No- Shampoo Craze

Removing dirt from your hair is important in keeping the hair and the scalp clean. With the current craze of  no-shampoo this isn’t the best course of action for your hair.

Just rinsing your hair through with water is inadequate to remove the dirt and grim that is stuck to your hair shaft or on your scalp. Water is not strong enough to remove sweat, bacteria or dry skin from your scalp. For this to be removed from the head and the scalp you must use a form of soap.

What the problem was originally, is rejecting some of the chemicals added to shampoo with the intention of making the hair cleaner. Sometimes these chemicals are too strong for healthy hair.

Look for good quality shampoos that don’t contain sulphate. This can strip the hair of some of the good oils naturally found in the hair, which allows it to be supply and strong.

You can try to use conditioner in place of shampoo, but don’t do this too often as it won’t remove all the dirt and the grime from your hair. However, it will make your hair feel soft and healthy.

The thoughts that the no-shampoo concept will increase the chances of your hair staying on your head longer, is inaccurate. If you are predisposed to a genetic hair loss, not washing the dirt out isn’t going to stop the hair from falling out. This will happen regardless of whether you wash your hair or not. There are only two licensed products by the FDA that will actually work to preserve the hair and might even help restore hair that has receded that you apply to the hair directly.

If you suffer from allergies and you don’t wash your hair with shampoo then you are at risk of having the effects of the allergies longer. For example, if you suffer from hay fever and the pollen particles stick to your hair when you are out, rinsing your hair in water is not an effective way for the removal of the pollen. This can increase the length of time of exposure to the allergen and this can make your symptoms worse.

At worse a no washing regime can create, an environment that allows the bacteria to grow on your scalp and this can lead to inflammation and blocked pores. This is going to cause more problems with the hair than washing with a sulfate free shampoo. The inflammation and the blocked pores can lead to an increase in hair falling out as the follicles struggle to deal and fight off the invaders to the body.

Therefore, while many people are opting for the no-shampoo washing of their hair, they are increasing their chances of actually losing more of their hair to their poor hygiene routine. It is important that you look after you head and hair, choosing products that are less harmful to your body and the environment is the better way to go rather than opting for the no-poo in keeping your hair in the best possible condition.

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Desperate Remedies That Don’t Work

It is a known fact that baldness will affect 70% of men at some point in their life. However, what is worrying is the amount of people that turn to the internet and family for advice on how to deal with their hair loss, instead of seeking medical help. Some conditions can cause your hair to fall out and these need checking to rule out any possibility of another health issue.

A hair specialist like Dr Katona could look at your hair, give you a detailed plan on how to deal with the current situation and how to prevent further hair loss. Turning to the internet to find answers and cures that just don’t work, there is currently no cure for genetic reasons or predisposition to prevent a person from going bald.

A few years ago, a farmer made the news because he had discovered a cure for his baldness. He allowed the cows to lick the top of his head and hair growth was returning. A cows tongue is rough and this roughness applied to the head is going to stimulate the blood flow to the area. Some treatments are available which stimulate the blood flow, and there are some technical reasons as to why stimulating the blood flow can increase the hair growth.

A follicle needs a certain amount of blood for it to function effectively. If this slows down then the hair reduces its ability to grow, increasing the blood flow can increase the potential for hair growth. However, there are better methods available designed especially for an increase in the blood flow in the head rather than needing to find a cow that will oblige.

Other old wives tales passed on through families include placing different ingredients on to the head and rubbing these in to stimulate the hair growth. A popular option on the internet now is cream designed to treat thrush. This cream is available over the counter without prescription, at your local pharmacy.

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The concept behind this is to apply the cream to the head and apparently, over time, you will notice hair growth. What is concerning about this cream is, it is not licensed as a hair growth treatment. The people who have discovered this are not documenting any side effects to the cream, they are not doctors; they don’t understand what this cream is doing to their brain. One of the common comments is the relationship between the application of the cream and the person experiencing headaches.

Therefore, there is some reaction happening in the body to the application of this product. It is therefore vital that any treatment that you seek to use to help restore your hair comes from a specialist in the field. This way you are assured that any recommendations for products to use or procedures to help reduce the appearance of hair loss is FDA approved for the type of application they are suggesting and not listening to anybody on the internet for medical advice.

