What FDA Approval Means

There is confusion around what FDA approval can actually mean when it comes to products that are safe to use. Although some products even have FDA approval, it can be misleading because of the different variations and devices; sometimes it can be difficult to miss the facts that the product doesn’t cause harm, but it hasn’t had to go through rigorous testing regarding the claims made.

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Sometimes the approval for the items can mean, it is safe to use and it is in not going to damage your health. However, it doesn’t mean that the FDA have run extensive tests on the product to ensure that it can help as per the claims. This includes the application for using a low-level laser for helping stimulate new hair growth. Whilst many of these products have FDA approval, because they have a number of claims regarding health benefits, intensive testing for these claims is impossible due to the way different people react.

There is no way of knowing if by following the guidelines, it is going to be for the right length of time or whether it is at the optimum level away from the head. You must consider all these if you are looking for a low-level laser to help regenerate hair.

The amount of uses, which the low-level laser is supposed to help with, is staggering. Some applications use this for hair removal and yet other products, obviously designed differently, use the low-level laser light as a simulator in hair regrowth.

What products can and can’t do, does get confusing and if there is any indication of FDA approval, it is going to make people believe that the product actually works.

This depends on the individual product as to the success rate; some are going to be better than others and whilst it is confusing, understanding the quality and the likelihood of a product working is essential.

However, there is a great way to ensure that if you are thinking of investing in this market, is to discuss this with a specialist. They will tell you what the recommended treatments are and if you are considering purchasing a low-level laser, they might make suggestions as to the appliances, which they feel, make great investments.

FDA on medications

The area where the FDA does give detailed guidelines on, these are products and medication, which you apply directly to the skin or taken in tablet form. If the item is natural herbs and other natural ingredients, again, they are not required to get approval from the FDA.

It might seem unfair that natural products claim to have benefits for the hair, but there is no way to prove those claims, because a healthy diet with the right vitamins and minerals will give you healthy hair.

Instead of spending money on unregulated products, talk to a specialist who deals in hair care, every day. They are aware of the products, which are FDA approved and they can go through the products that are suitable for you and will meet your requirements and needs.

Therefore, it is important that you understand what approval means to certain items, and you are aware that sometimes it is no guarantee the product works as per the manufacturer’s claims, just that it doesn’t harm a person’s health.

12 Reasons You Are Losing Your Hair

Hair loss is not a new problem and it is not something, which just has one cure to fit all, but it does affect many people during the course of their lives and understanding some of the causes might help prevent you from losing your hair.

  1. Genetics play an important part in hair loss; if you have other family members who have experienced hair loss, the chances are high that you might have pattern baldness as you age, both men and women can suffer with this condition.
  2. Stress can have a negative impact on your overall health and this includes your hair, the higher levels of stress you feel the more likely you are to experience some form of hair loss.
  3. Women during and after pregnancy can experience hair loss as their bodies adjust to the changes that being pregnant can put on the body.
  4. Too much vitamin A in the body can have a negative impact on your hair; this is why it is essential to have a balanced diet. Don’t eat more than the recommended daily amounts for your body to look and feel healthy.
  5. Your body needs the right amount of protein to grow strong hair and if you have too little you will notice this in the quality of your hair.
  6. Hormones will affect your hair, if you are on a contraceptive device that releases hormones into your body that can have an effect on your hair quality.
  7. Anaemia or a lack of iron in your body will show through in your hair, it is essential that you give your body the right amount of iron that it needs to allow all aspects of your hair and body to thrive.
  8. Some medical conditions can have an effect on your body and hair. Your thyroid plays a crucial part in regulating various functions and if you have too little in your body, it can have a negative impact on your hair.
  9. Weight loss can have an impact on your hair, you are reducing the calories and food that you are consuming and this will show in the hair.
  10. Some medications that you take can have a negative impact on your hair, chemotherapy is one of the worst examples, this is because they are seeking out fast growing cells, typically cancer cells, but hair follicles are quick growing and are a side effect of the treatment.
  11. Drugs to help you improve your mood, like anti-depressants can increase the amount of hair that falls out and this can become a vicious circle as you need to boost how you feel but the medication you take can make your hair feel worse and this can increase your need for the medication.
  12. Illnesses that link to the auto-immune spectrum are often associated with higher risk of hair loss or hair thinning.

