Winter Hair Care Tips and Tricks

Winter is well underway in Minnesota! The cold, dry winter air, combined with snow and wind, can wreak havoc on even the strongest hair. For those who are dealing with hair loss or thinning hair caused by cancer and chemotherapy, male or female pattern hair loss, alopecia, or any other ailment or disease, winter can be especially rough.

 

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No matter your hair type or thickness, there are a few things you can do to protect your hair during these cold winter months.

 

Keep It Covered

Protect your hair from the elements with a warm winter hat. If you have thin or thinning hair, you may want to try a silk scarf or a similar head covering instead. That will offer protection without adding static, flattening or further damaging fragile hair.

Wash Hair Less Often

Shampoo and hot water can strip hair of its natural moisture, so try to go a day or two in between washings. When you do wash, try to take a short shower with lukewarm water, and dry your hair completely before venturing outside. When the dry air hits wet hair, it can cause dryness and damage.

Condition, Condition, Condition

When you wash your hair, don’t rinse all of the conditioner out – a small amount left in the hair will provide protection without weighting your hair down. Use a deep conditioning treatment once per week to replenish the moisture in your hair.

Use a Humidifier

Combat that dry indoor air by running a cool mist humidifier near your bed when you sleep. This will add moisture to your hair and skin, and can help you stay healthy as well.

Trim Regularly

It’s especially important to get regular trims during the winter months. This will help prevent the dry, split ends that are often responsible for static, frizz and damage.

 

If you’re dealing with thin, brittle hair that is exacerbated by the cold winter weather, DK International can help. Contact our experienced Minneapolis hair replacement professionals to schedule a consultation at our discrete and comfortable Bloomington hair restoration salon.

Coping With Postpartum Hair Loss

If you’ve had a baby, you’ve probably experienced the common (but dreaded) postpartum hair loss. It affects most new mothers, generally occurring between three and six months after giving birth. Postpartum hair loss is temporary, but can be significant. And, at a time when many bodily and hormonal changes are occurring, it can be difficult to deal with.

 

We’ll share a few tips for recognizing and dealing with postpartum hair loss below.

 

postpartum hair loss

 

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, postpartum hair loss is not true hair loss, but instead is something called excessive hair shedding, which is caused primarily by hormonal shifts.

 

When a woman is pregnant, increased estrogen levels halt the normal hair growth and loss cycle. Specifically, the telogen phase – a normal resting phase in the hair growth cycle, in which hair is released and subsequently falls out – is skipped. Then, after birth, estrogen levels fall, and all of the hair that was not lost during pregnancy begins to fall out.

 

Once the hair shedding occurs, hair loss generally stops. Most women regain their normal hair fullness within a year of giving birth, barring any additional issues. But in the meantime, women can experience bald spots, widened parts and general thinning of hair, which can be difficult to manage.

 

Postpartum hair loss can’t be prevented, but there are a few things new moms can do to minimize the effects.

 

First, use shampoo and conditioner specifically designed for thin and limp hair, and use conditioner only on the ends of the hair. This will prevent the hair from being weighted down. Thickening hair sprays or products can also minimize the appearance of hair loss.

 

Second, continue taking prenatal vitamins, eat a healthy diet with fruits and vegetables and Omega-3 fatty acids, and drink plenty of water. Boosting nutrition to the skin and scalp can help hair regrow more quickly.

 

Third, try a new hairstyle! If your hair is getting especially thin at the ends, consider a hefty trim to make it look and feel fuller.

 

If your hair loss continues past the postpartum period, it may have another, more serious cause. Contact your doctor, then call DK International to discuss our innovative line of hairsystems, extensions and wigs. Our compassionate hair loss professionals can help you find a hair solution that fits your budget and meets your needs.

Can Hormones Cause Hair Loss?

There are many possible causes of hair loss – chemotherapy treatment, mental disorders such as trichotillomania, alopecia, thyroid disease, extreme stress, hair damage, having a baby and many more. As such, it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of hair loss, which is why it’s important to discuss the matter with a trusted physician. Today, we’re going to discuss hormonal hair loss.

hormonal hair loss

What is hormonal hair loss?

As detailed in Women’s Health, hormonal hair loss occurs when one experiences a decline in the hormones that promote hair growth, and an increase in the hormones that cause hair loss. This imbalance causes hair to enter the telogen phase, which is a resting phase in which hair is released and subsequently falls out. Normally, hair follicles enter this phase at different times, but with hormonal hair loss, most or all of the hair is pushed into the telogen phase at the same time, and hair loss is significant.

