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.

Proper rest and care are crucial to the healing process after any medical procedure, and hair transplant surgery is no different. In fact, failing to follow your surgeon’s post-op care recommendations can result in unnecessary pain, swelling, and can lead to infection.

To fully recover realize maximum benefit from your hair transplant, be sure to do the following:

Returning Home

  • Try to  rest as much as possible.
  • Eat a nutritious dinner and take prescribed antibiotics and pain medications as instructed. Most patients do not require strong pain medications after the first day.
  • Sleep with your head slightly elevated for the first few nights, being careful not to rub or bump the transplant area on a pillow or headboard.

1 to 3 Days After Procedure

  • You will return to your transplant care practice the following day for a post-operative exam. Your gauze wrap will be removed, and the doctor will check that the grafts are healing properly and there are no complications. You should only be experiencing minimal pain and discomfort at this time.
  • Avoid getting your scalp wet for three days following surgery. When showering or bathing, wash your body only.
  • Do not smoke, drink alcohol, or go in direct sunlight after surgery, as doing so can increase scarring and interfere with the healing process.
  • Do not engage in strenuous activity, and be sure to eat a healthy, balanced diet to help support healing.
  • You may gently wash your hair on the 4th Use baby shampoo and gently wash with your fingertips. Rinse with warm water and pat your hair and scalp dry with a soft, clean towel.

1 to 3 Weeks After Procedure

  • In the three weeks following surgery, continue to avoid strenuous activity – walking and jogging are acceptable. Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol as much as possible and avoid exposure to direct sunlight and chlorinated water.
  • Avoid the use of styling products during the first week as they may contain chemicals that can interfere with healing.
  • After day 10, you may wash your hair regularly. Any scabbing you’ve experienced should be falling away at this point. Avoid scratching your scalp and sooth itchiness with cold water.
  • You may also resume your normal hair care routine but continue to avoid harsh products which can dry out hair and damage follicles.
  • After 12 – 14 days, it will be obvious to no one – except those you see routinely – that you’ve undergone hair transplant surgery.

While these post-care procedures will serve you in good instead for now, rest assured that DiStefano Hair Restoration Center will develop a detailed post-surgery treatment plan just for you. That’s the kind of individual care we’re known for.  So, contact us today to schedule a free consultation, and let’s get started.

 

There’s nothing quite like walking out of a salon with a new cut and style. Yet recreating that bouncy, voluminous look at home can prove to be a challenge, especially if you have fine or thin hair. In fact, caring for and styling fine, limp, or lifeless hair can be a daily struggle that drains you emotionally and financially.

Don’t despair. Whether thin or fine hair is due to genetics, a medical condition, or lifestyle, the following tips can help make your locks look and feel healthier and more voluminous.

Examine your diet. If your hair is starting to thin or just doesn’t look or feel as healthy as it once did, poor nutrition could be the culprit. Take stock of your diet and make sure you’re consuming adequate amounts of fatty acids, protein, and other nutrients. Nuts, eggs, salmon, tuna, and avocado are all excellent sources of omega-3s, protein and other beneficial nutrients. And remember to get enough sleep and drink plenty of water daily. Chances are, you’ll also see an improvement in your skin and nails.

Minimize hair breakage. Thin or fine hair is more susceptible to damage, so use caution when styling. Use a wide-tooth comb and detangle your locks with a good quality hair strengthening conditioner. Minimize heat styling as much as you can. Also, set your flat iron, curling wand, and blow dryer on a lower heat setting.

Use the right shampoo and conditioner. Thin, fine hair requires different styling products than a thicker, fuller head of hair. Choose a lightweight, volumizing shampoo and conditioner that will cleanse without weighing your hair down.

Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp. Avoid using hair care products with harsh chemicals that can dry up your scalp’s natural oils. Limit washing your hair to just three to four times a week, and when you do wash, give yourself a scalp massage to improve circulation and stimulate hair follicles. Use volumizing products. Avoid those with harsh chemicals that can weigh your hair down and leave a residue behind. Try a gentle thickening spray to give your roots a boost.

Get the right cut for your hair type. A longer style can weigh fine strands down and make them look limper than they are. Instead, try a shorter cut like a pixie or bob. Add long layers to shoulder-length cuts to maximize volume.

