Hair loss is an issue that affects over 80 million Americans. Most men and women will have to deal with it at some time in their lives. Celebrity Hair Loss, a blog written by renowned hair transplant surgeon, Dr. Alan Bauman, exposes hair loss problems among the rich and famous to help put these issues in perspective for the average person.
You may have read, beard transplants are on the rise among the hipster crowd. The news made countless headlines last week and even caught the attention of The Howard Stern Show, so they've asked me to call in next Tuesday to discuss this growing trend! In addition to beard transplants, we'll be talking about other "weird" transplants and I'll be dishing on who has the most requested scruff in Hollywood! Tune in: Tuesday, March 11 at 7am EST - Sirius Radio, Channel 100
Thor actor Chris Hemsworth, 30, has risen to fame thanks to his popular super hero roles, but one fight his "golden hammer" isn't going to help him with is his receding hairline. In photos from Sunday's Oscars, you can see deepening recession in the temporal region, which isn't uncommon for a man his age. Thirty percent of men in their 30s experience hair loss and the number increases to 40 percent as men enter their 40s. While Hemsworth's hairline is maturing, he is fortunate to have an otherwise full head of hair.
He might want to consider a proactive hair regimen of FDA-approved Propecia or Rogaine, which could help him avoid any further recession.
He would hardly be the first actor to take action against hair loss, more celebrities are investing in hair restoration than ever before. New technology and non-invasive procedures are selling points for many actors looking to enhance their looks discreetly.
It has long been speculated that Naomi Campbell struggles with traction alopecia. New concerns were sparked this week after she was photographed at an event wearing a wig. Over the years, Campbell has been photographed with bald spots, which appear to be the result of years of tight hairstyles, weaves, and extensions.
Well known for her long time use of hair extensions, the British supermodel appears to be dealing with the consequences of the pulling, styling and abuse her follicles have suffered over many years. Common amongst ethnicities who wear tight braids, those who use hair extensions over a long period of time, attach wigs or weaves with glue/clips/tape, or those who suffer from trichotillomania (hair-pulling disease), traction alopecia is a result of the chronic tension or pulling on the follicles causing irreparable damage.
The definitive cure is hair transplantation which permanently replaces the follicles into the bald skin. However, without a change in hair-care habits, the transplanted hair is also at risk.
Who has the best hair in the NBA? Who has the worst? Do ponytails belong on the court? To find out, check out GQ.com's NBA Hair Awards, see the slideshow here. I write a lot about celebrities, but a growing number of high profile athletes are taking advantage of the new technologies available to treat hair loss. In the past few years, Broncos' wide receiver Wes Welker, LeBron James, and Tom Brady have all reportedly undergone hair transplants to help restore their hairlines. English footballer Wayne Rooney even documented his transplant experience for the media and his fans. No doubt these athletes are drawn to new transplant techniques that require little downtime and discreet healing. The FDA-approved NeoGraft FUE device is used to extract individual hair follicles from the donor area at the back of the patient's scalp which are then implanted into the bald areas of the scalp. This method replaces the prior technique of cutting a large strip from the back of the patient's scalp and eliminates the use of sutures or staples. FUE procedures leave no linear scar and patients can return to moderate athletic activity in just days instead of weeks making it perfect for athletes.
According to reports, Oscar-nominee Bradley Cooper is allegedly taking Propecia to combat the early signs of hair loss. Cooper, 39, has become a popular leading man in Hollywood over the past few years, so it wouldn't surprise me that he would take preventative measures to maintain his leading man looks. As he approaches 40, he faces a 40 percent chance of hair loss.
While more celebrities and athletes are opening up about their experience with hair transplants, it is still less common for them to discuss their Propecia use, but this doesn't mean it isn't widely used in Hollywood! I would guess that more than a few of Hollywood's leading men are taking advantage of Propecia, as well as the other preventative measures to protect their hairlines.
If the rumors are true, good for Cooper for taking preventative action against hair loss. If not, it may not be a bad idea to talk to a hair restoration physician about his options.
When is the last time you showed your hair some love?
Whether you are fighting dry hair during the winter months,
or frizz during the summer, it is always good to reevaluate your beauty regimen
to make sure you are giving your hair everything it needs to be thick, healthy
and beautiful all year ‘round.
In honor of Valentine's Day, here are four easy ways
to show your hair a little extra TLC.
Hungry Hair – It may seem unrelated, but what you eat, or don’t eat, has a
huge impact on the health of our hair. A diet rich in whole foods, especially
protein, is essential to achieving and maintaining healthy hair, while on the
flipside, caloric, iron and protein deficiencies are among the most common
nutritional triggers for unhealthy hair and hair loss. So if you want to show your hair you
care, put down the box of chocolates and replace it with one of the many, healthy
hair foods, like salmon, which is loaded with omega-3 fatty acid, dark green
vegetables for vitamins A and C, and nuts, which are a terrific source of zinc,
which can prevent hair shedding.
Over-Styling – Salon perms, Brazilian blowouts, frequent color treatments
and even that super hot blow dryer
or that flat iron used over and over again at home can degrade the
proteins that make up your hair and its protective cuticle. Turn down the heat or say ‘no’ to the compulsive flat ironing in
order to protect your hair from thermal damage. Products like
Pantene Thermal Protection and Shine Spray can be helpful in
decreasing friction and improving shine. Harsh chemicals are another risk
to your hair.
Your Scalp – Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp! But unfortunately,
too many women forget to give their scalp the attention it needs. Daily
shampooing and conditioning may help keep your hair healthy, but sometimes the
scalp needs a little specialized attention. Whether your scalp is dry, itchy,
flaky, or oily, it is easier than you may think to get a beautiful healthy
scalp. Love your scalp like you love the skin of your face, and take care of it
the same way.
Hair a Boost – Sleep habits,
smoking, medications, and alcohol consumption can all affect the health of your hair. With
so many factors at play with the health of our hair, including our genetic
risks and inherited hair qualities, it is good to remember to give your hair a
little extra TLC from time to time. For many looking to give their at-risk hair
a little boost, “LOVE” is spelled “L-A-S-E-R.” Originally getting the nod from
the FDA as a side effect-free way to treat hair loss, low level laser "brushes,"
"hoods" and "caps" are now being used by more women to simply
improve hair quality by helping hair follicles create thicker, fuller, shinier
and healthier hair.
Just remember, your hair can be your crowning glory, or an
endless nightmare—it is up to you! Isn’t it time you showed your hair some love?