Friday, May 20, 2016

Selena Gomez Reveals Her Hair Care Secrets

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Selena Gomez recently revealed some of her hair care secrets to Cosmo U.K., telling the magazine, "I don't wash my hair everyday, which may sound gross, but it's actually really bad for my hair." Selena went on to explain that she usually washes her hair every third of fourth day, and uses a little dry shampoo on the off days. 

So is skipping a few washes going to give you hair like the Pantene spokesmodel? Unfortunately, probably not, but that doesn't mean there isn't something to be said for less frequent washes. The answer to how often to wash your hair is a very individual one. Did you know that Europeans wash their hair on average 2-3 times a week and many Americans wash twice a day?  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. 

Just remember, hair care is just like skin care, and should be adjusted to your specific needs.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Can Stress Really Cause Hair Loss?

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It has no doubt been a turbulent few weeks for Kelly Ripa. With all the drama surrounding her morning show, the star is no doubt under a lot of stress. What could all this stress mean for her luscious locks?

The old saying has always been that stress will make you go gray, but can stress really make your hair fall out? The short answer is yes, but thankfully, there is more to it than that, or else no one would have any hair. 
Stress alone doesn’t cause permanent hair loss, but it can lead to temporary hair loss in both men and women. But when we are talking about stress and hair loss, it is important to understand that we’re not talking about everyday stress. Stress-related hair loss is brought on by extreme stress and is most commonly associated with life-altering events, such as death, serious illness, and according to some studies, even divorce. However it can be extremely difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of our hair loss, because the stressors can come from a variety of sources.

When stress sends your body into a state of shock, your hair can be forced into a resting state prematurely, which is what causes the sudden hair loss. As we all know, some shedding (100-200 strands/day) is normal because hair follicles cycle on and off naturally over time. New hair production pushes out the old resting hairs as follicles switch from 'resting' to 'growing' phase. 

Odds are, Kelly's hair will be fine, she seems to be handling the stress like a pro. But, for those who experience any sudden, unusual, or excessive shedding, don’t ignore it, or simply assume it is the result of stress. Hair loss caused by stress, whether emotional or physical, is particularly difficult to self-diagnose, because it doesn’t happen immediately following the stressful period or triggering event, it often happens weeks, or even months afterwards. To properly diagnose the cause of your hair loss, it is important to be evaluated by a board-certified hair restoration physician, who can help determine if your hair loss is in fact due to stress, or if it is a symptom of a more serious underlying health condition.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Rosie O'Donnell Opens Up About Hair Loss

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Rosie O'Donnell recently took to Twitter to open up about her hair loss issues, posting a photo of herself with a noticeably thinning hairline. 

While Rosie's admission was brave, she isn't alone. According to the American Hair Loss Association, 40% of women experience hair loss or ‘thinning’ by the time they reach menopause. Women’s hair loss can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, hormonal changes, diet, health, medications and stress. 

Female hair loss is extremely common and extremely misunderstood. While women experience high rates of hair loss just like men do, the public awareness is far below that of what is for men. Women with thinning hair tend to suffer a far greater psychological and social burden than men. 

But the good news for Rosie, and the millions of women suffering from hair loss and thinning, is that there is a whole range of effective treatment options available for them that can prevent, control and reverse the hair loss process. Some of these treatments include Rogaine For Women, Formula 82M, PRP Therapy, low level laser therapy, nutritionals, minimally invasive hair transplants and even Latisse (the Brooke Shields eyelash drug).

Women who are suffering from hair loss or thinning, should contact an experienced hair restoration physician who can work with them to determine the most effective treatment regimen for their specific needs. Patients should look for a doctor who is a full-time medical hair loss specialist certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery and recommended by the American Hair Loss Association.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Kaley Cuoco Ditches Short Hair

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Kaley Cuoco celebrated wrapping up another season of her hit show with a new look. The star ditched her character's bob for long extensions, saying on Instagram of the decision, "It's very important for me to change my look after wrapping each season :) I love playing Penny, but it's good for me to bring it back to Kaley, last year I chopped it all off- this year I'm doing the opposite."

While extensions may seem like an easy way to change up your style, they aren't without risks. 

The reality is, hair extensions are actually extremely harmful to the hair follicles. Because of the excess weight and pulling, hair extensions, when worn too much, can lead to a type of hair loss called "traction alopecia." Traction alopecia is a form of "scarring alopecia" and characterized by an obliteration of the hair follicles. Hair transplantation is the most effective way to reverse this condition.

If you are a regular user of hair extensions, weaves, braids or wigs that attach to the hair, your hair follicles are in danger of permanent damage.

Hollywood often leads the world when it comes to style, but this is one trend I recommend avoiding!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Postpartum Hair Loss Watch: Chrissy Teigen

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Chrissy Teigen recently gave birth to a baby girl - but now that she's in the postpartum phase, she could start to see some associated hair loss.

Postpartum hair loss is relatively common - but don't worry, it isn't permanent. The medical community believes it could be triggered by the hormonal fluctuations that occur during this period. While pregnant, women see a surge in their estrogen and progesterone levels (which is why women have such great hair when pregnant) - and after the baby is born, these levels return to the pre-pregnancy level. It is this sudden drop-off in hormone levels that causes the hair follicles to go into short-term shock.

As a result, shedding is quite common in the weeks, and months, following the delivery.

Chrissy may not experience postpartum hair loss - but if she does, I hope her doctors will tell her not to worry. Postpartum hair loss is normal, temporary, and shouldn't be a problem. If she does experience excessive thinning and wants to speed up the hair recovery process, she may want to consider a regimen of low level laser therapy and a vitamin supplement like Viviscal to help stimulate healthy hair growth.

Friday, April 22, 2016

PEOPLE - Prince's Most Iconic Hair Moments Remembered

While the world is no doubt remembering Prince's music, is also remembering his impact as a style icon, with a slideshow of his most memorable hair moments. 

You can see the tribute, here.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Former England Footballer David Platt Discusses Robotic Hair Transplant

The ARTAS System 

Former England Football captain, David Platt, is opening up about his recent hair transplant. Platt, 49, who now does sports commentary, wanted to improve his severely receded hairline, and decided to take advantage of the latest transplant technology - robotic hair transplants. 
Platt underwent his hair transplant 18 months ago, and is now sharing his results. The transplant was performed with the ARTAS System, an image-guided robot that can harvest up to 1,000 hair grafts in a single hour - which makes hair transplant surgery faster and safer. The combination of artistry and technology afforded by ARTAS means patients are getting the ‘best of both worlds,’ and the end result is hairlines that look incredibly natural and not transplanted. 
I'm happy to hear that Platt is pleased with his results, and that he is sharing his story with his fans. Hopefully this helps encourage more men unhappy with their own hair loss to take advantage of this cutting-edge technology. 

You can read more about Platt's surgery, and see before-and-after photos, here.