Category Archives: female hair loss

Does Minoxidil Treatment Really Work?

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We often get asked if our treatment really works, and while the answer is yes, it’s not always a quick fix. It takes discipline and commitment, even when you can’t notice any changes. Ann’s story demonstrates the necessary patience and dedication needed while going through treatment.

Ann is a 70 year-old who came to us with extensive hair loss. She had seen doctors, had blood work done, and had her thyroid checked but still wasn’t able to find the cause of her hair loss. On top of this, Ann had lost her husband resulting in more stress and hair loss.

Ann came to Sara for help, hoping to find a solution to stop the hair shedding. After completing a scalp and hair analysis, they decided to use low-level laser therapy coupled with our topical treatment of Complete, which includes scalp therapy, DHT shampoo, Minoxidil, and DHT blockers. Ann wanted to stop continued hair loss along with the hope of growing new hair, and these two treatments were great options for accomplishing those goals.

After three months the shedding had almost completely stopped, but there wasn’t any new growth. At Ann’s six-month follow up she had new pictures taken and when compared to the originals they couldn’t believe the drastic change. As you can see by her pictures, Ann not only stopped the shedding but also had new hair growth. The key to her success was consistency and the discipline of using the treatment products daily even when results weren’t immediate, along with laser therapy three times a week.

Call Christoffels Hair Restoration for your free hair and scalp analysis and let us determine if hair loss treatment will work for you.Before and after of 70 year-old with hair loss

How to Handle the Stages of Hair Loss

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When a client first comes to Christoffels Hair Restoration with the signs of hair loss, they are usually dealing with many new frightening emotions. The average person doesn’t think about losing their hair, and therefore don’t understand how much it can actually affect their life until it happens. The process of hair loss can be slow and continue to gradually expand over time, or can happen rapidly resulting in hair falling out in large masses. Approximately one-third to one-half of all people deal with noticeable hair loss in their lifetime.

The number of individuals affected by hair loss continues to rise, increasing by 10% in the last year. Ninety-seven percent of hair loss with males is caused by male pattern baldness, and 70% of female hair loss is caused by female pattern baldness. Other causes of hair loss can be hormones, thyroid, anemia, over processed hair, chemicals, or pollutants in the air and food.

After noticing the signs of hair loss, people question where they can go for help and who they can trust for honest information. Hair loss is not covered by medical plans and most doctors don’t spend time with clients dealing with hair loss. As a result, people often turn to the Internet or start watching TV commercials that advertise the quick cure and “guaranteed method” of stopping hair loss.

As a certified trichology practitioner, the professionals at Christoffels Hair Restoration are able to examine the scalp and hair in a holistic way. We evaluate clients based on their personal history, lifestyle, genetic factors and environment conditions. Based on this evaluation and consultation we can suggest individualized cosmetic solutions, give nutritional advice and recommend lifestyle changes to improve the health and appearance of an individuals hair and scalp. Most men treat their hair loss between ages 20 and 55, but it’s becoming more popular for men to do so after age 55. Most women treat their hair loss between ages 35 and 70, and even some as young as 25.

If you start to notice the signs of hair loss and have similar concerns please call us at 605-334-7026 or email [email protected] We will schedule a free consultation and scalp evaluation to help you find the right solution.

How to Handle Hair Loss

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.

What Are My Hair Loss Options? Part 2: Non-Surgical

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How do I sort through all the options and language when researching hair loss?

This is the question we will help you answer over the next two weeks. For the first installation in this three part blog series, click here.

Last week we discussed laser therapy and medications that can be used to treat thinning hair. This week, we want to discuss the pros and cons of non-surgical options.

What used to be the “hairpiece or toupee” is today referred to as semi-permanent hair replacement. This product involves applying or grafting a thin derma lens material with human hair looped into it to the balding or thinning area on your head. This procedure is used womens-wigswhen a person has hair loss that is too far advanced for a treatment program to be effective. This procedure would also be used when you want to have the type of hair density that you get with a transplant. Semi-permanent, non-surgical options allow you to have a full head of hair that looks and reacts like you own growing hair. When using a non-surgical option you are not limited to a specific hairstyle or to how much hair you can have. Our specialist will help you choose a hairstyle that meets your expectations, as well as design a hairstyle that is appropriate for you. Non-surgical options can be used in the early stages of hair loss or if your hair loss is more advanced. This is also a good option for people suffering with hair loss due to medical reasons such as alopecia or chemotherapy.

