For many, hair loss may be a natural part of the aging process, but that doesn’t mean it can’t frustrate and embarrass you at the same time. While some people take hair thinning or loss in stride and embrace their new look, others experience low self-esteem, social withdrawal, and even depression.

If you are enjoying your own hair loss experience and wondering what you can do about it, here are five of the top reasons to consider hair transplant surgery.

Safe Procedure

Due to the tremendous advancements in hair restoration, a hair transplant poses virtually no health risks if performed by a trained, experienced doctor. This outpatient procedure requires very little down time so that with proper post-surgical care, you can begin to resume light activities within a matter of days. Plus, modern techniques leave no unsightly scars.

No Side Effects

Many of the non-surgical products that promise to stop or reverse hair loss can cause long-term medical issues. What’s more, the effect of some of these techniques diminish over time while others only deliver results with long-term, consistent applications.

Self-Esteem Boost

Some people can rock the “no hair” look, while others experience low confidence and self-esteem, isolation, and depression, all of which can all lead to social and professional problems if not properly addressed. A hair transplant can give you the full, healthy head of hair you once had so you can feel confident once again.

Natural Looking Results

Because your own hair is transplanted into the balding area from a donor site (usually the back of your head), transplant surgery delivers the most natural looking results. In fact, you can cut, wash, and style your hair as you once did.

Permanent

Unlike many non-surgical treatments that slow down hair loss for just a while or for as long as you continue treatment, hair transplant surgery is a permanent solution. That means no special shampoos, creams, ointments, or pills. Just permanent, natural looking and feeling results.

So, if you’re feeling blue about your balding process – premature or otherwise – contact the medical team at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center today to schedule a free consultation. You’ll walk away feeling more confident already.

 

 

Hair loss can occur for a variety of reasons, including from abnormal production of thyroid hormones. The thyroid gland, a butterfly shaped gland located in the lower part of the front of the neck, is responsible for making thyroid hormones. The body uses these hormones to stay warm, keep muscles and organs functioning properly, and to supply energy. Today we explore the link between hair loss and thyroid function and discuss possible treatment options.

Link Between Thyroid Health and Hair

Hair loss can occur in individuals who have either an over- or underactive thyroid. Hypothyroidism (underactive) occurs when there is an insufficient amount of thyroid hormones, whereas hyperthyroidism (overactive) involves overproduction of the hormone. Because the thyroid hormone places a significant role in the development of hair follicles, too much or too little of the hormone can cause the system to switch to a state of telogen effluvium, a condition that causes hair roots to be pushed prematurely into the resting stage of the hair growth cycle. This can result in as much as 70 percent of scalp hairs to fall out within 2 months.

Common Signs of Thyroid-Related Hair Loss

Everyone sheds a certain amount of hair daily as part of a normal hair cycle. In fact, you can expect to lose between 50 – 100 hairs a day, usually without even noticing. However, those with telogen effluvium often experience hair loss in handfuls. What’s more, while it’s most noticeable on the scalp, it can affect any part of the body. Other symptoms of over- or underactive thyroid include:

It is unusual for hair loss to be the only symptom of an overactive or underactive thyroid.

Here are some of the most common symptoms:

Hypothyroidism

  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Feeling cold
  • Unusually dry skin
  • Depressed mood
  • Forgetfulness

Hyperthyroidism

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Irritability & nervousness
  • Anxiety
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Increased sweating
  • Hand tremors
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Fine or brittle hair
  • Muscle weakness
  • More frequent bowel movements

Treatment

Each of the above symptoms, plus hair loss, can stem from other conditions, as well. See your doctor to have your thyroid levels checked and to determine the exact cause. You can’t treat thyroid hair loss until to thyroid issue is first resolved. Treatment can include medications, internal radiation therapy, and surgery.

Dietary and lifestyle changes can improve overall hair health and promote growth. Eat a balanced diet that includes fish, dark green vegetables, and protein-, biotin-, and calcium-rich foods. Manage stress, exercise, stay hydrated, and get an adequate amount of sleep.

