Hair Rejuvenation Therapy Post-Care Tips
If you have recently started hair rejuvenation therapy to combat your hair loss, you may already be noticing healthier locks. Now it is important to continue caring for it. By following these simple tips, you can care for your hair and retain your fuller mane for years to come.
1. Avoid Over-Drying: Adjust your haircare routine to eliminate harsh products and heat. Shampooing and conditioning your hair too often will remove the critical oils on your scalp, drying out the rest of your hair. Instead, try simple cleaning your hair with water sometimes. Also avoid straighteners and curling irons as much as possible, as these can burn and dry your locks.
2. Use Quality Products: Resorting to cheap cleaning and styling products can fill your hair with chemicals, damaging and drying your strands. Instead, ask your stylist about the best possible products for your newly rejuvenated hair. While this switch may require an investment, it will be worth it for your hair's vitality.
3. Mind Your Diet: A diet rich in iron and protein is key to strong, healthy hair. Your stylist and doctor may also have recommendations for dietary supplements to add more nutrients. As a general rule, eating a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats will encourage growth.
4. Brush With Care: Only pick up your hairbrush when absolutely necessary. Over-brushing can yank out your hair by the follicles, leading to further loss. Depending on the texture of your hair, it probably doesn't need to be brushed very often. Ask your stylist for more specific instructions.
5. Schedule Regular Haircuts: Letting your hair grow too long puts stress on the scalp and follicles, causing the strands to fall out. Keep your hair from falling too heavy by cutting it regularly. If you prefer a longer style, your stylist can add layers to lighten it up.
About 21 million women in the United States are living with hair loss, so you are not along in your experience. Hair rejuvenation therapy has provided a much-needed solution to many of these women, allowing them to feel vibrant once again. By taking these steps to retain the results of your therapy, you will retain this feeling of vitality as well.
Suffering From Hair Loss? Why You Should Consider Trying Hair Rejuvenation Therapy
Hair loss can be a disconcerting experience and can often lead to self-esteem and self-confidence issues. For women especially, hair tends to be an integral part of their beauty. According to StatisticBrain.com around 60%of those who experienced hair loss said they would rather have more hair than money or friends. Hair is a surprisingly important aspect of our physical selves that we often take for granted. If you think you're alone in suffering from hair loss, know that there are actually over 21 million women in the United States who are going through some kind of hair loss.
What Causes Hair Loss and Who Suffers From It?
Hair loss can be caused by any number of things. For some, hair loss may be genetic. For others, it's simply one of the effects of aging. 40% of women experience some kind of hair loss by the time they're 40 years old.
Getting too much of some nutrients or getting too few of the right nutrients, and even some medication can also contribute to hair loss. About a tenth of women between the ages of 20 and 49 have anemia, caused by an iron deficiency, which can be a significant source of hair loss. Fortunately, this is easily treatable. The American Academy of Dermatology’s research has found that overdoing supplements that have Vitamin A can also trigger hair loss. The daily value for adults and children who are four years or older is 5,000 International Units per day. Many supplements can have as much as 10,000 IU's.
What Can I Try and Do to Mitigate Hair Loss?
If you're not getting enough nutrients -- or getting too many -- a visit to your doctor may be able to sort that out and you can either reduce the amount you're ingesting or start being more proactive about the nutrients you need for healthy hair. Some shampoos, rinses, or other hair treatments may also help with healthy hair and growth.
Around 90% of hair loss is actually genetic and can be treated with Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, minoxidil, and other medications. Hair transplant surgery is also quite popular, with almost 400,000 procedures done in the United States in 2014. Another method that's growing in popularity is that of hair rejuvenation therapy.
What Is Hair Rejuvenation Therapy and What Are Its Benefits?
Hair rejuvenation therapy boosts hair follicles at a molecular level by repairing the hair follicles internally, strengthening and invigorating weak follicles, and nourishing and promoting the growth of new hair. Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy and Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) are two ways to help promote hair rejuvenation. There is even an at home device you can use for LLLT called a Laser Cap.
Whether you've been experiencing hair loss for some time now or your battle is just beginning, Medi Tresse can help. Call us at 800-840-HAIR for a free consultation. At Medi Tresse, we offer only non-surgical treatments that are clinically proven to treat female hair loss.
Are all Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) Devices the same?
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has become one of the most popular treatments for female hair loss, and with the increase in popularity we have also seen an increase in at home options. However, many patients tell us it can be confusing when they try to research and compare all of the LLLT devices. Before we get into the devices, it is important to understand what exactly is LLLT.
LLLT stimulates the hair follicle cells to grow in the scalp and increases cellular activity around the follicle. This also decreases inflammation so existing hairs can grow thicker and stronger. While LLLT has been proven to be effective for many years, the 2014 double-blind study published in the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, truly showed the power of LLLT in treating hair loss.
