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Hair Loss Myths: Fact or Fiction?

Posted on: August 20th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Hair Loss Myths: Fact or Fiction?

With so many people telling you different things, it can be hard to know what is true and what is false in terms of the causes of hair loss. There are a lot of old wives’ tales and you should make sure to know what the truth is so you do not purposefully avoid something you don’t need to.

A question that people commonly ask is if blow drying your hair can cause you to experience hair loss. The people who believe this may actually avoid drying their hair, but this is actually a myth. You cannot get hair loss by blow drying your hair, but if you blow dry your hair on a daily basis, you can dry out your hair which can cause damage and breakage. However, only the shaft of your hair is impacted when you dry your hair and not the actual hair follicles. You can absolutely still dry your hair, but may want to avoid using the highest heat setting.

Some people worry that if they wear a hat, they will cause hair loss. There are many reasons that people wear hats, whether it be a fashion statement or to cover up any thinning or balding hair. Unless you are wearing a hat that is too tight and is actually causing a loss of blood circulation to your scalp, you will not be causing any further hair loss. Hats can be worn as often as you like and you do not need to worry that it is causing any hair loss.

Another common question that people ask if is shampooing your hair every day will cause your hair loss to speedup. This is also a myth. The hair loss process will not be accelerated by using too much shampoo, but you can damage your hair shaft. Your hair can become greasy very quickly if you use too much shampoo. It is often advised that people should only wash their hair every other day to keep it healthy, but this will depend on the person.

Stress is known to have a lot of negative effects on our health and most likely you have heard that it can cause hair loss. This is actually true. However, hair loss that is associated with stress is usually only temporary and once the stress is assuaged, the hair growth will return to its normal rate.

Genetics and hair loss are said to be connected and many people want to know if heredity is causing their hair loss. This absolutely is a cause of hair loss for some people. Although not all cases of hair loss will be caused by genetics, this is a very common cause of hair loss for both men and women. Hair loss can be inherited from both your mother and father’s side of the family.

Hair loss can be an emotional and traumatic experience for both men and women. The good news is that there are many different hair loss treatments available. If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding you would like to learn more about what hair loss treatments would be a good solution for you, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates. He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.


 

Change Your Attitude, Keep Your Hair?

Posted on: August 20th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Change Your Attitude, Keep Your Hair?

It has often been said that stress can cause your hair to turn gray, and although there is not necessarily hard proof of that, stress definitely is a main reason why so many people suffer from hair loss. There seems to be more and more stress on men and women these days and these growing levels of anxiety are causing more people to seek treatment for their hair loss.

So how exactly does stress cause hair loss? Fortunately, if you are only experiencing low levels of stress, you are not going to lose your hair because of it. Hair loss caused by stress comes from a larger stressful experience or incident.

There is also not just one factor of why stress can cause hair loss, but is actually a combination or several factors. When you are under a great deal of stress, your body produces more adrenaline and any excess adrenaline that your body does not use is converted into cholesterol. When you have raised levels of cholesterol, it increases your level of testosterone. For people with a sensitivity to testosterone, it can negatively impact their hair follicles.

Your immune system can suffer if you are feeling stress or anxiety, and this makes you more susceptible to getting an illness or an infection. This can impact your hair’s growth cycle, since the average person has 90% of their hair in the growing cycle, which will usually last a few years before it goes into a resting stage and then falls out. On average, people lose 100 hairs each day, but if your hair’s growing cycle is disrupted, it can cause more hairs than usual to go into the resting phase, and can also cause a lot of hair to fall out all at once. This will usually happen around 2 months after a stressful event or an illness.

Most people who suffer from this type of hair loss, known as telogen effluvium, only experience temporary hair loss and their hair will usually resume its normal growth cycle once they alleviate the cause of their stress. Once you have gotten rid of your stress, you should notice significant improvements in your overall health, in addition to your hair growth.

If you have already started to notice thinning hair or bald spots, if you continue to look at your hair in the mirror to check if it has gotten worse, you will only be adding to your stress. There are excellent hair loss treatments available that can restore your confidence, such as scalp micropigmentation.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding you would like to learn more about Scalp Micropigmentation, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates. He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.


 

Does Your Oral Health Affect Your Hairline?

Posted on: August 19th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Does Your Oral Health Affect Your Hairline?

There are many things that have been linked to having healthy hair, including diet, exercise, caffeine intake, not smoking, reducing stress, getting enough sleep, avoiding excessive heat and harsh chemicals and choosing gentle hair care products. The latest thing that has been linked to healthy hair is your oral health. New research is suggesting that you may be able to fight hair loss just by having a good and regular oral care routine. That’s right; new research shows that you may be able to fight losing your hair just by brushing your teeth on a regular basis.

