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7 of the Hottest Summer Hairstyles for Women

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The sun is shining, the beaches are packed and women around the country are at war with their hair. Whether their long and luscious locks lead to excessive sweating or the humidity-induced frizz proves to be too much to manage, summer heat often warrants a new hairstyle. To beat the heat in style, ditch the traditional ponytail and opt for one of these seven hot summer hairstyles:

  1. The Angled Bob – Best for Round Faces

Traditionally, the angled bob is short in the back and gradually increases in length towards the front. The look offers the benefits of short locks without restricting styling options. Celebrities Victoria Beckham, Taylor Swift and Kate Gosselin have all sported this hairdo.

  1. The Pixie Cut – Best for Heart and Oval Faces

The pixie cut is a daringly short hairdo ideal for those who seek a truly wash-and-go style. Little effort is needed to maintain this style, which is likely the reason that starlets with hectic lifestyles, such as Jennifer Lawrence, Keira Knightley and Winona Ryder, have all embraced the pixie cut.

  1. The Messy Bun – Suitable for Every Face Shape

For those with frizz-prone hair, humidity can make styling nearly impossible in the dead of summer. Fortunately, the messy bun is still a go-to, trendy style often displayed by celebrities, including Jennifer Lopez. Simply gather the hair at the top of the head, twist the length into a bun, and secure.

  1. Beachy Waves – Suitable for Every Face Shape

Nothing says summer hair quite like beachy waves. Take Kate Hudson’s tousled locks, for example. This hairdo requires little maintenance. In fact, the messier it looks, the better.

  1. Small Braids – Suitable for Every Face Shape

Braiding a few select pieces of hair breathes new life into your tried-and-true style. This look works well with straight or wavy hair and has been spotted on Bohemian fashionista Mary-Kate Olsen.

  1. The High Ponytail – Suitable for Every Face Shape

Best for longer locks, the high ponytail is the ultimate solution for beating the summer heat. Simply form the ponytail on the top of the head instead of in the back. Worn by starlets like Ariana Grande and Kim Kardashian, this look will be one of the hottest summer hairstyles for 2017.

  1. The Low Chignon – Best for Square-Shaped Faces

The low chignon is essentially a bun that sits directly on the back of the neck. It is much more polished than a messy bun, making it ideal for summer weddings. The low chignon is a chic red-carpet hit for actress Eva Longoria, among others.


Is hair loss holding you back from getting those hot summer hairstyles you want? At Genesis II, our personally customized hair loss treatment and hair replacement solutions for women are ideal for women suffering from thinning hair, moderate to severe hair loss. To schedule a hair loss evaluation call us at (315) 458-1074 or to contact us via email click here.




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Does Hair Dye Damage My Hair?

hair dyeWe love color, and many of us love hair dye, but the truth is that almost all hair dyes damage your hair. That damage occurs in several ways; some dyes cause permanent damage not only to the hair shaft, but to the scalp also.

If keeping your hair and scalp as healthy as possible is a priority for you, you will want to skip the hair dye treatments and consider other ways to add luster, shine and color to your hair.

How Does Hair Dye Cause Hair and Scalp Damage?

There are several ways that hair dyes cause hair and scalp damage. For the most part, damage occurs from the ingredients used in dyes. Other damage to the hair occurs from the rough handling of hair, depending on the type of hair dye treatment.

Hair dye ingredients that cause damage to hair and scalp:


Ammonia is an ingredient found in all hair dyes and is used to lift the cuticle so that color can penetrate the hair shaft. Ammonia raises the pH of the hair, and this is how the cuticle is softened and lifted. That lifting of the cuticle does damage to hair and scalp until the ammonia is rinsed off.

Peroxide: Peroxide is the ingredient that causes hair to become dry, brittle and prone to breakage. Peroxide breaks down the melanin in the hair shaft, removing the color and causing weakness to the entire hair shaft.

Are DIY Hair Dyes Any Safer for my Hair and Scalp?

DIY hair dyes and at-home hair coloring kits are not any safer than salon hair dyes. In fact, without the professional assessment of hair and scalp condition and the professional attention to applying the coloring, DIY hair dyes that come in a kit can cause even more damage.