So, you doctor has determined the cause of your thyroid condition, you do have significant hair loss, and now you want to rectify the situation. That means it’s time to contact the hair transplant team at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center for a free consultation. We can work wonders for you, just as we have for hundreds of other patients throughout Southern New England.

Hair is often described by color, length, texture, coarseness, thickness, and density – density being the focus of this blog. Many use the term “thick” and “dense” interchangeably, but the two hair types are quite different. Thickness refers to the width of a single strand of hair while density measures how many strands of hair grow per square inch on your scalp. So, you can have thin hair with a high density, thick hair with low density, and so on.

Typical Hair Density

Hair density varies from person to person and even by ethnic group. Unless someone has a nutritional deficiency or other medical issue, hair density is not indicative of one’s health. Most individuals have between 80,000 and 120,000 hairs on their scalp, with the area at the back of the head (the crown) having the highest density.

How to Determine Hair Density

If you want to accurately measure your hair density, you can hire a research lab to perform an imaging technique called a trichoscopy or a phototrichogram. Otherwise, carve out a little time from your day, plot a 1-inch by 1-inch section of your scalp, and start counting each individual strand – but who needs that aggravation!

And now for two less extreme methods for evaluating hair density. If you can see your scalp while looking in a mirror without moving your hair, you have less dense hair. If you need to move or part your hair to see the scalp, you have denser hair.

Less extreme method #2 – if your hair is long enough to put in a ponytail, measure the circumference to get an idea of its density.

  • Circumference of 2 inches or less means low density
  • Between 2 – 3 inches means medium density
  • Four inches or more means high density

Why Is Hair Density Important?

Knowing hair density helps a stylist recommend the best types of cuts, styles, and products for your hair. But remember, length, texture, coarseness, and overall health play critical roles, too.

  • Low-density hair can get weighed down with heavy conditioners and oils. Choose light but volumizing products and try a cut with blunt lines and minimal layers to make hair appear fuller.
  • High-density hair requires heavier products to keep styles under control. Layers can reduce bulk while oils and serums tame frizz.

Increasing Hair Density

If you have naturally low density hair, there is no way to improve it. Remember, just like your hair color or texture, density is determined by genetics. However, if you’re experiencing patchy areas, a widening part, or pattern baldness, contact DiStefano Hair Restoration today to schedule a free consultation. We don’t want you to just tolerate your hair, we want you to love it – for life.

 

Hair is often viewed as an extension of oneself, personality, and sense of self-worth. That’s among numerous reasons why hair loss or thinning can be such a difficult and upsetting experience. And while the causes of hair loss are many, menopausal hair loss can make an already stressful life experience even more challenging. Read on to learn more about menopausal hair loss and treatment options.

What Causes Menopausal Hair Loss?

Menopause is the time that marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle, diagnosed after a woman goes at least 12 consecutive months without a period. While all women experience menopause at some point, age of onset and symptoms involved differ for everyone. Menopausal hair loss occurs due to the reduction in estrogen and progesterone hormone levels resulting in biological changes that affect hair thickness, rate of growth, and hair loss. This hormonal drop sparks an increase in androgens which are less common in women than men. Androgens can cause hair follicles to shrink and lead to hair loss. When androgen levels are higher than normal, some women develop excess hair on the chin while developing hair loss on the head.

During menopause, you may notice hair thinning in the following areas:

  • Main area of the head
  • Near the hairline
  • Back of the head
  • Near the crown
  • Near the nape
  • Widening hair part

Treatments for Menopausal Hair Loss

Menopausal hair loss may be difficult to accept and cope with, but there are a variety of treatment options that can help.

Keep stress in check to help keep hormones in balance. Try techniques such as yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises.

Exercise regularly to reduce stress and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise also helps improve sleep, sharpens cognitive abilities, aids in learning and memory, and helps maintain a healthy weight.

Maintain a healthy diet to ensure you get all the vitamins and nutrients you need, many of which are essential for hair health, like protein, omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamins A, B, C, and D, zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, and more.

Be gentle to your hair and avoid or minimize the use of heat styling tools, harsh styling products, chemical hair treatments, and rough hair styles that put stress on the hair and scalp like tight buns and ponytails.

