Individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 can experience an array of symptoms, from aches, fever, and chills, to loss of taste and smell, fatigue, and upset stomach. What’s more, while some symptoms are severe and life threatening, others report having no symptoms at all. Then there are those who experience longer-term symptoms like difficulty concentrating, continued headaches, and even hair loss.

In a survey of 3,900 survivors conducted by Survivor Corps, a COVID-19 support group, over 30% of respondents reported hair loss, a symptom that was reported more frequently than sore throat and nausea.

COVID-19 and Hair Loss

While health experts continue to learn about the novel Coronavirus, many believe the emotional and physical toll that COVID-19 exacts may be responsible for the hair loss that occurs in the weeks and months following contracting the disease. In fact, anything that disturbs the hair growth cycle or damages the hair follicle can cause hair loss.

Common Hair Loss Causes

Most people shed between 50 and 100 hairs each day. But because the average person has between 80,000 and 120,000 hairs on their head, this daily loss is barely noticed. Hair that is lost beyond the norm can be caused by a few different factors:

  • Genetic male or female pattern hair loss, or androgenic alopecia
  • Traction alopecia which is caused by hair that is repeatedly pulled a certain way over time, such as a tight ponytail or braid
  • Alopecia areata which causes hair to fall out in small clumps resulting in bald patches
  • Scarring alopecia which can be associated with autoimmune disease, among other causes
  • Telogen effluvium – hair loss related to physical or emotional stress such as
    • Major surgery
    • Childbirth
    • Miscarriage
    • Major weight loss or dietary restrictions
    • Certain medications
    • Severe illness, including infection with high fever
    • Stressful life events

What You Can Do

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are experiencing obvious hair loss, here are a few tips to help manage the situation:

  • Try not to panic. Focus on your recovery. As stressful as it might be, know that it is perfectly normal to experience hair loss or excessive shedding after an emotionally or physically stressful time. Eventually, the shedding will stop, and your hair should return to its normal life cycle.
  • Adjust your diet. Iron, vitamin D, and biotin are essential building blocks that aid in repairing damaged hair. Chicken, turkey, spinach and beans are good sources of iron. Vitamin-D fortified cereals and milk plus fatty fish contain goo amounts of vitamin D. And eggs, salmon, and organ meats supply biotin.
  • Consult your doctor. Talk to your doctor about your hair loss and any other scalp symptoms you may be experiencing. While a dermatologist typically treats hair loss, a primary care physician may order blood work or other tests to rule out other underlying causes.
  • Be on the lookout for other “weird” symptoms even after you’ve recovered from COVID-19 and those findings with your share with your doctor. Doing so will help the healthcare community as they continue to study the virus.

Regardless of what the cause might be, don’t let accelerating hair loss keep your sprits down and out. Instead, contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center to request a free consultation. Starting then, we can put you back on the path toward a full head of hair.

 

According to recent estimates, nearly two-thirds of men will experience some degree of hair loss by age 35. By age 50, that number jumps to 85 percent. It’s no wonder so many seek treatment options that provide real, long-lasting results.

And yet with recent advancements in hair restoration, today’s forward looking male has a greater variety of hair restoration options available to him. The trick is, how do you separate the truly effective options from those that do nothing more than empty your wallet.

Today, we break down available options and the pros and cons of each one.

Non-Surgical Treatments

If your hair loss is substantial, topical solutions and supplements will do little to deliver dramatic results. That’s because hair follicles in those areas have become dormant and are no longer producing hair. However, in mild cases – especially those caught in the early stages – some products and medications can slow or reverse the trend.

 

Medications – Currently, there are two main types of FDA-approved medications to treat male pattern baldness.

  • Androgen dependent medications work by blocking the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, which is believed to contribute to pattern baldness in men. Individuals can expect to see increased hair growth after about three months of consistent use.
  • Androgen independent medications dilate small blood vessels, a process that has been shown to regrow hair in approximately 40 percent of men after three months of consistent use. Continued use is required for lasting results. Androgen independent medications can also be taken by women, unlike androgen dependent.

Supplements – Many claim that certain hair loss supplements, vitamins, and shampoos can slow the process and even restore lost hair. The truth is, there are no clinical studies proving that such products are guaranteed to work. Individuals genetically pre-disposed to balding, but have yet to see signs of hair loss, may benefit from products formulated to support hair strength and scalp health. However, results can vary greatly and depend on the type of hair loss one suffers from.

