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Hair Loss Myths: Fact or Fiction

Many people facing hair loss are well informed on the ins and outs of their specific condition. They might have heard that at least half of all men will have experience some degree of hair loss by the age of 50, or that 40 percent of hair loss victims are women, or even that the leading cause of hair loss is hereditary patterns. Although those are all true statements, there are some fictitious statements that get passed around which help the hair loss industry along. The real trouble is trying to decipher between fact and fiction. Is it really your mom’s side of the family to blame for your hair loss? Can wearing a baseball hat actually make you go bald? The following are a few of the most common myths about hair loss, fact or fiction: Hair Loss comes from the mother’s side Fiction! Contrary to what people say, it is not your mom’s side to blame for your hair loss. Although male pattern baldness is hereditary, it has been proven that the condition could just as easily come from the father’s side as well. Since this condition is genetic, it cannot be prevented, but it can be treated. Baseball Caps Cause Baldness This one is actually fiction to. Health experts have not found any sort of specific link between hair loss and wearing a cap. Only hats that are tight enough to cut off circulation to the follicles would cause hair loss. Poor Treatment of Hair, Causes Hair Loss Fact! Using too much styling product like dyes and perms can cause hair loss. It is also stated that tight buns and braids can cause hair loss through follicle damage, so be sure to [...]

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Red Hair Is Rare

Red hair is rare and the unspoken battle between hair colors has been going on for ages. Brunettes shudder at the idea of blondes having the most fun, and redheads are sick of the stigma tied to their hair color, along with nicknames. Today we end the war of the shades and tell you that, indeed, redheads are rare and do have more fun. The Science Behind How Red Hair Is Rare For all you redheads out there, know that you truly are one of a kind. Less than 2 percent of the world's population is born a redhead, and it's very difficult to be blessed with those beautiful ruby locks. For someone to be born with red hair, both parents must carry the recessive mutated MC1R gene, which is located on chromosome number 16. Even more rare is a blue-eyed redhead; this combination is found in less than 1 percent of the world's population. Any blue-eyed, red-haired anomalies out there? Thank your parents! The Posers Since having red hair is so rare, many people will do whatever it takes to appear as if they were born with the color; on the downside, dying your hair red is extremely high maintenance, and it can be expensive. The color fades quickly, but for many people it is worth the time and effort. If you don't want to make that big of a commitment, you can change to a strawberry blonde or burnt brown color. Neither are classically red, but hints and hues of the color can be almost as good as the real thing! A redhead can light up a room and is sure to have heads turning at the sight of such a rare and magnificent mane. The Real Deal Want proof that redheads do in fact have more fun? Just take a look at some [...]

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Diet-Related Hair Loss

Diet-Related Hair Loss Could your diet be causing your hair loss? Following a restrictive diet can cause your hair to thin or even fall out. If you need to stick to a diet for medical or lifestyle reasons, use these tips to make sure you get all the nutrients you need to keep your hair healthy. Weight Loss and Hair Loss Shedding pounds to reach a healthy weight can reduce your risk of many long-term health conditions, but in the short-term a very low-calorie diet can have negative effects on hair health. According to dermatologists, hair loss is common after a weight loss of 15 or more pounds, but growth usually returns once the weight stabilizes. Protein for Hair Health Hair is made from protein, so not getting enough protein reduces your body’s ability to produce hair. This causes a disproportionately large number of hairs to go into the resting phase of hair growth, which lasts around three months, before falling out. If you notice that you are shedding more hairs than usual, check that you are getting enough protein in your diet. Adults need to eat two or three servings of protein-rich foods every day, such as lean meat, fish, beans, eggs or peanut butter. Iron and Hair Loss Hair loss can be a symptom of iron deficiency, which your doctor can quickly diagnose using a blood test. Vegetarians are most likely to suffer from iron deficiency, as iron in plants is not as easily absorbed by the body as iron in meat. If you are vegetarian, consider eating cereals that have been fortified with iron to increase your intake. Soybeans, pumpkin seeds, lentils and spinach are also good sources of iron. Vitamin D [...]

