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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Hair loss in Women

Hair loss is not restricted to men; women suffer hair loss too. However, women use their hairstyles to reduce the appearance of any noticeable hair loss. A high percentage of women who experience hair loss seek no advice from a doctor or a hair specialist as to the cause of the hair loss. Talking to a hair stylist is not good enough if you are experiencing hair loss, it is important to check there are no medical reasons that are contributing to the increase in hair falling out.

One of the main causes of hair loss in women is genetic female pattern hair loss; another name is androgenetic alopecia. This can affect a person from as early as their late teens to much further in adult hood. It doesn’t present itself as a typical case of receding hairline or a patch on the top with no hair, but a complete thinning of the amount of hair follicles.

Often the hair thinning is noticeable in the person’s parting, or in the reduction in the amount of hair in a ponytail, including the overall length of the hair.

This type of baldness is miniaturization, due to the hair shaft not growing for long before going into the shedding phase. They are often no longer than hair found on the arm.

There are ways in which you can treat this condition; you don’t have to suffer in silence, feeling afraid and silly for mentioning an increase in the amount of hair that is falling out is not a waste of the doctors time, it could prevent further loss and even an answer to the cause.

An FDA approved medication for women must contain minoxidil with a strength of 2% or 5%. It is better suited to women to get the lower dose medication because the 5% has more tendency for growing facial hair too and this isn’t an acceptable hair growth for any woman.

This product works by increasing the length of the cycle before the shedding. What is important to consider is the cost, you must apply the lotion twice a day for at least six months before you will notice any regrowth.

Talking to a hair specialist At Katona Hair Restoration, could recommend other treatments that will met your needs including the option of a hair transplant; while many would think this an expensive option. The cost of putting minoxidil lotion on the hair twice a day, until you decide that going bald is acceptable, is also very expensive.

Therefore, if you have noticed an increase in the amount of hair you have lost then it is important to check out your health to ensure there are no other medical conditions for the hair loss. A deficiency in iron will see an increase in the amount of hair falling out, increase in iron, normally in the form of tablets prescribed by your doctor and this will improve the hair quality.

Hair loss is not a condition that is easy to deal with, it can affect how a person feels and talking through these concerns is an important part of any treatment plan.

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.

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!

Dealing With Alopecia

What is important to realize is that you are not alone, if you have an alopecia diagnosis there is help available and this can come in a number of different forms. Your doctor will offer you the medical support, give you the information you need to make the right medical choices. However, sometimes you need something different; something that only people with the condition are able to give.  Understanding and support to know that you are not alone and that together you can manage your condition and you can move forward with your life.

There are no cures for the condition or the numerous different strains of alopecia. It is something that you will need to manage and move forward with being present in your life. There are charities and organizations whose function is to help and support those individuals who are dealing with alopecia. They have the expert advice as to what you can do to feel better and to manage your condition to a point where you feel good about yourself and are able to move forward with living a full life.

People all over the world, young and old, suffer from different forms of alopecia. It is important to know what you can give another person, who is suffering and unable to move forward and start living their life again. Hair loss is an important indicator at initiating depression in a person. Connecting with people who have felt the same or had similar experiences, can help another person to manage their own condition.

Building bonds with others who have experience of this condition is important if you want to understand the condition; also, what you can do to help yourself and others; it can help strengthen you and your determination to succeed.

Stress and anxiety can have a negative impact on your hair and if you are already experiencing problems with alopecia, not managing your condition and your emotions can make the situation a lot worse. It is important that by connecting with other people, talking through how you feel and listening to how other people have managed to move through this and managing their condition. This can help you focus on creating a plan, manage your alopecia and not just cope, without objections to move forward and to feel better about your condition, how you can manage it is important and not be managed by the condition.

Building your confidence is vital in managing alopecia, it is about finding ways that you can feel better about yourself, it can be from finding a wig to wear, talking about your condition to others or wearing a scarf so no one notices. Improve your confidence and you will start to feel in control and that is the key to successful alopecia management.

Therefore, if you have a recent diagnosis of alopecia and you are feeling alone, it is important to reach out to others who have experienced similar feelings and talk through your problems and ways to manage your condition.

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.

What Is Nioxin

This isn’t a new company or particular new products but the company and the products do seem more focused on advertising. The company was established in 1987 and while many people have suggested the products, which this company produces can help in the battle to prevent hair loss, the company themselves have been very careful not to use these claims, because they would need FDA approval and at present there is no sign of this.

The company creates products under the typical heading of shampoos, conditioners and other hair treatment products. The aim of the products vary but to categorise them they clean and protect the hair and the scalp.

Some experts look at the properties of these products and can see the preventative aspects from using products that aim to clean the hair and the scalp. It infuses with the hair making it look thicker and fuller. This is by providing the hair with the nourishment that it needs, in essence, it is feeding the hair, ensuring the hydration and health of the hair is in the best condition possible.

The shampoo can remove the sebum from the scalp, this is the oily compound secreted naturally by the skin, but too much can block pores where the hair follicle is trying to produce a new hair shaft. It can also remove any mites that naturally live in the hair, this means the hair is completely clean and this is essential for healthy hair and hair growth.

People who use the products do claim that their hair feels thicker and better after using one or more of the Nioxin range, but this is due to the products applied to and any dirt removed, so while it feels thicker and healthier, in fact it is just clean and nourished hair.

The system recommends a three-stage approach with a cleanser for the hair and the scalp, a hair nourishing process and a scalp treatment too. The company produces a number of different products suitable for different hair types.

Not all hair is the same and Nioxin has identified the key areas that can affect the quality of the hair and have created and target products in these areas, which can have the appearance of healthier hair and a healthier scalp too. The company have confidence in their products and it is possible to choose the right system for you from your local hair stylist.

However, what this system is not claiming to do is to restore any hair that you have lost or even to prevent further hair loss. If you are worried about any form of hair loss you need to speak to a specialist like Dr Katona, he is able to give you the information about your condition and the best course of treatment for you. He can recommend treatment for hair that has disappeared or receded; detailing what you can do to protect the hair that you have left, and to find a treatment option that can help to save your hair in the future.

What is Minoxidil


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