Untrained application of DIY home hair dyes can cause extreme scalp irritation and damage to the hair shaft in similar ways as hair dyes discussed above. In addition, some home coloring kits come with caps that require you to pull and tug on hair, and that certainly does cause distress to the scalp and hair.

Safer Alternatives for Adding Shine and Color to Hair

There are a few safer alternatives for adding shine and even enhancing hair color. Henna has been a popular natural alternative for generations, but knowing how to apply henna without causing damage is important.

Rinsing the hair with other natural ingredients including lemon juice, coffee, olive oil and coconut oil are also safer alternatives. Even with these safer alternatives, it is best to speak to a hair and scalp specialist about the condition of your scalp before applying anything to your scalp or hair that you haven’t tried before.

Do you dye your hair? At Genesis II, we have a hair loss prevention program that incorporates a Vitamin Plus Conditioner which restores moisture to the hair and scalp by acting as a moisturizer and conditioner and provides all the essential vitamins and minerals to the hair shaft. For a free hair and scalp analysis call us at (315) 458-1074 or to contact us via email click here.


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The Do’s and Don’ts of Hair Loss Prevention

The Do’s and Don’ts of Preventing Female Hair Loss

With 43.2 percent of people surveyed preferring thicker hair over more money, it’s clear that many people believe that beautiful hair is worth some sacrifices. Hair loss may be strongly linked to genetics, but studies indicate that individual health choices also affect the amount and timing of hair loss. These tips for hair loss prevention can’t prevent baldness, but they can stop some common avoidable causes of hair loss.

Do Eat Food Rich in Biotin.

Almonds, eggs, sweet potatoes and onions are all healthy foods packed with biotin. These foods will prevent hair thinning and finding biotin in food sources will ensure that the body can successfully use it.

Don’t Binge Drink.

Excessive drinking depletes zinc and iron, which causes hair loss. The accompanying dehydration caused by binge drinking can also lead to thinning.

Do Manage Vitamin D Levels.

Low vitamin D has been linked to hair loss, especially in young women. With an estimated 42 percent of people deficient in vitamin D, most people should consider taking a supplement and spending some time outside every day.

Don’t Smoke.

Not only does smoking lead to hair loss for a significant part of the population, but it is also linked with premature graying. Stopping smoking improves blood circulation, which will also improve the appearance of the skin.

Do Avoid Stress.

Life is stressful, but prolonged stress can cause hair loss, as well as chest pains, fatigue, anger, depression and dozens of other symptoms. One-third of Americans report experiencing extreme stress, so adopting stress-busting habits, such as exercising, reading or talking with friends, is crucial. Following hair loss prevention methods will also help reduce stress.

Don’t Use High Androgen Birth Control Pills.

For women who are androgen sensitive, androgen heavy birth control pills can lead to hair loss. Women who think they might be affected can ask for a check-swab test that will check for this sensitivity.

Do Take Vitamin E.

Vitamin E can boost circulation and nutrients to hair follicles, and an estimated 13 percent of people have a significant deficiency. In one small study, 90 percent of women reported decreased hair loss when they supplemented with vitamin E and four other supplements. So, looking for foods rich in vitamin E and supplementing as required could prevent hair loss.

Don’t Ignore Hair Loss.

Many causes of hair loss are reversible, so people who notice a change should discuss their concerns with a hair loss specialist. By the time they reach fifty, a whopping 85 percent of men and 50 percent of women will experience noticeable hair loss. But by avoiding bad health habits, people can protect their scalps from premature hair loss.

At Genesis II, we believe in hair loss prevention and we offer several preventative services. Our custom women’s hair loss replacement solutions are specifically designed to meet the unique challenges of female hair loss. To schedule a free hair and scalp analysis call us today at (315) 458-1074 or to contact us via email click here.



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These Aren’t Your Mother’s Prom Hairstyles

prom hairstylesGirls go to great lengths to find the right dress for prom. But it isn’t just the dress that makes the evening. It’s the hair, makeup, the bling, the whole package. Toward that end, we’ve collected some of the best prom hairstyles for the 2017 season.

For Long Hair

For those who have long hair or plan to get extensions for the occasion, the updo is the way to go.