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It’s a Question of How Much | Men’s vs. Women’s Hair Care

Men have been puzzled for years as to how much women spend on hair care products. They don’t understand the amount it cost to keep up on the style, keep long hair healthy, and everything else that goes into it. On average, women spend around $700 a year on just their hair. Surprised? Something that isn’t so surprising is that men spend about one third that, or even less, than women do. To help men understand what women go through, lets pull back the veil for a second. Women do everything they can to keep those pesky grey hairs from peaking through. And blondes do whatever they can to maintain those roots. So hair coloring adds to the price per year a good amount. Then there are all the other products that go with hair. There’s curling irons, straighteners, blow dryers, and more that can range from $20-$300 each. And we can’t forget about how expensive it can be to find the right shampoos (organic, sulfate-free products). If a woman has beautiful hair, she will regret nothing about the cost. To many people, keeping their hair maintained and looking great is just the same as staying in shape and eating right. In the grand scheme of things, it evens out because hair loss is more common in men than it is in women. So looking good and keeping hair healthy becomes more of a priority to men when they see it leaving. With saying that, hair loss is a big issue with both men and women. From alopecia to trichotillomania, or thinning hair to effluvium, Van Scoy Hair Clinics can help with any needs in hair loss you might have. Contact us HERE, and our [...]

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October 1 Begins Trichotillomania Awareness Week

Trichotillomania is a prime example of the type of hair loss disorder that can benefit tremendously from an awareness week. Despite notable prevalence in the United States (2-4% of the population), Trichotillomania remains under the radar for most individuals, including many quality stylists and medical professionals. This lack of awareness fuels misunderstanding and shame while simultaneously impeding personal progress and community support. So let’s spread the awareness! First, what is Trichotillomania? Well, this mouthful of a disorder is pronounced trick-oh-till-oh-MAY-nee-ah, but most people shorten it to simply trich or TTM. What a relief, right? Trich involves the BFRB (body-focused repetitive behavior) of chronic, compulsive hair pulling. It can include hairs on the scalp, face, arms, legs, and pubic area and can feel like anything from a strong, distracting urge to an entirely unnoticed action. There is a lot of variation in its manifestation. People of all ages have been diagnosed with Trichotillomania. It impacts both males and females, but by adulthood, prevalence is much higher in women. Trich is found in happy, well adjusted individuals as well as those whose pulling began as a result of high levels of anxiety or stress. According to the Trichotillomania Learning Center (TLC), “preliminary evidence indicates TTM is a nuero-biological disorder and that genetics may play a role in its development.” Treatments and solutions vary from coping mechanisms and resource support to therapies and medication applications. A definitive cure does not yet exist. How can you participate in Trichotillomania Awareness Week? Understand the need for awareness. Like the TLC, we want to “envision a world where BFRBs are not a source of shame, and treatment that works is accessible to everyone.” The more we talk about trich, the more [...]

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Three Men’s Hair Styles for Fall 2014

Fall is upon us, and with the change of seasons comes a change of styles. Yes, green leaves are turning orange, hot summer days are cooling into enjoyable autumn ones, and short-sleeved shirts are being covered by sweaters. Why not go with the flow of the shifting seasons and their sweeping transformations this year and opt for a new do to usher in the autumn months? Today we highlight three trendy men’s styles to consider for this coming fall. If you are struggling with hair thinning or loss and are seeking a way to keep your look current, schedule a free consultation with one of our specialists today. Go for Lift The pompadour has been popular all year (and worldwide, as we noted during this summer’s Cup), and the style is still going strong as we swing into fall. Consider an undercut of any variety, which allows for whatever combination of lift and length you prefer. This prohibition cut featured on Behind the Chair is a slick look for the working man while the looser version shown on Men’s Hair Style Trends can be perfect for a relaxed evening. Already rocking an undercut? Try pairing it with a beard as the months get cooler. A Caesar with Bangs If a typical Caesar is your go to style, make the jump from average to awesome this autumn by simply allowing a bit more length in front. This small shift can make a man look stylish without much styling, and your hairdresser can work the change in over time by allowing for more drama every time you come in for your next cut. Perhaps you will decide you are happy with just a little bit of additional [...]

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Another Alopecia Areata Drug Breakthrough

(source: http://newsroom.cumc.columbia.edu/blog/2014/08/17/fda-approved-drug-restores-hair-patients-alopecia-areata/) Right on the heels of June’s alopecia universalis breakthrough comes a second publication announcing good news for those suffering from the spectrum of alopecia areata diseases. An August article in Nature Medicine from a team out of New York’s Columbia University presents the successful use of the drug ruxolitinib for treatment of alopecia areata in three patients with varying degrees of hair loss. Ruxolitinib is a JAK inhibitor approved by the FDA for use in treating a bone marrow cancer called myelofibrosis. It, along with tofacitinib citrate (which we featured here after it made big news in June), was identified by the Columbia University team as having potential applications in alopecia areata due its ability to block certain immune pathways that have been found to be responsible for the autoimmune attacks on hair follicles. The progress was undeniable as the result of two 20mg doses per day for five months was ‘complete restoration’ in all three initial trials. Additionally, the expectation is that this medication will re-establish a full mane during treatment and can then be discontinued, essentially providing a cure rather than an indefinite drug regimen. These results inspire huge amounts of hope! Researchers are quick to point out the need for further investigation as these newly opened doors prompt questions regarding the continued consistency of results, short and long term side effects, and the comparisons between the two drugs being actively tested. Despite the numerous directions for future research though, the results published in this latest study have enormous implications for what Dr. Angela Christiano, a co-lead study author from Columbia University, describes as “a tremendously large and motivated population of patients who have no other treatments available.” You [...]