Choose cuts and styles that make hair loss less noticeable while adding volume. Try a shorter cut or layers for dimension or change where you normally part your hair.

When to Seek Help

If you’re experiencing hair loss, menopausal or otherwise, contact your healthcare provider, dermatologist, or a licensed hair restoration export for guidance. They can determine the underlying cause of your hair thinning or loss and offer the most effective treatment options based on your specific needs.

We also encourage you to contact the hair transplant specialists at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. Our medical team can restore lost hair for life and give you one less thing to worry about – and an important thing at that. Contact us today for a free consultation.

 

Why do people engage in hair  training? Well, certainly for the most obvious reason of all – well-trained hair speeds up the time it takes to get you out the door in the morning. And to get all spruced up for that special date you’ve been planning.

Yes, hair training is a useful practice, but we still haven’t told you what it is. Here goes.

What is Hair Training?

Hair training is the process of shampooing less often to help cut down on excess oils. Daily washing strips hair and scalps of their natural oils, leading to over-production and build-up. That, in turn, results in that “greasy” look if you miss one or two days of washing. The goal of hair and scalp training is to train hair to go a week or more between washes. Some on social media claim this process has worked by shampooing only once a month.

Does Hair Training Work?

While it’s recommended to go a few days between washes, not everyone supports extending the practice much beyond that. In fact, there is currently no scientific evidence to support that hair training works. Our natural sebum is being produced all the time and, left on its own, will eventually make hair feel and look oily. (Sebum is an oily, waxy substance produced by your body’s sebaceous glands. It coats, moisturizes, and protects your skin.” But, if you want to give less frequent shampooing a try, if only to save time in the morning, here are some tips you might find helpful.

  • Consider your hair type when determining how often to wash. For example, curly or oily hair should be washed only one or two times per week because the sebum has a more tough time traveling from the scalp through your curly locks.
  • Avoid shampoos with harsh ingredients that can dry out the hair and scalp and lead to overproduction of sebum. Select a shampoo that will cleanse without over drying.
  • Do you use a lot of styling products? Gels, serums, and hair sprays will all build up on the hair and scalp over time so if you want to give hair training or simply less frequent washing a try, consider easing up on the styling products.
  • If you have thin or thinning hair, it likely gets weighed down by oils (natural or otherwise). So, wash your hair twice a week using cooler water. And avoid heavy hair care products.
  • Heat styling can also promote oil production. If avoiding heat styling all together is not an option, invest in a quality dry shampoo that will boost volume and help stretch the time between shampooing.
  • Color-treated hair should not be washed daily to avoid stripping the color and drying out the hair faster. Use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner specifically formulated for color treated hair.
  • If after a couple of weeks of not washing your hair, and you don’t see a notable improvement in appearance, washing once or twice a week may not be right for you.
  • If you suspect that your overly oily or dry hair could be due to a health, hormonal, or nutrient issue, consult your dermatologist or doctor before beginning any new hair care routine.

If you’re a frequent reader of DiStefano blogs, you must be thinking that hair care management is a tricky and involved process. Truth be told, it can be – which is why we continue to inform you of proper techniques while abandoning those that may prove harmful.

How about your hair? Do you have less on your scalp than you would prefer? Then contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center today to schedule a free consultation. There’s a lot we can do to help.

Hair loss can manifest itself in several ways and from different causes. One such example is alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that develops when the body begins to attack its own hair follicles. While a common sign of alopecia areata is round or oval patches on the scalp, the hair loss can occur anywhere on the body. Some people experience fingernail or toenail changes marked by dents, ridges, brittleness. However, most who experience this type of hair loss tend to be in good health otherwise.

Read on as we discuss some of the more frequent questions about alopecia areata.

At what age does alopecia areata begin? While this condition can begin at any age, many develop it in childhood or during their teen years, with most cases manifesting themselves by age 30. Cycles can be unpredictable and can last for years. Some see hair regrowth within 12 months with the potential that it won’t fall out again.