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There has been new research conducted by the US National Institute of Health in Maryland and they carried out a study in which it was found that dental cavities are caused by mutations in keratin, which is a protein that is a main structural constituent of hair. Since keratin is a structural protein, it is essential and is a building block for making the outer layer of the skin and is an essential structural component of our hair.

Dr. Oliver Duverger led this study and the research that was conducted found a link between the keratin mutations in the enamel in your teeth that causes cavities to have a similar ‘abnormal structure’ to those that cause hair to become weak. In other words, Dr. Duverger’s research found that the breakdown that is found in your hair and tooth decay is caused by the same mutations in the keratin proteins.

The Daily Express featured an article in which Dr. Duverger said, “Functional analyses revealed that mutations in hair keratins result in altered enamel structure and reduced enamel micro-hardness.”

So how exactly does this happen? The hair shaft on human hair is mainly comprised of keratin protein, which is also what is found in tooth enamel. The study that Dr. Duverger conducted studied both humans and mice and he first was looking at the presence and function of a specific set of hair keratins that are in the enamel. His research showed that the keratins were missing the ‘DLX3 chemical,’ which is in charge of regulating the way the protein is synthesized and modified in the body.

The research that was conducted also made a connection between the epithelium keratin that is in hair with the same that is in tooth enamel. What this means is that the keratins that are in our hair are also essential building components of enamel in our teeth. If you are suffering from a keratin mutation that is causing tooth decay, it can also cause you to have hair weakness, and eventually, hair loss.

If you have good oral hygiene, you may just postpone or prevent hair loss for a little longer. It is important that you are brushing your teeth and flossing every day. Not only will you have a brighter smile, but you may have better hair too.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding you would like to learn more about Scalp Micropigmentation, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates. He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.


 

What is the Recovery Time for Scalp Micropigmentation?

Posted on: August 18th, 2015 by Dr Yates

What is the Recovery Time for Scalp Micropigmentation?

The most exciting part of getting a hair loss treatment is being able to see results and getting back to your daily routine. How long you will need to wait will depend on which type of hair loss procedure you decided on. There are some treatments that will take four months or longer in order to start to see signs of the treatment’s success. Scalp micropigmentation, however, offers patients one of the quickest recovery periods and very fast results.

Scalp Micropigmentation was derived from the art of tattooing, a crude procedure that was used years ago. Technology has dramatically improved this procedure, and the enhancements have helped to develop this new technical procedure that is very precise in its implementation. Scalp Micropigmentation is different from the old tattoo treatment and is no longer just considered to be a work of art. Scalp Micropigmentation is a camouflaging agent that gives the appearance of having hair and is a viable option even for those who are completely bald.

Scalp Micropigmentation allows for patients to be treated for their hair loss in a relaxed and comfortable manner and is an excellent hair loss solution. Before getting treated, any existing hair will need to be shaved off so the hair loss physician will have an unobstructed view of the scalp. Different pigments will then be layered on the scalp to provide the most natural looking results. The patient may experience some minor discomfort throughout the procedure, but many patients said they became used to the sensation during treatment.

Each Scalp Micropigmentation treatment session will take about three hours and most patients will need at least two sessions in order to obtain the desired results. A week after treatment, patients will be asked to come back in order to be checked. A week will allow for the pigments to settle and fade and will provide a more accurate depiction of the results. The physician will also be able to determine how they should layer the next set of pigments on the patient’s scalp.

The wounds also have time to heal when a week is left in between treatment sessions. The pigments are injected directly into the scalp, which will cause small perforations on the surface. This is usually painless, or only mildly uncomfortable, but scabs will form on the scalp. This is a good indication that the inks have been able to penetrate deep enough under the epidermis.

An entire week is allocated for patients to recover and protocol says that the full week should be given for patients to experience a full recovery. However, the redness should subside within 2-3 days and the scabs will usually come off on the fifth or sixth day. The pigments will look pretty dark right after treatment, but they should lighten up by the end of the week. The hair pattern that is then seen may not be exactly what was expected, but this will be corrected in the next treatment session. The initial design will come into effect by the end of treatment and once the pigments have held up for a month after the last treatment, final approval will be given.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding you would like to learn more about Scalp Micropigmentation, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates. He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.


