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10 10, 2019

Breast Cancer and Medical Wigs

By |2019-10-10T09:44:04-06:00October 10th, 2019|Chemotherapy Wigs|Comments Off on Breast Cancer and Medical Wigs

It’s October and that means it is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It is worth taking a moment to think about the women that we love that have had to deal with or are dealing with breast cancer. Often with regular screening, breast cancer can be detected early. When it is caught early enough there are treatments that have helps thousands beat this disease. By making time to be examined you may be saving your life. Chemotherapy Those undergoing treatment for breast cancer typically has chemotherapy administrated for short periods over several weeks. Not everyone who has chemotherapy will get sick from it, just like not everyone will lose their hair. With some forms of chemotherapy, a person may only have some shedding, while other forms may cause an individual to have very noticeable or even complete hair loss. Coping with Hair Loss Hair loss is something men or women don’t want to have happen. It can be a hard thing to handle when you are already dealing with being diagnosed with cancer. If you develop hair loss as a result of your chemotherapy treatments, there are several options that can help you keep your confidence up while you go through your treatments. Today there are high-quality human hair and synthetic medical wigs and laser scalp treatments. Thanks to advances over the past decades, cancer patients don’t have to fear losing their hair and their dignity like they used to. Our professional hair loss specialists at Hair Restoration Institute of Minnesota in  can help design a program that is geared specifically to your needs. Medical Wigs There is no question that cancer is an incredibly difficult disease to work through and those suffering from it have to handle a great deal of stress and emotions. Temporary hair loss is a normal part of the treatment for most patients which adds even more stress. Today medical grade wigs are a wonderful solution. They are designed to be worn by those with very little to no hair on their scalp. They are custom made to fit our head shape and that means you [...]

30 08, 2019

Alopecia Areata Treatments & Solutions

By |2019-08-30T08:17:49-06:00August 30th, 2019|Alopecia Wigs|Comments Off on Alopecia Areata Treatments & Solutions

Alopecia Areata, reoccurring spotty bald patches, is a hair loss condition that affects millions of men and women who struggle with it on a daily basis. Alopecia is simply a medical term for hair loss. Alopecia Areata is a form of hair loss that can affect some or all areas of the body, usually most noticeable in the scalp. Believed to be a form of auto-immune disease, Alopecia Areata causes bald spots on the scalp, especially in the early stages, it is sometimes called “spot baldness.” In 1% to 5% of cases, the condition can spread to the entire scalp (Alopecia Totalis) or to the entire body (Alopecia Universalis). The different types of Alopecia do not discriminate and can affect men, women, and children. At the moment there is no cure for Alopecia Areata but there are treatments that can work on a temporary basis. One popular treatment method requires injection of Corticosteroids* into the affected balding areas. Injections are performed by a doctor or licensed medical practitioner. This may temporarily help the area of the scalp near the injection site but hair loss may still occur in other untreated areas. For Alopecia Areata suffers, treatments like injections can be too uncomfortable or too expensive to continue treatments in the long term. Compounding matters, due to its very nature, spotty patches of hair loss can occur and reoccur in different areas of the scalp. At Hair Restoration Institute of Minnesota, we offer several affordable Alopecia Areata Treatments & Solutions options, including beautiful custom human hair wigs and hair pieces and other hair growth products, including minoxidil, an effective topical drug which can be effective in treating various forms of thinning hair and pattern hair loss. Hair replacement technology has come a long way over the past few years. Now, especially designed custom hair replacement systems can effectively help men and women experiencing hair loss in varying degrees of severity lead normal, productive lives. These hair replacement systems for men and women are virtually undetectable to both sight and touch, and are individually customized to your specific requirements. Alopecia Wigs for [...]

6 08, 2019

PRP Hair Therapy: The Truth Behind the Hype

By |2019-09-11T12:35:30-06:00August 6th, 2019|PRP Hair Restoration Treatment|Comments Off on PRP Hair Therapy: The Truth Behind the Hype

