Thinning Hair

Are Caffeine Shampoos Effective At Treating Hair Loss?

Are Caffeine Shampoos Effective In Treating Hair Loss?As we get older, many of us examine our hairline with more scrutiny and look more closely at the products we put in our hair. We hear and read up about all sorts of things from the kinds of shampoos and conditioners we should use, how often we should use them, if we’re using all-natural products, and more. All in an effort to give our hair the best protection we can give it.

One hair product that’s been talked about in recent years is caffeine shampoos. Can they be effective in treating hair loss?

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Five Winter Hair Care Tips

Five Winter Hair Care TipsMost people know they need to add extra moisturizer to their skin in the winter months. Yet a surprising number of people don’t think about what they should be doing differently for hair care in the winter months.

Is Winter Good for Hair?

Just like indoor heat and dry winter cold can be bad for the skin, it can also be bad for your scalp and your hair. Here are five things you should be doing differently this winter to protect your hair:

1. Shampoo less often.

How often should you wash your hair in winter? Stylists say that how often you wash your hair is going to depend on your hair type and activity level. But if you shampoo daily in the warmer months, cut back in the winter. One to four times a week is good.

Cutting back on hair washing helps leave more of the natural oils and moisture in your hair to protect it from the drying effects of winter. If you live in particularly cold climates, cutback even more.

And washing less often makes it easier to follow tip number two.

2. Avoid going outside with wet hair.

We sometimes forget that our hair is sort of like a sponge when it comes to moisture. If you take a wet sponge outside when the weather is freezing, the sponge freezes. Your hair is the same way.

Now think about the way ice expands in an ice cube tray. When your hair freezes, the water inside it expands… damaging the hair strand and making it more prone to breakage. Avoid the problem by making sure your hair is dry before you venture outside.

3. Moisturize every time you wash your hair.

We get it. People with hair that tends toward oily or a scalp that is oily may not think they need to moisturize but – no matter what your hair type – a leave-in moisturizer is good during the winter months.

Teen Vogue puts it this way, “The whole point of this — preserving moisture.”

Why? That ties into what causes dandruff in winter. Dry, cold weather and dry heat exacerbate the scalp problems that lead to dandruff. The key to reducing winter dandruff (and keeping your hair looking and feeling healthy) is to make sure you have plenty of moisture.

This can also be helped by tip number four.

4. Exfoliate your scalp.

Once again, it’s important to remember that your scalp is part of your skin. Just like you use body scrubs to get rid of the dry, dead skin and find healthy skin beneath… you should be using a scalp scrub to keep your head healthy.

Use an alcohol-free exfoliant before you shampoo your hair to get rid of any microbial growth and wash away the flaky skin. Make this part of your winter routine to wash dandruff right out of your list of winter worries.

5. Find time to de-stress.

Winter stress is a thing. From holidays to year-end reports to semester finals, the winter months come with a lot of stress. And stress is not good for you or your hair. Take some time to be silly, fun, and just relax.

Bonus tip: Reconsider your winter hat.

Most of us grab a hat based on how it looks or if it’s warm, but traction alopecia is a real thing. That’s when your hair gets pulled out or starts breaking because of the friction from your hat (as well as tight hairstyles, braids, etc.). Fix the problem by opting for a hat lined with silk or satin – or foregoing a hat altogether.

Call Robotic Hair Restoration of Long Island to Fight Winter Hair Loss

Ultimately, even if you follow the best hair care practices, some hair loss just happens. Whether it’s genetic, diet-related, or caused by the environment… some of us simply lose our hair. But that doesn’t have to be the end of the sentence. When you call Robotic Hair Restoration of Long Island we can set you up for a free consultation to identify the causes of your hair loss and help you find the best solutions. Call today!

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!

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.

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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Biotin Supplements and Hair Growth/Health/Loss

Biotin supplements and hair growth/health/lossThe B-complex vitamin B7 – also known as biotin – helps your body break food into energy. You can maintain a healthy level of biotin by eating meat, eggs, fish, seeds, some vegetables, and nuts. Most people receive enough biotin through their regular diet… but some people also choose to have it as a daily supplement.

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Why Is Jada Pinkett-Smith Shaving Her Head?

Why is Jada Pinkett-Smith Shaving Her Head? What You Need to Know About AlopeciaIf you watched this year’s Academy Award ceremony, you saw Will Smith slap Chris Rock for mocking his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith. But you might not have realized that Rock’s “joke” was about a medical condition that caused her hair loss. [Read more…] about Why Is Jada Pinkett-Smith Shaving Her Head?

Retinoids And Hair Loss

retinoids and hair lossAll of us – especially as we get older – look for ways to help ensure that our hair lasts for as long as possible. We become increasingly aware of the products we put in our hair, perform proper maintenance, and look more into how diet or medication can affect our overall hair health. We understand how certain vitamins in our diet are an important part of keeping our hair healthy, but some are more important than others. [Read more…] about Retinoids And Hair Loss