Hair Loss

Castor Oil And Hair Loss

Castor oil and hair lossWhether we think we’re starting to suffer from hair thinning or not, many of us are conscious about how we handle our hair. We try to consider how often we wash our hair, the kind of shampoo we use when we do – as well as other hair products – and how they will affect our overall hair health. Other factors like our stress levels and diet are on our minds too when it comes to not just our hair health but the health of our skin.

That’s where products like castor oil come in. Castor oil is mainly known as an over-the-counter laxative. It may sound strange after reading that, but this oil is also used to promote skin health by fighting off things like fungal infections and dermatitis. Knowing that castor oil can promote skin health, could it also be used to promote hair health by improving scalp health?

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Is There an Evolutionary Benefit to Being Bald?

Is there an evolutionary benefit to being bald?Since the beginning of recorded history, thinning hair has been a concern for our species. The specter of hair loss is a familiar one to most people since the overwhelming majority experience some variety of it over the course of their lives. Is it possible that there is an evolutionary justification for it?

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How The Immune System Impacts Hair Growth

How the immune system impacts hair growthThe human body, despite all the time and energy that has gone into researching it for millennia, is still a mystery in many regards. In fact, we’re still finding out new information about how our bodies operate. For example, we know that most people will experience some form of hair thinning or loss in their lives… but we don’t understand the body enough yet to prevent it before it starts for the millions of Americans affected.

A crucial part of learning to prevent hair loss in the future is having a better understanding of what causes it. We’ve discussed how factors we can sometimes control – including stress, diet, and our sleeping patterns – can affect overall hair health. What about factors outside of our control? It can be genetic (as in a benign trait that’s passed down), but could it also be related to other factors that can be inherited… like an auto-immune disease?

What Auto-Immune Disease Makes Your Hair Fall Out?

One auto-immune disease that causes hair loss is known as alopecia areata. This particular disease causes your immune system to perceive your hair follicles as hostile foreign entities in your body that need to be attacked. The more hair follicles that get damaged as a result of this, the more hair you’ll lose.

Fortunately, the damage done to hair follicles as a result of this auto-immune disease rarely leads to the hair follicle being destroyed. This means you have a chance at being able to regrow some – if not most – of your hair lost in this way over time.

Why Is My Immune System Attacking My Hair Follicles?

Unfortunately, we still don’t entirely understand why our immune systems do this. The current belief is that it can be a combination of both genetic factors as well as environmental ones.

That may not sound like it narrows it down, but that’s what the scientific community is currently working with. Perhaps with some of the recent breakthrough findings that have been revealed recently, we can start unlocking the truths behind alopecia areata to better combat it in the future.

Robotic Hair Restoration Long Island Can Help Restore Your Hair Line

Alopecia areata can be particularly stressful and embarrassing as your immune system can attack hair follicles in a way that leads to patchy hair loss. Regardless, if you’re suffering from auto-immune disease related hair loss or not, we here at RHRLI can help. We utilize the ARTAS Robotic FUE hair restoration system, a minimally invasive procedure that will get you back to your day-to-day life quickly as you start your journey toward a full and natural head of hair once again.

Additionally, we also offer non-surgical options as well as lifestyle advice to help you cultivate strong, healthy hair long after hair restoration takes place. Contact us today for a free consultation on how best to restore your hair.

Is Holiday Hair Loss Real?

Is Holiday Hair Loss Real?Seasonal hair loss is so common that even Martha Stewart has written about it. But, while it may seem like it’s tied to the holidays, the stress of seeing family and getting everything done is not as much to blame as you might think. In fact, the changing season is the biggest culprit in your seasonal hair loss – at least for most people.

Is Seasonal Hair Loss Normal?

Yes, it is. Of course, we always want to add the caveat: some seasonal hair loss is normal. Extreme seasonal hair loss might be an indicator of a bigger problem and mean you need to call us right away. But for the average person, hair loss may increase as much as 50 percent in the fall.

A study published in 2009 tracked women’s hair loss for six years and found that hair follicles are often in the growth phase (called the anagen phase) for three to 10 years at a time. But the most common time for hair to enter the telogen phase – the so-called shedding phase – is in the fall.

So, your holiday hair loss might just be your normal hair life cycle. Or maybe not.

Does Holiday Stress Cause Hair Loss?

Stress causes increases in cortisol, the hormone we associate with the flight or fight response. And cortisol can negatively impact your hair, according to a hair specialist quoted in Harper’s Bazaar.