Surgical Hair Restoration Options

For those suffering from significant hair loss, surgical hair restoration provides a proven, permanent solution to restore hair while reducing pain, discomfort, and downtime.

  • Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) involves removing a strip of skin with hair follicles from a donor site, like the back of the head. Groups of tissue containing hair follicles (or grafts) are then transplanted into individual holes in the recipient site where thinning or balding has occurred.
  • Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) involves harvesting hair follicles from a donor site by collecting individual follicles directly from the scalp and inserting them into tiny incisions in the recipient site. While the FUE method does require more surgery time than FUT, it lessens downtime, lowers post-surgical discomfort, and eliminates the linear scar at the donor site that is common with FUT.

That’s a lot to take in, don’t you think? Well, don’t let available treatments and their relative degrees of success inhibit your decision to move forward – not when DiStefano Hair Restoration is on hand to guide you through the process. Contact us today for a free consultation where you’ll get answers to all your questions along with expert medical advice you can depend on.

 

Hair loss can start at just about any age with men and women alike. Some will notice signs of hair loss as early as their late teens and early 20s, while others will continue to have a full head of hair well into their 60s. However, as a rule, the older one gets, the more likely he or she is to experience some form of hair thinning or loss. Regardless of age, there are several common signs of balding and notable differences between natural balding and other causes of hair loss.

Early Signs of Balding in Women

Natural balding takes on a characteristic pattern known as androgenetic alopecia, where genes passed down from generation to generation make one more or less likely to go bald.

For women, balding can begin as early as 12 years of age, after 40, or anywhere in between, and take on these common characteristics:

  • Thinning on top, where you may notice hair thinning across the top of the head but not the sides
  • A widening part on top
  • Thinning across the head

Early Signs of Balding in Men

Male baldness is also largely thought to be genetically determined. While it can start in men as young as 20, it most commonly occurs between the ages of 25 and 35, with the following signs:

  • Thinning hair around the temples and at the back, or crown, of your head
  • Thinning hair starting around the front of the head and on the sides, moving toward the back as it progresses, resulting in an M shape as the two sides recede faster than the middle
  • Gradual thinning of the hair on the top

Should I See a Doctor?

Balding is a natural process that affects many as they grow older. But if you notice sudden hair loss after a major physical or emotional life event, see your doctor for advice on treating what might prove to be underlying causes.

Some symptoms to note are:

  • Swelling around the areas of thinning or balding
  • Severe itchiness, dry skin, or scaling
  • Stinging, burning, or pus discharge
  • Sudden hair loss or excessive hair growth on other parts of the body
  • Sudden unexplained changes in weight
  • Complications from a recent surgery or a change in medication

Baldness can be tricky business, but no matter what may cause the process to begin, there’s one clear first step you should take: contact the hair loss medical team at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center for a free consultation. The sooner you act, the more likely we are to treat the problem to your complete satisfaction.

A good night’s sleep is key to overall health and well-being. No big revelation there!

Wait, you’re not so sure you agree? Well, in that case, think back to the last time you pulled an all-nighter, whether it was for a long drive, studying for a final exam, making the most of your best friend’s stag party, or whatever the occasion.  And then ask yourself how you felt the next morning.  After grabbing just a few hours of sleep. Or how you felt even the next morning after.

The answer, for 99% of the population, is “Lousy!”

But while you’re wondering why you’re not sleeping well, or what you did to deprive yourself of the rest, have you ever wondered what effect lack of sleep might have on hair loss?  Let’s have a look.

Sleep and Hair Loss

There is a significant amount of research that points to a correlation between sleep and hair health. It is known, for example, that sleep helps boost the immune system, lowers blood pressure, promotes healthy weight, and more. As for your hair, it is during sleep that the epithelial hair follicle stem cells, responsible for cyclic bouts of hair growth, get busy. Consistently getting good quality sleep ensures that this process happens seamlessly, while an interruption can prevent these stem cells from doing their job and, as a result, impair hair growth.

