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.

To feel your best, you need to sustain a well-balanced diet, exercise, and get plenty of quality sleep. On the other hand, poor nutrition, a sedentary lifestyle, and lack of sleep can have detrimental side effects. You’ll know because your body has ways of letting you know.

Here are 6 common signs that you might have a vitamin and mineral deficiency. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or suspect you have a nutrient deficiency, see your doctor.

  1. Dry, brittle nails and hair. While generally rare, a biotin – or vitamin B7 – deficiency can cause brittle, splitting nails and hair, chronic fatigue, tingling in the hands and feet, and cramps. Those with digestive disorders like Crohn’s disease, heavy smokers and drinkers, and pregnant women are at the highest risk of developing a biotin deficiency. Some foods high in biotin are fish, meat, egg yolks, dairy, seeds, nuts, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and spinach.
  2. Cracks in the corner of the mouth and canker sores. While there are several causes of lesions in and around the mouth, one reason is an iron vitamin B deficiency. Balance your diet with more iron-rich foods such as meat, fish, poultry, dark leafy greens, and whole grains. To increase intake in riboflavin, thiamine, and pyridoxine, eat more eggs, dairy, legumes, nuts and seeds, as well as whole grains, meat, fish, and poultry.
  3. Sore, bleeding gums. If you’re sure you’re not being a little too rough with the toothbrush, a lack of vitamin C can be the cause of bleeding gums. Our bodies do not produce vitamin C on their own so the only way to maintain healthy levels is through food. Eating at least 2 pieces of fruit and 3-4 servings of veggies can ensure adequate levels of vitamin C.
  4. Poor night vision. A lack of vitamin A can lead to night vision problems and even white growths on the whites of your eyes. While vitamin A deficiency is rare, foods such as organic meats, eggs, dairy, orange and yellow veggies, fish, and dark leafy greens can help ensure adequate levels.
  5. Seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff. A nutrient-poor diet can lead to both skin conditions, including low levels of zinc and vitamins B3, B2, and B6. Consuming more meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, whole grains, starchy and green vegetables, seeds and nuts can help reduce symptoms.
  6. Hair thinning and loss. Up to 50% of adults will experience hair loss by age 50. And while several factors can lead to thinning or loss, a diet lacking some key nutrients can slow hair growth and cause hair to thin or fall out. These include iron, zinc, linoleic acid, and vitamins B, B3, and B7. Again, consuming foods such as fish, poultry, meat, eggs, dairy, colorful fruits and vegetables, seeds, nuts, and whole grains can help strengthen hair.

When time doesn’t allow or your taste buds object, don’t go without vitamin intake- go the vitamin aisle in your local pharmacy and stock up. Take each as prescribed, and make sure you inform your primary care physician.

Is vitamin deficiency about your hair loss? That’s just one of many questions we can answer for you during a free pre-treatment consultation at the DiStefano Hair Restoration location nearest you. Why not schedule now!

Turn on the TV or flip through a magazine and you’re bound to see an ad showcasing luscious, healthy hair and the products that can bring those results to life. It’s enough to give you a serious case of hair envy.

The truth is, hair comes in a variety of lengths, textures, colors, and thickness. Sometimes no amount of miracle product can change any of that in a meaningful way. To make matters worse, many people experience thinning hair which can further chip away at one’s self-esteem. Luckily, hair doesn’t thin overnight, which means with early detection you can pinpoint the cause of the thinning and determine the best course of action.

Here are 8 things you can do to improve overall hair health and possibly slow down the thinning process.

Increase your protein intake. Because hair is composed of protein, this nutrient is essential to maintain healthy, shiny, lustrous hair.

Check vitamin and iron levels. Low levels of vitamins D, B12, and iron could slow the rate at which your hair grows and, as such, cause thinning.

Listen to your body. Sudden hair thinning or loss could be an indication of a more serious condition. Consult your doctor to find out more.

Live a healthy lifestyle. Make sure you stay hydrated, get plenty of quality sleep, and exercise regularly. A healthy head of hair depends on it.

Check your stress level. Consistent or high levels of stress can contribute to hair thinning or loss. Take note of any major stressors in your life and find ways to alleviate them if possible. Consult a medical professional if you are having difficulty coping.

Take good care of your scalp. Is your scalp dry, flaky, or itchy? A healthy scalp is crucial to healthy hair. Perhaps yours needs hair products that exfoliate, moisturize, or condition. Consider adding a scalp massage into your routine to improve circulation and reduce stress.

Restore moisture. Over-washing your hair can rob it of natural oils, leaving it dry and brittle. Consider using a gentle conditioner to give your hair a much-needed break from heat styling and over processing.