Cortisol ends up “affecting nutrient absorption, messing with hormone levels and impacting the health of your scalp,” Harper’s Bazaar reported.

The same article points out that the dry weather of summer and winter can also be brutal for your hair. So, taking good care of your scalp and avoiding stress are key to avoiding holiday hair loss. Otherwise, hair abuse from summer could catch up with you in winter – or winter itself can cause excessive shedding.

How Can I Stop Seasonal Hair Loss?

Try to keep your stress levels down. Decide which events are most important to your happiness and skip the ones that are too much stress.

Keep your hair hydrated and moisturized. Allure points out that part of the goal is to keep your body hydrated as indoor heat and less consumption of water can lead to overall dehydration. A high-quality shampoo and conditioner are also a good idea.

RHRLI Are the Experts in Treating Hair Loss

If you are concerned that your hair loss is more than normal, it’s always best to have it looked at by a professional. At Robotic Hair Restoration Long Island, we can evaluate your hair loss and make recommendations to slow it down or restore your hair. To schedule your free hair and scalp analysis, call us today!

7 Myths About Hair Restoration

There are as many rumors and myths about hair restoration as there are stars in the sky. The constellation known as Coma Berenices is said to have been placed there by the goddess Aphrodite as a sign showing that the offering of Queen Berenice II of Egypt’s beautiful hair was accepted.

While most rumors aren’t as grand as starry locks, let’s shed some light on the more common misconceptions.

➣ Is Hair Restoration Possible?

Not only is it possible, but hair transplants are an effective method of restoring hair growth. The success of a transplant depends on a variety of factors ranging from a person’s age, gender, hair thickness, and their surgeon’s overall experience with the procedure.

➣ Does Hair Restoration Last Forever?

The results of a hair transplant procedure are essentially permanent and will generally last quite a long time. It’s important to understand that after about the first two months the newly transplanted hair from the initial surgery will start to fall out as part of your natural hair growth cycle. This is expected… and new hair will begin growing naturally from those grafts not long after.

Like all your hair follicles, your transplants have a natural lifespan and may gradually stop producing as much hair as you get older.

➣ Does Hair Restoration Look Natural?

A transplant performed by an experienced surgeon will look completely natural, especially FUE hair transplants (because individual hair follicles are transplanted). A good surgeon will ensure the correct position of the follicles and the angles of the hair to give the grafts a genuine appearance.

➣ Do Hair Transplants Hurt?

The latest techniques in transplanting hair involve the use of a local anesthetic. After the procedure, you will likely experience some slight discomfort in the areas where the transplant happened – though it is easily managed. The procedure is simple enough that it allows patients to resume normal day-to-day activity quickly.

➣ More Grafts Are More Effective

While it may seem obvious that the more you do something the more success you will see, it is not a qualifier for determining an effective hair transplant. The number of grafts your surgeon will need is determined primarily by the area that needs to be covered. The doctor will determine that by examining your scalp and specific hair loss issues. Taking too many grafts – or “Over-harvesting” – can make your hair look patchy and the new hair will look “pluggy.”

➣ Will a Hair Transplant Affect the Brain?

Only by offering peace of mind and renewed confidence. The transplant only uses the skin of your scalp. No part of the procedure digs below the surface of your scalp and certainly comes nowhere close to penetrating through your skull (or brain).

➣ Only Men Get Hair Transplants?

While hair loss and baldness seem commonly associated with men, the truth is people of all genders can experience hair loss for a wide variety of reasons. Hair loss in men and women generally looks different though.

Men tend to develop balding on the front or back of their heads, while women experience more of an overall thinning. Even though there are many considerations when it comes to who makes a good candidate for hair restoration procedures, hair transplants work effectively across the gender spectrum.

Call RHRLI for a Free Hair Loss Consultation

If you’re experiencing hair loss, give us a call today. RHRLI is the premier facility on Long Island and in New York City. As a board-certified hair restoration surgeon who has transplanted more than one million hair follicles using state-of-the-art hair restoration techniques, Dr. Baiju Gohil has the experience to evaluate your condition and recommend the best treatment option. Call us now for a free consultation to determine whether you’re a good candidate for ARTAS® hair restoration.

Is An Itchy Scalp An Indication Of Hair Loss?