Hair loss can be extremely embarrassing for women and men alike. It often impacts a person on several levels. Female and male pattern baldness is a genetic form of hair loss and because it is genetic, it can leave you feeling helpless. This is why we are so excited to talk about PRP treatments! What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)? PRP therapies have gained popularity in other clinical applications primarily in sports medicine and dermatology. Because of PRP’s ability to promote healing, the jump into hair growth was only a matter of time. PRP hair loss treatment begins by the patient’s own blood. After a quick, painless blood draw, the blood are put into a centrifuge for several minutes to separate the plasma from the red and white blood cells. The plasma is then drawn into syringes and is then ready for use. The plasma is injected into the thinning areas of the patient’s scalp. How Does Platelet Rich Plasma treatment work? Blood platelets contain several proteins that can be used to improve cell development, blood vessel growth, tissue healing and the stimulation of the hair follicles. When the platelets are injected in the patient's scalp in the area where the thinning is occurring, the follicles receive a boost in nutrients that stimulates the follicle cells to heal and promote new hair growth. Are you a candidate for PRP? Almost anyone can be a candidate for PRP therapy treatments. Men and women can both be candidates. Most men between the ages of 30-50 will start to be concerned with their thinning hair or notice the early signs of going bald. PRP therapy can be a big help in reducing such hereditary hair loss. Women suffering from hair loss also benefit from treatments regardless of the reason, even if it is genetic, for their thinning hair. Virtually anyone who is suffering from hair loss and thinning hair may find Platelet Rich Plasma therapy helpful in restoring their hair and their sense of personal well-being and self-confidence. What comprises a course of effective PRP treatments? It is recommended for most patients to [...]

10 07, 2019

Trichotillomania Help

By |2019-09-21T10:29:57-06:00July 10th, 2019|trichotillomania|Comments Off on Trichotillomania Help

Help for Trichotillomania Suffers One of the most common forms of hair loss is called Trichotillomania. Trich is defined as a condition that makes the individual feel the need to pull out their own hair, mostly in large chunks. There are around 4,000,000 people nationwide who struggle with it. Studies have shown that trich can begin as early as 9, ages 12-13 being the most prominent group to suffer with this, and ongoing through adulthood. Luckily, pre-teens can often outgrow trichotillomania, but sadly, adults usually require some professional therapy and counseling. There are more consequences to trichotillomania than just permanent hair loss. Continually pulling your hair out can also lead to infection and even gastrointestinal issues if swallowed. Being inactive while reading, being on the computer, watching television or movies, or even talking on the phone are the most likely times for someone with trich to pull on their hair. We can obviously see the physical repercussions that this condition can cause. Those can often be disguised with scarves, hats, or even wigs. But something many people forget are the emotional and social repercussions something like this can cause. In many cases it can cause withdraw from family, friends, and coworkers. Trich can lead to low self-esteem, anxiety, and even depression. If it leads to this, seeking a professional is the only way to truly help. They can help provide coping skills necessary to deal with stress or whatever causes the individual to feel the need to pull out their hair, and ultimately destroy the habit. Medications can also be prescribed to help, and would help lesson the stress. Therapy can help bring whoever suffers from trichotillomania back to who they were, but when it comes to the hair they lost, that’s permanent. But our hair loss professionals can help with that. We can get a customized natural looking wig that can definitely help their self-confidence return. Essentially there are two kinds of wigs out there. There is the cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all wig that you buy right off the shelf. Or you can have a wig customized to your head and hair [...]

18 06, 2019

Does Hair Loss Increase During the Summer?

By |2019-06-18T08:25:14-06:00June 18th, 2019|Female Hair Loss, mens hair loss|Comments Off on Does Hair Loss Increase During the Summer?

You may have heard the old wives’ tale that people lose more hair in the summer months than any other time of the year. This old wives’ tales is actually true. There are studies that show that we actually do shed more hair in the summer and especially during the month of July. We all shed hair every day and that is perfectly normal for both men and women. We actually lose up to 100 hairs a day. The extra hair loss you might see during the summer is because of a higher rate of telogen. Telogen is the resting phase for hair follicles and a normal part of the hair growth cycle. Hair Growth Cycle: Anagen (Growing Phase) The growing phase lasts 2 to7 years and determines the length of our hair. Catagen (Transition Phase) This is the transitional stage that lasts about 10 days. The hair follicle shrinks and detaches from the dermal papilla. Telogen (Resting Phase) This is the resting phase which lasts around three months. Around 10-15 percent of hairs are in this phase. Whilst the old hair is resting, a new hair begins the growth phase. Exogen (New Hair Phase) This is part of the resting phase where the old hair sheds and a new hair continues to grow. Approximately 50 to 150 hairs can fall out daily, this is considered to be normal hair shedding. Our hair follicles go through different phases as part of the hair growth cycle. It makes your hair more prone to fall out when it is in the telogen stage. In the month of July, extra hair loss is more likely to occur especially for women than men because of this phenomenon. It doesn’t have anything to do with the sun or summer weather as the old wives’ tale would suggest. While this fact may be surprising and for some alarming, remember that seasonal hair loss is normal and it isn’t anything you need to worry about. While you could lose more hair during the summer, this hair cycle will change and your follicles with again regrow your hair. [...]

