Monday, July 18, 2016

Recession Alert - Tom Hiddleston

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Taylor Swift's current boyfriend, Tom Hiddleston, may only be 35, but he's already showing some signs of hairline recession.

Hairline recession in your 30s isn't uncommon, in fact over 30% of all men will experience it during this period of their lives. However, by taking the proper steps, men can prevent hair loss from worsening and, in many cases, they can also restore those areas of the scalp where hair loss has already occurred. Medically tested treatments like finasteride, minoxidil, platelet-rich plasma or PRP, and low level laser therapy are just some of the treatments men can undergo to protect their hairlines. 
By consulting with a board-certified hair restoration specialist early on, men can protect their hairlines against the aging process.

Friday, July 8, 2016

How To Protect & Treat Your Scalp In the Sun - Fashion Times

I was recently asked by Fashion Times for some tips on how to protect and treat your scalp in the sun this summer. We discussed everything from the right shampoo and conditioners to use to protective hair treatments, and healthy hair foods and vitamins to scalp treatments. 

You can read the article, here

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Rachel Roy's "Good Hair" Tips

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There has been much speculation that Rachel Roy is the inspiration behind Beyonce's "Becky with the good hair," and while we may never know if those rumors are true, there is no denying that she has luscious locks. 

So what is her secret? 

Rachel dished on some of her "good hair" tips in a new interview with Into the Gloss. Of her hair care regimen, she said, "On occasion, I do get oil treatments where they put oil on your scalp row by row and then massage you for 30 minutes. It’s amazing because my scalp gets dry. That’s why I only wash my hair about once a week. I’m a dry shampoo girl because of that. I can get a blowout to last me a whole week. If I get it styled, I like braids or a ponytail. I like it done really high and tight because it gives your face a little lift."

Whatever she is doing, it is obviously working, she has beautiful hair, but some of her comments could potentially mean trouble for her follicles down the road. 

Giving your scalp a little extra TLC is essential for healthy hair, whether it is scalp treatments or massage, healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp. However, while I don't think there is reason to wash your hair every day, as many Americans do, you want to be careful that dry shampoo doesn't replace a regular shampoo regimen. While washing once a week may seem extreme, how often to wash your hair is a very individual one. If your scalp is oily or you tend to workout, you might need to wash your hair more frequently than someone who has dry hair or scalp or who is not as athletically active.  

As for how often you should use dry shampoo between washes, this varies by individual as well, due to their sebum production, lifestyle and styling habits. In the beginning, I would advise trying the dry shampoo just once or twice between washes and be mindful of sebum, product or other buildup that could impact style or scalp health. Dry shampoo should absolutely NOT replace your regular shampoo/conditioner regimen. 

As for her styling habits, I always advise women to be cautious with tight styles, such as braids and high ponytails, because they can potentially cause damage to your hair follicles, if overused. 

Just remember, hair care is just like skin care, and should be adjusted to your specific needs, what works for some women, won't work for all. So find a regimen that keeps your hair and scalp feeling healthy, and limit any potentially harmful habits or products. 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Reese Witherspoon Gets New Summer Look

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Many women opt for shorter hairstyles and lighter color in the summer months, and celebrities are often the first to debut the new summer trends. Reese Witherspoon is the latest celeb to get a fresh summer look, chopping 4 or 5 inches off her signature blonde locks. While it is fun to experiment during the summer months, you also have to be careful to protect your hair from summer's elements! 

Here are 6 ways to keep your hair healthy this summer. 
  1. Shampoo & Conditioner - This is the first line of defense for your hair and can create a protective layer against environmental damage. Use a shampoo that is sulfate-free and has a deep cleanser - it should remove remove pollutants but not strip the hair of its essential oils. The conditioner should protect and lubricate the cuticle, so look for one with amino silicones and cationic surfactants. 
  2. Protective Treatments -  Sunscreen can be applied directly to the hair as a "sunblock" to protect its color. Applying lightweight silicone products to damp hair will protect against frizz while enhancing shine.
  3. Vitamins - Make sure your diet includes several key vitamins for your hair, like iron, zinc, biotin, selenium and B-12.
  4. Hair Supplements - Nutritional supplements like Viviscal will also boost the quality and growth factor of your hair, helping you in summer. 
  5. Laser Treatment - Low level laser therapy is a great way to stimulate growth and thickness in the hair, and will help in summer months. There are several hand-held “laser brushes” available on the market, including Erchonia’s THL-1, Sunetics Laser Brush and the HairMax LaserComb. 
  6. Avoid Damaging Activities - During hot summer months, be extra careful about these risk factors: pool chlorine, hair dye, blow dryers, curling and flat irons, straightening and over shampooing.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Hollywood's Newest Hair Chameleon - Emma Stone

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After going through three hair colors in one month, Emma Stone has been crowned Hollywood's newest hair chameleon. But while changing your style so much can be fun, and often gets you a reputation as a fashion risk taker, it can also cause serious damage to your hair.

Many women don’t seem to realize that chemicals like bleaches and dyes can fundamentally change the structure of their hair, making it weaker and more susceptible to breakage and damage. Overusing these treatments and frequent color changes can lead to breakage, hair fallout, loss of density and volume, and in some severe cases, even traction alopecia.

If Emma continues to change up her color so frequently, she may want to consider starting on a regimen of hair vitamins, like Viviscal Pro or professional-grade Biotin, which can stimulate healthy hair growth and give your hair's overall health a boost. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Michael Lohan Gets Hair Transplant Ahead of Lindsay's Wedding

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Michael Lohan recently underwent a hair transplant, no doubt to help him look his best at daughter Lindsay's upcoming wedding. 

At 56, Lohan has been experiencing hair loss for years, and had deep recession in the temporal regions as well as a balding crown. For years, he had tried different methods to conceal the hair loss, including a combover style, but as the hair loss progressed, these methods simply weren't enough anymore. 

Good for him for taking advantage of the advanced transplant methods available. New microsurgical no-scalpel/no-stitch harvesting techniques like NeoGraft FUE or ARTAS Robotic-Assisted Transplants allow for a minimally-invasive no-linear-scar “follicle-by-follicle” approach. This advanced process allows for diminished downtime and discomfort while avoiding the pluggy look and linear scars which traditional ‘old-style’ hair transplants left behind.  

You can read more about Lohan's transplant, and see photos at The Daily Mail.


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Fascination Over Donald Trump's Hair Continues

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For years, Donald Trump has been the target of jokes and suspicion about his hair, which many believe to be fake. And the fascination only seems to be growing the closer we get to the election. 

The Washington Post has compiled the 100 greatest descriptions of his hair ever written, which you can read, here

Last fall, I was asked for my opinion on Donald Trump's hair by The Bald Truth radio show, you can listen to the interview, here, and get my take on some of the rumors and speculation surrounding the GOP candidate's famous hair.