With a simple internet search, you will find a number of at home LLLT devices, such as the LCPro by LaserCap, the Capillus, the LaserBand 82 by HairMax, the Theradome, or the iGrow, and this can be very overwhelming to the patient. However, there are a few key differences that you need to look out for when comparing devices. First, the laser wavelength should be between 650nm-655nm. Secondly, the laser output per diode should be 5mw. Thirdly, the diodes should be true lasers and not just red lights. Lastly, the number of diodes is extremely important. Many of the full caps are sold with varying numbers of diodes, often varying between 80 and 272, but you truly need at least 220 diodes in the cap to ensure you are receiving the proper coverage to the entire scalp. While some products like the HairMax LaserBand 82 only have 82 diodes, since they only cover a third of the head, they have the sufficient number of diodes in the treatment area, you just have to move the device to treat the entire scalp.
If you think you are interested in LLLT, it is important to speak with a hair loss specialist that can not only determine if a LLLT device is right for you, but guide you through the decision making process to purchase the best device.
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Understanding Hair Loss in Women
Hair loss in women is an issue that can cause many negative emotions. There are over 21 million women experiencing hair loss in the United States, and hair loss in women occurs for a number of different reasons. While the number one cause of hair loss in women is genetics, also known as Female Pattern Hair Loss, if you're noticing your hair getting thin and weaker or falling out completely, there are some potential other causes as well.
Hair loss in women can be caused by improper maintenance. This includes overuse of hair products, dyeing your hair too often or simply using the wrong comb. Tight ponytails can also be attributed to hair loss in women. Take a look at your hair-care routine and see if there's anything that could be improved.
Hair loss in women can also be caused by anemia. Almost one in 10 women ages 20 through 49 suffers from anemia due to an iron deficiency, which is an easily treatable cause of hair loss. Anemia can generally be treated by eating more red meats and taking an iron supplement.
Another cause of hair loss in women is menopause. During menopause, estrogen hormone levels decline, causing hair to become thinner, drier and more brittle. This can be remedied through proper conditioning and eating a healthy diet.
One short-term cause of hair loss in women is having a baby. After a women gives birth, her estrogen levels dramatically decline, and it may take the body some time to adjust. This is just temporary, though, and your hair growth should be back to normal in just a few weeks.
As mentioned earlier, diet could be a factor when it comes to women's hair loss. Make sure you're eating enough protein-rich foods to keep your hair looking shiny and beautiful.
Certain medications such as birth control may cause hair loss in some women, especially if they abruptly stop taking the medication. Other pills with hormones or certain therapies can also be attributed to hair loss in women, such as chemotherapy.
Finally, an unexpected cause of hair loss in women is crash dieting or extreme weight loss. Certain crash diets restrict food groups that are essential for healthy hair. This can be easily avoided by developing a healthy diet and exercise regimen if you're trying to lose weight.
Overall, hair loss in women can be a traumatic experience. However, it is treatable and you do have options. For more information, visit www.meditresse.com
What Is Female Pattern Hair Loss
Female pattern hair loss (FPHL), clinically known as Androgenic or Androgenetic Alopecia, is the most common cause of hair thinning and loss in women. Up to 50 % of women have some degree of female pattern hair loss in their lifetime. It certainly is more common as women age, particularly after menopause, but it can start as early as the teenage years. Female pattern hair loss tends to run in families, and inheritance can be from either the mother or father, but sometimes there is no family history. We know that hormones play a role in this type of hair loss, especially the “androgenic” hormones such as testosterone.
Female pattern hair loss is typically more pronounced in the frontal areas of the scalp. Over time the hair shaft gets thinner in a process known as “miniaturization”. Your hair goes through a constant life cycle, as we naturally shed and grow new hairs. However, miniaturization occurs, because the anagen phase, or growth phase, of the hair cycle gets shorter, which means the hair is not able to grow as long or thick as it has in the past. Eventually if not treated, the affected hair will continue to get smaller and disappear completely.
The good news is there are great treatment options for female pattern hair loss, but it is very important to start as early as possible. If a hair has been lost for a long time there is no way to get it back, unless you surgically transplant a different follicle in that area. However, with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy or Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) you can reverse the miniaturization and thicken and grow existing hairs. If your loss is recent, we may be able to re-activate dormant follicles so that they start producing a hair again. If you think you may be experiencing signs of female pattern hair loss it is important to see a hair loss specialist as soon as possible so that they can diagnose your type of hair loss and come up with a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
Formula 82M vs OTC Minoxidil
When many patients start to see signs of hair loss, their first thought is often to try one of the many over the counter minoxidil treatments. Minoxidil is a topical treatment, and the most commonly known brand is Rogaine. Minoxidil can be a great first step for hair loss, and was FDA approved in 1988. Patients experiencing Androgenic Alopecia (Female Pattern Hair Loss), Telogen Effluvium, and early Traction Alopecia are good candidates for minoxidil.