4 Myths About Hair Transplants

Hair transplants have become popular since they hit the headlines with famous people claiming the latest round of hair transplant procedures. This helps the focus of the business and brings it as an acceptable form for dealing with hair loss; this is not a problem for hair loss clinics worldwide; the problem is the myths that surround hair loss and the procedures, which are wrong.

Common misconceptions about hair transplants are:

  1. You will have the end result of perfect full head of hair. This is not accurate, the idea of a hair transplant is to replace some of the missing hair but not take it back to a complete head of hair, this would look unnatural and not something any doctor in this profession would recommend. It is about giving a person the confidence in his or her own appearance, something that losing your hair can take away from you. It is important to realise that the results are going to take at least a year if not longer, to show.
  2. The procedure is painful. There is going to be some discomfort after the procedure, but during the transplant, the doctor will give you a local anaesthetic.. If you feel any pain during the procedure, it is important that you tell the doctor and they will give you more local anaesthetic.
  3. There is an option for a scar free surgery. There is no option that is scar free, there are scars because of the nature of the procedures; if you have opted for the strip method, you will have a scar from that, even with the FUE method, there is scaring because the machine will cut a hole into the head to remove the hair follicle.
  4. Wait until you are bald. It is more important to seek medical attention from a hair specialist as soon as possible because while you might not be ready for a hair transplant at that point, the doctor could talk through the different options that are open to you in the preventative measures. Dealing with the hair loss early can help to prevent the situation getting to the point that you have no hair left. The sooner you can make a plan to stop your hair from falling out, the bigger the potential you have for keeping more of your hair long term and this will make how you feel about your hair more manageable.

There are many myths about what you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to your hair. What is important; is to remember if it is affecting you and how you feel about your appearance then it is time to seek help, go to a specialist and talk through with them the options open to you and what they recommend. Listening to myths and not acting on your own instincts can mean the problem gets worse, just because you didn’t go for help at the first instance.

Athletes

Have you ever wondered why some athletes are bald or have little hair whilst others have the best hair ever? There are some interesting facts that go hand in hand with athletes and their hair.

While they are still susceptible to the same conditions for losing their hair because, naturally, they have the genetic markers which tell the body when or if a person is going to go bald, the same as everyone else. There are other reasons that can affect their hair too.

Eating a healthy diet with all the right nutrients and minerals, providing the right ingredients for the body to function well, will provide the hair with the right conditions with which it can grow strong and healthy. This is noticeable in the athletics field with some sportsmen and women supporting what can seem like the perfect head of hair.

However, those athletes that train excessively hard, who are becoming elite athletes, the best in their field, they are putting the potential for a full head of hair at risk. High endurance training reduces the amount of testosterone found in the body, this is great if you are looking to retain your hair for longer, but men need certain levels of testosterone in their bodies so the need to balance out training without decreasing the levels of testosterone is difficult.

While there are instances in athletics and other sporting activities to keep body hair to the minimum as it can reduce a person’s performance, there is a fine balance to keep.

It is important you realise the need to take care of your diet and your health, to ensure you are not putting your hair at a higher risk of hair loss due to the diet and fitness levels.

However, whilst the reduction of testosterone in athletes who are still young and need to balance out the levels of testosterone, higher levels of this chemical are found in those people who are losing their hair. Turning to exercise might be a natural way to fight the hair loss, but the level of exercise you will need to notice a difference, is intense.

One area you must also take into consideration, people in the public eye will turn for professional help quicker because it can affect their sponsorship deals if they let their appearance falter.

It is up to the client if they choose to tell the world of their procedure, some celebrities choose to share whilst others keep their cosmetic procedures private.

However, what is important, is getting the specialist advice from doctors like Dr Katona, rather than putting off the consultation and trying all the home remedies that pass down through the generations. These home remedies just don’t work, there could be a reason for your hair loss and getting medical attention in the beginning could save you from losing more hair than you actually need to.

Therefore, it is important to realize that eating a healthy diet and focusing on the items you fuel your body with can help promote great hair, exercise, which pushes a person’s physical capabilities could play an important part in lowering the testosterone in their body preventing hair loss.

