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8 01, 2018

I Have Alopecia. Now What?

By | 2018-01-08T11:31:19+00:00 January 8th, 2018|Alopecia Wigs, Female Hair Loss|Comments Off on I Have Alopecia. Now What?

I was recently diagnosed with Alopecia and I didn't know what it even was?  After doing a whole bunch of online research and talking with my doctor and subsequently with a Dermatologist, I decided to document my experience and keep a journal. Vern Cole and his lovely wife Patsy have very graciously allowed me to share it here, because I thought that if I didn't know what Alopecia was, there were probably a whole lot of other women who didn't know either, and while I started out scared and feeling alone and very vulnerable, I ended up in a very wonderful place of confidence and hope. It wasn’t until recently that I learned the word alopecia means “hair loss.” It was after complaining to my doctor about the clumps of hair that were falling out, and the bald patches developing around my ear. She diagnosed my condition as Alopecia Areata. I was told that Alopecia is a common form of hair loss for women over 50, and that there really isn’t anything to get worried about. I couldn’t help being worried and upset, my hair has always been one of my finest features, I want to keep it. I dove into doing research on Alopecia. I found that there is a lot of information out there on all types of alopecia and how it affects men, women and also children. There are various remedies that are used. Most importantly, I found a hair loss replacement center that recommended the best possible way to manage my type of alopecia. Alopecia... What Is It? Alopecia Areata affects about 5 million people in the United States, that includes both female and males alike. It’s an autoimmune disease where the bodies own immune system attacks the hair follicles in the scalp which causes them to fall out. It is not uncommon to also have a tingling sensation in the balding areas of your scalp. A person’s genetic makeup, stress, an illness that can bring on the hormone fluctuation levels and be factors that cause alopecia. The result can be a single bald patch, or [...]

28 12, 2017

Hair Transplant Surgery: When Is The Best Time?

By | 2018-01-08T11:56:46+00:00 December 28th, 2017|Hair Transplantation, mens hair loss|Comments Off on Hair Transplant Surgery: When Is The Best Time?

Hair Transplant Surgery: When Is The Best Time? The other day I was reading a forum on hair loss and the question was posed, regarding surgical hair restoration, “when is the ideal time to get a hair transplant?” If one person is asking this question, there are probably thousands who are wondering the same thing. The answer isn’t a simple one. The time for everyone is different so the question really should be, when is it the right time for you? Most people don’t just wake up one morning and decide that today is the day to get a hair transplant. Each of us have a different point that we reach when we come to that decision. It all depends on several factors: your existing state of hair loss your age the robustness of the harvest site your expectations Hair Transplants: Measuring Your Degree of Baldness For measuring the amount of baldness one has, there is a scale that is used called the Hamilton-Norwood scale. This gives a visual depiction of the many stages of hair loss. Each visual depiction has a level associated with it and the higher the level, the greater the amount of hair loss. Existing State of Hair Loss Your existing stage of hair loss can be related to many factors in your family history. If there are a number of individuals that have extensive hair loss, then there is a likelihood that you could suffer the same hair loss. If your hair loss has plateaued or slowed to a normal cycle, then you are a better candidate for a hair transplant surgery than if you were still going through genetic hair loss. Impact of Age While there is not exact age that you need to be undergo a hair transplant, generally it is not performed on individuals under 25 year of age. This is for two reasons, one is because it can cause what is known as “shock loss” where existing healthy hair is damaged during the transplant process because of being to close in proximity. Secondly, you may have hair that is genetically programmed [...]

10 12, 2017

Hair Transplants Using Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

By | 2018-01-08T13:27:33+00:00 December 10th, 2017|FUE Hair Transplants, Neograft Hair Transplants|Comments Off on Hair Transplants Using Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