18 05, 2019

Everything You Need to Know About Men’s Hair Loss

By |2019-09-11T12:37:38-06:00May 18th, 2019|mens hair loss, PRP Hair Restoration Treatment|Comments Off on Everything You Need to Know About Men’s Hair Loss

Remember: not all hair loss is the same, and most importantly, not all hair loss is permanent. It’s critical to identify and learn to understand what’s causing your thinning hair— stress, genetics, or environmental factors— to reverse it. This blog post seeks to educate men suffering from hair loss or thinning hair by offering additional information on the effects of hair loss, the men's hair restoration options available for dealing with hair loss, as well as tips for preventing further hair loss. First, How to Know if You’re Going Bald If you have ever had a passive aggressive friend asking you “is it normal to see your scalp through your hair?” then it’s likely that your hair might be thinning out. However, if your friends are kind enough to hold back on the hair comments then there are other ways you can track any hair loss. Of course, all of this depends on your age. If you’re in your 20s and you are concerned that you could be suffering from premature hair loss, there are some signals to look out for. The first thing you need to ask yourself is “is my hair getting thin?” and keep track of any further signs of hair loss. Are you noticing more hair on your pillow in the morning? When you shower, do you feel like more hair is going down the drain? Male pattern baldness only affects the top of the scalp so you shouldn’t notice any hair loss on the sides of your head. If you think you might be losing hair, keep track of your normal hairline and see if you notice any changes.  Keep an eye out on chart below. Effects of Hair Loss If you are suffering form thinning hair or hair loss or have ever spoken with someone who is currently living through this harrowing experience, you know that it can have a serious negative impact on a person’s self-esteem. Direct hits to a person’s self esteem often lead to depression, anxiety, and other emotional issues; however, there are positive steps you can take to combat the [...]

10 05, 2019

Could I Have A Full Head of Hair for Summer?

By |2019-05-14T09:36:27-06:00May 10th, 2019|Non-Surgical Hair Replacement|Comments Off on Could I Have A Full Head of Hair for Summer?

Summer is just around the corner and there are a lot of people thinking about the time they want to spend outdoors at the pool, hiking in nature or just taking part in more outdoor activities. Unfortunately, for many doing any of these things can create a great deal of anxiety because they suffer from hair loss. Most men and women both suffer from this common problem at various points in their lives. Hair loss can occur in a person’s early twenties (or even younger), or it can come with old age, or anywhere in-between. Much of our hair’s thickness and longevity often comes from our genes and our overall health and there isn’t always much we can do about that. Today when a person begins to notice their hair is thinning there are options like never before. At Hair Restoration Institute of Minnesota, we know that given the choice, people would rather have great looking hair. One way to get back the hair you’ve lost and have great looking hair again is with the latest in non-surgical hair replacement. Here are a few reasons why non-surgical hair replacement can be a great choice to help you restore your hair, your style, and your life, and enjoy all the activities you’ve planned for the upcoming summer with great looking hair again. A wide variety of hair options Each of us are unique and that goes for our hair as well. Hair can vary in volume, color, texture, and curl. That is why it is a critical step to have a hair consultation so your existing hair can be evaluated so we can create a hair replacement system that fits your hair type and will give you a feeling of confidence. Fittings unique to men and women We understand men and women’s unique hair needs. We work to accommodate the length that you desire. Women often feel compelled to grow out their hair to a specific length before having hair replacement treatments. We use hair of various lengths and trim them to your preference so you don’t have to worry about [...]

26 04, 2019

Hair Transplant and Scalp Micropigmentation?

By |2019-04-26T13:25:37-06:00April 26th, 2019|Hair Transplantation|Comments Off on Hair Transplant and Scalp Micropigmentation?