Effects of Too Much Sleep

Yes, you can have too much of a good thing. In fact, an over-abundance of melatonin, a hormone responsible for regulating your natural sleep cycle, can lead to fatigue and depression. And while currently there are no proven indications that too much sleep can lead to hair loss, an out of whack sleep cycle can lead to stress, a poor diet, reduced physical activity, and other factors that can result in hair loss.

Sleeping Position and Hair Growth

Whether you’re a stomach, side, or back sleeper, rest assured that your preferred sleep position will not have a negative impact on the health of your hair. However, what you sleep on can make a difference. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase can prevent frizzy hair since silk doesn’t produce the friction that cotton sheets do. And silk helps keep hair hydrated because it doesn’t absorb your hair’s natural moisture like other fabrics can.

Let’s be realistic.  Don’t just adopt good sleep habits to prevent hair loss. There are other both more and equally important considerations to keep in mind.  And yet, if you’re looking to do everything you can to keep your full head of hair, add a good night’s sleep, every night, to the list.

If, on the other hand, significant hair loss has already occurred, then do the next best thing: contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center for a free consultation where we can identify and explore the options available to reverse the problem.

 

Here in America’s Northeast, we don’t just mention the four seasons. We really and truly get four distinct times of year when seasonal conditions vary greatly.

And now comes winter. Skiers lover it. Boaters hate it. Coat manufacturers love it. And those who love sunlight might hate it most of all.

But what about your hair – as in, how does it feel about winter, and does it need any special attention to keep it looking and feeling its best? Absolutely, it does. So here are several tips on how to keep your hair healthy and happy all winter long.

Take Plenty of Vitamin C

Vitamin C contains antioxidant that help protect against split ends and breakage. Citrus fruits and dark leafy greens are excellent sources of Vitamin C, and so are Vitamin C-packed vitamins.

Dry your hair before going out

Going out with wet or damp hair can cause breakage in two ways. First, it can freeze and break. Next, cold air expands hair and that can weaken and cause it to break as well. If you don’t have enough time in the morning to shower and thoroughly dry your hair before going out, consider switching to evening showers.

Evening hydration

Applying hair oil at night has the same benefit as applying a soothing lotion to your skin. Hair oils that contain baobab, for example, are perfect for the task.

Don’t skip the haircuts

Even routine trimming helps keep your hair looking and feeling healthy, partly by preventing split ends. Women, don’t wait longer than 3 months in between haircuts. Guys, return to your barber or stylist every 4-6 weeks.

Lower the thermostat

A hot shower on a cold day can be the best thing in the world, but too much exposure to hot water can strip moisture from hair and skin. Try to keep showers warm to lukewarm and spend less time than usual under the showerhead. If you want to push the envelope with a longer shower, wear a shower cap.

Your hair is just like any other part of your body – it needs routine TLC to look and feel its best. Then again, not everyone has a full head of hair to care for. If you’re among that group and would like to do something about it, why not take just a moment to schedule a free consultation with the medical team at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. You might just be amazed at the possibilities.

The holiday season is a time – or at least it should be – of closeness, good will, random acts of kindness, and special gatherings of family and friends. For others, it’s a time of despair at worst, and added stress at best. Memories of loved ones gone forever, a recent break up, losing your job, and so many other factors can leave you feeling less than your best.

And if all that isn’t enough, added stress also can lead to hair loss.  Let’s take a closer look at that phenomenon.

Stress and Hair

Stress is one of hair’s biggest enemies. As we react to react to physical or emotional stressors, our adrenal glands produce cortisol, also known as the “stress hormone”. When someone is in a constant state of stress, they may have elevated cortisol levels which can eventually lead to adrenal fatigue, among other health issues. Once fatigued, an adrenal gland doesn’t work as efficiently, resulting in increased DHT production which can have a direct effect on hair follicles and growth cycle.

Stress-Related Hair Loss

Those experiencing stress-related hair loss may not recognize the problem right away because excess hair shedding doesn’t present itself until three to six months after the stressful period occurs. However, with proper nutrition, regular exercise, and good care of hair and scalp, shedding should stabilize to normal levels and the hair growth cycle return to normal.

When individuals are in a constant state of stress, hair can continue to grow thinner or become dormant if not treated or if the source of stress isn’t properly addressed. Hair loss itself can be stressful, leading to a perpetual cycle that, if not broken, can lead to long term damage.

Holiday Stress or More?

