Treatment Options for Trichotillomania

Unlike the other diseases we’ve recently detailed on our blog, today we’re going to discuss a mental ailment. Trichotillomania is a mental disorder that can result in patchy bald spots on the scalp and hair loss on other parts of the body. As such, the emotional and social effects of the disease are often debilitating.

Also known as hair-pulling disorder, trichotillomania causes a repeated, irresistible urge to pull out one’s own hair. This is not limited to the hair on the head, but can also include eyebrows or hair on other parts of the body. People with trichotillomania are unable to stop themselves from pulling out their hair, despite wanting and trying to.

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There is no known cause for trichotillomania, but certain factors – such as age, family history and stress level – may increase the risk of diagnosis. Some infants engage in hair-pulling, but it usually goes away naturally as they age. Pre-teens between 10 and 13 are most likely to be diagnosed with trichotillomania, and people with a family history of the disease tend to be more prone to the disease.

Trichotillomania varies in severity – often, it is mild and manageable, but in many cases, the need to pull out hair is severe and overpowering. Some people pull hair intentionally, as a way of dealing with stress and tension. Many have elaborate rituals for hair-pulling. Alternatively, some people pull out hair automatically, without realizing that they’re doing it. This often occurs during times of boredom or inactivity.

There are treatment options, including therapy and antidepressants or other medications. Often, the loss of hair can lead to additional stress, making it important to treat the hair loss in addition to the underlying disease. Wigs or hair systems, as well as rejuvenation and micro point solutions may help to relieve some of the emotional impact of trichotillomania.

If you’re suffering from trichotillomania, get in touch with our discrete Minneapolis hair restoration salon to discuss your options.

All About Alopecia Areata

In our two-part series on diseases that can cause hair loss, we briefly discussed alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the hair follicles. Because alopecia areata is such a common cause of patchy hair loss and thinning hair, we thought it deserved a more in-depth discussion.

Although alopecia areata – which is more commonly referred to as simply alopecia – is relatively well-known, there are several aspects of the disease that are less commonly known or understood. We’ll focus on those in this post.

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First, alopecia areata does not only cause the loss of hair on the head. It can also cause hair on the face and, occasionally, other parts of the body.

Second, alopecia areata often makes its first appearance during childhood. The lifetime risk of being diagnosed with the disease is around 2 percent.

Third, alopecia areata is fairly common. It affects people of all ages and ethnic groups, and both men and women are at risk. The National Alopecia Areata Foundation estimates that as many as 6.8 million people in the United States have the disease.

Fourth, as a “polygenic disease,” both parents must contribute a set number of specific genes in order for their child to develop alopecia areata. Therefore, it is not a given that a parent with the disease will pass it to their children. It is also believed to be influenced by environmental factors, which makes the genetic risks of the disease more difficult to predict.

Finally, alopecia areata usually does not cause complete hair loss, but instead, causes hair to fall out in patches. (There is one form of the disease, called alopecia totalis, that does cause total hair loss, but that is less common.) The hair follicles remain alive, leaving the possibility of hair regrowth. In many cases, however, the disease often prevents hair from regrowing where it was previously lost, and hair that does regrow may fall out once again. This is where our Minneapolis hair restoration experts come in.

At DK International, we offer a variety of hair replacement services, including hairsystems, hair extensions, wigs and hair solutions. We can customize a solution to fit your budget and needs. Give our Bloomington, MN hair restoration experts a call to set up a free consultation.

Is Your Hair Loss a Symptom of Disease? (Part Two)

In our previous post, we covered a few of the diseases and disorders that can cause and contribute to hair loss. We’ll continue that series today by discussing three more.

 

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

When people talk about lupus, they are typically referring to systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE, as it’s the most common form of lupus. SLE is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks various parts of the body, thinking it’s fighting a foreign intruder. Hair loss is just one of the many symptoms of SLE, which vary depending on which part of the body the immune system attacks. SLE affects women more commonly than men.

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Addison’s Disease

Addison’s disease occurs when the adrenal glands – which are located on top of the kidneys – don’t produce enough cortisol (which regulate the body’s reaction to stress) and aldosterone (which regulates sodium and potassium). Symptoms of the disease include hair loss, fatigue, muscle weakness, weight loss, low blood sugar, nausea and vomiting, irritability, depression and more. If Addison’s disease goes untreated, it can become life-threatening.

