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.

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.

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.