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 rejuvenation 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.

You don’t need to be an MD to understand the negative effects smoking has on one’s health and appearance. It causes lung, throat, and mouth cancer, prematurely ages your skin, stains your teeth, and has an odor that lingers long after the cigarette is done.

And now, studies show a link between smoking and premature graying and accelerated hair loss. A 2007 study conducted in Taiwan and published in the journal Archives of Dermatology found that men between the ages of 41 and 90 who smoked 20 or more cigarettes a day experienced increased hair thinning, even if there was no family history of male pattern baldness. In fact, the risk increased as the number of cigarettes smoked – along with the time spent smoking – increased. The study theorized that smoke damages the vessels at the bottom of hair follicles or damages the DNA of the follicles themselves.

Hair follicles, like any other organ, are affected by a variety of factors such as disease, medications, hormonal changes, diet, environmental toxins, and more. So, the health of your hair is largely dependent on how well you care for and nourish your body.

  • Smoking weakens the immunity system, which leads to premature signs of aging and increases the risk of disease and illness. Accelerated aging has a damaging effect on hair follicles which can result in hair loss.
  • Carbon monoxide and nicotine restrict blood flow and oxygen delivery throughout the body. As a result of this decreased circulation, hair follicles don’t receive the necessary supply of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals needed for healthy hair.
  • Smoking also depletes one’s body of vitamins A and C, and collagen, which play a major role in hair strength and growth.
  • Toxins found in cigarettes also affect the endocrine system, which is responsible for healthy hormonal secretion. Hormonal imbalances and fluctuations have been linked to increased and premature hair thinning and loss.

So, if you’ve been scratching your head while trying to figure out why you’re losing hair – while smoking a Marlboro or two – perhaps you’ve just discovered the reason why. Our advice? Put the pack down and pick up the phone today to schedule a free consultation with DiStefano Hair Restoration Center – we’ve been known to work wonders. Perhaps we can do the same for you.

In life, the more you know, typically the better off you are. This is especially true regarding one’s health and planned or required procedures.

Long gone are the days when people willingly or otherwise were kept in the dark about their bodies, conditions, and treatments. In fact, doctors, nurses, and other medical staff rely on their patients to provide them with a detailed and thorough medical history to facilitate the best possible care.

So, with that in mind, we offer the following Q & A to help you better understand hair transplant surgery.

Q: Whose hair will be transplanted onto my head?

A: You are your own donor. The hair is taken from your “donor site” so that your body accepts the transplanted hair. Should the hair come from someone else, your body would reject it in the absence of immune-suppressant medication.

Q: How is my “donor site” selected?

A: Men, you may notice that while hair thins in the front and on top, the sides and back remain relatively unaffected. These are the areas most often selected as donor sites.

Q: Once extracted, where does my donor hair go?

A: The donated hair, follicles, surrounding tissue, and skin (called grafts) are transplanted into tiny slits in the balding parts of your scalp. The front and top of your head receives the transplanted hair first, as these are the areas that make the most impact on one’s appearance. If needed, the crown is usually the last area to receive hair, unless it’s the only one that’s balding.

Q: Does the thickness of my hair play a role in how successful a hair transplant will be?

A: The number of hair follicles one has per square centimeter of scalp is called hair density. The looseness and flexibility of a scalp refers to its laxity. Therefore, the higher the density and laxity of a scalp, the more grafts of hair that can be transplanted.

Q: How many procedures will I need?

A: The number of procedures a patient will need can vary. The extent of hair loss, projected hair loss rate, amount of donor hair available, and other considerations play an important role in determining how many sessions are needed for the best and most natural looking results.

Q: What will my consultation with a hair transplant surgeon entail?

A: During your first consultation, your doctor will take a detailed medical history and thoroughly examine your head. He or she will measure the density of your hair and evaluate the type of hair loss you are experiencing as well as what the future pattern will look like over time. Your doctor will then determine the best course of action, offer an estimated timeline for any procedures, and explain the entire procedure including potential risks.

 

We hope you found this exercise to both informative and reassuring. To discover what wonders we can work with your hair and scalp, contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center today for a free consultation.

What’s your biggest fear about having a hair transplant? Most likely it’s this: people being able to spot the unnatural look of it even from a distance. Fair point, especially since you’ve no doubt seen the result of “rugs”, shoe polish, and plug-ins before.

Older hair transplant techniques often removed large strips (grafts) of skin with healthy hair follicles from the back or sides of the head and relocated them to the areas of baldness and thinning hair. Because these strips had a high amount of individual hairs attached to them, outcomes could look less natural. With advanced techniques such as Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), we can remove much smaller hair grafts that contain as few as one to four follicles, leading to a more natural-looking result.

At DiStefano Hair Restoration Center, our trademarked IGT (Individual Graft Technique) leads to the most natural looking hair of all. Within 2 months after the procedure, you will begin to see the first results when your hair starts to grow back. This hair is not a wig or anyone else’s hair. It is your natural hair transplanted from your donor area, so there is no reason why it should look unnatural.

