Webinar: How Hormones Affect Your Hair
Our webinar series is kicking back up next week Tuesday May 4th at 12:00PM and the topic is "How Hormones Affect Your Hair".
Hormones can have a significant impact on the health of our hair, both naturally and from medications and treatments now being offered. Women will often experience changes in their hair during pregnancy and menopause, when hormones are fluctuating naturally. However, many of the birth control options available today affect our hormones, which can have an impact on our hair, some positive and some negative. We have seen an increase in the use of hormone replacement therapy for various conditions, which can also directly affect our hair as well. During this webinar, we will look at how hormones affect our hair and how and why our hormone levels change and what we can do to protect our hair.
If you happened to miss any of our past webinars, they are all posted on our website and the button below will bring you to our Webinar Series page. Just a reminder that we do offer special discounts and give-a-ways to webinar attendees, so it is always best to attend the webinar if you can.
Posted by Dr. Mary Wendel
If you attended our webinar last week, “How Our Nutrition Impacts Our Hair”, you know how strongly I believe that a healthy diet can play an important role in the health of our hair. In this blog, I want to look at not just the vitamins and nutrients needed for healthy hair, but the overall types of diets.
The hair follicle is an extremely complex structure and made up of some of the most metabolically active cells in the body. Due to the complexity of the follicle and the fact it is made up of metabolically active cells, the hair follicle requires proper nutrition to function properly and grow healthy hair. The problem is that many of the nutrients that the hair follicle needs to be healthiest, vital organs of our body also need, so when we are deficient in these vitamins and nutrients, the body diverts them to places it feels are more important for survival, and our hair suffers.
One of the biggest issues with the diets that most Americans consume, not only are they deficient in key vitamins and nutrients needed for hair health, the foods are also highly processed, high in sugar, and high in fat. While we know that these foods are not healthy, these foods are now known to be pro-inflammatory, which means they are activating our immune system to respond. Normally our immune system gets activated when it recognizes foreign substances like bacteria, viruses, chemicals, plant pollen, and then acts to neutralize them and protects us from harm. This is a good thing. However, if inflammation is chronic, it can lead to or aggravate disease. Alopecia Areata and Scarring Alopecia are two types of hair loss that are caused by immune disorders. Inflammation has also been noted on biopsy in the early stages of Androgenic Alopecia (Female Pattern Hair Loss).
This does not mean that eating junk food will automatically cause hair loss, but it is important to understand that unhealthy diets can impact our bodies in ways we may not realize. Research has repeatedly shown the negative impacts of a pro-inflammation diet and the positive impacts of anti-inflammatory diet. What is great about anti-inflammatory diets, is that when followed these diets also include many of the vitamins and nutrients that are important for hair health. Some of the best anti-inflammatory foods are:
- Olive Oil
- Green leafy vegetables
- Nuts- almonds, walnuts
- Fatty Fish- Salmon Tuna Sardines
- Fruits – All berries, cherries, oranges
- Curcurmin plus piperine (Curry, turmeric, black pepper)
The anti-inflammatory diet is very similar to the Mediterranean diet, which is consistently found to be the healthiest diet recommended by physicians. The focus is on limiting processed foods and red meats and making fruits and vegetables the foundation of your diet.
Lastly, it is important to remember, when it comes to hair health, it is important to be on a hair health supplement. The truth is that even when following a healthy anti-inflammatory diet, most people do not get enough of each of the necessary vitamins and nutrients needed that are key for the health of our hair. I strongly recommend that all of my patients get utilize a good hair loss supplement, like our Tresse Rx line.
Posted by Dr. Mary Wendel
How Blood Tests Can Play a Role in Diagnosing the Cause of Your Hair Loss
The ultimate goal of our medical consultation is to determine the cause of your hair loss. Starting treatment without knowing the cause is really not helpful, and often is costly both in time and money. There are many types of hair loss that women can experience, and each of these types can have several different causes. During the physical exam of your scalp and hair, we will closely examine your hair follicles using a highly magnified camera called a trichoscope, which will allow us to look for signs like miniaturization of the hair follicles, inflammation, or other specific features of the follicle that are not visible to the naked eye. While the physical examination is a critical piece of the puzzle when it comes to diagnosing the cause of hair loss, it is only one piece of the puzzle. We still need to review the patient’s medical and hair loss history, and for some patients we may also ask for specific blood tests to be done. While some women have had blood tests completed in the past, we only consider it relevant if it has been completed within the previous 12 months.
