There are many options for treating unexpected hair loss, with treatment being most effective when the condition is detected early. Knowing the difference between typical hair loss and unexpected balding is sometimes difficult. Here are the best ways to tell if you’re going bald.
Know how much shedding is too much
Everyone loses 50-100 hairs per day in order to make room for newer, healthier hairs. If your hair is falling out in handfuls or you see a major increase in your shedding quantity, you may be starting to go bald.
Look at your scalp
If there are any patchy, bare areas of your scalp where there wasn’t before, you may be experiencing unwanted hair loss. Be sure to check out all areas of your scalp, including the back of your head.
Study your hairline
Take notice of your hairline – is it receding? Balding people (men in particular) often experience a receding hairline in the early stages of hair loss. It may be helpful to take a photo of your hairline and use it to compare two weeks or a month later to see if there’s been any change.
Take before and after photos
Before and after photos are not only helpful for evaluating a receding hairline, but also for evaluating general hair loss. Ask a spouse or friend to take photos of your hair over the course of 2-4 months and study the photos to see if there’s been a change.
Wet your hair
A quick way to tell if your hair is thinning is to wet your hair in the shower or sink and see how much of your scalp is visible; if you can see an inch of your scalp or less, your hair is full and healthy – any more than that and you may be balding.
With these simple techniques, you should be able to tell if you are experiencing unexpected or normal hair loss. Be sure to check out our post on 4 Hair Loss Treatment Options and 8 Ways to Prevent Hair Loss. Learn more at nehair.com
August is hair loss awareness month. Hair loss affects over 80 million people in the United States alone, with billions of dollars spent on preventing and treating the condition. Here are four hair loss treatment options that can either slow the process of hair loss or help new hair follicles to grow.
1. Regeneris Stem Cell PRP
Using a combination of stem cells and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) harvested from the patient’s own body, Regeneris Stem Cell PRP stimulates dormant hair follicles to begin hair growth again. After the fat is removed from a specific area of the body, such as the abdomen, it is processed and purified to extract viable stem cells. PRP is extracted from the patient’s blood. These two substances are then combined and injected into the patient’s scalp using a small needle, enabling the growth factors and proteins to begin to restore hair growth over time.
Minoxidil is a topical hair loss treatment (usually applied as a foam or serum) that enhances the size of the patient’s hair follicle to allow for bigger, thicker strands of hair. This is a relatively low-cost treatment option, however, only 50% of users typically see improvement.
3. Wigs and hair pieces
Although not the typical solution patients seek out, hair pieces are a good first option for individuals with new or minimal hair loss. High quality, natural looking wigs are available through online stores and retailers, and could be covered by insurance.
4. Surgical methods
Procedures like microFUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) are a great option for those individuals looking for a more aggressive approach with high levels of improvement. The microFUE procedure extracts individual follicular units from the patient’s donor area microscopically. Growth factors are then added to the donor area, allowing for the donor area to potentially regrow. Another option is the Artas Robotic Hair Restoration procedure, a new technology allowing for precise, seamless hair transplant surgeries. The device’s robotic accuracy and high definition stereoscopic vision system allow for no linear scars and lower pain levels for patients. This procedure will be available soon at Regeneris Center for Health and Beauty.
Hair loss is not something to be ashamed or embarrassed of, and is a fairly common condition. Acknowledge Hair Loss Awareness Month by donating your hair to an organization like Locks of Love (a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States) or by inquiring about a Stem Cell PRP treatment. Learn more about hair restoration options at nehair.com
Studies tell us that some types of hair loss conditions are hereditary. However, there are steps that you can take to slow the process and increase hair health. Here are some of our best tips for keeping your beautiful, full locks well into your golden years.
1. Eat more wild salmon
Increasing your intake of foods high in protein is one of the best ways to keep your hair healthy. Enjoy a salmon salad or tuna on crackers to ensure that you are taking in the protein and omega 3 fatty acids that are essential nutrients for your hair.
2. Soak your hair in green tea
The antioxidants found in green tea are powerful stimulants for strong and healthy hair. Brew a batch of tea (2-3 tea bags), let the tea cool and pour it over your hair. Leave the tea in your hair for at least one hour and then rinse with warm water.
3. Reduce stress
Improving your stress levels is always a good idea for your overall health, but especially for preventing hair loss. Use an app like Headspace to practice meditating, take a warm bubble bath at home or go for an evening walk to unwind at the end of the day. Your hair will thank you.
4. Take a supplement
Stores like Target and CVS carry a large variety of inexpensive supplement options for improving hair health: biotin, vitamin B, vitamin C, zinc and multivitamins are all good options. Taking a supplement daily can be a great step towards preventative hair health.
5. Avoid heat and chemicals
We all know that extensive amounts of heat from blow dryers and curling irons causes severe damage to your hair, but what about hair dye? Harsh chemicals from salon treatments and dyes can strip your hair of its natural protective coating, increasing your likelihood of hair loss. Avoid these treatments whenever possible, and be sure to use a deep conditioner at least once per week.
6. Ask your doctor
Your doctor may be able to prescribe you medications to prevent hair loss that are stronger than over the counter options. This could include medications like Minoxidil (a topical treatment) or Finasteride (a prescription drug).
