We know how wigs came into being in Great Britain and throughout Europe – we’ll get back to that in a minute.

But it kind of makes you wonder how and why men covered up partial or complete baldness centuries and millennia before that. In ancient Greece and Rome, for example, there were good and not-so-good aspects of a man sporting long hair. Women with long hair, for example, exemplified the height of femininity. Men, on the other hand, often wore wigs to cover up premature balding or some type of skin ailment. Back then, people of lesser means could not afford the cure. So, if you were a man fortunate enough to sport a wig, you were immediately recognized of having a higher degree of social status.

American Indians

Long hair on American Indian men – then and now – also is not an accident. Instead, their beliefs around long hair, as many of their beliefs, were and remain tied to earth and nature. By tradition, long hair ties them to Mother Earth whose hair is long grasses. Many Native Americans believe their hair is a physical manifestation of the growth of the spirit, and some say it allows for extrasensory perception and connection to all things.

By contrast, many tribes cut their hair following a death in the family, thus expressing deep sadness and a physical reminder of the loss. The cut hair represented the time with their loved one, which was over and gone while new growth represents life ahead.

Life in 17th Century Europe and Beyond

Back in the 17th Century, King Louis XIV of France, also known as the Sun King, was an extremely vain man. He commissioned over 300 royal portraits of himself to commemorate his reign. However, his physical appearance did not always match the image he had in his mind of a strong and powerful leader.

King Charles II of England was also a fan of French wig fashion. After all, he had spent several years in exile in France during Oliver Cromwell’s reign. To cover his prematurely greying hair, Charles II began wearing wigs in a similar style to King Louis XIV and brought the trend to England upon his return to the throne.

The term “bigwig” originated at this time. British nobility would spend upwards of 800 shillings on elaborate hairpieces. Only the rich and powerful could afford the “big wigs” as a display of their status and wealth.

Wigs and Bugs

If a man wanted a hairpiece to keep up with the latest styles, step one was to completely shave his head for the peruke – as wigs were then called – to fit properly.

Wigs were practically impossible to care for at home. They smelled horribly from the wearer sweating and attracted lice. Men used powder to cover flaws in the appearance and odor of their wig. This powder was often made of cornstarch and was scented with orange and lavender. Wigs needed to be sent back to the wigmaker regularly for de-lousing, which was done by boiling the hairpiece.

Since the wearing of wigs was due, in part, to the desire to cover up balding or splotchy hair, rashes, sores, and other ailments, eventually medical science came to the rescue and made wigs far less purposeful.

Men and Hair Today

The fashion of longish male hair hasn’t disappeared, however. Neither has sensitivity to hair thinning and balding. That’s where we come in – DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. Long or short, we can help you maintain or regain the long you want – the look that makes you feel the best about your own appearance. To learn how, contact us today for a free consultation. And we promise – powdered wigs are not one of our treatment methods.

You’ve worked hard, faithfully exercised, stuck to a balanced diet. All good. But then comes the moment of truth – when you step on the scale for the first time in a few weeks. Well, praise be, you’ve dropped 20, 30, maybe even 60 pounds. Even better, you look and feel the best you’ve felt in a very long time.

Still, there’s one thing wrong with this picture. As you look up from the scale to the mirror – noticeable hair loss. Not surprising though, since hair is sensitive to stress, hormonal changes, and nutrient deficiencies.

How are weight loss and hair loss connected?

Nutrient deficiencies associated with restrictive diets can result in a condition called acute telogen effluvium, or TE, which occurs about 3 months after a triggering life event such as weight loss. Fortunately, TE is not permanent and lasts about 6 months. Once nutrient levels return to normal, hair should resume i’s normal growth cycle. In some instances, restrictive diets can lead to chronic TE, lasting more than 6 months, and androgenic (male or female pattern baldness) alopecia.

  • Crash Dieting. Your hair, like the rest of your body, requires adequate calories and nutrients for optimum health. When those elements are lacking, hair loss can occur. Poorly planned diets lacking in zinc, iron, protein, essential fatty acids, and enough calories may help you shed the pounds, but hair shedding will often follow along.
  • Low-Protein Diets. Amino acids are essential for hair growth. A diet low in protein forces the body to prioritize more important protein-dependent functions like hormone production, tissue repair, pH and water balance regulation, and digestion – protein deficiency treats each of these with a higher degree of importance vs. hair health.
  • Weight Loss Surgery. The rapid weight loss commonly associated with surgery – such as sleeve gastrectomy – also can lead to hair loss as it not only reduces stomach capacity but allows food to bypass part of the intestines, thus resulting in malabsorption of nutrients.
  • Restrictive Diets. Diets that require entire food groups to be cut out completely can result in nutrient deficiencies, and ultimately, hair loss.

