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scalp health dandruff diseaseDandruff is embarrassing and annoying, but can it be cured? Does it lead to baldness? Dandruff may be a sign that something’s haywire with your hair follicles, and that can lead to thinning hair. Here’s what’s really causing that itchy, flaky scalp.

Your skin, including your scalp, naturally sheds dead skin all the time, usually once a month. But your scalp can get out of control, shedding every few days. That’s most often caused by the hyperactivity of a one-celled organism called Pityrosporum ovale or Malassezia ovalis.

Here’s how it works: Hair grows out of a tiny shaft in the skin called the follicle. Each follicle is nourished by a sebaceous gland that produces a waxy oil called sebum. Malassezia feeds on those sebaceous glands and multiplies, causing the skin to shed faster. So if you have an oily scalp, you’re more susceptible to dandruff. It can’t be cured, but the shedding can be controlled.

What Else Can Cause Dandruff?

Saturated fats and trans-fatty oils: These age-old enemies in your diet stimulate scalp sebum, making a feast for Malassezia and other organisms.

Cold weather: This is chapped-hands weather, but your scalp can suffer too. When you’re outside, wear a warm hat and gloves.

Dry heat: In indoor dry heat, your skin and scalp will benefit from the use of a humidifier. If you have to blow-dry your hair, keep the drying time short. Better yet, let your hair dry naturally.

Sun and tanning: Yes, your scalp can get sunburn from UVA, which can damage the follicles. Tanning salons use UVA and UVB. Wear a cap outdoors or a towel around your hair in the salon.

Harsh shampoos and conditioners: Ammonium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate create a foaming lather, but it’s tough on the skin. Pick a shampoo that either doesn’t contain these or that substitutes them with sodium lauryl sulfosuccinate or sodium lauryl sulfoacetate. Sounds the same, we know, but the effects are different. For conditioners, pick one that’s dimethicone-free and preferably one with 18-MEA, a natural substance.

Not enough rinsing: You’d be surprised how much shampoo or conditioner can get left in your hair. Rinse more than you think you need.

Contact dermatitis: We use a lot of chemical-laden products on our hair and scalp — dyes, gel, spray, mousse, and various shampoos and conditioners. You could be allergic to any one or a combination of these.

But Can Dandruff Cause Baldness?

Probably not. But eczema, psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis can damage hair follicles, which means that new hair isn’t going to be produced from those follicles. Seborrheic dermatitis is caused by yeast growing on the skin, causing red, itchy, scaly patches. Plain, ordinary dandruff isn’t going to cause hair loss, but if your scalp gets red or swollen, see a specialist.

If you’re experiencing signs of an unhealthy scalp or hair loss it’s important to immediately see a hair restoration specialist. At Van Scoy Hair Clinics we specialize in hair loss treatment solutions for men and women of all hair types. To schedule a free consultation call us at (419) 289-6665 or to contact us via email click here.


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Summer does a number on your hair. The salt from swimming in the ocean and the chlorine from pools can do a lot to cause dryness to your hair. One element of summer that many don’t understand is the humidity and why it makes it so difficult for their hair. We are going to discuss several affects that humidity has on your hair so you can have a better understanding of why it is so difficult to have great looking hair in humid weather.

Curly Frizzy Hair 

Humidity Causes Dry Frizzy Hair

If your someone with curly hair then you know, when the weather is humid your hair can be your worst enemy. The humidity can cause your hair to be frizzy and unmanageable. This happens because curly hair has rough cuticles which can become exasperated with humid weather. To help avoid the frizzes, let your hair dry naturally and avoid brushing it. Simply just run your fingers through your hair after washing it to remove tangles. The less you brush your hair on humid day the less frizzy it will become.

Damages Dry Hair

When your hair is colored or permed, your hair follicles can become more porous. This porousness of the hair follicles can allow them to retain a lot of water on humid days. When this happens your follicles will look damaged at the ends creating a frizzy look. Use a leave-in conditioner on humid days. Also avoid styling your hair too much as it can cause more damage. Often many women with damaged hair will find that putting their hair up on humid days will allow them to get through the day without having to come into contact with their hair.

Fine Hair vs. Humidity

It’s not much of a fight for those with fine hair on humid days. Fine hair typically has hair follicles that absorb and retain moisture. This can cause your hair to become more lifeless and limp because it become so weighed down by the added moisture. To minimize the limpness you want to use very little hair product as possible when the weather is humid. It is also a good idea to limit how much your run your fingers through your hair as it can leave oils from your hands on your hair, and that oil can also weighdown your hair.

