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Alopecia Areata: Symptoms and Remedies

womens human hair wigs columbus ashland clevelandAlopecia areata is a disorder where hair falls out in small areas. When the immune system attacks the hair follicles this is what causes alopecia to develop. Sudden male (female) pattern baldness or alopecia can begin on the scalp and different parts of the body as well. The condition can infrequently bring about Alopecia Universalis (the complete loss of hair on the scalp and body) but the hair can grow back in time. When the hair does grow back, it may fall out again at some point. The degree of hair loss and regrowth are not the same for everyone. They do vary from one individual to another.

As of right now there is no cure for Alopecia Areata, but there are medications that can help hair to grow back more quickly and to reduce the chance of further hair loss.

What are the signs and symptoms of alopecia areata?

There are some symptoms to look for when it comes to alopecia areata. The hair will begin to fall out in little round patches on the scalp. These patches can range is size from a few centimeters to less. You may even have hair loss in other parts of the body. Many notice clusters of hair in the shower or on their pillow. Hair loss can also happen similarly for those that have a sickness. For this reason hair loss alone shouldn’t be used to analyze alopecia areata. If an individual is experiencing frequent hair loss, this could be a sign of another type of alopecia like:

  • Alopecia Totalis, which is the loss of all hair on the scalp
  • Alopecia Universalis, which is the loss of all hair on the whole body

Both male and female pattern baldness and thinning related to alopecia areata is sudden and irregular. The hair may come back but there is no particular time that can happen in and it may fallout again in the future.

What are the causes of alopecia areata?

Like what we have mentioned before, alopecia areata is an immune disorder. The immune system takes strong cells for failed cells. Normally your resistant framework protects you from infections, and micro-organisms. If you have alopecia areata, your immunity goes after your hair follicles, from which your hair grows from. The follicles become weaker and in time they stop creating hair and hair loss is the result.

Experts in the field have not yet figures out the particular triggers that causes the immune system to attack the hair follicles. We do know that it happens more frequently to those that have a family history of immune system illnesses like type 1 diabetes or rheumatoid joint pain.

What are the treatments available for alopecia areata?
There is no cure for Alopecia Areata but the condition is something that can be dealt with. Certain treatments may have the ability to prevent future hair loss while others may help hair to grow back more quickly.

Therapeutic Treatment
Medications like minoxidil can help hair develop but needs to be used regularly and if you stop the hair loss will continue. Steroid infusion or corticosteroid creams and balms is another treatment that can help stop hair loss.

Alternative Therapies
Some people with alopecia areata have turned to treatments like:

  • Fragrant healing
  • Needle therapy
  • Homegrown supplements
  • Vitamins

Most alternative treatments haven’t been tried in clinical trials, so their viability in treating Alopecia Areata isn’t known.

Non-Surgical Hair Replacement Options

For those with alopecia areata the hair loss can make them feel embarrassed to be seen by others in public. Medical wigs for Alopecia offer a wonderful solution that can help them restore their hair. They are designed to be worn by individuals with little to no hair on their scalp and offer a comfortable fit that can be worn all day. The hair can be synthetic or 100% natural human hair that can give you hair that nobody would ever suspect wasn’t your own.

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My hair was always something I didn’t really think about until now, as I’m beginning to lose it. I am really feeling uneasy and I don’t know what to do. My hair seems like a big part of who I am and I’m just watching it slip away day by day. Will I remain the same person? Is there any help for me? I have so many questions and people close to me have questions too. I am suffering with hair loss and I can’t talk about it. I worry that I will go completely bald and that scares me. I can’t imagine myself wearing a wig. What do other people do that have thinning hair? I never thought this would happen to me. I know there are people out there going through tougher things than hair loss but to me this is so upsetting.

I Remember The Confidence I Used To Have in My Appearance

When I was younger, I would but a lot of time and thought into how I styled my hair. My sister and I would sit for hours learning to braid each other’s hair. We were so thrilled when we figured out how to do a French braid. In the summer time, I would have highlights added and when school began, I always had a new hairstyle to start the year off. It is only now that I am losing my hair that I realize how much my hair is such a big part of me and my self identity, much more than I thought.

Take Action and Take Back Control Over My Life

It has been a few months now since I started noticing more hair on my pillow in the morning and in the drain of the shower. I know I have to do something to take control of my hair loss. The constant worrying about my hair loss is affecting my personal life and work. I turn down invites to go out with friends, I stay at my desk at work for lunch so I don’t have to be around other people. I know there are hair loss specialists but I can’t tell you why I haven’t gone seen one. I guess deep down I fear that they will tell me that there isn’t anything that can be done for me. It’s time for me to take action and take back control of my life. I’m making that call today. I have a sister that I know will come with me for support, and I have nothing to fear.

