Minimizing Hair Loss From Scalp Psoriasis

Scalp psoriasis is a fairly common skin disorder. It causes red, raised and often scaly patches to appear on the scalp, sometimes spreading to the back of the neck, forehead or behind the ears. According to WebMD, about half of the 7.5 million Americans who have been diagnosed with psoriasis deal with patches on their scalp. Doctors aren’t entirely sure what causes psoriasis, and while there are many effective treatments, there is no cure.

 

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Thinning hair isn’t a side effect of scalp psoriasis itself. However, scratching or picking at scaly patches can cause hair loss. The use of harsh chemicals to treat the disease or the stress it causes can also contribute.

 

Fortunately, there are ways to minimize the hair loss caused by scalp psoriasis, as discussed in a recent article by the American Academy of Dermatology. We’ll highlight a few below.

 

Be Gentle

When removing scaly patches on the scalp, gently comb away the scale. Don’t pick at scales – doing so can aggravate the skin, causing the psoriasis to worsen or hair to fall out. If your scales are itchy, scratch with short, smooth fingernails to avoid causing further damage.

 

Alternate Shampoos

If you’re using a medicated shampoo, try alternating it with a gentle, moisturizing shampoo. Use a non-medicated conditioner after every wash to keep hair moisturized and strong.

 

Minimize Heat

If possible, allow hair to air dry. Psoriasis makes the scalp extremely dry, so the heat of a blow dryer can cause additional dryness and irritation.

 

Avoid Harsh Treatments

It’s tempting to use products to boost thinning hair or hide psoriasis patches, but try to minimize the use of harsh hair products. Before putting anything on your head, test it on a small patch of your scalp. If you experience irritation on that patch, don’t use the product.

 

If you’re experiencing thinning hair or hair loss caused by scalp psoriasis, talk to your dermatologist about the cause and treatments. Then, give DK International a call. Our experienced Minneapolis-St. Paul hair replacement professionals can help you find the hair restoration product or hair solution that works for you. Call our Minneapolis hair restoration salon to schedule a consultation.

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.

 

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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.

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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.

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?

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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.

Hair Loss 101: Causes and Symptoms

What are the Main Causes and Symptoms of Hair Loss?

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Hair loss is not a fun side-effect to have to deal with and can cause many of us to become self-conscious about our appearance. However, most of us will not be able to avoid it, either early on or when we get older. There are many different types of hair loss as well as causes. Some are inevitable but some can be prevented and treated. Here are the main causes and symptoms of hair loss:

Hair Loss Causes

Family history – Hair loss is inherited in most cases, also known as male or female-pattern baldness.

Stress – This could be from physical stress from surgery or an injury, an illness or emotional stress.

Chemotherapy – This powerful medicine destroys cancer cells but also the cells that help you grow hair.

Physical damage – Pulling on your hair too tightly from ponytails or braids can cause loss. Using curling irons or straighteners too often, as well as coloring your hair can damage it as well.

Age – The older you get, the less your hair will grow naturally. Your hair will get thinner and tends to break more often.

Poor diet – Protein and iron are big building blocks for growing your hair. Any deficiencies in these two will have cause you to lose hair.

Thyroid disease – Most commonly hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism will play a big part in hair loss as well, also combining with stress and diet.

Hair Loss Symptoms

Your symptoms will depend on the type of hair loss you have. Thinning hair happens over time, so you will probably not notice them falling out. If you hair is shedding, you will lose your hair in clumps that fall out. You may notice hair on your pillow after sleeping, or excessive hair in your brush or shower. A general loss of hair would cause you to lose hair all over your scalp, but focal hair loss is in just one area. Inherited hair loss will cause bald spots around the forehead or on the top of the head.

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.

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.

 

Trichotillomania: What You Need To Know About Impulsive Hair Pulling

medium_4152865115People suffering from trichotillomania may be wondering what is causing their hair loss.  A lack of awareness of the condition can be socially uncomfortable, as well as concerning for oneself and close friends and family members.  The purpose of this blog is to explain trichotillomania, the dangers of the condition, and how DK International can help you while seeking treatment. 

Trichotillomania (trich) is a condition where people have the habit of pulling body hair out.  Excessive pulling can cause bald spots, resulting in awkward social situations when interacting with those who aren’t familiar with what is causing hair loss.  It may be easy to say to someone with trich, “Just stop pulling your hair”, however it’s not that easy.  As an impulsive disorder, people with trichotillomania are often unaware that they are doing it until it becomes a problem.  The reason behind impulsive hair pulling is different for everyone as some people do it to cope with anxiety, whereas some people with trich are happy, well adjusted people.

It’s not uncommon for people with trichotillomania to accompany hair pulling with swallowing their hair.  This becomes dangerous when entire hairs are ingested.  The human digestive tract is unable to process and pass hair and in extreme circumstances, a hairball may form.  In this case, swallowing hair is extremely dangerous and the hairball causing the blockage may require surgery to remove it.

Are you worried that you or someone you know may have trichotillomania?  Below are some symptoms to watch out for:

  • Inability to resist urges to pull out one’s hair
  • Mounting tension before one pulls
  • Gratification and relaxation when pulling
  • A feeling of relief after pulling
  • Noticeable hair loss
  • Increased distress and/or interference with daily life

If you or someone you know is experiencing noticeable hair loss due to trichotillomania, contact DK International today.  Seeking help from trich can be difficult for those that consider this an embarrassing situation.  DK International’s experienced and compassionate technicians have consulted with many people suffering from impulsive hair pulling and will help you find a solution while keeping your discretion in mind.  Our location and the way we communicate with clients are all meant to keep your condition and association with our hair replacement salon confidential.  Contact DK International today for your free, confidential one-hour consultation.  To learn more about DK International and how we help people experiencing different kinds of hair loss, connect with us on Facebook to find out how we can help you!