Anyone’s hair can feel dry at some point. Perhaps you’ve been relying too much on heat styling or are using the wrong hair care products. But if left untreated, dry hair can become brittle, causing it to fray or break easily. In most cases, the condition can be treated with the consistent right care and a few simple lifestyle changes.

So, if you notice your hair isn’t as soft and healthy as it once was, here’s how to reverse the damage and, at the same time, prevent hair loss.

Dry Hair Defined

Healthy hair consists of two layers. Natural oils in the outer layer protect the inner layer, also reflecting light giving it a shiny appearance. But when hair doesn’t retain or get enough moisture, the outer layer breaks down causing hair to appear frizzy and dull. Dry hair can affect anyone but you’re more likely to develop it as you age.

Causes

Several factors can lead to dry hair, including:

  • Hair care products and habits – washing hair too often, frequent heat-styling, dying or chemical treatments, use of harsh products
  • Environmental conditions – hot and dry climate, a lot of time in the sun or on windy day, and frequent swimming in salty or chlorinated water
  • Physical health – malnutrition, hypoparathyroidism, hypothyroidism, Menkes syndrome, among others.

If your hair is severely dry and does not improve with changes to your hair care routine, consult your primary care doctor or dermatologist to pinpoint the underlying cause.

Treatment 

In many cases, dry hair can be treated with lifestyle and hair care adjustments, including the following:

  • Don’t wash your hair daily but do condition it with a hydrating condition every time you wash.
  • Use a moisturizing shampoo, conditioner, and other hair products formulated for you hair type.
  • Avoid chemical hair treatments and take breaks between hair coloring.
  • Do keep up with regular cuts and trims to help keep split ends away.
  • Avoid frequent heat styling.
  • Protect your hair from heat and sun exposure
  • Wear a bathing cap when swimming in chlorinated or salty water.

On the plus side, your hair can’t be dry if you don’t have any. And yet, on the flip side, consistently dry hair can lead to hair loss. So yes, do take care to treat your hair with TLC. But if yours already is damaged and thinning, don’t wait another day before contacting DiStefano Hair Restoration Center for a free restoration so we can explore one or more paths to replace what’s missing.

 

Whether recreational or medicinal, there is vast scientific and anecdotal evidence suggesting that marijuana has anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, and anti-cancer properties. Cannabis (in various forms) can also be used to provide relief to adults suffering from chronic pain, seizures, muscle spasms, and glaucoma.

As for the impact on hair, some regular smokers claim that it thickens their hair while others report no significant changes, positive or negative. On the other hand, one can find evidence to suggest that marijuana use sometimes triggers hair loss. The truth is, people have vastly different physiological and emotional responses to marijuana, including how hair follicles respond to it.

Physiological Effects  

Marijuana contains over one hundred chemicals called cannabinoids, with the two best known being THC and CBD. They are similar to a class of chemicals the human body naturally produces called endocannabinoids that attach to receptors in various organs, including hair follicles. The THC in marijuana attaches to these receptors in a similar fashion and, in doing so, can inhibit the growth of the human hair follicle, according to a 2007 study conducted by the University of Debrecen. This means that cannabinoids can inhibit proper development and growth of the hair shaft, thus inducing hair loss.

Lifestyle Effects 

Cortisol, a hormone produced naturally within the human body during periods of stress, is known to affect the function and cyclic regulation of the hair follicle. Contrary to popular belief, THC can increase cortisol levels in the body. This can trigger telogen effluvium, an acute form of hair loss that occurs when hair follicles enter the telogen phase of the cycle prematurely.

Frequent cannabis use also can lead to poor nutritional choices. A diet lacking in essential vitamins and minerals can lead to poor hair health, including dryness, breakage, and even thinning or loss.

What You Can Do

If you suspect that marijuana is having a negative impact on your hair, here are some steps you can take.