 

Systemic Sclerosis

Systemic sclerosis, or SS, is an autoimmune disorder in which collagen production is increased. This results in changes to the appearance and texture of skin, and possible harm to internal organs, muscles, blood vessels and the digestive system. Symptoms include hair loss, joint pain, calcium deposits or dilated blood vessels under the skin, diarrhea or constipation, and shortness of breath. SS may also be called scleroderma or CREST syndrome.

 

As you can see, hair loss is often one of the first symptoms of a wide variety of autoimmune disorders and other diseases. If you begin to notice hair loss, the first and most important thing to do is visit your doctor. If your hair loss is persistent or permanent, please get in touch with our Minnesota hair restoration and replacement service to discuss your options. At our discreet Minneapolis-area salon, we can discuss wigs, extensions, hairsystems and other hair replacement solutions that may be right for you.

Is Your Hair Loss a Symptom of Disease? (Part One)

On our blog, we’ve previously discussed thyroid disease (which includes hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s disease, Graves’ disease and others) and discussed how the disease could potentially cause hair loss. Unfortunately, thyroid disease is not the only ailment that can cause or worsen hair loss. There are a host of diseases that can impact hair health, and we’ll discuss a few in this two-part series.

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Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks hair follicles, causing hair – usually on the scalp, but possibly on other areas of the body as well – to fall out in small patches. While alopecia areata usually does not result in complete hair loss, it may prevent hair from regrowing where it was lost. Even if the hair does grow back, it may fall out again.

There is no cure for alopecia areata, but there may be ways to regrow hair. Talk to one of our Minneapolis hair restoration experts to discuss your options.

 

Syphilis

Syphilis can be difficult to diagnose – it’s possible to have the disease for several years without showing any symptoms. This can cause it to be transmitted more often. More than 56,000 cases were reported in 2013, according to the CDC, making syphilis a fairly common disease.

Syphilis has four stages, and it is during the second stage that skin rashes and hair loss is common. These symptoms will go away regardless of whether you receive treatment, but it’s important to see your doctor and get treated before more serious and permanent harm is done.

 

Hypopituitarism

More often referred to as an underactive pituitary gland, hypopituitarism occurs when the pituitary gland – which is located on the underside of the brain – fails to release enough hormones. Underlying causes of hypopituitarism include brain, pituitary gland or hypothalamus tumors, or other diseases such as tuberculosis, stroke, sarcoidosis, hemochromatosis or others. In some cases, the cause may not be known.

Because there is no single causes of hypopituitarism, there is no set course of treatment. The disease is treated on a case by case basis, with an ultimate goal of restoring hormone levels.

 

Stay tuned for part two to learn more about diseases that cause and worsen hair loss.

 

If you’re dealing with hair loss, contact our discrete Bloomington, Minnesota hair restoration salon and schedule a free consultation. We carry a wide variety of hair systems, wigs, hair extensions and more. Our hair replacement professionals can help you to find the best solution for you.

Thyroid Disease and Hair Loss

Thyroid disease is a blanket term that covers a variety of ailments, including hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s disease, Graves’ disease, thyroid cancer and others. It is estimated that between 27 and 60 million Americans suffer from some form of thyroid disease, but, unfortunately, the majority go undiagnosed. Women are more likely to be thyroid patients than men.

Hair loss is often one of the first indicators of thyroid disease. In fact, it’s not uncommon for an underlying thyroid problem to first be uncovered by a hairdresser! If you’re experiencing hair loss or changes to your hair caused by thyroid disease, you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to reverse your hair loss.

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Evaluate your medication

Unfortunately, hair loss is a common side effect of many of the hormone replacement medications prescribed to treat thyroid disease – specifically, lecothyroxine (which has many name brand forms). If this is the case for you, talk to your doctor about switching to a different medication or adding a second drug.

Hair loss is also commonly caused by undertreatment or mistreatment of thyroid disease. Don’t be afraid to speak up or get a second opinion if you think this is the case.

Visit a dermatologist

It’s possible that your hair loss is caused by something other than thyroid disease. A dermatologist that specializes in hair loss can run tests to determine the cause, and help identify new treatment methods. Just be sure to bring a copy of your medical records so the dermatologist can see what you’ve been diagnosed with and prescribed.

