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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What is Trichotilomania?

Hair loss is a difficult topic, any form of hair loss is traumatic; if you are losing your hair to a medical condition or just because of your genetic make-up is one thing. What does it mean if you are pulling out your own hair?

Trichotilomania is a condition where you actually pull out your own hair; it can be in patches and is more likely to be on the head. However, dealing with this condition, even admitting that you are pulling your hair out, is a difficult one.

There is a feeling of shame attached to the condition, often the hair pulling happens in secret or it is covered with hair styles and hats to prevent people seeing what you are doing to yourself. However, there are times when a person isn’t aware they are pulling out their own hair, you can even do this when you are asleep.

Understanding that this is a medical condition is the first step. Often people feel they are alone with the condition and that no one will understand as to the reason for the pulling of their own hair.

It is stress induced and can happen at any age. Children can suffer this condition and when they are young, it is an equal split between the girl or boy divide. However, as they age, the girls continue on this path and become leaders in the condition compared to boys.

There is no cure for this condition. However, it is possible for those people who suffer from this illness to know there is hope and treatment, which can help control the compulsion to pull out their own hair.

One of the best types of therapy is talking or cognitive therapy, it is about understanding why a person feels the need to pull and what feelings they are using the hair pulling to hide. Whilst many people might think this therapy isn’t for them, it has a great success rate with a number of different conditions, which relate to the mind.

Talking therapy is one of the best treatments that you can find; it allows a person to understand what makes them behave in a certain way and it is possible to work out triggers, which can set off an episode. If management techniques are in place, it can prevent the action from starting.

Some medications that work for some of the sufferers; they are in the category of SSRI and SRI. These are both in the family, which helps many people with mental illnesses and they can help with treating trichotillomania. This medication helps many people who are suffering from depression and taking the medication isn’t going to have a negative impact on your life; it might help repair some of the feelings and make you feel normal.

Therefore, while many people with trichotillomania want to hide the condition and not admit they have a problem. It is an illness for which there is help available. It is not something you should leave untreated because of feeling embarrassed amount mentioning the problem, there is help out there.

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.

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.

How To Hide A Hair Transplant

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If you are contemplating hair transplant surgery and have worries about what people will think, you can deal with this in a few ways. Prior to modern technology becoming available, the recovery process was longer, the scars were visible for a longer period and in truth, the surgery was a major event that was difficult to hide unless you had a period to adjust and not just a few days.

With the improvement of the procedures, it is possible for there to be no visible signs of surgery even after a few days post-transplant. This will depend on a number of factors but it is possible that after 5 days the holes where the transplant happens are no longer visible.

Many people, including famous people, are becoming more open about going for a hair transplant surgery and this makes it easier for many people to comprehend that hair transplant surgery is becoming a more acceptable form to contemplate.

If you are open about the surgery it does cause less speculation as to what has happened and this is important for some people, it means less people discussing the options or procedures that you have gone through, without knowing the facts.

If you are thinking about or worrying how to hide, the procedure talk to the doctor that is performing the surgery. They might give you a guide to the period that the scars tend to be visible and maybe book this time off work.

One technique is to draw the attention away from the hair itself before the procedure, wearing a hat of some description, even growing a beard is a great way to take the emphasis off the hair itself and no one will realise that you have had the procedure because they have focused on other aspects of your appearance.

It is important that you feel comfortable with the process, which you are going to go through, and for this reason, it is important to discuss these concerns prior to surgery, so you have more information as to the outcome of the procedure and the recovery time you will need to allow post-surgery.

If you need options as to how you feel about your hair, it is important to discuss all options with your specialist. Some procedures might be more suitable than others; it is important to talk these through with your hair specialist. If you haven’t enough information, no matter how often you ask, then the specialist isn’t for you. Dr Katona will listen to your concerns and recommend a course of treatment that will meet your needs. He will go through the concerns which you have and put your mind at ease.

Therefore, if you are concerned about the after care, or the visibility of the procedure then you might want to talk about these with the doctor who is to perform the surgery; they are there to guide you through the process and are there for your after care, too.

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.