New Salon Treatment For Hair Loss

A new treatment is hitting the salons in New York, in a way to help those women that are experiencing hair loss. The new trend has made its way from France to improve the lives of women who feel their hair is thinning.

The aim of the session is to experience a massage of the scalp and then to vacuum the hair. The idea is to increase the blood flow to the scalp and this improves the circulation. Great hair needs to have a fantastic blood supply that provides the food that the follicles need to grow each hair shaft.

A strong hair shaft produced by a hair follicle that is healthy, reducing the risk of damage and breakage or stunted growth. The potential of the hair follicle is amazing and provide this with the right environment and you would expect great strong hair.

However, while having great hair that isn’t thinning in any way is always on the wanted list, what this treatment can’t do is to stop the hair falling out through genetic reasoning or any other medical condition. Therefore, while it can improve the circulation of the blood to the head and scalp, it can’t affect the way the hair follicle is going to perform. It might be a great way to support the hair that is there. However, just two products have FDA approval and only one of these is suitable for women.

One of the concerns relating to this type of treatment is if you are vacuuming your hair there is the potential for increasing the amount of DHT in the blood to reach the hair follicles and in effect make the hair fall out quicker than it previously would have. There is no evidence to suggest this would happen, but there is also no proof that this method will prevent hair loss. It might feel great though.

What is important is to seek professional help from a specialist like Dr Katona who can look at your problem, to make an assessment and give you professional advice as to what will work for you.

Understanding the cause of hair loss is just as important as finding a solution, which you are happy. While many people put thinning hair down to age this is not always the case. It is important to get this checked by a medical professional. Talk to your doctor about your hair problems and they will perform some basic tests to ensure the condition isn’t a medical problem.

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Therefore,  the idea of vacuuming your hair to improve the circulation of blood flow to the hair follicles seems like a great idea, this alone isn’t going to prevent your hair falling out through genetic reasons or any other medical condition. This is why it is important to seek professional help in the first instance so you are sure that any treatment you seek is going to benefit you and your hair now and in the future.

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Facial Hair Transplant Trend

There is an increase in hair transplants for beards and mustaches. Having the ability to grow full beards and mustaches isn’t easy for some people, it can affect their confidence.

With the F.U.E. procedure developing and more improvements over time, there is now an option for those who would like to grow a beard or a mustache. Facial hair growth can look patchy; it is often a sign of immaturity and only when a full beard develops does it become easier.

Beards have become popular in the media with male celebrities supporting the bearded look. However, it is important to realize that many of these men have had the additional support from a hair transplant to ensure a thick and even covering.

This type of procedure is important in some parts of the world with businessmen who get respect if they support a beard or a mustache. It becomes a tool, which they can use as a way to project themselves as mature and respectable.

The procedure is simple and straightforward with minimal fuss; any redness is quick to disappear, only lasting a few days. The transplanted hair follicles will fall out leaving behind the root, which will grow and mingle in with the beard already in place, making it look fuller.

The surgery itself is becoming even more popular, more than certain plastic surgeries. It is easy to see why a change in the fashion of men in the public eye can have a positive effect on men all over the world. Male grooming is big business and it is important they want to look and feel good too.

However, there are men affected with scars on their face. This can make a person feel uncomfortable with their appearance, being able to cover up scars with a natural treatment that encourages hair growth, is a solution.

Therefore, there are reasons why a person might consider the concept of having a hair transplant to improve the look of their beard or mustache. It can hide scars or improve their standing in the business community, or purely for cosmetic reasons, wanting the fullest beard or mustache possible.

The procedure is relatively easy and the results will come through in a few months, where you notice the thickness and a more even coat of hair on your face.

It is an option that you should consider if you are considering growing a beard or mustache and worry about thinning hair or an uneven spread of hair. This is sounds like something you are interested in please reach out to Katona Hair Restoration for your free consultation today!

Can Hot Water Cause Hair Loss

How you wash your hair, could be causing your hair to become thin and even be causing an increase in hair loss. The temperature of the water that you are using can damage your hair.

Hot water is not good for the hair, not only does it strip the oil from the hair and scalp it can also damage the hair follicle too. The reduction in oil in the scalp can lead to a dry and flaky scalp.

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Hot water will open the pores on the skin and this allows the heat to damage the follicle; it can harm the hair shaft making it brittle and liable to snap or actual damage to the follicle making it shed the hair prematurely.

Hot water can reduce the length of time a colourfast solution remains on the hair, meaning you will require to recolour more often, not only costing you more money but also increase the potential damage the colour will do to the hair shaft over time.

It is not just hot water that damages your hair, but also the styling products that are hot. A hair dryer and straighteners will damage the hair, making it go dry and brittle, causing breakage and resulting in poor quality hair. You are burning the hair shaft with the high temperatures.

However, what is important to understand that whilst the human hair is strong, most of the time and it can endure a lot of harsh treatment from heat and chemicals, it is not impossible to destroy. The human hair is incredibly strong, especially for it size and thickness. However, harsh beauty regimes that damage your hair is potentially going to cost you your hair.