What Are My Hair Loss Options? Part 1: Treatment

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How do I sort through all the options and language when researching hair loss?

This is the question we will help you answer over the next three weeks.

The first option to discuss is nutraceuticals, minoxidil, propecia, low level laser therapy or any combination of these.

The decision to use a treatment program to address your hair loss problem is a starting point. Treatment is most effective with young men in the early stages of hair loss. Many women come into a treatment program wanting to promote a fuller looking head of hair, while most men want to slow the balding process. The important thing to remember about using a treatment program is that you cannot grow hair where there is not a hair follicle. Treatment is used when trying to maintain hair or give the appearance of more hair, not as a way to grow nonexistent hair back. A treatment program is often used as a way to buy more time in preserving your hair until you are ready for hair replacement. Treatment is recommended in conjunction with hair transplantation to preserve existing growing hair. This helps the transplant look more natural.

It is important to remember that the choice you make in treating your hair loss has to align with the expectation you have as to how much hair you want in the end.

Low level laser therapy for hair loss

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.

Free Hair Loss Seminar with Kayla Martell

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Free Hair Loss Seminar with Christoffels and CompanyDate: Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Times: 1:00PM & 6:30PM

Location: 3300 E 26th Street, Sioux Falls, SD

30 million women experience some degree of hair loss and don’t know where to turn for solutions – until now. Learn about the many causes of hair loss in women and find out for yourself what options are available for you.

The free event will feature 2011 Miss America Pageant Finalist Kayla Martell as well as the hair loss experts at Christoffels & Company.

In addition, all attendees will receive a FREE PRIVATE HAIR & SCALP ANALYSIS.

There are many reasons that women experience hair loss, and many solutions to make you feel confident again. But it can be difficult to determine which option is truly best for you. Kayla Martell has dealt with hair loss since she was diagnosed with alopecia areata at age 11.

However, with the help of her supportive friends and family, she went on to become Miss Delaware in 2010, and, later, the first Miss Delaware to place in the top ten in the 2011 Miss America Pageant. Now Kayla is touring the United States to share her experiences and help women “feel feminine and beautiful.”

Virg Christoffels, founder of Christoffels and Company, states, “Women’s hair loss is different than men’s; it often has different causes and different solutions. At Christoffels & Company we have an entire team dedicated to working with women.”


Seating is limited! Call Christoffels & Company at 605.334.7026 to reserve your seat.


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Female Hair Loss and Testosterone

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Female Hair Loss

The body’s level of DHT plays a role in female hair loss called androgenic alopecia. A woman’s ovaries secrete the hormone testosterone, and testosterone can be transformed into the DHT that miniaturizes follicles.

It’s not that your ovaries are trying to sabotage our hair. Women need testosterone for fun things like sexual desire, sensitivity to stimulation, and orgasms. Testosterone also provides good muscle tone, energy, and balance. Without it women are indecisive, feel insecure, and may develop distressingly dry skin.

The latest research shows the problem in alopecia is not how much testosterone is circulating through your system, but the amount of DHT clinging to the receptors on your hair follicles. Ironically, the enzyme that changes testosterone to DHT is found in the follicles’ oil glands.

The enzyme, Type II 5-alpha reductase, translates testosterone to DHT in both women and men. Although men carry 40 to 50 times more testosterone than women do, women are more sensitive to it. If you have alopecia, it’s possible your system is sensitive even to normal levels of DHT. Alopecia may also begin when female hormone levels drop, and the male ones (including testosterone) started wielding too much influence.

Androgen Alopecia

Most women with androgenic alopecia experience hair thinning across all parts of the scalp. A few women have hair loss on part of their scalp (pattern baldness), as do men with alopecia. Even fewer women have both diffuse and patterned shedding.