While minoxidil can be a good first step for patients with early signs of hair loss, many patients feel that over the counter minoxidil treatments can be irritating or make their hair greasy. At Medi Tresse we offer a specially compounded minoxidil solution called Formula 82M, which combats these issues. Formula 82M is specially formulated to be less irritating and less greasy, while also having a higher absorption rate, which means your scalp and follicles will receive a greater percentage of the minoxidil in Formula 82M than with an over the counter option.
Most patients will start to see a benefit from Formula 82M in three to six months, but for some patients it could take six to twelve months. At Medi Tresse we have seen the best results for patients when they combine the Formula 82M with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy or a Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) device like a laser cap. If you think you may be experiencing signs of hair loss the first step should always be to see a hair loss specialist who can not only diagnose your type of hair loss, but provide you with a treatment plan tailored to your needs.
Some Common Causes of Hair Loss in Women
Did you know that approximately 40% of women have visible hair loss by the time they reach 40? While it's a pretty common condition that women suffer from, it's not always clear why hair loss is happening.
Hair grows in three stages, and for the majority of the time that hair is on the scalp, it's growing. But if something interferes with the growth cycle, that's when things start to go wrong. Here are a few common things that can negatively affect the hair growth cycle and cause women’s hair loss.
Believe it or not, simple physical stresses can affect your hair growth and actually cause it to fall out. Any kind of physical trauma like surgery, car accidents, or even pregnancy can result in a women’s hair loss. A stressful event can push the hair into its final growth stage, which in turn pushes more hair to fall out. This type of hair loss is called telogen effluvium. Fortunately, hair will start to grow back as you recover, but it may take three to six months for the hair loss to become noticeable.
Too Much Vitamin A
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, too much vitamin A in your system can result in hair loss. The daily value for vitamin A is 5,000 IU, but supplements can contain as much as 10,000 IU in a single dosage, so make sure you're being careful when you buy vitamins! The good news is that if this is the reason you're experiencing hair loss, you simply need to cut back on vitamin A consumption.
Androgenetic alopecia is more commonly referred to as female-pattern hair loss, but it's one of the leading causes for hair loss in both men and women. DHT, a product of testosterone, is thought to be the culprit of this genetic disorder. Fortunately, there are a variety of hair rejuvenation therapies available to those suffering from this type of hair loss.
Hair loss is a serious medical issue, but once you determine the cause, it can be treated with the right course of hair rejuvenation therapy.
New Year's Resolutions For Your Hair Health
If you are anything like the team here at Medi Tresse, you have probably spent the last month coming up with a list of New Year's Resolutions for 2017. Since our main focus at Medi Tresse is the well-being of your hair, we just want to make sure you do not forget about the health of your locks this upcoming year! Here are a few resolutions that will help improve hair health and decrease breakage in 2017!
- Take a daily multivitamin to help assure your follicles are provided with the adequate nutrition they need to grow strong. The following vitamins and minerals are essential for not only hair, but healthy skin and nails as well:
- Copper, Iron, Zinc, Biotin, Vitamins B6, B12, A, C, D, E, and Omega-3’s
- While taking a daily multi-vitamin is great, nothing beats the natural vitamins and nutrients we get from our diet. Try to make foods that are naturally high in vitamins and nutrients essential to hair health a staple in your diet, such as dark leafy greens, which are high in Iron, Copper, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E or avocados, which are high in Biotin and Copper. You can find a full list of foods in our Avoid the Crash Diet This New Year blog post.
- Try to use the same shampoo for at least 6 months before changing it. Hair can respond to the changing chemicals in the shampoos and become too dry.
- Trim your hair every 6-8 weeks, which promotes strong, healthy locks that are free of brittle split-ends.
- Try not to over style your hair. While you can find a blow dryer and flat iron straightener in all of our bathrooms, just remember that excessive heat can damage the hair, and we want to be careful not to dry out the follicle. Moderation is the key when it comes to using your blow dryer and flat iron.
If you have any hair health questions in 2017, please remember you can always reach out to the Medi Tresse teams in Boston and Chattanooga. Most importantly, we hope that you and your family have a safe and healthy 2017.
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Avoid The Crash Diet This Year
It’s hard to believe that the New Year is upon us! As we begin to prepare for the year ahead, New Year’s resolutions often involve new diets and weight loss goals, especially after the Holiday splurge! If losing weight is on your list of resolutions this year, we have a few tips for you.