So, when does blood work play a role in the evaluation?
Patients Suspected of Telogen Effluvium
According to the American Hair Loss Association, Telogen Effluvium (TE) is the second most common form of hair loss. It presents as excessive shedding which seems to occur very suddenly and can be very mild or aggressive. While Telogen Effluvium is common, the good news is that it is usually reversible and complete regrowth usually occurs in about a year. However, it is extremely important to do a thorough evaluation for this problem to determine the cause. Treating Telogen Effluvium is really a two-step process. The first step is determining what is causing the “shock” to your hair. It is possible there was a singular traumatic event like surgery or an infection. However, one of the most common causes of TE is a nutritional deficiency, like iron, Vitamin D, or the B vitamins like B12 or Folate. When we suspect that a patient is experiencing a Telogen Effluvium, we usually recommend blood work so that we can evaluate those results for potential causes.
Patients Under 45
Another common cause of hair loss in women is hormonal imbalances. The most common cause of hair loss in women is Androgenic Alopecia. We know that this is a genetic problem that is primarily driven mostly by testosterone in men and women, but we also know in women, any imbalance of the female hormones, estrogen, and progesterone, can accelerate hair loss. Just prior to menopause, as hormones change, we often see worsening loss. Therefore, in these cases it is very important to check testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone levels. And in women who are experiencing hair loss at a very young age, hormone levels are particularly important to evaluate.
Usually once a woman passes through menopause, there can be a stabilization of hormones and evaluation of these levels is not necessary. However, if a woman is on HRT or hormone replacement therapy, it becomes essential to know if the hormone levels are in balance for good hair growth, and blood testing is essential.
History of thyroid disease
Both hypothyroid and hyperthyroid diseases can cause hair loss. When a woman has a history of thyroid disease in herself or other family members, we always check blood tests. Once again, all hormones need to be in proper balance to create healthy, strong hair.
Treating female hair thinning or loss without knowing the cause will often lead to poor results, frustrating both the patient and the practitioner. Often, the only way to know the entire story is to check blood tests. If you are experiencing hair loss make sure to see a hair loss specialist that can complete a full evaluation and determine if blood work would be beneficial for you.
Posted by Your Medi Tresse Team
Overcoming Our Own Perceptions of Female Hair Loss
When Medi Tresse opened 2015, our mission was two-fold. First, we wanted to help all women experiencing hair loss feel empowered by their options and reclaim their confidence. Secondly, as the leading medical professionals in our industry, we wanted to normalize women's hair loss through education while creating a caring and supportive community for women. That second part is the hardest, but most important part of our mission.
The reason I am sharing this, is due to a recent patient interaction that I had during a consultation. During the consultation I made a comment about the patient’s hair loss and the patient was slightly taken aback and stated that they did not suffer from hair loss. The patient went on to state that she only has some thinning hair, but not hair loss. This is actually something that is not that uncommon to hear from patients at Medi Tresse.
While hair loss may seem fairly objective, either you have it or you don’t, in reality, that is not how people feel about hair loss. The truth is that everybody has different perceptions about what counts as hair loss. We have some patients that come in with what appear to be full heads of hair, but they are noticing changes in their hair and feel they have hair loss that needs to be treated. We have other patients that come in with what we would consider advanced female hair loss, but they feel like they have just started to notice hair loss or they have always had fine hair so it really is not that advanced to them. It is important not to minimize anyone’s feelings about what they are experiencing.
It is just as important to break through the negative connotations of words and phrases like “hair loss”, ”thinning hair”, or “alopecia”. Thankfully, with the patient I alluded to above, even though this patient did not think they had hair loss, they were still seeking treatment. Unfortunately, many women are unable to take the next step to see a specialist, because doing so would be an admission that they are experiencing hair loss. Hopefully, through greater awareness of how common hair loss is in women and the treatments available, we will be able to break free of our negative perceptions of female hair loss.