Is an itchy scalp an indication of hair loss?Many of us have had to deal with an itchy scalp here and there. Sometimes it’s the result of dry skin from things outside of our control, like the weather. Other times it could be the result of dandruff, an allergic reaction, or other medical issues.

When we experience an itchy scalp, we may find ourselves literally scratching our heads in front of the mirror trying to see if we can make out what might be the cause of it. And whenever we spend time looking at our hair in the mirror, we naturally try to take a closer look to see how full it is. Maybe it’s a trick your eyes are playing on you, or maybe it does appear that your hair might be thinning. Could thinning hair be causing your itchy scalp?

Does Thinning Hair Cause An Itchy Scalp?

Thinning hair and an itchy scalp do often occur independently of each other… but that doesn’t mean they can’t be linked in some instances. An itchy scalp potentially leading to hair thinning can occur if the itching is severe enough to damage the skin. Damaging the scalp to the point where it causes scarring can also damage the hair follicles – which will cause targeted hair loss in the affected areas and could be permanent.

Additionally, there are conditions that can cause both hair loss and an itchy scalp. Conditions like folliculitis and lichen planopilaris cause inflammation in the hair follicles or scalp with ailments that include both hair loss and an itchy scalp. There are also conditions like alopecia areata that causes patches of hair to fall out and can also cause itchiness in the scalp as a result.

Does Telogen Effluvium Cause An Itchy Scalp?

The short answer is yes. The primary result of telogen effluvium is hair loss. That said, one of the other symptoms you can experience is an itchier and more tender scalp. In this instance you can say that hair thinning can cause an itchy scalp.

What’s The Best Shampoo For An Itchy Scalp?

If you’re trying to address an itchy scalp in your bathing regiment, you’ll want to make sure you’re washing your hair once or twice a day to keep your scalp properly moisturized. You’ll also want to use shampoos that help to hydrate your hair.

It may sound counter-intuitive at face value, but when you get your hair wet it can become drier than it was beforehand if the shampoo that you’re using lacks proper hydrating properties.

RHRLI Can Help Restore Your Hair And Give You Advice On Keeping Your Scalp Healthy

While many of us may experience an itchy scalp that isn’t related to thinning hair, the vast majority of us will still experience some form of hair loss over the course of our lives. Here at RHRLI, we utilize the ARTAS® robotic hair transplant system designed to restore your hair line in a minimally invasive way that will get you back to your day-to-day life quickly.

We’ll assess whether robotic hair restoration is an appropriate treatment for you or if one of our other hair restoration services would be a better fit. We’ll even provide you with lifestyle advice to help keep your scalp healthy including what shampoos would be best for you. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

Reishi Mushrooms and Hair Growth

reishi mushrooms and hair growthReishi mushroom [ganoderma lucidum] has long been used in Eastern medicine to boost the immune system, increase stamina, lower cholesterol, and treat urinary disorders. Now, thanks to the internet’s broad reach, this kidney-shaped fungus is becoming a popular Western nutritional supplement – with the additional claim that it may also help your hair grow.

But do mushrooms really promote hair growth? If so, how do mushroom-based products work and are they safe?

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Is Nationality Linked To Hair Loss?

Is nationality linked to hair loss?Hair thinning and loss is an unfortunate reality for most of us. The vast majority of men – and  nearly half of all women – will have experienced hair loss by the time they reach their senior years. Since hair loss affects many (but not all) people, it has continuously inspired people to ask why that is and try to figure out the reasons in an attempt to prevent hair loss in the future.

There are many factors that can expedite hair loss – such as age, stress, and diet. Genetics and ethnicity have also been examined before to see how they may contribute to hair loss as well. While genetics have certainly been shown to be a contributing factor to predicting hair loss, could where we live also affect it?

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Preparing for Your Consultation

Preparing for your consultationComing to terms with the fact that you’re losing your hair is never easy but, when you do, the question is often… “What do I do next?

For some people, the plan is to ignore it or just let it happen. But you do have options! And, if you decide to talk to a hair restoration specialist, that can lead to a bunch more questions.

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Gray Hair and Hair Loss: Are They Related?

Gray Hair & Hair Loss: Are The Related?Gray hair is caused by a lack of pigment cells in the hair follicles. Typically, this happens gradually as we age… but there are some conditions that can cause hair to go prematurely gray.

Hair loss can be the result of many different issues and factors – even including as a natural part of the aging process. Since both occur on your head, it’s not a strange idea to wonder if there is any connection between hair graying and hair loss.

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