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.

You enjoy wearing dark clothes. Black and dark blue suits, chocolate brown hoodies, dark grey team sport shirts. Darks just seem to be “you.”Dandruff or Dryscalp?

Nice fashion statement, but there’s just one problem. Nothing highlights dandruff like dark suits and tops, and no matter what you do or which anti-dandruff shampoo you try, it’s not getting better.  Talk about frustrating – after all, who wants to go through life with perpetual dandruff.

And then one day – today, in fact – you read a blog that tells you maybe all that flakiness isn’t dandruff after all. Maybe the problem is a dry scalp.

While both conditions have the same main symptoms, they are very different in nature, and require different treatments.

Is it dandruff or dry scalp?

Too little moisture dries out your scalp. Simple enough. From there, your scalp becomes irritated, thus causing skin to flake and shed. If your scalp is dry, skin on other areas of your body may be as well. Dandruff, conversely, is caused by excess oil which causes skin cells to build up and, overtime, shed – or flake off.

Symptoms and causes

Symptoms of dandruff include:

  • Oily, large flakes yellow-to-white in color
  • Oily, red, scaly skin
  • Itchy scalp

Symptoms of dry scalp include:

  • Smaller, dry flakes
  • Dry skin on other areas of the body
  • Itchy scalp

Dandruff is caused by a condition known as seborrheic dermatitis, where the skin turns oily, red, and scaly, resulting in yellow or white flakes called dandruff. This condition is not limited to the scalp. In fact, you can get it anywhere you have oil glands, like your groin, armpits, eyebrows, and along the sides of your nose. In many cases, a fungus called Malassezia triggers dandruff, which lives on the scalp and causes skin cells to multiply quicker than normal. It can be due to age, hormones, or stress.

Dry scalp is often triggered by cold, dry air, certain hair styling products that dry out the scalp out – like gel and hairspray – age, and contact dermatitis caused by a reaction to products often applied to the scalp.

Treatment

To treat mild dandruff, wash your hair daily with a gentle shampoo to help reduce the amount of oil that builds up on your scalp. For more severe cases, try a dandruff shampoo. Most contain ingredients that kill the fungus and remove flaky skin.

For dry scalp, wash with a gentle shampoo and moisturizing conditioner. Avoid products that contain harsh chemicals like alcohol or bleach which can dry out the scalp. Wash hair a maximum of two to three times a week as frequent washing can strip the hair and scalp of its natural oils.

And then there’s even a bigger curse – premature balding. Then, it doesn’t matter what you wear because hair loss knows no color boundaries. Are you under-thrilled about your partially bald head? Then contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center for what could turn out to be a completely satisfactory solution. Click here to schedule your free consultation.

So, you’ve decided to embark on a weight loss journey; a step towards making significant changes that will benefit your health and appearance. And while your goal is to lose weight, you certainly don’t want to sacrifice your hair along the way.

Yet the fact remains that weight loss can lead to hair loss, especially if the weight loss occurs at a rapid pace.

Why do some people lose their hair during weight loss?

On average, hair grows about half an inch per month during what is called the anagen phase. This phase can last 2 – 5 years (people of Asian descent can remain in anagen for up to 7 years), until the hair enters the catagen phase – a short transition that signals the end of active growth of a hair while it converts to “club hair”. During this process, the hair is cut off from its blood supply along with the cells that produce new hair. Once that process is completed, hair enters the telogen, or resting, phase, which lasts approximately three months. During this time, hair strands remain in their follicles but are not actively growing. On average, 50 to 100 hairs are shed each day from a normal scalp, which allows the cycle to start anew.

When a body undergoes a shock to its system, such as illness, childbirth, menopause, and yes – weight loss – it can send a higher percentage of hair into the telogen phase, which means the number of hair follicles producing hair is greatly reduced. This results in excessive shedding and can occur all over your scalp but typically is noticed in areas already predisposed to thinning or balding, like the top of the head.

How can hair loss be prevented while losing weight?

Whenever possible, individuals undergoing weight loss should attempt to do so slowly while monitoring their diet to ensure they are getting the vital nutrients needed to fuel their bodies. So, while a crash diet might get you the weight loss results you seek, it may do so at the cost of good nutrition which can have negative effects on your overall health, including hair. In fact, some going through the weight loss process may require medical supervision to monitor any adverse side effects as they arise.

