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It doesn’t matter what the reason is, losing your hair is never easy. It’s common knowledge that drug treatments like chemotherapy and the normal aging process can bring on thinning hair and hair loss. But what happens when you lose your hair because of a skin condition? There are not many people that are aware that skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis can affect the scalp, and that they can also affect hair growth. There is very little talk about coping with scalp-related hair loss. For individuals of all ages that struggle with this problem, it’s a painful condition and is often stigmatized and covered up due to embarrassment.

Hair Loss and Self-Esteem

If you have a skin condition on your scalp, one of the first steps in learning to cope with your hair loss and being aware there are others than can understand your condition. Most people that struggle with hair loss often struggle with their self-image as well. If a skin condition is the cause of your hair loss, then there is often a greater loss of self-esteem and confidence. Often this type of condition affects not only the thickness your of your hair, but leaves unsightly marks on the skin and scalp. It’s also not uncommon for people with skin conditions to experience dandruff and itching. When it comes to conditions like psoriasis and eczema, they are often chronic and affect a person throughout their entire life.

Finding a Trichologist Practitioner

If you didn’t realize that a skin condition could have such an affect on your scalp, then you may not know who to turn to if you suffer from eczema or psoriasis on your scalp. In this case, you would look to a Trichologist. They are similar to dermatologists, only they specialize in scalp issues. A trichologist is best suited help you with scalp issues that is causing your hair loss.

Hair Restoration

When you have hair loss, and especially when related to skin issues, it can have a large impact on your life. Take into account your mind and your body wellness when you plan treatments. To cope with your condition, it takes both time and effort and most of all patience. Having support along with appropriate treatment is key to dealing with the emotional and physical condition and recovering from it.

We all know how laser therapy is used to remove hair permanently. But what we don’t hear about is the use of lasers to help restore hair. Back in 1967 a Hungarian scientist discovered that the use of low level laser therapy (LLLT) was a very direct and efficient way to stimulate hair growth. The follicles are stimulated via the laser that helps generate blood flow. And unlike the laser that takes away hair, this is a “cold light” laser, so there is no sensation during the process.

So, how long does it take? The typical process would be 2-3 visits a week that last around a half hour. The whole process, depending on the situation, can take anywhere between 4-6 months. This laser hair therapy technique is really only used for male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness. All together the process has no side effects, and is completely painless.

In most cases, this therapy procedure produces thicker hair with more sheen than before, giving those who complete the process a much younger look. If this is you, suffering from male or female pattern baldness, LLLT might be exactly what you are looking for. If you have any questions or want to set a free consultation appointment, please contact us HERE at Van Scoy Hair Clinics. We have trained professionals who are here to help you get to where you want to be!


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hair lossMost people will experience at least some hair loss during their lifetime, so why is still a taboo topic for many men and women? Researchers know that two-thirds of all men will experience a noticeable amount of hair loss by age 35, while 40 percent of women will experience it by the time they’re 40. Despite these statistics, people still hesitate to admit that they are losing their hair or they need to seek treatment for it.

Why Hair Is Important

In Western culture, hair has a symbolic value that makes losing it particularly painful. For men, having a full head of hair represents youth and virility. Studies have shown that women prefer thick hair on a man. Plus, a man’s hair loss is often a source of comedy: men are often ridiculed for wearing toupees or trying to cover it up.

For women, hair is tied to youth and femininity. The Bible calls hair a women’s “crowning glory,” and throughout history, women’s heads’ have been shaved as punishment. Many women and men also tie long hair to female physical beauty. Some scientists speculate that men might have an evolutionary reason for preferring women with long, thick hair: long, thick hair can be an indicator of health.

Because hair is such a significant part of culture and sometimes individual identity, men and women can experience shame and anxiety when they start to lose their hair. For these people, admitting that they are using a hair-loss treatment requires that they have to admit they are losing their hair. President Trump, for example, takes hair restoration medication according to some reports. However, he seems embarrassed by his obviously thinning hair and has tried to hide the fact he’s taking a drug commonly prescribed for hair loss.

Why Younger Generations Care Less About Hair It

While some members of the older generations may still embrace the comb-over, younger generations are more open about hair loss and hair restoration treatments. Part of their openness is due to the prominence of social media and blogging. Many people aren’t afraid to be honest about less-than-flattering aspects of their lives. They’re happy to review hair loss treatments or share pictures of their successful hair loss transplants.