When the days become humid your best bet is to put your hair up in a ponytail. This allows you to know what your hair looks like throughout the day and it prevents you from causing additional damage to it by over-brushing it and styling it in your attempt to reduce the frizziness and limpness.

If you suffer from hair loss, humidity can make it appear more prevalent. We can offer affordable hair replacement solutions that are custom designed to your hair loss type and your lifestyle.


holidaysDuring the holidays, everyone wants his or her hair to be on point. Hair stylists are likely to see an uptick in last-minute appointments as people prepare for holiday parties and galas. However, the holidays also bring many surprise stress triggers, some of which can affect the luster of your hair. Let’s explore the science behind dull hair during the holidays and how you can keep your lock healthy and strong all season long.

How Does Stress Dull Hair?

When you’re operating at 100 percent, your body is constantly producing new hair growth. Stress shuts down unnecessary functions, and unfortunately the body doesn’t put hair first. Under extreme stress, hair will cease to regrow as natural shedding occurs. This can leave your locks dull and thinned out, not something you hope for during the holiday season.

What Contributes to Holiday Stress?

While the holiday period is generally seen as a fun-filled time of year, there are plenty of things that can cause stress.

Over-indulgence in rich treats and drinks can often leave people feeling full, bloated and ready for their New Year’s resolution. Thinking about the extra calories taken in during the holidays can cause major stress.

Too many obligations to family, friends and co-workers can put your body out of whack. The holidays often bring a fuller schedule, money woes and last-minute shopping trips that can all be huge contributors to end-of-the-year stress.

The holiday season can also lead to eating more carbs or consuming more alcohol. Studies show alcohol can be one of the causes of hair loss. If you’re already stressed, this can be a one-two punch to your follicles.

Tips to Combat Dull Holiday Hair

The holidays don’t have to be a stressful time. The number one thing you can do is schedule some self-care time. Whether it be relaxing with a hair mask, or using that deep conditioning treatment you’ve been waiting on all year, make sure to take some time away from the hustle and bustle to focus on yourself.

Shouldering all of that stress isn’t healthy. Reach out to friends or family and ask for help if you need it. With more people taking care of the hard parts of the holiday, you can ease stress and make sure your hair shines.

The Bottom Line

Hair health can often be overlooked, but holiday stress can have a real impact on how your hair looks, feels and grows. Try tactics to reduce stress and reap the benefits to your hair and overall health all season long.

Holiday stress can cause dull hair but if you’re suffering from hair loss that is a year round problem. Don’t let another year go by without doing something about it. At Van Scoy Hair Clinics we have helped thousands of Ohio area men, women, and children suffering from hair loss, regardless of the cause of it. To schedule a free consultation call us at (419) 289-6665 or to contact us via email click here.


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Stages of Hair Growth

If you are suffering from hair loss it may actually give you a better understanding of “why” if you know how hair grows. Hair growth stems from a follicle, which is a sac like structure designed to generate hair and regulate the hair growth cycle. The follicle sits beneath the skin and is nourished by blood vessels. There are four stages a hair goes through from growth to when it falls out.

  1. Anagen Stage

The growth phase of the cycle is called the anagen stage. This stage typically lasts from two all the way up to about seven years. The hairs length will be determined during this growth period. On a regular basis almost all of the hair on your head is in the anagen phase and those who have trouble growing hair probably have shorter anagen stages.

  1. Catagen Stage

Following the anagen stage is the catagen phase or the transition phase. When the anagen phase is complete and the catagen phase begins the follicles decrease in size and fall from the dermal papilla. This phase lasts for ten days.

  1. Resting Stage

Older hair will be in the resting phase for approximately three months. At any point in time only about 10% of hairs are in the resting stage. New hair growth will begin to overlap the older hair during this phase.

  1. Exogen Stage

The exogen stage begins during the end of the resting stage. The old hair falls out or exits while new hair grows. The average person loses 50-100 hairs each day. This amount of hair loss during the exogen stage is completely normal.

Maintaining a healthy diet and being gentle on your hair are great ways to keep these four cycles successfully in motion for years to come. Unfortunately, millions of people suffer from hair loss conditions that are beyond their control. If you have any questions or need hair replacement information please contact us. If you would like to stop in to talk to us, we will be happy to meet with you and answer all your hair loss and hair replacement questions. Please call ahead so we can give you 100% of our attention. All consultations are conducted in a private, respectful atmosphere.

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wintertime hairWinter’s dry weather can lead to wintertime hair that leaves women more susceptible to hair loss. If your hair gets dry and brittle in the winter, try one of these natural home remedies to add some moisture and shine to your hair.

