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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

How to go Vegan WITHOUT Losing Your Hair

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By Lew Hutchinson

So you have decided to go vegan. There may be some health concerns that you need to be aware of. One of the common issues that is associated with going began is hair loss. For those that decide to go vegan, during the initial transition period, hair loss is often something that is experienced. There is good news and that is hair loss due to going vegan is preventable. Here are some of the reasons vegans lose their hair and how to avoid it happening to you.

Low Protein

Going vegan means cutting all meat out of your diet as well as all animal byproducts. This change can lead to a sudden drop in protein intake. When your body has low protein levels, one of the first things your body does is to stop hair growth to conserve energy for more essential body functions. If you have a severe loss of protein from your system, that can cause you to lose hair.

Nutrient Deficiency

When you go vegan, your diet takes on some drastic changes and some of those changes can result in nutrient deficiency. Iron, which is commonly found in whole grains and red meat, is often an issue for those that go vegan. Having an iron as well as other vitamin deficiencies can lead to you having hair loss. Your body will cut hair growth to save energy for other body functions, so it is very important to watch your diet closely to avoid nutrient deficiency.

Rapid Weight Loss

Rapid weight loss is common for new vegans. This happens because you cut out of your diet most of the fattening aspects. This rapid weight loss can put a tremendous amount of stress on your body and this stress can cause confusion to your system and can disrupt your body’s natural processes. This disruption can lead to you suffering hair loss.

Thyroid Problems

Anyone who goes vegan often has an increase in his or her soy intake. If you suffer with thyroid problems, soy can greatly worsen this issue. The problem is made worse when your body is low on iodine. When you have thyroid problems, soy can greatly worsen this issue. The problem is made worse when your body is low on iodine. When you have thyroid problems, these often result in hair thinning. If you do have a thyroid issue and you want to go vegan it is very important that you monitor your soy intake and iodine levels.

Eat Nutrient Rich Foods

When you are on a vegan diet you need to be careful because you can lose vital nutrients. One way to solve this is to eat foods that are high in nutrients that you may be lacking. Items like carrots, which are a great source of vitamin C, and walnuts are a good source of vitamin E. Other foods like Bok Choy, spinach, and other leafy greens can provide you with the iron your body needs. By eating nutritious foods you give your body the essentials it needs and you avoid your body from stopping hair growth.

Watch Your Protein Intake

When you eliminate meat and animal byproducts from your diet, the result can be a lack of protein. There are a number of foods you can eat to give your body the protein it needs like quinoa, lentils, black beans and chai seeds. These protein rich foods also are high in other important vitamins that can improve your body’s over all health and help promote hair growth.

Take Supplements

For many vegans just monitoring your diet isn’t always enough to ensure you are getting the right amount of nutrients your body needs. Taking a multi-vitamin and supplements can help a lot to make up for any deficiencies you may have. If you have thyroid problems, you may also consider taking iodine supplements to avoid hair loss that can be caused by your soy intake.

Monitor Your Caloric Intake

When you go vegan you cut out a lot of food that are high in calories. As a result, you will need to eat much more than you are used to earing. It is important for you to monitor the amount of calories you intake to avoid rapid weight lost. While you might be looking forward to losing some weight by going vegan, rapid weight loss can be harmful to your body and it can lead to hair loss.

Lew Hutchinson is the President of Invisons of Connecticut, Hair Loss Specialists in Middlebury, Connecticut. Lew has a dedicated his life to hair restoration and provides non-surgical hair replacement, and hair loss prevention treatments to both men and women.

Article previously published in “The Link” magazine article #25.

Can You Predict Hair Loss?

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There are many myths surrounding hair loss that tend to make people wonder if they will go bald. Some of these myths are: I will become bald if I wear a cap, I will become bald from using styling products on my hair, or I will become bald if my mother’s side of the family deals with hair loss. Christoffels Hair Restoration has been recognized as leaders in the industry because of their honest, caring, and open approach to hair loss. Because of all of these accomplishments, we would like to clear up some popular myths.

Hair loss is not caused by wearing a cap, styling your hair, or necessarily only passed down from your mother’s side of the family. 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.

What causes hair loss?

The major cause of hair loss is DHT (Di-Hydro-Testosterone). Once DHT binds to the androgen receptors, the receptors are no longer able to receive nutrients and energy, which is essential for healthy hair growth. As the DHT continues to cut off the flow of nutrients and energy, the hair eventually dies and falls out. Other causes of hair loss can be hormones, thyroid, anemia, over processed hair, chemicals, or pollutants in the air and food.

Hair loss continued.

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 has hair loss in their lifetime. The number of individuals affected by hair loss continues to rise, increasing by 10% in the last year.