Younger generations may also be less concerned about male hair loss. They’ve watched bald action stars, such as Bruce Willis and Jason Statham, save the day, and seen sports stars, such as Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, lead their teams to victory. They consider the idea that a man needs hair in order to be attractive or successful as outdated.

Women’s hair loss is less accepted, but there are still cultural indicators that this is changing. The body positivity movement has encouraged women to be less critical of their physical appearance. The popularity of the pixie haircut, sported by A-list actresses such as Jennifer Lawrence and Natalie Portman, has also demonstrated that long, thick hair isn’t a necessary component of an attractive woman.

Hair restoration treatments are also more effective than they once were. Between hair restoration products, laser treatments and hair transplants, men and women have plenty of options to restore their thinning strands. As doctors and hair loss specialists begin to understand the underlying causes of hair loss, they can also recommend shampoos, conditioners and other treatments that can slow normal hair loss. These treatments allow younger people to consider hair loss a medical problem to solve, rather than a shameful secret.

Hair loss may still be a taboo topic for some, but more people are recognizing it as a common problem that can be fixed. There are multiple hair restoration solutions that can solve hair loss problems for many men or women.

For over 42 years, Van Scoy Hair Clinics has provided clients and patients with the latest in men’s and women’s hair restoration and hair loss treatment solutions, including hair transplantation, non-surgical hair restoration and replacement, laser hair therapy, and hair loss prevention programs. To schedule a free consultation call (419) 289-6665 or to contact us via email click here.



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medicationsMedications often have side effects that can make using them seem as troublesome as the problem they treat. A large number of drugs made to handle all sorts of conditions can cause hair loss. This is often a shocking experience and can have a huge impact on how a person lives their life. However, more often than not drug-induced hair loss is reversible.

How Drugs can Cause Hair Loss

The most common way that drugs cause hair loss is by changing the typical growth cycle of hair on the scalp. In the two to six years anagen phase, the hair grows. During the three-month long telogen phase, the hair rests and near the end hair falls out to be replaced by new growth.

Consequently, there are two types of drug-induced hair loss: telogen effluvium and anagen effluvium.

Telogen effluvium

The most common form of drug-induced hair loss is telogen effluvium and it happens around four months after using the drug. Telogen effluvium makes follicles shift into the resting phase and fall out prematurely. Typically patients with this condition lose from 100 to 150 hairs daily.

Anagen effluvium

The second type of hair loss is anagen effluvium, which happens, of course, in the anagen phase of the hair cycle, as the hair grows actively. This type of hair loss stops the matrix cells from making new hairs and from going through their regular dividing process. This condition starts within days or weeks of starting the medication. This kind of hair loss happens when people take chemotherapy drugs and it can be severe, resulting in a person losing the hair on their head, eyelashes, eyebrows, and other areas of the body.

The amount of hair loss depends on the kind of drug and the size of the dosage primarily, but also how sensitive the patient is to the effect of the drug.

The Types of Drugs that Cause Hair Loss

Here is a list of common drugs that can cause hair loss:

Acne medications with vitamin A (retinoids)

Chemotherapy drugs

Antibiotics and antifungal drugs


Anti-clotting drugs

Cholesterol-lowering drugs

Immune system suppressants the


Weight loss drugs

High blood pressure medications, such as beta-blockers and diuretics

Hormone replacement therapy

Regardless of the cause of your hair loss, whether it’s temporary or permanent Van Scoy Hair Clinics will find the hair loss solution that is right for you. We offer non-surgical, non-invasive hair replacement treatment solutions. To schedule a free consultation call us at (419) 289-6665 or to contact us via email click here.


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holidaysYou’ve already booked your tickets to go home for the holidays, but as the departure date approaches, you’re beginning to feel anxious. You know that you’ve been battling hair loss this year, and so you’re a bit worried about seeing people who remember you with a thick head of hair.

While many people struggle with hair loss, it’s not uncommon for your confidence to take a hit when your hair looks thinner than you’d like. Rather than just crossing your fingers and hoping for the best, here are five tips to help you become more zen about your thinning locks before your big holiday trip.

  1. Don’t Stress

It’s easy to worry about seeing family and friends when your physical appearance has changed, but stress can actually accelerate hair loss. Try to fit regular exercise and breaks into the busy holiday season to manage mild anxiety as it appears. Yoga and meditation are also good ways to stay stress-free.

  1. Get a Cut and Color You Love

Don’t ignore your hair just because it’s thinning. Invest in an excellent cut before the holidays, so you can confidently attend holiday parties and get-togethers. If you want to make your hair appear thicker, consult with your hairstylist. Dyeing your hair or cutting it shorter are two ways to boost thinning strands.

