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30 million American women are seeing scalp, and it's often a symptom of a serious illness. By Ning Chao via marieclaire.com
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Stylists always gushed, "Wow, you've got a lot of hair." I took my lush mane for granted, perming, straightening, and bleaching my way through my teens. But during my sophomore year of college, as I found myself pulling more and more tangles out of my brush and strands from the shower drain, the compliments stopped and the worry began. I jealously examined the girl next to me on the subway — why couldn't I see through to the roots on her scalp, too? Once a sheet of shiny darkness, my hair had taken on an alarmingly transparent quality. I spent hours every week staring at my scalp in the mirror, parting and reparting my hair to see which side looked fuller. I drenched my head with volumizing sprays, detoxifying tonics, and shampoos for "weakened hair." Remedies were thick on the ground — but my hair kept getting thinner. I was molting. And I was scared.
Like a peacock's brilliant feathers, hair is a secondary sexual characteristic, explains London trichologist Dr. Philip Kingsley. "You don't need it to keep you either warm or cool, so its primary function is to increase attractiveness." We live in a culture of hair, coveting Victoria's Secret supermodels' voluptuous waves as much as their curves. So closely linked are sex appeal and self-esteem that a 2004 Rogaine survey of more than 500 women across the U.S. revealed that 24 percent equated losing their hair to losing a limb. Since 30 million women in America — roughly one in four — have thinning hair, there's a serious portion of the population at risk for an emotional crisis.
When I brought up my hair issue at an annual physical, my doctor tested me for lupus. Fortunately, the tests came back negative. Then I was told that since I wasn't completely bald, I really didn't have a problem. So I began to wonder if it was all in my head. When my boyfriend ran his fingers through my hair, all I could think of was whether I was losing strands. Did this gross him out? Or more importantly, was a lot coming out? Needless to say, that relationship didn't last long, lacking trust and the basic belief that he could find me attractive in this condition. I didn't dare ask my friends for a second opinion, because I didn't want them to scrutinize my scalp. After another frustrating physical (with no answers), I consulted my dermatologist, Dr. Fredric Brandt. Instead of dismissing my concerns as mere vanity, he immediately wrote up requests for endocrine blood tests, which prompted my general practitioner to finally cave and grant me a specialist referral.
There are many causes of shedding, from stress to chemotherapy, but 90 percent of hair loss is genetic and needs to be treated with medication. It can also be a sign of a thyroid disorder, says my endocrinologist, Dr. Emilia Liao, who diagnosed me with mild hypothyroidism. "It's a good thing you came in when you did," she told me on my first visit. "It gets more complicated — and possibly dangerous — the older you get, especially if you want to have a baby." Apparently, hair loss during pregnancy is a big red flag. "One out of 50 women is diagnosed with hypothyroidism while pregnant — it's still the most common cause of mental retardation in children," says Liao.
The average age for women dealing with thinning hair is 25 to 35 — that it's just another "gift" of menopause is a myth. Also, we can't simply blame our mothers, as previously believed — if there's baldness anywhere in your family tree, you're at risk. Unlike male-pattern baldness, where patches of hair fall out over time, female hair loss means a reduction in hair volume, making transplantation extremely difficult. "The total number of hairs doesn't always decrease, but the diameter of each strand shrinks," says Kingsley. And too-thin hairs won't grow past a certain length — which explains the baby fuzz around my hairline.
Kerastase Nutrients Densitive Daily Anti-Hair Thinning, Anti-Hair Loss Dietary Supplement
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The key to successful regrowth? First, admit you have a problem. Each day you dwell in denial, you're losing precious time. The more hair you've lost, the less likely it is to all grow back. Telltale signs, like a wider part or a smaller ponytail, don't show up until you've lost nearly half your hair! Seek out trichologists and dermatologists or endocrinologists who specialize in hair problems. (A good place to start www.americanhairloss.org.
Last summer, I started visiting the Philip Kingsley hair clinic in New York City every week to strengthen the fragile wisps that were starting to sprout along my hairline as a result of my prescription treatments. There, I learned that physical as well as emotional stress can cause temporary thinning and make genetic hair loss worse. When 44-year-old fitness instructor Maria Santoro was hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to her pneumonia medication, she lost 20 pounds in 10 days, and her chestnut waves started falling out in clumps. "People assumed I was anorexic," she says. "My body was in shock, and I felt really insecure because of my weight loss and thin hair. It was devastating."
Hair loss has a direct impact on psyche and morale, says Kingsley, who coined the phrase "bad hair day" 40 years ago. I spoke to 34-year-old breast-cancer survivor Courtney Hagen, who revealed that when she heard her diagnosis, her first fears were for her golden locks. "I had a double mastectomy, but I was more traumatized about losing my hair," she admits.
As for me, thanks to two years of regular treatment, I've finally reached the phase where regrowth is thicker every day. But the process has been arduous and pricey: Rogaine requires diligent use and $30 a month for the rest of my life. And some of my hormone-regulating prescriptions — like Avodart, which I credit most for my good results and which costs more than $200 a month — are not covered because if you take them while pregnant, they can harm the fetus's development. But I continue with my regimen because, for me, the risk is worth the remedy — I'm not planning on pregnancy for a long, long time anyway. I also figure it'll be a lot easier to find a potential father with my full head of hair.
When it comes to hair, thin is never in. Thicken up with these hair helpers:
1. Kérastase Nutrients Densitive Daily Anti-Hair Thinning, Anti-Hair Loss Dietary Supplement
2. Nick Chavez Plump 'N Thick Leave-In Thickening Crème Conditioner
3. Shu Uemura Fiber Lift Protective Volumizer
4. Men's Rogaine Foam (many derms recommend it for women, too)
5. L'Oréal Professionnel Age Densiforce Shampoo
6. Philip Kingsley Scalp Tonic
To find out about the latest in Hair Re-growth and Hair Replacement for women and men, or to meet with a hair loss expert for an in depth hair analysis please contact HRC at 310.477.2320 or visit our website at www.hrc4hair.com
Last updated 5 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 5 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 5 months ago
Have a happy holiday season this year from all the staff at HRC!
Last updated 5 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.