Is it hereditary? If a parent or close relative suffers from alopecia areata, a child is at greater risk of developing the condition.

What are the types of alopecia areata? The main types are:

  • Alopecia areata – Patches of hair loss on the scalp, beard area, eyelashes, eyebrows, armpits, inside the nose and ears, or anywhere else on the body.
  • Alopecia totalis – Complete hair loss on the scalp.
  • Alopecia universalis – A rare condition where a person loses all bodily hair.

What are common signs and symptoms? As we mentioned, alopecia areata can occur anywhere on the body. Wherever it occurs, it usually reveals itself as a round or oval patch without any redness, rash, or scarring. The affected skin looks as if someone shaved the area. Men who have alopecia areata may develop a bald patch on their beard. Some individuals develop a strip of bald skin on the scalp while others experience widespread hair loss. Complete loss of eyebrows, eyelashes, or both are also common.

What causes alopecia areata? Cells in a person’s immune system mistakenly surround and attack hair follicles, causing the attached hair to fall out. The good news is that the attack rarely destroys hair follicles, meaning hair can regrow on its own. However, alopecia areata cannot be cured. People who experience regrowth may lose more hair later and continue to experience cycles of hair loss and regrowth. If your hair does not regrow on its own, consult your health care provider for medical treatment options.

Of course, you do have an option other than waiting for alopecia areata to correct itself. And that’s to contact the hair transplant specialists at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center for a free consultation during which we’ll assess your condition and recommend a solution sure to restore your confidence and any loss of self-esteem. Contact us today – we’d love to hear from you.

 

The average person has about 100,000 hairs on their scalp and loses about 100 each day without even noticing. In fact, many lose up to 50 percent of their hair before they even suspect a problem. If you’ve noticed some hair loss you may be wondering whether it’s a normal, a temporary part of the hair cycle, or an indication of things to come.

Though most men experience some loss as they age, the reality is that hair loss can occur for a variety of reasons at any age. Exactly when an individual will begin to shed scalp hair and just how much they can expect to lose depends largely on genetics.

Teenage Hair Loss

While uncommon, hair loss can begin as early as at age 15, coming on gradually with a thinning or receding hairline. Hair loss or thinning at such an early age can be especially difficult but, depending on the cause, it can be stopped and reversed. Consult your primary care doctor to determine if the hair loss is due to a nutrient deficiency, hormonal imbalance, illness, medications, or other contributing factors.

Hair Thinning or Loss in Your 20s

Male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) most often begins when a man reaches his mid to late 20s. This can have a significant negative impact on confidence, self-esteem, and one’s social life. Some people adjust by simply shaving their head while others find it the overall experience more challenging and difficult to accept. If you’re noticing signs of male pattern baldness in your twenties, talk to a hair restoration specialist to discuss preservation and treatment options.

Thirties and Beyond

By age 30, men have a 25 percent chance of experiencing some hair loss, and by age 50, 50 percent note at least some loss. Approximately two-thirds of 60-year-olds experience balding to some extent, if not complete. Yet, just because we expect to succumb to male pattern baldness as we age doesn’t make it any easier to bear.

Signs of Male Pattern Baldness

The most well-known categorization for hair loss in men is the Hamilton-Norwood classification system. It focuses on hair loss that can be seen in the following areas:

  • Temples – Hair starts to thin around the temples and on top of the back of the head, known as the vertex or crown.
  • Receding Hairline – Hair begins to thin and move back around the front of the head on the sides, making an M shape as the two sides recede faster than the middle. This is one of the most common types of male hair loss.
  • Top of the Head – You may notice thinning at the top years before baldness becomes visible.

The good news, for super optimists, is that neither women nor women are pre-disposed to losing other body parts, like hands, feet, kneecaps, and worse. But for good or ill, we are pre-disposed to lose hair. And yet, thanks to people like us, DiStefano Hair Restoration Center, hair loss doesn’t need to be permanent. Contact us today for a free consultation to discover how you can go through life – your whole life – with a full head of hair, even if you’re already lost some.