 

Prevent Hair Loss with These Essential Vitamins and Minerals

Posted on: August 13th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Prevent Hair Loss with These Essential Vitamins and Minerals

Your hair can be your source of pride and can be an essential element to you feeling self-confident about your appearance.  Unfortunately, most men and women will suffer from some degree of hair loss at some point in their life, and they may look for hair loss solutions.  Those who are worried about the appearance of their hair may turn to certain shampoos or conditioners that say they have added in vitamins and minerals in order to give your hair a healthy boost.

However, in order for any of these products to be effective and beneficial for your hair, you need to first make sure that you have the appropriate levels of these vitamins and minerals in your body.  The best way to do this is to have a healthy and well-balanced diet that contains a variety of foods that have lots of vitamins and minerals in them.  If you find that there are certain vitamins or minerals that you are lacking in your diet, there are numerous multi-vitamin supplements on the market that you can take.  The following six vitamins and minerals have been shown to help keep your hair healthy and prevent hair loss to a degree.

Biotin

Biotin is become an increasingly popular hair supplement and it is being infused into many different hair products.  Biotin is a vitamin of the B complex and is a water-soluble vitamin.  Since it is water-soluble, your body cannot store it.  This means you need to ingest biotin every day in order to reap its benefits.  Many different foods contain biotin, including chicken, cheese, almonds, yogurt, liver, meat and oily fish, such as salmon and tuna.

B Vitamins

B vitamins are water-soluble vitamins that can help to prevent hair loss.  B vitamin rich foods include salmon, dark green leafy vegetables and seaweed.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble nutrient that is found in certain foods.  This vitamin has so many wonderful benefits for us and is good for our scalp.  Vitamin C has a role in supplying our scalp with oxygen-infused blood that promotes the growth of our hair.  Vitamin C is also critical to iron absorption.  In addition, it also boosts collagen, which is a protein that fights off the free radicals that have an adverse effect on the growth of hair, the thickness and the texture.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D has many health benefits, including that it helps to promote healthy hair follicle growth.  Many people are able to get vitamin D from the sun, but there are also supplements you can take and eating eggs, fortified cereal and eating oil fish can also help.

Iron

Iron is a very important mineral that helps with your hair growth functions.  There are certain foods that are rich in iron and should be incorporated into your diet, including red meat, pumpkin seeds, broccoli, dark chocolate, sundried tomatoes and whole wheat pasta.  If you drink a glass of orange juice with these foods, it will help to facilitate the absorption of the iron.

Omega Oils

Omega oils help with dry scalps and they also increase your hair’s elasticity and promote hair growth.  They are essential fatty acids, but our bodies do not naturally produce them.  It is important to incorporate omega oils into our diet by eating oily fish, whole grain cereals and fresh seeds.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding you would like to know the cause, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates.  He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.


Can Eating Certain Foods Combat Hair Loss?

Posted on: August 13th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Can Eating Certain Foods Combat Hair Loss?

It is very likely that you will experience hair loss at some point in your life, since hair loss is experienced by most men and women at some point.  Nobody wants to lose their hair, which is why the hair loss solution market has so many different products available that promise to slow down the hair loss process and make your hair appear thicker.  However, these products are not the best solution for everybody and there may be an easier and cheaper way to fight hair loss.

When women lose their hair, it is most likely due to stress, hormonal imbalances and nutritional deficiency and changing your diet may be able to help with hair loss due to these reasons.  Below are foods that may help you avoid losing your hair.

Spinach

Spinach is good for you for many reasons, since it is rich in vitamins and minerals, and helps to promote a healthy digestive tract.  It is also good for avoiding hair loss, since having an iron deficiency is one of the biggest causes of hair loss.  Eating food that is rich in iron, such as spinach, helps to keep your hair in-tact and your follicles healthy.  Other iron-rich foods are red meat and broccoli.

Fish

Eating fish has many health benefits, since it is a low-fat protein.  In order for our hair to grow and remain healthy, we need to have magnesium, which is a nutrient found in many different kinds of fish, such as halibut.  If you do not have enough magnesium in your diet, it can cause your hair to fall out.  If you eat a diet that is rich in fish, you may be able to avoid hair loss.

Nuts

We are often told that nuts are good for us, since they are full of good fats and they release energy at a slow rate, which helps you to feel full for longer.  They also contain a lot of oil, which is a great benefit for your hair.  If you do not have enough oil in your diet, your hair can become dry and brittle and will be more prone to breakage.  The oils in nuts help to build up the elastin in your hair and promotes healthy hair growth.

