Are You Suffering from Naturally Thinning Hair?

Causes and Treatment for Naturally Thinning Hair

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As we get older, we may find ourselves with the unfortunate realization that our hair is thinning. This is a natural process that we can slow down or tend to, but will ultimately happen. Here are a few causes for your thinning hair.

Stress: A traumatic event such as a major surgery, physical illness, death of a loved one or a recent divorce can cause many changes to your physical health. The stress sends a shock to a large percent of hair follicles into a resting phase, halting production. Once the hair returns to a growing phase, once you are feeling better, new hair grows and pushes the old hair out. This will cause thinning, as your old hair falls out and you are waiting for the new hair to grow to your normal length.

Diet: If you are deprived of Vitamins and nutrients, especially Vitamin B and iron, your hair growth and health will be deprived. If you are consuming too much fat, this will also impede on the ability of your hair to get the maximal oxygen and nutrients that it needs.

Hormones/Aging: Pregnancy, birth control pills, hormone therapy or thyroid problems can also affect your hair growth and thinning. As you age, each strand shrinks in diameter, which changes thee overall volume. Our DNA is programmed to cause a percentage of hair follicles to shrink and either make smaller, thinner strands of hair at a much slower rate, or stop making hairs altogether.

Whether you have control over these events or not, there are products and treatments available to treat and remedy your thinning hair.

Contact us today to schedule a free one-hour consultation, where you will meet one-on-one with one of our experienced technicians to discuss the type of hair loss you’re experiencing and the solution that best fits with your lifestyle and budget needs. We offer various products that will aid in your treatment including volume solutions and professional strength products.

Hair Loss Due to Chemotherapy

The Effects of Chemotherapy on Hair and How to Handle It

homepage-slide1Most people don’t put too much thought into their hair and it’s health, unless they are facing the possibility of it falling out. Both men and women going through chemotherapy have a greater chance of losing their hair. The amount or speed it falls out at depends on the type and dose of medication you receive, but nonetheless, the chemotherapy will affect hair growth and loss.

 

Why does chemotherapy attack the hair? The medications involved are very powerful and go after the rapidly growing cancer cells. They also go after other growing cells as well, including hair roots. Although hair loss is primarily thought to be on the scalp, it goes after hair on the entire body, including eyebrows and eyelashes. Hair loss can be temporary and will start to grow back about 3-6 months after chemo has ended. People may find that their hair falls out in clumps all at once, or gradually, finding hair on their pillow, hairbrush or shower. Whether one’s hair is dramatically thinner  or goes bald completely, it is a hard transition to go through. Here are some tips in prepping for hair loss due to chemo and some ideas on dealing with the change.

  1. Be gentle with your hair prior to chemotherapy. Skip the hair color treatments which will only weaken your hair. Allow your hair to air dry and refrain from using hot devices such as hair curlers and straighteners.
  2. Consider cutting your hair if it is long. This will make the hair loss process seem less noticeable and be less of a transition shock to you.
  3. Get headwear to cover your head during or after such as a wig, scarves or hats. Being self-conscious about being bald may be lessened if it is covered up and not as noticeable. Keep your confidence during treatments.
  4. Protect your scalp from the cold and sun with sunscreen and hats. Your scalp may be sensitive from going through treatments or make you extra cold. Stay comfortable and cover up when necessary.
  5. Be patient. Your hair may grow back slowly or look different in color or texture than what it was originally. It will take some time to get it back to what it was like before the damage from chemotherapy. Allowing it to grow back naturally is key.

Contact us today to schedule a free one-hour consultation, where you will meet one-on-one with one of our experienced technicians to discuss the type of hair loss you’re experiencing and the solution that best fits with your lifestyle and budget needs.

Male and Female Pattern Baldness

Treatments to Slow the Process of Male and Female Pattern Baldness

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Male or Female Pattern Baldness is a distinctive form of hair loss that affects many, usually by the age of 50. This can be defined as the loss of hair from the head brought on by age but can also be caused by an autoimmune disorder. Androgenetic alopecia affects both men and women and is very common. Here are ways that this may impact males and females:

Males:

  • Hair is lost in well-defined pattern
  • Hair loss begins above the temples
  • Overtime, the hairline recedes to form an “M” shape
  • Usually, the hair loss occurs at the top of the head or the front, at the hairline

Females:

  • 40 % of women are affected, usually by age 50
  • Less than 45% of women reach 80 years old with a full head of hair
  • Hair becomes thinner than normal
  • Hair loss is usually at the top of the head and at the crown
  • Major events such as child birth, malnutrition, a severe infection, major surgery or extreme stress can be big causes of sudden hair loss.

