Is Female Pattern Hair Loss Responsible For Your Thinning Hair?

Have you noticed a widening in your hair part, or a thinning in your ponytail? Does your hair look or feel thinner, flatter or weaker? If so, you may be suffering from female pattern hair loss (often referred to as female pattern balding).


Female pattern hair loss, or FPHL, is the most common cause of hair loss in women, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. FHPL is hereditary, but hormones may also contribute. A dermatologist can assess and diagnose potential cases of female pattern hair loss.


female pattern hair loss


FHPL generally begins in mid-life, but for some women, it starts earlier. Because it is a progressive condition, women will continue to lose hair after the onset of FHPL. Unlike men, however, women don’t generally lose all of their hair, but notice increasing sparseness in the part or near the temples.


The good news is that treatment can reverse existing hair loss and prevent additional loss. So how is female pattern hair loss treated?


There are a few medications that can be prescribed for hair loss, but it can take some time – at least 12 months – to determine whether the medications are working and to see results. In the meantime or in lieu of those treatments, there are more holistic options, including supplements, fatty acids, a healthy diet, scalp treatments, hair loss shampoos and others. Treatment is the most effective when started at the first sign of hair loss, so if you suspect female pattern hair loss, get in touch with your doctor as soon as possible.


If you’re diagnosed with FPHL, give DK International a call. Our experienced hair loss stylists can discuss our many options for the treatment of female pattern hair loss, such as hair transplants, natural-looking hairpieces or wigs, Cyberhair rejuvenation, Micro Point Solutions or other hair systems. Schedule a free consultation at our discrete Minneapolis hair loss clinic to get started.

Instill Healthy Hair Habits in Your Child

As parents, it’s up to us to teach our kids how to take care of their bodies so that they can stay healthy and safe. Many parents probably don’t think of healthy hair habits as an important part of these lessons. But by teaching children how to properly wash and style their hair, you’ll be helping them to protect their hair from future damage, thinning and loss.

healthy hair habits

The first step in this educational process is to teach children the proper way to shampoo, condition and comb their hair. To do that, walk your child through the following steps:

  1. Sufficiently wet hair and scalp with warm water. Make sure the hair is fully wet, and use warm – but not hot – water to avoid drying out the hair.
  2. Use a quarter-sized dollop of shampoo. Use a coin to show them the right amount.
  3. Massage shampoo gently into the scalp. Don’t shampoo the full length of hair – doing so could cause dryness and damage. Massaging too roughly could also cause breakage.
  4. Condition for your hair type. If your hair is thin, only use conditioner on the ends of hair to maintain volume.
  5. Rinse well with warm water. Again, avoid water that’s too hot.
  6. Pat hair dry with a clean towel. Don’t rub the hair so as to avoid breakage.
  7. Use a wide-tooth comb to gently comb tangles out of wet hair.

In addition, the American Academy of Dermatology offers additional tips on healthy hair habits that protect from damage.

  • Keep ponytails and braids loose.
  • Use only covered rubber bands to hold hair back.
  • Lower the heat on blow dryers, curling irons and flat irons.
  • Minimize heat and chemical styling.
  • Wash chlorine from hair after swimming.
  • Wear a hat in the sun to protect against a sunburned scalp and other damage.

At DK International, we offer a variety of hairsystems, treatments and solutions for a variety of hair loss and hair damage issues. If you’re suffering from hair loss, whether caused by caused by chemotherapy, pattern baldness, alopecia, or another cause, we can help. Give our Twin Cities hair restoration experts a call to set up a free consultation.

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.


winter hair care


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.

thinning hair



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.



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.



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.

Is Your Hair Loss Normal?

If you’ve recently noticed a few extra hair strands on your pillow or in your hairbrush, you may be concerned about abnormal hair loss. But how can you tell if your hair loss is normal, or if it’s a cause for concern?

abnormal hair loss

According to Women’s Health, the average person loses between 60 and 100 strands of hair every day, so some hair loss is certainly normal. But if you’re losing more than that on a daily basis, it may indicate that something more serious is going on. We’ve written several blog posts on diseases that cause hair loss, but the first step, in any case, is to check in with your doctor. This is especially true if the hair loss has been going on for more than three months.

But how can you track your hair loss to see how much you’re losing?