Potential Scams In Hair Restoration

With the large number of hair loss clinics springing up around the world that claim to restore hair using the latest technology, it is important to beware of the potential of a scam to con you out of your money, while providing a poor service.

It is important that qualified staff run the clinic you choose to use. Here at Katona Hair Restoration Clinic the staff training is very important and Dr Katona is fully qualified to perform the treatments. However, there are some clinics that are using untrained staff and you need to know of any potential problems, which can arise from having treatment performed by unqualified doctor.

You run the risk of poor results and infections, while it is not always possible to prevent an infection, the care which you receive is important to help prevent any post operation problems.

These clinics who offer poor service are cheap, they seem too good to be true and is often the case. A poor quality hair transplantation is going to cause problems long-term, money for the first treatment and then again to correct the problem. The trauma of going through a procedure more than once to correct the mistakes is not easy, there are often complications that are present because of the first botched attempt.

It is vital that you check out your clinic to ensure they are fully qualified and approved to perform the procedure. It is normally possible to check online if there is any negative feedback from past clients as to the competence of the facilities and staff.

Ask to talk to past clients to see if they would recommend the services and their experience of the procedure they had. If they mention anything in a less than positive light this should ring warning bells and you should look elsewhere for the procedure.

We, here at Katona Hair Restoration Clinic, pride ourselves on the work we perform and we have even filmed a few procedures that you can watch, you can view them here.

Talk to our clients who have opted to have their treatment here with us, some clients are happy to discuss the process and to show off their results. Contact us in the clinic to allow us to put you in contact with previous clients.

Protection is important, we want to publicize the problems of clinics that perform procedures which they are not qualified to do. It is a problem that we are seeing more of and we, at the Katona Hair Restoration Clinic, want to put an end to unlicensed practices that put people’s hair restoration and their lives at risk.

Therefore, if you are thinking about dealing with hair loss ensure you find a licensed clinic, the staff at Katona Hair Restoration would be happy to talk to you and to book an appointment to discuss the options open to you and your current condition.

What is Minoxidil

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If you are considering rectifying a hair loss problem then it is important that you understand all the options open to you. Minoxidil is a synthetic drug; the originally design was to treat hypertension or high blood pressure, but one of the side effects was the increase in hair growth, even on areas of skin where there is minimal hair.

This side effect is a positive one and is just a reason why it is a course of treatment for baldness in both men and women. This side effect of the drug has now benefitted many individuals from hair regrowth.

The effects of the hair growth on a person who is suffering from baldness is individual, minoxidil is successful in the clinical trials and it works to help restore some of the hair loss. The question that many want answers to is the reason for the hair growth, which is not known, the scientific community have no understanding as to why this drug helps to restore hair.

The minoxidil stops the further loss of the hair and can help regenerate some of the previous hair loss. However, the main problem with a drug like the minoxidil is the need to continually apply the medication or experience the hair loss, this can take up to 60 days to have a noticeable difference but the hair will re-establish a hair loss routine as soon as the medication stops.

The good news for many, the product development; there are different manufactures that have taken this product to develop a medication with minoxidil. You apply direct to the affected area. It is possible to buy this medication over the counter at a pharmacy, as you don’t need a prescription. The cream for men has a maximum amount of minoxidil of 5% and the recommended amount for women is 2%.

Sometimes the results from the medication isn’t what you expect, the hair can come through darker than those around and this is difficult to hide if you are looking to increase the hair in certain areas. It might become noticeable that more hair is growing. However, it will depend on the individual as to whether this is a good or bad problem.

What is important to remember, this medication was for high blood pressure and understanding if the medication is going to affect your current health. If you have high blood pressure and are under the doctor for treatment, being aware of any non-prescription medication, you are taking and understanding how it can affect what your doctor prescribes, is important.

A hair specialist consultation is important if you are considering the options open to you. They will be able to give you accurate information as to the best solution for you.

This is a long-term solution where you are applying a medication; it might work out more expensive in the long-term if you compare a surgical procedure to purchasing a product over the counter. Knowing all the options is the only way forward in making the right decision for you.

