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Why is our Minoxidil More Effective?

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A common question we receive from clients during their first consultation is how our hair loss products differ from other minoxidil products such as Rogaine.

During a regular treatment, minoxidil should reach the hair follicle and simulates hair growth. When an individual uses minoxidil products alone, sebrum oil from the sebaceous glands block the minoxidil from reaching the hair follicle. So what makes Christoffels’ minoxidil more effective? When minoxidil is mixed with a carrier ingredient, it stays in a liquid state longer, allowing it to penetrate down into the follicle and providing the maximum effect. With the use of Christoffels’ gentle DHT shampoo, a carrier lotion and dexpanthenal (12%), minoxidil is able to reach the follicle. Our Complete treatment program is designed to make minoxidil more effective and to give you better results compared to using other products, which contain minoxidil by itself.

Christoffels’ minoxidil is FDA approved with 76% of the people obtaining some to moderate hair growth, 40% moderate to good re-growth, and 8% dense re-growth. We also encourage our clients to pair our Complete treatment with our low-level laser light therapy to accelerate the hair growth and bring in fuller, thicker hair.

There’s no accurate way to monitor the effectiveness of Rogaine. At Christoffels we like to see everyone every 1-2 months for an evaluation. With the use of digital pictures and a magnifying scope, we are able to monitor the progress of the treatment. Everyone responds to the products differently and frequent evaluations allow us to make adjustments as needed.

For an in-depth look at our hair loss treatment programs and products go to restoringhairsd.com

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Christoffels Helps Three Generations

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Christoffels Hair Restoration recently had the opportunity to help Mitchell through the hair restoration process. As Virg was getting to know Mitchell, he found out that Mitchell’s father and grandfather had both visited Christoffels years ago when they first started to lose their hair. That made Mitchell represented the third generation in his family to work with Christoffels.

When Mitchell’s father and grandfather started the restoration process, the technology was very primitive and the only solution for their hair loss was to tape or clip a hairpiece over the balding area. Sadly, many people still think that is their only option.

Mitchell was losing hair and struggling to find the right answer – should he do a transplant, treatment program, or a nonsurgical option? Because of the amount of his hair loss, a transplant wouldn’t completely cover the area, and a treatment program would only maintain where Mitchell’s hair currently was, while preventing thinning in the future. So, we decided to design a trendy looking hairstyle for him.

Hair loss is a personal subject, so it can be hard for people to openly talk about it. But Mitchell decided to talk about his new look publicly and evaluate the response. He posted before and after pictures on Facebook, one with thinning hair and his old glasses, and the other with the new hairstyle and new glasses. He asked people to vote which look they liked best, and only one person commented on his new hair. Many people fear what others will say about their hair restoration and it holds them back from dealing with their hair loss, but Mitchell tackled the issue up-front and realized what many of our patients do – that there is less judgment out there than they expect.

Mitchell is very public about his hair loss, and will admit that his hair was becoming a draw back in his everyday life. We will be posting a video and interview with Mitchell about his personal journey through hair loss.

Emily’s Alopecia Areata Story

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When it’s back-to-school time, children, like Emily, and their families are busy gathering all of the school supplies that they’ll need for a new year – but there was an extra something that Emily’s mother knew she would need to feel confident in school.

Emily has Down Syndrome and Alopecia Areata, a common autoimmune disease that results in the loss of hair on the scalp and anywhere on the body, and Emily’s mother knew that Emily wanted to have hair for the first day of school.

Alopecia Areata usually starts with one or more small, smooth bald patches and occurs in males and females of all ages, but most often develops in childhood. The National Alopecia Areata Foundation says that over 6.8 million people in the United States and 147 million worldwide have, or will develop, Alopecia Areata at some point in their lives.

When Emily’s mother first contacted Christoffels Hair Restoration she spoke to Sara, and there was pain and uncertainty in her voice as she asked for help. But as a mother of three girls herself, Sara was immediately drawn to Emily’s story. Mothers naturally want the best for their children, and Sara felt that it was a privilege to help precious little Emily get ready for kindergarten. Emily is one of the most beautiful little girls you will ever meet!

Emily has a small but growing patch on the top of her head. We were able to design a small human hair system that would fit in that area. The system is similar to a contact lens, with one or two hairs injected into it at a time. During the process, Emily was promised ice cream if she sat still.

Emily’s mom was overjoyed with the final result. Emily is beautiful both inside and out, and even though she doesn’t need hair to let her love and personality shine, the joy she had when she looked in the mirror was priceless. The human hair system can be braided, curled, flat-ironed and styled however she desires. Emily is looking forward to trying new styles with hair bows and enjoying her ice cream!