These are just a  few of the reasons as to why you might be losing your hair, if you feel that your hair quality is decreasing then it is important to discuss this with your doctor to rule out any medical conditions that could be causing the hair loss.

Scarring Alopecia

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There are different reasons why you lose your hair, from a genetic problem to a more serious medical condition. One of these medical problems that causes hair loss comes with a variety of different names, from Graham Little Syndrome, Scarring Alopecia, Lichen Planopilaris and Graham Little Piccardi Lassueur Syndrome all refer to the same condition.

This condition presents mostly in women who are between 30 and 70 years of age. The actual cause of the hair loss and what triggers the condition, is unclear. The belief that it has a connection to the immune system fits into the theory of the condition, but there is no medical proof yet.

The condition has three clear characteristics, which always appear before a suggested diagnosis of the condition, a scalp biopsy is the confirming diagnosis.

The three characteristics of Graham Little Syndrome are:

  • Scarring hair loss on the scalp that is describable as patchy.
  • Hair on the groin and under the arms disappear, no scarring, just thinning hair or non-existent.
  • Bumps at the base of a hair follicle.

When doing the scalp biopsy they are looking for follicles that are not healthy and the skin is thin.

Treatment options for scaring Alopecia

A number of treatment options are available, focusing on halting the condition and not curing the hair loss that has already taken place. If you are looking for an option to replace the hair already lost, then this will need to discuss with a specialist, they can go through the case with you.

The treatment options:

  • Thalidomide: this medication created birth defects in the 1950’s and so birth control is vital whilst on this drug. It does have great results for skin conditions but some countries won’t use it at all.
  • Ciclosporin: this suppresses the immune system and is typically used for transplant patients.
  • PUVA: photo chemotherapy (Psoralen combined with Ultra Violet A) is a radiation treatment that uses the ultra violet light, a treatment that has been in use since the 1970’s.
  • Retinoids: this treatment will cause birth defects and it is important that anyone who is on this treatment must take extra precautions to prevent pregnancy.
  • Steroid: a number of different options to try from injections, topical and tablet form of medication giving the patient some options.

The condition and the causes baffle scientists, more research into the condition needs completing. It is when an understanding as to why a medical condition occurs, there is a better chance of actually finding a cure.

It is why, if you start to experience hair loss, that you seek medical advice as to the cause. It might be more serious than you first imagined. Getting help from a specialist to help protect any hair you have left, and to help manage your current loss is important. It is only with specialist help and an understanding of what you are currently going through, will you be able to put together a restoration plan. Whilst the hair you have lost to this condition won’t grow back naturally, there might be options open to you that you can discuss further with a specialist.

Looking After Your Scalp

It is important that you look after your head; the scalp is a sensitive area, which needs protection from the sun to ensure that it is as healthy as possible and reduces the risk of skin cancer on the scalp.

While you might cover your body in sun cream when you venture outside, what protection do you offer your head and your scalp?

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It is important if you have bald patches that these have sun cream, as it is more obvious when these areas burn. Nevertheless, it is still possible to burn the other areas of your scalp, just because there is hair there doesn’t mean that it can’t get burnt too.

The easiest method to protect the scalp from the sun is to wear a hat; however, this is not always possible or practicable. It is important that you find a solution.

It is possible to use the sun cream that you use for your body, however it will be more difficult but it is worth thinking about protecting the scalp. There are products that are specifically for the head, it is important to put these on before sun exposure, if there is already a burn on the skin it could affect the scalp making the burn worse.

If you are going to go into the water, it is important that any sun cream you use is waterproof. This means that while you are in the water you are not going to burn. After leaving the water, check to see if you need to reapply the sun cream to ensure you fully protect your whole body.

If you do burn your scalp you will need to pay special attention, apply after sun to reduce the temperature of the burn and avoid going out in the sun with the potential to make the burn worse.

If the burn is deep and there are blisters forming, you might need to seek medical attention. It is possible for bacteria to build quickly and this can mean the burn can turn infected very quickly and getting the right treatment is key.

Not Just Sun can damage your head. 

Looking after your head is important if you are looking to save your hair from future loss. The hair is very forgiving for many years, but after time continued abuse of the hair can lead to poor quality hair and scalp.