  • Decrease your usage. Stopping entirely may be a sound option for some, but if you are using cannabis to treat a medical condition, try reducing usage low enough to erase any negative impact on hair quality but not at risk of worsening your medical symptoms.
  • Consume it differently. Most of the negative effects caused by cannabis are believed to be related to the harmful chemicals released during combustion. Consider edibles or oils instead but be careful not to overdo it.
  • Consume more foods rich in vitamins A, B, C, and D, iron, niacin, calcium, magnesium, and more. Doing so can help curb junk food cravings commonly associated with marijuana use.
  • Find the root cause of hair thinning or loss. While marijuana can contribute to hair loss in some, it is often not the main factor. Speak to your health care professional to identify the type of hair loss you are experiencing, determine the cause, and discuss treatment options.

Whatever may be causing your hair to thin or fall out, DiStefano Hair Restoration Center is here to help. We offer numerous treatment options, where one or more can quite possibly work for you. How to find out? Contact us today for a free consultation with our expert and experienced medical team.

For many, hair is more than just something to wash, dry, and brush.  It’s an important part of our physical appearance – one that can impact not only how we feel about ourselves but how others see and treat us.

Hair can look, feel, and behave differently depending on the season, weather, and our age.  In short, hair is a complex characteristic that, try as we might, is not always easy to understand or manage.

But that doesn’t mean we stop trying. Follow along as we answer some of the most common hair questions.

Can My Hair Fall Out from Over-Styling?

Hair that is treated poorly, regularly exposed to harsh chemical-based products and styling methods, or consistently heat-styled can become dry, brittle, and damaged.  As such, take frequent breaks from such methods and invest in hair care products that nourish your hair and scalp.  At the same time, consume foods that contain essential nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, protein, biotin, zinc, and iron.  In most cases, hair damaged by over-styling can be healthy and beautiful once again.

Am I Shedding Too Much Hair?

The average person sheds 50 to 100 strands of hair per day, most of which you don’t even notice.  This shedding is a normal and healthy part of the hair growth cycle. However, if you notice a sudden increase in shedding, are losing clumps of hair, or notice thinning or bald spots, it could be caused by stress, a nutrient deficiency or disorder, medicinal interference, or some other condition.  Consult your doctor to determine the cause and, if so advised, explore treatment options.

What Can Make Hair Grow Faster?

Perhaps you’re tired of the pixie cut and wish you had your long, flowing locks back. Is there anything you can do to speed up the growing process? The short answer is no. However, you can take steps to encourage hair growth by eating plenty of nutritious foods, drinking enough water, and getting quality sleep. You also can try using hair products formulated with zinc and biotin.  Avoid harsh chemicals and styling techniques which can damage hair and cause it to break. And while it may seem counter-productive, keep up with regular trims to ward off split ends and keep your hair healthy.

Can I Prevent Male Pattern Baldness?

You’ve seen the adds on TV and in magazines – products promising to reduce your risk of a receding hairline with some even claiming to regrow hair.  The bad news is that male pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, is a hereditary condition that makes some individuals predisposed to balding. In some instances, male pattern baldness can be caused by a hormonal imbalance.  Once again, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is crucial to hair health, but there’s no guarantee that strategy will bear fruit.  So what’s the good news?  There are a variety of treatment options to help you maintain the hair you have and prevent further loss. Speak with a trusted hair loss professional to learn what treatment or therapy might be right for you.

Speaking of trusted hair loss professionals, welcome to DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. We’ve helped thousands of patients throughout Southern New England regain the full head of natural looking hair, and now we can do the same for you.  The same goes for beards and eyebrows. To learn more, contact us today for a free consultation.

When you look in the mirror, do you like that you see?  Sure, maybe you’d like to do something about those crow’s feet or sunspots.  Or perhaps you wish you’d like to stretch yourself another inch or two in height.  But overall, you’re pleased with the person looking back at you.

Yet for those suffering for hair loss, seeing a receding hair line, bald spot, or overall loss of volume can have negative effects on their self-esteem, and inserting a downer into their social and professional lives.

If you’re dreading mirror time even a little, and thinning hair is at least part of the reason, then you’ll want to move forward a step at a time.  Step one? Finding that one medical team you trust completely and feel most comfortable with.

Choosing the Right Hair Transplant Surgeon

Did you know that just about any licensed physician can perform a hair transplant?  But being able doesn’t always mean “should do.” So, when choosing a hair transplant surgeon, look for one who has gone through rigorous training, passed board exams, and held at least one recognized medical residency.  To avoid the hair-plugged look from decades past, your doctor should be up to date and experienced in the latest hair restoration treatments and techniques a doctor who can explain all treatment options and recommend one that will deliver the best possible results for your specific situation.