Eggs/Yogurt

Vitamin D is important for keeping your hair healthy, and eggs and yogurt are a great source of it.  Vitamin D helps to reduce stress and depression, and since stress is related to hair loss, this is a great way to help your hair.  Yogurt, especially Greek yogurt, is an excellent source of vitamin D and vitamin B5, which helps to keep your hair strong and healthy, and less likely to fall out.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding you would like to know the cause, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates.  He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.


The Benefits of Shaving Your Head

Posted on: August 13th, 2015 by Dr Yates

The Benefits of Shaving Your Head

As men get older, they seem to spend more and more time thinking about hair loss.  When men start to get thinning hair, they can work hard to keep it a secret.  Hats are utilized more often when they are not at work and they may be trying all different kinds of hair thickening and hair loss products.  However, when they look in the mirror, they realize the hair thinning is not stopping and it’s only a matter of time before they are completely bald.

Obsession on trying to stop hair loss can happen for some men and they may be spending a lot of money on different products to avoid further hair loss.  It’s important to remember that you are not alone if you are suffering from hair loss!  25% of men will have hair loss by the time they are 30 and 60% will have hair loss in their 60s.

There is no need to be embarrassed by hair loss and men should actually consider embracing it.  Shaving your head just might be a good solution for you, especially if you are considering getting Scalp Micropigmentation, which works best for patients who have a closely-shaven scalp. Scalp Micropigmentation is a medical hairline tattoo that is a great hair loss solution for men who are completely bald.

The thought of shaving your head can be scary and you may be worried about what other will think of you.  Since hair loss is a progressive condition, many think it is better to just let the hair loss happen gradually, but some brave men decide to take the plunge and shave it all off.  People are going to notice, but probably not in the way you would expect.  You will probably notice men staring at your newly bald head, but it is most likely because they are dealing with hair loss too and you are giving them the confidence to follow suit.  A shaved head can actually restore your self-confidence and make you happy with your appearance, since you no longer have the worry of hiding your thinning hair.

You will also be giving yourself the gift of time if you shave your head.  You no longer have to spend so much time every day applying hair thickening products and trying to find new remedies.  You no longer are spending time going to the store or spending time researching the ingredients and trying to find the best products.  The gift of time is truly a great gift and you no longer need to waste any time fighting your hair loss.

Money will go right back into your pocket if you shave your head, because you are no longer dishing it out on hair loss shampoos, gels, lotions and topical solutions.  You no longer are going to the doctor to get your prescription for Propecia.  You no longer are buying new hats to wear on the weekends to cover your thinning hair.  The only cost of shaving your head is the cost of a razor and a little foam.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding and you would like to learn more about scalp micro-pigmentation, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates.  He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.


Protect Your Scalp This Summer

Posted on: August 12th, 2015 by Dr Yates

Protect Your Scalp This Summer

As we get into August, we are entering what is usually the hottest month of the summer and many people look to spend as much time outside as possible to soak up those rays and top off their tans. Although it is good and healthy to get your dose of Vitamin D and spend time outside, you need to make sure that you are protecting your skin.

One of the worst feelings is a burn and a bad sun burn can leave you feeling pain all over your body, including on your scalp. Most people are good at remembering to slather their body with SPF before going outside to make sure that their face and body does not get burned, but for those with thinning or balding hair, it is easy to forget to protect your scalp too. Getting a sun burn on your scalp can be extremely painful and you should take care to avoid this.

If you are experiencing thinning or balding hair, it is incredibly important that you put SPF on your scalp, since hair loss leaves your scalp more exposed and is therefore, an easy target for getting burned. In addition to being extremely painful, excessive sunburns can lead to skin cancer. Clinical professor Dr. Paul McAndrews of the USC School of Medicine believes that skin cancer is becoming more and more common for those both men and women who have thinning hair, since more of the scalp is exposed than for those who have thicker hair.

Sun exposure has been known to lead to two different types of skin cancer. Carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer and Melanoma is the deadliest type. Melanoma usually presents itself in unusual or suspicious looking moles. If you are prone to developing moles, it is especially important that you wear a higher SPF when outside. If you are planning a day outside, you can avoid the most harmful rays if you are outside before 10 am and after 4pm. The most intense heat will be avoided, along with the deadliest rays.

It may seem a little strange to rub suntan lotion right onto your hair. You may want to take some lotion and combine it with a little water and then spray it onto your hair once it has dissolved. They also make spray suntan lotions, although there have been complaints that these are not as effective and do not last as long. If you want to protect yourself without using SPF, you can simply wear a hat.

There is no reason to avoid the rest of the summer and enjoy the nice, warm weather. Just take simple precautions of protecting your skin and scalp to avoid getting a sunburn.

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding you would like to know the cause, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates. He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.