  1. Deep Treat Your Locks

There are a number of natural deep treatment options you can use to moisturize your hair in the winter. Consider one of these three treatments that use all-natural ingredients you might already have at home.

Coconut Oil Deep Treatment

Apply 1/2 cup to 1 cup of extra virgin coconut oil to your hair. The amount you use will depend on the length and thickness of your hair. Do not melt oil before applying. Work coconut oil into roots. Cover your hair with a shower cap and allow your hair and scalp to soak it in for 30 minutes. Wash and condition after.

Olive Oil Deep Treatment

Wash and condition hair normally. Apply 2-4 tbsp olive oil to wet strands. Cover in a shower cap and let sit for 2 hours to overnight. Rinse oil out and shampoo normally.

Egg Hair Mask

Mix two eggs and coat scalp and hair with the mixture. Apply a shower cap and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water to avoid cooking eggs. Add an extra yolk for hair that needs an extra boost of moisture.

  1. Eat the Right Foods

Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E can help hair stay healthy and strong and prevent dryness. Consider adding some of these foods to your diet:



Sweet potatoes

Olive oil





  1. Use Dry Shampoo

Shampoo strips hair of its natural oils, and over-shampooing hair can leave it dry and frail. Consider mixing up your routine by using dry shampoo for every other wash. If you are going to shampoo, be sure to use a natural and organic conditioner each time to lock in moisture.

  1. Avoid Hair Dryers, Hot Irons and Curling Irons

If you can, allow your hair to dry naturally and avoid using heating products like straightening irons and curling wands. If you can’t get by without styling your hair, coat your hair in a protective serum while it’s still wet and keep the heat on your irons as low as possible.

  1. Use a Humidifier

Keeping the air in your house moist will help prevent your wintertime hair from drying out in the colder months. Having a humidifier on in your bedroom while you sleep at night allows your hair to soak in more moisture.

Other Tips

Take warm — not hot — showers. The hotter the water, the more likely it is to dry out your skin, scalp and hair. Only shampoo at your roots. That’s where the oil resides, and the run-off water will remove oil from further down the strand and prevent it from drying out. Use a silk pillowcase. They can prevent tangles at night that might break or damage hair.

If you’re struggling to manage your dry, brittle wintertime hair, consider trying one of these tips to boost your hair’s moisture level. After trying, if you find you’re experiencing hair loss and not seeing results, you may want to consider a human hair wig or hair replacement treatment.

At Van Scoy Hair Clinics, we offer non-surgical, non-invasive hair replacement and hair loss treatment solutions for men and women of all hair types, individually customized to your specific needs, degree and type of hair loss, and lifestyle. To schedule a free consultation call us at (419) 289-6665 or to contact us via email click here.


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dirty hairOne current “in” thing for personal beauty is not washing your hair. Dirty hair can be a mistake because your scalp health deteriorates. Your hair also can become dull and lose volume. Here are a few reasons why it’s still worth your while to grab that shampoo (and conditioner).

  1. It’s Better for Morale

Guess what happens when you wait a long stretch to wash your hair? You lose more at once, and while that signals nothing abnormal, it’s bound to get you down. You try hard to take care of your hair, and here it is, falling out…and out…and out.

When you wait days to wash your hair, odds are high that you use a few products to compensate or help. The thing is, these products aren’t weightless, and the nerve endings near your hair follicles feel the stress. You could experience headaches and pain, especially when taking down a hairstyle at the end of a long day. Also, the news is bad if you value your abundant locks; over time, this type of strain may cause your hairline to lose some ground. Not good for morale at all.

  1. Dirty Hair Has a Domino Effect

People wash things to clean them, so the fact that your hair becomes dirty after a few days of no shampooing is not a surprise. What may be unexpected, however, is the ripple effect of dirty hair. For one thing, your hair shines less. The dirt isn’t blocking light per se, but it is making your hair rougher, and rough hair just doesn’t reflect light well. Shampoo helps your locks shine, and conditioner gives them that extra oomph.

The dust created by your dirty hair diminishes your hair’s innate ability to shine and dulls its color. That’s not all; the products and dirt weighing down your hair make it look greasy and cause it to lose volume. Last but not least, dirty hair tends to have too much sebum (an oily secretion) in it, and that can lead to even more dirt.

  1. Your Scalp Will Thank You

A healthy scalp means your hair grows to be strong, but going many days in between hair washes is bad for your scalp.

It can make your scalp smell: When your sweat glands get clogged, and there’s too much oil on your scalp, you get the “fun” side effect of lots of bacteria. Result: Your scalp smells — and not in a good way.

Your scalp itches: Too much dirt, dust and particles rolling around leads you to scratch your scalp more. This may cause a chain effect because satisfying your itch could lead to flaking. This problem is particularly serious in winter, when conditions for scalp dryness are more present.

