Archive for May, 2015

Are Hair Thickening Products Safe?

Posted on: May 20th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Are Hair Thickening Products Safe?

Thinning hair is an affliction that many men and women suffer from. Most people who experience thinning hair look for some sort of product that can help their hair to look and feel thicker and fuller. There are numerous products on the market that claim to help with thinning hair and it can be a great challenge for consumers to weed through them and find and determine which products will be effective and safe. In order to ensure that your money is not wasted, you should have some background information about hair thickening products first.

Luckily, most of the hair thickening products out there are safe to use. A common misconception about hair thickening products is that they will change the actual density of your hair. This is not true, since there is not a product that can change the volume of your hair. What hair thickening products do is coat your hair to give it a thicker appearance. Since it is actually a coating on your hair, once you have washed your hair, you will lose the affects from the product. The product will need to be reapplied every time you want results after you have washed your hair.

Hair thickening products come in a variety of different forms, from shampoos/conditioners, to creams, serums, foams and pills. The hair thickening products that will coat your hair will have ingredients such as dimenthicone or hydrolyzed keratin. These ingredients will help your hair to look thicker than it is. Products that contain these two products are safe to use, so you should look for these ingredients when choosing a hair thickening product.

The Association of Dermatology (ADA) has stated that currently, Minoxidil (Rogaine), is the only topical solution that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that is able to regrow hair and slow down the hair loss process. In doing so, Minoxidil is able to enhance the density of the hair that is thinning and make hair that is noticeable thicker. However, this treatment is only beneficial to those who are in the earlier stages of hair loss. Consult with a hair loss expert to determine if this is a good treatment for you.

If you have a lot of areas on your head that are thinning, or if you have bald spots, you are most likely experiencing hair loss. If you are in the beginning stages of hair loss, you are most likely not going to respond to hair thickening products. Hair loss is a progressive condition, so as it continues, you will not respond to hair thickening products. There are hair loss solutions available, but hair thickeners will not be one of them.

The sooner that you seek treatment for your hair loss, the more effective the results will be. If you are losing your hair and it seems to be a greater problem than simply having your hair thin out a little bit, your best bet is to skip using a hair thickening product and go right to consulting a hair loss expert to help you with your hair loss.


Simple Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy

Posted on: May 19th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Simple Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy

There are many men and women who will experience some degree of hair loss throughout their life. Some of them will fortunately be able to regrow the hair that was lost, but as we continue to get older, the amount of hair that regrows will slow down and will stop altogether at some point. Heredity is a big contributing factor to how much hair can be regrown and for how long that hair will continue to grow.

Hair loss is typically more problematic for men than women and genetics are the biggest determination to how severe the hair loss will be. Losing your hair can happen at any age and there are many different reasons why people experience hair loss, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Environmental factors
  • Excessive use of heat/chemicals
  • Heredity
  • Pollution
  • Stress

Although you cannot actually “cure” baldness, you are able to do things that will keep your hair as healthy as possible for as long as possible. The first easy way to have healthy hair is to eat healthy. Your hair is made up of proteins and a diet that is healthy and well balanced can cause your hair to be healthier. When you eat a healthy combination of fruits, vegetables, eggs, whole grains, nuts and fish, you are giving your hair the best chance at being strong too. It is also recommended that you eat some foods that are rich in protein and fatty acids.

Making sure that you drink enough water is another way to keep your hair strong and shiny. When you are dehydrated, it can cause your hair to become brittle, dull and it will be more prone to breakage. Water really is the best drink for healthy hair and you should try to cut down on the amount of sugar and caffeine that you drink, since both of those cause you to be more dehydrated.

When you apply a great deal of heat and chemicals to your hair, you can cause great harm. Excessive blow drying, straightening, curling and dyeing of your hair will make your hair brittle and your hair will lose its strength. In addition, you should choose a shampoo and conditioner that will be gentle on your hair and scalp.

There are numerous benefits to getting a good night of sleep, and healthy hair is one of them. When you get a good 8 hours of sleep at night, your body gets more energy, which in turn allows your body to be able to provide nourishment and strength to your hair. Sleep also helps people to get rid of their stress, which is extremely beneficial since stress is a contributing factor to hair loss.

Many people are afraid that they need to incorporate vigorous exercise in order to reap the benefits from it. However, incorporating walks into your daily routine can help your hair to stay healthy and it may actually promote hair growth. Walking helps to increase your blood circulation, including the circulation on your scalp, and this increases the flow of important nutrients to your hair.

Although there is not a way to cure baldness, by incorporating these tips, you can help your hair to stay as healthy as possible.


The 411 on Hair Loss and Treatment Options

Posted on: May 19th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Hair loss is a problem for millions of men and women throughout the world. Men and women experience different degrees of hair loss and their hair loss can be caused by many different reasons. The most common type of hair loss is male pattern baldness, and an estimated 90% of men will experience it by the time they are 50 years old.

