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.

A good night’s sleep is key to overall health and well-being. No big revelation there!

Wait, you’re not so sure you agree? Well, in that case, think back to the last time you pulled an all-nighter, whether it was for a long drive, studying for a final exam, making the most of your best friend’s stag party, or whatever the occasion.  And then ask yourself how you felt the next morning.  After grabbing just a few hours of sleep. Or how you felt even the next morning after.

The answer, for 99% of the population, is “Lousy!”

But while you’re wondering why you’re not sleeping well, or what you did to deprive yourself of the rest, have you ever wondered what effect lack of sleep might have on hair loss?  Let’s have a look.

Sleep and Hair Loss

There is a significant amount of research that points to a correlation between sleep and hair health. It is known, for example, that sleep helps boost the immune system, lowers blood pressure, promotes healthy weight, and more. As for your hair, it is during sleep that the epithelial hair follicle stem cells, responsible for cyclic bouts of hair growth, get busy. Consistently getting good quality sleep ensures that this process happens seamlessly, while an interruption can prevent these stem cells from doing their job and, as a result, impair hair growth.

Effects of Too Much Sleep

Yes, you can have too much of a good thing. In fact, an over-abundance of melatonin, a hormone responsible for regulating your natural sleep cycle, can lead to fatigue and depression. And while currently there are no proven indications that too much sleep can lead to hair loss, an out of whack sleep cycle can lead to stress, a poor diet, reduced physical activity, and other factors that can result in hair loss.

Sleeping Position and Hair Growth

Whether you’re a stomach, side, or back sleeper, rest assured that your preferred sleep position will not have a negative impact on the health of your hair. However, what you sleep on can make a difference. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase can prevent frizzy hair since silk doesn’t produce the friction that cotton sheets do. And silk helps keep hair hydrated because it doesn’t absorb your hair’s natural moisture like other fabrics can.

Let’s be realistic.  Don’t just adopt good sleep habits to prevent hair loss. There are other both more and equally important considerations to keep in mind.  And yet, if you’re looking to do everything you can to keep your full head of hair, add a good night’s sleep, every night, to the list.

If, on the other hand, significant hair loss has already occurred, then do the next best thing: contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center for a free consultation where we can identify and explore the options available to reverse the problem.

 

The holiday season is a time – or at least it should be – of closeness, good will, random acts of kindness, and special gatherings of family and friends. For others, it’s a time of despair at worst, and added stress at best. Memories of loved ones gone forever, a recent break up, losing your job, and so many other factors can leave you feeling less than your best.

And if all that isn’t enough, added stress also can lead to hair loss.  Let’s take a closer look at that phenomenon.

Stress and Hair

Stress is one of hair’s biggest enemies. As we react to react to physical or emotional stressors, our adrenal glands produce cortisol, also known as the “stress hormone”. When someone is in a constant state of stress, they may have elevated cortisol levels which can eventually lead to adrenal fatigue, among other health issues. Once fatigued, an adrenal gland doesn’t work as efficiently, resulting in increased DHT production which can have a direct effect on hair follicles and growth cycle.

Stress-Related Hair Loss

Those experiencing stress-related hair loss may not recognize the problem right away because excess hair shedding doesn’t present itself until three to six months after the stressful period occurs. However, with proper nutrition, regular exercise, and good care of hair and scalp, shedding should stabilize to normal levels and the hair growth cycle return to normal.

When individuals are in a constant state of stress, hair can continue to grow thinner or become dormant if not treated or if the source of stress isn’t properly addressed. Hair loss itself can be stressful, leading to a perpetual cycle that, if not broken, can lead to long term damage.

Holiday Stress or More?

On average, a person sheds 50 to 100 hairs a day. However, hormones, illness, medications, thyroid functions, increased or constant levels of stress, improper scalp and hair care, and more, can lead to excessive hair shedding. If you notice a sudden increase in the amount of hair you find on your comb, brush, or in the shower, consider consulting your physician to discuss causes and treatment options.

Or you can come straight to us – DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. We understand the causes of hair loss and how to give you back what you’ve lost, regardless of the reason. To learn more, contact us today for a free initial consultation.

 

The average person sheds between 50 and 100 hairs each day. So, seeing a few strands on your brush or comb shouldn’t alarm you. But what if you suspect you’re losing more than what’s considered normal? Well, before you look too far, look no closer than that beer or glass of wine that might be on hand as you read this blog.