Even if you experience no itching, your scalp could be happier. Dust, dirt and grime don’t constitute the ideal environment for a healthy scalp.

From scalp irritation to dulled shine to lowered morale, there are at least three reasons why grabbing that shampoo is a good idea. But how often should you wash your hair? While it really varies from person to person, a good number to strive for is every two days. Even every three days might be okay. On the other hand, if you’re an avid exerciser or have an oily scalp, daily shampooing may make sense.

Suffering from scalp irritation and hair loss? Van Scoy’s Ohio hair restoration clinics are recognized leaders in multi-therapeutic hair restoration for men and women. To schedule a free hair loss evaluation today call us at (419) 289-6665 or to contact us via email click here.



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Unfortunately, hair loss is something that many women face during their lifetime. In fact, female pattern hair loss affects almost 40 percent of American women. This can lead to loss of self-esteem and confidence, an unfortunate side effect of the condition.

However, hair loss doesn’t mean you should also lose your self-esteem. This New Year could be your best one yet!

My Story of Hair Loss

For me, hair loss was a result of stress. A move, a break up and family issues were causing me to lose sleep and, even worse, my hair. I noticed it in the shower at first. The average woman can lose between 50 to 100 hairs per day, but it was clear my problem was far greater than normal.

Before I knew it, my hair was starting to look thin in places it had never before, and my confidence was dashed.

Fortunately, the stresses in my life have calmed substantially. That, combined with tailored treatment and careful planning, have curbed any continued hair loss. But I understand the pain and loss of self-worth women experience when their hair is affected.

Types of Hair Loss in Women

To combat your hair loss and bring back your confidence, it’s important to understand the type of hair loss you are experiencing.

Some hair loss, like mine, happens due to lifestyle changes or adjustments. The following can affect your hair in different ways:

Stress or anxiety


Hormonal birth control

There are also medical reasons that women may face hair loss, such as alopecia or complications from medicine.

Finding the Light in 2017

Make the resolution to remain positive and focused on yourself in the New Year. Though you may feel your self-confidence wither, remind yourself that you are beautiful, strong and capable of everything. Positive affirmations can go a long way toward making self-esteem soar.

You may also consider visiting a hair loss studio in the New Year.

Meeting with hair-loss experts could be the first step to finding the root cause of your female hair loss and determining a plan of action.

The New Year represents a new start. Make the focus of next year you — and start building the path to self-confidence and self-esteem. You’re worth it!

If you’re suffering from hair loss make 2017 the year you do something about it! Come see us at Van Scoy Hair Clinics. We offer proven non-surgical, non-invasive hair replacement and hair loss treatment solutions for men and women of all hair types. To schedule a free consultation call us at (419) 289-6665 or to contact us via email click here.


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With the holidays coming up, it’s time to dress up, look good and have fun. You don’t need to worry about breaking the bank with your next beauty routine, though. Here are some hair hacks and tricks you can do from home to make your hair the star of the holiday season.

Sparkling, Sweet Tresses

Have you ever thought about using honey for extra hair shine? Try mixing a cup of your regular conditioner with a few tablespoons of honey. While your hair is still wet, apply the mixture all over, and then leave it to set for about half an hour. The mixture closes your hair cuticle, causing an extraordinary shine. Make sure to wash it off well afterward.

Condition with Coconut Oil

Another way to get your hair silky soft is to apply coconut oil every day. This natural oil has miraculous properties that give your hair and skin a healthy, beautiful glow. You can condition as part of your morning hair care routine or apply at night.

Baking Soda for DIY Hair Spa

Instead of going to the salon for a Hair Spa, do your own at home. Baking soda therapy is a cheap option using a single ingredient you probably already have in your kitchen cupboard. Make a mixture of 3 tablespoons of baking soda and water and set it in your hair after the shampoo. Leave it for five minutes while you give your scalp a massage. You will definitely feel the difference!

Coffee-colored Hair

Want to dye your hair but afraid of ruining your precious strands? Use organic coffee to avoid the harsh chemicals that are normally found in store-bought hair dyes. Brew an extra strong amount of coffee, and then place it in a bowl. You can use the fine espresso grind for darker color.

After washing your hair, dip your strands into the bowl or sink, combing it gently to avoid tangles. For extra softness, you can add your regular conditioner to the coffee. Remember that the final color will vary, depending on your natural hair color.