So what causes hair loss? As previously stated, male pattern baldness, also called androgenetic alopecia, is the most common type of hair loss that men suffer from. When men have male pattern baldness, they have a genetic sensitivity to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and the hair follicles that are sensitive to it begin to shrink, which shortens their lifespan dramatically. Over time, the follicles that were affected will stop growing new hair completely.

Other causes of hair loss include diet, environmental factors, symptoms of illnesses or hormonal changes. The only permanent solution for hair loss is hair transplantation surgery, since that is the only hair loss solution that can completely restore a full head of hair and give you back your hairline.

There are some misunderstandings that people have about hair loss and many believe that hair loss comes from the mother’s side of the family. This is not true. Baldness is inherited, but it comes from both your mother and your father’s genes. Another misconception is that hair loss will stop eventually as you get older. The truth is that hair loss will not stop, but will actually get worse as you get older, since it is a progressive condition.

Luckily for those afflicted with hair loss, there are different treatment options available, depending on the extent and cause of hair loss. There are treatments that have been shown to slow down the hair loss process and some treatments even help to regrow hair that has been lost. Both Propecia and Rogaine are commonly used as a non-surgical treatment, since they can be effective in slowing down hair loss and helping men and women to regrow some hair. However, in order for these treatments to be successful, you have to be at a mild to moderate stage of hair loss.

There are also laser treatments available to help the hair follicles to regenerate. This is a great option for some people since it is not as intensive. However, this is a treatment that will need to be kept up with in order to maintain results.

Since male pattern baldness is genetic, there is no way to prevent it. All you can do is slow down the extent of the hair loss, but it cannot be reversed. If you are in an advanced stage of hair loss, the only permanent solution would be to have hair restoration surgery. A hair loss expert will be able to determine if this would be the best course of treatment for you.

Hair restoration has become increasingly popular for both men and women. In this procedure, healthy hair will be taken from a donor area and will be transplanted to areas that have thinning hair or areas that have no hair. These hair grafts will each have 1-4 hairs in them. In order to be a candidate for this treatment, you will need to have sufficient healthy hair in a donor area. The results from this procedure are natural looking hair that are permanent.

A hair loss expert will help determine what has caused your hair loss and will be able to discuss your hair loss treatment options. If you are considering treatment for your hair loss, contact a hair loss expert in order to get the most accurate and best information possible to help you make your decision.

Easy Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy

Posted on: May 18th, 2015 by Dr Yates

There are many men and women who will experience some degree of hair loss throughout their life.  Some of them will fortunately be able to regrow the hair that was lost, but as we continue to get older, the amount of hair that regrows will slow down and will stop altogether at some point.  Heredity is a big contributing factor to how much hair can be regrown and for how long that hair will continue to grow.

Hair loss is typically more problematic for men than women and genetics are the biggest determination to how severe the hair loss will be.  Losing your hair can happen at any age and there are many different reasons why people experience hair loss, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Environmental factors
  • Excessive use of heat/chemicals
  • Heredity
  • Pollution
  • Stress

Although you cannot actually “cure” baldness, you are able to do things that will keep your hair as healthy as possible for as long as possible.  The first easy way to have healthy hair is to eat healthy.  Your hair is made up of proteins and a diet that is healthy and well balanced can cause your hair to be healthier.  When you eat a healthy combination of fruits, vegetables, eggs, whole grains, nuts and fish, you are giving your hair the best chance at being strong too.  It is also recommended that you eat some foods that are rich in protein and fatty acids.

Making sure that you drink enough water is another way to keep your hair strong and shiny.  When you are dehydrated, it can cause your hair to become brittle, dull and it will be more prone to breakage.  Water really is the best drink for healthy hair and you should try to cut down on the amount of sugar and caffeine that you drink, since both of those cause you to be more dehydrated.

When you apply a great deal of heat and chemicals to your hair, you can cause great harm.  Excessive blow drying, straightening, curling and dyeing of your hair will make your hair brittle and your hair will lose its strength.  In addition, you should choose a shampoo and conditioner that will be gentle on your hair and scalp.

There are numerous benefits to getting a good night of sleep, and healthy hair is one of them.  When you get a good 8 hours of sleep at night, your body gets more energy, which in turn allows your body to be able to provide nourishment and strength to your hair.  Sleep also helps people to get rid of their stress, which is extremely beneficial since stress is a contributing factor to hair loss.

Many people are afraid that they need to incorporate vigorous exercise in order to reap the benefits from it.  However, incorporating walks into your daily routine can help your hair to stay healthy and it may actually promote hair growth.  Walking helps to increase your blood circulation, including the circulation on your scalp, and this increases the flow of important nutrients to your hair.

Although there is not a way to cure baldness, by incorporating these tips, you can help your hair to stay as healthy as possible.

Do Women Also Experience Pattern Baldness?

