Did you know that being a red head is pretty rare? In fact, that it is estimated that less than 2 percent of the world’s population has red hair.

Whether you’re a natural redhead or get a little help from the salon, here are some red hair facts you might enjoy.

It’s in the genes. Red hair is caused by the mutant gene MC1R, which is responsible for pigmentation and how much or little melanin one might have. Melanin is further divided into two types, pheomelanin and eumelanin – the more pheomelanin, the higher the chances of blond or red hair, fair skin, and freckles. Also, you need two copies of the gene, but if both your parents are gene carriers yet do not have red hair, you still have a 25% chance of starting life as a redhead.

Superpowers. Fair skin doesn’t absorb vitamin D as well as other skin tones, so redheads adapted over time and now can produce their own vitamin D in low light conditions. What’s more, they are more sensitive to temperature changes. So, if you feel warm, chances are your redheaded friends feel warmer; if you’re cold, don’t complain, because no doubt they’re colder.

Rare occurrence. Today, natural redheads are seen in reduced frequency due in part to the cross-mating of people from different countries and continents. The largest concentration of natural redheads is in Northern Europe.

A strong hold. Red hair holds onto pigment better than any other hair color, making it more difficult to change colors. Still, if you’re bound and determined, your red hair will likely need to be bleached rather than dyed. Red hair also fades instead of going grey over time. If you have copper-toned hair, it will likely transition to strawberry blond and eventually a soft white.

A numbers game. Redheads have fewer strands of hair than brunettes or blonds. But what they lack in numbers, they gain in strand thickness, making their hair look fuller.

Redheads and eye color. Most redheads have hazel or brown eyes. If you have both red hair and blue eyes, consider yourself extra lucky; both are recessive genes, and only about 1% of the world’s population shares that gene combination.

Can redheads go bald? You bet they can, just like people of all other hair colors. If you’re among that unlucky group, do what friends and neighbors are doing, and contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center today for a free consultation on how we can give you back a full head of hair – red, naturally.

 

Male facial hair has been in fashion since time immemorial. But over the past 10 years or so, there has been an explosion in popularity from closely shaven to the bushy, Grizzly Adams type.

Today, for example, you even see news anchors and politicians with beards of varying lengths and styles. Athletes in every sport have their faces only slightly to show off the rugged side of their personalities, while others let the beard go where it will.

The ever-growing trend has solidified the beard’s position as a facial hair style, complete with an array of design and texture options. Yet not all men have been blessed with thick, luscious facial hair. So, for those who long to grow a beard, whether full and long or well-coifed and cut short, a beard transplant can now accomplish what genetics and nature couldn’t do on their own.

Read on to learn if a beard transplant might be right for you.

Causes of a Patchy Beard

Many men suffer form beards that look patchy or uneven, often prompting them to simply shave on a regular basis and give up the chase. Some factors that cause beards to look patchy include:

  • Hormones, including lower levels of testosterone
  • Genetics
  • Alopecia which can result in spot baldness
  • Lifestyle factors like stress, not enough sleep, and poor nutrition

Problem, Solution

For those who are not content with a patchy, thin, or uneven beard, a beard transplant offers a permanent, natural-looking solution. Much like a hair transplant, healthy hair is harvested from a donor area and implanted into the beard area of the face. A typical procedure takes four to eight hours, depending on the number of follicles transplanted.

Recovery Process

As you heal from the procedure, you’ll need to keep your face dry for the first week or so. After that, you can gently wash your face. The transplanted area might experience a bit of redness during the first few weeks, though antihistamines can help tame inflammation. It is recommended to avoid strenuous activities like exercise for the first week following the procedure to prevent inflammation. You may also be instructed to use an antibiotic ointment for up to two weeks post-transplant to prevent infection. “Razor burn” like bumps may appear and should vanish within a couple of weeks.

The newly implanted hairs will shed in two to three weeks, and you should notice new growth in three to four months, though sometimes the beard can take up to a year to fully mature. It may be tempting to start trimming or shaving your new beard but doing so can disrupt hair follicles and prevent them from settling into their new location. Wait at least a week before trimming and 10 to 14 days before shaving for best results.

Have new styles escaped you from lack of cooperating facial hair. Then do what men are doing in increasing numbers – contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center for a free consultation and learn about the various options available to you.

You’ve seen the ads – models showing off their gorgeous locks which supposedly are enhanced and maintained by the sponsor’s shampoo, conditioner, at-home color kit, or some other surefire means.

