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Stress and Hair Loss

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Stress and Hair Loss

 

 

 

Stress…seems like everybody has it, to a certain level, whether it be from professional or personal demands. But, can stress actually contribute to hair loss? The short answer is “yes.”

 

 

 

 

Why Does This Happen?

Stress related hair loss that results from physical and emotional stressors is called telogen effluvium, when people experience large amounts of stress, hair follicles are forced into a resting period. As a result, the hair begins to shed, causing the appearance of thinning, which can be more prominent in certain areas of the scalp than others. The most important thing to remember during high stress periods is trying to manage your stress level, and not the hair loss associated with stress directly.

There Are a Number of Ways to Manage Your Stress, Including

 

  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Regular Exercise
  • Adequate Sleep
  • Discussing Stress/Mental Health With Your Doctor

 

When Should I be Concerned?

The average person loses 50 to 100 hairs a day. This is completely normal, and compared with the total number of hairs on your head (about 150,000) however, shedding is considered a problem when it becomes excessive. If you notice more strands than usual coming out when you comb or wash your hair or if you see reduced thickness in one area or throughout your scalp, you should schedule a free consultation with Christoffels and we can begin to talk with you about treatment options. Handling your stress should be your most important goal. If you cannot seem to get your stress under control and your hair loss has picked up, Christoffels is here for you.

 

Source – Huffington Post

Does Minoxidil Really Work?

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hair loss prevention treatment productsMinoxidil is a therapeutic treatment that can be used to slow hair loss and promote regrowth. We often get asked why Minoxidil is different from Rogaine, and there are several reasons.

First, there are downfalls to using Minoxidil alone:

·Sebum from the sebaceous glands blocks the hair follicle; therefore Minoxidil alone cannot get to the derma papilla (where hair growth occurs).

·Minoxidil contains 30-60% alcohol and will cause itching and irritation when it stays on the top of the head.

At Christoffels Hair Restoration, we have a complete treatment program that’s designed to make Minoxidil more effective and to give you better results than you would get using Rogaine by itself. There is no accurate way to monitor the effectiveness of regular Rogaine, but we do know that using multi-therapeutic treatments produces better results.

So what makes Christoffels’ Minoxidil better? With the use of our gentle DHT shampoo, carrier lotion, and Dexpanthenal (12%), the Minoxidil will stay in a liquid state longer, and thus be able to reach the follicle where hair growth occurs. Christoffels’ Minoxidil is FDA approved and of the people using it, 76% obtain some to moderate hair growth, 40% obtain moderate to good regrowth, and 8% obtain dense regrowth.

We also encourage our clients to use our low-level laser light therapy to accelerate the hair growth and bring in fuller, thicker hair. We see our clients every one to two months for an evaluation and to make adjustments as needed.

For an in-depth look at our hair loss treatment programs and products visit virghair.com.

Dealing With Hair Loss Frustration

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My name is Brad. I’m 27 years old, but with my thinning hair I look closer to 40. My story began in 2013 when I started noticing and experiencing hair loss. I spent time online researching different options, but only found myself confused by all the information.

Finally, I found Christoffels & Company. It was located right in Sioux Falls, so I called and scheduled a free consultation with Virg. During the consultation we talked about my expectations, then looked at my options, which included hair loss treatment, semi-permanent, non-surgical and transplant.

Due to my level of hair loss, a treatment program wouldn’t have given me the results I wanted with the thickness I was hoping for.

Young male looking at his hair loss in the mirrorI was pleasantly surprised to find out that a non-surgical option met all of my expectations. My original concept of a non-surgical treatment was a hairpiece or a toupee taped to my head, but luckily there were more advanced options. Virg designed a thin, skin-like material with human hair. It was customized to fit perfectly on my balding area and blend in with my remaining hair.

On the day of the first application, I went in with pictures and a pretty good idea of how I wanted my hair to look. My wife came with me and confirmed that the final style fit me well, as I didn’t want to draw any attention to myself.

My next big concern was what my friends and co-workers were going to say. I will admit that I was a nervous wreck.