7. Consider PRP injections
PRP injections are a great non-surgical option for keeping your hair thick and healthy. PRP injections involve a physician drawing the patient’s blood, enriching it with platelets, and reinjecting it into the patient’s scalp. This process stimulates the patient’s hair growth through an easy, non invasive procedure.
8. Quit smoking
Studies show that hair loss (and overall health) is significantly worse for people who smoke. Quitting smoking is an excellent step towards preventing hair loss.
With these tips you can slow the process of hair loss and increase hair health. Learn more about preventing hair loss and hair restoration methods at nehair.com
Hair loss (alopecia) can be an embarrassing or uncomfortable condition to talk about, especially for women. That being said, early diagnosis is essential for treating alopecia effectively. Making an early visit to the doctor and a timely diagnosis a patient’s best option.
Some symptoms of hair loss include hair shedding, hair falling out, hair thinning, or a receding hairline. Symptoms can be caused by genetics or shrinking follicles. Alopecia can be sudden or gradual, and the patient’s skin can be scaly or rash like.
When a patient visits the doctor, hair specialists should show male patients the Norwood Scale illustrations of hair loss and female patients the Ludwig Scale for hair loss in women. The patient’s medications will be reviewed and a family history will be taken. It’s important that doctors make patients feel as comfortable as possible when discussing alopecia. A good option is to ask the patient “how is your hair doing?” or “is your hair health good?”. This opens the door for an honest conversation about the patient’s hair health without the doctor coming off as intrusive or presumptuous.
Hair loss treatment includes medications, hair transplant surgeries, bio-cellular procedures such as PRP, stress management techniques or other methods like hair pieces and alternative hair styling. Dyes can be used to cover the scalp, hairstyles can make the patient’s hair appear more thick, and hairpieces can be attached to the scalp to cover any bald spots. If a patient’s individual case of alopecia isn’t severe, infrequent shampooing or conditioning may be recommended.
Treating hair loss is not always just about appearance or aesthetics. Symptoms of hair loss may also be symptoms of other more serious conditions such as lupus, diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis. Lab tests may be ordered to check for a thyroid condition, hormonal imbalances or anemia. Surgery, childbirth or crash diets can also lead to unwanted hair loss. Getting these symptoms checked early can be the difference between treating a simple flare up of a condition or having untreated declining health problems for a long period of time.
Alopecia is a fairly common condition, with about 80 million Americans affected by hereditary hair loss. Early diagnosis is essential for effective treatment, and patients should feel comfortable to come forward and discuss their symptoms with their physicians.
Learn more about hair loss and hair restoration methods at NEhair.com and Regenerismedical.com
Almost everyone is aware of the importance of taking care of your skin in the summer time (sales of sunscreen and other sun care products increase exponentially during the summer months), but what about your hair? Between chlorine from the pool, salt water from the ocean and ultraviolet rays from the sun, come September your once beautiful locks can look dull and frayed. Here are some of our best tips for hair care tips for protecting your hair during the hot summer months.
1. Get a haircut
Starting your summer off with a good trim will get rid of any dead strands of hair or split ends. Your hair will grow out faster during the summer months, and starting off June with a fresh, healthy style will help your hair stay healthier longer.
2. Lay off the heat
Give your hair a break and let it breathe during the summer months. This means changing your hair care routine to include less blow drying, less straightening, and less curling whenever possible. Loose braids or ponytails are a great way to keep your hair tame in the heat while letting your hair breathe naturally.
3. Apply hair sunscreen lotion
Hair lotion is a great option to protect your head of hair from intense UV rays. Stylecaster.com recommends Clarins Sunscreen Oil Spray (found at Sephora), Paul Mitchell Sun Shield Conditioning Spray (found online) or Ojon Color Sustain Pro Fade-Fighter.
4. Dip your hair before taking a dip
Before getting in the pool, lake, or ocean be sure to take a shower and drench your hair. This will help your hair repel any chemicals and salt. You should also take a quick shower after being in the water to wash out any toxins before they have a chance to absorb.
5. Use anti-frizz oil
Well-maintained hair shows less frizz then dried out hair. You can fight the frizz with a variety of oils. Sephora’s list of Best Anti-Frizz Treatments include Moroccan Oil, Oil Primer Replenishing Moisture Shampoo or Hair Oil. When you shine and smoothen your hair, you are prepping your locks for long, outdoor summer days.
6. Wear a hat
Men and women alike should pick up one or two baseball caps to bring to the beach or on a nature hike. Protecting your scalp from the sun is a great way to keep your hair clean, fresh, and healthy for longer periods of time.
7. Use a wide tooth comb
Instead of a brush, use a wide-tooth comb when brushing your hair. This method is a less harsh, and is an efficient way to detangle your hair that you can add to your every day hair care regimen.
8. Use stress management techniques
Hair care means taking care of your mind as well. Stress is a major contributor to hair loss and thinning, making stress management essential to maintaining healthy hair. Meditation, coloring, exercise, yoga, massages, or reading are great stress management options and can help you keep your healthy hair all summer long.
9. Drink more water
Water has a multitude of health benefits, one of which is fighting excess summer humidity. Water nourishes your scalp pores and hydrates your hair. Find a water bottle you love at your local Target or Walmart and keep it with you so that you remember to sip.
Protecting your hair during the hot summer months is just as important as shielding your skin from intense sun rays. Learn more about fighting the root causes of hair loss and damage at RegenerisMedical.com or make an appointment today.