What you may not be aware of is that both rapid and extreme weight loss, as well as crash diets can actually cause hair loss! Hair loss due to dieting is typically caused by deficiencies in key nutrients, especially if the diet involves food restrictions or limitations. However, often times it may just be due to the changes in your diet or the new drastic loss of weight. Drastic changes on the body, including loss of weight can put a lot of stress on the body. Hair follicles are very vulnerable to this, and often start to shed as a result! This is called Telogen Effluvium, and it is the body’s response to stress. Typically hair loss caused by dieting and weight loss is temporary and can be restored with the proper treatment plan and a balanced diet. However, the key is to lose weight safely in order to limit or avoid hair loss all together.
In order to lose weight you must decrease the number of calories that you take in, either by dieting, exercising, or both. Unfortunately, certain “fad diets” deprive the body of important nutrients that can affect hair growth! For example, while making dietary changes, you want to make sure that your body is still receiving enough biotin, iron, zinc, copper, protein, and vitamins A, C, and E. While it is always best to get these nutrients from natural sources, you should consider taking supplements and multivitamins to ensure your body is receiving the necessary levels of these nutrients, especially while pursuing a weight loss program. Here are some examples of foods from which you can get these vitamins and nutrients naturally:
Oily fish – salmon, tuna
Meats – liver
Meats – liver
Dark leafy greens
Coffee – decaf
Cocoa powder – unsweetened
Meats – red meat, pork, poultry
Dark green leafy vegetables - spinach
Dried fruit - apricots
Iron-fortified breads and pastas
Seafood – oysters
Meats – beef, lamb
Seed – pumpkin and squash
Nuts – cashews
Cocoa powder – unsweetened
Dark leafy greens (kale, spinach)
Citrus — Fruits in general
Almonds – nuts in general
Dark leafy greens
Lastly, it is important to avoid “shocking” your body with a crash diet. A crash diet is when you lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time. Not only can this cause hair loss, but usually the loss is short lived and weight is gained back much easier then if it was lost slowly and safely. You never want to lose more than 2 pounds per week, and your diet changes and weight loss should be gradual.If you think you are suffering hair loss caused by recent weight loss or changes in diet, it is always best to consult a hair loss specialist that can diagnose the underlying cause of the hair loss and work with you to create a proper treatment plan. Medi Tresse is your local hair loss treatment team; we provide hair loss treatment to women throughout Boston and Chattanooga.
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One of the first questions patients ask when they come in for a consultation is “why am I losing my hair?” It is necessary to answer this question in order to properly manage and treat hair loss because we want to make sure we are addressing the problem or cause. Although there are many factors that can contribute to hair thinning or loss in women, there are five main types of hair loss that we typically see in patients at Medi Tresse. These various types of hair loss all present differently and often require different evaluations and treatments.
This is the most common cause of hair thinning and loss in women. It is also known as Female Pattern Hair Loss, or FPHL. Up to 50 % of women have some degree of this in their lifetime. It certainly is more common as women age, particularly after menopause, but it can start as early as the teenage years. We know that it tends to run in families but sometimes there is no family history. Inheritance can be from either the mother or father. We know that hormones play a role in this type of hair loss, especially the “androgenic” hormones such as testosterone. The hair loss is typically more pronounced in the frontal areas of the scalp. Over time the hair shaft gets thinner in a process known as “miniaturization”. Eventually if not treated, the affected hair will continue to get smaller and disappear completely.
Telogen Effluvium is a common and temporary cause of hair loss. It usually presents as a diffuse hair loss, meaning coming from all parts of the scalp. Most commonly a woman will see increased shedding of hair. This can be caused by pregnancy, rapid weight loss, protein deficiency, emotional stress, physical illness, surgery, trauma, and some medications. Fortunately, it is usually reversible and complete regrowth occurs in about a year.
This type of hair loss occurs from pulling the hair too tightly over prolonged periods of time. This commonly occurs with use of dread locks, cornrows, or tight ponytails. The constant pulling puts pressure on the hair follicle and can lead to permanent loss.
This form of hair loss is an “autoimmune” disease, meaning the body causes inflammation around the hair follicle preventing it from growing. Most often it presents as a coin shaped lesion or discrete patches of hair loss with sharp borders. Less commonly it can be more diffuse. Women with Alopecia Areata can have hair loss in other areas beside the scalp, including eyelashes and eyebrows.
This is a rare type of hair loss, which is due to inflammation around the hair follicle. There often are areas with white scales surrounding an area of inflammation, which then leads to scarring in that area. The hair follicles are actually destroyed and disappear.
If you think you may suffer from any type of hair loss it is important to see a hair loss specialist as soon as possible so that you can diagnose the cause and get the appropriate treatment, which will give you the best chance of stopping and reversing the hair loss.
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