Weight loss advocate or not, if you’ve already lost enough hair to cause you concern and consider a hair transplant, come talk to the medical team at DiStefano Hair Transplant Center with five locations in Southern New England. Click here to schedule your free consultation today.

Frigid temps, blustery winds, and dry indoor air can do a number on your hair, drying out the scalp and making the most luscious of locks look flat and dull. And while moving south for the winter might not be an option for you, there still are ways you can outwit the elements. Here are 10 tips to weather-proof your hair.

  • Wash your hair two to three times a week to lock in natural oils and prevent it from drying out. Less frequent washing means less heat styling, too, which is harsh on hair.
  • If you must heat-style, use a good quality, heat protecting spray to minimize the damage done by blow dryers, curling irons, etc.
  • Avoid long, hot showers. This might seem counterintuitive during cold weather months, but hot steamy showers strip hair, skin, and scalps of essential moisture. Keep showers short and sweet using mid-to-lukewarm water.
  • Use a moisturizing conditioner that contains fatty acids and humectants that help attract and retain moisture.
  • Avoid hair products with sulphate. This common ingredient also strips hair of its natural oils and can lead to damage. Look for products with as few chemical ingredients as possible.
  • Wear a hat to protect your hair and scalp from the elements. To tame static and frizz from hats and scarves, use a frizz control spray and keep a bottle of dry shampoo handy to liven up flat roots. If you have curly hair, try a silk-lined hat to prevent breakage.
  • Use argan oil on especially cold days to instantly moisturize your hair. Choose a product specifically formulated for your hair type.
  • Get regular haircuts and trims during the winter months to get rid of dry, split ends and keep hair healthy.
  • Nourish your hair from the inside out with a diet that includes plenty of vitamins A, C, E, omega 3s, iron, and selenium.
  • Keep indoor humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent. Dry indoor air can dehydrate scalps, hair, skin, and nails. Invest in a humidifier to help replace some of the moisture lost when a home has forced air heat.

The healthier your hair, the happier you’ll be – whether you’ve had a hair transplant or not. If you’re investigating the possibility of a transplant, we can help answer all your questions and then some. Just contact us for a free initial consultation so we can explore the possibilities together.

As you age, it’s common to notice changes in the thickness, texture, and color of your hair. But that doesn’t mean you should feel happy about it, especially if you can’t think of any reason why.  Here are some factors that most often to blame on your bad luck:

  • Age – Both men and women start losing hair after the age of 30 – it’s a natural process, one that could start before you turn 30.
  • Gender – Pattern baldness is more common in men than in women. Pattern hair primarily affects the top and front of the scalp.
  • Hormones – The more testosterone one has in their system, the more likely they are to lose existing hair and fail to re-grow new hair.
  • Genetics – Your gene make-up plays a major role in your ability to regrow hair lost due to natural shedding.
  • Illness and Medication – Certain illnesses, treatments, and medications can also cause hair to fall out or not regrow as quickly as you would expect.
  • Styling – Heat styling, coloring, and even brushing all can cause hair loss.

What about stress?

A certain amount of stress not only is common, it’s unavoidable. The demands of work, home, and family at times can seem overwhelming; but, if properly managed, can keep hair loss at bay. On the flip side, prolonged, excessive physical or emotional stress can result in two types of hair loss:

  • Alopecia areata: Hair falls out often in patches and sometimes includes body hair. This condition is caused by a white blood cell attack on the hair follicles and, while hair may grow back on its own, treatment may be required.
  • Telogen effluvium: This is a less severe and more common type of hair loss where hair stops growing for a while, falls out approximately 3 months later, only to grow back within 6 to nine months.

Tips to Relieve Stress

While you can’t entirely prevent or avoid stress, you can learn to minimize the amount of stress your experience while better managing existing stress levels. Try one or more of these measures to discover what works best for you:

  • Get regular exercise and plenty of restful sleep
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Try deep breathing exercises when faced with a stressful situation
  • Take the best possible care of yourself
  • Surround yourself with people who successfully manage their own stress and whose positive attitudes have a way of rubbing off

Aromatherapy also is widely used for stress relief. It involves using plant extract extracts – called essential oils – to inhale or rub on your skin. Using essential oils while getting a massage can be the ultimate stress relief experience.

