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Is Sleep Important for Hair Growth?

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Modern life is hectic and stressful. Sleep deficits are far too common as we try to get everything done. Doctors have been sounding warnings about how lack of sleep affects health, but does that include hair growth?

Can Lack of Sleep Cause Hair to Fall Out?

The short answer is yes, but it’s complicated. A lack of sleep can lower your hormone levels. While you’re sleeping, your body is producing human growth hormone. If you aren’t sleeping enough to have full sleep cycles or your sleep cycles are getting interrupted causing you to wake up throughout the night, then you might not be producing enough human growth hormones. A lack of sleep can also create stress on your body which increases your chance of telogen effluvium, a significant, albeit potentially temporary, loss of hair on your scalp.

Does Anesthesia Make You Lose Hair?

While some doctors believe there might be a link, the correlation does not prove causation and only a limited amount of research has been done regarding this issue. Anesthesia can slow down cellular division which can adversely affect your hair follicles. This has the potential to also cause telogen effluvium, which again is potentially temporary hair loss though it could still be significant.

The surgery you’re under anesthesia for may have a stronger correlation to potential hair loss. While your body is in a more relaxed state during the surgery under anesthesia, depending on the length and severity of the recovery time, your body and mind may be under significantly heightened levels of stress which could accelerate the risk of hair loss.

Is Sleep Important for Hair Growth?

Let’s move away from the negative and focus on the positive! Proper sleep is important for your hair. Beyond affecting your ability to produce adequate amounts of human growth hormone, sleeping helps with your production of melatonin which has been linked to hair growth.

Can Sleep Apnea Cause Thinning Hair?

Sleep apnea can cause thinning hair, yes. The reasoning is very similar to how a lack of sleep can hair loss as it affects hormone levels. A study was done specifically on how sleep apnea affects hair loss and thinning in men and the results were interesting. While the study showed that sleep apnea had a negligible effect on men that weren’t predisposed to male pattern baldness, it did show that those who were predisposed were highly likely to suffer from hair thinning or loss correlated to the sleep apnea.

Are You Worried About Thinning Hair? Contact Us!

Concerned you may be showing signs of male pattern baldness? Experiencing troubling hair loss and unsure why? Your questions and concerns can be addressed in a free consultation. AT RHRLI, our state-of-the-art facility uses the ARTAS® robot for precise results and faster healing.

You can visit us at our Long Island location in Jericho or at our midtown Manhattan office. Contact us today.

Use Your Tax Refund to Pay For Hair Restoration

man with receding hairline gets his tax returnsIf you’re like many taxpayers expecting a refund after you file your 2019 taxes, you’ve got a few choices about what to do with your potential income tax refund. Many of our clients use their tax refund check for their ARTAS® hair restoration procedure. [Read more…] about Use Your Tax Refund to Pay For Hair Restoration

Facts About Traction Alopecia

Traction AlopeciaAlopecia is the medical term for hair loss, but it can come in many forms. The most common form of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, which is more commonly known as male (or female) pattern baldness. Another very common form of hair loss is traction alopecia, which means hair loss as a result of tight hairstyles that pull on the scalp. Traction alopecia is reversible if it doesn’t go on too long, but it can become permanent if the signs are neglected or ignored. [Read more…] about Facts About Traction Alopecia

9 Winter Hair Care Tips For 2019

Snow in a man's hair during the winterWinter can take a toll on your hair, scalp, and skin. Fortunately, you don’t have to live all winter with flaky, dry skin and scalp or brittle, flyaway, lackluster hair. Whether you have thinning hair or long tresses, a bit of self-care will improve your scalp and hair health this winter. Here are 9 hair, scalp, and skin tips to follow for hair health this winter.

  1. Avoid Hot Showers
  2. Yes, super-hot showers feel good on a winter’s day, especially if you have a chilly bathroom. However, hot shower temperatures can dry out your hair, skin, and scalp. Hot water removes natural oils from your skin and scalp. It also dries the hair shaft. To avoid this, take shorter showers in warm or lukewarm water. If you can tolerate it, finishing a shower with cool water helps close the hair follicles to prevent further moisture loss

  3. Wash Your Hair Less Frequently
  4. If you’re prone to dry hair, give your scalp a chance to replenish its natural oils, otherwise, you could dry out your skin and hair. If you tend toward oily hair, use a dry shampoo to refresh your hair without shampooing too often.

