Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Is Hair Stitching Bad for Your Follices?

The success of fantasy and historically themed shows like Game of Thrones, Vikings, Once Upon a Time and Outlander is leading to a new hair styling trend in Hollywood: hair stitching.

But will it harm your hair?

While many common styling practices like braids, extensions, even pony-tails, can cause physical damage to the follicles if they're over-used, in extreme cases leading to traction alopecia (see Naomi Campbell's bald spots), hair stitching does not appear to pose any significant risks. The stitch itself is just woven through the existing hair, so the only issue would maybe be the anchored braids if they were too tight over time. However, in most cases, hair stitching is likely to be limited to special occasions, not a "daily 'do," so the impact would be minimal.

Bottom line: hair stitching is not a risk to the long-term health of your hair, so throny up!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Is Armpit Hair Now in Vogue?

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Miley Cyrus. Maddona. Jemima Kirke. All three of these female celebrities are daring to go where few have dared to (publicly) go before - they're growing out their armpit hair!

No doubt there will be many who cringe at this new style, and we'll have to wait to see how far this new trend actually goes in Hollywood. But it's worth asking: why is it socially unacceptable for women to have hair there

It's certainly a unique counter-trend at a time when both women and men are trying to remove hair from various parts of the body. From a medical standpoint, there's no real benefit or risk for either letting your body hair grow out, or deciding to remove it (as long as you use safe products under sanitary conditions) - but with one exception. Pubic hair is one area of the body where removing the hair can actually put you at a higher risk of infection, STDs, etc. Here's what I had to say about that back in 2012.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Hair Extensions for Jennifer Lawrence?

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It's hard to find someone in Hollywood who isn't using hair extensions - and Jennifer Lawrence is certainly no different. She was recently spotted in New York where her extensions were evident as she went apartment hunting.

I've said this before, and I'll say it again: extensions are extremely bad for the hair! The extra weight and pulling effect can physically damage the hair follicles, resulting in permanent hair loss (i.e., traction alopecia). A number of celebrities, from Naomi Campbell to Kim Kardashian, appear to be suffering the after-effects of these products.

Female hair loss is often caused by genetic factors, but there are a number of other ways you can damage your hair - physical damage from extensions, wigs, braids, pony-tails, etc. is something every woman needs to be aware of. It's ok to do so every once in a while, but if it is done regularly it will likely lead to irreversible damage to the follicles.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Donald Trump vs. Marco Rubio - Who's Hair is Better?

"Combover," "rug," "fake," etc. - these are just a few of the things people have said about Donald Trump's notorious hair-do over the years. But is his hair actually better than Sen. Marco Rubio's?

At Trump's press conference announcing his candidacy for US President, he called out another presidential rival directly: "I have much better hair than he (Rubio) does." 

But does he?

You be the judge:

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(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rubio is clearly suffering from frontal hairline recession, but his hair-do has yet to become an Internet meme

Call it a tie?

Monday, June 8, 2015

LeBron James is Unstoppable - But Is the Same True for His Hair Loss?

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On the court, he's practically a superhero, an unstoppable force able to rebuild a team with a single bound - but is hair loss King James' kryptonite?

Sports writers and pundits have long had fun at LeBron's expense, by pointing out the now 30-year old's ever receding hairline. But just how bad is it? Is he getting it treated? And will his hairline ever grow back?

Here's a quick look at the King's battle with hair loss:

  • Earlier photos of him at practice (without the infamous headband) showed a significant amount of hair loss in the frontal area, likely a Norwood-Hamilton 3 pattern, proceeding to a NW3-vertex as he starts to lose coverage in the crown area.
  • However, recent promotional photos of him show that despite the loss, he's been able to create a stronger amount of frontal coverage and a more youthful hairline appearance. How did he do it? Presumably through a combination of camouflage powders, hair transplantation, scalp micropigmentation and maybe even a little Photoshop help.
  • Game 6 photos in 2013 showed what appeared to be a linear scar line at the back of LeBron's scalp, normally a tell-tale sign of a strip-harvest hair transplant. Why he would opt for an outdated procedure, instead of the much more modern and less invasive NeoGraft FUE hair transplants, is unclear, but the photographic evidence was compelling. Most athlete's today choose the NeoGraft FUE because it requires virtually no down time, narcotic pain medication or stitches. It also doesn't leave behind a linear scar, which makes it much harder to detect.
  • In order for LeBron to stay ahead of his hair loss situation, he needs to keep an eye on the non-transplanted hair which most certainly will keep miniaturizing if not addressed. To keep the "King's Crown" intact, LeBron should consider sophisticated treatments such as topical Formula 82M compounded minoxidil, oral therapy like compounded FinPlus finasteride, low-level laser therapy LaserCap and/or PRP platelet-rich plasma therapy. He should also be monitored at least four times per year by a board-certified hair restoration physician who can scientifically track the hair growth status in all at-risk areas.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Chris Pratt - Time for a Hairline Intervention?

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Chris Pratt's career is booming, but could his hairline be about to tank?

Recent photos show what appears to be the beginning of recession in the temporal points. Just a "normal" sign of aging, you say? Well the hairline does mature over time but typically hair loss is a key component. Although the 35-year old star isn't in trouble yet, now would be a good time for him to get tested to see if he's likely to develop androgenetic alopecia and begin early preventive treatments - like Propecia and Formula 82M.

Pratt's new movie, "Jurassic World," releases next month.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Entourage the Movie - Hair Line Mashup

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Eleven years after the hit series debuted on HBO, "Entourage" is finally getting its own role on the big screen this summer. Vince, E, Turtle were all young guys when the series began - but after more than a decade since the premiere, how well are their hair lines holding up?

Vince - i.e., Adrian Grenier (38)

It'd be hard to complain about Adrian's hair. So far, the 38-year old actor still has what appears to be a full and healthy hair line, and doesn't show any signs of recession yet.

E - i.e., Kevin Connolly (41)

Kevin's hair line, on the other hand, shows clear signs of temporal recession. But altogether, it's still a fairly strong hair line.

Turtle - i.e., Jerry Ferrara (35)

Jerry has another solid hair line. We can just see what may be the beginning of temporal recession, but that also occurs as the hair line matures. 

But let's not forget about the other two stars - Johnny Drama and Ari Gold. Both are much older than their co-stars, but their hair lines are in remarkably good shape 11 years later.

Johnny Drama - i.e., Kevin Dillon (49)

Dillon's hair line has clearly recessed at the top and along the temporal regions, but for his age it's in great shape. There's a good chance he's been using a multi-therapy regimen to keep it that way - and more than likely that includes finasteride and minoxidil.

Ari Gold - i.e., Jeremy Piven (49)

Piven's hair loss has been well documented and previous reports have shown a long linear scar at the back of his head - followed by a miraculous revival of his hair line. It's clear he's had hair transplant surgery, but unfortunately Piven must have opted for the old-fashioned "strip harvest" hair transplant, which leaves that noticeable scar at the back of the head. It's strange that a movie star who's always in the spotlight wouldn't opt for the modern micro-surgical procedure known as FUE, which leaves no visible scar at all.