Lastly, meditation might be the most popular form of stress relief and management. By learning to calm your body and mind, your physical and emotional stress can melt away. This leaves you feeling better, refreshed, and ready to face the challenges of your day with a healthy attitude. With regular practice over weeks or months, you can experience even greater benefits.

Are there any guaranteed ways to stop hair loss? Unfortunately, no. But with a successful hair transplant, you can feel worlds better about yourself while restoring your natural and more youthful appearance. Contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Hair Center today and let the restoration process begin.

When most people choose a place to live, they often consider factors like proximity to school or work, urban versus suburban setting and, of course, budget. Water quality – including the presence of a well or city supply – should be equally high on the list of priorities.

That’s because hard water conditions, if they exist at all, can greatly affect your water using appliances, a detergent’s ability to thoroughly clean clothing and dishes, and even the color, texture, and health of your hair. Here’s how.

What is hard water?

Water hardness refers to the level of certain minerals (magnesium and calcium in particular) in your water supply. If the levels are too high, filmy mineral deposits can form on your bath and shower fixtures, soap scum on shower doors, and scaly build-up in water using appliances. Hard water also forces you to use more soap or detergent to get things thoroughly clean, including your hair.

This excess use of shampoo combined with mineral build-up common with hard water can strip away your hair’s natural oils, cause color fading and dryness, thus making your hair look and feel lifeless and more prone to breakage.

What is soft water?

Soft water has a low concentration of magnesium and calcium, which can make water taste a bit salty. And yet soft water can have the opposite effect of hard water by over sudsing your clothes, body and hair and leaving you’re your feel oily, weighed down, and limp.

What can I do?

Hard Water Care

  • Purchase a shower head with a built-in water filter or consider having a whole-house water softener installed in your home.
  • Wash with a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove mineral build-up.
  • Use a natural rinse like apple cider vinegar.
  • Apply a leave-in conditioner once a week.

Soft Water Care

  • Use a light yet volumizing shampoo and conditioner.
  • Avoid applying styling creams to the roots of your hair
  • Reduce oiliness by rinsing hair with a mixture of ¼ cup fresh lemon juice and 1 cup warm water. Note that this can lighten your hair.
  • Add volume to longer hair by blow drying with a round brush.

Taking care of and maintaining great hair is a never-ending battle. But once you have your armada in place, you’ll find the sailing much smoother with victory assured. If, on the other hand, the hair you have left feels fine but there’s just not enough of it, contact us today for a free consultation on how we can return you to the days of full, beautiful hair.

The average person’s hair grows about half an inch per month, or roughly 6 inches each year. Yet the rate at which hair grows is largely dependent on such factors as genetics, age, health, hormonal fluctuations, and diet.

While you can’t do much to change things like genetics and age (try as we might), you can control your diet, which can also help improve your health.

Eating a balanced diet with the right mix of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients not only can improve the health and strength of your hair but can slow down hair thinning and loss.

Here are 10 super foods to eat for strong, beautiful, and healthy hair.

  • Eggs are a great source of protein, biotin, zinc, selenium, and a slew of other hair-healthy nutrients.
  • Berries. Loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C that can promote hair growth. Additionally, vitamin C helps the body absorb iron and aids in collagen production; two factors that promote hair health.
  • Spinach contains iron, folate, vitamins A and C, all of which are necessary for healthy hair.
  • Fatty Fish. Salmon, mackerel, herring, and other fatty fish are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to improved hair density and growth.
  • Sweet potatoes. A great source of beta carotene which the body converts to vitamin A. In addition to its own benefits, vitamin A helps with sebum production, another ingredient to healthier hair.
  • Avacados. These healthy fats are an excellent source of vitamin E which is an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals. Vitamin E also protects skin, including the scalp, from oxidative stress and damage.
  • Nuts. This tasty and convenient snack contains vitamins E, B, zinc, and essential fatty acids.
  • Seeds. Sunflower, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and others deliver a powerful punch of nutrients and vitamins (like vitamins B and E, selenium, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids) with relatively few calories.
  • Beans are an excellent plant-based source of protein, zinc, biotin, iron, and folate. What’s more, they are inexpensive and extremely versatile.
  • Oysters. One of the best sources of zinc which helps support hair growth and the repair cycle.

What’s good for your hair is also good for your body and mind. If, on the other hand, your hair already is thinning or you’re partially bald, why not schedule a free consultation with the medical team here at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. We’ll have you feeling better about yourself in no time.