  5. Gently Dry Wet Hair
  6. Wet hair is more prone to breakage so don’t rub your dry with a towel. The better option is to pat your hair dry, especially with a microfiber towel because they’re soft and absorbent. Only use a wide-tooth comb on wet hair. If possible, wait until your hair is 80% dry via air-drying before combing for even better results.

  7. Use Hair Moisturizers
  8. Winter is the perfect time to use deep conditioning treatments, overnight hair masks, etc. If your hair is naturally dry, consider it once a week. Otherwise, once every ten days to two weeks is probably sufficient. Using natural, lightweight oil, like jojoba or argan oil, or serum while your hair is still damp and before blow-drying is also a good idea. It creates a layer of protection between your hair and extreme weather or heat styling tools. Just make sure to use a small amount focused on your ends, not roots, to avoid a greasy feel. If that’s too much, try an ultra-hydrating shampoo and/or conditioner instead.

  9. Use Natural Shampoo and Conditioner
  10. Natural ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, grapeseed oil, jojoba, and almond oil can add moisture to your hair without a greasy feeling. Natural and hypoallergenic ingredients are also less likely to cause scalp dryness. Besides counteracting environmental conditions that can dry your hair, it can also prevent flyaway hair.

  11. Baby Color-Treated Hair
  12. Dyed hair already needs special care. Winter makes them more important. Use products designed specifically to hydrate color-treated hair for best results.

  13. Decrease Your Use of Heat Styling Tools
  14. Heated styling tools like flat irons, blow dryers, curling irons and hot rollers can dry your hair out any time but, in the winter, the risk of hair damage is greater. If your styling tool has a temperature setting, using the lower setting is better, especially since some hair irons can reach 450 degrees Fahrenheit. And don’t use heat tools every day.

  15. Only Use EWG Verified Hair Styling Products
  16. Certain ingredients commonly used in hair styling products can dry your hair and scalp, raising the risk of breakage and flaky skin in the winter. Those same ingredients are labeled items of concern by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) so look for products that are Hair EWG verified, and you’ll both help the environment and yourself. Also, avoid products that contain alcohol because it is naturally drying.

  17. Wear The Right Hats and Scarves
  18. While no one likes “hat hair” wearing a hat or scarf protects your hair from snow, ice, sleet, and extreme cold, which can damage your hair. That said, hats and scarves made of acrylic, wool or scratchy fabrics can cause static in your hair so use cotton or fleece instead or at least wear a silk scarf between your hair and the wool, acrylic, etc. item. Wearing a hat will make you feel more comfortable because a lot of heat is lost through the head. This is even more important if you’re experiencing hair loss.

    Also, avoid going outside with wet hair in the winter. The cuticle is still open when hair is wet so it will be more prone to frizzing or having static afterward, plus it can literally freeze, which also damages your hair.

    Take good care of your hair and scalp this winter, and you’ll feel and look better. If you want to make a change to your thinning hairline, talk to the experts in hair loss at RHRLI. We operate at our state-of-the-art facility using the ARTAS® hair transplant system and our surgeon, Dr. Baiju Gohil, has years of experience including over 400 successful procedures. Contact us for a personal consultation to assess whether robotic hair restoration is appropriate for you. Learn more by contacting us today.

What You Don’t Know About Cancer and Hair Loss

Woman with hair loss from chemotherapyAfter male/female pattern hair loss, cancer is a very well-known reason for hair loss. But is it really? What people think they know about cancer and hair loss isn’t always based on facts, and there’s much the average person doesn’t know but should. So, let’s start unraveling the myths and filling in those gaps. [Read more…] about What You Don’t Know About Cancer and Hair Loss

Are People with HIV Good Candidates for Hair Restoration?

hair restoration for people with HIVModern HIV treatment means people are living longer than ever with AIDS, which is wonderful. It also means that classic aging issues can now affect patients. This includes androgenic alopecia, more commonly known as male or female pattern baldness. Hair restoration for people undergoing treatment for HIV/AIDS requires special consideration. We’ll examine these considerations as part of AIDS Awareness month and World AIDS Day. [Read more…] about Are People with HIV Good Candidates for Hair Restoration?

Coronavirus Safety

We at RHRLI have decided to do our part to help slow the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19 by briefly closing our office.
We are still available to answer questions. We are also doing complimentary phone and virtual consultations.
None of our patients or staff team have had any symptoms nor have they tested positive. We will reopen on April 20th, depending upon circumstances at that time.
We appreciate your understanding and look forward to helping you achieve your hair restoration goals for the upcoming summer!

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