Fighting hair loss

Hair loss in men can be governed by a number of factors, the most common being male pattern baldness, a genetic condition that affects 1 in 4 Caucasian men who have the highest rates. Male pattern baldness is a natural process whereby the hair follicles shrink over a period of time due to the effects of male hormones and cause the hair to grow more sparsely on certain areas of the scalp. There is usually a U-shape pattern of sparser growth beginning around the sides and back of the head, eventually moving towards the crown area and often accompanied by the beginnings of a receding hair line. These days this isn’t quite the harbinger of old age most men once felt it to be, shaven heads are generally considered fashionable and attractive.

But what if you are a man in your 20s who still feels that this look is aging for you?

What if your hair is something you believe sets you apart from the crowd or you just enjoy the confidence that a full head of hair brings?

The good news is that there are whole numbers of surgical and non-surgical hair restoration treatments available for male hair loss. The not so good news is that because male hair loss is considered “natural” all of these hair restoration treatments are either available only privately or over the counter.

If you are suffering from mild hair loss and are just starting to notice that receding hairline there are a number of topical hair restoration treatments such as Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo and Minoxidil lotion that are available over the counter. Alpecin has been shown to halt hair loss while Minoxidil also promotes hair regrowth while it is used. Unfortunately these effects diminish as soon as the products are discontinued. Finasteride is another medication that can significantly halt hair loss and improve hair regrowth while it is used. Finasteride is available in tablet form by private prescription and should be taken for at least three months for hair regrowth effects to be seen and again if the treatment is discontinued the effects disappear. Laser therapy is another excellent option for those with early signs of hair loss as the effects of the laser on hair follicles have been shown to promote hair regrowth if used regularly and for as long as the therapy is used.

As discussed elsewhere on these pages there are also methods of adding hair temporarily through weaves and extensions which may be a suitable option for many candidates depending on hair length and the extent of the hair loss.

For a more permanent solution, a hair transplant may be the most effective method of hair restoration. Many men have considered the surgical route to hair restoration but fear that they won’t get the kind of effect they desire while others may turn out not be suitable candidates for this procedure. If you are considering this option and would like to discuss it with a hair restoration expert you will be invited to attend a consultation where your medical history and the possible types of procedures available to you will be discussed. If you are a suitable candidate for surgical hair restoration the one most suitable to your own circumstance decided upon. With 20 years’ experience of transplant surgery in the American sector – the most heavily regulated anywhere – Dr Katona and his staff have a vast wealth of knowledge on the topic and you can be assured you are in good hands from day one of the process.

Whatever your questions regarding hair loss and hair restoration techniques, Katona Hair Restoration can provide you with the answers and we welcome enquiries about all levels of hair loss and the best methods

Alpecin Caffeine shampoo – the science behind the shampoo

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Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo is not a hair restoration product. This product actually works by thickening the hair shaft thus giving hair a thicker and more lustrous appearance. So how exactly does it do this?

Being oil-based, Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo locks moisture onto the hair shaft causing it to thicken for a period of several hours after use and offering a temporary solution to the problem of thinning hair. In terms of appearance and self-confidence this can be exactly the kind of short-term boost the user is looking for if they have a date or an important business meeting for instance. In fact, many people who have used Alpecin have remarked on not only feeling boosted in the appearance and confidence stakes but also perceiving their energy levels as higher – could it be the caffeine or just a knock-on feel good effect?

A number of Alpecin users have also remarked on experiencing a tingling sensation on their scalp following usage, so maybe this is part of the energizing effect? Or could it be that often initially unreported effect of increased self-confidence, where the individual embarks on a healthy eating or exercise program and does actually increase their own energy levels and sense of well-being?

However it works, the verdict is fairly split on Alpecin, with many of those who have tried it claiming it did nothing to alter the appearance of their thinning hair, while others claim that it causes scalp dryness and they gain the best effect using it intermittently with another shampoo, whilst still others are claiming that as well as providing a boost to their hairs’ appearance they can also see an improvement to thinning areas and wouldn’t be without it!

So Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo isn’t a long term solution to thinning hair given that it works primarily on a cosmetic level. However, anecdotal evidence and product review content seem to indicate that it is an effective solution for some who are starting to notice the effects of hair loss and it could well be the right product for you at this point in time.

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

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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.