Last updated 4 months ago
Naomi Campbell, Kim Kardashian & Britney Spears suffer from women’s hair loss, but what can we do if it happens to us? Harley Street medical expert shares his knowledge for prevention
by Taryn Davies via www.femalefirst.co.uk
Today we are witnessing more cases of celebrity hair loss than ever before. Over-styling, the use of extensions and a market of heat-emitting products bursting at the seams, have led to the emergence of a most unwelcome celebrity beauty trend….bald patches, receding hairlines and serious thinning.
Here, Dr Raghu Reddy, hair transplant specialist at The Private Clinic of Harley Street, puts to bed some of the most common hair misconceptions and talks us through the steps we should be taking to avoid those dreaded bald patches….
Rule out any underlying medical conditions: If you are suffering with hair loss or thinning, first and foremost you should ensure you don’t have any underlying medical conditions. There are certain conditions and hormonal disorders which can lead to patterned baldness, so it is important that these are addressed as soon as possible. Always consult your doctor or a hair loss specialist at first instance. It is also worth noting that a common cause of the thinning of the hair is the menopause. Unlike men, women are protected from hair loss by oestrogen and after the menopause, oestrogen level drop, meaning many of us will go on to experience some degree of thinning.
Know your family history: genetics can have a big part to play in hair loss. Just like men, women can inherit genes from the maternal or paternal side, which leave them predisposed to hair loss.
Keep calm: sustained periods of stress can lead to a change in hormonal balances, which can pave the way for hair thinning or patterned baldness. Stress also leads to the build-up of acid free radicals and this contributes to gradual loss of hair.
Avoid the ‘celebrity extension’ craze: The prolonged use of extensions has famously led to hair loss for the likes of Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell, Britney Spears and TOWIE’s Jessica Wright. The use of extensions over long periods of time puts a lot of traction on the existing hair on the head, and glue, which is often applied to the roots, starves the hair of vital nutrients. Both of these factors can cause gradual thinning as the hair is weighed down and weakened. To avoid these damaging effects, always seek advice from a reputable salon before applying hair extensions and try to limit how much you use them. Or, best of all, avoid them altogether.
Take care of your roots: Avoid putting products, such as conditioner or gel, directly onto the roots of your hair. This will clog the pores and hair follicles, making it difficult for hair to grow.
Keep it clean: Many people believe that washing your hair daily is a bad idea. However, quite the opposite is true; washing hair regularly rids the scalp of sweat and dirt, which can have the same starving effect as hair gel. Opting to use a good conditioner daily will keep the hair soft and strong.
Protein pick-me-up: Hair is made up of Keratin, a protein, so embarking on a protein high diet can keep hair shiny and strong. Incorporate meat, fish and eggs into your diet where possible.
Keep it natural: There is evidence to suggest that straighteners and curlers can also contribute to hair loss. Over a long period, if you continue to straighten or curl your hair regularly you will make the hair brittle and prone to breakage, contributing to the overall weakening of each individual hair. Avoid restricting the hair by wearing it in very tight braids, as this will also curtail its natural growth. Exercise caution when using hair dyes too. Some dying in moderation will not damage the hair permanently but frequent dying and opting not to follow colouring guidelines could be seriously damaging in the long run.
Be product-wise: If your hair loss is noticeable, there are certain products which can increase hair density. Topical minoxidil, most commonly known as the product Regaine, can be applied in certain cases where the hair is thinning and they have a formula specifically for women. However you should seek expert advice before using any hair loss product.
The root of the problem: If hair loss has reached the point of no return, where the hair has been pulled from the roots and permanently damaged, and where no underlying medical condition has been diagnosed, then a hair transplant may be your only option. The 3G FUE hair transplant process involves taking individual hairs from the back of the head, where the hair is strong and plentiful, and replanting them in the thinning area to restore the natural looking, fuller head of hair. The treatment is carried out under local anaesthetic and once the hair is transplanted it will grow as normal, permanently.
Last updated 4 months ago
Dec 20, 2012 12:49 AM EST Kristyan Morgan via designntrend.com
(Photo : kimkardashian.celebuzz.com) Kim Kardashian admits in her blog that she was faking her bangs and that she used a clip-on to create the new look.
Bangs are once again back in fashion. When a number of celebrities including Beyonce, Britney Spears and Dutchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, are endorsing this fashion statement, how can reality show star Kim Kardashian be far behind?
In a recent Instagram post, Kim posted several photos of her getting her hair styled, along with the caption, "Fun shoot today @mrchrismcmillan. He just can't control his scissor hands!#bangs."
But after teasing her fans with her new look, Kim decided to clear the air by revealing the truth about her bangs. "I saw a few of you tweeting me about my bangs!! The bangs are fake! Just clip ons! I had a fun Cosmo cover shoot yesterday and Chris McMillan clipped these on!" she wrote in a blog post.