The color, texture, and growth rate of the transplanted hair will have the same characteristics as your natural hair.

  • When you cut your nail, the nail that grows back is your own nail and looks natural.
  • When the scabs are gone after a cut or burn, the skin regenerating underneath the scabs is still your own skin and looks natural.
  • Similarly, the hair that is transplanted is your own hair, and it grows longer, becomes thicker, and looks natural.

If you have more than 50% hair loss, then basic math indicates we cannot give you back a full head of hair…there just isn’t enough donor hair to graft. In that instance, it’s better to perform a transplant to make you hair look as good as possible – natural but showing some signs of hair loss versus evenly spreading the hairs across the balding region at low density which. And there’s nothing natural looking about that.

Is a hair transplant right for you? What are your treatment options and what side effects should you expect? Will you need post-surgical care and what’s changes, any, should you make in your hair care routine?

You have questions, we have answers – plus other great information to share with you. So, take the first step toward restoring your more youthful appearance and schedule a free consultation today.

Style and design trends come and go. Some types may have disappeared for years of even decades, and then suddenly come back in vogue. Others manage to stand the test of the time, even with a tweak or two. And then there are styles and trends that, once gone, remain gone. You know, like 8-track music players.

Hair is also subject to the vagaries of style – either they catch or don’t. Even if they do, how about their staying power?  You see, while hair style, cut, and color are personal choices that should be made free of outside influence, we’ve all seen, and perhaps even sported, hair trends that now make us cringe.

Here are 5 trends we hope don’t make a come-back.

The Man Bun – This is a more recent addition to the list of “worst hair styles.” Yet not all are quite ready to bid it farewell and continue to sport it proudly. While the world allows others to decide whether this style should become a thing of the past, one thing is certain – the man bun can lead to traction alopecia, a condition that causes baldness. By placing hair in a bun, especially a tight one, traction is placed on hair follicles, thus damaging them and resulting in hair loss.

The Perm – Decades ago, countless women turned to perms to add body and fullness to their hair. And while most did accomplish that, they often resulted in the “big hair” trend we all knew and loved, but don’t want to come back. The perm is alive and well to this day, with a softer, more modern twist.

The Mullet – How often do you find a hair style with its own motto? This “business in the front, party in the back” look became all the rage in the 1980s. Today, it’s thought of as one of the worse hair styles in history.

The Feathered ‘Do – Another blast from the past, feathered hair gained popularity in the 70s and early 80s. Most everyone, men and women alike, wanted Farrah Fawcett’s feathered locks. Designed for straight hair, the style consisted of layered hair with either a side or center part. It would then be brushed back at the sides, like the feathers of a bird. Wear it now, and you’ll look like a blast from the past. And yet, if you long for a softer look – well, that’s what stylists are for.

The Bowl Cut – First known as the “wedge” and made famous by Olympic figure skater Dorothy Hamill, the bowl cut has to be one of the worst hair styles in history. Don’t look for it to make a comeback any time soon.

One thing all hair styles have in common – dated and otherwise – is, well, hair. If you’ve lost much of yours, chances are you can do something about it. To find out, simply contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center today to schedule your free consultation.

 

Self-esteem is what we believe about ourselves and how we think others see us. Self-esteem can be high and accompanied by a sense of pride, or low and accompanied by feelings of shame. For those who experience thinning hair or baldness, such unexpected changes in appearance can have a serious impact on self-esteem, especially when health, beauty, and youth encapsulate one’s perspective on strength.

Everyone loses hair. In fact, the average person sheds between 50 and 100 hairs per day. However, for the more than 50 million Americans suffering from hair loss, this little factoid offers little comfort. For some, hair loss can be temporary and caused by changes in medication, hormone imbalances, stress levels, or poor nutrition. But for the many who are genetically predisposed to hair loss, it’s permanent.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the most common types of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, or genetic hair loss. The experience can be passed down from your parents, especially if both have lost some or all their hair.  And while hair growth slows down as we age, some men with a history of hair loss can start balding by age 25.

Here are just a few ways that thinning hair or baldness can negatively impact you:

Perceived loss of physical attractiveness

Our society places a lot of value on attractiveness and youthful appearance. Just turn on the TV or flip through a magazine and you’ll no doubt find ads for anti-aging serums, hair color, and a slew of other products promising to help you defy aging. So, when a person begins to lose hair, it can prove traumatic and knock down their self-confidence a per or two.

Depression, anxiety, and feelings of embarrassment

Research shows that individuals suffering from alopecia have higher levels of depression, anxiety, and helplessness than the general population. One method of coping is to hide the hair loss under baseball caps and other means.

Effect on social life

Some may avoid social situations and interactions because they feel embarrassed by a certain lack of hair. A once social, active individual may become withdrawn, avoiding social settings and, in extreme cases, even their jobs.

No one can tell you how you should feel about losing hair. But here at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center, we can give you back a full head of hair and, along with it, some much needed self-esteem. Contact us today to schedule a for consultation so you can learn more about our hair transplant procedures – and results!