These hair hacks can help get you through the Holidays but if you’re suffering from thinning hair or hair loss you’re probably beyond a DIY phase. At Van Scoy Hair Clinics we offer non-Surgical, non-invasive hair replacement and hair loss treatment solutions for men and women of all hair types individually customized to your specific needs, degree and type of hair loss, and lifestyle. To schedule a free consultation call us at (419) 289-6665 or to contact us via email click here.


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no-shave novemberNo-Shave November started as an act of remembrance. In November 2007, after a battle against colon cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. – Matt Hill of Chicago left behind eight devoted children who dedicated themselves to raising cancer awareness. What started as a basement-borne endeavor that collected $2,000 in 2009 has evolved into a national charity that raised one million dollars in 2014. No-Shave November makes a difference in the lives of the afflicted and their families, and you can help.

The Premise

Participants refrain from shaving in November and donate the money saved to cancer research. Donations range from the cost of a few razors to the price of a salon visit, or from a few dollars to around $100. Donations benefit American Cancer Society, Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

How to Help

  1. Create a profile at No-Shave November. Visitors can donate through your page and you or your team will earn a slot on the site’s leaderboard to track your progress.
  1. Share your No-Shave profile on social media and embolden your friends, family and colleagues to get involved.
  1. Put down that razor and let that ‘stache grow, baby!

How to Do It With Style

Mustaches start with light beards. It’s easier to shape a mustache from a canvas of hair than shave around your desired style each day. Nurture hair growth with adequate rest, nutrition and skin care. After you get a healthy layer of stubble, choose a style.

The Gunslinger

Whether you’re a neo-Westerner who fanboys over Trejo and Tarantino, or a classicist to whom no one but Eastwood, Elliot and Wayne can do the genre justice, the gunslinger is for you.

The Basterd

Lieutenant Aldo Raine didn’t come down from the Smoky Mountains, cross 5,000 miles of water and jump out of an air-o-plane to sport a baby face – he rocked an Errol Flynn-esque pencil mustache. Brad Pitt’s role in “Inglourious Basterds” rekindled the love affair with the pencil-thin ‘stache, and you have a few styles to choose from.

The Cloon

Everybody loves George Clooney, and when he grows out his mustache a la “The Monuments Men,” the world collectively swoons. The style is called the chevron, made famous by a P.I. you may know who goes by Magnum.

Being a part of No-Shave November is a great way to give back and help fight cancer. Sadly, many lives are greatly affected and turned upside down by this relentless disease. If you or someone you know is suffering from hair loss due to medical reasons Van Scoy Hair Clinics are here to help get you through 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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Going GrayGrowing older means growing accustomed to changes in your appearance. However, even the most self-assured people can be startled when they see their first gray hair. For some, a few strands of silver here and there are the only hair color changes until well into there 50s. Others see a significant loss of hair pigment in there 20s. Understanding the science of going gray can make the transition easier.

The Average Progression of Changes in Hair Color

While a variety of factors influence changes in your appearance as you age, race plays a major role in when the average person’s hair begins to gray. Caucasians usually see their first silver strands in their mid-30s, while Asians usually don’t begin the transition until their late 30s. African-Americans keep their original hair color longest, with gray hair holding off until their mid-40s. By the age of 50, roughly half the members of all races have significantly grayed.

The Power of Genetics in Hair Pigmentation

The relationship between genetics and hair color has been established for decades, but it wasn’t until March of 2016 that researchers published some amazing new findings. They have isolated the specific genes responsible for the shape, color and distribution of your hair. This proves conclusively that the timing of your gray hairs is strongly predetermined by your genetic heritage.

Locating the specific genes responsible for when and how your hair loses pigment could have important implications, as it may soon be possible to develop therapies that slow the process down. In the meantime, look to your parents’ and grandparents’ experiences to get an idea of what you can expect.

The Impact of Your Health and Lifestyle on Hair Color

Though many people insist that stress causes hair to turn gray, scientists have not yet proved this. However, there are health-related issues that contribute to premature loss of hair pigment. For example, low levels of vitamin B-12, thyroid problems, or pituitary gland disorders have been linked with early grays. Fortunately, when these health conditions are corrected, hair pigment usually returns. Smoking and other substance abuse contribute to early grays in addition to giving skin an aged appearance. Those who wish to look younger longer are wise to avoid these lifestyle choices.

If your changing hair color has caught you by surprise, don’t worry. Whether to embrace the new look or dye it into submission is a decision you can make over and over again, as new hair growth offers you endless opportunities for imaginative colors and styles.

Your hair going gray can be alarming but if you’re experiencing hair loss it can be devastating. At Van Scoy Hair Clinics we understand what you’re going through and we will find the hair loss solution that’s right for you. To schedule a free consultation call us at (419) 289-6665 or to contact us via email click here.


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