While certain hair care products are worth using, some can do more harm than good. Could the products you use daily be damaging your hair? Here’s how to tell.

Extreme Breakage

If you notice your hair is breaking more than usual, read the product labels. Healthy hair requires the right balance of ingredients. Consistent use of products with too much protein or moisturizing agents can result in breakage which can stunt hair growth.

Dry or Brittle Hair

People with very dry hair do not need to wash their hair daily, or even every other day. Instead, washing the hair less often will help preserve the natural oils in the scalp and keep hair well moisturized.

Oily Hair

Very oily hair may look greasy a few hours after washing, particularly in the summer or after a workout. People with very oily hair might choose to wash their hair daily or every other day. Using a sulfate shampoo can lengthen the time between washes.

Stiff Hair

If your hair will no longer hold a curl, looks stiff, or has frayed ends, this could be another sign of product-related damage, especially from over-processing or chemical damage. Deep conditioning, regular trims, and avoiding heat styling products can help your hair bounce back to life.

Scalp Condition

The condition of a person’s scalp will also affect the condition of their hair. People with very dry scalps tend not to produce as much sebum. Washing the hair less often can help the scalp remain healthy, prevent itching and flaking, and keep the hair soft and shiny. People with very oily scalps may develop acne on the scalp or along the hairline and may need to wash their hair more frequently to keep their hair looking clean.

Over-use of products can leave a build-up that, over time, prevents your scalp from absorbing the products as it should – resulting in a dry, irritated scalp. Try a clarifying shampoo and conditioner to help eliminate build-up.

Fading Color Treatment

If your color isn’t holding as well or for as long as it used to, check the ingredient list on your styling products. If one or more of them contain sulfates, that could be what’s causing you to use a coloring agent more often.

Needing More and More

If it’s taking longer and longer for your hair care products to achieve the desire result, they might be leaving damaging residue behind in increasing amounts.  Again, look closer to ensure they products are right for your hair type.

If only you could simply rinse your hair every day or so, brush or comb it and be on your way, life would be so much simpler. But then, you most likely wouldn’t present yourself in the best possible light which is part of what it takes to succeed in today’s world.

As for hair loss, well, that requires a whole different remedy to bring it back and keep it there – exactly what DiStefano Hair Restoration Center specializes in. If you want to regain the hair you’ve lost and keep it forever, contact us today for a free consultation.

We know how wigs came into being in Great Britain and throughout Europe – we’ll get back to that in a minute.

But it kind of makes you wonder how and why men covered up partial or complete baldness centuries and millennia before that. In ancient Greece and Rome, for example, there were good and not-so-good aspects of a man sporting long hair. Women with long hair, for example, exemplified the height of femininity. Men, on the other hand, often wore wigs to cover up premature balding or some type of skin ailment. Back then, people of lesser means could not afford the cure. So, if you were a man fortunate enough to sport a wig, you were immediately recognized of having a higher degree of social status.

American Indians

Long hair on American Indian men – then and now – also is not an accident. Instead, their beliefs around long hair, as many of their beliefs, were and remain tied to earth and nature. By tradition, long hair ties them to Mother Earth whose hair is long grasses. Many Native Americans believe their hair is a physical manifestation of the growth of the spirit, and some say it allows for extrasensory perception and connection to all things.

By contrast, many tribes cut their hair following a death in the family, thus expressing deep sadness and a physical reminder of the loss. The cut hair represented the time with their loved one, which was over and gone while new growth represents life ahead.

Life in 17th Century Europe and Beyond

Back in the 17th Century, King Louis XIV of France, also known as the Sun King, was an extremely vain man. He commissioned over 300 royal portraits of himself to commemorate his reign. However, his physical appearance did not always match the image he had in his mind of a strong and powerful leader.

King Charles II of England was also a fan of French wig fashion. After all, he had spent several years in exile in France during Oliver Cromwell’s reign. To cover his prematurely greying hair, Charles II began wearing wigs in a similar style to King Louis XIV and brought the trend to England upon his return to the throne.

The term “bigwig” originated at this time. British nobility would spend upwards of 800 shillings on elaborate hairpieces. Only the rich and powerful could afford the “big wigs” as a display of their status and wealth.

Wigs and Bugs

If a man wanted a hairpiece to keep up with the latest styles, step one was to completely shave his head for the peruke – as wigs were then called – to fit properly.

Wigs were practically impossible to care for at home. They smelled horribly from the wearer sweating and attracted lice. Men used powder to cover flaws in the appearance and odor of their wig. This powder was often made of cornstarch and was scented with orange and lavender. Wigs needed to be sent back to the wigmaker regularly for de-lousing, which was done by boiling the hairpiece.