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Ella’s Battle Against Alopecia

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Alopecia Restoration for Children

When Ella first came into Christoffels Hair Restoration, we immediately fell in love with her personality. Ella is a 9-year-old girl who is battling alopecia, an autoimmune disease (also known as pattern baldness) in which hair is lost when the body fails to recognize its own cells and destroys them. But even though she’s dealing with alopecia, Ella has an amazing zest for life. She is the sweetest girl you will ever meet!

Although losing her hair did not slow Ella down, she still desired so much to look just like every other girl her age. Imagine yourself as a child with no hair and how that would affect you. She wanted to have hair that would blow in her face and that she could comb, put into a ponytail and braid. She wanted to go to sleepovers and be able to look and feel normal!

When our stylist, Kayla, first put Ella’s custom hair system on her head, Ella had a huge smile and in her sassy voice she said, “This gives me attitude!” She was so excited and was doing handstands with her new hair. She even danced and sang, because who doesn’t like to look pretty? This little give came alive even more than she had before, and she was posing for pictures like every other little girl does. She said, “I look like Ella again!”

Christoffels Hair Restoration is happy to help clients of any age look and feel their best!

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We’re Hiring a Licensed Hair Stylist

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Christoffels Hair Restoration is a full service hair loss studio in Sioux Falls, SD, that is committed to providing the best products and experience possible when designing hair and working with clients who face hair loss.

We are seeking a licensed, motivated hair stylist with the desire to move from a regular salon setting to be trained in the specialty of hair replacement.

All training is provided and benefits are offered. If you desire to advance in your career and see yourself as a team player, advancement opportunities are available. We offer flexible hours with weekends off in a professional progressive environment.

Hair Stylist Job Responsibilities:

This position goes beyond the basics of hair styling, and the stylist must be willing to specialize in hair loss needs for men and women.

  • Cosmetology license
  • Willingness to learn all aspects of hair replacement
  • Hair styling services
  • Cutting and delivering hair additions
  • Work well in a team environment
  • Coachable

Benefits:

  • Flexible Hours
  • Hourly Wage
  • Benefits
  • Training
  • Professional environment
  • Good team spirit

If you are the right fit for this position, please pick up an application from our office.

Thank you,
Christoffels Hair Restoration
3300 East 26th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57103
605-334-7026

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Non-Surgical Hair Replacement Testimonial

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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!

The Hair Society Features Virg Christoffels

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Virg is honored to be featured in a one-on-one interview with The Hair Society. This organization helps businesses grow by connecting leaders, educators and mentors in the hair industry.

“It is not often that you meet someone with such high standards and morals.  Virg is that man, he not only “talks the talk” but also “walks the walk”.  Virg Christoffels is a man of integrity and faith and his passion for his craft, his family and his staff have brought Virg to where he is at today.”

Read more about Virg’s success in his interview here.

Life On A Borrowed Bike And Hair Loss Transformation

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HairTransformationsI was taught the meaning of hard work as a little boy growing up on a dairy farm. I would wake up early in the mornings and spend the hot summer days working outside. When work was somewhat caught up, I would have time to ride my bicycle.

Between five brothers and sisters, we all shared one bike. Riding a bike on the farm was different than my friends riding their bikes in town, since I only had our gravel yard and driveway to ride on.

Many times when I got to ride the bike it was after it had rained and the gravel was muddy, or at best sticky and soft. My bike didn’t always have fenders covering the wheels, so I would get a streak of mud up and down the back of my shirt. Sometimes I would get creative and attach a piece of cardboard to the bike frame with a clothespin, allowing the cardboard to stick into the spokes. It caused what I thought was a really cool sound – the faster I went, the better it sounded.

I recently had a bike riding experience. I was in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and a friend of mine asked if I wanted to use his bike while I was there. Unlike riding my bike as a young child, I was freaking out about all the traffic, even being in the special bike lane. The bike lane was narrow and drivers in Ft. Lauderdale honk at everyone, including those on a bicycle, so I was always on the edge of my seat (no pun intended).

Maybe you are wondering what biking has to do with hair loss and hair replacement. In my mind, they are both examples of transformation. When I started my business in 1976 we were only cutting and styling hair, but when I lost my hair I started to look for options. Sadly, my only option was to wear a taped-on toupee that never looked real and felt like I was wearing a cap. As time went on, I started to transform my business and was able to design very thin semi-permanent grafts with human hair that are styled just like natural growing hair.