Are You an Ideal Candidate?

An experienced hair transplant doctor will thoroughly assess your scalp to determine whether you are a candidate for surgery in one of two ways.

  • Determine whether you have enough hair on your scalp to use as donor hair. Your surgeon will need to harvest enough hair from an area on your scalp, usually the back, to naturally fill in the area where you’re experiencing hair thinning or loss. You also need to be able to successfully grow hair in the area that will receive the harvested follicles.  A qualified surgeon can determine whether you meet these criteria.
  • Investigate the cause of your hair loss. Hair transplant surgery may not work on individuals who have certain medical conditions.  Your doctor will want to discuss your medical history and may want to order blood work to determine if surgery is a viable option.

Recovery and Results

When performed properly and by an experienced surgeon, hair transplants are virtually pain-free.  While they take several hours to complete perform and require an incredible amount of knowledge and skill, these out-patient procedures require very little down time.  Your doctor should also provide you with detailed instructions to help you recover as quickly and pain-free as possible.  Don’t be afraid to ask for and check education and certifications, and always request to see before and after photos.

Comfort is Key

Discussing hair loss can be uncomfortable, but you need to have an open dialogue with your transplant physician about the process, your concerns, and the results you can realistically expect.  If you feel rushed, judged, or otherwise uncomfortable with the doctor or support staff during your initial consultation, they’re probably not the right practice for you.

Then again, DiStefano probably is – the right hair transplant medical practice, that is.  Job number one for us is making you not just feel comfortable, but fully confident that you’re in highly capable and experienced hands.  And yes, we will answer all your questions and give you all the input you need to make a wise and satisfying decision.  So, take that important next step and contact us today for a free consultation.

If you’re health and weight conscious, you’re no stranger to the bathroom scale. But where in your home do you keep your Ludwig Scale.

Aha, you don’t, because as something to stand on or measure anything concrete, there’s no such thing. Nonetheless, the Ludwig Scale is very real and the most accurate way to determine the extent o! female baldness.

The scale is widely used to identify the severity of hair loss and to determine the best course of action. The basis of the Ludwig Scale is that there are three types of female pattern baldness, with type 1 indicating initial signs of balding and type 3 representing the most severe cases. While it’s helpful in identifying potential signs of female pattern baldness, you’ll want to meet with the medical team at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center to obtain a more accurate and complete analysis.

Type 1 Hair Loss

Type 1 is represented by a thinning crown or thinning at the top of the head. Some women notice a slight widening of the hair part. In general, this stage can be difficult to notice because unlike men, women don’t lose hair at the front of their heads.

Type 2

During a Type 2 phase, more scalp is starting to show with significant hair loss on the top of the head or crown. This is considered moderate hair loss. Hair will start to look and feel thinner, and you may notice increased shedding as well. Hair may not style the way it used to as it loses volume. You may also notice a more prominent widening of your hair part.

Type 3

The most severe type of hair loss, Type 3 is signified by hair that is so thin it no longer fully conceals the scalp.

Signs of Balding

The good news is that female hair loss is not as common; more women will experience hair thinning vs. total loss. The same cannot be said of men. Noticing the first signs of hair loss is crucial to preventing a worsening of the problem. Consult your healthcare professional if you notice any of the following early signs of balding:

  • An increase in hair on your pillow, hairbrush, or on the shower floor after a shampoo
  • Widening of the hair part
  • Overall thinning and loss of volume
  • Bald spots that are patchy or circular

While hair loss can be hereditary, some women experience temporary thinning or loss due to a physical or emotional trauma, illness or medications, hormonal changes, and more.

Receding Hairline

While not as common in women as men, a receding hairline (bitemporal recession) can occur due to genetics or an underlying health condition. There are a variety of treatment options for help restore the hairline.

Traction Alopecia is a type of hair loss associated with repeated stress on the scalp from harsh styling techniques or consistently tight hairstyles that cause stress and damage to the hair follicles. Consider changing your hair care and styling routine, avoiding tight ponytails and rough brushing.