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The Hair Growth Cycle and Telogen Effluvium

Hair growth is cyclical. Throughout an individual’s life, the hairs all over their body are going through a long growth phase followed by a brief transition phase and then an intermediate resting phase before the specific hair is shed and a new one begins its long growth phase in the first one’s place. Growth, transition, rest, shed. Growth, transition, rest, shed. This pattern, which varies in exact duration from one person to the next and one body area to the next, is most frequently discussed in terms of its three main phases, the anagen phase, the catagen phase, and the telogen phase. The anagen phase, or growth phase, can last anywhere from 2 to 6 years for scalp hairs. During this time, the follicle’s cells in the root are dividing, receiving nutrients that fuel growth from the bloodstream that are delivered via the papilla. Scalp hairs in the anagen phase grow on average about 6 inches per year. Hairs on other parts of the body, such as eyebrows or arm hairs, have a much shorter anagen phase, and thus, are shorter hairs than those on the scalp. The catagen phase, or transition phase, is the shortest of the three, lasting only a few weeks for scalp hairs. During this time, the hair moves (or transitions) from active growth to a resting state. The mechanism through which this is achieved involves the root attaching to the shaft and detaching from the papilla, cutting the hair off from its source of nutrients. The telogen phase, or resting phase, typically lasts about 2 to 3 months for scalp hairs. During this time, the non-growing, detached hair is referred to as a club hair. It is essentially dormant until [...]

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Top 10 Ways July is More Fun with Hair

It’s summer and it’s hot, but you’re avoiding the pool. You worry about what sweat and wind will do to your thinning hair while out at barbeques. Getting caught in the rain would be tragic. It is no surprise that July would be more fun with hair. Here we have selected the top ten ways that the month would be more enjoyable after restoration. 1. Swimming The typical avoidance of wet locks in public by those with thinning hair or bald spots puts the kibosh on classic summer fun in the pool. Whether you swim for exercise, to cool off, or just for the fun and games, being comfortable diving into the water is a wonderfully positive attribute for anyone’s summer. 2. After Swimming Swimming isn’t the only fun part of taking a dip though. Jumping out of the water and doing a quick self-dry with a flip of the mane or a full head shake inspires a youthful energy that should grace every summer. 3. Summer Rains Spontaneous showers and summer thunderstorms can spell tragedy for an individual with thinning hair. Jumping in puddles or spur-of-the-moment rain dances are things of the past. With a full head of hair though, getting caught in the rain can be a laughable inconvenience at worst and movie-esque romantic at best. 4. Going Hat-Free From beach bonnets to baseball caps, there are some really great summer hats out there. Having to wear one for the entire duration of the hot bright months though is a total drag. Next July, make hats an option rather than a crutch. 5. Fewer Scalp Burns Maybe you’ve already said goodbye to the everyday cap. Instead, you rely on your sunscreen and suffer through [...]

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Hair in the 2014 World Cup

The World Cup: An international celebration of soccer and athleticism, camaraderie and cultural exchanges, national pride and long-remembered heroes. And hair too, of course. Though naturally media focus on talented players revolves around showcasing their prowess on the pitch, the men performing on this worldwide stage have certainly not overlooked their pregame grooming. In some ways, the styles on the field are both a display of global male hair trends and also country specific dos. At other times, certain players’ looks are so unique and conspicuous that many viewers walk away remembering more about the guy’s mane then about his contributions to his team. In any case, the combination of great hair and great soccer has not disappointed over the past few weeks, and we’re looking forward to seeing who takes the Cup home after the final a week from Sunday. First, we take a look at some notable hair highlights. The Good These smooth guys are rocking it at all times. They are drenched in sweat after 90 minutes of hard, top level play, and their hair still looks completely GQ. The pompadour is an easy favorite among popular mens styles in 2014, and variations of it and other long hair styles have certainly made their presence felt in the Cup. A great look for futbolers and business men alike, these full manes are definite winners. Think Portugal’s Christiano Ronaldo and Chile’s Alexis Sanchez who have gone long on top with cleanly trimmed sides, or Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani and the US’s Graham Zusi who let their glorious locks grow free enough to be tied back.   The Bad For the most part, the 736 men who make up the 32 teams battling for the 2014 [...]

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