On average, a person sheds 50 to 100 hairs a day. However, hormones, illness, medications, thyroid functions, increased or constant levels of stress, improper scalp and hair care, and more, can lead to excessive hair shedding. If you notice a sudden increase in the amount of hair you find on your comb, brush, or in the shower, consider consulting your physician to discuss causes and treatment options.

Or you can come straight to us – DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. We understand the causes of hair loss and how to give you back what you’ve lost, regardless of the reason. To learn more, contact us today for a free initial consultation.

 

Mineral oil, an odorless and colorless liquid, is often added to skin and hair care products as a moisturizing agent. While it is a by-product in the production of gasoline, the type used in cosmetics is highly purified and FDA-approved for topical use.

Today, we look at mineral oil’s potential hair health benefits and explore other types of oils also commonly used in a variety of hair care products.

Reduce Hair Damage – Mineral oil is hydrophobic, meaning it repels water. Adding mineral oil to your hair care routine once or twice a week may reduce the amount of water your hair absorbs, which limits swelling. Hair that repeatedly swells and dries can be more prone to damage.

Tames Tangles and Frizz – Some claim that applying mineral oil to hair helps reduce tangles and prevent frizz by serving as a lubricant.

Dandruff Treatment – Because it acts as a moisturizer, mineral oil can reduce dandruff by keeping the scalp moist. If you suffer from dandruff, try applying a little mineral oil to your scalp, leave it on for an hour, brush it through, and wash it out with your favorite shampoo.

Head Lice Treatment – Mineral oil may be as effective in treating lice as traditional pesticide-based products, and with fewer side effects. Simply saturate the hair with mineral oil and wrap it in a towel overnight or for approximately 8 hours. Then wash it out with shampoo.

Potential Side Effects

While generally considered safe, mineral oil does come with these potential side effects:

  • Allergic reaction, redness, itching, swelling, and rash
  • Acne breakouts
  • Eye irritation
  • Scalp irritation

Alternatives to Mineral Oil

  • Coconut Oil – Contains lauric acid which may be beneficial to hair health
  • Olive Oil – Contains oleic acid, palmitic acid, and squalene (believed to soften hair)
  • Argan Oil – Contains antioxidants, such as vitamin E, that are linked to hair health.

DiStefano is dedicated to helping you maintain a healthy head of hair for life. If you’re starting to lose some where it has become noticeable to yourself and others, contact us today to schedule a free consultation. Our medical team can make you look you’re your former self.

Sleep is a beautiful thing. This nightly ritual allows your body to rest and recover from the day. Adequate, quality sleep helps reduce stress, helps maintain a healthy weight, improves memory, improves attention and performance, and can reduce your risk for serious health problems like heart disease and diabetes.

You know what else happens during sleep? Hair breakage. In fact, some seemingly innocent bedtime habits can be adversely affecting hair quality. Here are 6 nighttime healthy habits you’ll want to follow.

Don’t sleep with wet hair. Hair is weakest when wet. What’s more, the friction between your hair and pillow makes it even more susceptible to breakage. So, if you must wash your hair at night, make sure it’s fully dry you douse the lights.

Let it down. Leaving your hair in a tight ponytail or bun all night (or day) puts stress on your hair and can cause breakage. If you can’t stand to let your hair down, try sleeping with braids, which will create pretty waves while treating your hair with greater TLC.

Toss the hair tie. Still set on putting your hair up? Use a scrunchie vs. an elastic hair tie. The fabric on a scrunchie is softer on hair and won’t cause a harsh crease.

Switch to silk. Sure, it sounds luxurious, but sleeping on a silk or satin pillowcase is much gentler on your hair than other fabrics. It reduces friction as you move your head back and forth throughout the night and helps reduce frizz. Another option is to loosely wrap your hair in a silk scarf.

Brush before bed. Brushing nightly is good advice for your teeth and hair. Your scalp produces its own natural oils; brushing your hair distributes those oils through your locks. What’s more, the act of brushing stimulates the scalp and hair follicles to promote growth.

Condition while you sleep. If you normally wash your hair in the morning, use sleep as an opportunity to condition your hair. Run a conditioning treatment through the ends of your hair or apply coconut or argon oil to help moisturize. Then, wash it out in the morning.