If you continue to treat your hair badly then if it starts to fall out or become thin. What is the answer? The first thing you must do is start being kind to your hair. The next step is to seek the guidance of a specialist; they will be able to guide you through the steps to create great looking healthy hair.

A specialist will recommend the products, which are good for your hair and the products that you should be avoiding. They will be able to guide you on the journey of better looking and healthier hair.

Therefore, if you think just because you don’t use a tonne of style products or add chemicals in the forms of dye; remember you can still be damaging your hair just with the temperature of the water that you use. Turning down the temperature of the water, could protect your hair from unnecessary breakage and fallout. Understanding the right hair-care regime is important if you want to protect your hair, as much as possible.

Telogen Effluvium

If you have telogen effluvium then you will be experiencing a higher volume of hair loss than normal. Your hair will not have complete bald patches, it might feel thinner and have more scalp showing than before. It isn’t a long-term problem and your hair will regrow over a period of 3 months. However, there is nothing stopping a repeat of the problem later on after you have recovered.

Hair is an important part of a person’s identity and any reduction in hair can make you feel less confident in your own abilities and can lead to depression.

The cause of the condition is a trauma to the body and this can be in the form of an accident, an operation or even a stressful event. All of these can be triggers for telogen effluvium, it can happen once and you never experience another episode or it can occur again later, if you experience some form of trauma.

The symptoms are simple; you notice an increase in the amount of hair falling out. This can be up to 3 months after the trauma and it can take a further 3 months for you to notice any hair regrowth.

Hair has a growing cycle that can last up to three years, there is the shedding stage where hairs fall out, and for some reason trauma can increase this cycle making more hair fall out than what naturally happens.

Medical attention must be sought if you notice an increase in the loss of hair, there are medical conditions that cause hair loss which if the cause of the hair loss will need treating. These include an iron deficiency and prostate cancer, both of these can present with an increase in hair loss. This is why it is important to rule out the possibility of a medical condition, before accepting that the hair loss is telogen effluvium.

Once you have a clear understanding what the condition is that is causing your hair loss. It is a great time to consider the options available to you to ensure the remaining hair is in the best condition and less likely to fall out and ensure your scalp and hair follicles are in the best state when they start the growing cycle.

It will take approximately 3 months for your hair to start growing back and it is important that you take steps to ensure that when this happens the hair that does grow back is high quality hair.

Talking to a hair specialist is just one great option that is open to you, getting the best advice for your hair care to help prevent future hair loss is important.

Therefore, if you have noticed an increase in the amount of hair falling out and you have experienced a trauma in your life recently this could be the cause of your hair loss. However, it is important that you seek medical attention because there are conditions that can lead to an increase in hair loss and it is important to rule these out.

Who Is Norman Orentreich?


If you want to thank the founder of the hair transplant procedure then you will need to meet Norman Orentreich. It is through his work over the years that have helped shape and develop the possibilities and the results that hair specialists are seeing today.

Norman is now a 91-year-old man, who has lived his life amongst hair follicles, leaning and understanding the possibilities that surround this fascinating subject. It was only through his research and techniques that it is now possible to remove a hair follicle from one area and transplant it to an area that has limited hair shafts or follicles.

One discovery is the donor dominance that is evident in the transplants that Norman Orentreich was able to study. The site that the hair follicle comes from still dominates in the new area, so if the tendency is for a tilt or a wave then this trait moves to the new area.

Without this man, taking the time to study hair, there would have been little chance for the developments of where the industry is today. The breakthrough in this area has helped shape the modern world in hair transplants. Who would believe hair follicles are able to move to new sites where the old hair follicle is no longer working.

Norman Orentreich was born in 1922 on the 26th December and studied at the University of New York and New York University where he gained an interest for hair follicles.

Graduating in 1948, this was just four years before he was to perform his first hair transplant. Nine years later, Norman is up to 200 hair transplants, this procedure has allowed the current technology and understanding of the hair follicle, allowing them to move carefully to a new area that is lacking in hair.

Norman and his work with hair and skin allowed him to work with Estee Lauder creating the Clinique range of products that work with the skin to create the perfect partner to reduce the problems that are often associated with aging skin.

Understanding how the skin works is fundamental in pioneering hair transplants, because the skin has to accept the hair follicle for it to grow, develop, and create the hair shaft in the new donor site.

Without this ground-breaking, work performed in 1952 by Norman Orentreich, and his belief that transplanting hair follicles to a new area of the body can work. The modern technology in this area would be lacking the skills that have developed since that day in 1952.

Honoring the man behind the ability to transplant hair is not something those who have received the treatment will mind, their lives transformed, those in the future who will benefit from the technology created because a man had the understanding of the capabilities of the hair follicle. Without Norman Orentreich and his advancements he made in the transplant field there is the possibility that the typical ‘comb over’ as a method of covering up hair loss would still be popular today.






Hair Myths: Pluck One Grey Hair And Two Grow Back

There are many myths surrounding our hair and the ageing process. One of the most enduring concerns greying hair and what happens when we pluck out those offending grey hairs from our still youthful scalp – do two grey hairs grow back? Or is it seven? Most of us have probably heard this piece of conventional wisdom so often we’ve no idea how many grey hairs will grow back either but we know we’re not supposed to pluck out those greys. So is there any truth in this commonly-held belief? And, if not, why has it lasted for so long?