Taking a Closer Look at Scalp Micropigmentation Most men and many women will develop some degree of androgenetic alopecia, also known as genetic pattern baldness, by the time they reach 50 years of age. Because of the number of patients who want to find a solution for their hair loss, there has been a great deal of effort put forth in advances in hair restoration throughout the years. Scalp Micropigmentation is one treatment that is quickly becoming more and more popular. This is a non-surgical hair loss treatment option that uses natural pigments that are applied at the epidermis level of the scalp in order to replicate the appearance of hair follicles or strands. Scalp micropigmentation delivers a natural looking and realistic result that show natural patterns of any hair you have remaining by applying several layers of pigment at different depths and angles. Scalp micropigmentation is a popular treatment for men and women because they get instant results, experience very little discomfort and have no downtime. While scalp micropigmentation doesn’t actually restore hair, it is a great option to help hide any hair loss you are experiencing. Another option for those suffering from hair loss is hair transplant surgery. This type of procedure usually takes only a few hours. You will have some redness afterward and some minor swelling and scabbing where the hair was transplanted. Within a week this should clear up. People are now combining these two treatments in order to reap the benefits that they each offer. Scalp Micropigmentation Before Having a Hair Transplant Surgery For young men, it is widely recommended that they don’t have hair transplant surgery until they are a little older. Their hair loss pattern is most often not established and it is vital that only permanent hair follicles not affected by androgenetic alopecia down the road be transplanted. When hair transplantation is not a viable option, scalp micropigmentation may be an excellent alternative for those not happy with their current state of hair loss. If more hair loss occurs there may be more treatments needed until hair transplant surgery is an [...]

8 04, 2019

How To Eat Your Way to Healthy Hair

By |2019-04-08T10:52:11-06:00April 8th, 2019|hair growth|Comments Off on How To Eat Your Way to Healthy Hair

Do the foods you eat really make a difference? If you were to think about what you eat, you could probably find areas of concern for the way our organs function? Doctors often will tell you that you the look of your skin and hair are indicators of what is happening with your insides. For many men and women, the answer is yes. The good news is that with the proper diet you can correct many of these concerns. What Do You Need to Eat for Healthy Hair? The more often you can eat organic and natural foods, the better it will be for you. These foods can help your body get the nutrients necessary to your organs and this can lead to improved hair quality. Get More Iron & Zinc Two very important nutrients are iron and zinc especially for the health of your hair. They encourage your hair follicles to produce hair. You can find these nutrients in large supply in lean red meats. Look for cuts without a lot of fat to ensure your not offsetting the nutrients you need with limited ones. It is best to include these lean meats into your diet at least two times per week for optimal results. You can also find these important nutrients in foods like lentils and soybeans. Omega-3 Fatty Acids You should also look at the amount of healthy fat you get from your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids are important to overall health and the function of your cells. You get these healthy nutrients from fatty fish like salmon. Try to get these nutrients at least two times a week for stronger hair. To improve your intake, you can also consume EPA or DHA in supplements form on a daily basis. Vitamin D When it comes to growing healthy, rich hair Vitamin D is especially important as it helps to activate hair growth. This vitamin is hard to come by naturally. You need to spend 10 to 15 minutes in the sun daily (without sunscreen) to get enough of it. You can however, take a supplement of the [...]

7 04, 2019

The Best Things About Hair Loss

By |2019-04-07T13:12:34-06:00April 7th, 2019|hair restoration|Comments Off on The Best Things About Hair Loss

Six Positive Aspects of Losing Your Hair Most people never discuss losing their hair as any kind of positive experience. Let’s be realistic, most people don’t like to talk about hair loss because it's embarrassing and depressing. Hair loss can be related to health issues, genetics, or the aging process. While the topic may not make for an enjoyable dinner table discussion, hair loss and balding do offer unique opportunities to reinvent yourself. Here are some of the best things about hair loss, and the reasons why it should never be considered a taboo topic. People Can Change How Old They Look One of our favorite sayings is "Give us an afternoon, and we'll give you back 10 years." Changing your hair color with a non-surgical hair replacement or a Virgin European Hair Wig can drastically give your look a change. Instead of worrying about your hair turning grey if you have hair loss you now have an excuse to experiment with age-reducing looks by choosing a wig or hair replacement solution and styling it the way you want. Those with hair loss can go for more daring styles There are those that like to have the bald or skinhead look. Maybe this is a great excuse to do it. If you are someone who’s hair is beginning to thin or falling out, it can be easy to let yourself lose self-esteem. Instead, you can think of taking this time to experiment and try all the fun things you can do with your hair. Maybe a pompadour with a high fade, for example. A New Focus on Healthier Habits Hollywood hairstylist, Jen Atkin says taking vitamins will help you scalp health and that will allow your hair to grow faster, thicker and healthier. Thinking more about what you eat and drink can benefit your hair. Hair care and self-care are good things contribute mightily to quality of life. Focusing on using the best hair products, vitamin intake and medical treatments along with eating right can contribute not only to overall health but healthier hair as well. Now You Can Get [...]