An elegant twist. If you have artificially highlighted hair, this is a great way to show it off. Gather loose twists into an overall sleek, simple effect. Use only a minimal amount of hairspray so the look says you’re perfectly comfortable in an imperfect world.

A sectioned updo. For this impressive style, section off the hair. Roll the different sections and pin them at random at the back of the head. This is great with straight hair or thick hair.

Loose bun perfection. This works great for thick hair and Black hair. Secure the hair in a loose ponytail with an elastic. Wrap and twist into a messy bun, looping the ends through the elastic. Use your fingers to loosen the hair in front to create texture. Add a headband near the hairline and a second about three inches behind the first. Bump the hair up between the bands.

For Short or Medium Hair

If you have medium-length or short hair, varied and spectacular styles are popping for 2017.

Fake wet head. This look is great for short or medium hair. Part the hair where you like and then use a flat iron to straighten. Apply pomade root to tip until every strand it completely covered. Slick down strays with a comb.

Cornrow undercut. Part hair on one side and then create tight cornrow braids using all the hair below the part. Follow the contour of your head to end the braid at nape. Secure with a bobby pin or clear hair elastic.

Valentino’s bubble ponytail. This style is great for shorter hair or rainbow colored hair. Looks just as exotic with natural hair colors.

Asymmetrical curly fun. Can’t decide on curly or slick? Do both with a sleek side part and braid. The remaining hair springs into a nest of natural curls.

Hair Extensions

For a truly dramatic effect, consider extensions. Utilizing hair extensions can help create elegant, beautiful prom hairstyles. You’ll need to see a professional to implement the extensions and select the best color for you.

Whatever style you choose for prom, remember to be safe and have a great time!

At Genesis II, we can apply beautiful natural hair extensions in just a couple of hours, in the length, color and style of your choice. Our exclusive application methods are absolutely the gentlest way to lengthen and thicken your hair without damaging your own natural growing hair. To schedule a free consultation call us at (315) 458-1074 or to contact us via email click here.










Five Ways to Embrace Battling Alopecia

alopeciaAlopecia is an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss and affects 6.5 million Americans. While most people who get, alopecia are under the age of thirty, anyone can develop this disorder.

People with alopecia typically begin to lose their hair in clumps, however, as in the case of Gianessa Wride, hair loss on the scalp and other areas of the body can occur rapidly.

Gianessa is seven years old and lost all her hair in less than a month, according to her mother, who is a nurse. Her mother has been proactive in helping Gianessa embrace ways to battle alopecia and her latest effort has gone viral.

Gianessa’s mom decorated her scalp with beautiful jeweled stickers for “Crazy Hair Day” at school and not only did Gianessa win the contest, but her viral pictures have inspired others with her condition.

According to Gianessa’s mom, “I cannot count [all] the people who messaged me pictures of their own kids with alopecia. [Gianessa] inspired them so much to just embrace themselves and love themselves. I hope people get a lot of positivity from this and know you are beautiful no matter what you look like and what you are going through.”

If you or someone you love suffers from alopecia, here are five ways to embrace the battle.

  1. Join or Create an Alopecia Support Group

Do an online search for an alopecia support group in your area. If one doesn’t exit, you can start one.

  1. Don’t Let Other People Determine Your Worth

Letting what others think about alopecia and your hair loss determine how you feel about yourself doesn’t work. In fact, the sooner you can measure your own self-worth by your own thoughts and actions rather than by the amount of hair you have and what others think, the happier you will be.

  1. Don’t Let Alopecia Stop You

Hair doesn’t have anything to do with your talents. If you’re a gifted writer, then write. If you are a fast runner, then run. If you love public speaking, then get out there and speak.

  1. Consider Hair Replacement

For men, women, and children hair replacement is an option to help battle hair loss from alopecia. There are several proven, customized, non-surgical hair restoration solutions available today.

  1. Have Fun with Wigs

Wigs come in so many styles, lengths and colors, that you can wear a different one every day of the week or even month! You can choose a wig to wear according to your mood or the occasion, such as a flouncy blonde wig for a fun day with friends or a short, dark bob for a romantic dinner with your significant other.