  1. Ditch Your Frenemies

The friends you visit should like you for your sparkling personality — not the hair on your head. If you have friends who are unkind, maybe it’s time to skip visiting them this year. Instead of going to a big holiday celebration, try organizing small meet-ups with the friends you really want to see while you’re in town.

  1. Consider Wearing a Wig

If the idea of rocking your existing hair is making you anxious, think about investing in a wig for the holiday season. Plenty of Hollywood starlets use wigs to quickly change their looks and give their hair a rest, so don’t be afraid to try this trend if it interests you. That way you can enjoy the holidays and get ready to tackle your hair loss in the New Year.

  1. Remember That Everyone Changes

Chances are you won’t be the only one whose appearance has changed during the past year. Some relatives will have gained a few pounds, while others will have gained a few wrinkles. Remember: The purpose of the holidays is to see the people you love, so work on treating everyone with grace and love. By not giving voice to unkind remarks and gossip, you’ll set the tone for your holiday celebrations and encourage others to be just as kind.

If going home for the holidays is giving you anxiety due to hair loss just know that you’re not alone. At Van Scoy Hair Clinics we offer both surgical and non-surgical hair restoration solutions for anyone suffering from thinning hair or hair loss. Need a wig for this holiday season? We specialize in custom human hair wigs. To schedule a free consultation call us at (419) 289-6665 or to contact us via email click here.



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Hair LossAs I entered my mother’s home, I was greeted by a picture of myself on my wedding day. Prominently displayed upon the mantle, I hardly recognized the person staring back at me. It had only been five years since that day, but it felt like a lifetime. With a big jolly grin and long hair cascading over one shoulder, this distant stranger was the epitome of femininity. For a moment, I felt a pang of the realization that I was suffering from hair loss, so then I quickly retreated to the powder room. Looking in the mirror, I removed my old pink baseball cap and strategically finger-combed the remaining strands of my locks to hide the gleaming scalp beneath. I took a deep breath and prepared to consult with my lifelong confidant. I called for my mother with tears in my eyes and she came to greet me. She uttered comforting words as I detailed how the child in the grocery store glared at me when I removed my hat.

For the last few years, I had done everything in my power to hide my hair loss. I had hairstyles that disguised bald spots and a collection of hats that would make department stores envious. When I could no longer style my hair to hide the balding, I stopped attending social outings with friends and family for fear that I would need to remove my hat. I imagined the reactions of strangers and close friends and shuddered at the embarrassment. Some days, I felt so down that I called in sick to work. I skipped play-dates and trips to the park with my daughter for fear of judgment from other mothers and children. Perhaps worst of all, I began to push my husband away. I could not fathom how he could still find me attractive, and became insecure and jealous. I was certainly not the woman he fell in love with. I was a woman in hiding.

I could not continue living amidst a fog of depression. I wanted to participate in life again. I wanted to send a message to my daughter that beauty was more than thick, lustrous hair and make-up. That day, I decided that my diagnosis would no longer define me. I returned home and made an appointment to begin hair-loss treatment, despite the embarrassment. I greeted my daughter hat-less as the big, yellow bus pulled up and we walked hand in hand to the playground. As my husband joined us on the swings, he kissed my forehead and declared that I was as beautiful as the day he married me and, for the first time in years, I believed him.

If your hair loss has been controlling your life and you’re looking for the confidence to do something about it Van Scoy Hair Clinics can help you get your life back. Take the first step and schedule a free consultation today by calling us at (419) 289-6665 or to contact us via email click here.


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Irritant dermatitisIrritant dermatitis, a type of contact dermatitis, is a common condition that can result in substantial discomfort and multiple issues — including hair loss. The irritation can be caused by a host of different factors — determining what those factors are and successfully treating the condition often requires consultation with your doctor. After all, the irritation can be from alkaline materials like detergent, fabric softeners, soaps and solvents, or it can be caused by hair-dyes, pesticides or rubber gloves, maybe even your shampoo. While allergic dermatitis is another common condition, irritant dermatitis does not imply you have an allergy to a substance, rather that your skin is reacting to an irritating substance.

What Does the Condition Look Like?

