The average person has about 100,000 hairs on their scalp and loses about 100 each day without even noticing. In fact, many lose up to 50 percent of their hair before they even suspect a problem. If you’ve noticed some hair loss you may be wondering whether it’s a normal, a temporary part of the hair cycle, or an indication of things to come.

Though most men experience some loss as they age, the reality is that hair loss can occur for a variety of reasons at any age. Exactly when an individual will begin to shed scalp hair and just how much they can expect to lose depends largely on genetics.

Teenage Hair Loss

While uncommon, hair loss can begin as early as at age 15, coming on gradually with a thinning or receding hairline. Hair loss or thinning at such an early age can be especially difficult but, depending on the cause, it can be stopped and reversed. Consult your primary care doctor to determine if the hair loss is due to a nutrient deficiency, hormonal imbalance, illness, medications, or other contributing factors.

Hair Thinning or Loss in Your 20s

Male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) most often begins when a man reaches his mid to late 20s. This can have a significant negative impact on confidence, self-esteem, and one’s social life. Some people adjust by simply shaving their head while others find it the overall experience more challenging and difficult to accept. If you’re noticing signs of male pattern baldness in your twenties, talk to a hair restoration specialist to discuss preservation and treatment options.

Thirties and Beyond

By age 30, men have a 25 percent chance of experiencing some hair loss, and by age 50, 50 percent note at least some loss. Approximately two-thirds of 60-year-olds experience balding to some extent, if not complete. Yet, just because we expect to succumb to male pattern baldness as we age doesn’t make it any easier to bear.

Signs of Male Pattern Baldness

The most well-known categorization for hair loss in men is the Hamilton-Norwood classification system. It focuses on hair loss that can be seen in the following areas:

  • Temples – Hair starts to thin around the temples and on top of the back of the head, known as the vertex or crown.
  • Receding Hairline – Hair begins to thin and move back around the front of the head on the sides, making an M shape as the two sides recede faster than the middle. This is one of the most common types of male hair loss.
  • Top of the Head – You may notice thinning at the top years before baldness becomes visible.

The good news, for super optimists, is that neither women nor women are pre-disposed to losing other body parts, like hands, feet, kneecaps, and worse. But for good or ill, we are pre-disposed to lose hair. And yet, thanks to people like us, DiStefano Hair Restoration Center, hair loss doesn’t need to be permanent. Contact us today for a free consultation to discover how you can go through life – your whole life – with a full head of hair, even if you’re already lost some.

There are several things that can give away one’s age. For some it’s their taste in music and fashion. For others, they simply aren’t as nimble as they once were. For most, the number one give-away is greying hair.

If you’ve started to notice your hair is feeling drier, more brittle and frizzier as you age, you’re not alone. As our bodies change, so does our hair. And while there’s nothing you can do to prevent or reverse the aging process, learning why color and texture change as you grow older can help you better care for maturing hair. Here are the most common signs to look for.

Hair loses pigment and begins to grey.

As you get up there in years, your hair begins to lose melanin and protein, causing changes in color and texture and making hair more resistant to hair products. For most people, these changes are genetic, while for others they’re caused by stress, medication, illness, poor diet, and more. Deep conditioning and protein treatments can help hair retain its softness and allow it to better absorb hair care products.

Hair becomes dry, brittle, and breaks easily.

As hair loses protein – an essential building block – it becomes dry and prone to breakage. Your scalp also will slow down production of the oils that help give hair its shine. Following a healthy diet full of essential vitamins and nutrients and drinking lots of water can help keep hair strong, just as deep conditioning and protein treatments can. Chose treatments specifically formulated for your hair type.

Hair becomes thing and grow more slowly.

As hair ages, it stays in the Telogen – or resting – phase longer, which slows down the growth process. Some also notice that more of their scalp becomes visible. This may be the hardest change to accept. Again, staying hydrated, maintaining a healthy diet, and getting enough quality sleep can help, as can the addition of a multivitamin.

Caring for Ageing Hair

Changes in hair may call for changes in your hair care routine. Here are some things to try.