If you’re a woman experiencing hair loss, where do you think you fit on the Ludwig Scale? Wherever that might be, don’t lose another minute before contacting DiStefano Hair Restoration Center for a free consultation. We’re here to make you proud to display your hair – every last strand – at work, home, or play.

 

If you’ve found your way to this blog, you might be experiencing hair thinning or loss and wondering if hair transplant surgery is right for you.

Well, you’re in the right place to get at least some of the answers you seek. Because here we discuss some factors that must be present to proceed or, on the other hand, might prevent you from moving forward with a hair transplant – at least temporarily.

The first thing worth mentioning is that there are a variety of reasons an individual might consider hair restoration, including bald spots, receding hairlines, thinning mustaches, beards, and eyebrows, and even facial or scalp scars. It’s best to consult a trusted surgeon to see what options are available for your specific hair need.

Age

While there is no age limit on hair transplants, the ideal candidate is between 25 and 65 years old. Those younger than 25 experiencing hair loss might be dealing with other health-related issues that can be resolved with medication or lifestyle changes. Patients over 65, on the other hand, tend to have significantly thinner hair and may not have enough to transplant.

Type of Hair Loss

Not all types of hair loss or thinning are the same. Those suffering from alopecia, for example, may not have hair follicles healthy enough for a successful transplant. The most suitable candidates are those experiencing pattern baldness, a condition that only affect parts of the scalp, leaving plenty of healthy donor hair for extraction.

Hair Loss Classification

There are two main factors to consider when assessing hair loss – severity and quality/quantity of donor hair available. If there is not a sufficient supply of healthy hair follicles or the amount of loss exceeds the amount of available donor hair, the transplant will likely not be successful.

Your Overall Health

Pre-surgery good health is essential to reducing the risk of complications and will help you heal more quickly. As such, patients with long-term health conditions or complications should consult their doctor before undergoing this or any other surgical procedure. Keep in mind that certain medications, such as blood thinners, may also interfere with the results and recovery time.

Expectations and Post-Procedure Care

It’s important to set realistic expectations. For example, depending on the extent of your hair loss, one procedure may not be enough. Additionally, while a hair transplant is an outpatient procedure that takes only a few hours to perform, you may not start seeing results for several months. Additionally, you must be able to commit to following your physician’s aftercare instructions to minimize discomfort, reduce the risk of infection, and reduce overall recovery time.

Are you thinking “So far, so good”? If so, then the next logical step is to contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center to schedule a free consultation. We’ll provide plenty of information while answering all your questions – both of which are essential to make the right decision.

 

As you age, hair loss becomes more probable and common.  One of its more common causes is genetics – if your father and your father’s father experienced hair loss, chances are you will, too. But genetics paints only a partial picture. For many, hair loss is caused by dihydrotestosterone (or DHT), a hormone that plays a role in puberty and helps men develop their adult male characteristics. Too much or too little of this hormone can lead to issues, including hair loss.

What Is DHT?

Dihydrotestosterone is a hormone made from testosterone and is present in both men and women, though men carry it in larger quantities. It’s responsible for masculine characteristics such as increased muscle mass, a deeper voice, and facial hair. While going through puberty, DHT is one of the primary forces between changes in men’s bodies. In adulthood the hormone can aid in maintaining fitness and sexual activity.

If one has too much DHT, however, it could contribute to an increased risk of prostate cancer and heart disease.

Hormone Imbalance and Hair Loss

While male pattern baldness is genetic, those who don’t have enough DHT are likely to suffer greater hair loss – even complete. Hair on the body grows from follicles tucked beneath the skin. An excess of DHT causes the follicles to shrink, making hair more prone to breakage, and increases the time it takes for hair to grow back.

DHT and Hair Loss in Women

Women typically have lower levels of DHT than men, but there is still a link between the hormone and female hair loss. Those with high levels can develop hair that is brittle, thin, and sheds easily. Though they may not develop bald spots, a woman’s head of hair can become thin, dry, and overall unhealthy in women.

Treating DHT-Related Hair Loss

There are several treatment options for DHT-related hair loss. For example, inhibitors can reduce the body’s production of DHT, allowing the shrunken follicles to widen and the hair to grow healthier at a more regular pace. Blockers are another form of treatment that, as the name implies, block DHT from binding to the receptors that cause follicles to shrink. Speak with your doctor to discuss possible treatment options and related side effects.

