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.

 

Reminder! Our spring Cyberhair sale runs through June 30. Don’t miss this great deal on the innovative Cyberhair system!

 

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.

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.

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.