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!

You’ve heard of the proverbial two-edged sword, where there’s one edge that’s perfectly harmless while the other can cause serious damage?  Well, here’s yet another case in point.

Harmless side of the sword: dyeing your hair every few months won’t inhibit hair growth because the dye can’s reach beneath the scalp.  Score one for the good guys.

Potentially harmful side: Dyeing or coloring your hair can cause hair loss. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

During the dyeing process, hair is often combed and rubbed, which can loosen hairs in the telogen – or resting – phase and cause increased shedding. In fact, any physical stress on hair, such as over-brushing, frequent use of hot styling products, and even tight ponytails can cause hair to loosen and break.

The second reason is the hair dye itself, which contains hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. Both ingredients are harsh on hair and can cause it to shed at what might seem like an alarming rate.

And third, hair dye can physically weaken hair shafts by disrupting the protein backbone, which leads to increased breakage and – you guessed it – hair loss. Hair dyes that significantly lighten hair from its natural color contain the highest amounts of peroxide and, therefore, are the most disruptive. During this coloring process, peroxide removes the eumelanin pigment from the hair shaft and replaces it with light colors.

Those who switch to blonde rom brunette may notice a need for less frequent haircuts and complain that their hair just doesn’t grow. The reason for this is that the distal end of the hair shafts is the oldest and causes the most disruption.

And now for a bit of good news.  If you experience significant hair loss for going lighter, the loss of hair is temporary, and it will grow back. Another plus: avoid hair loss in the first place by choosing darker colors which contain lesser amount of ammonia.

Changing hair color or adding highlights will be covered when you choose DiStefano Hair Restoration Center for hair transplant surgery. Why not start the process today by requesting a free consultation.

Waiting for your hair to grow can feel like watching paint dry. Unfortunately, the paint will long be dry before you notice a difference in the length of your hair. And while it’s hard to pinpoint exactly how fast hair grows, since the growth rate varies, one can expect to see about half an inch of hair growth per month.

Several factors influence hair growth. Some you can control, like personal hair care. Other growth rate factors, like genetics, are beyond your control. Men’s hair tends to grow faster than women’s – unless a woman is pregnant, which can speed up the process. Even the seasons impacts the rate at which your hair grows; it’s slower in the winter months and faster during summer.

If you’re looking for ways to safely promote hair growth, whatever the reason, here are some things to consider.

Diet

The way to a healthy head of hair might just be through your stomach. A nutritious, balanced diet filled with such nutrients as vitamin C, niacin, and iron will help keep your hair looking its best while support healthy hair growth. Stock up on these super foods:

  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Avocado
  • Olive Oil
  • Nuts
  • Berries
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Whole Grains
  • Beans
  • And many others rich in biotin, protein, and omega-3

Scalp Health

Not surprisingly, your scalp plays a major role in overall hair health. Except that those who use chemical-packed hair care products subject their scalps to routine beatings. Here’s how to show your scalp more TLC:

  • Wash your hair regularly, but don’t over-wash.
  • Avoid using harsh or abrasive hair products.
  • Use hot styling tools sparingly and avoid getting too close to the scalp.
  • Hair is most fragile while wet, so use a specialized wet brush to prevent damage.
  • Sleep on a silk pillowcase instead of cotton.
  • Use natural conditioners, masks, or treatments to moisturize and strengthen hair.
  • Get regular trims to encourage hair to grow, especially if it seems like you’ve hit a plateau.

And now for a different perspective.  Let’s say your hair is growing fine on some areas of your scalp but, in others, you have no hair at all. That’s when it’s time to contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center to see if we can give you back hair to cover your entire scalp. Contact us today for a free consultation and let’s discover, together, what kind of surgical magic we can work for you.

Those considering hair transplant surgery often wonder how long they can expect the transplant to last. Well, for starters, hair transplants involve removing hair follicles from a donor section of your scalp and transplanting them to the affected area where they will continue to produce healthy hair growth on an otherwise thinning or bald area. The hair will blend in and behave the same way as the rest of the surrounding hair, producing natural-looking and feeling results. As such, an individual who undergoes hair transplant surgery can expect permanent results.