The chemicals and the products that you use to style your hair will continue to have an effect on the quality of the hair and scalp. Some chemicals used to color hair can burn the scalp; this is painful. In addition, the products that are heated can burn the scalp, luckily, the hair is able to deal with the hot temperatures without showing signs of burning, but the hair shafts can quickly become dehydrated.

Therefore, it is important to protect the head and the scalp from damage from burns, either direct from the sun or from the products you use to style it.

Understanding The ISHRS

The ISHRS, International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, founded in 1993 with the aim to educate and promote hair restoration globally. This foundation is important; it not only helps doctors with recommendations to patients, it also provides information regarding the different practices and procedures for hair restoration surgery.

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It is a global body and is there to help doctors in this field all around the world, promoting good practices and fantastic medical ethics to ensure that those doctors who are part of the society are following a set of guidelines that are standard no matter where you live.

An important part of the societies work is education; this allows people to understand the process in a more detailed way. They are then able to protect themselves from people claiming to have found a cure for baldness.

The better educated the public are about the different procedures that will help them, the less likely they will turn to people with false claims with products and services which are not registered and are not concerned with practising in a clean environment.

Unlicensed products and services flood the market and it is important to teach people how to recognise the difference in a product or service that is there to help you and a service that is full of false claims and lies.

It is with education globally that people will learn to protect themselves from fake and fraudulent products, which don’t work.

If you are looking for impartial advice, looking for a hair specialist in your area, then the ISHRS is the place. They are there to help the public, giving them the information to help them make the right decisions as to the options that are open to them with relation to their hair loss.

If there is any new information that will help the public, including new and exciting treatments that might help in the future with hair loss solutions, then the ISHRS will let the public know.

They are there for the doctors who specialize in the hair restoration process, helping to educate them further in the treatments available and to ensure that these doctors are performing to the highest standards of care and practice possible.

The ISHRS has over 1200 members worldwide and that covers over 60 different countries. This shows how large this society is and how important it is to keep all the countries working towards the highest standard of medical ethics in the field of hair restoration as possible.

They are also there for the potential patients who are looking for restoration surgery, or just answers to their questions about the process and the areas that the doctors should cover in the consultations.

Therefore, if you have any concerns about where to go for treatment or who to speak to first then it is possible to get this information and more from the ISHRS.

Understanding Diffuse Hair Loss

Diffuse hair loss is seen in both men and women, but more women than men experience this type of hair loss. The hair looks and feels thinning, with less hair covering the scalp. Sometimes this condition is referred to as telogen effluvium.

There are many causes for the condition and it can be one or a combination of a few different symptoms.

  • The main medical condition you must check out is if you have a thyroid condition, this can have an effect on the hair. It is more difficult to restore normal hair growth if there is a medical condition causing the problem.
  • Stress is one of the higher factors, which can cause a thinning of the hair, it affects other areas of the body, but if you notice you are stressed, then you might need to change your life to reduce the stress and hopefully restore your hair.
  • Sleep is part of life and getting enough sleep is important, it allows for normal bodily functions and great quality hair.
  • Medications can affect the hair, if you are taking a contraceptive medication that has a form of hormone then this can have a negative impact on your hair.
  • As a woman ages, then there are changes in the body and these include menopausal symptoms, which can affect the body and the hair.

Treatment Options

Many different treatment options could bombard you with information as to re-growing your hair. The key to a successful hair regrowth is to eat a healthy diet with all the correct minerals and vitamins your body needs to be healthy. Exercise is a key ingredient to a healthy lifestyle and can help to reduce the stress that you are experiencing.

The food that we put into our bodies is shown through to the outside, poor food choices and poor exercise choice are shown through the look of the hair and the body. A poor diet is easily seen in the quality of the hair, getting the right nutrients in to your body is key to getting great quality hair.

These basic factors might be all you need to get you hair re-growing again. If you are at all concerned for the thinning hair on your head then the best advice is to talk to a specialist like Dr Katona. They will be able to take your situation and work out the best plan for you, stating which options are open to help the hair re-grow and what to do if the hair doesn’t come back.

It is important to listen to the specialist as to their suggestions for your hair re-growth.