  • Ditch the bath towel and dry your hair with a gentle microfiber hair wrap to reduce the damage that a rough-textured towel can cause.
  • Keep up with regular cuts to prevent split ends; and try a cut and style that gives the illusion of more body and volume.
  • Use a smoothing or paddle brush and brush gently to minimize damage. Hair is particularly weak when wet so be extra gentle when styling after washing.
  • Stay away from heat styling products and always use a heat protecting product when you must use the blow dryer or curling iron.
  • Avoid harsh chemical treatments that can cause further damage and dry out your hair.
  • Speak to your doctor about vitamins or supplements that can help nourish your hair (along with skin and nails) from the inside out.

If your scalping is showing through your hair or hair loss is occurring in other ways that bother you, don’t sit still and just take it. Instead, pick up the phone and call DiStefano Hair Restoration to schedule a free consultation. We’re here to help you look your best and feel better about yourself – a hair transplant might be just what the doctor ordered.

Hair loss can affect people of all ages and races. In fact, an estimated 40 percent of men will experience noticeable loss by age 35 while 80 percent of women will see comparable results by age 60. However, some ethnic groups are more susceptible than others to hair loss and thinning. Let’s explore why.

Hair is commonly classified into three main ethnicities – African, Asian, and Caucasian – with variations and subsets within each group. Each category has specific differences that help provide an understanding of how hair loss and thinning varies from one group to the next.

African Hair

African hair is dense and curly. It is the second ethnic hair group most likely to experience hair loss while also having the slowest rate of growth. Unlike Caucasian men whose typical pattern of hair loss starts at the crown, men of African descent typically first experience frontal balding. Traction alopecia has become one of the biggest causes of hair loss for African women due to repeated pulling and weakening of hair follicles typically associated with weaves, extensions, and braids. Those of African descent are almost five times less likely to experience abnormal hair loss.

Asian Hair

Asian hair grows the fastest among ethnic groups. It is also significantly less dense because fewer hairs are grown per square centimeter. However, Asian hair often appears dense because the follicles are generally thicker. The combination of thick hair follicles and low hair density make hair loss in the Asian population more noticeable. Men of Asian descent first experience hair loss approximately 10 years later than other ethnic groups, while also experiencing the lowest rate of hair loss.

Caucasian Hair 

Caucasian hair grows slower than Asian hair but faster than African hair. It grows with a slight curve and produces a wider range of texture, from straight to curly, and has the highest density in terms of follicles per square centimeter. Caucasian men are most likely to experience hair loss than any other ethnic group and thinning hair often becomes more noticeable during their mid-thirties.

Not that there’s much – if anything – that you can do to alter these trends, but if you’re in the initial stages of hair loss, the information presented in this blog should at least give you so insight about the “why” and “when.”

More importantly, and no matter what your age or ethnic make-up, DiStefano can usually help restore lost or thinning hair. So, if you’re bothered by seeing more scalp than you would like, contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center today to schedule a free consultation. You’ll like what you’ll see and hear.

If you’re considering a hair transplant, of course you’re wondering how effective and natural looking the result will be. Isn’t that kind of the whole point

So, how long will it be until you can see noticeable results? Will your new blended hair – existing and transplanted – look and feel like it’s always been that way? And, what if you’re already greying but the transplanted hair is still pretty much its natural color

Well, you can rest easy knowing that transplanted hair behaves the same way as the hair that’s already in place. You can cut, color, and style the whole shebang in one process, not two. Conversely, let’s say none of your hair is grey at the time of the transplant. When one section starts greying, it all will.

Why hair turns grey 

A person’s hair color is determined by melanin. Our genetics determine how much melanin is present in our hair follicles. As we age, melanin production slows down and the hair shafts begin to lose their color, eventually turning grey or even white. While genetics primarily determine when someone will begin to go grey, it’s important to note that lifestyle also plays a role.

Will transplanted hair turn grey?

There are two main surgical hair transplant methods – Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Excision/Extraction (FUE). Both involve removing healthy hair follicles form an area of the head, typically the back of the scalp (donor area). The removed hair grafts are then carefully placed into tiny incisions in the recipient area. Because transplanted hair shares the same characteristics and genetic makeup as what remains in the donor area, it will continue to behave in the same manner as if it had never been moved. So, if hair in the donor area begins to turn grey, the transplanted hair also will eventually lose color.

Will a hair transplant remove grey hair?