Though DHT shrinks hair follicles, it does so over time. It stretches out the hair’s anagen (growing) and telogen (resting) phases. With each passing cycle the hair shafts become smaller, narrowing at the tip. Eventually, follicles stop producing hair.

DHT is not the only culprit in alopecia. Heredity is a known factor. Anything that disturbs the body’s delicate hormonal balance may contribute to the problem. Stress, menopause, androgen-rich birth control pills, ovarian cysts, hysterectomy, and pregnancy, are all possible perpetrators of female hair loss.


Life is such a balancing act. From the molecules of the body, to the cells, organs, and systems, so much depends on one thing being balanced with many others. It’s miraculous and mind-boggling.

We all know how to help ourselves. A nutritious diet, staying active, and getting enough sleep help keep our various bodily substances at compatible levels. Socializing, laughter, and relaxation also assist our body with its chemical juggling act.

Hormone therapy is always an option but also fraught with side-effects. Using testosterone blockers, or other hormone treatments, are best discussed with your physician.

Female suffering with hair loss called androgenic alopecia

Hair Loss in Women at or Over 50

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Hair Loss in Women

Whether a woman believes reaching menopause is something to be happy or sad about, many start experiencing hair thinning where hair is wanted, and hair growth where it is not; one of life’s little jokes. Though finding a way to laugh about it helps, it is a problem that negatively affects women’s self-esteem and emotional well-being.

But, before going deeper into the role of menopause and aging in hair loss, here is a brief look at alopecia. Although it can begin anytime after puberty, alopecia is a common form of hair loss after 50.

Alopecia: Two Types

Alopecia areata affects about 5 million people in the United States. This type of female hair loss is considered an autoimmune disease, meaning the body’s immune system attacks its very own hair follicles. Other onset factors include a person’s genetic makeup, other illness, pregnancy, and stress.

The first sign of alopecia areata is typically a small, round, and smooth patch of baldness on the scalp. Those with alopecia areata eventually experience complete baldness, or alopecia totalis. Others may lose hair over their entire body, called alopecia universalis. The course of alopecia areata is unpredictable, and hair may grow back only to fall out again.

Androgenic alopecia refers here to the female version of male pattern baldness. It has been linked to an inherited sensitivity to the male sex hormone, androgen. Women may experience diffuse hair thinning over their entire scalp instead of the actual baldness that develops in men.

Menopause and After

At menopause, your estrogen and progesterone levels drop, and this seems to be responsible, or partly so, for hair thinning (and that cheeky peach fuzz that seems to appear overnight). Other factors related to hair loss are high levels of stress, illness, hormonal imbalances, harsh hair products, and a genetic disposition.

Blood-sugar levels, thyroid tests, and an evaluation for rheumatoid disease may be suggested by your doctor to rule out other possible causes for any hair loss. A test for excessive androgen in your system is appropriate if the loss is sudden. As for managing the unwanted loss or growth, it is recommended you see a doctor to discuss possible lifestyle changes and medication options.

Lifestyle Changes

Suggested life style adjustments are a healthy diet, getting plenty of B vitamins (especially B6), enjoying a cup of green tea every day, losing some pounds, and trying shampoo that contains hyaluronic acid. These changes may help restore hair growth although it will take three to four months before you know. Even if taking these suggestions does not restore your hair, they are good habits for general well-being.

Stress hormones and insulin, if the levels are high, can cause an excess of androgen in the body. Reducing stress may lower the androgen enough to stop intrusive hair from peppering the chin. Walking, meditation, yoga, visualization, shooting some hoops, caring for a pet, swimming, playing with the grandchildren, and gardening are suggestions.


Medicinal options for menopause and post-menopause hair loss include a limited-term prescription for estrogen, Rogaine (minoxidil), steroids, or metformin (a drug often used with type 2 diabetes). All of these medications carry possible side-effects and should be discussed with your doctor.

Low Level Laser light treatments may be utilized to control hair loss and to promote healthy hair growth. Laser therapy treatments can be conducted in an office environment with a hair loss professional. An FDA cleared portable laser can also be purchased for at home use. Meet with a qualified hair loss professional to learn more about your options.

Hair loss from menopause and alopecia in women over 50 years old.