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.

Friday, May 27, 2016

GQ Deems Brad Pitt a Hair God

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I talk a lot about Hollywood's many hair chameleons on the blog, but usually it is in reference to female stars, but Brad Pitt deserves mention too. 

GQ recently deemed the star a "hair god" for being able to pull off everything from long hair to buzz cuts and just about anything in between. But what I find most remarkable about Mr. Pitt's hair is that his hairline is still strong, thick and healthy at 52. As I've mentioned before, the hair loss risk increases with age ... But, specifically, at his age, Mr. Pitt is defying a 50-percent chance of hair loss.

So how does he do it? 

Good genes of course play a role, but there is a good chance there are other factors at play as well. 

It's my guess that Mr. Pitt has been very proactive in protecting his hairline over the last 10 to 20 years, and probably uses some type of preventative treatment - like FDA approved Propecia. I also wouldn't be surprised if he's used Rogaine from time to time (although treatment should be consistent to be effective) and low level laser therapy.

Just a hunch, but hair as good as his usually requires medical intervention.

But will it last forever? Not without medical treatments like the ones I described above.

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.