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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.

Hair Loss Expert looking at male's scalp

Non-Surgical Hair Replacement Testimonial

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Before and after man with non-surgical hair replacementHello Virg, I am Keith Beck from Britton SD. I have been a client of yours for a year and a half now, and I have never taken the moment to personally thank you for changing my life. The day I drove to my consult with my sister in the snowstorm I questioned if I made the right decision. That day we signed the contract and you said that you were going to get me from living from under my cap. I had a cap by every door in my house because I was so conscious of my hair loss. I cannot thank you enough. That decision was one of the best decisions I had ever made. You literally changed my life. I was never going to tell a soul that I had done it and how wrong was I. I have told more people about your company and shared my before and after pic with so many you wouldn’t believe it. I just personally want to thank you for what you have done for me and my life. I just had my system changed on Friday with Burgandy who is an absolute gem, and was able to visit with Sara also and thank her. If you ever have anyone who would like to talk to a client or ask questions about it, you are certainly able to send them my direction. I would definitely encourage them as I know what a change it made in my life. Thank you again for all you do!

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.

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.

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

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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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.