There are three good methods:

  1. Pillow watch, or monitoring the amount of new hairs on your pillow every morning.
  2. Keeping a closer eye on your hairbrush, by cleaning it out every evening and monitoring it the following day.
  3. Watching for patterns of loss in your hair, such as baldness on the top of your head or a receding hairline.

If you do notice abnormal hair loss, take a closer look at your lifestyle. Have you been under an unusual amount of stress? Has your diet changed? Have you been chemically processing or heat treating your hair? Did you recently have a baby? All of these can trigger abnormal hair loss, so try making a few adjustments to see if that helps your hair.

If you’re experiencing chronic, long-term hair loss, our Minneapolis hair restoration and hair replacement service may be for you. Get in touch with our experienced and compassionate professionals to discuss hair extensions, wigs and hair solutions, hairsystems and more.

Chemotherapy and Hair Loss

Hair loss is one of the most well-known and most feared side effects of chemotherapy. And for good reason – the majority of men and women who undergo chemotherapy treatment will experience some degree of hair loss. But everyone who undergoes chemo experiences hair loss differently, so it’s difficult to know what to expect or how to mentally prepare for it.


In general, hair loss usually begins with two to four weeks of starting chemotherapy treatment. The loss doesn’t just occur on the head, but can affect hair all over the body, including eyelashes and eyebrows.


chemo and hair loss


Sometimes, hair falls out in clumps, while it is sometimes more gradual – you might just notice more strands in your brush and hair that is thinning overall. Depending on the severity and pattern of your hair loss, you may decide to shave your head before it is completely gone, or simply style it in a way that masks some of the loss.


The hair loss will generally continue for the duration of the chemo treatment and for a few weeks after it ends. Hair usually regrows within six months, and it may come in with a different color or texture, because the cells that control the pigment of your hair are not yet functioning. As such, this is usually a temporary change.


So is there a way to prevent hair loss caused by chemotherapy? Unfortunately, there is not. Some drugs are more likely to cause hair loss than others, and the level of loss may also be affected by the dosage and duration of treatment. Your doctor should be able to help you prepare for hair loss as a possible side effect of chemotherapy.


Going through chemotherapy is difficult for many reasons, and hair loss can add a significant mental burden to an already difficult time. Make sure that you have support during this tough time.


If you’re experiencing hair loss caused by chemotherapy or radiation, DK International can help. At our discrete Twin Cities hair loss salon, our experienced and compassionate hair restoration experts can help you find an answer for your hair loss, whether you’re interested in wigs, hairsystems, or other hair solutions. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Hair Loss vs. Hair Shedding

Adults generally lose between 50 and 100 strands of hair every day, so it’s not uncommon to see a decent amount of hair in your brush or on your pillow. But if you’re losing more hair than normal, that may be a sign of hair shedding or hair loss. But what’s the difference?


hair shedding


Although both share similar symptoms, hair loss and hair shedding are unique afflictions, with time being the main difference between the two. Hair shedding usually has a set duration, while hair loss is a much longer-term issue. This is because hair shedding is usually connected to a life change, event or stressor, while hair loss can have many potential causes.


So, when that stressing event ends, the shedding stops. (Of course, if the stressor continues, the shedding will likely continue as well, and can be a long-term affliction in some cases.) Hair will likely regain its normal fullness in 6 to 9 months after the shedding ends.


Hair shedding is often connected to:

  • The birth of a child
  • Significant weight loss
  • A high fever or surgical operation, or recovering from an illness
  • Significant stress

In comparison, hair loss can have a variety of causes, including:

  • Chemotherapy, radiation or another medical treatment or drug
  • Diseases, such as alopecia, thyroid disease and lupus, among others
  • Mental disorders, such as trichotillomania
  • Genetics
  • Overly harsh hair treatment

If you’re not sure whether you’re experiencing hair shedding or hair loss, visit your doctor or see a dermatologist to get a diagnosis. There may be a way to treat either your hair or the underlying cause.


At DK International, we offer a variety of hair replacement services, including hairsystems, hair extensions, wigs and hair solutions. If you’re facing long-term hair shedding or loss, give our Minneapolis hair restoration experts a call to set up a free consultation. We can customize a solution to fit your budget and needs.