How to Prevent Hair Loss with Losing Weight

Aim to lose weight in a healthy, sustainable, and practical manner. Sure, a fad diet may offer a quick fix, but if it’s not a combined eating and exercise regimen, chances are the pounds will steadily pile back on. Choose a balanced diet that provides your body with the vitamins, nutrients, and calories it needs to function at its best.

If you’re experiencing unexpected hair loss that has you concerned, there’s no bad time schedule a free consultation with DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. Why worry when it’s a problem that will correct itself? Then again, why ignore a problem that won’t?

 

If you’ve ever received a scalp massage from someone who knows what they’re doing, you know how blissful and relaxing it can feel. Massages help ease tension, stress, and relax sore muscles. When it comes to your scalp, a massage also may be able to promote hair growth. Here’s how.

What is a scalp massage?

Unlike a back, body, or neck massage, a scalp massage is typically gentler and involves fingertips only or a scalp massaging device. The procedure is usually performed without oil, though some individuals prefer to include it.

How can a scalp massage help with hair growth? 

According to some studies, researchers found that frequent scalp massages may make hair fuller and can even help reverse thinning by stretching hair follicles. A scalp massage also can help dilate blood vessels beneath the skin to further encourage hair growth. While research results are still limited, there is reason to hope for ever increasing scalp massage benefits.

How to perform a scalp massage.

There are no firm rules about how to perform a scalp massage. However, the following techniques and tips are worth at least a try.

  • Traditional Massage – Using fingertips of both hands, apply light to medium pressure to the scalp while moving the fingertips in a circular motion. Work your way across the entire scalp for at least five minutes several times each day.
  • Hair Washing Massage – Using the same method above, gently massage shampoo and/or conditioner into your hair for at least five minutes, then rinse.
  • Massage Tools – Scalp brushes and rubber massagers are quite effective. Simply work the massager over your entire scalp as you would your fingertips.
  • Essential Oils – Some have found that peppermint and lavender essential oils may help promote hair growth. Mix a drop or two of peppermint or lavender oil with a tablespoon of jojoba or melted coconut oil and apply directly to the scalp, using fingertips or a massager to work the oils into the scalp. If you have not used essential oils before, be sure to patch test a small area of your skin to test for allergies.

A regular dose of scalp massages may not turn you into a Samson or Lady Godiva, but at the very least, you’ll enjoy the experience. For hair growth results you can count on – with or without scalp massages, contact DiStefano Hair Restoration today for a free hair transplant consultation.

 

Microblading vs. Micropigmentation

Eyebrow microblading is often performed with a manual blade that has 10 to 12 small needles at the tip. The needles implant feather-like strokes of pigment on the epidermis layer of the skin, creating natural looking hair strokes.

Micropigmentation, by contrast, is performed with an electric tattoo device that penetrates the scalp with pigment. Tiny, layered dots or different hues of black are implanted into the skin to replicate the look of a “shadow”, resulting in natural-looking depth.

Who Can Benefit from Micropigmentation?

This non-surgical procedure may be considered by almost anyone experiencing premature hair loss from such causes as:

  • Alopecia
  • Male and female pattern baldness
  • Thinning Hair
  • Hair loss and thinning due to cancer treatments
  • And more.

What is the Procedure Like?

Prior to an SMP procedure, your practitioner will apply a topical numbing agent, although you might still feel some discomfort. If you suffer from psoriasis or other scalp sensitivities, you should avoid having micropigmentation performed during a flare-up as your practitioner will not be able to apply pigment to the affected areas of your scalp. Also, if you are prone to keloids, you may not be a good candidate for SMP. Consult your healthcare provider before scheduling a procedure.

Each treatment will take between four and five hours, and the number of treatments depends on the area receiving SMP. Treatments are typically scheduled a few weeks apart. For best results, follow these guidelines:

  • Shower before each treatment as you will not be able to wet your scalp for a few days following each procedure.
  • Do not go swimming, use steam or sauna rooms, or take extremely hot showers between treatments.
  • Do not expose your scalp to the sun for at least a few days following a treatment.
  • Once the final treatment is completed, avoid swimming, steam rooms, saunas and direct sunlight for about a month.

How Long Will It Last?

The results of micropigmentation can last up to 8 years with proper scalp care. However, because it is semi-permanent, the treated area will fade with time as the skin naturally exfoliates itself. Those with especially dry skin may notice color lightening and fading at a faster rate.