 

What causes hormonal hair loss?

There are many possible reasons for this, generally falling into two categories: medical or trauma. In the former, a disease-triggered hormonal imbalance is the reason for the hair loss. In the latter, an event or change – such as surgery, significant weight loss, severe trauma or something similar – triggers the hormonal shift.

 

How can hormonal hair loss be reversed?

If your hair loss is caused by a disease, seeking treatment is the first step. You may be put on a medication that regulates hormones, such as progesterone. In any case, adopting a healthier lifestyle – through nutrition, exercise, meditation and other forms of stress relief – can help reduce the total shedding time and encourage regrowth sooner.

 

Whatever the cause of your hormonal hair loss, DK International can help! At our discrete Bloomington hair loss salon, our dedicated experts can help you find a solution – whether it is wigs, hair solutions, hairsystems or another option – that fits your needs and budget. Give us a call at 952-934-8336 to set up a free consultation.

The Hair Growth Cycle

In order to have an awareness of hair loss, it’s important to understand the hair growth cycle. This will allow you to pinpoint any abnormalities in your hair growth and loss, and can potentially help to determine the cause of any excessive hair loss.

There are three distinct stages of the hair growth cycle: the anagen phase, the catagen phase and the telogen phase. When one or more of these phases is disrupted due to a medical condition, stress, trauma or some other reason, hair loss can result.

hair growth cycle

 

Anagen Phase

This is the growth phase. In general, hair grows about half an inch per month, and often grows faster in the summer months than in the winter (likely due to the climate and increased absorption of vitamin D and others). On average, the anagen phase lasts between three and five years. If a hair was allowed to grow for the full phase, it could reach up to 30 inches.

 

Catagen Phase

There is no significant change to the hair during this phase. Instead, it is a relatively short transitional phase, and usually lasts about 10 days.

 

Telogen Phase

This is known as a resting phase. It is the time during which hair is released, and falls out. It is normal to lose up to 80 hairs every day. Since each hair on your head is at a different stage of the hair growth cycle, you likely won’t notice those lost hairs. However, if you notice more strands in your brush or the shower drain, it’s a sign of abnormal hair loss.

Following the telogen phase, hair follicles remain inactive for about three months. The hair growth cycle then restarts with the anagen phase.

 

If you are concerned about abnormal hair loss, it’s a good idea to contact your physician and determine whether any underlying medical issues are the cause.

At DK International, we understand that hair loss can be a very difficult and stressful experience. We offer a variety of hair replacement and restoration services. Contact us today for a free private consultation at our Minneapolis hair loss salon.

Three Products for Thinning Hair

Thinning hair or complete hair loss can be a difficult emotional hurdle to overcome. Hair is a big part of our physical and mental identity, and hair loss can put a shadow over everyday life. DK International exists to help men, women and children who are experiencing hair loss, whether caused by chemotherapy, alopecia or a similar disease, age, stress or some other reason. We work to find hair solutions that fit our clients’ lifestyle and budget.

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XFusion

If you are experiencing hair loss, you have several options to slow, reverse or cover your thinning hair. For those suffering from minimal hair loss, XFusion may be a great solution. Using keratin fibers that intertwine and bind with remaining hair, XFusion covers and camouflages hair loss. The fibers stick to hair through a magnetic connection created by static. XFusion can be used on small, specific areas throughout the hair, and it is resistant to wind and water.

 

Cyberhair

One of our favorite new hair loss solutions is the Cyberhair system, a newly-developed micro point solution for hair loss and thinning hair. Cyberhair replicates natural hair texture, and is lightweight and long-lasting. In addition, Cyberhair doesn’t use any chemicals or glue. This makes it one of the healthies hair replacement options on the hair replacement market today.

 

Wigs

For substantial or complete hair loss, wigs are a great solution. Don’t be afraid – wigs have come a long way! At our Bloomington wig salon, we offer a wide selection of tasteful, natural wigs. Make a private appointment today to see all available options.

 

Not sure which of our hair replacement solutions is right for you? Let us help! Our experienced professionals will go over our full product line and help you determine which best fits your needs and your budget. Give us a call at 952-934-8336 to schedule an appointment at our discrete Twin Cities hair replacement service salon.