And, if you’re ready to discuss a hair transplant, regardless of the causes of your partial baldness, contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center today to schedule a free consultation. We’re here to help you understand your options and answer all your questions.

The short answer is “Yes, but not always.”

Hair thinning and loss can be triggered by several other factors, as well, including heredity, hormonal changes, physical and emotional trauma, sudden weight loss, and certain medications.

Various physical stressors can trigger a type of hair loss called Telogen Effluvium, where growing hair follicles go into their resting phase prematurely. Because telogen hair rests in the follicle for 2 to 3 months before being shed, it’s normal to not notice any significant changes until 2 to 3 months after the illness, major surgery, or serious infection that triggered the loss. You may also notice some loss of overall volume. For most people, hair will regrow over the next 6 to 12 months, provided the illness that precipitated hair loss is gone.

Does everyone experience hair loss after illness?

Some people may not be affected at all, some will notice drastic hair thinning or loss, while others will notice only subtle changes. It is not clear why some folks are more affected than others. Hair growth is a dynamic process that depends on biology, nutrition, lifestyle, and more. Plus, one’s reaction to an illness may be vastly different from another. One such example is when the health or growth of fingernails and

toenails become impaired due to illness, leading to a visible furrow across the nail.

What can I do?

If hair thinning or loss coincides with the onset of an illness, you may not need to see your physician if the symptoms are mild and barely noticeable. If, however, you experience significant thinning or loss and you’re unsure of the cause, consult your primary care doctor before waiting to see if conditions worsen.

Deficiencies of certain vitamins and minerals can slow down the hair regrowth process, so make sure to adopt a balanced, nutritious diet and consult your health professional before turning to supplements. A simple blood test can pinpoint any deficiencies.

Hair loss from any cause is cause for emotional concern, at the least. Here at DiStefano Hair Restoration, we urge you not to suffer in silence. Instead, contact us to discover if there’s a transplant option that restore your full head of hair, and when such a procedure might take place, especially in the wake of an illness. Your up-front consultation is free, so why not schedule your appointment today.

Age related hair loss can be difficult enough to accept, but when one starts losing hair during their teenage years it can be down-right devastating. Genetics, medical issues, hormonal changes, and nutrient deficiency are just some of the factors that can trigger sudden and severe hair loss among teens. But with early intervention the condition can be fully reversible.

Let’s examine some of the causes of teenage hair loss and the treatment options available.

The Early Signs & Symptoms

  • Gradually receding hairline
  • Patches or scaling on scalp
  • Above average or sudden hair loss
  • Clumps of hair on the pillow, comb, or brush
  • Bald patches
  • Thinning on the temples
  • Hair loss on the frontal scalp

Causes Of Teenage Hair Loss

While there are numerous reasons for hair loss among teenagers are varied, these are among the most common. Some conditions are gender-specific but most can occur in young men and women.

Male Pattern Baldness – Also known as androgenic alopecia, this is a common disorder among males that can start as early as the teen years. It often starts with a receding hair line and lack of hair on top of the head. Fortunately, it can be controlled if treated early.

Telogen Effluvium – Severe or sudden physical or emotional shock, like those from weight loss, surgery, pregnancy, and illness can lead to this temporary, reversible condition.

Alopecia Areata – This is an autoimmune disease where the immune system destroys healthy hair follicles. In most cases, the process begins with small, round bald batches on the scallop that gradually increase. It’s a condition most commonly affecting those below the age of 30.

Trichotillomania – This is a rare mental disorder that causes one to pull out their own hair, not just on the scalp but eyebrows, eye lashes, etc. Females are more likely to suffer from trichotillomania than males.

Ringworm – Ringworm is a fungal infection that inflames the skin and can lead to scarring, which can cause hair loss if not promptly and thoroughly treated.

Medication – Certain medications can contribute to hair loss, such as those for acne, antifungal treatments, antidepressants, blood pressure medication, or those prescribed to treat a severe infection.