Since the wearing of wigs was due, in part, to the desire to cover up balding or splotchy hair, rashes, sores, and other ailments, eventually medical science came to the rescue and made wigs far less purposeful.

Men and Hair Today

The fashion of longish male hair hasn’t disappeared, however. Neither has sensitivity to hair thinning and balding. That’s where we come in – DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. Long or short, we can help you maintain or regain the long you want – the look that makes you feel the best about your own appearance. To learn how, contact us today for a free consultation. And we promise – powdered wigs are not one of our treatment methods.

You’ve worked hard, faithfully exercised, stuck to a balanced diet. All good. But then comes the moment of truth – when you step on the scale for the first time in a few weeks. Well, praise be, you’ve dropped 20, 30, maybe even 60 pounds. Even better, you look and feel the best you’ve felt in a very long time.

Still, there’s one thing wrong with this picture. As you look up from the scale to the mirror – noticeable hair loss. Not surprising though, since hair is sensitive to stress, hormonal changes, and nutrient deficiencies.

How are weight loss and hair loss connected?

Nutrient deficiencies associated with restrictive diets can result in a condition called acute telogen effluvium, or TE, which occurs about 3 months after a triggering life event such as weight loss. Fortunately, TE is not permanent and lasts about 6 months. Once nutrient levels return to normal, hair should resume i’s normal growth cycle. In some instances, restrictive diets can lead to chronic TE, lasting more than 6 months, and androgenic (male or female pattern baldness) alopecia.

  • Crash Dieting. Your hair, like the rest of your body, requires adequate calories and nutrients for optimum health. When those elements are lacking, hair loss can occur. Poorly planned diets lacking in zinc, iron, protein, essential fatty acids, and enough calories may help you shed the pounds, but hair shedding will often follow along.
  • Low-Protein Diets. Amino acids are essential for hair growth. A diet low in protein forces the body to prioritize more important protein-dependent functions like hormone production, tissue repair, pH and water balance regulation, and digestion – protein deficiency treats each of these with a higher degree of importance vs. hair health.
  • Weight Loss Surgery. The rapid weight loss commonly associated with surgery – such as sleeve gastrectomy – also can lead to hair loss as it not only reduces stomach capacity but allows food to bypass part of the intestines, thus resulting in malabsorption of nutrients.
  • Restrictive Diets. Diets that require entire food groups to be cut out completely can result in nutrient deficiencies, and ultimately, hair loss.

How to Prevent Hair Loss with Losing Weight

Aim to lose weight in a healthy, sustainable, and practical manner. Sure, a fad diet may offer a quick fix, but if it’s not a combined eating and exercise regimen, chances are the pounds will steadily pile back on. Choose a balanced diet that provides your body with the vitamins, nutrients, and calories it needs to function at its best.

If you’re experiencing unexpected hair loss that has you concerned, there’s no bad time schedule a free consultation with DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. Why worry when it’s a problem that will correct itself? Then again, why ignore a problem that won’t?

 

We’re often asked when if there’s a best time of year for a hair transplant. And while the short answer is “whenever it’s right for you”, there are several perks to undergoing hair transplant surgery during the summer.

Here are 7 factors worth considering.

  • It’s easier to take time off. If you’re accustomed to taking vacation time during the season, using some for your transplant gives you time to take a few days off to delay that day when you reveal to coworkers your post-surgery healing incision marks. That also enables you to return to work a bit more relaxed and rejuvenated, and maybe even a little tan from lounging in the sun – with your scalp protected, of course.
  • You can travel during the recovery period. If a stay-cation isn’t for you, you can plan a trip around your procedure and kill two birds with one stone. Just be sure to clear it with your surgeon and follow all post-surgery instructions for a smooth, problem-free recovery.
  • Any pigmentation can pass for a mild sunburn. It’s common for tiny scabs to flake off during the healing process. Come summer, you can play them off as flaking skin from a sunburn.
  • It’s hat season! Whether it’s a baseball cap or a sun hat, you’ll be able to protect your scalp from the sun and hide any signs of a hair transplant and no one will be the wiser. Just be sure to wait the recommended number of days before placing anything on your head.
  • It’s also shorter hair season. Fellas, if the classic short cut or fade required for your transplant is typically not your style, you can better get away with sporting it during the summer months without raising eyebrows.
  • Hair tends to grow faster in the summer. Hormones released in the body during the summer season can cause hair to grow faster than other times of the year. While the difference in rate of growth is usually unnoticeable, it may be just enough to speed up your new hair growth.
  • You’ll start off the holiday season with a new head of hair. While everyone’s timeline is different, you should notice new hair emerging about 2 to 4 months after the procedure, with more considerable growth after 6 months.