What are Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Hair Transplants? One of the most sought after hair replacement surgeries is follicular unit extraction (FUE). It can offer patients that suffer from hair loss and thinning hair a method to help restore their hair. What we want to go over here are the basics of this method and the benefits the procedure. What Is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)? Follicular unit extraction hair transplantation is a technique that takes individual follicular units from the scalp. The FUE stands in contrast to follicular unit transplantation (FUT), known also as the “strip” method, where many hair follicles are removed at once. Each follicular unit graft contains 1, 2, 3 and sometimes 4 hairs. The advantage that FUE has over the traditional FUT strip method is that is allows patients to keep their hair shorter without noticing any scars, and the healing time is much shorter. Who Is An Ideal Candidate For Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)? The ideal candidates for FUE is someone who like to keep their hair short and has good hair density in the hair they have on the back of their head. They should stabilize their hair loss (medications, vitamins and low light laser hair therapy are methods used to do that). It is important that you have realistic expectations of the results you can expect from a hair transplant. It is not unusual for FUE procedures to be smaller sessions than the standard FUT procedures. It may, however, require more sessions to get the desired results. Is Scalp Tightness An Issue With Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)? There are some patients that have very tight scalps which can make the removal of hair very difficult with the strip method. The patients are perfect for the FUE method since the hair follicles are removed individually and not in a strip. Is Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Useful To Correct Scalp Scarring? If you have scalp scaring from other procedures then FUE is an ideal procedure. Hair follicles grafts can be inserted into the prior strip scar to hide it. FUE is also used to help [...]

6 12, 2017

FUE Hair Transplant Surgery

By | 2017-12-06T15:19:52+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Hair Transplantation|Comments Off on FUE Hair Transplant Surgery

Comparison of Hair Transplantation Methods HRI currently offers two methods of hair transplant follicle extractions: the Strip Method and FUE Hair Transplant Surgery (Follicular Unit Extraction). When considering Medical Hair Transplantation, it is important to be well educated on the pros and cons of each of these methods before making a decision as to which is right for you. The Strip Hair Transplantation Method The Doctor removes a strip of tissue from the donor site that contains the hair follicles. The scalp is then brought back together and sutured (sutures remain in the donor site for 10-14 days before being removed). The tissue that has been removed is dissected down to “grafts” or follicular units containing one to four hairs each depending on the density of the donor hair. Once the strip has been dissected into many follicular units, the doctor places the receptor sites (microscopic incisions) to cover the area of concern. The individual follicular units are then “placed” (inserted) into these microscopic incisions one by one. The process is very similar to planting a seed. If you look at it this way, the scalp is the soil and the follicle is the seed. It’s miraculous and it absolutely works. The most difficult part of the process is the patience required to get through the waiting period before the hair actually starts to grow, because it doesn’t happen overnight. It takes approximately three months for the hair to emerge because the hair goes into the Telogen phase (resting/dormancy phase) after being transplanted. Like clockwork, once the three-month hair growth cycle has been completed, the hair begins to grow at the rate of approximately 1/2” per month and will grow for the rest of your life. Pros and Cons of the Strip Method: Pros: In comparison to Follicular Unit Extraction, the Strip Method requires less time to perform the actual procedure - 2 to 5 hours The Strip Method will yield a greater density than FUE - FUE will only yield approximately 2/3 of what the Strip Method can yield. The Strip Method is a less expensive procedure than the [...]

13 07, 2017

Best 2017 Hairstyles for Men Based on Face Shape (Infographic)

By | 2018-01-08T12:08:05+00:00 July 13th, 2017|mens non-surgical hair replacement|Comments Off on Best 2017 Hairstyles for Men Based on Face Shape (Infographic)

For most men with male pattern baldness or thinning hair will tell you their hair loss drastically affects their appearance, and their self-esteem. Today thankfully in Bloomington, MN there is the Hair Restoration Institute. They are a leader in men's non-surgical hair replacement and leading edge, clinically proven hair loss treatments for men experiencing hair loss and thinning hair. Their latest breakthrough hair loss techniques and procedures allows men to get their hair back so they can have a full head of hair that not only looks great but moves and feels so natural. Today men’s non-surgical hair replacement solution not only gives you back your hair but you can style it to highlight your personal sense of style and face shape. The infographic below, from the guys at Men’s Hairstyles Today, shows you a few of the very best haircuts and styles that may compliment your own personal style.