Chemical Treatments – Harsh, chemical-based styling treatments like perming, bleaching, and straightening can dry hair out, damage the cuticle, and weaken the root.

Malnutrition – A diet lacking in vitamins A, C, D, E, iron, zinc, folic acid, biotin and many others can cause hair to thin or fall out.

Stress – Severe or prolonged stress can become a trigger point for hair loss at any age, including the teen years.

Managing and Treating Teenage Hair Loss

The right treatment options largely depend on the contributing factors. In many cases, reducing and managing stress, consuming a healthy, nutrient-dense diet, getting high quality and ample sleep, using products specifically formulated for your hair type, and avoiding harsh treatments and styling products can help immensely. Some may benefit from hair growth supplements – but consult your doctor before taking any.

Are you a teenager wondering “What’s up with this nonsense?” If so, take heart in that you’re not alone. Better yet, take heart knowing that DiStefano Hair Restoration Center can restore your natural appearance through a customized transplant procedure. We’re sure you have plenty of questions – just know we can answer them all and provide other information to help you make a great decision. One that you can happily and confidently live with indefinitely. Contact us today to schedule a Free consultation so together we can explore your options.

 

Sure, you pretty much know your hair type – straight, wavy, curly, or loaded with coils. But did you know that there are subtypes of these based on – for example – the tightness of the curls, or lack thereof? If you’re longing for healthy, voluminous hair, knowing your type and how to properly care for it is key.

Hair Type Defined

Hair type is determined by your individual curl pattern which is directly related to your hair follicles’ shape. Asymmetrical or oval follicles, for example, will result in hair that is curlier. At the same time, each of the four basic hair types has sub-categories.  Let’s have a look.

  1. Straight Hair

Hair that falls flat from roots to tips is categorized as straight. It is often silky and soft in texture, and void of curls. Because straight hair often has a high amount of oil secretion, it can look oily and flat if not properly cared for. Avoid using heavy serums and butters in your care routine, as well as over-washing which can lead to increased oil production on the scalp. Texture sprays and dry shampoos are best suited for this hair type. Straight hair is subdivided into the following:

Type 1A – Hair is extremely soft, shiny, and smooth, but lacks volume.

Type 1B – This hair type is slightly thicker and bouncier than 1A.

Type 1C – Hair that is thick and coarse.

  1. Wavy Hair

Wavy hair falls between straight and curly, with a slight curl pattern toward the ends of the hair. Use gels to define the curls, steering clear of cream or oil-based products that can flatten the waves. This hair type is subdivided into:

Type 2A – Hair that is thin with loose waves starting at eye level and directed toward the ends.

Type 2B – This type has medium thickness and curls starting at eye level, also headed toward the ends.

Type 2C – Hair that is thick and wavy, with S shaped curls beginning at the crown. 2C hair is prone to frizzing so use a diffuser when blow drying.

  1. Curly Hair

Curly hair has an S pattern and stays curly regardless of straightening processes.  This hair type is frizzy and prone to tangles, so take care when brushing or combing to retain its natural texture while avoiding breakage. Curly hair is subdivided into:

Type 3A – Has S shaped loose curls that form loose loops.

Type 3B – Slightly thicker than 3A and lacking in moisture, this type needs moisturizing ingredients like shea butter and aloe vera.

Type 3C – Curls that are tight and coil perfectly, this type benefits from a leave-in conditioner to moisturize and untangle.

  1. Coily Hair

This hair type follows a Z pattern and may seem coarse and rough. It has very tight curls and is prone to breakage. Coily hair is subdivided into:

Type 4A – Soft, delicate hair that requires a good amount of moisturization from deep conditioners, creams, butters, and oils.

Type 4B – This hair type may have a zig-zag pattern and tangles easily. Apply a leave-in conditioner to damp hair, and gently comb by separating it into sections to moisturize and remove tangles without breakage.

Type 4C – Defined by tight, fragile curls, 4C hair requires deep conditioning and gentle brushing to prevent damage.

At DiStefano Hair Restoration, we help put hair back on your head for the full natural look you want back – no matter what your hair type. We’ll also show you additional ways to take care of your transplanted hair from post-surgery on out.  Contact us today for a free consultation – and don’t forget to refer a friend or family who also could benefit from our medical procedures.