Don’t put added stress on your hair. Tight ponytails and braids put strain on hair follicles that leads to breakage. Keep your hair loose and free as often as possible.

If, despite all your precautions, hair loss continues to spiral downward, take forward action and contact DiStefano for a free consultation. We’ll help you arrive at the treatment program that promises the best results, which may or may not include a transplant – but there’s only one sure way to find out. We look forward to seeing you.

In the past, if you suffered from sparse eyebrows, you had two primary

options. The first was to use a make-up pencil to fill in thinned-out areas. Then and now, that requires daily applications or after every shower. You also could  have a tattoo artist give you eyebrows – sort of. The first option is an inexpensive, very temporary fix at best. Eyebrow tattooing may be permanent, but neither solution yields natural-looking results.

So, what’s the answer? An eyebrow transplant – a permanent, natural-looking solution that delivers amazing results.

What is an eyebrow transplant?

Simply put, it’s a cosmetic procedure performed by a surgeon during which hair grafts are taken from a donor site (typically from the area above one’s ears) and transplanted into the brow area. By transferring hairs and follicles alike, new eyebrow hairs will grow once the transplanted hairs fall out.

In many ways, the procedure is like a traditional hair transplant.  The patient is given a general anesthetic. The surgeon then makes a small incision at the donor site and the recipient site. The entire procedure takes about 3 hours and recovery is relatively quick, you should begin to see the transplanted hairs fall out after a few weeks, with new hairs growing in over the next few months. You may be advised to avoid vigorous activities for up to 3 weeks post-surgery.

Is it right for me?

As with any surgical procedure, you should consult your doctor to discuss risks associated with the surgery and any possible complications. Be sure to fully disclose underlying health conditions you have now or have experienced in the past, as well as any medications and supplements you may be taking.

While generally very safe, an eyebrow transplant may not be a viable option if you have any of the following:

  • A history of complications related to cosmetic surgery.
  • A bleeding disorder.
  • Alopecia areata – a skin disorder characterized by bald spots in various parts of the body.
  • Trichotillomania – a mental disorder that involves recurrent, irresistible urges to pull out hair from one’s body.

Eyebrow transplants are part of our total package of hair restoration solutions for men and women alike. To learn more, request your free consultation today.

 

There are several factors that influence hair loss, like genetics, age, nutrient deficiencies, hormones, illness, and more. Most of these we can’t do much about. Yet there is something you can control to improve your hair’s health and appearance, and that’s changing your diet. Sure, baldness runs in your family, so an apple a day won’t keep hair loss away. But you certainly don’t want to make things worse by consuming the wrong foods.

With so much attention given to foods that promote hair health, like nuts and seeds, salmon, spinach, and lean poultry, we thought it would be equally helpful to list foods that can cause damage and discourage growth. Here are six to avoid.

Certain Fish

The Omega-3 in fish like salmon is a great nutrient for hair health. But the fish to avoid are those that carry mercury, like swordfish, some tuna, and king mackerel. The rule of thumb (with exceptions) is the bigger the fish, the higher the level of mercury. Mercury is a heavy metal that if consumed in high quantities can be harmful to humans and lead to hair loss.

Starchy, Refined Grains

White bread, pastries, cakes, white pasta, and other over-processed refined starches are converted by our bodies to sugar, which in excess can cause hair to thin. If you must have your pasta or bagel, stick to whole grain or whole wheat.

Sugar

Stay away from sugar and foods that have added sugar. You’d be surprised at the variety of foods that have high amounts of added sugar, like jarred pasta sauce, canned soup, low-fat yogurt, and ketchup.

Artificial Sweeteners

Think your sweetener is a better alternative? Think again. Aspartame consumed in excess can lead to hair thinning and loss. Stay away from diet sodas and read the labels of sugar-free packaged foods carefully. Satisfy your sweet tooth with natural sweeteners like honey.

Fast Food

Anything that’s not good for your overall health is probably not great for hair health, either. The same greasy fried food that clogs your pours and causes breakouts can leave your scalp greasy while clogging pores and causing hair loss.

Alcohol

Overall alcohol has zero nutritional benefit (aside from the commonly recommended glass of red wine), so it really isn’t doing your hair any favors. What’s more, alcohol reduces zinc levels in our bodies. Zinc is essential for hair health and growth. Alcohol also dehydrates the body which can make your hair dry and brittle.

Do we see a change of diet in your future, or are you already seeing the effects of food selection on the amount and quality of your hair? If the mirror isn’t being kind to you, contact DiStefano today and we’ll explain how we can turn hair loss to hair gain via transplant. Be sure to register for a free consultation.

 

Wavy, curly, or stick straight, long, short, or somewhere in between, hair is as unique as the person it belongs to. It’s found in countless colors, textures, and lengths, and goes through a variety of changes during a person’s lifetime.