And Kim seems to have loved her new look so much that she didn't bother to remove the hairpiece as she took a flight from New York to Los Angeles later that day.
Interestingly, this is not the first time Kim is seen rocking bangs. Kim welcomed 2012 with blunt Cleopatra bangs, and this time too, the look was temporary. She completed the look with a white Gucci mini that accentuated her curves.
Meanwhile, Kim is not the only celebrity who has fooled fans with a fake clip-on bang. These clip-ons are said to be the ideal hair accessory for those who want to try something new, but doesn't really want to commit.
During the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in March, Katie Holmes stunned her fans by sporting a sleek look with a blunt fringe. However, it was soon revealed that Katie underwent the dramatic transformation with the help of a hairpiece and not by cutting her hair.
But unlike Kim, Katie decided to ditch the hair accessory after the red carpet event and went back to her normal look.
Last updated 4 months ago
Have a happy holiday season this year from all the staff at HRC!
Last updated 4 months ago
Posted on November 29, 2012 by Melanie Allen
‘Tis the season… to be shopping! Give great hair for the holidays! From curly haired gals to the men in your life, we’ve got you covered for hot hair gifts. Can you say “perfect stocking stuffer?” Read on for ideas on the perfect products, tools, and accessories for everyone on your list.
For the smooth and straight: For those who are addicted to their straightener, mega moisturizing products make the perfect gift. Go for a lux product that will make her feel pampered and spoiled (instead of embarrassed that you think her hair is dry and damaged!). Try Redken’s All Soft line – the gold bottles scream “glam!” Lines like Orbie and Bumble & Bumble make great treats, too. We highly recommend B&B’s Straight Blow Dry lotion as a heat protectant and smoother. Looking to spend a little extra? Nothing beats a quality straightener.
For the curly girl: Quality curl care isn’t hard to come by if you know the right place to look! Fabulous curl-centric brands such as Miss Jessie’s and DevaCurl have designed product lines specifically for women with naturally curly hair. For styling tools, give her a set of DevaCurl’s Devagloves, which eliminate frizz by providing a smooth surface to gently absorb just enough water to keep curls perfectly defined.
For the naturalista: Don’t let the special care needed for natural hair deter you from buying a hair-related gift! Carol’s Daughter is a phenomenal line designed especially for the natural girl. Curly- and Naturalista-centric line Miss Jessie’s offers Curly Buttercreme, the perfect product for strengthening dry, brittle ends. Create a fun gift package by including a sturdy, wide-toothed comb, bobbypins to match her hair color, and a silk pillowcase.
For the color junkie: Similar to the straightener obsessed, women who color their hair frequently are often moisture-deprived and damaged. Go for a conditioning product specifically for color-treated hair (to prevent their color from fading). Davines Glorifying Color Protective Treatment and Aveda Color Conserve both rank high on our list. Add an accessory like Emi-Jay hairties and headbands. A Mason Pearson brush may seem like a splurge at first, but it’s long-lasting quality makes it a beauty must.
For then men in your life: Let’s face it: sometimes men really don’t know what they are doing with their hair (and the men that do? Major kudos!). Brands like American Crew and Woody’s are specifically designed for men and make awesome gifts. Depending on scent preference, brands like Neuma and KMS California offer products that are gender neutral.
For anyone!: Our hair favorites make great gifts no matter your hair type. Neuma’s Moisture Intensive Hair Masque and Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Special Shampoo & Conditioner both give brittle winter hair the moisture boost it’s dying for. KMS California HairPlay Dry Shampoo and Kenra Blow Dry Spray add ease to even the busiest morning routines. And, of course, we would be crazy to forget the hottest hair product in years - MoroccanOil! A Goody Spin Pin and grippy headbands for the gym make easy and inexpensive stocking stuffers.
Last updated 5 months ago
From mod bangs to polished ponies—Elle rounds up this season's hottest hair trends
By Tabatha Coffey
September 11, 2012 2:00 PM ELLE MAGAZINE
Ponytails this season, no matter if they’re high or low, are perfectly precise and chic and not that gym-wearing pony you’ve been trying to pass off as fashionable. Put some effort and styling into the look. It will only take two minutes and you’ll look like you just stepped off the runway and not out of a KatMoJAM class. First, prep your hair with a light serum to add shine. Pull hair back using a flat brush to get hair smooth. Secure with a band. Next, take a lightweight hairspray and spray lightly, To smooth down the surface and prevent those pesky bumps, spray hairspray onto a clean toothbrush (or a small hard bristle brush) and run it over the surface of your pony tail. Yes, you just kicked those annoying little flyaways to the curb.