Irritant dermatitis is similar to the way a burn appears, and it can be solid red or patchy. On your scalp, irritant dermatitis causes hair loss, a rash and itchy discomfort. Additionally, you may experience a sensation of excessive warmth or tenderness, develop red bumps or blisters, or have scaly and thickened skin. Some people who suffer with irritant dermatitis may feel a burning sensation or pain, while skin inflammation and small cuts can also form. Symptoms can vary over time, depending on what caused the reaction in the first place. Irritant dermatitis frequently occurs due to hair products, cosmetics and perfumes, with your head, face and neck affected most often.

Treating the Condition

If irritant dermatitis occurs, you’ll want to find out why and cure it as quickly as possible. Complete cures can take three weeks or less. Why not contact your care provider and find out what you can do to treat it and prevent irritant dermatitis from recurring? Your provider will recommend treatment based on whatever is causing the problem, beginning with a throughout inspection of your skin and questions about any substances you’ve come in contact with recently. Allergy testing using skin patches may also be performed.

From avoiding exposure to specific substances to using topical medications including creams, ointments and moisturizers, or oral medications, there are a variety of ways to treat irritant dermatitis. Anti-itch lotions can soothe the skin while treatment takes effect, and when hair loss occurs, it can also be successfully treated. If you’ve suffered from hair loss due to irritant dermatitis Van Scoy Hair Clinics can help you restore your hair. We specialize in non-surgical, non-invasive hair replacement and hair loss solutions for men and women. To schedule a free consultation call us at (419) 289-6665 or to contact us via email click here.

Don’t be irritated by irritant dermatitis! Call us today to find the treatment that’s right for you.


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ChemoFor many in cancer treatment, chemotherapy is a drug that allows patients to fight cancer cells and hopefully enter remission. Hair loss is a side effect of the drug, which can be hard for the millions of women diagnosed each year. Scientific breakthroughs mean there are new and exciting ways to combat this side effect. Let’s look at some of the options.

Cold Caps and Freezing

A cold cap is wearable technology that aims to save hair during chemotherapy treatment. By cooling the hair capillaries, these caps reduce the hair to a hibernated state preventing the drugs from absorbing into the scalp. Research shows the results are mixed. One study involving 122 women with stage 1 or stage 2-breast cancer showed that two-thirds of the patients saw loss of only half of their hair. While doctors have expressed concerns about scalp hypothermia, the FDA clears a majority of these caps. Caps are available for patients to purchase or rent during treatment.

Hair Stimulants

Another method women can use to prevent or halt hair loss during chemotherapy is the application of hair stimulant medication. Hair stimulants are often associated with male pattern baldness, but application during chemotherapy can stimulate hair follicles and allow the hair to grow back faster during the chemotherapy process. While there is no scientific evidence that these drugs can prevent hair loss during treatment, there are plenty of testimonials to their effectiveness in the months after chemotherapy ends.

Tips for Hair Maintenance During Chemotherapy

If you are already undergoing chemotherapy and have experienced hair loss, maintaining your scalp and remaining hair can be key to regrowth when treatment is complete.

Tips for scalp maintenance during chemotherapy include:

Using soft brushes and shampoo for sensitive skin

Shave your remaining hair to prevent irritation

Protect your scalp with sunscreen or a covering

Hair loss doesn’t have to be the defining moment of your cancer treatment. Beautiful scarves can be tied in a variety of ways to create looks for every occasion. Fake eyelashes and wigs have evolved over the years, and some are designed to look completely natural. Wigs also give you the chance to switch hair colors and textures throughout your treatment.

It’s important to realize that everyone deals with hair loss differently. While some are quick to embrace their new look, some cancer patients need more time and space to adjust to a drastic chance in their appearance. Remember: whether you seek treatment to preserve your hair during treatment or work through hair loss, there is no right or wrong when it comes to making it through chemotherapy.

If you’re suffering from hair loss due to chemotherapy or any other medical condition Van Scoy Hair Clinics can assist you with hair loss alternatives. We invite you to meet privately with one of our hair loss professionals who will assist you in choosing how to proceed during this difficult time. To schedule a free consultation call us at (419) 289-6665 or to contact us via email click here.


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Deciding to use wigs and toupees is tough for many men, as they’re often concerned with wearing the one that does not look natural. However, the right hair system can make thinning hair look youthful and lush. That’s why many of Hollywood’s leading men use hair systems. If hair systems are good enough for these five men in the public eye, then they can work for you, too!

John Travolta

We all remember “Saturday Night Fever,” during which Travolta danced at discos while showing off a luscious mane of hair. Unfortunately for him, age has thinned those once-beloved locks. A hair system have helped Travolta combat Father Time skillfully, though.