Adjust your diet

Loading your diet with iron, lysine and other vitamins and minerals, along with plenty of healthy fat, can give your hair a boost.

Look into hair replacement

Extensions, wigs and other hair replacement and restoration products can help you look and feel like yourself again as you work to treat your thyroid disease.

 

If you’re experiencing hair loss caused by an autoimmune disease, contact our experienced Minneapolis hair replacement professionals to schedule a consultation at our discrete and comfortable Bloomington hair restoration salon.

Superfoods Can Help Reverse Hair Loss

By now, we’ve all heard about the many health benefits of so-called superfoods: foods that pack a nutritional punch with a large number of essential vitamins and minerals. Not only could these foods improve your overall health, but they may also help to reverse hair loss and strengthen the hair.

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Here are a few of the superfoods that may help to prevent and reverse hair loss.

  1. Spinach: Iron deficiency is a common cause of hair loss, so eating leafy greens that are rich in iron and other essential vitamins and minerals – including vitamin C, beta carotene and folate – will give your hair a boost.
  2. Nuts: The oils and healthy fats in walnuts, sunflower seeds and other nuts will boost the elastin in your hair and help it to grow.
  3. Eggs: Not only is the incredible egg high in protein (an essential for maintaining healthy hair), but it also contains high levels of vitamin D, which protects and strengthens the hair.
  4. Chia seeds: These tiny seeds contain an impressive amount of hair helpers: zinc, copper, thiamin, B vitamins, iron and protein. Sprinkle them on cereal or add them to your smoothie.
  5. Carrots: Like spinach, carrots are rich in beta carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. Having sufficient stores of vitamin A will help your scalp produce more oil to nourish the hair.

There are a variety of possible causes of hair loss, including chronic stress, hormonal imbalances, rapid weight loss, menopause, genetics, certain medical conditions and medications, or a combination of many different factors.

Whatever the reason, a healthy diet loaded with these superfoods may help reverse your hair loss and strengthen your hair. You can also consider a multivitamin specifically targeted toward hair health.

If you’re experiencing hair loss, call our Minneapolis hair loss salon to schedule your free consultation with one of our hair restoration experts, and learn if our hair solutions are right for you.

XFusion Can Camouflage Thinning Hair

Our Minnesota hair replacement salon carries a wide variety of solutions for severe or total hair loss, including wigs and hair systems. But what if you’re only dealing with minimal hair loss? We have a solution for that too! XFusion is a revolutionary hair loss solution that is perfect for men and women with thinning hair, scalp show-through, major damage from coloring, styling or hair extensions, or those who simply want thicker, fuller hair.

 

XFusion styling products contain keratin hair fibers that bind and intertwine with existing hair to cover minimal loss and give the appearance of naturally fuller, thicker hair. The undetectable, colored keratin fibers contain a static charge which creates a magnetic effect between existing hair and the XFusion keratin hair fibers.

 

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To achieve an accurate and discreet application, XFusion offers a spray applicator and hairline optimizer that allows you to easily spray Keratin Fibers into specific and smaller areas.

 

Keratin fibers are resistant to wind, rain and perspiration. The FiberHold Spray will help protect fibers from the elements by strengthening the bond between fibers and existing hair and adding shine. However, fibers wash out easily with shampoo. XFusion carries shampoo and conditioner designed to further strengthen hair and increase overall volume and hair health with a specific blend of vitamins and keratin proteins.

 

The XFusion fibers work with all hair types and textures, and are available in nine different shades that can be mixed to achieve a perfect match to any natural hair color.

 

XFusion is sold in professional salons, and our Minneapolis hair loss salon is one of the only salons in the Twin Cities that carry these exclusive products. Want to learn more about XFusion or any of our wide line of hair restoration and replacement solutions? Give us a call at 952-934-8336 or visit our website to set up a free consultation with one of our experienced hair loss professionals.

 

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A Positive Attitude Can Help You Cope With Hair Loss

As we discussed in our last blog post, coping with hair loss can be a difficult thing. It can color your days and overshadow your happy moments. Having a positive attitude toward life and hair loss can help you cope – but that’s much easier said than done.

 

Before we continue, we first want to urge anyone who is having trouble dealing with hair loss to discuss your feelings with a professional. Hair loss is a very real cause of depression and related ailments, and if that’s the case for you, you may need help to address and overcome those roadblocks.