These are some fun and encouraging ways to help women deal with alopecia, but at Genesis II we know that wigs have a bad reputation. Our highest quality medical wigs give women the confidence to socialize with family and friends, and carry on their professional lives while maintaining as much privacy about their hair loss condition or treatments as they wish. To schedule a free consultation call us at (315) 458-1074 or to contact us via email click here.



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What Determines Our Hair Color, and Is It Predictable?

hair colorIt is a misconception that when it comes to hair color, dark hair is a dominant genetic trait and that light hair is recessive. When you see a Latina mother with a red-headed daughter or a black mother with a blonde child, it calls into question the meanings of “dominant” and “recessive.”

Anomalies in hair color — for example, dark-haired parents with light-haired children — occur because hair color is not determined by a “yes/no” genetic formula. Hair color is determined by additive genes, not on/off genetic traits.

Alleles and Additive Genes

Alleles are different forms of the same gene. Two alleles were traditionally thought to determine color. The amount of eumelanin in a person’s hair determines if he has black, brown or blonde hair. The amount of pheomelanin is responsible for any red tint.

Both melanins — in the hair, skin, and iris of the eye, — the more eumelanin a person has, the darker brown the hair is. The less eumelanin, the closer to blonde it is. The more pheomelanin a person has, the closer to orange the hair is.

But there is a twist. Everyone has, to some degree, both eumelanin and pheomelanin in his hair. It is the combination of the two that determines the color of a person’s hair. What would otherwise be bright red hair becomes dark red or auburn with the addition of eumelanin.

Again, the more eumelanin, the darker a person’s hair is. Enough eumelanin will completely cover any red created by the pheomelanin in someone’s hair. What Determines the Amount of Eumelanin and Pheomelanin in Someone’s Hair?

This is the aspect of hair color that scientists are still struggling to understand. It is not uncommon for parents with dark hair to have children with light-colored or red hair. If dominant genes always produced dominant colors, there would never be the appearance of red and blonde in the children of dark-haired parents. But, there is.

This is because there are hundreds of alleles for every gene. Furthermore, not all alleles of a gene type interact with other alleles in the same manner. The combination of two alleles may produce a very different outcome, with respect to hair color, then the combination of similar alleles. In other words, it’s really anyone’s guess what color a child’s hair will turn out to be, even if a “dominant” gene is apparent in both parents.

Predicting a child’s hair color is like predicting whether or not you’ll lose your hair due to genetics. Who knows? But if you are suffering from hair loss you can get your look back, color and all. At Genesis II, we will determine which hair loss restoration procedure is right for you. To schedule a free consultation call us at (315) 458-1074 or to contact us via email click here.


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Got Trichotillomania? Top Tips for Self-Care

trichotillomaniaLiving with hair loss isn’t easy. A condition like trichotillomania can be especially challenging. It’s a disorder that is quite common, especially among teenagers who are going through a rough time in life. Those with it experience the uncontrollable desire to pull their hair out. As a result, their hair ends up looking mangled or their scalp develops bald patches.

If you suffer from trichotillomania, it is important to get professional help. And while you are healing, it’s vital that you prioritize self-care. Be kind to yourself, and especially to your body.

How can you do this practically? Here are some suggestions:

  1. Get a Nice Manicure

Having short, neatly trimmed and stylish fingernails can make it harder to rip your hair out — and you’ll want your nail polish to stay looking great for a long time, right? Investing time into a good manicure can be one of the ways you achieve this.

  1. Try a New Hair Trend

Check out the current hair trends that are popular these days, and see if any would fit your style or personality. You can even purchase hair replacement wigs to get the look you’d like. It can be therapeutic to upgrade or completely makeover your look and hairstyle — have fun with it!

  1. Pamper Yourself

Try new eyelash creams, get a hot oil for softer, smoother hair, go for a head massage — anything that makes you feel great about yourself. Taking care of your body and making time for it is one of the best ways to deal with trichotillomania.

4. Document Your Healing Journey

Even selfies that you don’t think look that great can be a good way to get encouragement and support from others. Join a support group or let your friends and family know what you are going through by sharing pictures and updates of your new hairstyles, your changes and your fight to stay positive and get through this.

