fast food and hair loss

How Fast Food Affects Hair Loss

Drive long enough and you’re bound to see a fast food joint – or five – in your fast food and hair losstravels. And sure, fast food restaurants are great for a quick bite when you’re on the go, or a celebratory burger and shake because your preschooler game home with a gold sticker on his spelling test. But too much fast food, as we know, can have a detrimental impact on your health, including the health of our hair.

Most fast food lacks the important nutrients that our bodies need to be at their best. When consumed frequently or in large amounts, a fast food diet can lead to nutrient deficiencies that, in turn, can lead to hair loss.

Change Your Diet, Keep Your Hair

Eating a variety of well-balanced, nutritious food can improve the look and feel of your hair and reduce hair loss. Here are five key nutrients to include in your diet for a healthier scalp and hair. Of course, we encourage you to consult your trusted healthcare professional before embarking on any dietary changes.

  • Iron – Without an adequate supply of iron, your hair can become dry, brittle, and begin to fall out. Leafy greens, nuts, and all-natural red meats are all great ways to add more iron to your diet.
  • Biotin – Biotin can be found in sweet potatoes, almonds, avocado, bananas, and peanut butter. It’s known to slow down the balding process and reduce hair loss.
  • Vitamin E – Incorporating a healthy dose of vitamin E into your diet can help maintain healthy hair while fostering new hair growth. Vitamin E can be found in olive oil, almonds, avocados, and other foods with a substantial amount of plant fat.
  • Vitamin C – In addition to citrus, you can get vitamin C from dark, leafy vegetables, cantaloupe, tomatoes, and more.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Found in fresh fish like salmon, tuna and salmon, omega-3 fatty acids help keep hair looking shiny and full.

Have you already experienced substantial hair loss and are looking for a long-term solution? Then contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center today to schedule a free consultation where all your question will be answered, and options explained. We look forward to hearing from you.


Whether you are just toying with the idea of having hair transplant surgery or

have already scheduled a consultation, you likely have more than a few questions. You might be wondering if you’re a good candidate, or perhaps you’re curious about the procedure itself. You might even be wondering if you can really expect to see sufficiently satisfactory results to make the process worthwhile.

So, to help you feel more confident with your decision, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions here at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. Read on to learn more.

  • What causes hair loss? Several factors contribute to thinning hair, including stress, hormonal changes, and even diet. The most common, however, is genetics.
  • Do hair re-growth products provide similar results to hair transplant surgery? While such products can reduce hair loss and sometimes even enhance new growth, they cannot give you a full head of hair as transplant surgery can.
  • Am I a candidate? If you are in generally good health and have adequate hair density at the sides and back of your head, you may be a solid candidate for hair transplant surgery.
  • Can a previous transplant be corrected? If you had surgery years ago and have been unhappy with the results, it may be possible to improve the look and feel of your transplanted hair.
  • Is it painful? Patients commonly experience minimal discomfort during surgery; any post-surgery discomfort can be treated with light medication.
  • How long does a surgery take? This depends on the complexity of the procedure and the number of grafts. For example, a transplant of about 2,000 grafts will take approximately 5 hours.
  • What are the risks? While extremely rare, infection and healing problems can occur with hair transplant surgery, especially for individuals who have had previous procedures and have a significant amount of scarring in the donor area.
  • How quickly can I resume normal activities? Most patients can resume their daily routines within two days but should avoid strenuous activities for 10 to 12 days after the sutures are removed.
  • When can I expect to see results? You will notice small scabs in the recipient area for about 1 to 2 weeks post-surgery. Over the next few weeks, most existing hair shafts will fall out and new shafts will begin to grow. You should see full results in about 9 months.

For answers to all your questions, and then some, contact DiStefano Hair Restoration today to schedule your free consultation. Or, book your consultation online.

When it comes to hare care there are some basic rules to follow, like avoiding over-washing, brushing, and processing. Simply put, the less managed your hair, the healthier it will be.

For anyone with thinning hair, basic care just isn’t enough. Thinning hair requires extra special attention to look its best. Now, bid dull, lifeless hair good-bye with these thinning hair Do’s and Don’ts.

