split ends

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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How to Treat and Prevent Hair Loss in Dogs

dogsCanine hair loss can be a frightening condition for loving pet owners to deal with, but it’s actually a common problem that, in most cases, can be easily treated with medications. When dogs start losing hair, however, it’s important to identify the underlying cause so that the right treatment can be administered.

Canine Hair Loss Causes

These conditions are the most common causes of canine hair loss (also known as canine alopecia):

Flea and tick infestation

Mange (a parasitic infestation caused by mange mites)

Bacterial infection (caused by ringworm and other fungal infestations)

Cushing’s Disease (caused by excessive levels of cortisol)

Pressure sores on elbows, hips and other bony areas (caused when dogs repeatedly lie on a hard surface)

Other common causes of canine hair loss include:

Allergies

Vitamin deficiency

Scleroderma, eczema and other skin diseases

Low thyroid levels

Estrogen/testosterone imbalances

Canine hair loss can also be caused by serious conditions, including:

Autoimmune disease such as Systemic Lupus

Skin tumors

Kidney disease

Liver disease

Diabetes

Addison’s Disease and other adrenal gland disorders

Another common cause of canine alopecia is genetics. Some dog breeds, such as Chinese Cresteds, Dobermans, Dachshunds, Chihuahuas, Italian Greyhounds, Whippets and hairless terriers are genetically prone to pattern baldness.

Warning Signs

While the most obvious sign of canine alopecia is hair loss and patches of balding, other warning signs can include skin redness, irritation and inflammation, as well as constant scratching in the affected areas.

When to See a Vet

In many cases, canine alopecia is caused by benign conditions that can be easily treated by medications or skin creams, but it can also be a symptom of a serious disease. That’s why it’s important to schedule a veterinarian appointment as soon as possible.

By looking at the pattern of hair loss, a veterinarian can identify its possible causes. For example, patchy hair loss with redness and inflammation can sometimes indicate mange, while multiple areas of hair loss accompanied by redness and scaling might indicate ringworm, bacterial infections or a skin disease such as scleroderma.

By examining the dog and conducting simple blood tests, a veterinarian can diagnose the problem and prescribe treatments so that further hair loss can be prevented and the dog can make a complete recovery.

Treatments

Treatments for canine alopecia depend upon the underlying cause of the condition, and can range from topical ointments to antihistamines (for allergies), antibiotics (to treat infections), de-worming pills and other types of medications, generally given in pill form.

Skin conditions are often treated with prescription creams and ointments. When these are prescribed, it might be necessary for the dog to wear a removable halo to protect the ointment from being licked off by a curious canine tongue.

Cosmetic Options

When people lose hair, they can easily resort to specialists who offer wigs of all types as well as hair replacement therapies.

With dogs, however, these cosmetic solutions are obviously not only impractical, but also unnecessary. Fortunately, dogs have no conscious perception of the physical image they present to the world. Likewise, dogs’ social lives aren’t affected by standards of beauty (as is the case with humans) — and working dogs are judged strictly by job performance, not physical appearance.

A pet with hair loss can, however, suffer more easily from the cold, especially during the fall/winter months or in homes where air conditioning is heavily used. In these situations, it can be a good idea to give them a sweater, as well as extra blankets for the dog’s sleeping areas.

In most cases, canine hair loss is easily treatable, and the dog can usually make a complete recovery. The key to successful treatment, however, is to schedule a veterinarian appointment as soon as possible. The quicker the dog is diagnosed, the more quickly the condition — and the dog’s discomfort — can be alleviated.

At Genesis II, we won’t treat your pet for hair loss, but we know our clients love their furry friends and it’s important to know the signs and causes of hair loss. If YOU are suffering from thinning hair or hair loss and you’re ready to take the first step toward hair restoration call us at (315) 458-1074 or to contact us via email click here.

 

 

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Sources

http://www.petmd.com/dog/slideshows/general-health/common-causes-of-hair-loss-in-dogs

http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/skin/c_dg_alopecia?page=show

http://pets.webmd.com/dog-bald-spot#1

 

 

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How Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Restores Hair Loss

platelet-rich plasma therapyHair loss can have a number of causes, including disease, stress, genetic factors or poor maintenance. There are several ways of treating the problem, but one in particular is increasing in popularity. Platelet-rich plasma therapy is now being used to treat hair loss, and the results are impressive from scientific and aesthetic perspectives.

How Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Works
Platelet-rich plasma therapy works by taking a sample of the person’s blood and then centrifuging it. The process isolates the platelets in the plasma at high speed, and these high-concentration solutions are used in the treatment. This is the patient’s own blood, so the risk of cross infection and transfusion mismatch is minimal. The platelet-rich plasma solution is particularly good for healing and tissue regeneration. It has been used in wound care and surgical procedures for several years effectively, but its use in treating hair loss is relatively new.