  1. Let Your Body Rest

Getting enough sleep and paying attention to your personal health is a good way to manage hair loss issues. You may be going through plenty of anxiety, or dealing with a tough situation right now, so go easy on yourself. Allow yourself little pleasures, such as spending more time with friends, an extra nap or a luxurious bath, or a few fluffy pillows to tug at instead.


The important thing is to stay focused on the great things you do have going on for you. Talk with those who have suffered through trichotillomania before. Getting emotional support is essential. It’s a great way to deal with self-esteem and see yourself as the beautiful and talented person that you are!


If you or your child is suffering from trichotillomania, and if hair replacement is something you want to consider, the highly-experienced consultants at Genesis II will help you find the best solution for your particular situation and lifestyle. To schedule a free consultation call us at (315) 458-1074 or to contact us via email click here.



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Top 5 Surprising Causes of Hair Loss

hair lossLosing your hair can be a traumatic experience, especially when it is sudden or unexpected. If you are properly caring for your hair, it may be hard to understand why you are experiencing hair loss. Unfortunately, there are a lot of surprising factors at play when it comes to the health of your hair. Here are five:

  1. Your Genes

You may have heard that the gene for baldness is inherited solely from your mother. If your mother and her family all have full locks, you could be stunned when you begin to experience hair loss like your father. The truth is that the genes passed down from your mother do play a role in baldness, but so do the ones from your father.

  1. Your Stress Level

While it is no surprise that stress is bad for your mental health, prolonged or extreme levels of stress can actually lead to physical ailments. From headaches to an increased risk of heart disease, stress has many effects on the body. Among this list of stress-induced conditions is a surprising one: hair loss. High levels of stress can alter the chemistry in your body, which in turn, interrupts the natural rest and growth phases that your hair goes through.

  1. Your Hairstyle

If your regular hair-styling regimen includes the use of heated tools or hair ties, you have probably noticed some mild hair loss. Heated tools, such as blow dryers or curling irons, are notorious for damaging hair to the point that the hairs actually break off. Likewise, hair ties, when used to tie hair tightly in place, can damage locks. Unfortunately, removing hair ties can also accidentally pull out several strands of hair.

  1. Your Post-Partum Hormones

Many women report that their hair has never looked thicker or more luxurious than it does during pregnancy. This widespread phenomenon is a result of both prenatal vitamins and a change in hormones. An increased level of estrogen actually extends the life cycle of a pregnant woman’s hair temporarily. After a woman gives birth, she may experience rapid hair loss as her hormone levels return to normal.

  1. Your Shampoo

It is estimated that the average person loses around 50-200 strands each day, and this loss may be most noticeable while you are in the process of washing your hair. If you are losing more than an average amount of hair, your shampoo may be to blame. Some ingredients found in shampoos, such as sodium chloride or polyethylene glycol, strip your hair of its moisture, which makes hair loss much more likely.

Whether you are just starting to experience baldness or are in the most advanced stages of hair loss, at Genesis II, we can help with our full spectrum of professional treatment and hair restoration options.  To schedule your free, confidential hair loss evaluation click here.


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Five Benefits of Using Hair Extensions

hair extensionsYour hair is generally believed to be your crowning glory. Hair is also one of the first things others will notice, so it’s no wonder people invest so much time and money into their overall look. Are you trying to improve your strands but find it a challenge because your hair is fragile? Try hair extensions. They are a great way to turn lackluster locks into terrific tresses. Here are some of the benefits of them.

  1. Greater Volume

Thin hair doesn’t agree with bad weather: a gust of wind or a heavy downpour can knock the delicate life right out of your locks. Yet, with hair extensions you don’t have to be at the mercy of the elements. You can increase the volume of your hair and feel confident, rain or shine.

  1. Long Locks

If your hair never wants to grow exceedingly long, or even hardly at all, you can increase the length of your strands by adding hair extensions. These accessories will allow you to choose the length of your hair, giving you the freedom to go as long as you like.

  1. Choose Your Style

Women are no longer limited to doing the best they can with whatever nature gave them: Faux hair enables them to wear their hair however they want. What’s more, you can change your hair to match your mood. If you want long, luscious locks on a night out and medium locks during the day, you can do that in no time flat.