  • Do massage your scalp with the pads of your fingers before taking a shower to increase blood flow and exfoliate pores.
  • Do use a wide tooth comb (for wavy or curly hair) or a soft, rounded bristle brush (for straight hair) to gently detangle hair before hopping in the shower.
  • Do use a volume-boosting shampoo and conditioner that won’t leave residue or weigh your hair down.
  • Do minimize breakage by gently patting wet hair dry with a microfiber towel.
  • Do flip your head upside down when blow-drying your hair to add volume.
  • Do use a dry shampoo made with cornstarch to add a boost in between washings.
  • Do protect your hair from sun damage by limiting exposure. Ask your stylist if a shampoo or conditioner with sunscreen is right for you.
  • Do sleep on a silky pillowcase to reduce friction which can cause tangles and lead to breakage.
  • Don’t wrap your hair in a towel after you shower. The twisting and turning can lead to breakage.
  • Don’t use tight, grippy hair bands or ties. Let your hair be as loose as possible and look for a no-tug tie or band if you must pull your hair back.
  • Don’t avoid coloring your hair. Just be sure to pick deep, rich shades that are as close to your natural hair color as possible.
  • Don’t wash hair in extremely hot water. In fact, some hair professionals believe a final rinse in cool water closes the cuticles.
  • Don’t go to sleep with wet hair as it won’t bounce back as easily in the morning and will require extra styling to look more voluminous.
  • Don’t wait too long before getting a haircut, especially if you have split ends. Schedule your cuts every six weeks or so.
  • Don’t depend on heat styling products. If you must blow-dry, curl, or flat-iron your hair, do use a heat protectant spray.

And yet, what if all the proper care in the world does nothing to stop your hair from thinning? That’s when it’s time to contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center for a free consultation to explore your options. We help men and women alike look and feel great.

If you’re tired of trying to hide your thinning hair, bald spot, or receding hairline with sprays, hats, and creative styling tricks, perhaps it’s time to consider a better, more permanent solution. There are lots of hair  restoration options out there, including transplantation surgery. But not everyone makes for a good candidate.

Here are some  important factors to consider before pursuing this option.

Amount of Hair Lost vs. Amount of Hair Available

One of the biggest factors determining suitability is the relationship between how much hair you’ve already lost and the amount of donor hair available for the transplant. A hair loss specialist can evaluate your current situation and recommend the best course of action.

Health Condition and Current Medications

Before undergoing a medical procedure, consult your physician to make sure you are healthy enough to do so. If possible, any serious health issues should be treated prior to scheduling hair transplantation surgery to reduce the risk of complications. Also, certain prescription medications may adversely affect the procedure, your results, and recovery process.

Stages of Hair Loss

You also can expect better results if you have been losing hair due to male pattern baldness for more than five years, or you’re a male who has been balding for several years, whose pattern has stabilized, and who now want to take on a more youthful appearance.

Age and Expectations

While you can have a hair transplant at just about any age, it’s important to keep future hair loss in mind. You should also consider that it can take several months after the procedure before you start seeing results. And, depending on the amount of hair loss, you may need more than one procedure to achieve the desired result.

Post-Procedure Care

As with any medical procedure, it’s imperative that you follow proper post-surgery care instructions for optimum results, minimum discomfort, and faster recovery time.

The point is: not everyone is a candidate, but it’s impossible to tell without consulting with a hair transplant professional. Today, we invite you to contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center to schedule a free consultation so you can get the answers you need and want.


A new year calls for new goals. And while many focus on eating better, dropping a few extra pounds, decluttering and minimizing, few focus on their

hair. Yet if you’ve ever had a “bad hair day” – and who hasn’t – you know how it can affect your mood. On the flip side, a “good hair day” can add a little pep to your step.

So, as we prepare to bid 2019 farewell, take this opportunity to set some healthy hair care habits and start the new year off with strong, beautiful, and lush locks.

Try a deep conditioner. Give your locks a little extra TLC with a bi-weekly deep conditioning treatment.

Take a break from chemicals. Experiment with all-natural ingredients like avocado, honey, and oils that are gentle on your hair and scalp.

Change things up a bit. Step out of your comfort zone and try that color or style you’ve been swooning over all year.

Say no to dryness. Add moisture to dry, dull hair (especially this time of year) with a quick spritz of leave-in conditioner or moisturizing oil.

Take the “no heat challenge”. Whether it’s for a day, a week, or month, your hair will thank you from giving it a break from heat styling products. If that represents too much of a change, at least shield your hair from heat damage with high smoke point oils like grapeseed before using the blow dryer, curling wand, or flat iron.

Care from the inside out. Take a daily multi-vitamin and eat a balanced diet of hair strengthening foods to nourish from within.

Don’t forget your scalp. A healthy, nourished scalp leads to a healthy head of hair. Cleanse (but don’t over-wash) your scalp to remove build-up and follow up with an antioxidant rich emollient.

Pay attention to your hair. Take note of any changes in texture, growth patterns, or unusual shedding. If these changes can’t easily be attributed to something like hormone changes, stress, or new products, it’s time to see a hair specialist.