On Monday, I went to work feeling somewhat self-conscious, but also feeling confident. To my surprise, no one said anything about my hair. That made me nervous at first, because I was wondering if I looked bad and they didn’t want to say anything, or if the change looked so natural that no one even noticed.

It’s been three and a half months and I totally love my new look. When hair comes up in a conversation I am comfortable telling everyone what I’ve done.

I know others experiencing hair loss can relate to my story. I want to encourage you to give Christoffels & Company a call, tell them your story, and let them tell you what they can do for you. You will not regret it.

Does Hair Loss Make a Difference?

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Hair Loss Difference

I was astounded while doing a consultation with a 25-year-old man. It took him more than two years to get enough courage to call us for an appointment. When he came in he was wearing a cap, but after we had been talking for 10 minutes, he took his cap off and started telling his story.

He had nice hair when he was younger but started losing it two years ago. His self-confidence was so low that he wasn’t able to function as a normal person. He only works at places that allow him to wear a cap. He won’t go to a wedding or a funeral. If he can’t wear his cap he doesn’t go to the event. If he has a wedding to attend he skips the ceremony and goes to the reception, if it is casual. He absolutely can’t face people without a cap on because of the insecurity from his hair loss.

This coming June he has a problem – he has been asked to be part of his best friend’s wedding party, and he knows he can’t wear his hat. This is what made him decide to come in for a consultation.

While I was visiting with him he was restless and agitated, but as we got to know each other more he began to relax. As we talked about different solutions, he was able to find hope and started to picture himself with a full head of hair. A smile even appeared on his face.

This is a true story and an example of what we see every day at Christoffels & Company. I want to invite you to make that call, let down your guard and trust us to help you find a solution. We will not only help with hair loss, we’ll also start to renew your self-esteem.

Why Not Just Shave My Head

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For the last few years we have seen a lot of men with hair loss resort to shaving off what is left, thinking that it is easier and cheaper.

Let’s talk about easier. First of all, not everyone looks good with a shaved head. Skin color and the shape of your head can directly affect how you will look. Some guys can pull it off and look fine, but I will never buy the idea that it is easier. A shaved head needs to be shaved every day, so it’s a time commitment, and I would advise you to think twice about that.

Hair replacement for balding menHow about the cost? Yes, there is a financial commitment involved with hair restoration treatments, but there is also a cost in losing your confidence and self-esteem. I visit with clients who have such low self-esteem that they can’t look me in the face, and they hate to take their cap off during consultation. I know of an individual that attends a lot of sporting events, but when it is time for the National Anthem he is conveniently gone to the bathroom. I call that a big cost. In the working world this same person will be passed up for great opportunities and advancement because of low self-esteem and low self-confidence.

Before you shave what’s left, call Christoffels & Company for a free consultation and talk about the options that will work best for you.

 

Part 2: How much is your self-confidence worth?

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Self-confidence and hair lossI had the pleasure of consulting with a 20-year-old college student. When he came to the appointment he had his hood up, a cap on, and he was looking down. This young man plays college football with a full ride scholarship, yet he couldn’t look me in the eyes because he was uncomfortable with the way his hair looked. His mother did most of the talking in hopes to get her son out of his shell. As we continued talking, we discovered his concerns of ending up bald like his father and grandfather.

What can we do at Christoffels & Company?

We started by completing a hair and scalp analysis where we found buildup on the scalp and a lot of hair miniaturization in the temple and crown areas. We then reviewed all the options including treatment, non-surgical and transplant. We knew it was important to him to try and retain as much of his hair as possible.

Since the hair loss pattern is not clearly defined at his young age, a transplant was not ideal in this situation. Our recommendation for him was to start using our scalp therapy and shampoo to clean the scalp. He will use 5% minoxidil, a DHT blocker, and complete low-level laser light therapy with the iGrow laser, three times a week. We will evaluate his progress in three months during his follow up.

P.S. He left with his head up and a smile on his face.

Part 1: How much is your self-confidence worth?