There are no cures for male and female pattern baldness, but there are treatments and ways to try and slow the process. Hair transplants and natural looking wigs and hairpieces are options to cover up the patchy areas. There are also foods that may fight hair loss. A poor diet may cause macro and micronutrient deficiencies. Eating lots of red, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables such as carrots, peppers and cantaloupe may help with your nutrients. Fatty fish such as salmon contains omega 3 and yogurts are rich in vitamin B5. Also, staying hydrated is key, drinking as much water as possible and cutting back on the caffeine.

Our Bloomington, Minnesota location makes it easy for clients to receive the treatments they seek, including haircuts, perms, coloring, attachments, bonds, reconditioning of human or synthetic hair, Cyberhair rejuvenation, wig repair, scalp treatments, and Micro Point Solutions Hair systems.

Contact us today to schedule a free one-hour consultation, where you will meet one-on-one with one of our experienced technicians to discuss the type of hair loss you’re experiencing and the solution that best fits with your lifestyle and budget needs.

What Causes Hormonal Hair Loss?

Treatments and Remedies for Hormonal Hair Loss

hormonal hair lossWomen may experience hormonal hair loss, thinning hair or patchy bald spots some time in their lives. This is a normal process. However, some may experience a more drastic loss, especially after giving birth, reaching menopause or experiencing other hormone imbalances. Some of the common causes, treatments and remedies for hormonal hair loss are listed below.

 

Causes of Hormonal Hair Loss

  • Excess Estrogen – Too much estrogen can be caused by weight gain or toxicity from exposure to endocrine disruptions in food, water and plastic products, which can all cause thinning hair.
  • Insulin Issues – Some women with markers of insulin resistance have a greater risk for female pattern baldness.
  • Testosterone – An increase in testosterone in women can cause hair growth on the neck, face and chest, and a decrease on the head.
  • Thyroid – Fluctuating thyroid levels may redirect the energy used for non-critical processes such as hair growth and focus more on balancing hormones. Low thyroids are often the cause of a thinning scalp in women.

Treatments and Remedies for Hormonal Hair Loss

  • Get tested and check your glucose and iron levels as well as blood count.
  • Eating clean, with more fiber, can help lower estrogen levels.
  • A high protein and low carb diet, full of veggies, can also help.
  • Taking a multivitamin daily to get the nutrients that you need such as Vitamin E (protects hair cells) and Vitamin B (restores hair thickness and shine).
  • Managing your stress levels and getting enough sleep are also simple ways to improve your lifestyle and eliminate drastic hair loss.

Our Bloomington, Minnesota location makes it easy for clients to receive the treatments they seek, including haircuts, perms, coloring, attachments, bonds, reconditioning of human or synthetic hair, Cyberhair rejuvenation, wig repair, scalp treatments, and Micro Point Solutions Hair systems.

 

Contact us today to schedule a free one-hour consultation, where you will meet one-on-one with one of our experienced technicians to discuss the type of hair loss you’re experiencing and the solution that best fits with your lifestyle and budget needs.

 

What are the Causes of and Treatments for Trichotillomania?

Understanding Obsessive Hair Pulling Disorder (Trichotillomania)

Hair-pulling, or trichotillomania, is a repetitive behavior of pulling out one’s hair, most commonly on the scalp, eyebrows or eyelashes. Here are some symptoms of trichotillomania, as well as causes and treatments from  Mentalhealthamerica.net.

Trichotillomania is categorized as a medical illness as well as an obsessive compulsive order. It usually starts in adolescents, ages 9-13, peaking around 12 and 13 years old. It may be caused simply from stress or boredom, but also as a result of a stressful event such as abuse, a family conflict or death in the family.

Symptoms include:

  • trichotillomania_eyelash_pullingPulling hair resulting in noticeable hairloss
  • Tension right before pulling hair
  • Relief or gratification when pulling out hair
  • Inability to stop, even after repeated attenpts to reduce hair pulling
  • Distress in social or occupational situations
  • Loss of control, embarrassment, shame

This reoccurring disorder does not lead to any dramatic medical problems, but directly affects one’s self-esteem and body image. One might feel ridicule from family and friends, which leads to avoiding relationships or social gatherings. The development can be life-long if not treated. Treatment includes therapy, producing awareness and providing substitute behaviors. Medications are also available which help release the sense of anxiety or stress, which is one of the main causes. Both are recommended for treatment to be most effective.

Hair loss, whether full or partial, can be an emotional experience. Here at d.k. International, we understand how difficult this time can be, which is why we offer personal, confidential, and expert service at our hair loss salon. Contact us today to schedule a free one-hour consultation, where you will meet one-on-one with one of our experienced technicians to discuss the type of hair loss you’re experiencing and the solution that best fits with your lifestyle and budget needs.

Our Bloomington, Minnesota location makes it easy for clients to receive the treatments they seek, including haircuts, perms, coloring, attachments, bonds, reconditioning of human or synthetic hair, Cyberhair rejuvenation, wig repair, scalp treatments, and Micro Point Solutions Hair systems.