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Simple Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Simple Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy

Many men and women 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 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 factor in the severity of hair loss. Losing your hair can happen at any age and it can happen as a result of many different factors, including:
    Environmental factors
    Excessive use of heat/chemicals
    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 keeping up with a healthy and well-balanced diet can make your hair 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.

Connections between American Leadership and a Full Head of Hair

Posted on: October 9th, 2016 by Dr Yates

Yates Hair Science Group is an Illinois company that undertakes a full range of surgical hair implantation procedures, including the leading edge follicular unit extraction approach. The Science Group is led by Dr. William Yates, who authored “Hair Matters: It Always Has and Always Will,” which is being prepared for publication.

For the founding fathers, long hair was the norm, as it conveyed a sense of authoritative leadership, and powdered wigs were worn by leaders such as George Washington. To this day, maintaining a full head of hair is seen as a strong indicator of vitality and fitness for leadership, as attested to by presidents from John F. Kennedy to Bill Clinton. One of the very few exceptions to this rule was Dwight D. Eisenhower, a hero of the Second World War whose reputation for military leadership, rather than his hairline, launched him to the White House.

These observations about American leaders have been borne out by a number of psychological studies, including one measuring children’s perceptions as related to attributes of friendliness, attractiveness, and approachability. Shown pictures of people before and after restoration surgery, virtually every young survey participant selected the “after” picture with abundant hair as the better looking individual.

Posted on: September 29th, 2016 by Dr Yates

From Dr. William Yates book, “Hair Matters” – at the press now for publication

Hair Matters: It Always Has and Always Will

Of Politics and Presidents
Historical figures like Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin wore their hair long to convey an image of leadership and to express their fashion sense. Revolutionary heroes such as George Washington and Alexander Hamilton frequently wore powdered white wigs in public, a tradition still practiced by judges and barristers in British Courts, which were designed to portray positions of authority. In the United States today, the success of most politicians running for public office may be dictated by the presence of a candidate’s hair or the lack thereof. Hair framing the face conveys an image of youth, vitality, and strength. Take a look at photographs of Presidents Kennedy, Clinton, and Reagan whose faces were handsomely framed by a full head of hair, a subliminal message conveying growth under their leadership.

According to an article in the Huffington Post on November 6, 2012, only five men who have been follicularly challenged have been elected to serve as president of this great country, much to the chagrin of many bald men who have wanted to be president in the last 200 years. In fact, the last bald man to be elected president was the World War II hero, general Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952. I would venture to say, with some degree of certainty, that one could pick the outcome of any presidential election, assuming all other factors are equal among the candidates, on the quality and quantity of each candidate’s hair. Even those who are not of voting age perceive the importance of hair. In fact, an informal independent group survey was conducted by my staff asking two specific questions of children between the ages of 4 and 10. The survey was performed to ascertain a child’s perception of hair as it relates to a person’s approachability, friendliness, and attractiveness. Children were given before and after photographs of patients who had undergone hair restoration procedures. After reviewing the photographs, the children were asked their opinion regarding whether the patients looked more friendly, attractive, or approach-able before or after the surgery. Almost all the children indicated the patients looked more friendly, attractive, and approachable after a full head of hair had been restored. Clearly, children see hair as adding to a person’s perceived characteristics in terms of his or her appearance, approachability, and friendliness.


Hair Loss – Causes

Posted on: July 19th, 2016 by Dr Yates

At the Yates Hair Science Group, patients undergo effective treatments that seek to restore hair loss. In fact, the Yates Hair Science Group offers surgical and non-surgical therapies tailored to the individual needs of men and women.

Hair follicles are the tissues responsible for growing and maintaining hair. It’s normal for people to lose up to 100 hairs per day, and in most cases, the follicles produce new hairs to replace those that fall out. However, in people with hair loss, the cycle is interrupted because hair follicles are damaged or fail to function properly.

When people present with hair loss, the cause most often is because of a genetic condition called female or male pattern baldness. In women, the condition results in progressive thinning of the hair, and in men, it causes the hairline to recede and bald areas to manifest.

Beyond genetics, several illnesses result in hair loss symptoms. For example, thyroid disease gives rise to hair loss, as does anemia. In both cases, treatment can halt and reverse the problem.

Two Myths about Hair Transplants

Posted on: July 6th, 2016 by Dr Yates

Dr. William Yates of Yates Hair Science Group graduated with a BA from Northwestern University and then received his MD from the six-year honors program at the same school. The Yates Hair Science Group, based in Vernon Hills, Illinois, serves patients who have hair transplant needs.

Consumers have many questions about hair transplant options. Here are two myths about hair transplants that are not true.

One myth is that transplants are most effective in younger men and that this procedure should be performed earlier in life. The truth, however, is that waiting until hair loss has become significant is the best option. If hair transplants are done too soon, it is possible that hair thinning can continue, which may lead to an unnatural look around the transplant area.

Another myth is that transplanted hair requires special care. One of the best things about hair transplant surgery is that once the new hair starts growing, it can be treated just like regular hair. The hair can be cut, colored, and styled as normal. Transplanted hair is no more fragile than the original hair.