Here at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center, we help men and women reclaim the hair they lost for any number of reasons. Can we do the same for you? Make your next step in your quest for a full and glorious head of hear by scheduling a free consultation now with DiStefano Hair Restoration Center.

 

The average person sheds between 50 and 100 hairs each day. So, seeing a few strands on your brush or comb shouldn’t alarm you. But what if you suspect you’re losing more than what’s considered normal? Well, before you look too far, look no closer than that beer or glass of wine that might be on hand as you read this blog.

While there is no direct link between alcohol consumption and hair loss, excessive drinking can lead to other issues, like nutritional deficiencies, that can in turn cause your hair to thin.

Poor Nutrition

Alcohol, especially beer and liquor, lacks nutritional benefits. When you consume large quantities of alcohol on a regularly basis, you also may be neglecting other aspects of a nutritious diet. Heavy drinking can also make you feel full, which can lead to malnutrition. The right balance of vitamins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates, and fats is essential to maintaining a healthy head of hair and scalp.

Poor Absorption of Nutrients

Heavy drinking interferes with the absorption of essential nutrients. It can destroy your stomach lining, thus increasing acid production in the digestive system. This makes it difficult for your body to properly absorb nutrients. And because heavy alcohol consumption has a diuretic effect, it can lead to decreased levels of magnesium and potassium which are both necessary for optimal health, hair included.

Other Links to Hair Loss

In addition to poor nutritional habits, there are other ways alcohol can indirectly lead to hair loss.

  • Alcohol dehydrates, which can make existing hair follicles dry and brittle, and more likely to fall out.
  • Alcohol can cause sugar spikes, which have been linked to pattern baldness.
  • Alcohol disrupts sleep, which can increase stress – a known cause of hair loss.

 

What Can I Do?

The good news is that reducing your alcohol consumption, improving your diet, drinking plenty of water and getting quality sleep can help you prevent anything but normal hair loss. Experts recommend drinking in moderation – one drink per day for women, and two for men. One drink is defined as 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits. As always, consult your doctor for guidance.

Or, if you need guidance on what to do about existing hair loss, then we’re the medical team to turn to – DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. Schedule your free consultation today so we can address your concerns, answer your questions, and show you the way forward.

 

Come autumn, leaves aren’t the only things ready to fall. For many, the cooler months also bring an increase in hair shedding. Seeing more hairs on your hairbrush, on the bathroom floor, or in the shower can make you one feel anxious and wonder what might be coming next.

In most cases, the answer is “nothing”. As in, seasonal shedding is a normal, a temporary slot in the human hair growth cycle.

 

Why does it happen?

While the exact cause of seasonal shedding is unclear, some believe we tend to hang onto more hair during the summer months, July in particular. During this time, hair is in the telogen, or resting, phase. The thought is that we need more hair to provide more protection from the sun. Hairs in the telogen phase typically fall out about 100 days later, which brings us into fall. But fear not, a healthy hair follicle will cycle back to its growth phase.

Should I be concerned?

On average, we shed around 100 hairs each day. If you notice a slight increase in shedding come October and November, there is generally no cause for concern. However, if you notice excessive shedding, bald patches, or scalp discomfort, it may be time to see a doctor as other factors could be at play.

Excessive shedding can be caused by a variety of factors including increased or sudden stress, a shock to your hair or scalp, hormonal changes, illness, medications, and thyroid functions. In many cases, this type of hair loss is temporary; but it could lead to permanent damage if not properly diagnosed and treated.

Things you can do.

  • Take good care of your hair and scalp. Use hair care products that are formulated for your specific hair type and scalp health. For example, a dry scalp and hair may need gentle conditioners and less frequent washing. Fine, thin hair can use a boost from a volumizing shampoo. Oily hair will do better with lighter products that won’t weigh hair down. No matter your hair type or texture, limit heat styling and avoid chemical filled products.\
  • Consider your diet. Hair health and diet go hand in hand. If you’re experiencing unexplained thinning or loss, take a close look at the things you are (or aren’t) putting in your body. Nutrient deficiencies can encourage hair loss, so avoid crash diets that may restrict the vitamin and minerals your hair relies on to stay healthy and strong.

Are you experiencing more hair loss than you consider normal and is it starting to make you feel uncomfortable about your appearance? Then what you need are clear, decisive answers – the kind we routinely provide at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.