How to tackle hair loss.

After noticing the signs of hair loss, people question where they can go for help and whom they can trust for honest information. 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.

The results we see every day at Christoffels Hair Restoration prove the importance of starting treatment early.  The earlier we start the treatment against D.H.T., the better we can control hair loss.

Certified Hair Loss Practitioner with USTI and AMCA

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Over the last few years, Sara and myself have had more and more clients coming into the treatment center, distressed by their aging, thinning hair. I knew I needed to find another way to help. I needed to truly educate myself even more on the scalp, the skin and the science that makes up the hair in order to understand the issues clients were coming to me with and to formulate a plan of action. After intensive research, I decided to continue my education with the US Trichology Institute (USTI), the #1 school in the world and the only one with certification from the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA). Sara and myself have both become Certified Hair Loss Practitioner with USTI and AMCA. What does this mean for my clients?

Trichology combines dermatology with cosmetology. I’m now educated even more on advanced technology and diagnostic software aimed at studying the hair shaft, scalp and follicles to determine the cause of thinning hair and to treat – and in some cases, even prevent it.

My clients know that I won’t sell them a product or treatment I don’t believe in. Before any solutions can be offered, the root of the problem needs to be identified. During this extensive course, I studied dozens of causes and conditions that lead to thinning hair and hair loss. Most “courses” focused on function – covering up, helping a client pump up what’s left on their head to achieve volume. But over the years, we’ve come to see that not everyone wants to cover up. They simply want their own hair in improved condition.  My Hair Loss Practitioner’s Certification with USTI® has given me the opportunity to intensely study the science behind hair loss, along with up-to-date high-tech solutions currently on the market, such as FDA cleared devices.

Additionally, the Institute continues to provide former students (that’s me!) with current industry knowledge throughout the year, so I will always be able to share information on the latest treatments available.

I look forward to incorporating our latest studies into the business and helping my clients even more than before. Are you tired of hair loss controlling your life? You have even more options today!

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Why Get a Hair Transplant?

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Our last blog post shared Brad’s hair loss experience with Christoffels & Company. He scheduled a free hair loss consultation, learned his options, and decided that a non-surgical treatment was best for his situation.

Now we’ll share Chad’s experience. After dealing with hair loss, Chad finally worked up the courage to call us for a consultation and allowed us to help him find the best solution.

Again, we explored the hair treatment options as well as non-surgical and surgical procedures. Chad’s hair loss was primarily in the front, but it was also becoming noticeable in the vertex area of his head.

We began the normal consultation process by talking about his expectations, lifestyle, and the hairstyle he wanted to have when the process was complete. With his male pattern baldness, a treatment program would help prevent future hair loss, but would not grow back the hair he
had already lost. We decided that a transplant would allow us to use his existing hair, rather than a non-surgical replacement.

We decided to do the transplant F.U.T. procedure, which would move as much hair as possible Male working on tablet at a coffee shopfrom the donor area to the balding area. Then we created a new hairline and added density to the top by transplanting individual follicles. Chad still continues to use Christoffels minoxidil formula and laser treatment to stop further hair loss.

Today, Chad’s new hairstyle is age appropriate and looks totally natural.

Call Christoffels & Company and let us help you find the best solution for your hair loss.

What Do We Call It? Hair Restoration, Replacement, Grafting….

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During a consultation the client often asks, either directly or indirectly, “What do you call it?” when referring to the hair restoration process.Non-Surgical Hair Loss Options

Back when I lost my hair, my only solution was a fake hairpiece. The hairpiece was a combination of synthetic fibers knotted into lace mesh and reinforced with polyurethane. I would use clips and tape to apply it to my bald area, which actually looked pretty good for that day and age.

Today, we hear terms such as hair restoration, toupee, grafting, bonding, fusion, transplant and replacement. We are here to help provide clarity to our clients and help them understand the difference between terms.

Christoffels & Company is in the hair replacement, or hair restoration, business. Under these two terms we talk about surgical or non-surgical hair replacement.

Surgical hair restoration then gives you the option of F.U.E. or F.U.T. procedures, which both come with pros and cons. There are even more options for non-surgical hair replacement, so the best way to understand your choices is to schedule a consultation with a trained consultant who will help you make the best decision. Some basic things to know about non-surgical hair replacement methods are:

1.     It is always reversible.
2.     Application can be semi-permanently applied or designed to be removable.
3.     Hairstyle options are unlimited.

It’s important to know that there is no shame in not knowing what to call it. Our receptionist will talk you through the process and help you understand how to get started, and during the consultation we will make it clear what your best solution is.

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.

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.

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