Hair transplant surgery will not alter the color of your hair. In rare cases, the procedure may stimulate premature greying some of the transplanted hair but will not affect its overall health or lifespan. Once the donor area starts to grey, the recipient area will eventually follow suit.

Can grey hair be transplanted?

Greying hair can be just as healthy as pigmented hair so it can be transplanted as successfully with complete success. In fact, many of our patients come to us with some natural greying already taking place. A qualified hair transplant surgeon considers a patient’s hair type, color, growth pattern, and their age when positioning grafts to achieve the most natural-looking, permanent results possible.

Blonde, red-head, brown-haired person, auburn, or whatever color your hair might be, we welcome you with open arms, and an open mind, here at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. Contact us today for a free consultation and let us show you just how transformative hair transplant surgery can be.

If you’ve looked in the mirror and noticed that your hair part seems to be growing wider, you’re not alone. As we age, hair thinning and loss become more common, and with women, a widening of the part is one of the first tell-tale signs.

Read on as we explain what may be happening and how to get in under control.

Understanding Hair Loss

A widening of the hair part is most often considered the first symptom of a larger problem. Hair loss becomes apparent when one experiences close to 50 percent hair loss either because hair follicles are in a prolonged resting phase or are no longer active. A wider part can be caused by female pattern hair loss, chronic diffuse telogen loss, androgenic alopecia, diffuse alopecia, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), or thyroid issues. It’s important to seek the help of a doctor to pinpoint the cause of your hair loss and establish the best treatment plan.

When To Take Action

The best time to act is when you first notice the problem. While hair shedding is normal, with the average person shedding between 50 and 100 hairs a day, if your body sheds significantly more, it’s time to seek the help of a trusted doctor. Whether your hair will regrow depends on the cause of the hair loss. The faster you take action, the better the results you can expect. For some, using a prescription topical solution along with a hair-focused nutrient supplement may be enough to push the hair back into the growing phase. For others, light therapy, corticosteroids, hormone therapy, or hair transplant surgery may be recommended.

What You Can Do

If regrowth is possible, the process will require patience and time. However, there are steps you can take in the meantime to reduce the appearance of a widening part and promote hair growth.

  • Consider products that camouflage a wider hair part such as a powder touch-up. Look for one with a squared-off brush for easy application. Such products will not just give you the appearance of a thinner part but will touch up grays as well. What’s more, the targeted application means pigment won’t be distributed across your entire scalp.
  • Give yourself a daily scalp massage. Massage for at least four minutes to relieve tension, improve blood circulation, and improve scalp health.
  • Stay away from heavy oils that can clog hair follicles and hinder future growth.
  • Wash your hair less often. Daily cleansing can cause dryness and irritate your scalp, which can cause hair to fall out.
  • Limit chemical hair treatments and heat styling which can damage hair over time and lead to breakage.
  • Avoid hair styles that put strain on your hairline such as tight ponytails and braids. The constant pulling can permanently damage hair follicles and in extreme cases, can lead to traction alopecia.

Do you feel like you’ve already exhausted all available remedies? Well, here’s one more you should strongly consider – a free consultation with the experienced medical team at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. We’ve worked wonders for hundreds of patients throughout the region, and there’s a good likelihood we can do the same for you. Contact us today and let’s see about restoring your once full head of hair.

 

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.

 

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.

Dark spots, wrinkles, grey hair…each a sign of aging. And while everyone hopes to age gracefully, we also know that appearance can add years to your perceived age. And that’s not such a great confidence builder, to say the least.

Take hair and scalps, for example. As the aging process advances, hair follicles begin to shrink and produce thinner, shorter hair strands. In some cases, follicles stop producing new hair entirely, which leads to hair loss. As you approach your 50s and 60s, these changes can begin to appear at a faster rate. Read on to find out why and, more importantly, what you can do about it.

How Hair Grows

Hair is made up of the hair follicle and shaft. The follicles anchor each individual strand to the scalp with a hair bulb, which is made of protein cells. This is where growth happens. As blood circulates through your body and eventually to your scalp, it nourishes roots – along with oxygen – and triggers protein cell division every 23 – 72 hours, creating the hair shaft and making it grow toward the surface. As hair pushes its way to the surface, it passes tiny glands that add an oil (sebum) to each hair strand, making it shiny and soft. The blood vessels also transfer hormones that can alter hair’s growth cycle and structure at different times of your life.