Think you know everything there is to know about your hair? Think again. Here are 15 interesting facts about the hair growing on top of your head.

  • Hair is the second fastest growing tissue in the human body – bone marrow comes in first.
  • A healthy strand of hair can stretch up to 30 percent of its length when wet.
  • Black is the most common color in the world whereas red exists in only about 1 percent of the world’s population.
  • Hair has an average lifespan of about 5 years, and 90 precent of it is growing at one time while the other 10 percent is at rest.
  • By the time we are 5 months old in the womb, all hair follicles are formed.
  • Hair was used to help absorb oil from the 2007 Cusco Busan oil spill in the San Francisco Bay
  • About 95 percent of our skin is covered in hair. In fact, the only places hair can’t grow is on your lips, the palms of your hands, soles of your feet, and mucous membranes.
  • Crash dieting can cause temporary hair loss.
  • A single strand of healthy hair can support up to 6.5 pounds of weight.
  • A strand of hair is stronger than a copper wire of the same diameter.
  • If a man never shaved his beard, it would grow to over 30 feet in length.
  • In the 1950s, approximately 7 percent of women dyed their hair. Today, it’s about 75 percent.
  • During the Victorian Era, people made pendants, brooches, and other jewelry from the hair of deceased loved ones.
  • A lack of B vitamins – B12 especially – can speed up the greying process.
  • Hair contains info on everything that’s been in your blood stream, including medicine, drugs, vitamins, and minerals. The only thing that can’t be identified by hair is a person’s gender.

And now for a disturbing hair fact that impacts men and women alike – you can lose all or some of it. Then again, you already knew that. What you may not know is that DiStefano offers multiple hair transplant solutions to give you back your more youthful appearance and a greater sense of self-confidence.  Contact us today for a free initial consultation – and yes, we treat men and women.

 

Ladies, sad to say, but your gender doesn’t spare you the potential for partial or total balding. If it’s happening to you even a little at a time, but you probably want to shout, “No fair!” loud enough to make it stop!

If only things were that simple. Then again, let’s not assume that a problem exists before dig in a little deeper. For example, it’s natural for you to lose between 50 and 100 hairs each day as old hair makes room for new, healthy hair. This process is completely normal and often goes unnoticed.

But if the rate of hair loss has you concerned – even if it’s within the range of normal – any of the following could be a factor.

Genetics. Hereditary hair loss in women is typically concentrated at the crown of the head, becoming especially noticeable along the hair part. While this type of hair loss is one that you can’t control or prevent entirely, early detection and treatment can slow the process and make hair appear fuller.

Childbirth. Most women notice rapid hair growth during pregnancy due to the surge of hormones. Once estrogen levels go back to normal, hair resumes its natural cycle and starts to shed the hair that has accumulated over the previous 9 months. This type of hair loss is called telogen effluvium and can occur after any major life event. The good news is – it’s a temporary condition.

Birth Control. Stopping, starting, or changing hormonal contraception can cause hair to shed at a faster clip. Again, once hormone levels return to normal, the excessive shedding should subside.

Nutritional Deficiency. Individuals who aren’t getting enough zinc, iron, protein, and vitamin B3 in their diets may experience greater-than-normal hair loss. Ask your doctor to have blood work done so you can confirm or erase the possibility.

Medications. Certain medications, like those used to treat cancer and manage arthritis, high blood pressure, and depression, can cause chronic hair shedding. If you think your medication may be the culprit, consult your doctor. Sometimes an alternative can be prescribed that doesn’t include this side effect.

Stress or Trauma. Life altering experiences such as a divorce, death of a loved one, hospitalization, etc., can cause hair to stop growing temporarily as your body focuses on getting through this stressful time. Once your emotional recovery kicks into gear, the hair loss problem should go away on its own.

Hairstyles. Traction alopecia occurs when hair is repeatedly pulled, like in a tight braid or ponytail. It results in a thinning of the hairline over time and can become permanent if the hair follicles are severely damaged. Avoid hairstyles that pull your hair and choose scrunchies over elastic bands.

Over-styling. Thermal damage to hair from frequent heat styling, repeated use of harsh chemicals, coloring, chemical straightening, relaxing, or curling, and even aggressive brushing can damage hair shafts and cause hair to break easily. Prevent damage by taking breaks from over-styling, use more gentle haircare techniques, and choose soothing hair products that hydrate and protect the hair and scalp.

Only you know what constitutes an acceptable level of hair loss. So, if your patience is gone and your brush more choked with hair than ever, it’s time to schedule a free consultation with DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. With five locations in Southern New England, we’re bound to be close by.

 

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.