30 05, 2017

Breast Cancer and Hair Loss

By | 2017-10-11T14:45:55+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Chemotherapy Wigs|Comments Off on Breast Cancer and Hair Loss

Most of us have been touched in one way or another by someone with breast cancer. If you or someone you love is battling breast cancer, you are not alone. The American Cancer Society’s estimate is that there were 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer that is diagnosed in the United State last year alone. The toll it takes physically an emotionally can be devastating. Breast cancer victims face difficult battles from surgery, to chemotherapy and hair loss. We consider it a great honor in being able to help many of these women as they start the fight of their lives. Chemotherapy and Hair Loss Chemotherapy drugs are designed to attack fast-growing cancer cells in the body. Unfortunately, chemotherapy treatments also attack fast-growing healthy cells. As a result, fast growing hair follicle cells are very sensitive to chemotherapy drugs and treatments so most patients experience hair loss. In most cases, however, such hair loss is not permanent. Patients normally begin to regrow their hair in three to 12 months after their final chemotherapy treatment. For many women, the hair that regrows comes back with a slight change in texture or slightly altered shade. It can also come back much finer and thinner. Medical Wigs and Hair Replacement Systems Today’s advanced, state-of-the-art custom made human hair wigs and non-surgical hair replacement systems for women provide the undetectable look and feel of real, natural growing hair. In terms of both feel and look, today’s modern women’s hair replacement are virtually impossible to tell apart from your own natural growing hair. Today’s women’s hair replacement systems are custom designed to match your own natural hair texture, color and hair style. This attention to detail has allowed us to help thousands of women that have to cope with hair loss due to their battle with breast cancer and other types of genetic and medically related hair loss. Medical wigs and hair prostheses are perfect for women who anticipate undergoing chemotherapy treatments. We do recommend, however, that you make an appointment early (before treatments begin) so that we can match the color and texture [...]

10 05, 2017

I’m Losing My Hair and I Can’t Talk About It

By | 2018-01-08T12:00:45+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Female Hair Loss, Women's Hair Restoration|Comments Off on I’m Losing My Hair and I Can’t Talk About It

I never realized how important my hair was to me until now when I realize I was starting to lose it. I am not sure what to do. It is like there is a part of me that is disappearing and there isn’t any way to stop it. Will I still be the same person? What if anything can be done? I have lots of question and I can tell the people around me do to. I find that I am unable to talk about my hair loss. Am I going to go completely bald? How will people look at me? Will they treat me different? I see other people with thinning hair but it just wasn’t something that I thought would happen to me. This seems like it should be such a minor thing so why am I so upset? I Remember Having Confidence About My Appearance I remember when I was younger and how important it was to style my hair just right. My sister and I would sit hangout for hours learning how to braid each other’s hair. I can still remember how proud we both where when we learned how to French braid. We would always have a lot of fun, laughing with friends while we tried new hair colors and hair cuts. In the summer time I loved getting highlights. Every school year I would start off with a new hairstyle. As I look back at these memories I realize even more how much my hair has been a big part of my identity and how it played into my self confidence. I Have to Take Action and Get Control Over My Life It has been over a month since I first noticed hair on my pillow in the mornings and too much of my hair has gone down the drain. I need to do something to take control my hair loss. By worrying about my hair loss I have noticed that it is affecting not only my work but my personal life as well. I have turned down invitations with friends and coworkers to [...]

6 04, 2017

Five Men’s Hair Loss Solutions That Work

By | 2018-01-08T12:23:40+00:00 April 6th, 2017|mens non-surgical hair replacement|Comments Off on Five Men’s Hair Loss Solutions That Work

