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Low-Level Laser and the Complete Treatment Program

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In our latest blog “When Should I Take Action Against Hair Loss”, we talked about the right time to treat hair loss and the answer was to treat it early, but to have realistic expectations with the process.

Terry came to us at an early age with minimal hair in his front hairline and in his temple area. He was too young for a transplant but needed to do something to stop the shedding and receding hairline. After looking at his family history it was obvious that he would continue to lose hair if he didn’t try to control it.

Based on treatments that have been proven to work, we decided to use a combination of 5% minoxidil and low-level laser. Terry has been using the laser band for 15 minutes a day, three times a week and minoxidil once daily.  After a year and a half of consistent treatment the results have been fantastic.  Terry has been able to control the hair loss but has also had hair regrowth. This is a great example of a reasonable expectation for results. Call Christoffels Hair Restoration with any questions you may have about your hair loss or the hair restoration process.

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When Should I Take Action Against Hair Loss?

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A common question we hear is when is the right time to take action against hair loss. The quick answer is to act when you first see signs of hair loss, but when treating hair loss it’s most important to consider the long-term effects of the treatment option. Let us explain. If an 18 year-old man comes to us with excessive shedding and the beginning of a receding hairline, a surgical transplant is not the best option for him.  Until his hair loss pattern is defined it’s not possible to correctly design the frontal hairline or know how far the hair loss will come down on the sides and crown area.

So what are the options for this young man? In most cases, we would recommend a treatment combination of Minoxidil and low-level laser.  For an 18 year-old, our goal would be to stop or slow down the hair loss. Young men in the early stages of hair loss have the best chance of seeing positive results with consistent and daily treatment.  A reasonable goal would be to get their hair density back to where it was two years ago.

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 shedding.

Watch for the follow up story of Terry’s successful treatment.

Looking For 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.

  • Must have a cosmetology degree or soon to complete.
  • 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

 

Hair Loss and the National Anthem

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Freedom is one of the greatest privileges we have in our country, and when we stand for the national anthem, we honor those who fought for that freedom. We honor them by standing, placing our right hand over our heart, and removing our cap if we are wearing one. You may be wondering what hair loss has to do with the National Anthem, but for some people, it’s a big deal.

We just completed a consultation with Mike who is 25 years old, married with one child, has a great job, but doesn’t have a full head of hair. His struggle with hair loss has been controlling his life and has forced him to skip public events. He will find reasons not to go to weddings and he is not comfortable going to church. He loves to attend basketball games with his son, but breaks into a sweat when asked to remove his cap for the National Anthem. He will either sit in the top row of the bleachers or will go to the restroom during the anthem.

This may sound extreme to some of you, but we hear these stories all the time. When Mike and I first starting talking he was uncomfortable because he thought he was the only person who struggled with hair loss. After getting to know Mike in a private setting he started to open up and share his hopes and expectations with me.

His dream was to have a full head of hair that would make him look his age and give him the self- confidence he once had. He wanted to have a hairstyle that was easy to maintain and allow him to live his active life with his family.

Don’t let your hair loss keep you from attending public events. Call Christoffels today and schedule your free private consultation 605-334-7026

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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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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.

Christoffels & Company is Looking For a Cosmetologist

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CC_NowHIringChristoffels & Company 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 full time cosmetologist that is looking to grow and advance their career in the hair restoration field.

The cosmetologist will have a passion for hair, but more importantly, great satisfaction from helping men and women return to their familiar and comfortable hairstyle.

Christoffels & Company is family owned and provides benefits worthy of committed team members. We offer a guaranteed wage/commission, paid holidays and vacation time, a consistent schedule, as well as limited nights and no weekends.

What we’re looking for:

  • Must have cosmetology degree
  • Salon experience isn’t necessary – we will train
  • Must work well in a team environment
  • Willing to learn

If you are the right fit for this position, please submit your resume to Sara Tims, or in person. Applications can be picked up at our office and returned to Sara Tims.