 

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So how can you have a more positive attitude when you’re dealing with hair loss? Here are a few tips:

 

Treat yourself like you’d treat others.

Would you shame one of your close friends or family members who had bald spots or complete hair loss? Would you say that they are any less attractive because of it? Of course not. So don’t talk about yourself that way either.

 

Surround yourself with positive people.

We all have a couple of Debbie Downers in our lives. It may be a good idea to take a break from those people until you’re feeling more emotionally stable. Instead, spend time with people who inspire you and help you to see the good things in life.

 

Laugh as often as you can.

Laughter truly is the best medicine, so find ways to have fun! Watch funny movies, see comedy shows and spend time with the people that make you laugh.

 

Engage in self-care.

Get a massage, take a yoga class, go for a long walk, dig in the garden, meditate, or do whatever makes you feel happy, healthy and at peace.

 

If you’re considering hair restoration or replacement, our discrete Minneapolis hair restoration salon carries a wide variety of hair systems, wigs, hair extensions and more. Our experienced and understanding hair replacement professionals can help you to find the best solution for you and your situation, goals and budget. Contact us today for a free consultation!

 

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Coping with Hair Loss

When you’re experiencing hair loss, it can be difficult to focus on anything else. It feels like all anyone sees is your thinning hair or bald spots. Carrying on with daily life, spending time with friends or even going out in public seems impossible. No matter the reason or degree, coping with hair loss can be very difficult. It’s important to recognize the emotional burden and take steps to address it.

 

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First and most importantly, know that you’re not alone. It is estimated that 30 million women in the United States suffer from hair loss. It may seem that everyone around you has a thick head of hair, but there are millions of other women across the country dealing with thinning hair just like you are.

 

It may help to find a hair loss forum or group – either online or in person – in which you can discuss your feelings about hair loss and how it is affecting your life. There is great comfort in solidarity, and finding others in the same situation as you can give you strength to deal with the most difficult days.

 

When you’re having trouble coping with hair loss, try to focus on what you have, not what you don’t. That may be other physical features, skills or career accomplishments, your family or friends, hobbies or fitness, or anything else that makes you feel happy and healthy. Remember that life is rich and multifaceted, and your hair loss is only one aspect of that.

 

If you’re considering hair restoration or replacement, proactively exploring and knowing the available options can help you feel better and more in control of your situation.

 

And finally, give yourself permission to feel how you feel, and seek professional help if you’re having trouble dealing with your emotions. Hair loss can have a very real effect on emotional wellbeing, and it’s important not to minimize that.

 

If you’re ready to explore hair replacement or restoration services, give DK International a call. Our Minneapolis clinic has the best and latest in hair systems, wigs and hair solutions, hair extensions and more. We can help you to find the best solution for your lifestyle, goals and budget. You don’t have to go through hair loss alone – call us today.

 

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Spring Cyberhair Sale Begins April 1

Are you considering the revolutionary Cyberhair system for your thinning hair, but are daunted by the price? If so, this sale is for you!

Beginning April 1, d.k. International customers can receive $350 off a Cyberhair unit. The spring sale runs through June 30, 2017 and excludes the Cyberhair CEA Program, Micro Point Solutions, Human Hair, Synthetic and New Man. No additional discounts apply to sale items.

Cyberhair is a newly-developed micro point solution for thinning hair and hair loss. Because it uses no chemicals or glue, it is one of the healthiest hair replacement options on the market today. With that innovation comes amazing results – Cyberhair replicates the texture of your own hair and is fade-resistant, lightweight and durable.

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After being in the hair replacement business for more than four decades, we know quality when we see it! Join our Cyberhair customers and leave our Bloomington salon with a head of thick, healthy hair that is soft, strong and full of body. Give us a call at 952-934-8336 to learn more about this revolutionary system.

At d.k. International, we know the emotional toll of hair loss, and we understand that hair replacement can be a very personal and monumental decision. We offer free, private, no-obligation consultations at our comfortable Twin Cities salon, with convenient hours and additional appointments available by request. Our experienced hair loss professionals can help you determine which of our hair loss solutions are right for you – whether you need just a few extra strands of hair, a wig, or anything in between.

For more information about the spring sale or any of our wide selection of hair replacement products and services, contact our Minneapolis hair loss salon at 952-934-8336 or on our website. You can also follow us on Facebook for the latest news and updates.