Hair Loss

Vitamin B, C & D and Hair Loss

Vitamins and HairHair loss can be caused by many things from genetics to medical conditions, including nutritional and vitamin deficiency While vitamins won’t correct hair loss from radiation treatments, chemotherapy, genetics, or autoimmune diseases, it will help provide a good foundation for hair growth and correct any nutrition-based hair loss. [Read more…] about Vitamin B, C & D and Hair Loss

Hairstyle Appreciation Day

man with a tight man bun hairstyleEvery April 30 is Hairstyle Appreciation Day, a day designed to honor hairstyles and those who create them. Hair and hairstyles are getting more attention than ever with the animated short film, Hair Love, winning an Oscar.

Can Your Hairstyle Be the Cause of Your Hair Loss?

Unfortunately, yes, certain hairstyles can lead to hair loss. While people can lose hair for a wide variety of reasons like genetics, autoimmune disorders, stress, etc. certain hairstyles can cause temporary hair loss which can become permanent.

The hairstyles most likely to cause hair thinning are:

What all of those hairstyles have in common are that they can tightly pull on the hair follicles. If continued over time, without breaks or alternating styles, the tension causes inflammation and damages the hair follicle, causing permanent hair loss called traction alopecia. While all of those styles and more can be performed without the unnecessary tension that leads to hair loss, it’s all too common for it to turn into a problem.

Worse, certain professions have requirements or expectations that involve these hairstyles. Military personnel, ballerinas, law enforcement officers, gymnasts, and surgical teams frequently have to wear their hair in tight buns or braids. In some cases, short hairstyles can be worn as an alternative but not always, which means women and people of color,  disproportionately suffer from traction alopecia.

Hairstyles to Prevent Hair Loss and Hairstyles for Traction Alopecia

Loose hairstyles do not cause traction alopecia. If alternated with those that constrain the hair, traction alopecia can be averted or reversed. Some hairstylists of African descent have developed hairstyles for traction alopecia that camouflage the condition while giving the scalp a chance to rest.

Other hairstyle trends that can lead to traction alopecia:

  • Using clips, bands, pins, etc.
  • Sleeping in rollers every night
  • Wearing the same tight hairstyle all the time
  • Having very long hair for a long time – the weight can pull on the scalp
  • Tight ponytails, buns, braids, twists, dreadlocks, cornrows, weaves, extensions, etc.

The other important aspect of traction alopecia is recognizing it early because the sooner it is detected and addressed, the better the results and the greater the chance of reversal.

Early symptoms of traction alopecia include:

  • Scalp redness
  • Headaches
  • Stinging, itching, or soreness in the scalp
  • Widening hair part
  • Scalp sensitivity after letting your hair down

Celebrate Hairstyle Appreciation Day and take care of your scalp by trying a new style if you are concerned about developing traction alopecia or wear your hair pulled tightly. The change of pace will be good for both your mood and your hair follicles.

RHRLI Are the Hair Restoration Experts

If you’re suffering from hair loss, we here at RHRLI have the experience to restore your head of hair. Our state-of-the-art facility uses the ARTAS® robot for precise results and faster healing. To learn more as to why RHRLI is Long Island’s hair restoration leader, contact us today.

What Signs Mean I Should Schedule a Hair Loss Consultation?

man combing his hairScheduling a hair loss consultation is a crucial step in tackling hair loss issues. When you make the decision to make that call, it represents your first concrete step to take control of permanent or temporary hair loss. Let’s look at what a conversation about hair loss entails, including when you should schedule a consultation, and whether your hair loss may be permanent or temporary. [Read more…] about What Signs Mean I Should Schedule a Hair Loss Consultation?

Is Sleep Important for Hair Growth?

an older man with healthy hair sleeping

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.

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RHRLI has reopened. Be assured that we are following all CDC guidelines for safety and sanitary operation to avoid the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19. None of our patients or staff team have had any symptoms nor have they tested positive.

We are also still doing complimentary phone and virtual consultations if that makes you more comfortable and are available to answer questions.

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