However, one could see further hair loss in the future and may require a follow-up treatment down the road. Once again, transplanted hair will continue to grow healthy and strong, lasting a lifetime.

Your surgeon will discuss your family history of hair loss and your personal medical history with you. In each such case, contributing factors to thinning or baldness may emerge. From there, we can determine whether you are likely to experience further loss in the future. In some cases, if you are in the beginning stages of hair loss, the surgeon may recommend deferring surgery to a later date. In others, your doctor may be able to predict future loss and design a hairline and density that will blend well now and in the future.

Shock Loss

During a hair transplant, your scalp undergoes “trauma”, resulting in shedding in the weeks following surgery. This is completely normal and usually temporary. Once the hair growth cycle resets, your hair will return to its normal pattern; will begin to see new hair growth within a few months.

Hair Loss Post-Surgery

In some cases, patients can experience shedding or hair loss not connected to post-surgical shock loss. This could be due to a sudden illness or new medications that cause hair loss. It is imperative that you share your medical history with your surgeon prior to embarking on a hair transplant as well as updating the transplant center on changes to your medication regimen. As a result, your surgeon may suggest supplements or a medication to promote hair growth or suggest a future procedure to enhance your results once your condition has improved or is under control.

There’s a lot that goes into the planning of transplant surgery, and a lot to be gained. For more information, schedule a free consultation today with DiStefano Hair Restoration Center.

 

Hair transplants once were known to be painful along with appearing unnatural and unrealistic. Fortunately, times have changed and so has technology, thus paving the way for hair restoration procedures that yield amazing, natural looking results.

Yet common misconceptions persist, some of which can prevent people from seeking out effective hair loss solutions.

Let’s turn now to 5 common hair transplant myths and, in the process, separate fact from fiction.

Myth – Hair transplants work best on younger men.

Truth – Hair restoration is most successful when most hair loss has already occurred. If the procedure is performed too early in the process, hair loss may continue around the transplanted hairs, resulting in an unnatural appearance and the need for a follow-up procedure down the road.

 

Myth – Hair transplants don’t yield natural-looking results.

Truth – Technological advancements allow surgeons to transplant small groups of hair follicles, one at a time. By determining the best location, angle, and distribution of the transplanted hairs, the follicles will begin to grow in naturally and blend seamlessly with the rest of your hair.

 

Myth – Transplanted hair requires special treatment.

Truth – A few weeks after the procedure, the transplanted hair will fall out, making way for new hair growth. Your new hair can be cut, styled, and dyed just like the rest of your hair, without the need for any specialty hair products.

 

Myth – A hair transplant requires someone else’s donor hair.

Truth – All donor hair comes from the patient’s body, typically the sides or back of the scalp. As such, the transplant will be full, healthy, and permanent.

 

Myth – Results aren’t long-lasting.

Truth – As previously stated, transplanted hair will fall out just a few weeks after surgery. Because the donor hair is often removed from the regions of the scalp unaffected by hair loss, the new hair coming in will be permanent. Once new hair growth begins, usually about four months after surgery, you can expect to see approximately half an inch of growth per month.

Thinking about a hair transplant of your own? Then come join us for a free initial consultation and let us put your mind at ease.

What Type of Hair Do You Have?

Your hair is fickle. It can love the same haircare products for months and then, suddenly, make you wish you never used them. Or your hair can morph the minute you step outside. That makes it harder to care for. In short, your hair has a life of its own.

Getting to know your hair type and embracing it can help keep it under control and looking great no matter what “mood” it’s in.

The Four Hair Types

Before we get into that, it’s important to mention that your hair type (its curl pattern) is determined by genetics. Genetics decide the shape of your hair follicle – the more oval or asymmetrical the follicle, the curlier the hair.

Type 1 – Straight Hair

Straight hair has no natural curl and can be thick or thin, fine, or coarse. Type 1 hair tends to become oily, so avoid hair products that might add extra oil to your hair. You also want to avoid over-washing as that could cause the scalp to overproduce oils.