If thinning hair is turning into hair loss, maybe it’s time for a different solution – hair transplant performed by the experienced medical team at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. It all starts with a free initial consultation, so why not schedule your appointment today before matters get worse. We look forward to being the answer to your hair prayers.

Drinking coffee with stunt your growth. Don’t go outside with wet hair in the winter or you’ll catch a cold. If you swallow gum, it’ll take seven years to digest.

These are just a handful of old wives’ tales passed down from one generation to the next. In some cases, there’s not a shred of truth to them. And sometimes, just a little. Take gum, for example. Sure, the synthetic portion of gum is indigestible by the human body, but it won’t just sit in your stomach for several years; it’ll find its way out much like anything else.

Hair is no exception. In fact, there are so many old wives’ tales about haircare that it’s tricky to decipher fact from fiction. Here are 6 hair myths, busted.

If you pluck one grey hair, two will grow in its place. This is most certainly false. Sure, plucking one hair will get rid of it temporarily, but because the follicle is alive, it will simply produce another hair to replace it. But what you do to one follicle has no impact on those around it, thus making it impossible for two more grey hairs to grow.

Shampooing causes hair loss. It’s not uncommon to shed hair while shampooing, but that doesn’t make a good shampoo guilty of any malfeasance. Hair needs a clean, healthy environment in which to grow. So, if you are already experiencing hair thinning or loss, drastically cutting back on washing could make the problem worse. While you don’t need to wash your hair daily, it’s important to keep it clean.

Don’t use oils if you have greasy hair. This is a myth that both dermatologists and haircare professionals spend their careers trying to dispel. The truth is, adding oils to the hair shaft and ends adds shine, luster, and helps repair split ends.

For healthy hair, brush it with 100 strokes each day. Doing this can cause more harm than good as over-brushing can weaken hair and cause breakage. Use a wide-tooth comb or brush designed for your hair’s texture and length but avoid pulling or tugging. To remove stubborn tangles, try a moisturizing conditioner or detangling spray.

Your hair gets used to a shampoo. This one can be an expensive old wives’ tale to keep up with. Your hair gets used to a shampoo’s effects over time, but that does not mean you should change it if it’s still working for you. Good reasons to change include aging, seasonal impacts on hair, and if started or stopping coloring it.

You shouldn’t dye your hair while pregnant. The truth is permanent and semi-permanent hair dye do not contain any toxins or chemicals that can harm a baby and only a minuscule amount of the dye is absorbed into your skin. So, feel free to cover those greys or go as bold as you like with your color during pregnancy.

And then there’s the question of hair thinning and balding. No matter what you think might be the cause – however far-fetched it might be – come in to see us for a free consultation. We’ll not only inform you as to what’s going on, we’ll explain what can be done to give you back your hair.

When Spring comes to town it’s time to pack away scarves, knit hats, galoshes, down parkas, and other seasonal articles of clothing. Flip flops and tank tops anyone?

 

Well, just as your body has different needs when temps rise (or fall), so does your hair and scalp. Read on to learn how seasonal changes impact your hair and how best to care for it.

Abundant Sunshine

You should protect your skin, scalp, and hair from the damaging effects of the

sun no matter the season. UV rays can weaken and dry out hair, so it’s important to wear a hat whenever possible and avoid being in direct sunlight when the sun’s rays are strongest, generally between 10am and 2pm. However, that’s not always possible or practical so choose hair care products that counteract the effects of the sun; consider UV and heat protectant mists and leave-in-conditioners free from harsh chemicals that can dry out hair.

Warm and Humid

When there is increased moisture in the air – aka humidity – your hair will absorb it and expand, often resulting in frizz, especially for those with naturally wavy or curly hair. Higher levels of humidity can also increase moisture on the scalp, leading to bacteria. To prevent or reduce frizz, choose products specially formulated to smooth and close hair’s outer shaft which reduces the amount of moisture that hair absorbs. Use an absorbent towel to thoroughly remove as much water as possible. Remember to squeeze the hair instead of roughing it up. And embrace your hair’s texture! Instead of trying to force your hair straight, use styling products that tame the frizz while forming silky waves or curls. Choose a shampoo that will deep clean your scalp without over-drying.

