bag and re-apply throughout the day.
  • To help protect your scalp from UV rays, use a protective hair cream or leave-in containing SPF over your hair and on your part. Another simple yet effective method is to saturate a Q-tip with sunscreen and apply it directly to the part line.
  • Ditch the styling products: before going to the beach make sure you have no gels, hairsprays, or other harsh styling agents in your hair.
  • Condition before you comb. Never attempt to comb your hair without a leave-in conditioner after being out in beach water. Condition it, then comb through it and try to let it air dry if you can.
  • When it comes to drying your hair, try to do it naturally by letting it air dry. One trick is after a wash, put it in a bun with a little conditioner left in it. A few hours later, take it down, and the result should be soft, wavy hair that is a little moist.
  • Hair dryers should be a last resort when you’re at the beach to save your hair from the extra heat.
  • Use coconut oil – on your TIPS ONLY. Coconut oil is a great, all- around beauty product. Rub about a dime size amount between your hands for a few seconds, and then rub it through the ends of your hair. If you have a normal-oily scalp, be sure to stay away from the roots! You can do this before and after the beach.
  • Use bobby pins if you can! They don’t break your hair like rubber-bands do, and when hair is a little drier at the beach, this is super important. They are cheap and there are endless styling creations you can make with them.

For more information on hair protection, healthy hair and hair loss, visit www.tmhair.com or call 713-838-1880.

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The Approach to Healthy Summer Hair

Here comes the sun…GET YOUR HAIR READY FOR IT!

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Summer is quickly approaching so we thought we would share our approach to keeping your hair gorgeous in the upcoming warmer weather!

Health begins on the inside, so naturally, the number one step toward healthy hair is to make sure that what you are putting into your body does not reflect badly in your hair.

During the heat of summer you may find your hair drying out, frizzing out, flipping out and otherwise skipping out on beauty, so for starters-stay hydrated! Drink lots of water! This will keep moisture accessible to your stressed tresses. Experts suggest that we all drink 1/2 of our body weight in ounces every single day. Not only will this keep your hair healthy, but it is extremely beneficial for your skin as well.

The next step toward beautiful, cooperative hair is to protect it from drying out. Here are a few tips.

  • Wash with a gentle shampoo.
    • Most shampoos contain ingredients that will strip your hair of its natural oils. These oils are your body’s natural way of keeping your hair healthy and shiny. They keep the moisture from escaping from the hair strand. When hair is moisturized, there is less chance of breakage, which causes frizz and dullness.
  • Wash it less frequently or purchase a shower filter.
    • If you don’t have your own personal well, then most likely you are showering in chemically treated water. This water contains chlorine and sometimes even ammonia. The more you wash it, the more you strip those natural, protecting, moisturizing oils out of your hair, just from your water. This leaves your hair desperately thirsty and consequently dry, frizzy, brittle. Use pure water with a pure shampoo!
  • Don’t be afraid of conditioner.
    • Always use a good quality conditioner after shampooing your hair. This helps balance your hair which will also keep your hair from losing its natural moisture. Especially for those with longer hair, consider leaving a little conditioner in your hair by not rinsing the conditioner all the way out. (Make sure your scalp is rinsed clear if you have any tendency towards oiliness.) The majority of conditioners on the market use silicones, waxes and/or buffers to counteract the harsh ingredients in their shampoo to make your hair feel & appear soft & shiny, but this is only a cover-up, like a bandage on a wound, rather than truly healthy hair from the inside out.
    • Pamper yourself now and then with a deep conditioning treatment, making sure to deeply massage your treatment of choice into your scalp for at least 60 seconds & perhaps leaving it in overnight.

When it comes to an activity which will inevitably cause some damage to your hair – such as going to the pool or the beach – prepare accordingly.

  • Dry hair is like a dry sponge. If you put it in water it will soak up everything, including chlorine and other chemicals, until there’s no space for more. However, if your hair is already saturated with something good, it will not be able to soak up nearly as much chlorine, salt water, or whatever you may be putting your hair into. So hop into the shower before you hop into the pool and soak your hair. As an extra measure, apply a little leave-in conditioner before you dive in.

 

  • Hair exposed to the sun and wind will become naturally dried out, become extremely tangled, causing the need to brush it more. So protect your hair when going to the beach.
    • Wear a hat or a hair scarf to protect it from the sun.
    • Contain it by braiding it or putting it up in a low bun to keep the wind from, literally, tearing it up.
    • Try rinsing your hair immediately after coming in from a sunny adventure, followed by a nice 30-second scalp massage. Massaging the scalp exfoliates the dead cells and brings circulation back to your scalp, promoting healthy new growth, and helping to eliminate product build-up. The bonus feature is that it feels amazing!

Using these simple hints, you can fearlessly bask in the beautiful summer sun with hair that’s ready for it!

 

For more information on hair health or hair loss, visit www.tmhair.com, or call 713-838-1880 to schedule a free consultation with a hair loss expert.

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Tips to Bigger, Sexier Hair

Here are some helpful hints to get you thicker and fuller looking hair…

1. Add Layers for Lift

A cut with lots of layers will appear fuller, and if you don’t want to have layers all over, just get them in the front so the pieces around your face have movement.

2. Find the Right Styling Formulas and Products

To get major volume, use root lifting products or mousse for texture and to plump up strands. Products with keratin amino acids and wheat proteins are always good. Avoid shine sprays, frizz serums, and waxes. Anything silicone-based is a no-no, since it weighs down your hair.

3. Condition With Caution

Deep conditioning and hair masks are important – but only if you have damage from chemical processing or color treatment. Use conditioner sparingly,as it can weigh hair down. If your hair is relatively healthy, you can get away with using conditioner just from the mid-shaft to the ends. Also, a weekly wash with a clarifying shampoo can help remove any build-up of styling products that may be weighing hair down.

4. Be a Tease

Teasing, also known as back-combing, is a foolproof way to create more volume, and working the technique at the crown will give any style more lift. To tease, take a one to two inch section of hair and comb it towards the roots with a fine tooth comb or boar bristle brush. A teased crown adds fullness to half-up dos, twists, and ponytails. A high ponytail as an easy shortcut for those craving more volume.

5. Create Some Curl

For lift that lasts from morning to night, try setting hair in large curls. After blow-drying, loosely loop a two to three inch section of hair into a large curl and pin or set it in large rollers to let it cool while you’re doing your makeup.

Or, wrap your roots around a wide barrel curling iron for a few seconds. For the most lift at the roots, get the iron as close to the scalp as you can without burning yourself.

For more information on healthier or hair loss, visit www.tmhair.com or call 713-838-1880 to schedule a free consultation.
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