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Therefore, if you have experienced any form of hair loss including diffuse hair loss, there is hope for re-growth over time, but it is important to feed your hair the nutrients it requires and talking to a specialist is going to focus on your needs.

Hair Loss And Extensions with Women

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If you have noticed your hair looking or feeling thinner than normal, some options that are open to you to help improve the look of your hair and these are often available at a hair salon, but are they good for your hair or can they do more damage long-term.

Having hair extensions are just one option but they will not only give you longer and thicker hair, they can also add to the amount of hair loss that you can experience due to the increase weight and stress put on your hair strands and the follicles themselves.

If the hair extensions are the clip on version then these are less damaging to your hair than the extensions that last from 5 weeks up to 6 months. This is because of the way the extension attaches to the hair causing stress and extra weight.

The process of how the hair extension attaches to your hair is often the reason that these extensions can cause more damage long term. What is often noticeable is the fact many people who opt for extensions love them and return for more replacements when one set are due for replacements, making the hair even more likely to have experienced repeated damage to a relatively small area.

The heavier the extension and the more pressure on the follicles, the more damage you are causing. However, this is also true with the way the extensions attach to the hair, some involve heat, sewing, taping and even gluing these extensions into your hair, all of which can cause long-term damage.

This extra strain can result in temporary bald patches that resemble those that appear if you are suffering from alopecia areata, and this can result in a misdiagnosis.

The problem is the amount of tension that you are putting on those few hairs that you expect to hold the weight of the extensions. It is a lot of work for a small hair to do and whilst a hair strand is naturally strong, repeated abuse could result in breaking of the hair or an early shedding process to release the tension.

If you are concerned about hair loss then speak to your hair stylist to find ways which you can dry and style your hair to help it to look thicker, or to change the style if you are looking to grow the hair longer. These are all relatively easy hair solutions that the hair stylist is trained to do. However, what is important is not to discuss with them treatment options for thinning hair other than the basic style issues. They are not qualified to discuss this properly and it is advisable to go to a professional like Dr Katona, who will be able to advise you on the right course of treatment.

Therefore, while hair extensions might look nice, they could be contributing to potential problems with hair loss in the future.

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Guinter Kahn

On the 17th of September 2014 in a Miami hospice, Guinter Kahn passed away aged 80; he was one of the co-inventors of the drug minoxidil, which can help hair grow. The health of Guinter Kahn was poor after suffering a stroke 8 years ago. He leaves behind two children, two grandchildren and his partner Judy Felsenstein.

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The dermatologist immigrated to Omaha when he was just four in 1938 after leaving Germany. He studied medicine at the University of Nebraska, graduating in 1958 and went on to join the US army as a doctor before changing direction and specialising in the dermatological field.

He had to fight a company for co-inventory rights to the drug minoxidil, eventually winning and earning a small percentage of the vast profits, making his family life comfortable.

What is ironic was the treatment that he co-created; he was unable to use to prevent hair loss on his own head because of an allergic reaction to the drug.

The drug has its limitations, it works for many people, but it needs a financial commitment because of the way the drug works. If a person stops using the drug the hair loss resumes and is likely to continue to recede and fall out unless the treatment commences or a different option is sort. The time for the medication to take effect is a long period of around six months.

Why the drug works is not completely clear to the medical profession, but the idea is that minoxidil nourishes the hair and this increases the strength and the ability of the hair follicle to grow. The medication, originally designed to treat patients with high blood pressure, one of the side effects of the original treatment, which drew Guinter Kahn to the medication and the possibilities it could offer to people who suffer from baldness, was hair growth.

What is important is the understanding that this drug opened the doors for other possibilities in solving the problem of hair loss. The technology is continually improving and there are some great advances in the understanding of the medical reasons as to what makes the hair follicle grow and develop. It is with this more precise understanding of the process, which makes finding cures for different conditions easier.

If you are able to know why the hair falls out, then looking for a medication that can prevent this from happening is easier to develop.

Guinter Kahn started this journey into the development for a cure to going bald. Whilst this concept is still in the future it is no longer a far-fetched idea that will never happen, there are possible options, currently undergoing a lot of testing that could lead to the cure for some forms of hair loss.