Yates Hair Science Group – FUE Hair Transplants Explained

Posted on: June 9th, 2016 by Dr Yates

A board-certified hair restoration surgeon, Dr. William Yates owns and operates Yates Hair Science Group in Illinois. Patients from around the world seek revolutionary treatments at the state-of-the-art facility. Although Dr. Yates has experience with every surgical hair restoration technique, he only performs follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplants at Yates Hair Science Group.

With the FUE method, the surgeon extracts donor hair from the back of the scalp or another donor area to harvest hair follicles. Before extracting the follicles, the surgeon makes tiny, needle-point recipient sites with a special instrument in the scalp’s balding area. After harvesting enough follicles, the units are then grafted onto the recipient sites, where they can grow into healthy hair follicles.

The procedure requires local anesthesia and robotics tools or special hand-held instruments. The instrument used depends on the best choice to give each individual patient the best results.

Can Children Experience Hair Loss?

Posted on: October 22nd, 2015 by Dr Yates

Can Children Experience Hair Loss?

It is a fact that most men and women will experience some degree of hair loss at some point in their life, but when children start to experience severe hair loss, it is a sign that something is not quite right.  Usually, if a child is experiencing hair loss it is either a symptom of a medical condition or it can be an indication that the child is experiencing some emotional strain.  Below are the most common causes of hair loss in children:

Tinea capitis

Tinea capitis is the most common cause of hair loss for children.  It is a type of ringworm that attacks the hair and it also causes lesions to develop on the scalp.  This is a highly contagious fungal infection that children can contract.  The treatment for tinea capitis will be determined by a doctor and will depend on the species of the fungus, the degree of inflammation and for some patients, by the immunologic and nutritional status of the patient.


Unfortunately, some children can suffer from severe emotional strain, which can cause them to start pulling out their hair as a form of self-abuse.  Whether they are experiencing hardships at home or at school, some children use hair pulling as a way to deal with the problems.  If your child is suffering from hair loss, you should look to see where the thinning areas are on the head.  If they are mostly on the child’s dominant side, it may be an indication that they are pulling the hair out themselves.  You may also want to stop and think about any major stresses that your child may be dealing with and see if there are any ways to alleviate those stresses.

Alopecia areata

The belief is that alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition, which means the immune system in the body will start to attack itself.  This can cause hair follicles to fall out.  It is usually noticeable if the hair loss is caused by alopecia areata because the hair loss will happen suddenly and the hair loss will be in round or oval patches which are usually very smooth.

Although alopecia areata cannot be cured, patients can manage the condition with a few different treatment options.  If your child is suffering from alopecia areata, you should speak to a hair loss physician to see what your best options are for treatment.

Telogen effluvium

The scientific name for when your hair is in its resting phase of the hair growth cycle is telogen.  Telogen effluvium is a condition in which more of your hair roots are pushed prematurely into the resting phase.  For most children, only 10-15% of hair will be in the resting phase at any given time, but children who suffer from this condition may have all of their hairs in the resting phase at once.  This can cause a time where they will be completely bald.  Telogen effluvium is usually caused by a stressful event and once the stress is over, full hair growth will generally occur between 6 months to one year.

If 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.



What is an Eyebrow Transplant?

Posted on: October 22nd, 2015 by Dr Yates

What is an Eyebrow Transplant?

Years ago, the style for eyebrows was to have brows that were very groomed and many people spent a lot of time and money waxing and plucking them.  Unfortunately for some people, as a result, they now suffer from thin and patchy eyebrows that have never fully filled in.  This can cause an unnatural appearance that some consider to be undesirable.  Eyebrow pencils can fill in the areas, but this can rub off or make give the eyebrows an unnatural appearance.  Some people are looking for another solution for their eyebrow dilemma and an eyebrow transplant may just be that solution.

Thousands of women suffer from very thin or over-plucked brows and with the current style being more natural and thicker, this can be problematic.  Some people are looking for a way to return their eyebrows to their natural state.  Previously, the options for correction were limited to drawing them in or waiting the painful amount of time until they grew back on their own.  However, there are other options that can give you instant results that are natural looking and aesthetically pleasing.


You can find a variety of serums on the market that will claim they can make your eyebrows grow more quickly.  These serums are applied at night and claim they can provide users with thicker and fuller eyebrows in just a few short weeks.  However, there is not much research to back these claims.

Cosmetic tattooing

Permanent makeup allows for people to achieve very natural looking results and this is providing people with solutions that were not available years ago.  However, you need to realize that this option is a permanent solution, so you will need to be sure that the eyebrow still you choose is one you are willing to keep for the rest of your life.  If the style changes again, you will not simply be able to pluck them into the new, desired shape.

Eyebrow transplant

An eyebrow transplant allows for people to have hair follicles transplanted to their eyebrows, just like if they experienced hair loss somewhere else.  Hair will still be transplanted from a donor area to the brow area, which is usually behind the ears.

Patients will be given a local anesthetic for the procedure and there will be very minimal downtime afterwards. The eyebrow hairs are transplanted individually, which allows for there to be no unattractive scarring.  Eyebrow transplants give patients immediate and permanent results.  Once the new hairs begin to grow, you might want to trim them down into the desired shape.

If you would like to learn more about eyebrow transplants or what other 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.