I live in the Jacksonville area and a friend of mine referred me to VanScoy Hair Clinics. They offer non-surgical hair replacement and have a great reputation which is important to me. It’s time for me to schedule my free hair loss consultation, no more delays.


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With the explosion of hair extensions in popular culture, these hair add-ons have become commonplace for not only celebrities but also regular folks. And while extensions are an amazing way to lengthen and thicken your hair, they carry risks as well.

Why Choose Professional Hair Extensions?

Remember the old adage:  You get what you pay for? That’s completely true of hair extension. Many salons now offer cut-rate extension performed by a hairdresser with little experience applying them properly. Many hairdressers don’t go through thorough and proper training, least of all to make sure they’re not damaging already thinning hair.

Professional hair extensions, such as those from Van Scoy Hair Clinic, are applied by trained professionals who understand how extensions should be added to fine, thinning hair. Many of our clients have found that extensions allow them to add fullness to their thinning hair.

Can Extensions Really Damage Your Hair?

Yes! Extension can really damage your hair. Just ask some of our celebrity friends, such as Jennifer Aniston, Naomi Campbell, Britney Spears, and Kim Kardashian. The damage they suffer from hair extensions is often very public and very obvious.

Extensions can be applied in two ways: they are either glues or weaved onto your natural hair at your scalp. If they are applied and maintained properly, extensions are a safe and effective way to lengthen your hair. If they’re applied incorrectly, they can pull at your hair, causing permanent damage to hair follicles. Over time, extension damage can cause permanent hair loss.

Choosing a professional to apply extensions is essential, because not only will they apply extensions correctly, but they will also ensure proper maintenance. This means regular maintenance is required to keep extensions healthy, but pros can make sure extensions are not pulling at your hair and can rotate how extensions are attached to ensure their safety of your hair.

The takeaway on extensions is not to fear them, but simply to find trained professionals, like the staff at Van Scoy Hair Clinic, who can ensure your extension for thinning hair are applied and maintained correctly.

Van Scoy’s Extensions for Thinning Hair

Van Scoy is proud to carry a line of extensions called Micro Pointe Solutions. We call these the “healthy alternative to hair extensions.” This non-surgical hair restoration solution uses lightweight, micro, mini extensions that are created for thinning, fine hair. These extensions can volumize hair by up to 400%, giving you more freedom to style your hair as you wish.

Schedule your free consultation with Van Scoy Hair Clinic in Ashland, Cleveland, or Columbus  to find out if extensions are right for you.

Women’s Hair Replacement Solutions

According to recent studies, 40% of women by the age of 50 years old will show some sign of female hair loss. Adults are not the only ones to experience a hair loss problem. There are many young women and even some girls that struggle with the real emotional effects of hair loss after they are diagnosed with certain medical disorders. Whether you’re an older woman coping with alopecia, a teenager struggling with trichotillomania, or a woman in the midst of chemotherapy, it isn’t easy being a woman with hair loss.

Society is far more accepting of thinning hair in men than in women. Additionally, men can go with a bald head with much less society pressure than a woman can. Often women are judged more harshly than men when it comes to hairstyle, clothing, and body type. Therefore, it’s not surprising that women face tremendous emotional and social issues in reaction to hair loss and thinning hair.

Confidence is one of the most important qualities that a woman can possess. Often, a woman’s first reaction to hair loss is to hide the bald spots. For many, this reaction comes out of a genuine desire to have the hairstyle she had before the onset of hair loss. For many others, it comes from the fear and panic of people seeing the bald spots and passing judgment. Check deep within yourself to assess what level of anxiety you have about others’ noticing your hair loss. How do the societal expectations of how women “should look” influence your answer?

Hair texture and length is a defining part of many women’s image and identity. Changing hair colors and styles is a major way that women express their individuality. When hair loss is present, it may seem like the most important part of your beauty has been taken away. Instead of putting the focusing on your hair loss, and letting it rule your emotions, do something about it. It’s time to take the first step toward a new you.

Why think about the hair you’ve lost, when you can think about the hair you can have?

Specializing in women’s hair replacement solutions, we can help you find the perfect, natural looking wig or hair addition to compliment you, your sense of style, your personality. Our highest quality medical wigs give women the confidence to socialize with family and friends while maintaining as much privacy about their hair loss or medical treatments as they wish.