It is a sad loss to see such an important dermatologist passing, but remembering all that he has achieved for the hair follicle and its longevity is a fantastic legacy and one that will continue to grow as new and exciting techniques develop in the future.

Are Low Level Lasers Suitable For Home Use?

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Hair loss affects millions of people worldwide, it can have a negative impact on how they feel, their confidence and how they choose to live their lives. This is just one very good reason why companies around the world are looking into tapping into the pockets of these people, all claiming they have found the cure for going bald.

While this would be great for all those sufferers of hair loss, no products can cure hair loss, some can help restore lost hair, some can help to prevent further hair loss, but unfortunately, there is not a complete cure for the condition.

Some great treatment options, which are available in hair specialist clinics, can help, including low-level lasers. These treatments in clinics are under the supervision of your doctor and your head is exposed to low-level lasers that don’t emit any heat. However, they do benefit the scalp, they increase the circulation in the head and this stimulates the follicles because they are getting a better supply of blood, which holds all the nutrients that hair needs to grow.

The low-level lasers also help to reduce any inflammation on the scalp; inflammation is a known cause of hair problems because it can restrict and prevent the hair follicle from growing.

There are now low-level lasers available, offering the same clinical spectrum, which you will get from a machine situated in your hair specialists office, but in the comfort of your own home.

What is important to look out for are products that have the FDA approval. While some of these are great, it is important to understand that often the approval doesn’t reflect on the treatment, or if it is going to improve your hair. However, it must ensure that the product will not cause your body any actual harm.

Some have more detailed recommendations from the FDA than others and it is important that you find a good product that will improve the circulation in your scalp, as well as helping to improve your hair quality and quantity.

The price of these machines will vary and it is a great idea to discuss the options that are open to you with your hair specialist, they will be able to recommend the products that are going to give you the best value for money and guide you towards those products that work.

Therefore, if you are experiencing any form of hair loss, it is important to discuss these concerns with a professional who will be able to look at your individual case and make personal recommendations to improve your hair quality and to help prevent future hair loss, too.

Reach out to us today and we will look at your hair and discuss with you what you feel is the problem and what they recommend in form of treatment. The discussion will put you in a better position to understand the treatment options open to you, what will help you to improve your hair quality. At the same time, help to relieve the stress and anxiety felt when dealing with sensitive issues about your hair.

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Wigs for Childern

There are conditions that affect men and women around the world, which will make their hair fall out. However, you must never forget the children, who also have illnesses and their hair can fall out too.

Whilst there are great options for adults in the hair restoration, there are fewer options for children because there is hope that some of the conditions aren’t long term. However, they, too, will feel different and lack confidence; the same feelings as an adult but they have less understanding about why it happens to them.

Making them feel better and feel normal is often the main concern for doctors dealing with children. It is important children must have access to a wig that allows them to feel the same as other children.

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Charities are a great way to help individual children to look and feel better by providing wigs. To make a wig look great and normal it needs natural hair to give it a normal feel.

It is possible to find a charity that are looking for hair donations, check out their requirements before you cut off your locks. Most charities are looking for hair from either men or women but it needs to be at least 7 inches long.

Children can and do suffer with cancers that mean chemotherapy treatments will cause hair to fall out. This isn’t all, children can suffer from different forms of alopecia too, and some of these conditions are lifelong. Sometimes hair loss is from pulling their own hair out, this is apparent in many young children and there is no explanation as to why, some explanations suggest a stress related issue but there is no confirmation of this theory. It is noticeable in both boys and girls before the teen years but quickly accelerates in the teen years with more girls than boys pulling out their hair.

Ringworm, which is a fungus, is a common cause for hair loss in children and is simple to cure. However, some of the other conditions just aren’t as simple. Including alopecia totalis, this means the child loses all the hair from their body and this includes the eyelashes and eyebrows. It is a very difficult time for any child dealing with hair loss and, to reduce the stress, getting a wig can be the perfect answer for allowing the child to feel accepted in society.

Therefore, whilst many adults worry about thinning hair, or hair loss associated with a medical condition it is important to remember the children that have less understanding about the world and how they deal with their own issues regarding hair loss. Whether it is pulling it out due to stress or if they are suffering from a medical condition that makes the hair fall out, they need help too, from the donation of hair to the creation of happiness in a child is priceless.