Type 2 – Wavy Hair

Type 2 hair can further be divided into three subcategories – 2A, 2B, and 2C. Type 2A hair tends to have a gentle, tousled texture. It is fairly straight from the roots to around eye level, and from eye level on it can take on a loose, undefined wave. If you like the waves, stay clear from creamy or oil based products that can flatten the wave. Instead, add a little mousse or gel to help define the waves. Type 2B hair curls from eye level to the ends, having a more defined S shape than that of 2A. Finally, 2C hair has a well-defined S shape and the curl pattern can start close to the crown. This type of hair is often thick and can be prone to frizzing in humid conditions. To keep frizz under control, use a diffuser and opt for lightweight mousses and other products that contain anti-humidity ingredients.

Type 3 – Curly Hair

Type 3 hair also has three subcategories. With type 3A hair, the S-shaped curls form loose loops with a circumference a bit wider than the thick end of a taper candle. When brushed out, it will frizz. Avoid pulling your hair up into a ponytail as doing so regularly can cause thinning and hair loss of the hairline. Type 3 hair has curls that spring from the roots and have plenty of volume. The curls require more moisture to keep their spiral shape so avoid products that can dry hair out. Tight, springy curls are classified as Type 3C. To prevent frizz and breakage, use a leave-in conditioner and rake your fingers through the hair instead of combing or brushing, and let air dry.

Type 4 – Coils

The final type of hair is the most delicate. The S-shaped coils in Type 4A are small enough to wrap around a ship stick or thin straw. The hair requires a lot of moisture in the form of conditioning masks, creams, and butters to remain healthy. With 4B hair, the curls have a zig-zag pattern. You can accentuate the curls by gently detangling wet hair with your fingers, adding liberal amounts of moisturizer, then separating the hair into four sections. Work gel or a curling cream down the length of each curl as you twist the strands around your index finger to help define the shape. The tightest and most fragile is Type 4C hair. Simply combing it too often can cause breakage. Nourish it frequently with rich conditioners and consider rinsing with conditioners instead of shampooing.

When in doubt, check with a hair stylist you trust. And, if you’re considering a hair transplant, hair type will factor into our recommendations and subsequent hair care recommendations. To learn more, schedule a free consultation today.

For many, the ketogenic (or keto) diet can be an effective way to lose weight. But like all diets, it isn’t without its share of potential side effects, including a change in the health and condition of your hair, and even hair loss. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce and even eliminate that risk.

Of course, before starting any diet or exercise regimen, consult your primary health doctor.

A ketogenic diet is very low in carbs and high in fat content. It involves drastically reducing your carb intake and replacing it with fat. When your body starts using fat instead of carbohydrates for fuel, you enter a metabolic state called ketosis.

The state of ketosis can trigger changes in your hair’s health as well as hair loss. Here are the two most common causes:

  • When you reduce the calories you consume, your body responds by using energy to support the most important functions first, like heart, lungs and other organs, and cell growth.
  • When limiting intake of carbs, you may be reducing some of the nutrients your body needs to maintain healthy hair.

Important Nutrients for Healthy Hair

If you’re adhering to a keto diet, you may not be getting some of the key nutrients essential for hair health. Look for ways to add more of the following to your diet:

Biotin – Foods that are a good source of biotin and still mesh with a keto diet include egg yolks, nuts, cauliflower, and mushrooms.

Vitamin C – Vital for a strong immune system and overall health, vitamin C also helps produce collagen, which is needed to maintain healthy skin and hair. Yellow peppers, Brussel sprouts, kale, and mustard spinach are just some of the foods high in vitamin C that work with keto.

Vitamin D – Vitamin D helps boost calcium absorption to promote healthier hair. In addition to sunlight, keto-friendly sources of vitamin D include fatty fish, tuna, mushrooms, and egg yolks.

Vitamin E – Another great antioxidant, vitamin E can be found in nuts, sunflower seeds, spinach, tomatoes, and avocados.

Iron – Low iron levels can lead to dry, damaged hair and other health concerns including headaches, fatigue, and shortness of breath. Include shellfish, red meat, dark turkey meat, pumpkin seeds, and spinach in your diet to reduce your risk of an iron deficiency.