Speaking of specialists, DiStefano Hair Restoration Center is known throughout Southern New England for our hair restoration prowess and trademarked IGT (Individual Graft Technique) which involves removing and transplanting one hair follicle at a time. Surgeons have come from all over the world to witness our IGT procedure in person, and now we invite you to visit one of our offices for a free consultation. It’s a great first step toward boosting your self-image and confidence.

hairloss and stress

Not only can stress impact our ability to function and handle day-to-day tasks, it can trigger physical reactions such as acne breakouts, brittle nails, and even hair loss.

Keeping up with the demands of work, home, and family are certainly hairloss and stresscontributing factors, or at least can be. Add in illness or a traumatic experience and you have a potential recipe for disaster.

Here are some specifics on the cause-and-effect relationship between stress and hair loss.

Stress-Induced Hair Loss

Hair loss caused by emotional and physical stress is called telogen effluvium and typically occurs within the first three months of a stressful emotional or physical event. Large stress levels can push hair follicles into a resting period, causing hair to shed. A normal life cycle of the hair follicle includes growth, transition, rest, and falling out of the hair shaft. However, stress disrupts that cycle and shifts a percentage of hairs into the rest stage, which can cause the appearance of thinning in certain areas of the scalp.

The good news? Telogen effluvium doesn’t necessarily lead to permanent hair loss or baldness. In fact, the hair loss associated with stress is often a sign that new hair is growing at the base of the lost hair and you should start to notice new growth in three to six months.

When to Be Concerned

On average, adults shed between 50 to 100 hairs a day. That might seem like a lot, but when compared to the roughly 150,000 hairs on your head, it’s quite insignificant. However, if you notice an unusual number of strands falling out when you comb or wash your hair – or experience reduced thickness in a localized area or throughout the scalp – see a doctor.

What You Can Do

Certain lifestyle changes can help reduce stress, thereby reducing hair loss. To point yourself in the right direction, be sure to get enough sleep, exercise regularly, carve out time to enjoy hobbies and activities that soothe and relax you, and adhere to a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals. If constant stress is negatively impacting your daily life, consider discussing your mental health with your doctor or seek therapy.

A healthy life – not just a full head of hear – is enhanced when stress is managed and prevented from getting out of control. If, however, you’ve already lost more hair than you’re comfortable with, contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center for a free hair loss evaluation.


Several factors can lead to thinning hair. Heredity, certain medications, chemotherapy, illness, and high levels of stress all can take their toll on a full head of hair at varying rates of speed.

Overuse of harsh chemicals is another contributing factor, potentially causing hair to break while giving the appearance of hair loss.

And given all that, you can help protect your hair, add volume, and prevent further loss by following these helpful words of advice.


If, along with your striking green eyes, you inherited your father’s tendency for hair loss, but your hair otherwise is healthy, permanent or semi-permanent color might give you the body and volume your desire. Semi-permanent color does not contain peroxide or ammonia so it will not damage hair. If you have fine-textured hair, have the color professionally applied by a colorist with specialized skill and experience.

Volumizing Products

Look for volumizing products that will add volume without weighing hair down or damaging it. For example, apply a mousse at the root area for support, then blow dry the root area while applying gentle tension with a brush. Spray with a light finishing spray for hold. At the same time, avoid volumizing products that contain paraffin which can cause build-up and breakage.

Shampoo and Condition When Needed

Frequent washing strips hair of its natural oils and can cause the scalp to dry out. Protect your hair by washing it only as needed. For some, that might be just twice a week. Fine-textured hair does get dirtier faster and can benefit from more frequent washing. Just be sure to use a good quality shampoo and volume-boosting conditioner.

Find the Right Style

Blow-drying while applying gentle pressure with a round brush can add much-needed volume to fine, limp, or thinning hair. Just be sure to use a diffuser attachment to avoid putting heat directly onto the hair. Overuse of heat styling products can cause damage and breakage, so choose a hairstyle that doesn’t require such tools or chemical products. If you must blow dry, curl, or use a flat iron, give your hair a break a couple times a week. Your hair will thank you for it.

And yet, what if your hair continues thinning anyway and no amount of “helpful hints” can stem the tide? That’s when it’s time to contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center for a free consultation on how best to give you that full head of hair we know you want.

Self-esteem does not have a universal definition. Someone’s ability to speed read might be his or her calling card, while others may bask in the glow of big piles of cash, their memories of athletic feats from days of yore, and so on.

But each example above pales in comparison to how hair loss – and other personal appearance matters – can set you way back on your road to maximum self-esteem. That’s especially true for young adults who don’t see the problem coming, and often don’t react well when it arrives. In fact, some men with a family history of hair loss can start losing their hair before they are 21 and start balding by 25 years of age.

