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10 07, 2019

Trichotillomania Help

By |2019-07-10T11:04:15-05:00July 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 |2019-06-18T08:25:14-05:00June 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 |2019-05-18T14:01:40-05:00May 18th, 2019|mens hair loss|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 |2019-05-14T09:36:27-05:00May 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 |2019-04-26T13:25:37-05:00April 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 |2019-04-08T10:52:11-05:00April 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 |2019-04-07T13:12:34-05:00April 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 [...]

27 03, 2019

Medical Hair Loss: Chemotherapy vs. Radiation

By |2019-04-07T16:39:25-05:00March 27th, 2019|Chemotherapy Wigs, Human hair wigs|Comments Off on Medical Hair Loss: Chemotherapy vs. Radiation

Chemotherapy vs. Radiation - How they Differ Regarding Hair Loss Of all the words in the English language, there are few that evoke more fear than the word "cancer." Some cancer treatments like chemotherapy can have side effects like hair loss which could be something you may be experiencing if you are someone suffering from breast cancer. There are basically two types of therapies that are the most common, radiation and chemotherapy. Both of these treatments cause a person to lose their hair but in different ways. If you have to undergo one or both of these treatments you should be aware of the effect they have in relation to hair loss so you can be better prepared. Chemotherapy & Hair Loss What chemotherapy does is use powerful drugs to destroy cancer cells by damaging them so they can’t reproduce. Cancer cells divide rapidly, so it is those cell types that the chemotherapy targets. The problem is your hair follicles also contain cells that rapidly grow which is why chemotherapy treatments invariably damage them along with the cancer cells. Chemotherapy drugs circulate through your entire body, and the hair you have everywhere can be affected. Hair loss is usually noticed around two to four weeks after you begin chemotherapy treatments and it will continue until your last dose. The good news is this type of hair loss is usually temporary. Weeks after your treatments end your new hair should begin to grow and by two months you may have over one inch of new hair. The hair you get after treatment may be slightly different in color or texture. Hair that grows faster will return first followed by other hair like eyebrows and lashes. Radiation Therapy & Hair Loss Radiation therapy targets the cancer cell’s DNA. It damages it so much that the cell is unable to function any longer. Unlike chemotherapy, it doesn’t target specific cell types and it will damage normal cells too. It is for this reason that radiation is given to specific areas and the hair loss you may experience would be in those areas. If [...]

14 03, 2019

Debunking Three Myths of Hair Replacements

By |2019-04-07T17:34:31-05:00March 14th, 2019|mens non-surgical hair replacement|Comments Off on Debunking Three Myths of Hair Replacements

The Truth About Hair Replacement Systems Today more than ever there is more talk about non-surgical hair replacement systems. Much of that talk is because of growing interest in hair loss solutions. While some of that talk is true, some of it can be misleading. We are here to debunk three of the most popular myths. Are you insecure about your bald patches? Do you have thinning hair because of age or is it because of medical issues? By the time we reach 50 years of age, there is approximately 85% of men that have significantly thinning hair and 70% of women by the time they reach the age of 70 that are experiencing female pattern hair loss. Maybe you have thought about hair replacement system but were worried that they will look fake, or won’t be comfortable to wear or that you won’t be able to do the types of activities you enjoy. Let me say that none of that is true and if you continue reading I’ll explain. MYTH 1 - They’re Hot and Itchy If you have ever worn a wig that your grandmother may have owned, in just a few hours you probably would feel hot, itchy and uncomfortable. Many people worry that a hair replacement system would be the same way when actually nothing could be farther from the truth. Hair replacement systems involve bonding hair to the scalp in a way that it feels natural, comfortable and some of that reason is that it is very light. You don’t have to wear a tight cap or put yourself through suffering under layers and layers of artificial hair. Hair replacements today are a whole world away from the old traditional wigs. MYTH 2 – They Can’t Be Worn While Swimming Are you worried that if you get a hair replacement you will have to limit certain activities like swimming? I am happy to tell you, that is not the case. Nearly all hair replacement systems are designed to remain in place 24/7 regardless of what activities you enjoy doing. If you want to go swimming, [...]

17 01, 2019

Hair Loss and Improving your Self-Esteem in 2019

By |2019-01-17T09:15:46-05:00January 17th, 2019|Laser Hair Loss Treatment, Laser Hair Therapy, Non-Surgical Hair Replacement|Comments Off on Hair Loss and Improving your Self-Esteem in 2019

Starting a new year often means to make new resolutions. Some people may look to become more healthy, while others may look to eat healthily. There are some they look to improve their self-esteem and that means doing something about their hair loss. If you suffer from thinning hair or hair loss, well we have put together some information about hair loss and improving your self-esteem. Mentality Affected By Hair Loss Yes, it may be true that hair loss may not seem like a big deal when you compare it to some of the other types of health issues people face. If you take a look back through history, you will see that our hair has always been important. People will often judge your health by how your hair looks. Our hair can make us feel great, just think back to your last good hair day and you see what I mean. Your confidence level goes up when you have great looking hair. A dermatologist and Harvard Medical School instructor Maryanne Senna, MD, who specializes in hair loss from an evolutionary perspective say that having hair that is thick and luscious has traditionally been a sign of youth, fitness, and good health. For a person to lose their hair it can be difficult to accept and for women, it can be even more detrimental to their self-esteem. What Can You Do? Some people that have thinning hair may turn to the latest fad. Whether it be a new supplement or shampoo that comes with a promise of working or going on the internet where there is no shortage of information that is questionable at best. It’s a natural reaction to want to find a cure for your thinning hair. The problem with hair loss is that it is often tied to underlying medical issues. To really find a treatment that will work you need to first find out the real cause of your hair loss. Some of the reasons that people may develop hair loss can range from stress, autoimmune disorders, hormonal imbalances, and many, many other causes. By seeing [...]