We know it is not easy, but important work never is. When you are ready to take that next step, please know that staff at Medi Tresse is here for you.
Posted by Dr. Mary Wendel
Argan Oil for Hair Health
Unfortunately, many of the popular hair styling techniques are actually detrimental to our hair. The problem is that many people want something they don’t have and utilize styling techniques that damage the hair. Over styling, and especially techniques that use excessive heat, can actually dry out and damage the outer hair cuticle, so it is important to add that moisture back. Leave in conditioners, masks, and oils can help to condition and moisturize the hair strand. We especially recommend those products with oils like argan, avocado, coconut, which help offset the dryness and help keep hair shiny.
Today we are going to look further into argan oil, which has become an increasingly popular product for hair health. Argan oil is made from the fruit of the argan tree in Morocco. Argan oil has been found to be beneficial for both the hair and the scalp. Rich in fatty acids, argan oil is also known to lubricate and add moisture back into the hair. Argan oil is also rich in Vitamin E, which has been known to help prevent dryness in both the scalp and hair.
At Medi Tresse, we recently started offering a Hydrating Serum that is enriched with Moroccan argan oil. This fast-absorbing, deep-penetrating serum helps to moisturize the hair and scalp, while also providing luxurious shine and silky-smooth texture. Used daily, this hydrating serum is safe for colored, straightened, and chemically treated hair.
Whether you add our Hydrating Serum or another argan oil product, we would strongly recommend argan oil for any hair care regiment to help provide healthier more rejuvenated hair.
Posted by Your Medi Tresse Team
2021 Webinar Series Kick Off
After the positive feedback we received in 2020, we are excited to announce the return of our webinar series, with the first webinar of 2021 being hosted on Wednesday January 20th at 12:30PM. We found that webinars not only provided a great way to deliver information to our patients and perspective patients, but with the Q&A portion, they are quite interactive. Each webinar will cover a different topic and will always end with a Q&A where you can ask questions with the panelists. While we will be posting the webinars on our website afterwards, it is best to attend the actual webinar as attendees do receive specials and discounts.
It is important to register for each webinar that you would like to attend as we do limit the number of spots in these webinars to ensure that attendees can ask questions and we can get through all of the questions in a reasonable time. Also, if there are certain topics that you would like covered please let us know. Our goal is to provide information that our patients find useful.
Below is some information on the upcoming currently scheduled webinars. Please let us know if there are any specific topics that you would like covered.
Wednesday January 20th – Tresse Rx and Medi Tresse Hair Care Line
The past 6 months saw the introduction of the Tresse Rx Healthy Hair Program and Medi Tresse Hair Care product line. Tresse Rx includes both a topical growth factor serum and mico-needle applicator, as well as a complete hair loss supplement program. The Medi Tresse Hair Care product line includes shampoos, conditioners, and deep treatments for healthier hair. During this webinar the panelists will go over each product in depth and to help you understand how the products work and who they may benefit.
Wednesday January 27th – What is the right supplement for me?
Hair loss supplements have become common place, however, with the many options available, many patients feel overwhelmed about where to start. During this webinar the panelists will look into the role hair loss supplements play in a treatment plan and review different supplement options.
Wednesday February 3rd – Common Questions about Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy has become one of the most popular treatments for female hair loss, and clinical studies have proven how effective it can be. However, as there is no standard protocol, which means how it is performed can vary greatly from one practice to another. During this webinar we answer some of the common questions that we receive around Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy.
Wednesday February 10th – Minoxidil - What is it and how it is used as a treatment for female hair loss?
Minoxidil is the only topical FDA approved treatment for hair loss, however, how it has been used in the treatment of female hair loss has changed over time. While many patients have tried a minoxidil product in the past, like Rogain®, the products that contain minoxidil have changed overtime and for the better. During this webinar we will look at how minoxidil as a treatment for female hair loss has changed over time and how we recommend using it today.
