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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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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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