And then there’s the “X” factor – you. As in, which of the several available remedies for hair loss might offer you more of what you need in terms of your appearance, self-confidence, and other areas of sensitivity.   Learn more about Scalp Micropigmentation on our site by clicking here!

 

Just like the hair on your head, eyebrows can begin to thin out or stop growing for a variety of reasons. Even those blessed with thick, full eyebrows may notice their brows looking a little sparse over time. In most cases, thinning eyebrows are a sign of again but, there are other causes, too, such as various skin conditions, nutritional deficiencies, trauma and stress, and more.

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to target and attack hair follicles, causing them to slow down or halt hair production. This can result in random spots of hair loss, a total disappearance of hair, or scarring and balding of the scalp with accompanying eyebrow loss. Episodes can come and go, and hair can grow back while the disease is inactive.

Nutritional Deficiencies

If you’re on a healthy diet, chances are you’re getting the recommended number of essential vitamins and minerals, especially if you also take a daily multi-vitamin. However, in some cases like anemia, eating disorders, and illness, the body does not receive the vitamins and minerals it needs to function properly. This deficiency can result in hair loss, including eyebrows. Make sure you’re eating foods rich in protein, zinc, iron, biotin, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins C, A, E, B-12, and D.

Skin Conditions

Eczema, psoriasis, contact dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, and ring worm are some of the skin conditions that can interfere with proper hair growth. If you just don’t understand what’s causing hair loss – eyebrows and otherwise – contact your primary health provider or dermatologist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Thyroid Disease

The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate your metabolism. Too much or too little of a hormone causes the body to fall out of balance, resulting in a disruption of normal functions and processes, including hair health and growth.

Stress, Anxiety, and Trauma

Ongoing stress and anxiety – as well as physical or emotional trauma – can cause physiological changes in the body, including hormone fluctuations and reduced oxygen to the hair follicles. With proper care, the hair loss can be reversed.

Grooming Habits                                                                  

One of the most common causes of thinning eyebrows, especially in women, is over-plucking and overuse of makeup products with harsh chemicals, especially early on in life. When these habits are perpetuated, hair follicles suffer trauma and die as a result.

Should you discover from your primary care physician or dermatologist that eyebrow hair loss won’t be going away soon, if at all, it’s time to contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center for a treatment plan made to order. Contact us for a free consultation today, and don’t take “no more eyebrow hair” for an answer.

Proper rest and care are crucial to the healing process after any medical procedure, and hair transplant surgery is no different. In fact, failing to follow your surgeon’s post-op care recommendations can result in unnecessary pain, swelling, and can lead to infection.

To fully recover realize maximum benefit from your hair transplant, be sure to do the following:

Returning Home

  • Try to  rest as much as possible.
  • Eat a nutritious dinner and take prescribed antibiotics and pain medications as instructed. Most patients do not require strong pain medications after the first day.
  • Sleep with your head slightly elevated for the first few nights, being careful not to rub or bump the transplant area on a pillow or headboard.

1 to 3 Days After Procedure

  • You will return to your transplant care practice the following day for a post-operative exam. Your gauze wrap will be removed, and the doctor will check that the grafts are healing properly and there are no complications. You should only be experiencing minimal pain and discomfort at this time.
  • Avoid getting your scalp wet for three days following surgery. When showering or bathing, wash your body only.
  • Do not smoke, drink alcohol, or go in direct sunlight after surgery, as doing so can increase scarring and interfere with the healing process.
  • Do not engage in strenuous activity, and be sure to eat a healthy, balanced diet to help support healing.
  • You may gently wash your hair on the 4th Use baby shampoo and gently wash with your fingertips. Rinse with warm water and pat your hair and scalp dry with a soft, clean towel.

1 to 3 Weeks After Procedure

  • In the three weeks following surgery, continue to avoid strenuous activity – walking and jogging are acceptable. Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol as much as possible and avoid exposure to direct sunlight and chlorinated water.
  • Avoid the use of styling products during the first week as they may contain chemicals that can interfere with healing.
  • After day 10, you may wash your hair regularly. Any scabbing you’ve experienced should be falling away at this point. Avoid scratching your scalp and sooth itchiness with cold water.
  • You may also resume your normal hair care routine but continue to avoid harsh products which can dry out hair and damage follicles.
  • After 12 – 14 days, it will be obvious to no one – except those you see routinely – that you’ve undergone hair transplant surgery.

While these post-care procedures will serve you in good instead for now, rest assured that DiStefano Hair Restoration Center will develop a detailed post-surgery treatment plan just for you. That’s the kind of individual care we’re known for.  So, contact us today to schedule a free consultation, and let’s get started.

 

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.