Monday, May 2, 2016

Kaley Cuoco Ditches Short Hair

Photo by PR Photos

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, People.com 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.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Huffington Post: Does Wearing a Hat Make You Go Bald?

Huffington Post recently asked for my expert opinion on whether or not wearing a hat can make you bald. The question came about after an article in GQ suggested wearing a hat led to baldness.

I was so glad they decided to investigate, as the statement made in the article was far from true, and a great example of the myths associated with hair follicles and male pattern hair loss that continue to be perpetuated by the uneducated.


While you may see hair loss suffers wearing hats to cover bald spots or re-frame their face in a youthful way, I can 100% assure you - hats DO NOT and CANNOT cause male pattern hair loss!


You can read the rest of my comments, and the full article, here.


 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Stylecaster: A Brief Rundown on Clarifying Shampoo


It can be overwhelming to walk down the shampoo aisle at the store, with the seemingly never-ending rows of products promising perfect volume or shine.

With so many different products on the market, it can be hard to know what your hair needs, and what it doesn't. 

StyleCaster recently asked for my thoughts on clarifying shampoos, and if we actually need them. 

When it comes to clarifying shampoos, the thing to keep in mind is they are alkaline, and are typically used to remove buildup, although they can be very drying since they also remove sebum/oils. These effects can be combated with any high-surfactant shampoo that will help cleanse the scalp. Conditioners are also used to help replenish moisture to the hair fibers.

You can read the full article on clarifying shampoos, here.

Friday, April 8, 2016

2-Year Old North West Gets Hair Extensions

Photo by PR Photos

Extensions are no stranger to celebrities. I discuss their use, and the risks associated with them, quite frequently. But this week, after seeing photos of 2-year old North West with extensions, it seemed appropriate to discuss them, yet again! 

To get right to the point, hair extensions are extremely harmful to your 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.

While this may seem extreme, it does happen, and more frequently than these extension-loving celebrities may want to admit. In the case of North West, the use of extensions at this age is simply not a good idea. Her hair follicles are not as strong, and are more susceptible to damage. 

My advice would be for both mom, and daughter, to stick to more natural styles, for the sake of their hair!