What is Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia?

In our last blog post, we discussed the unique challenges of caring for fragile, breakage-prone African-American hair, and the steps to take in order to prevent thinning hair and hair loss. Today, we’re going to go more in-depth into an ailment that can cause permanent hair loss in African-American women: central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia.

 

central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia

As explained by the American Academy of Dermatology, central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia, or CCCA, is believed to be associated with the frequent pulling of hair in African-American women. Specifically, it is caused by hair being repeatedly styled into braids or similar tight hairstyles, causing excessive traction.

 

There is some debate about whether chemicals – such as those in relaxers – that are applied to the hair can contribute to CCCA, but most experts believe that there is no direct association between relaxers and hair loss. However, women who are being treated for CCCA are advised to discontinue the use of relaxers and other chemical treatments, as they may cause further damage to already-fragile hair.

 

CCCA can lead to permanent hair loss – in fact, it’s the most common form of permanent loss in African-American women. This occurs when hair follicles are replaced by scar tissue, preventing hair from regrowing. This is why it’s especially important to seek treatment for CCCA as soon as you notice thinning hair or hair loss.

 

In many cases, treatment involves two steps. First, discontinue styling the hair in ways that pull or strain against the scalp. This can help to slow or even reverse the progression of CCCA. Second, a dermatologist may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications, usually involving a combination of topical and injectable corticosteroids.

 

If you’re experiencing permanent hair loss caused by central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia, DK International is here to help. No matter your budget or goals, we offer a variety of hair replacement products and services, including hair loss solutions, hair systems, wigs and more. Contact our Minneapolis hair loss salon to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced hair replacement professionals.

How to Protect Fragile African-American Hair

African-American hair has a unique structure which makes it more fragile and prone to breakage and damage. As such, more than half of African-American women state that hair loss is their primary hair concern.

 

African-American hair

Because of the increased risk of damage, it’s important for African-American men and women to take the appropriate steps to protect their hair against hair breakage and loss. We’ll share a few tips for African-American hair care, courtesy of the American Academy of Dermatology, below.

 

Washing and Conditioning

Wash hair at least once per week in order to remove hair products and avoid build-up. Rinse hair after workouts to prevent sweat and salt from building up in the hair. Use conditioner after every wash or rinse, concentrating on the fragile ends of the hair.

 

Choose shampoos and other hair care products made from natural ingredients, such as shea butter, olive oil, aloe vera or others. These can help to build and maintain moisture in the hair. Avoid sulfates, as they can be drying.

 

Similarly, look for conditioners with amino acids, wheat proteins, hydrolyzed proteins or panthenol. Those ingredients will help to strengthen and protect the hair.

 

Styling

Apply heat protectants after washing and before styling to minimize the potential damage from heat. Use ceramic irons or combs with straightening hair.

 

Don’t attempt to relax hair at home – it’s important to enlist a professional to ensure safe application. Wait at least eight weeks to do touch-ups, and never use a relaxer on hair that has already been relaxed.

 

Talk to Your Dermatologist

If you begin to notice any excessive damage or thinning hair, talk to a dermatologist. There may be an underlying cause that’s contributing to your hair loss.

 

No matter your hair type, style or condition, DK International can help with your hair loss. We carry a wide variety of hair replacement products and services, including hair loss solutions, hair systems, wigs and more. Contact us to schedule a free consultation at our discrete Twin Cities hair loss salon.

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.

 

scalp psoriasis

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.

Does Weight Loss Cause Hair Loss?

If you’ve recently started experiencing hair loss with no apparent cause, you’ve probably started looking back at any recent changes in your life, trying to determine the cause. Did you recently have a baby? Have you experienced a hormonal shift? Are you suffering from a disease known to cause hair loss? Could weight loss be the cause of your thinning hair?

 

The answer to that last question: no! While thinning hair or complete hair loss can be caused by hormones, stress, trauma, cancer and other diseases, it is generally NOT caused solely by weight loss. However, thinning hair is a pretty normal byproduct of weight loss for a few reasons, which were discussed in a recent Women’s Health article.

 

weight loss and hair loss

First, it’s important to recognize the difference between thinning hair and major or complete hair loss. A degree of hair loss is associated with rapid weight loss, or with weight loss caused by trauma or stress. And the more weight you lose, the more hair you’re likely to lose. But it’s unlikely to experience complete hair loss due solely to a drop in weight.

 

But the cause of the loss can be attributed to one primary factor: diet. When people are actively working to lose weight, they often consume less protein and fewer nutrients. The body will always divert protein to its most important functions, leaving hair last on the list. This can lead to thin or thinning hair.

 

The good news? This form of hair loss is completely temporary. Once you’re no longer actively losing weight, your hair will no longer fall out. And you can work to avoid it by ensuring that you’re consuming enough protein and vital vitamins and minerals. Zinc and biotin can be especially beneficial for hair growth.

 

If weight loss has caused your hair to weaken or thin, give DK International a call. Our experienced Minneapolis-St. Paul hair replacement professionals can help you find the product or hair solution for your specific issue and budget. Call our Minneapolis hair restoration salon to schedule a consultation.

Spring Cyberhair Sale Runs Through June

It’s that time again – our annual spring Cyberhair sale is on!

For those suffering from hair loss, the options for hair replacement can seem overwhelming and confusing. That’s where the experienced hair loss professionals at DK International come in! After more than 40 years in the hair replacement industry, we know a quality product when we see it. That’s why we’re excited to, once again, offer a discount on the innovative Cyberhair system. Our spring Cyberhair sale runs now through June 29, 2018.

Cyberhair is a revolutionary micro point solution for partial and complete hair loss. It is a high-quality, healthy and natural option, and is lightweight, fade-resistant and durable. Cyberhair uses no glue or chemicals, making it one of the healthiest hair replacement options available today.

cyberhair sale

Now through June 29, come to DK International to receive $350 off a Cyberhair unit. This promotion excludes the Cyberhair CEA Program, Human Hair, Synthetic, New Man and Micro Point Solutions. No additional discounts apply to promotional items.

If you’ve considered Cyberhair, now is the perfect time to give it a try. Thinning hair and hair loss can be stressful and overwhelming, and you deserve to feel better. Join our many Cyberhair customers who have left our Twin Cities hair loss salon with thick, healthy, natural-looking hair.

Curious about the Cyberhair sale? Call us at 952-934-8336 with questions or to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced and compassionate hair loss professionals.

DK International carries a wide selection of hair loss solutions, including wigs, hair systems and hair extensions. We also offer haircuts, color, perms, scalp treatments, reconditioning of synthetic or human hair, and more. Whether you suffer from thinning hair or complete hair loss – or something in between – we can help you regain your hair and your confidence. Get in touch to get started today.

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.

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

 

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?

 

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.

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.

minimize hair breakage

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!