Greying hair is thought to occur via predetermined genetic factors – if your parents went grey early, the adage goes, so will you. Although this tends to hold true for most people, a recent study by scientific researchers at New York University indicates that stress also plays a powerful part in ageing our hair. The study, headed by Dr Mayumi Ito and published in the scientific journal “Nature Medicine”, found that stress does indeed cause stem cells to migrate from hair to skin thus leading to the loss of pigmentation that causes grey hair.

So why not pluck out those offending signs of age and stress as they appear? The answer seems to be that plucking won’t cause excessive regrowth of grey hairs and may eventually lead to damage in the hair follicles causing thinning or bald patches which may help explain this common myth’s longevity.

What can you do then, to deal with greying locks? Unfortunately nobody can hold back time forever, and for most of us the first greys will appear from age 25 onwards. If you get to a point where you are becoming bothered by the presence of grey hair then hair dye is an obvious practical choice. Since the stress connection is now proven you can also help prevent the march of time by ensuring you do not become too stressed by your job or family life – take time out for yourself; go for a walk in the park at lunchtime, share quality time with your family. Do whatever it takes to stay happy and healthy and your hair will reflect this. And meanwhile, try to avoid plucking…Image

Rogaine — hair transplant surgery hair loss

For men and women diagnosed with androgenic alopecia (a form of genetic hair loss known as male or female pattern baldness), finding the right treatment requires expert advice. Androgenic alopecia causes hair follicles on the scalp to shrink and in some cases die completely, making it essential that the correct treatment be identified and administered as quickly as possible to limit overall hair loss.

Not only that, the number of solutions on offer can often be confusing to someone who has just received a diagnosis of androgenic alopecia so here we’ll look at just two of the most effectively proven solutions that are available to those diagnosed with genetic hair loss – Rogaine (or Minoxidil) and hair transplant surgery.

What is Rogaine and how does it work? Rogaine is an over the counter product whose active ingredient (Minoxidil) was found to encourage blood flow to the scalp and stimulate hair follicle growth whilst blocking further hair loss during HBP trials. Rogaine is applied twice a day topically to the scalp and is effective for as long as it is used which means if use is discontinued then hair loss will resume. Rogaine is also not without side effects in some patients who have reported rashes, dizziness and in rarer cases, increased bleeding. It goes without saying that sufferers of angina, HBP and abnormal heartbeat should discuss its use with a physician. Women who are breastfeeding, pregnant or trying for a baby are advised likewise.

A more permanent solution for both sexes is of course hair transplant surgery but even though techniques in this area have moved on exponentially since the 1980s, many are still unsure as to whether follicular transplant is a safe and effective way of dealing with genetic hair loss. A hair restoration surgeon can advise about current practice which includes the breakthrough FUE (follicular unit extraction) techniques that currently make it possible to obtain extremely high graft yields from a small donor area. Most hair restoration clinics encourage potential patients to attend a free, no obligation consultation that can explain possible procedures in depth and dispel confusion about follicular transplantation techniques.

Rogaine then can be viewed as an effective temporary solution for many people diagnosed with genetic hair loss while hair transplant surgery remains the only real option for those seeking long-term solutions.

Diagnosis of Hair Loss



There are many underlying reasons for hair loss in both men and women and it is important for anyone who feels they are experiencing an accelerated form of hair loss to seek an early diagnosis. Everybody sheds hair on a daily basis but many people at some point in their lives begin to lose excessive amounts. For women this can often be linked to pregnancy and childbirth or other hormonal fluctuations. For both sexes a number of conditions such as alopecia areata, cicatrical alopecia and androgenic alopecia can be the cause of hair depletion. Hair loss in both sexes is categorized as either focal or non-focal (generalized).

Focal hair loss is characterized by large identifiable patches and can be caused by a number of treatable conditions such as alopecia areata, tinea capitis and cicatricial alopecia.  Alopecia areata is characterised by smooth oval patches of hairlessness and can be caused by a number of autoimmune conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disease and rheumatoid arthritis. It can sometimes be effectively treated with steroids. Tinea capitis is characterized by scaling on and around the patches of hair loss, is caused by a fungal infection and can be treated with anti-fungal agents. Cicatrical alopecia is characterized by scarring along the hair loss areas, is caused by an autoimmune disorder and can be treated with steroids.

Generalized hair loss such as androgenic alopecia (male or female pattern baldness) is caused by a genetic condition that causes testosterone in the body to weaken the hair follicles in certain areas of the scalp. This condition is far more aggressive in males due to higher testosterone levels but both sexes can suffer unduly due to this condition. Treatments for men and women include Minoxidil (Regaine), laser therapy and Hair transplant surgery. Women can also benefit from hormonal therapy and men from Finasteride. Generalised hair loss can also be caused by stress, poor diet or illness.

It is important to seek a diagnosis of hair loss at the earliest possible opportunity because it is only then that appropriate treatments can be discussed and sought.