Whether he’s playing Vincent Vega in “Pulp Fiction” or sporting a sparkling salt-and-pepper look for “The Forger,” hair systems have allowed Travolta to continue to land leading roles well into his 60s.

Nicolas Cage

There are obvious parallels to Travolta, as Cage is roughly the same age with a similar resume. They even starred together in the 1997 thriller “Face/Off.” Like his co-star, Cage also has used hair systems when playing certain characters.
While Cage has been open to playing roles that expose his hair loss, he’s definitely rocked a hair system in movies such as “Con-Air.” Anyone who’s seen that movie knows his long locks were way more believable than his Southern accent.

Robert Pattinson

Not all stars who wear hair systems are “old,” as the 29-year-old Pattinson has been fighting hair loss since his early 20s. You wouldn’t know it from watching the Twilight movies, but being Team Edward means being Team hair system.
Pattinson pulls off his hair skillfully, as evidenced by the adoration of millions of teenage girls. Odds are his adoring masses have no idea that he has hair loss.

Ben Affleck

By now you’ve seen commercials for the new “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” movie, where Affleck skillfully projects Bruce Wayne’s wealth and extravagance while sporting striking dark hair.
The truth is Affleck has been losing hair since his “Good Will Hunting” days and uses hair systems in almost all of his roles. That hasn’t stopped him from dating the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Garner, though!

Matthew McConaughey

All right, all right, all right. When thinking of McConaughey, you probably envision a calm, cool and collected Texan who sweeps women off their feet with his earthy attitude and rugged good looks, which are definitely helped by his blonde, luscious locks.
McConaughey’s hair isn’t natural, though, as he was discovered wearing a hair system as early as 1999. The actor hasn’t had trouble getting dates or roles in the 17 years since, showing the true power of good hair.

Non-Surgical Hair System for You

Van Scoy Hair Clinics offers fully customized hair systems for both men and women. The best part about a non-surgical hair system is it looks and acts like your own growing hair. You can swim, exercise, and even sleep with it. Call us (419) 289-6665 for a free consultation or contact us through our website by clicking here.

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Alopecia Areata is frequently referred to as “spot baldness”, a term that reflects its unique pattern of onset. Where Male Pattern Baldness primarily affects the hairline and crown, and Female Pattern Baldness primarily affects the part, Alopecia Areata is characterized by sudden and somewhat random hair loss in varying and irregular patches on the scalp. The onset of the condition, which is seen in both males and females, often begins sometime between late childhood and early adulthood, though it is not abnormal for Alopecia Areata to exist in very young children or start later in life. Nearly 6.5 million people in the United States alone live with Alopecia Areata; that is 2% of the population!

The condition itself can be confusing though. Earlier this year, we discussed the many faces of alopecia, noting that the umbrella of alopecias includes a number of different types of hair loss. Alopecia Areata is unique in that this specific term refers to hair loss caused by an autoimmune disorder and, as mentioned above, causes distinct patches or spots of baldness. In an autoimmune disorder, an individual’s immune system confuses some of its healthy body tissues for unhealthy and unwanted outside materials such as bacteria, viruses, or toxins. It then tries to protect the body by ridding it of what it understands to be intruders by attacking them. Unfortunately, in this scenario, the tissues being attacked are actually healthy hair follicles.

Research continues on autoimmune susceptibility as well as why an immune system suddenly views healthy tissues as external intruders, and while records are growing to aid in the understanding of the genetic underpinnings of Alopecia Areata and hopeful progress is being made towards prescription drug applications, definitive answers to the many questions surrounding the condition’s origins and potential cure do not yet exist. What is known is that the majority of people living with Alopecia Areata are completely healthy aside from their autoimmune hair loss.  For some individuals, hair loss and regrowth on certain spots of their head will be a continuous cycle throughout their life. For others, what began as specific spots of baldness may develop into broader hair loss and more rare forms of Alopecia Areata. When all hair on the scalp is lost, the condition is then called Alopecia Totalis. If the hair loss encompasses the entire body, including follicles in the eye brows and pubic hair, the condition is known as Alopecia Universalis, the rarest form of Alopecia Areata.

Treatment options vary in the same way that prognoses do. Stimulation and maintenance of hair growth is possible through ongoing treatments for some individuals while external replacement systems are more effective for others. The degree of hair loss, pattern of hair loss, age of patient, and needs and desires of the patient all play a role in defining which options might suit a specific individual. To best understand the possibilities available, a one-on-one consultation with a professional hair restoration specialist is the best place to start. Contact your local specialist today!

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