Grey hair, crow’s feet, and laugh lines aren’t the only telltale signs of aging. As the years pass by, you may notice your once thick and full eyebrows looking a little sparse. What may have been a low – or no – maintenance morning routine might start taking more time to fill in your brows with pencils, gels, and brushes. So, what gives? Why is this prominent facial feature gradual thinning out?

Yes, age is one factor. But it’s not the only one.

Getting to the Root of Eyebrow Hair Loss

Like the hair on your head, eyebrow hair is not a rare event. As for treatment, well, that depends on the cause.

  • Alopecia Areata – An autoimmune disease that is often responsible for one’s hair loss on the head can also affect the eyebrows. It occurs when the immune system mistakenly targets and attacks eyebrow follicles and slows or stops eyebrow hair production.
  • Nutritional Deficiency – To function at its best, your body requires a healthy balance of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Lacking the essential nutrients that influence hair health and growth can result in hair loss, including eyebrows.
  • Skin Conditions – A variety of skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis can block hair follicles from growing hair properly, resulting in thinning or loss.
  • Thyroid Disease – Located at the front of the neck, the thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate metabolism. Over- or under-production of a hormone can disrupt your body’s normal processes and functions.
  • Excessive Anxiety or Stress – Psychological issues have been found to contribute to hair loss, including eyebrows. If you have recently experienced a major lifestyle change or trauma, or suffer from high levels of stress, you may notice hair thinning or loss.
  • Telogen Effluvium – TE is a dramatic but temporary loss of hair that occurs when the normal hair growth cycle is interrupted due to stress, sudden or drastic changes in diet, illness, medications, or other changes in your chemistry.
  • Scar Tissue – Burns, trauma, and skin conditions can leave scar tissue preventing hair from growing in that area.
  • Chemotherapy – Since chemotherapy is specifically designed to affect all rapidly dividing cells, including hair follicles, it can stifle hair production.

Tips for Thicker Looking Brows

Embrace a more natural, hands-off approach to brow care and avoid over-plucking, waxing, and threading which can lead to permanent follicular damage over time. Instead, make your brows appear to be fully by applying a good quality eyebrow pencil or gel, applying in fine, hair-like strokes for a more natural appearance. For a semi-permanent solution, consider microblading. The result will look more natural than tattooing or permanent makeup as it is done by hand versus a machine and doesn’t penetrate the skin as deeply.

For a truly natural and permanent solution, try eyebrow hair restoration, expertly performed by the medical team at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. We’ll take a graft of donor hair and implant it into the eyebrow. To learn more and find out if an eyebrow hair transplant is right for you, contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

There are several things that can give away one’s age. For some it’s their taste in music and fashion. For others, they simply aren’t as nimble as they once were. For most, the number one give-away is greying hair.

If you’ve started to notice your hair is feeling drier, more brittle and frizzier as you age, you’re not alone. As our bodies change, so does our hair. And while there’s nothing you can do to prevent or reverse the aging process, learning why color and texture change as you grow older can help you better care for maturing hair. Here are the most common signs to look for.

Hair loses pigment and begins to grey.

As you get up there in years, your hair begins to lose melanin and protein, causing changes in color and texture and making hair more resistant to hair products. For most people, these changes are genetic, while for others they’re caused by stress, medication, illness, poor diet, and more. Deep conditioning and protein treatments can help hair retain its softness and allow it to better absorb hair care products.

Hair becomes dry, brittle, and breaks easily.

As hair loses protein – an essential building block – it becomes dry and prone to breakage. Your scalp also will slow down production of the oils that help give hair its shine. Following a healthy diet full of essential vitamins and nutrients and drinking lots of water can help keep hair strong, just as deep conditioning and protein treatments can. Chose treatments specifically formulated for your hair type.

Hair becomes thing and grow more slowly.

As hair ages, it stays in the Telogen – or resting – phase longer, which slows down the growth process. Some also notice that more of their scalp becomes visible. This may be the hardest change to accept. Again, staying hydrated, maintaining a healthy diet, and getting enough quality sleep can help, as can the addition of a multivitamin.

Caring for Ageing Hair

Changes in hair may call for changes in your hair care routine. Here are some things to try.