If you’ve got ‘em, flaunt ‘em. Bangs are the ultimate hair accessory this season. Whether they’re full and square, short and rounded or just swept to the side, bangs frame the face and accentuate the eyes. When styling, start drying the bangs first and remember to use the nozzle attachment on your blow-dryer. The key to getting the perfect style is by directing the airflow straight down from the root . Using a vent or denman brush and brushing side to side will keep them sleek and prevent you from looking like you’re seven-years-old again and your mother just cut your fringe with some kitchen shears. No bangs? No worries! Go commitment-free and use clip-in textured bangs from LUXHAIR™. They are simple to use and come in a variety of shades.
It’s time to say good-bye to flaxen and golden hues and hello to cooler, icy blondes and creamy white highlights. Now that the seasons are changing and your summer bronze-y glow is slowly fading, it’s important for all you blondes to adjust your hair color to complement your skin color. If icy and white is too extreme for your eye color and skin tone, then go more beige-y or even a little ash-y. Trust your colorist and let them determine what’s best for you. And don’t forget to maintain the look. Make sure you’re seeing your colorist on a regular basis, even if it is for a slight touch-up. Remember, when you stretch out your appointments the process if more intense and time consuming which results in a higher ticket price. Also look into shampoos that help neutralize the brass and keep you always looking cool.
One thing I love about the fall hair trends is the increase in hair accessories. Beachy-waves go to the wayside and hair lovers get creative. From cosmic hairpins to ceremonial floral headpieces, adding a little embellishment is a very good thing this fall. NYFW is my go-to when it comes to inspiration and trends. I always see an endless amount of statement hair accessories turning up at multiple shows. They often share (and steal) the spotlight from their accompanying updos and styles. What do I love this season? Braided headbands, retro hair combs reminiscent of my grandmother’s style and extreme hardware like L. Erickson’s Velvet Chain Headwrap in black.
Buns, Braids and Twists
Whether braided around the crown, coiled half-back or knotted into an updo, hair is getting manipulated into a fresh, new direction this season. While some looks require an extra set of hands, others put a simple and attainable twist on the classics. Double fishtails and triple braids, much like the one I saw from Lucian Matis’ Toronto Fashion Week show, are taking plaits to the next level. My advice to you: practice makes perfect. Put down the iPhone and stop trolling your ex’s Facebook page. Grab some dry shampoo and start watching how-to videos. You’ll be surprised how simple some of these styles are to achieve.
Perfectly Imperfect Texture
Your friend calls it bedhead, you call it beach hair, I call it fabulous and effortless. Imperfect texture catches the eye and leaves a statement. But you can’t get that seductively captivating coif without using great product. Word to the wise, invest in some dry shampoo or a sprayable root powder and some pomade. Dry shampoo or sprayable powder “dirties” up the hair and gives you instant playful texture. For the ends, rub a little pomade on your thumb and pointer finger and gently twist the ends of hair to keep texture waves in place.
Not the Amy Winehouse kind, think more vintage Sophia Loren. This is going to be a great style for fall brides who want to ditch the updos and go for something more dramatic. When looking for a point of reference, I recommend going through vintage magazines. I recently acquired a stack of vintage Elle magazines that are chock-full of inspiration and throwback! Remember this, classics never make a comeback. They wait for that perfect moment to take the spotlight from overdone, tired trends.
Rich Chocolates, Cool Reds
You’re going to see a shift in color this season, especially in brunettes and reds. Color will go from less caramel to deep chocolate, less coppery to cool and slightly spicy crimson. During a color consultation, I like to reference food as a visual. Hot fudge and orange marmalade paint a clearer picture and helps prevent end results that leave you feeling unsatisfied.
Bobs come in all forms; angled, modern, lobs, etc. The cut and styling options are endless. They key to pulling of the perfect bob is finding a look that complements your bone structure. If you have a more round face, then opt for a lob with side-swept bangs. If you have a longer neck and pronounced chin, then a modern bob with a blunt fringe will make your eyes pop! It’s also important your stylist is up-to-date on his or her education. Don’t be shy to ask questions and inquire about them furthering their craft. If they haven’t taken a class in the past two years, then it’s time to find someone new.
Deep Side Parts
The hottest look for a night out is a deep side part. If that part is not at least three inches in length then start over. The wider the part, the more open your eyes appear. It is an alluring and seductive look that will keep your date’s attention the entire night. To get the most drama out of the part, I recommend using the highest point of your eyebrow as a point of reference. Using a fine-tooth comb, slowly draw your comb back from the crown to create the part. Once the part has been created, spray medium-hold hairspray onto a boar bristle brush and brush hair on both sides away from the part to set it. Next, spray hair all over with a lightweight hairspray. To add a little glimmer and reflection, use small amount of shine serum along the part line. The light will bounce of it and make your eyes sparkle.
To get these great looking and fashionable hair styles contact Hair Restoration of California and speak to one of our hair advisors. Woodland Hills 818.999.9952 West Los Angeles 310.477.2320 www.hrc4hair.com