  1. Hassle-Free Hair

Clip-in hair extensions are simple to use and are known to reduce the amount of time spent styling. Just clip them in wherever you like, and take them out when you’re done with them. It’s as easy as that!

  1. Choose Your Shade

Many people change the color of their hair with dyes; however, the outcome depends on the person’s natural hair color, and whether their hair has been dyed previously. With hair extensions, you can choose the exact shade you want, and if you get bored with a color, you can easily change it.

If you’re ready to invest in hair extensions, be sure to use top-quality products to avoid damaging your hair.

At Genesis II, with our exclusive line of hair extensions, your options are limited only by your imagination. Whether it’s for a special occasion or to look special on every occasion, you can have long or short hair, straight or curly, streaked or colored hair. To schedule a free consultation call us at (315) 458-1074 or to contact us via email click here.


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What You Need to Know About Split Ends and How to Prevent Them

split endsNearly everyone gets splits ends. What many people may not realize is that there are actually different types of split ends and a variety of ways to prevent and repair them.

  1. What Are Split Ends?

They are a condition that causes individual hairs to split or fray at the ends. Split ends occur when the outer layer of the hair, the cuticle, becomes damaged. The middle layer of hair is made of proteins that can then begin to unravel. The medical term for split ends is known as trichoptilosis. Hair with split ends will often appear to be frizzy.

  1. What Are the Different Types of Split Ends?

There are several different kinds. According to Marie Claire, splits are generally categorized as the basic split, the mini, the fork in the road, the candle, the knot and the tree. The basic split and the mini are both Y-shaped at the ends and usually indicate that your hair is thirsty and needs more nourishment. The fork in the road is indicative of more damage and likely needs deep conditioning. The candle is where the outer cuticle of the hair has been lost, while the knot is something that normally happens to curly hair. The tree is where several strands are breaking off and a good trim is likely the best solution.

  1. What Causes Split Ends?

They are usually the result of external factors that can include environmental, mechanical, chemical and physical reasons.

  • Environmental — Cold, rain, wind or extreme heat are all environmental issues that can damage hair.
  • Mechanical — Excessive blow drying and the use of other devices such as curling irons can cause split ends.
  • Chemical — Overusing hair color, perming and other chemical treatments can cause ends to split and generally damage hair.
  • Physical — Everything from using cheap brushes to brushing hair when it’s wet can cause hair to split.

Sometimes internal factors can contribute to split ends. These include hormonal changes or a poor diet. Even dry, scratchy skin on fingers or scratchy clothes can contribute to split ends.

  1. How Should You Prevent Split Ends?

There are several steps you can take to prevent split ends. Sheknows suggests washing your hair every other day instead of daily, and when you do shampoo, concentrate on the scalp. Bunching your hair together and scrubbing may cause damage to the ends. There are several other things that can be done to prevent the ends of your hair from breaking.

  • Brush Wisely — Choose a brush with flexible bristles. When brushing, start at the ends to gently untangle hair. Starting at the scalp and pulling the brush all the way through can cause hair to bunch up and break at the ends.
  • Limit Appliances — Try to take breaks from styling, especially with heated appliances. Every so often try to go completely natural.
  • Stay Healthy — Eating healthy, exercising and getting plenty of water is good for your overall health, including your hair.
  1. How Can You Repair Split Ends?

Once you have them, the primary method of repair is usually to snip them off. There are, however, a few methods for repairing or concealing split ends. Deep conditioning on a regular basis can not only prevent split ends but may help repair them as well. Try using a natural moisturizer, such as coconut oil. Rubbing a little organic coconut on the ends of your hair after washing is a great way to condition. Healthline states that leave-in conditioners and hair masks may help to conceal split ends.

Unfortunately, split ends are a fact of life for most of us. There are, however, several preventative measures and methods of repair that can be taken to limit the damage.

Preventative hair care is very important in maintaining healthy hair. It’s almost impossible to fight off all of the elements on your own. At Genesis II, our hair and scalp treatment system is an advanced anti thinning, multi-therapeutic hair loss program designed specifically to stop hair loss and promote healthier, thicker hair. To schedule a free hair and scalp analysis call us at (315) 458-1074 or to contact us via email click here.


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