  • Ditch the bath towel and dry your hair with a gentle microfiber hair wrap to reduce the damage that a rough-textured towel can cause.
  • Keep up with regular cuts to prevent split ends; and try a cut and style that gives the illusion of more body and volume.
  • Use a smoothing or paddle brush and brush gently to minimize damage. Hair is particularly weak when wet so be extra gentle when styling after washing.
  • Stay away from heat styling products and always use a heat protecting product when you must use the blow dryer or curling iron.
  • Avoid harsh chemical treatments that can cause further damage and dry out your hair.
  • Speak to your doctor about vitamins or supplements that can help nourish your hair (along with skin and nails) from the inside out.

If your scalping is showing through your hair or hair loss is occurring in other ways that bother you, don’t sit still and just take it. Instead, pick up the phone and call DiStefano Hair Restoration to schedule a free consultation. We’re here to help you look your best and feel better about yourself – a hair transplant might be just what the doctor ordered.

Hair loss can occur for several reasons. For some people, there’s a genetic component while for others it’s due to certain medications, recent illness or surgery, autoimmune disease, or high stress levels. Vitamin deficiencies, scalp conditions and even hair damage caused by harsh products and treatments can also cause hair thinning and loss.

Many experiencing hair thinning and loss turn to natural remedies to help improve the health of their hair, stop further loss, and aid in regrowth. We believe that overall hair health requires a multifaceted approach. So, in addition to getting plenty of sleep, eating a balanced diet, eliminating stressors, and being gentle with your hair, here are some natural remedies to try.

Massage – Massage stimulates the scalp and may even improve hair thickness. It can also improve blood flow and release stress and tension. Using medium pressure, massage your scalp with your fingertips, moving across the scalp in small circles. Try to do this for approximately 5 minutes a day. For added luxury, get someone to do it for you!

Aloe Vera – Aloe vera soothes the scalp and conditions hair. It can also reduce dandruff and unblock hair follicles of excess oil. Look for a shampoo and conditioner containing aloe vera or apply aloe vera gel to the hair and scalp a couple times a week.

Coconut Oil – Some believe that applying coconut oil to the scalp enriches its microbiome, helping to make the scalp and hair follicles healthier. And because it contains fatty acids that penetrate the hair shaft, it can reduce protein loss. Massage coconut oil into your hair and scalp and, depending on your hair type, either wash it out or use as a leave-in treatment.

Fish Oil – Omega fatty acids boost immunity and help achieve better overall health. Taking a fish oil supplement can improve hair density and reduce hair loss. Consult your doctor prior to starting any new supplement.

Ginseng – Ginseng is said to stimulate hair follicles which promotes hair growth. As with any supplement, talk to your doctor about any possible side effects.

Onion Juice – If you can deal with the smell, you may find that applying raw onion juice to your hair and scalp can promote hair growth and even treat alopecia areata – a condition in which the body attacks hair follicles, resulting in hair loss on various parts of the body. Blend the onion, squeeze out the juice, and apply to the hair and scalp. Leave it on for 15 minutes then wash with shampoo.

Rosemary Oil – Rosemary oil is believed to reduce hair loss and promote growth. Add a few drops of rosemary oil to a carrier oil like jojoba and massage into the hair and scalp a few times a week. You can also look for shampoos and conditioners formulated with rosemary oil.

Lemon – Fresh lemon juice and lemon essential oil have been found to make the scalp and hair healthier and aid in hair growth. Add a few drops of lemon oil to a carrier oil and use as part of a weekly hair mask.

When To See a Doctor

The natural approach certainly has its place. But if you’re noticing more shedding than normal, it’s worth mentioning it to your doctor to get to the root of the cause and treat it accordingly. You’ll want to rule out (or confirm and treat) any medical conditions like an illness or a vitamin deficiency before attempting to treat the symptoms.

Next on the agenda, and if the hair loss is both significant and bothersome, don’t wait any longer – contact the medical team at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center to schedule a free consultation. Since no two patients are the same, rest assured that you will receive the personalized treatment best suited to your condition and goals.