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Options for Hair LossWe have all been in situations where we feel inadequate. Feeling insecure once in a while is something everyone experiences, but self-doubt and hair loss go hand in hand. I know this for a fact because I see that shy, quiet response all the time.

Let me tell you about a very real situation that I see happen almost every week. Men and women will schedule a free hair loss and scalp evaluation. They come in for the appointment and you can tell by their body language, or by the fact that they are not comfortable with taking their cap off, that they are insecure. The response is often the same in people ages 20 to 70. I will see young men in their 20s who are shy and uncomfortable with the way their hair looks. They bring their father or mother to the appointment to speak for them. They have true self-confidence issues because of their hair loss.

The people faced with this situation don’t know where to turn, or how to get out of their insecurity. It’s important for us to show them that there is life in spite of hair loss. We encourage them to be thankful for life and all the positive things they have.

The good news is that we can offer them solutions to their hair loss and give them a chance to rebuild their self-esteem.

Exploring the options of low level laser light therapy, non-surgical hair, or a hair transplant can give those with hair loss a new hope and a second chance.

Myths About Hair Loss

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There are so mMyths and facts about hair loss and hair loss treatmentany myths surrounding hair loss. Christoffels & Company has been in the hair replacement business for over 40 years. Virg and his staff have been recognized as leaders in the industry because of their honest, caring, and open approach to hair loss. They have been recognized as the Studio of the Year by the National Hair Journal due to their progressive business and hair loss knowledge. Because of all of these accomplishments, Christoffels and Company would like to banish some popular myths.

Myth #1: My hair loss was caused by wearing a cap. False. Hats don’t cause hair to thin or bald. However, if a hat is dirty, it could lead to scalp infection and accelerate hair loss. If a hat is clean this should not be a problem.

Myth #2: Hair loss is passed down from the mother’s side of the family only. False. It is true that hereditary hair loss is more dominant when it stems from the female side of the family. But research suggests that if a male’s father is bald, the male is more likely to develop male pattern baldness.

Myth #3: Blow-drying wet hair eventually causes it to fall out. False. There is no proof that hair dryers will cause hair to thin out or fall out. High heat drying may cause hair to become brittle or break off, but will not increase the likelihood of your hair falling out.

Myth #4: Using hairspray, gel, or other styling products will cause hair to fall out. False. Styling products do not lead to balding. Neither does shampooing or washing your hair frequently.

Myth #5: Sunscreen use on the scalp causes hair to fall out. False. We recommend using sunscreen on your scalp if your hair is thinning, so as to prevent sunburn. Sunburn on the scalp is one of the first indicators of hair loss for men and women.

Myth #6: Swimming in a pool causing hair to fall out. False. Chlorine can cause hair to be dry and brittle, but it does not cause thinning or balding.

Myth #7: People who braid their hair can increase the risk of hair falling out. This is part myth and part truth. Braiding hair for a short time does not cause hair to fall out. However, tight braiding and cornrow braiding has caused hair loss. Braiding can destroy the hair follicles causing hair loss, also known as traction alopecia. When a large amount of stress is put on the hair follicles, such as a tight pony tail or pigtails, it can cause a receding hair line.

If you have any other questions about hair loss, or believe you are experiencing the indicators of hair loss, contact Virg or Sara today. They are experienced experts in the hair loss field who can help you regain your self-confidence.

 

2nd Annual Women’s Hair Loss Seminar

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Women with thinning hair or hair loss seminar.What a success! On Tuesday, June 2, Christoffels and Company hosted an open house for women with thinning hair or hair loss. We had 40 women present for an afternoon session, as well as another session in the evening. Rhonda McCarthy taught our participants about the reasons for hair loss, as well as the options that are available to women with hair loss.

When Rhonda finished we were honored to hear from Kayla Martell, former Miss Delaware and 2011 Miss America runner up. Kayla shared her story of living with alopecia and the ways it has helped her find her purpose in life: encouraging others with hair loss.

We also heard personal testimonies from two Christoffels and Company clients that have gone through the hair restoration process. Our friendly clients were eager to share their story and how it changed their lives.