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Women's FrustrationsIf you sometimes find yourself reaching for a beanie not to warm your head or be on trend but simply to hide your hair, you may suffer from a common female frustration: hair hatred. Why is it that so many women covet the hair they do not have? Those with straight hair envy their curly haired counterparts. Those with curly hair spend hours per week flat ironing their locks only to end up with a frizzy hybrid by day’s end. Life would be so much simpler if we could learn to love our locks!

Surprising Stats

The folks at Dove surveyed women and discovered that hair profoundly affects the way women see and feel about themselves. Specifically, 90 percent of the women surveyed agreed that women judge one another based on their hair, more than half admitted to having “hair envy” and only 11 percent said they loved everything about their hair.

Another survey of more than 1,000 women conducted by Consumer Reports’ “ShopSmart” magazine found that a bad hair day often becomes a bad day, period. Nearly half of women reported that their mood and self-esteem are affected on bad hair days. Sadly, hair hatred begins early. Also according to Dove, only four out of 10 girls with curly hair think their hair is beautiful.

Embrace It or Change It!

Dove has launched a campaign encouraging women to love their natural hair. That’s wonderful, in theory. It’s not always realistic, though. Fortunately for those who simply cannot be swayed to embrace their natural hair, there are options. Women with thinning or fine hair who covet voluminous locks increasingly are turning to hair extensions, which provide insane versatility and are incredibly natural looking. Curly haired women who desire sleek hairstyles can now head to blowout bars whose sole purpose is to fight frizz and tame tresses. Straight-haired women can head to any retailer that sells beauty products and find a wide selection of curling irons and hair rollers in just about any diameter they desire.

Whether you covet curls or cannot stand yours, perhaps you’ll be comforted by the knowledge that you are most definitely not alone. Don’t let your bad hair day get the best of you. It, too, shall pass.

No matter how we feel about our hair losing it can be devastating. If you’re suffering from thinning hair or hair loss, Van Scoy Hair Clinics will help you 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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Every day’s a good day to celebrate your mother, but Mother’s Day is a particularly great time to show the maternal figure in your life just how much she means to you. One of the best ways to show your mom gratitude on Mother’s Day is by pampering her — and treating her to her very own spa day! If your mother suffers from thinning hair, which is common in postmenopausal women, you can throw her a spa celebration that is both relaxing, but also healthy for her hair. Check out some great DIY spa activities for Mother’s Day that can help make for a fun, rejuvenating celebration of motherhood.

Start With a Scalp Treatment

One of the best ways to boost head and scalp health is by using a Jojoba Oil treatment. To make the treatment for your mother, combine 4 ounces of Jojoba oil with 10 drops of rosemary oil and lavender oil, 5 drops of basil oil, and 2 drops of Thyme and Cedarwood essential oil. Then, massage the tonic into her scalp. The tonic should soak into the scalp for about an hour. You can offer your mother a shoulder massage while she waits! Scalp tonics can help stimulate blood flow to the scalp and ensure your mother’s head is properly moisturized.

Shampoo With a Sulfate-Free Shampoo

Once the scalp treatment is completed, you can rinse your mother’s hair out in the sink using a healthy shampoo. Choose a shampoo that is free of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (a common ingredient in many shampoos), since sulfates are known to be harsh on locks — particularly those that have already started thinning. Then, gently massage the shampoo into a lather. Rinse it out with warm water in order to ensure all of the shampoo and tonic have been removed. Your mother’s hair should now be moisturized and clean — and smell delightful, too!

Sip Cucumber Water

No spa day would be complete with a healthy, refreshing glass of cucumber water. An added benefit of cucumber water is that cucumber is traditionally believed to boost hair health. Make the cucumber water the night before by slicing one cucumber, placing the slices at the bottom of a pitcher, and filling the pitcher with water. Refrigerate overnight. Then, when you’re wrapping up your spa day, you can take advantage of the delicious crisp taste, as well as the healthy benefits.

The benefits of throwing a spa day for your mother who is experiencing hair loss is threefold. You can make her feel rested and refreshed, you can help boost the health of her thinning hair, and you can spend some quality time getting closer to someone who deserves to be celebrated!