While there is no direct link between alcohol consumption and hair loss, excessive drinking can lead to other issues, like nutritional deficiencies, that can in turn cause your hair to thin.

Poor Nutrition

Alcohol, especially beer and liquor, lacks nutritional benefits. When you consume large quantities of alcohol on a regularly basis, you also may be neglecting other aspects of a nutritious diet. Heavy drinking can also make you feel full, which can lead to malnutrition. The right balance of vitamins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates, and fats is essential to maintaining a healthy head of hair and scalp.

Poor Absorption of Nutrients

Heavy drinking interferes with the absorption of essential nutrients. It can destroy your stomach lining, thus increasing acid production in the digestive system. This makes it difficult for your body to properly absorb nutrients. And because heavy alcohol consumption has a diuretic effect, it can lead to decreased levels of magnesium and potassium which are both necessary for optimal health, hair included.

Other Links to Hair Loss

In addition to poor nutritional habits, there are other ways alcohol can indirectly lead to hair loss.

  • Alcohol dehydrates, which can make existing hair follicles dry and brittle, and more likely to fall out.
  • Alcohol can cause sugar spikes, which have been linked to pattern baldness.
  • Alcohol disrupts sleep, which can increase stress – a known cause of hair loss.

 

What Can I Do?

The good news is that reducing your alcohol consumption, improving your diet, drinking plenty of water and getting quality sleep can help you prevent anything but normal hair loss. Experts recommend drinking in moderation – one drink per day for women, and two for men. One drink is defined as 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits. As always, consult your doctor for guidance.

Or, if you need guidance on what to do about existing hair loss, then we’re the medical team to turn to – DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. Schedule your free consultation today so we can address your concerns, answer your questions, and show you the way forward.

 

Come autumn, leaves aren’t the only things ready to fall. For many, the cooler months also bring an increase in hair shedding. Seeing more hairs on your hairbrush, on the bathroom floor, or in the shower can make you one feel anxious and wonder what might be coming next.

In most cases, the answer is “nothing”. As in, seasonal shedding is a normal, a temporary slot in the human hair growth cycle.

 

Why does it happen?

While the exact cause of seasonal shedding is unclear, some believe we tend to hang onto more hair during the summer months, July in particular. During this time, hair is in the telogen, or resting, phase. The thought is that we need more hair to provide more protection from the sun. Hairs in the telogen phase typically fall out about 100 days later, which brings us into fall. But fear not, a healthy hair follicle will cycle back to its growth phase.

Should I be concerned?

On average, we shed around 100 hairs each day. If you notice a slight increase in shedding come October and November, there is generally no cause for concern. However, if you notice excessive shedding, bald patches, or scalp discomfort, it may be time to see a doctor as other factors could be at play.

Excessive shedding can be caused by a variety of factors including increased or sudden stress, a shock to your hair or scalp, hormonal changes, illness, medications, and thyroid functions. In many cases, this type of hair loss is temporary; but it could lead to permanent damage if not properly diagnosed and treated.

Things you can do.

  • Take good care of your hair and scalp. Use hair care products that are formulated for your specific hair type and scalp health. For example, a dry scalp and hair may need gentle conditioners and less frequent washing. Fine, thin hair can use a boost from a volumizing shampoo. Oily hair will do better with lighter products that won’t weigh hair down. No matter your hair type or texture, limit heat styling and avoid chemical filled products.\
  • Consider your diet. Hair health and diet go hand in hand. If you’re experiencing unexplained thinning or loss, take a close look at the things you are (or aren’t) putting in your body. Nutrient deficiencies can encourage hair loss, so avoid crash diets that may restrict the vitamin and minerals your hair relies on to stay healthy and strong.

Are you experiencing more hair loss than you consider normal and is it starting to make you feel uncomfortable about your appearance? Then what you need are clear, decisive answers – the kind we routinely provide at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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

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

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

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

Is it dandruff or dry scalp?

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

Symptoms and causes

Symptoms of dandruff include:

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

Symptoms of dry scalp include:

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

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

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

Treatment

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

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

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

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

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

Why do some people lose their hair during weight loss?

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

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

How can hair loss be prevented while losing weight?

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

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