Cold and Dry

There are no two ways about it: dry air leads to dry skin and hair. When hair lacks moisture, it becomes brittle and can easily break. During the winter months, it’s important to switch to extra-moisturizing hair products that won’t weigh hair down. Try a weekly deep-conditioning mask, turn down the water temperature, wash your hair less often, avoid heat styling, and get regular trims to help keep your hair and scalp healthy and hydrated.

Hair care sounds complicated, don’t you think? Well, some might think so while most people are just glad to have a full head of hair to care for. If you’re not among them, come see the medical team at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center to discover what we can do to restore the hair that’s missing in action. Your initial consultation is free.

One of the most common questions we hear from patients is: “Will my transplanted hair turn grey?” Since transplanted hair behaves like the rest of your hair, whether it turns grey over time depends on the individual as well as the characteristics of their hair.

What Causes Grey Hair?

Hair color is determined by melanin while individual genetic makeup determines how much melanin is present in hair follicles, thereby determining our hair color. As we get older, melanin production slows down – or altogether stops. This results in the hair shafts losing their color and eventually turning grey.

Hair usually starts to go grey around the age of 40, but some people may notice their first grey hairs as early as their twenties. About 25% of people will have some grey hair by the age of 35, and almost half of the world’s population will have some grey hair by the age of 50. People with darker hair will start to show the effects of grey hair sooner than people who have fairer hair because the contrast will show up faster, resulting in a “salt and pepper” look.

Will My Transplanted Hair Turn Grey?

Like your natural hair, transplanted hair is susceptible to the aging process. Since the transplanted hair continues to share the same genetic make-up as hair from the donor area, it will lose its color once melanin production slows or stops.

Can Grey Hair Be Transplanted?

Grey hair can be just as healthy and strong as pigmented hair. As such, it can be successfully transplanted and deliver natural results. In fact, many of our patients have already started to see signs of greying. What a hair transplant cannot do is reverse the greying process. If hair is predetermined to turn grey at a given age, it will do so whether transplanted or not.

Lesson learned: don’t let your age or those grey hairs stop you from contacting DiStefano Hair Restoration Center for a free consultation. We help people of all ages and hair colors look and feel better about themselves.

A hairbrush is a hairbrush is a hairbrush, right? Not exactly. Sure, any brush can do the simple task of making yourself more presentable; but, having the right brush and knowing how to use it can be a game changer when it comes to achieving a desired look while being kind to your hair and scalp.

Read on as we discuss five common hairbrush types and how each can help you get the look you want.

Detangling Brush – A dedicated detangling brush is great for getting through even the toughest of knots, especially on wet hair when it’s most susceptible to breakage. Look for one with far-spaced bristles and ball tips that massage the scalp – the latter help distribute hairs natural oils and promote circulation.

Boar Bristle Brush – An ideal brush for all hair types, boar bristle helps bring out hair’s natural texture, whether it be curly, wavy, or straight. The spacing of the bristles does a better job of detangling long hair and helps evenly distribute oils from your scalp.

Mixed Bristle Brush – The best of both worlds, a mixed bristle brush is typically made of both natural boar bristles and synthetic materials. Boar bristles evenly distribute your hair’s natural oils while synthetic bristles gently disentangle – a great choice for medium to thick hair.

Thermal Brush – A thermal brush is made with materials like a magnesium alloy barrel that conducts heat to speed up drying time. This not only helps speed up the grooming process but results in less heat damage to your hair. Look for one with nylon bristles that help create a soft, voluminous look and feel.

Round Brush – Available in a variety of sizes, round brushes help achieve a salon-quality look at home while taming frizz and adding volume. Choose a smaller brush to create tighter curls or a larger one to straighten and smooth hair or create subtle curls or waves, depending on hair length.

Bottom line, hair can be super easy to care for or a major challenge, depending on numerous factors – including your propensity to shed hair, possibly even to the point of balding. If your brush – no matter which type you use – is starting to look like a hair depository more every day, contact DiStefano for a free consultation to determine if you’re a candidate for a hair transplant. We help people all over Southern New England get their hair back, and keep it.