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Going Natural for Healthy Hair

2018-10-08T12:39:45+00:00 By |

Hair loss is far more common than many men and women would like to admit. While some medical hair loss treatments can help, there is no magical cure for hair loss. The one thing you can do is take care of your hair and doing so naturally is a good idea to improve your hair’s appearance. Taking a natural approach For many people, taking a natural approach to hair health as well as overall health just seems like a good idea. A balanced diet and regular exercise can help you to feel and look good. We all know that when it comes to food, eating fresh is much better for you than processed foods. A healthy diet that is rich in nutrients and vitamins and drinking plenty of water all can have a positive benefit for your skin and hair. It has been noted by the US Office on Women’s Health that the best way to keep your hair in tip-top shape involves a healthy lifestyle and good hair care. It’s a good idea to wash your hair regularly but that doesn’t mean every day. Hair can get too dry and that will lead to breakage of the hair strands. Also, when you wash your hair, make sure the water is not to hot as that can work against your hair and can dry out your locks. Just like you would ingest chemicals, it is best to minimize the amount of chemicals you put on your scalp. Always look at the labels for hair dyes, shampoos, and other hair care products so you know what contents they have in them. Opt for natural, and high quality products like those used by many professionals. Lifestyle factors [...]

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Men’s Hair Care vs Women’s Hair Care

2018-10-08T12:45:52+00:00 By |

If you were to do a google search for the average amount a woman spends on hair care products, you will find the average price per year is around $700. This is where the battle of the sexes comes into play as men spend about one-third or less than women do on their hair and hair styling. Our society is a pretty vane one and so women try to fight the grey hair as long as possible so the hair coloring costs alone pump that number up for women. Blonds may have more fun but they will spend way more to keep those grey roots from showing. Then there is the endless search for the perfect hair care products. These products include hair dryers, curling irons and hair straighteners, all of which can range in cost from $20 to $300. Then there are expensive organic, sulfate-free shampoos. If you ask a woman about who benefits from having beautiful hair, she’ll tell you that there is no question that their hair is worth it. That is because it’s important to keep your hair healthy just as you would your body. God may have tried to tip the scales a bit by having it be more common for men to lose their hair than it is for women, but sometimes, the vanity kicks in for men as well when it comes to their hair. While the playing field may not be totally equal between men and women’s hair loss problems, it can be a problem for both sexes. If you notice your hair is thinning or perhaps you have severe hair loss, there are solutions for both men and women. At Van Scoy Hair Clinics we have [...]

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Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

2017-07-11T10:30:23+00:00 By |

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy: How Does It Work? Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy as a proactive therapeutic option for men and women that are experiencing hair loss. PRP is an exciting non-surgical therapeutic option for patients who require stimulation of hair growth for many hair loss conditions. PRP therapy is one of the latest hair loss treatment protocols to help those with thinning hair to regrow hair with natural results. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is concentrated blood plasma that contains about three to five times the number of platelets found in normal circulating blood. In addition to PRP it also contains platelet derived growth factor (PDGF), transforming growth factor (TGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and other bioactive proteins that aid in wound healing and hair growth. How is PRP Therapy performed? The first thing that is done is you need to have blood drawn. The blood is spun in a centrifuge that will separate the PRP which is then removed from the rest of the blood. The PRP that is taken from your blood spinning down creates the blood cells to be a high concentration. After the centrifugation process, the platelets and other vital growth proteins raise to the top. Some individuals find the procedure to be uncomfortable so often a topical anesthesia is used. With a thin needle, your own highly concentrated Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is injected into your scalp. Then the growth factors naturally in your blood cells do their job and hair growth is naturally stimulated. The PRP contains many growth factors that stimulate the hair follicle’s growth. Some patient’s opt to have PRP performed every 3 to 4 months to continue to stimulate hair growth. The end results is an [...]

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Chemotherapy and Hair Loss: Can it be Combatted?

2018-10-08T11:08:05+00:00 By |

For 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 [...]

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What is Trichology

2018-10-07T19:17:52+00:00 By |

We've received a number of inquiries from people coming into our clinic about Trichology, and what a Trichologist does.  So we thought it might be helpful if we posted an article on trichology to give you an idea what it is. Alopecia Areata Trichology is a subset of dermatology and refers to the study of hair and scalp problems and specifically hair and scalp health. A ‘trichologist’ is someone who specializes in problems of the hair and scalp, and especially hair loss problems such as hair breakage, itchy/flaking scalp and baldness. They also treat all forms of alopecia, including alopecia areata. You can think of a trichologist as a hair and scalp 'doctor'. This type of specialists is someone you might consult instead of visiting your general practitioner, particularly if the problem or condition they are experiencing is more specific, such as persistent hair fall, itching and redness of the scalp, etc. A trichologist will typically perform a thorough intake examination and will go over your medical history, and gather information about your lifestyle, including your diet, stress and other factors, and conduct a thorough examination your hair and/or scalp. Hair Loss and Hair Loss Treatment Did you know your hair is an indicator of your over all general health? Hair that is dull and lifeless can often suggest a stressed, unhealthy lifestyle, while hair that is full and shiny can often indicate overall good health. This is only one of the many factors a trichologist may consider when prescribing a course of treatment. Many people don’t just see a trichologist for hair loss issues but also for advice on keeping their hair and scalp in tip top shape to try and reduce [...]

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Diet-Related Hair Loss

2017-07-11T10:30:27+00:00 By |

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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October 1 Begins Trichotillomania Awareness Week

2017-07-11T10:30:29+00:00 By |

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

2018-10-08T11:50:43+00:00 By |

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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Hair Loss In Women

2017-07-11T10:30:30+00:00 By |

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 [...]