Posted on: May 18th, 2015 by Dr Yates

People have usually heard of male pattern baldness, but some are unfamiliar with the fact that women can also experience pattern baldness.  Just within the United States alone, there are roughly 30 million women who are suffering from female pattern baldness.  There are many different reasons why women experience this, including:

  • Hormonal changes
  • Hyper or hypothyroidism
  • Lifestyle choices
  • Pregnancy
  • Stress/anxiety
  • Side effect of medication
  • Arthritis
  • Birth control pills
  • Depression
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure

It is not easy to determine when or if a woman is going to experience pattern baldness since there are so many different factors at hand.  In order to get an accurate assessment of what is causing the woman to experience hair loss or baldness, a hair loss expert should be consulted.

Although there are many different factors that can contribute to female pattern baldness, the most common are hormonal changes in the body, aging and heredity.  When women start to go through menopause, many of them start to experience hair loss.  Hair loss associated with the hormonal changes of menopause generally shows up as an all over thinning of the woman’s hair, or a more pronounced thinning or baldness at the crown of their head.  This differs from male pattern baldness, since
most males notice male pattern baldness when their hairline starts to recede.  Women rarely experience a receding of their hairline though.

There are some different treatment options for women who are experiencing female pattern baldness.  Some women opt to use the topical solution Minoxidil, more commonly called Rogaine, since this is the only hair loss drug that has been approved by the FDA as a hair loss drug for women.  Other women choose to go through a laser therapy or have a hair transplantation surgery.

Rogaine works for some women in slowing or stopping hair loss, but if treatment ceases, the hair loss will continue and in some cases, it could actually speed up the hair loss process.  In order to reap the benefits of using Rogaine, treatment needs to be continued in order to maintain the results.

Laser therapy is another treatment that offers great success for some women who are experiencing female pattern baldness.  Laser therapy is known to help with hair retention and stimulate hair growth.  However, just like with Rogaine, most women will need to continue having laser treatments in order to maintain results.  Getting a hair transplant is the only permanent solution for female pattern baldness.  A hair transplant restores the hair that has been lost and in many cases requires only one treatment.

The Ludwig Scale is used to classify female pattern baldness and there are three different stages:

  • Type 1 – hair has thinned on the top of the head
  • Type 2 – you can see the scalp through thinning hair in some areas
  • Type 3 – hair loss on the crown of the head

A hair loss expert can help you to determine the cause of your hair loss and can give you options as to how it can be treated.

The 411 on Hair Loss and Treatment Options

Posted on: May 18th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Hair loss is a problem for millions of men and women throughout the world. Men and women experience different degrees of hair loss and their hair loss can be caused by many different reasons. The most common type of hair loss is male pattern baldness, and an estimated 90% of men will experience it by the time they are 50 years old.

So what causes hair loss? As previously stated, male pattern baldness, also called androgenetic alopecia, is the most common type of hair loss that men suffer from. When men have male pattern baldness, they have a genetic sensitivity to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and the hair follicles that are sensitive to it begin to shrink, which shortens their lifespan dramatically. Over time, the follicles that were affected will stop growing new hair completely.

Other causes of hair loss include diet, environmental factors, symptoms of illnesses or hormonal changes. The only permanent solution for hair loss is hair transplantation surgery, since that is the only hair loss solution that can completely restore a full head of hair and give you back your hairline.

There are some misunderstandings that people have about hair loss and many believe that hair loss comes from the mother’s side of the family. This is not true. Baldness is inherited, but it comes from both your mother and your father’s genes. Another misconception is that hair loss will stop eventually as you get older. The truth is that hair loss will not stop, but will actually get worse as you get older, since it is a progressive condition.

Luckily for those afflicted with hair loss, there are different treatment options available, depending on the extent and cause of hair loss. There are treatments that have been shown to slow down the hair loss process and some treatments even help to regrow hair that has been lost. Both Propecia and Rogaine are commonly used as a non-surgical treatment, since they can be effective in slowing down hair loss and helping men and women to regrow some hair. However, in order for these treatments to be successful, you have to be at a mild to moderate stage of hair loss.
There are also laser treatments available to help the hair follicles to regenerate. This is a great option for some people since it is not as intensive. However, this is a treatment that will need to be kept up with in order to maintain results.

Since male pattern baldness is genetic, there is no way to prevent it. All you can do is slow down the extent of the hair loss, but it cannot be reversed. If you are in an advanced stage of hair loss, the only permanent solution would be to have hair restoration surgery. A hair loss expert will be able to determine if this would be the best course of treatment for you.

Hair restoration has become increasingly popular for both men and women. In this procedure, healthy hair will be taken from a donor area and will be transplanted to areas that have thinning hair or areas that have no hair. These hair grafts will each have 1-4 hairs in them. In order to be a candidate for this treatment, you will need to have sufficient healthy hair in a donor area. The results from this procedure are natural looking hair that are permanent.

A hair loss expert will help determine what has caused your hair loss and will be able to discuss your hair loss treatment options. If you are considering treatment for your hair loss, contact a hair loss expert in order to get the most accurate and best information possible to help you make your decision.