Posted by Your Medi Tresse Team
Hair Rejuvenation New Year’s Resolutions For 2021
Happy New Year’s and on to 2021! With the challenges that were presented to us this past year, I think we all get a pass for not keeping our 2020 New Year’s resolutions. While the difficulties of this pandemic are not over, as the calendar flips to 2021, it does so with a great sense of hope for all of us. With that, we wanted to offer everyone, regardless of where you are on your hair rejuvenation journey, a New Year’s resolution for the health of your hair.
Get on a hair loss supplement.
If we learned anything in 2020 about hair loss, it is how much stress and external factors affect our hair. Due to the increased stress of 2020, not only did we see an increase in complaints in excessive shedding from our patients, but there was significant news coverage related to this topic as this was seen everywhere. A good hair loss supplement routine not only makes your hair healthier but can help minimize the impact when these stressful events occur.
If your last appointment with us was prior to this pandemic, schedule a follow up.
The pandemic has now been going on for over 10 months. It is recommended that you be seen every 6 to 12 months, just like going to the dentist. As we have seen, a lot can change during that time and it is so important to follow up so that we can track your progress and make sure that no adjustments are needed to your treatment plan. While we have significant safety protocols in place for the safety of our staff and patients, we know not everyone is comfortable coming in for an appointment right now. In that case, we really recommend a video appointment so that we can at least check in and see how things are going.
If your treatment was interrupted or you stopped treatment, get back on that treatment plan.
As our lives were interrupted and put-on pause for various reasons during the pandemic, many patients had their treatment interrupted or stopped following their treatment plan. It is important to remember that it is never to late to restart your treatments. Whether you are overdue for an Optimal Platelet Concentration Therapy Booster or stopped using your laser cap, now is the time to get back on track. If you have had any changes in your medical history (i.e., new medications) certainly let us know so that we can make sure that the treatment plan is still appropriate for you.
If you are currently following your treatment plan, keep at it!
If you started a treatment this past year or have been treating your hair loss for a while, keep at it! I am sure there have been some ups and downs, but you are doing all the right things, and being consistent with your treatments will give you the best chance for a successful outcome. I know we all want immediate results, but it can sometimes take up to 12 months to see results so do not get discouraged and do not stop your treatments.
If you have never been seen by a hair loss specialist, schedule a consultation.
We cannot stress enough how important it is to be seen by a hair loss specialist as soon as you notice signs of hair loss. The most common forms of hair loss are progressive, which means that without proper treatment the hair loss will continue. It is important to remember that this does not mean you will go bald like men do, as women lose their hair differently than men. It just means that the hair loss will get worse without treatment. Female hair loss is quite complex with a variety of causes and it really takes a specialist to be able to diagnose the cause and determine an appropriate treatment plan.
Wherever you are on your hair rejuvenation journey, just know that the team at Medi Tresse is here to support you and help you keep your hair health New Year’s resolution. Do not hesitate to reach out to our offices and have a safe and healthy 2021.
Posted by Your Medi Tresse Team
The Importance of A Virtual Consultation
We have heard from some patients about whether doing a virtual telehealth consultation is worth doing. While our offices’ safety protocols meet, and in many instances exceed, all local and federal safety regulations, we understand that everyone’s comfort level is a little different at this point in time. We also know that due to travel restrictions in different states, coming into the office is not an option for all patients. With that said, for patients that are unable to or do not feel comfortable coming in for an in-office consultation, we would strongly recommend a virtual telehealth consultation for the following reasons.
Most types of hair loss are progressive and will continue to get worse without treatment.
First and foremost, many types of hair loss, including androgenic alopecia (Female Pattern Hair Loss), which is the most common type of hair loss are progressive. That means that the hair loss will continue to get worse without proper evaluation and treatment.
Preventing hair loss is easier than re-growing what was lost.
Although we see many women who have already experienced quite a bit of loss and have successfully treated them, the importance of treating hair loss early is key. It’s true that once the scalp is visible, up to 50% of your hair density has already been lost. As more and more hairs become “affected” they eventually go into hibernation, so to speak. In this dormant state, it is more difficult to fully restore a hair. The key is to start treatments early (before a significant amount of loss has already occurred) and nip hair loss in the bud.