The transformation continues with new trendy styles and technology that allow us to renew self-confidence and let people live full lifestyles.

Contact us by phone or email to schedule an appointment, and allow us to transform your appearance and self-confidence.

Memory Lane

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Christoffels & Company - Memory Lane BlogI used to think, “Why talk about the past? Who cares? It’s just a bunch of old people telling embellished stories.”

My parents would tell stories from their younger years about World War II and how they fell in love. They talked about the struggles they faced after they bought a farm in the 1950s, which was the biggest financial risk they had ever taken. Back then I didn’t realize the sacrifices they made. They probably had sleepless nights worrying about how the bills would get paid and how to provide for a family of eight.

Two years ago my 94-year-old mother shared their story of risk with us. She and my dad had to sell a cow in order to send six kids through Christian education. It wasn’t until after the tuition was paid that my dad found the check, un-cashed, from selling the cow. My mom doesn’t know how the tuition was paid but she saw this as an example of how God provides.

In 1963, I thought my parents were financially ahead when my dad rented a black and white TV. Many of you reading this may not know what that was, right? We would watch one of three TV networks in the evening, taking turns walking up to the TV and manually switching channels. The antenna, which was wrapped in tin foil, had to be just right or else the TV screen would look like snow. Fast forward 50 years, and 40 years later of owning our business, and I now see many similarities between the TV antenna and my own life.

I think back to starting with 200 clients and paying $1,500 for a 400 square foot barbershop. I was scared stiff! As the business grew I never stopped worrying and thinking “what if.” Today, I can honestly say that I worry less about the “what ifs” because I have seen God provide for me in many ways, like He did for my parents. Every part of my life needs to be aligned with God’s wishes for me. It has taken me 40 years of business to realize that it’s not about me, but about how God wants to use me.

To all my friends, family and clients, God has blessed me, and our business, beyond what I could ever do through my own worrying. He has given me the privilege to touch so many lives. Thanks for the 40 years!

How Do You Define Success?

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Christoffels And Company OwnersYou have probably been asked the question, “What is success?” Success is different for everyone and can be personalized, so the key word here is you.  How do you define success?

If you had asked me to define success 40 years ago my answer would have been very different than it is now. My personal definition of success back then was starting my own business, having enough money to pay rent, and being able to provide essentials for my family.

One week after graduating from high school, I went to barber college (even though I had never been to a barber because my mom always cut my hair). It was 1971 and 1972, and men weren’t getting haircuts. I had no goals in my life and no direction for where I would end up. I was in survival mode and was truly a “wondering generality.” Luckily, I was only 18 years old and the only place I could go was up. Looking back, I feel God was using those experiences to shape me into the person I am today.

In 1986, I went to an all-day seminar featuring Zig Ziglar. After the conference was over I bought each of his books and cassette tapes. I read the books, listened to the tapes, and incorporated the value of setting goals into my life. I learned the importance of creating balance between the family, spiritual, physical, financial and business aspects of my life. Success started to become clearer for me once all of these components were identified and prioritized.

My business was started on a shoestring. It began with a $2,500 loan – $1,500 of which went to buying a one-chair barbershop, leaving the remaining $1,000 for operating capital. I was feeling successful when in reality I was living day to day. My wife was working as a nurse for $3 an hour, so thankfully we could make things work. At the time, this was our success.

When I started my career, I went to trainings and networked with people who worked full time in hair replacement. I had become a goal setter and decided I wanted to have a full time hair replacement studio. For the next eight years I wrote my goal on a piece of paper. Finally, in 1990, I changed our business model and began to specialize on people who were struggling with hair loss. Once again, this was success.

My wife, Cheryln, joined our business after our children were born. Our daughter, Sara, joined us 15 years ago, and the plan is for her to have full ownership. Today we have a 6,000 square foot office and 12 employees. Could this be another example of success?

I have found as I age that my definition of success is different. I still need balance, but what I feel is important has changed. Now I think about my legacy. Have I spent enough time with my family, kids, and grandkids? Is my spiritual life in balance with my time spent at work? Is my health as good as it could be? How is my relationship with my wife? The big question is: How will I be remembered and what difference have I made?

I have been blessed with a business that allows me to touch peoples’ lives. My business, clients, staff, and life experiences have helped shape the person I am today. I want to be remembered as a Godly man, an exemplary husband and father, and a generous person who ran a business with integrity.

That will be success.