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.

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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.

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XFusion

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.

 

Cyberhair

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.

 

Wigs

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.

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?

 

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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.

How to Minimize Hair Breakage

If you’re dealing with thinning hair or hair loss, it’s important to take excellent care of your hair and scalp. There are many ways to protect and nourish your hair, but it’s vital to proactively prevent hair breakage and related damage. A few simple changes to your daily routine will help to keep your hair strong and break-free.

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Switch to a natural hairbrush

Rigid plastic hairbrush bristles can easily snap fragile hair. Switch to a boar-bristle brush for a gentler option that will provide smoother, healthier hair. And don’t overbrush – too much brushing can weaken and damage delicate strands.

Don’t towel dry

Never rub wet hair with a towel! Hair is the most fragile and easily breakable when damp or wet, so if you need to towel dry, experts recommend blotting and gently squeezing with an old, soft t-shirt.

Minimize heat

If possible, allow your hair to dry naturally. If you need to blow dry, switch to your dryer’s coolest setting, and keep the dryer continually moving and at least 6 inches away from hair. Similarly, lower the heat on flatirons, curling irons and other styling tools.

Loosen your ponytail

If you regularly style your hair into a tight ponytail or similar style, you could be doing serious damage. Styles that put continuous pressure on hair follicles can cause breakage or hair loss. This includes ponytails, updos, extensions, braids and more. If your style feels too tight, loosen it to avoid hair loss, and always use a gentle elastic to hold hair in place.

Change your pillowcase

A rough cotton pillowcase can cause friction as your head moves at night. Switch to a softer satin or silk case for a smoother night with less opportunity for hair breakage.

 

If you’re dealing with excessive hair breakage or loss, contact the experts at our discrete Bloomington, Minnesota hair restoration salon. 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 and your situation, goals and budget. Contact us today for a free consultation!

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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Hair Care Products to Reverse and Prevent Hair Loss

Whether you’ve had thin hair all your life or are experiencing new-onset thinning, facing the prospect of hair loss can be alarming and daunting. At d.k. International, we are experienced in all stages of hair loss, and with a wide variety of products and services available at our Minneapolis-area salon, we can help you find the best solution for your lifestyle and budget.

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In addition to extensions, wigs and related hair loss solutions, we also carry a wide range of hair care products that are designed to reverse thinning and revitalize the scalp and hair. Products include scientifically formulated shampoos and conditioners, overnight scalp treatments, leave-in thickeners, styling products and more. Most products are available for both natural and color-treated hair.

These products work by deep cleaning and improving the health of the scalp – clearing product buildup and excess oil from hair follicles and increasing blood flow to the scalp. This allows for more natural hair growth and protects from future hair loss. While that new growth is occurring, styling products can help to volumize and style your hair to make it appear thicker and healthier.

Vitamins can also be highly beneficial for those experiencing thinning hair. These daily supplements contain ingredients proven to promote healthy hair growth and overall health of hair, skin and nails.

At d.k. International, we carry unique specialty hair care products for thinning hair. Our experienced professionals can help you determine the right products for you, and recommend a specific treatment plan for thicker, healthier hair.

In our Bloomington hair loss salon, we offer a wide range of products for hair loss, with customizable solutions for every situation. Whether your hair loss is due to male or female pattern baldness, trichotillomania, chemotherapy, alopecia or another reason, d.k. International is here to help. Contact us to learn more and schedule an appointment.

 

Cyberhair: Your Solution to Hair Loss

Experience Cyberhair: The Most Advanced Custom Hair System

Cyberhair is an innovative hair loss system that is durable, uniform, light, soft and full of body and lift. Scientifically designed, Cyberhair duplicates the texture of your own hair and has style memory,  allowing you the freedom to do everything with it including using a sauna without losing your hairstyle. When it gets wet, it reacts just like your own human hair. When thinking about Cyberhair to cover hair loss, consider these reasons why the technology makes it the best option.

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Color-Cyberhair has a highter level of fade resistance than other alternatives

Weight-The weight is 10% lighter than other hair, making it comfortable for you

Moisture-Whether your Cyberhair is wet or dry, the hair feels and acts like healthy human hair. The moisture content also helps it not to frizz.

Retention-Since Cyberhair has style memory, hot showers and hair dryers can be used without losing it’s style, especially with it is curly.

Durable-Strength tests show that Cyberhair is the highest ranked against other fibers, including nautral human hair.

There are many reasons why you may be considering Cyberhair. Whether it is to cover up the lack of fullness and volume due to hair loss, or to repair damage from chemical processes, you will find the help you need to bring back a healthy head of hair. Normal hair extensions may be too heavy for your hair or not give you the coverage you wanted, not to mention damage your hair or skull. If you are looking for a different solution to your thinning hair that is not surgery, bring Cyberhair into the mix and get your hair looking more full than it was. Without the use of chemicals, adhesives, transplants or weaves, you will be content with the process as well as the outcome.

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 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.

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.