A lot can be accomplished in a virtual telehealth consultation.
Back in the Spring when we started offering virtual consultations, our staff was honestly hesitant about them. There was concern that we would miss something in our evaluation of the patient, however, we quickly realized that we are able to do a very thorough evaluation and get patients started on some sort of treatment that they would otherwise be holding off. When these patients came in later for in-person follow-ups, we were very happy that they were able to effectively start treatments many months earlier than if they had not done the virtual visit.
There are many great at-home treatment options now available.
Thankfully, at home treatment options have come a long way and there are many clinically proven options that patients can start in the comfort of their home. From low level laser therapy (LLLT) to supplements to topical micro-needling with growth factors, our staff will be able to customize an effective home treatment plan that you will be able to start immediately. While many patients do take advantage of our in-office treatments, many of our patients only utilize at home treatments and with great success.
We understand that this has been a difficult year that has only gotten more difficult. We also know that there are many things we have had to put off, but treating your hair loss does not need to be one of them.
If you are interested in scheduling an in-person or virtual consultation do not hesitate to reach out to our office today.
The Medi Tresse Online Store is Live
The Medi Tresse Online Store has officially launched to offer Medi Tresse patients a convenient way to reorder their favorite products and treatments. The online store not only makes ordering easy, but you will get automatic updates and shipment tracking information on your order. The online store will carry the following products:
- Tresse Rx Healthy Hair Program, including supplements and topical treatments
- Medi Tresse Hair Care line
- Formula PM topical minoxidil serum
You can visit the online store by clicking the link below:
Posted by Your Medi Tresse Team
**The Medi Tresse Online Store is independently owned and operated by Medi Tresse Management, LLC.**
Medi Tresse Hair Care Products
When it comes to shampoos and conditioners, there are certainly many options available, and many will even make claims of regrowing hair. The truth is that shampoo and conditioners will not regrow hair as the ingredients are not on the scalp long enough to be absorbed, but good quality shampoo and conditioners combined with proper leave in products can really repair damaged hair and provide really healthy hair and scalp. With that, we are excited to announce the arrival of our Medi Tresse Hair Care line, which consists of two sets of shampoo and conditioners, a leave in conditioner, and a hydrating serum that are all paraben free and safe for color and chemically treated hair.
Revive Shampoo and Conditioner
This stimulating, aromatic cleansing shampoo and moisturizing conditioner, includes Peppermint and Lavender Oils that revitalize both hair and scalp, while creating a calming, spa-like experience. The rich lather of the shampoo removes excess oils and product build-up and strengthens hair while improving body and shine. Vital vitamins and botanical extracts in the conditioner protect sensitive skin and scalp, while proteins strengthen the hair shaft. The shampoo and conditioner are safe for colored, straightened, and chemically treated hair.
The Revive Shampoo and Conditioner are great for all patients, except those with fine hair or who feel some shampoo or conditioners weigh their hair down too much. For those patients we would recommend the Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner.
Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner
A rich shampoo that infuses weightless volume while delicately freeing hair and scalp of surface impurities. ProVitamin B5 strengthens the hair while adding shine and thickness. Combined with a volumizing conditioner, infused with Keratin, that leaves hair nourished while maximizing volume and body. Safe for colored and chemically treated hair.
The Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner are great for patients with fine hair or those looking for more volume.
Keratin Deep Conditioner
We recommend using a deep conditioner once a week and this Keratin-infused deep conditioning treatment, super-charged with proteins and extracts, restores moisture, strengthens, reduces breakage and stops frizz. Great for all hair types. Safe for colored, straightened & chemically-treated hair.
Many of the things we do to style our hair can dry out and damage the outer cuticle of the hair so it is so important to add moisture back into the hair. This hydrating serum enriched with Moroccan Argan Oil, is fast-absorbing, deep-penetrating and produces a luxurious shine and silky smooth texture with enduring results. Safe for colored, straightened & chemically-treated hair.
Reach out to our offices to learn more about the Medi Tresse Hair Care line.
Posted by your Medi Tresse Team