The Negative Impact of Hair Loss

Fear of Not Looking Attractive to Other People

When you open a copy of GQ or Vanity Fair magazine and flip through all the fashion and cosmetics ads, it’s hard to find a model with missing hair. And like it or not, advertising and mass media entertainment have a great deal to do with how we view ourselves and want to be viewed by others. If you do

n’t fit the mold, it’s easy to feel traumatized to the point of social isolation.

Depression and Embarrassment

Research shows that people with alopecia have higher levels of anxiety and depression. Much of that stems from the feeling there’s nothing they can do to compensate for hair loss or premature balding. When you live and work among others who obsess about looking their best, and you don’t think you can match them in pure physical attractiveness, it’s easy to find fault with yourself. And nothing is easier to spot than only a partially covered scalp. It can be embarrassing, and embarrassment can lead to anxiety and depression.

Affects Social Life

What do you notice first about someone when you enter a room? Their shoes? The color of their eyes? What clothing brand they’re wearing? For many, it’s the hair – color, style, length and all. And no one is more acutely aware of that than those with thinning hair or premature balding. So, they tend to keep a low profile socially, wear hats, etc. – studies show it can even negatively impact job performance.

If hair loss is negatively affecting the way you feel about yourself, it’s time to book a free consultation with DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. We’re here to help you feel better about you, so why not take us up on our offer?!

We all want strong, healthy, beautiful hair. And while some of it is genetics, a lot has to do with how well you take care of the locks you were given. So, to help your hair look and feel as healthy as possible, here are 10 easy habits to start making your own.

  • Go au natural. Pick a couple of days each week to let your hair rest and recuperate from everything it routinely endures. Let it air dry, skip heat styling products, and skip the ponytail, braids, or headband to avoid pulling on the hair shaft.
  • Get regular trims. Regular haircuts help reduce split ends and breakage.
  • Protect hair from heat. If you must heat style, coat it with a protective spray prior to applying heat, but don’t use high levels of heat for any longer than necessary. Use a diffuser with your blow dryer or switch to the cooler setting.
  • Deep condition weekly. Give your hair a boost of hydration with a deep conditioner designed for your hair type.
  • Change products seasonally. In the summer months, you may want hair products that are lighter and won’t weigh your hair down. During drier, colder months, choose moisturizing products to boost hydration.
  • Avoid extra-hot showers. Hot water dries out hair and skin alike. If you color your hair, hot water also will wash away the color faster than you would probably like.
  • Brush once a day. Excessive brushing breaks weak ends and stretches hair. If you need to restyle during the day, do so gently with your fingers if possible and, when using a brush, choose plastic over bristle.
  • Leave it alone. Anytime you twirl your hair, pull it back into a ponytail, pick at split ends, etc., you put undo pressure on your hair and hair shafts. Your best bet is to simply leave it alone.
  • Take care of your scalp. Do you find yourself constantly scratching your head due to dryness or itchy spots? Try a shampoo that soothes itchiness and moisturizes the scalp. If that doesn’t do the trick, consult a doctor.
  • Maintain a healthy diet. Feed your hair with the nutrients and minerals it needs, like protein and iron. In fact, some studies reveal a direct connection between iron deficiency and female patterned hair loss.

The point is, take good care of what you were born with, so you look and feel your best.

Although transplanted grafts are permanent, all things on the body are subject to the aging process. The transplanted hair will become finer and will turn gray with time, just as in the back of your scalp. Grafted hair is your own natural hair that will react and change with time just as the other hair on your head does.

Is a Hair Transplant the Right Choice for You?

Hair transplants can be effective treatments for permanent hair loss. But as with any procedure, it’s important to discuss your options and potential outcomes with your doctor.

Perhaps your doctor will recommend a hair loss medication as a first step, such as Propecia, to see what results, if any, are

achieved within six months.

In most cases, patients should wait until they are close to 25 years old to undergo a hair transplant. At that age, the hair loss pattern is more established. Younger patients may need revision surgeries later on to correct the hairline as more hair falls out.

Patients with diffuse pattern baldness can be candidates for hair transplants, depending on hair distribution. And yet additional procedures might be required to cover larger areas of thinning. Those with severe hair loss should not expect complete coverage from a hair transplant but may be able to restore their hairline and improve their appearance or grooming options.

Recovery Time of a Hair Transplant

The recovery time after a hair transplant is fairly short. After about a week, you can return to normal activities. The transplanted hairs will shed over time, but new hair will grow in its place from the transplanted follicles. On average, patients can expect to see about 60% new hair growth within 6-9 months in the affected area and about 90-100% around the 12 month mark. For the next 12 months after that, the hairs will gain thickness.

Hair transplants can be a permanent solution to your hair loss problem. Make an appointment today with DiStefano Hair Restoration Center to discuss your options and to find out if now is the best time for you to get started.