For many men, hair loss is common and they know that they are likely going to go bald one day, whether due to hereditary factors or something else altogether. While men’s hair loss might be common that doesn’t mean it has to be permanent or inevitable. There are things men can do about hair loss if they are struggling with thinning hair and you can do to replace what they have lost and maintain think, healthy hair. Real hair loss solutions is not a pipe dream. You may be surprised to on how far hair replacement has come over the last few years. They can give you the look of a full head of hair that looks completely natural and seamless. Here are five men’s hair loss solutions that we recommend. Supplements and Nutrition Hair loss can sometimes be the result of malnutrition. The lack of the right nutrients in your diet can lead to your follicles not getting the right amount of nutrients to grow hair. Some simple dietary changes and vitamin supplements you may stall any further hair loss. Topical Solutions and Scalp Care A lot of times a lot of hair loss stems from unhealthy scalp conditions. If you skin is to dry, to flaky, or to oily then it creates an environment that can inhibit hair growth rather than promoting it. Topical solutions can provide the necessary hydration or pH balance that is need to change the scalp condition and return it to being healthy and that will promote new hair growth. Laser Hair Therapy Low level laser light therapy increases the blood flow to the follicles and encourages new hair growth. This is a safe and painless procedure that is also FDA approved. There are options for you to also perform this in the comfort from your own home using a portable laser unit. Hair Systems The great thing about men's hair replacement systems is that it can give you a full head of natural looking hair. They are more permanent than a wig but much less invasive than hair transplant surgery. This is the [...]

23 03, 2017

How Man Buns Can Cause Hair Loss

By | 2017-10-11T14:45:55+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|mens hair loss|Comments Off on How Man Buns Can Cause Hair Loss

Let's talk Man Buns. If you are like many men to have participated in one of the most common new trends for men’s hairstyle, then you have worn a man bun. What is a man bun, well your hair is pulled back into the shape of a small bun located at the top of the head and secured. Though it may not seem like a big deal, and you definitely see this trend on many men, it can be something to worry about. What Is the Man Bun? A man bun is just what is sounds like. Men with specific type of hairstyle generally have very short or shaved hair along the sides of their head while keeping it long on top and in the back. Men take the longer top portion and pull it back into a ponytale and create a simple bun shape. Men from all ages are wearing this hairstyle trend. Everyone from Brad Pitt to Orlando Bloom and David Beckham. The question isn’t about the style it’s self but rather what the style does to men’s hair. Are Man Buns Not the Same as Women Hairstyles? There is a lot of talk about man buns and whether they lead to damage to men’s hair. Men are at a higher risk of losing their hair early due to male pattern baldness and often try to avoid the actual loss by preventable measures. Many question why man buns are so bad when women pull their hair back and tie it up on a regular basis in ponytails and buns. Man buns themselves don’t cause hair loss. In fact, it is not likely that pulling your hair back for a bun or other hair style is going to be negative on your hair quality. There are a few key things men have to keep in mind if they want to wear this type of hair style for long periods of time. What To Keep In Mind About Man Buns? Pulling hair back tightly is a common for creating hair loss in both men and women. When the hair is [...]

8 03, 2017

Hair Loss After Pregnancy? Is It Permanent?

By | 2017-10-11T14:45:55+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Female Hair Loss|Comments Off on Hair Loss After Pregnancy? Is It Permanent?

As any pregnant woman knows, your body goes through changes and rather rapidly. However, some of them like hair loss for example can be very worrisome to many. It is estimated that over 90 percent of your hair is growing at any one time. The other 10 percent is in a resting phase. When a woman is pregnant the chemicals in her body change to accommodate the baby’s growth. In many cases this can lead to hair loss. What most women don’t realize is that their hair is just moving from one phase to another. Is It Normal to Lose Hair During Pregnancy? Every two or three month about 10 percent of your hair that is in a resting phase falls out. This shedding is normal and it allows new hair to grow in its place. For women who are pregnant this hair loss speeds up and tends to happen at a dramatic fashion. Over 50 percent of women who are pregnant find they are inflected with this type of hair loss. There is good news in that it only happens during pregnancy and is only temporary for most women. You should be made aware that most hair loss that is related to pregnancy happens after the delivery of the baby. Most women during pregnancy find they have more hair. This happens because during a woman’s pregnancy more hair will enter the resting phase. This happens because of the hormone change that take place. The hair is usually thicker and more healthy during that time as well. After giving birth the hormones in a woman’s body begin to return to normal levels and those hairs that entered the resting phase begin to fall out somewhere between three to four months after giving birth. What About Hair Loss That's Significant During Pregnancy? If during your pregnancy you notice that you have more hair loss than normal, it may indicate some level of deficiency of nutrients. It may be a good idea to talk to your doctor as you don’t want your deplete your body of important nutrients. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies [...]