We all want the best for our moms and if your mom is suffering from hair loss Van Scoy Hair Clinics can help her restore her hair. To schedule a private consultation today call us at (419) 289-6665 or to contact us via email click here.
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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 it becomes part of a norm rather than an embarrassment or affliction to hide, paving the way for those suffering from Trichotillomania to find a support system and resources for improvement.
  • Share a video. How about this one (shown below) from last year’s campaign?
  • Tell one person a day what you have learned. Set a goal to do your part in spreading awareness about trich by telling one person about the disorder each day during Trichotillomania Awareness Week, starting a week from tomorrow, October 1 – 7. It can be a friend, a family member, or a coworker and is as easy as opening with, “Hey, I read that today is the first day of Trichotillomania Awareness Week. Are you familiar with the condition?”
  • Print and post these cards. The TLC created small cards that can be printed and shared on public bulletin boards at your place of work, church, gym, or community center.

For more ideas on how you can get involved, visit the TLC’s website at trich.org. If you or someone you know is struggling with Trichotillomania, there is help available. Reach out and open the lines of communication today.

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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 length, or maybe by the time winter rolls in you will be sporting a cool side swept look like this GQ style or something more rock-n-roll like this D’Marge favorite.

Alright, we get that this is a stretch for most men, but for those who do have long manes, fall is the time to let the ponytail down and feel the wind in your hair. As Esquire says in this Game of Thrones based hair guide, “It’s hard to pull off long hair, but if you can, it’s perfect for fall, adding a rich, hearty element to your overall style.” If you go this route though, “keeping it clean, without letting it get dry and brittle is a must”. Guys who are especially focused on styling their locks can take some notes from Schwarzkopf here. For everyone else, at least make sure you take care of any damage or thinning you have been able to hide by pulling it back all summer!

It is a widely accepted misconception that hair thinning and balding are problems that are unique to the male gender. Though still not desirable, there is an expectation of sorts that hair loss comes with age for men, but not for women. In actuality, hair loss does not discriminate and a notably high percentage of women will experience some degree of thinning or balding during the course of their lifetime.

The single largest cause of hair loss in women has hereditary origins and is known as Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL). This type of loss is usually identified by thinning along the part rather than the thinning at the hairline that is frequent in its male counterpart, Male Pattern Hair Loss. The degree of a woman’s hair loss with FPHL is measured using the Savin Scale. According to a 2013 study conducted by the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami, some 21 million women in the United States alone are suffering from FPHL with 12% of women seeing signs by the time they are 30 and upwards of 30-40% of women dealing with FPHL in their 60s. These numbers are astounding when one considers how little female hair loss is discussed and acknowledged in today’s society!

In addition to FPHL, hair loss in women can also be attributed to a number of other causes including hormonal changes such as postpartum, birth control, or menopausal hair loss, extreme stress, regular overstyling, medications including, but not limited to, chemotherapy, underlying medical conditions such as hyperthyroidism or lupus, other known hair loss conditions, such as alopecia areata and trichotillomania, and the list goes on and on. It can seem a bit daunting to pinpoint a specific cause with so many possibilities, but a doctor or specialist can help individuals to understand their unique diagnoses and the potential solutions that are suited to their condition.

It is true that certain medications or procedures that are successful in men are not as broadly applicable in women. For example, some medications simply do not treat FPHL and others have female specific side effects that deter doctors from prescribing them. This is not to say that there aren’t a range of options for women dealing with hair thinning and loss, because there absolutely are. From hair transplantations and medications to laser therapies and high quality human hair wigs, opportunities for female hair restoration have never been so plentiful. Like diagnoses though, these prescribed treatments require the expertise of a specialist who understands how to accurately match the unique details of a woman’s hair loss with the dynamic impact and effectiveness of various solutions.

Last, but certainly not least, the social and emotional impact of hair loss in women is a fundamental piece of the challenge faced by females who are enduring ongoing thinning and baldness. For centuries, hair has played an enormous role in defining self-image, femininity, youthfulness, and beauty, and despite how one categorizes things like beauty and femininity, losing the opportunity to decide for oneself can be remarkably difficult to overcome. Frequently women seek to hide their thinning scalp with a new style or limited public exposure, and these temporary solutions leave them feeling vulnerable and isolated. By increasing awareness and initiating conversations about hair loss in women, there is potential to not only limit the loss and commence restoration, but also to minimize the negative social and emotional strains on females that are caused by unwanted hair-based changes. Women struggling with hair loss are not alone!

With more than 40 years experience, Van Scoy Hair Clinics has offered the latest advances in hair restoration for men and women in our state-of-the-art facilities in Cleveland, Columbus and Ashland, Ohio. Schedule a FREE hair loss and scalp analysis today.


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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 can see her full interview as well as conversations with other involved researchers in the video below and access the official article on Nature Medicine here.