Or maybe you’re not all that self-conscious and just want to get the process started now! So, when the time is right for you, contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center to schedule a free transplant consultation.

What do you feet and underarms have in common? They can both generate an unpleasant odor from sweating or lack of hygiene.

But what about your scalp? Yes, it can emit unpleasant odors too. But since you can’t smell the top of your head, this phenomenon could be easy to miss and end up causing you embarrassment.

There are various possible reasons for a smelly scalp. And pinpointing the culprit is the key to finding a solution.

Heavy Sweating. Skipping the post-workout shower can cause the build-up of sweat to mix with bacteria on your scalp.

Hair Products. Even the most heavenly scented styling product, shampoo, or conditioner can lead to a build-up of oils if not thoroughly washed out.

Under-Washing. While there is no need to wash your hair daily, going too long between washes allows oils, bacteria, and hair product residue to accumulate.

Hormonal Changes. Hormonal changes play a significant role in hair and scalp health. For example, excess amounts of androgen can result in an over-production of oil from your scalp’s glands and – you guessed it – cause the scalp to smell unpleasantly.

Diet. One’s diet, or sudden dietary changes, may lead to scalp odor, some research suggests.

Pollution. Environmental pollutants and odors can cling to our hair and scalp and cause friends to pinch their noses.

Seborrheic Dermatitis. Thought to be caused by an overgrowth of natural yeast, this condition produces yellowish, dry, scaly patches on the scalp and can cause it to smell.

Fungal Infections. Fungus that lives on the scalp can cause inflammatory reactions like eczema, dandruff, and folliculitis.

Psoriasis. Scalp psoriasis can result in fine scales or a series of thick, crusty plaques that may tempt you to skip washing the affected area. However, doing so can lead to oil and skin cell build-up and a consequential unpleasant odor.

When to See a Hair Transplant Doctor

If changing out hair care products, more frequent or more thorough washing, or subtle dietary changes don’t banish scalp odor, it might be time to see a doctor who can evaluate more serious causes and present a treatment plan. Depending on cause, treatment can be as simple as a specialty or medicated shampoo, or an oral or topical medication.

People don’t come to DiStefano Hair Restoration Center to deodorize their scalps, but they do come for help in restoring their once resplendent head of hair. If you notice hair loss or thinning even if it increases a slow but steady pace, don’t wait too long – come see us for a free consultation and a treatment plan we’ll customize just for you. Just as we do for all our patients.

If you’ve ever received a scalp massage from someone who knows what they’re doing, you know how blissful and relaxing it can feel. Massages help ease tension, stress, and relax sore muscles. When it comes to your scalp, a massage also may be able to promote hair growth. Here’s how.

What is a scalp massage?

Unlike a back, body, or neck massage, a scalp massage is typically gentler and involves fingertips only or a scalp massaging device. The procedure is usually performed without oil, though some individuals prefer to include it.

How can a scalp massage help with hair growth? 

According to some studies, researchers found that frequent scalp massages may make hair fuller and can even help reverse thinning by stretching hair follicles. A scalp massage also can help dilate blood vessels beneath the skin to further encourage hair growth. While research results are still limited, there is reason to hope for ever increasing scalp massage benefits.

How to perform a scalp massage.

There are no firm rules about how to perform a scalp massage. However, the following techniques and tips are worth at least a try.

  • Traditional Massage – Using fingertips of both hands, apply light to medium pressure to the scalp while moving the fingertips in a circular motion. Work your way across the entire scalp for at least five minutes several times each day.
  • Hair Washing Massage – Using the same method above, gently massage shampoo and/or conditioner into your hair for at least five minutes, then rinse.
  • Massage Tools – Scalp brushes and rubber massagers are quite effective. Simply work the massager over your entire scalp as you would your fingertips.
  • Essential Oils – Some have found that peppermint and lavender essential oils may help promote hair growth. Mix a drop or two of peppermint or lavender oil with a tablespoon of jojoba or melted coconut oil and apply directly to the scalp, using fingertips or a massager to work the oils into the scalp. If you have not used essential oils before, be sure to patch test a small area of your skin to test for allergies.