Sounds like a lot to remember, right? Well, the human body is a complex machine that needs constant looking after. But once you get the hang of things – including steps that keep your head of hair full and healthy – the process is likely to become second nature. For more information, contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center today.

 

“You don’t know what you have until it’s gone.”  If you had a dollar for every time someone spoke those words to you…well, you’d have at least a few more bucks in your pocket. And yet that cliché – as tired as it might be – still hold water when it comes to thinning or balding hair.

Hair plays a significant role in how a person looks and can affect the way people see themselves. In fact, hair loss can lead to anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and more. So, what’s the good news? You don’t have to sit idly by and watch your hair disappear. A hair transplant can help bring back that full head of hair you once had, or at the very least, give you a fuller head of hair than the one you’re sporting now.

What to Expect

Hair transplant surgery involves moving your natural hair (donor hair) to an area with thin or no hair. During your up-front consultation, your doctor will evaluate your hair loss and discuss treatment options. Procedures are typically done in a hair surgeon’s office and begin with a thorough cleaning of your scalp followed by an injection to numb the area the grafts will be removed from.

Once the grafts are prepared, the surgeon cleans and numbs the receiving area and delicately places each graft into a slit or hole he or she creates with a needle or scalpel. The process usually takes between 4 and 8 hours, depending on the extent of the transplant. A patient may also need a touch-up procedure to create more natural looking results.

Recovery

Following surgery, your scalp may feel tender and you may need pain medication for several days. Your scalp will be covered with bandages for a day or two and you may be prescribed an antibiotic or anti-inflammatory. Barring any complications, you should be able to return to work in 2 to 5 days, although it is recommended to avoid strenuous activity for at least 10 days post-surgery.

To ensure that your incisions are healing properly, your doctor will likely want to see you several times during the first month after the procedure. It’s imperative that you follow any advice you receive at your follow-up visits.

The transplanted hair will fall out about 2 to 3 weeks after surgery and you should begin to see new hair growth within a few months. Most patients will notice approximately 60% of new hair growth around the 6 to 9 month mark at a rate of about half an inch per month.

Does that sound like something you can live with, and perhaps not live without? Either way it’s time to learn more during a free consultation with the transplant team at DiStrefano Hair Restoration Center. We look forward to giving you back your hair.

Hair transplant surgeons, doctors, and researchers use several classification systems to measure the extent of male pattern baldness. The most prevalent among them is the Norwood scale – or, the Hamilton-Norwood scale – first

introduced by James Hamilton in the 1950s and revised by O’Tar Norwood in the 1970s. It measures the severity and pattern of male hair loss in 7 stages.

Stage 1

The least amount of hair loss at the hairline, thus make treatment unnecessary. However, if you have a family history of hair loss, you should monitor changes and discuss your options with a hair restoration specialist when you feel the time is right.

Stage 2

Slight recession of the hairline around the temples, often referred to as a “mature” hairline. A small amount of hair loss also can appear in the middle of the front head.

Stage 3

First signs of clinically significant balding appear, though still classified as small to moderate. The hairline becomes recessed at the temples in an M, U, or V shape. Hair loss in the crown area also can occur during this stage.

Stage 4

Hair recession appears more severe than in stage 2, with little to no hair on the vertex (or crown area). The areas of sparse-to-no-hair are separated by a band of hair that connects to remaining hair on the sides of the scalp.

Stage 5

The balding at the temporal and vertex regions are larger than in stage 4, and the band of hair between the hair loss areas is narrower and sparser.

Stage 6

From the hairline to the crown area, very little natural hair is present. The temporal balding areas join with the balding area at the crown.

Stage 7

The most severe stage of hair loss, with only a band of hair going around the sides of the head. Any remaining hair is usually not dense and may be fine.

A less common form of hair loss is called Norwood class A, where the hairline recedes uniformly from front to back. There is no “island” of hair in the middle and no bald area at the crown.

Where do you fall on this scale of 1 to 7, and how rapidly are you progressing from one to another? If you’re concerned about hair loss and want to restore all that you once had, contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center today for a free initial consultation.