Hair and Age

We lose an average of 50 to 100 hairs every day, and in most cases barely notice. Hair grows quickest between ages 15 and 30 and slows once we approach our 40s and 50s. More strands begin to fall out with fewer growing back to take their place. In addition to age, the rate at which hair grows is also determined by genetics, hormones, nutrition, and other factors. While there is nothing you can do to alter your genetics or age, you can take steps to support healthy hair growth during your maturing years.

Eat Well, Exercise, Hydrate, and Rest

When it comes to nourishment, your vital organs always get first dibs. So, if your body is not getting what it needs, hair follicles will suffer. For optimal hair health no matter your age, once entering your maturing years, make sure your diet includes adequate amounts of zinc, iron, biotin, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and other vitamins and minerals responsible for hair and scalp health. Some sources include legumes, eggs, fish, nuts, dairy, leafy greens, and a variety of fruit.

  • Legumes —Legumes are loaded with protein, as well as zinc, iron, and biotin — mandatory for healthy hair growth. Biotin deficiency can trigger brittle hair and hair loss. Other foods that contain biotin include egg yolk, soy flour, liver, and yeast.
  • Fish sources —Protein, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, and vitamin B12 available from fish can help stop dry scalp and improve your hair color.
  • Nuts —Nuts have an abundant supply of selenium, which is vital for a balanced scalp. Nuts also contain zinc and alpha-linolenic acid, which support hair growth and prevent shedding.
  • Dairy —Dairy products are an excellent calcium source, the key to robust hair growth.

If you’re between 25 and 40, you may be reading this thinking: “Nothing to worry about just yet.”  Worry, no. But care about? Yes. It’s never too early to start living a healthier lifestyle. If, on the other hand, you’re 55 and older tan think “the damage is done and now I just need to live partially bald,” that’s not necessarily true either. So, tell you what. Hope on the phone, computer, or mobile device, and schedule a free consultation right now with DiStefano Hair Restoration Center.  Think about it – if you feel better about yourself, aren’t you bound to feel better overall?

 

If you’ve lost enough hair to consider a transplant, perhaps you’ve come across this acronym, which stands for low-light laser therapy. Maybe you’ve even heard good things. The question is, are you listening to pure hype, or do these products really deliver on their promise? We’re here to help you sort through the clutter and figure out if LLLT is right for you.

What is low-level laser therapy?

LLLT is a non-pharmaceutical, non-surgical hair restoration treatment that uses laser light to stimulate cell growth, supercharge hair follicles, and ultimately combat the most common form of hair loss. And that is male and female-pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia. LLLT also has been successful in treating hair loss due to chemotherapy, pregnancy, or menopause. What’s more, LLLT can be used to complement other hair loss treatments and for other areas of your body, including beard and, back, and legs.

How does it work?

Low laser light is absorbed by hair follicle molecules, helping to stimulate follicles into the growth stage. When the light penetrates the scalp, it stimulates the stem cells in charge of follicle regeneration. It also increases blood flow to the targeted area of the scalp, boosting delivery of essential nutrients and oxygen. This causes the hair to grow not only in length, but diameter – resulting in thicker, fuller hair.

What can I expect?

LLLT has been shown to help hair grow stronger, thicker, and healthier, and even slow down or put a halt to hair loss. However, it likely won’t help individuals who have been experiencing baldness for several years and it won’t cause hair to grow on areas of the scalp when no hair exists. It is only successful in stimulating active hair follicles, not those already dead gone. As such, one should start LLLT in the first stages of hair loss to gain full benefit from this treatment method. If your hair loss is more advanced, results may be limited. However, LLLT may still be able to help slow and even stop further hair loss.

Positive results typically appear within two months from the time you start treatment – from there, you can expect steady improvement over time. However, LLLT only works with continued treatment; if treatment is interrupted, hair loss will resume and all or most gains will be lost.

The more options you have to prevent or reverse hair loss, the more reasons you have to meet with our experienced team of hair transplant specialists.  Contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center today to schedule a free consultation to explore those possibilities most likely to succeed.