A regular dose of scalp massages may not turn you into a Samson or Lady Godiva, but at the very least, you’ll enjoy the experience. For hair growth results you can count on – with or without scalp massages, contact DiStefano Hair Restoration today for a free hair transplant consultation.

 

Microblading vs. Micropigmentation

Eyebrow microblading is often performed with a manual blade that has 10 to 12 small needles at the tip. The needles implant feather-like strokes of pigment on the epidermis layer of the skin, creating natural looking hair strokes.

Micropigmentation, by contrast, is performed with an electric tattoo device that penetrates the scalp with pigment. Tiny, layered dots or different hues of black are implanted into the skin to replicate the look of a “shadow”, resulting in natural-looking depth.

Who Can Benefit from Micropigmentation?

This non-surgical procedure may be considered by almost anyone experiencing premature hair loss from such causes as:

  • Alopecia
  • Male and female pattern baldness
  • Thinning Hair
  • Hair loss and thinning due to cancer treatments
  • And more.

What is the Procedure Like?

Prior to an SMP procedure, your practitioner will apply a topical numbing agent, although you might still feel some discomfort. If you suffer from psoriasis or other scalp sensitivities, you should avoid having micropigmentation performed during a flare-up as your practitioner will not be able to apply pigment to the affected areas of your scalp. Also, if you are prone to keloids, you may not be a good candidate for SMP. Consult your healthcare provider before scheduling a procedure.

Each treatment will take between four and five hours, and the number of treatments depends on the area receiving SMP. Treatments are typically scheduled a few weeks apart. For best results, follow these guidelines:

  • Shower before each treatment as you will not be able to wet your scalp for a few days following each procedure.
  • Do not go swimming, use steam or sauna rooms, or take extremely hot showers between treatments.
  • Do not expose your scalp to the sun for at least a few days following a treatment.
  • Once the final treatment is completed, avoid swimming, steam rooms, saunas and direct sunlight for about a month.

How Long Will It Last?

The results of micropigmentation can last up to 8 years with proper scalp care. However, because it is semi-permanent, the treated area will fade with time as the skin naturally exfoliates itself. Those with especially dry skin may notice color lightening and fading at a faster rate.

And then there’s the “X” factor – you. As in, which of the several available remedies for hair loss might offer you more of what you need in terms of your appearance, self-confidence, and other areas of sensitivity.   Learn more about Scalp Micropigmentation on our site by clicking here!

 

Just like the hair on your head, eyebrows can begin to thin out or stop growing for a variety of reasons. Even those blessed with thick, full eyebrows may notice their brows looking a little sparse over time. In most cases, thinning eyebrows are a sign of again but, there are other causes, too, such as various skin conditions, nutritional deficiencies, trauma and stress, and more.

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to target and attack hair follicles, causing them to slow down or halt hair production. This can result in random spots of hair loss, a total disappearance of hair, or scarring and balding of the scalp with accompanying eyebrow loss. Episodes can come and go, and hair can grow back while the disease is inactive.

Nutritional Deficiencies

If you’re on a healthy diet, chances are you’re getting the recommended number of essential vitamins and minerals, especially if you also take a daily multi-vitamin. However, in some cases like anemia, eating disorders, and illness, the body does not receive the vitamins and minerals it needs to function properly. This deficiency can result in hair loss, including eyebrows. Make sure you’re eating foods rich in protein, zinc, iron, biotin, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins C, A, E, B-12, and D.

Skin Conditions

Eczema, psoriasis, contact dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, and ring worm are some of the skin conditions that can interfere with proper hair growth. If you just don’t understand what’s causing hair loss – eyebrows and otherwise – contact your primary health provider or dermatologist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Thyroid Disease

The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate your metabolism. Too much or too little of a hormone causes the body to fall out of balance, resulting in a disruption of normal functions and processes, including hair health and growth.

Stress, Anxiety, and Trauma

Ongoing stress and anxiety – as well as physical or emotional trauma – can cause physiological changes in the body, including hormone fluctuations and reduced oxygen to the hair follicles. With proper care, the hair loss can be reversed.

Grooming Habits                                                                  

One of the most common causes of thinning eyebrows, especially in women, is over-plucking and overuse of makeup products with harsh chemicals, especially early on in life. When these habits are perpetuated, hair follicles suffer trauma and die as a result.

Should you discover from your primary care physician or dermatologist that eyebrow hair loss won’t be going away soon, if at all, it’s time to contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center for a treatment plan made to order. Contact us for a free consultation today, and don’t take “no more eyebrow hair” for an answer.