Those in attendance were moved by the testimonies and education that was presented. We consulted with 30 women on Tuesday, and many more interested women scheduled a consultation for a later date.

Because this seminar was so successful for the participants, another seminar has been scheduled for June 7, 2016. Watch for any upcoming information and please call us if you would like to schedule a consultation and a free hair and scalp evaluation.

Trichotillomania

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Trichotillomania Treatments

If you are suffering from alopecia or other types of hair loss, it may seem unthinkable that some people actually pull out their hair until there is noticeable thinning or baldness. They are not trying to start a new fashion trend. They simply cannot resist the urge to pull their hair out. This condition is called trichotillomania, or compulsive hair pulling. The disorder involves pulling hair from anywhere on the body, but the scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes are commonly pulled areas.

People often show signs of this disorder starting at age 12 or 13. Hyped-up hormones are a possible trigger in adolescence. Stressful events such as family conflict, loss of a close relative, or a change of schools are sometimes connected with the onset of trichotillomania. Hair pulling may also begin in early childhood and adulthood.

Related Hair Loss Disorders

Many who suffer with this compulsion also have symptoms of OCD, or obsessive-compulsive disorder, such as frequent hand washing or checking a locked door repeatedly. Some professionals believe trichotillomania should be classified as a subtype of OCD, especially since having the symptoms of both can run in families. Currently, trichotillomania is categorized as an impulse control disorder.

Trichotillomania is thought to involve a disturbance of the brain’s chemical messengers, or neurotransmitters, that transport signals between nerve cells. It is not surprising that a depressed mood often accompanies hair pulling. Depressive disorders are linked to a problem with neurotransmitters too (i.e., dopamine, serotonin). Trichotillomania also deflates self-esteem and can cause people to isolate, which are two symptoms of depression.

Hair pullers sometimes have other compulsive behaviors like picking at their skin, continuous scratching, or nail biting. They can have moderate to high anxiety. In childhood, this disorder occurs equally between males and females.

Symptoms

1. Repeated hair pulling that results in visible hair loss.
2. A rising feeling of tension or anxiety just before pulling and if they resist pulling
3. When hair is pulled out, experiencing a sense of relief or pleasure
4. There is no skin condition or other medical problem to account for the behavior
5. The puller is very distressed about the disorder or daily functioning is disrupted
If trichotillomania is suspected, a doctor should do a thorough exam to determine if there is a medical cause for the disorder.

Complications

People with trichotillomania can experience mild to debilitating shame. The shame stems from not being able to stop pulling, and possibly from peers, friends, or family members ridiculing, or nagging them to stop. Sometimes relatives of a hair puller are embarrassed by the problem. Most adults with this diagnosis have relatively normal social lives, but some avoid close relationships; a result of earlier emotional scarring.

Physical complications of this compulsion are possible skin damage or infection, and many times permanent hair loss. There are some who eat their hair after pulling it out. That condition is called trichophagia and suffers may develop trichobezoars or hair balls. The trichobezoars may cause life threatening gastrointestinal problems if not surgically removed.

Treatments

Medications can reduce symptoms of trichotillomania but only while the medication is taken. Antidepressants and mood stabilizers are the most commonly prescribed. Behavioral therapy is frequently recommended for hair pullers. It provides a structured way to learn and implement techniques that break the hair pulling habit, or reduce the frequency of pulling.

One example of behavior therapy is “habit reversal training.” The hair puller and therapist identify where and when the patient gets the urge to pull. Then, a different behavior is practiced in reaction to the urge, such as making and holding a fist with the hand(s) previously used for pulling. This therapy may be accompanied relaxation training to reduce the individual’s stress level.

Cognitive therapy can also help with addressing the person’s problematic thinking habits that contribute to their tension and anxiety. Patients learn to recognize distorted thoughts and replace them with realistic ones.

Like any compulsion, hair pulling is difficult to eliminate. Children sometimes outgrow the problem but later onset usually results in a chronic, life long issue. For more information, support and resources on trichotilomania, visit the Trichotilomania Learning Center website www.trich.org.