The platelets stimulate the production of stem cells within the hair follicle. This encourages hair growth. Platelets also contain cells such as lysosomes and glycogen, which contain growth and clotting factors that are stimulated and released during the healing process. After a dermaroller treatment is performed on the areas of hair loss, the plasma solution is either injected into or rubbed on the scalp. The plasma stimulates dormant hair follicles, encouraging them to grow again. Platelet-rich plasma therapy can also be used on thinning hair to thicken it and slow hair loss.

Who Is Suitable for the Treatment?
Platelet-rich plasma therapy is suitable for a range of people with hair loss. This includes people with genetic hair loss disorders, alopecia caused by stress or trauma or hormonal conditions looking for hair replacement solutions. It is particularly used in androgenic alopecia, when there is a receding hairline. Clients will need to have around eight treatments for the therapy to be effective.

Research into platelet-rich plasma therapy has found that most clients see a difference after the third or fourth treatment, although the numbers of subjects in the trial was small. It is a suitable treatment for both men and women and is done as a stand-alone therapy. This treatment is not suitable for people who have skin diseases, chronic liver disease or cancer. It is also unsuitable for those who have platelet disorders or who have had any anticoagulation therapy. If unsure, patients should check with their doctor before starting this type of treatment.

Does It Hurt?
A local anesthetic is injected prior to the procedure to minimize any pain. No sedation or general anesthesia is required. It is, however, important to see a trained professional who has experience of the procedure. Anti-inflammatory drugs should be avoided for seven days prior to the treatment.

There are incidences of bruising after the treatment, but these should fade within a few days. The series of treatments can take between a year and eighteen months to complete.

Platelet-rich plasma therapy is an increasingly popular way of tackling hair loss and is another way of promoting hair replacement. For people with hair loss problems this treatment looks promising.

At Genesis II, Nurse Practitioner Karl Elsner performs our PRP procedures, he is both experienced and certified in Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy for Aesthetics and the treatment of naturally thinning hair or hair loss. All PRP procedures take place in our state-of-the-art surgical suite. We are the only hair replacement studio in the Greater Syracuse area offering Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy with a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. 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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References

http://www.thehealthsite.com/beauty/beat-hair-loss-with-platelet-rich-plasma-therapy/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2764957/One-Kim-Kardashian-Vampire-HAIR-lift-uses-technology-gruesome-facial-beloved-reality-star-uses-blood-lengthen-strengthen-locks.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4134641/

http://harleystreetskinclinic.com/angel-prp-hair-growth/

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5 Natural Ways to Protect Your Wintertime Hair from Winter Damage

wintertime hairDry air and freezing temperatures can lead to wintertime hair that’s frizzy and damaged. To keep your hair looking great throughout the cold days of winter, you’ll need to change your hair care routine to tackle some unique seasonal challenges. While there are plenty of useful hair products that will help, you protect your locks this winter, there are also a lot of natural approaches to keeping your mane healthy.

1. Prevent Split Ends with an Oil-Based Moisturizer
Wintertime hair can quickly become dehydrated from dry indoor air and heat styling. That dehydration leads to rough hair cuticles and split ends. By choosing a weekly hair conditioner treatment with plenty of natural oils, you can prevent these split ends from occurring. Coconut oil and shea butter are popular options that deeply condition hair. Once you spot split ends, be sure to get a trim to prevent those split ends from traveling further up the hair shaft, and then recommit to heavy moisturizing.

2. Use a Natural Boar-Bristle Hairbrush to Zap Winter Static
Dry winter air can cause hair to attract an electric charge that quickly leads to static-induced fly-a-ways. Using a natural boar-bristle hairbrush with a wooden handle will help prevent static when brushing. If static strikes when you don’t have access to a hairbrush, you can lightly pat your hair with a dryer sheet to eliminate fly-a-ways. A light leave-in organic spray conditioner can also stop frizz when you see it.

3. Use a Silk Scarf to Prevent Tangles and Dullness
Stuffing your hair into a beanie or letting it flow freely over your winter wool coat can lead to rough hair cuticles and plenty of tangles. Plus, constant contact with these fabrics can leach some of the moisture away from your hair. To keep your hair looking its best, cover it with a beautiful silk scarf before putting on a wool hat. As an added bonus, this trick will also help you avoid the dreaded hat hair. You can also use a silk scarf to protect the underside of your hair by wrapping one around your neck and shoulders.

4. Always Dry Your Hair Before Going Out in Cold Weather
You may think that avoiding your hair dryer will protect your hair from winter dryness, but you actually risk breakage if you go outside with damp hair. Cold wet hair expands, which increases your risk of damage. In fact, going outside with wet hair in the winter can also cause your dye job to fade faster. A better solution for wintertime hair is to invest in a heat protectant spray and plenty of natural oil moisturizers if you don’t have time to air dry indoors.

5. Eat Heart-Healthy Fats and Proteins to Boost Overall Hair Health
To grow healthier hair all winter long, make sure you’re eating enough protein and fats. Omega-3 fats help keep hair healthy and hydrated, while protein is one of the essential building blocks of hair production. Also, look for foods high in beta-carotene, such as sweet potatoes and carrots, to protect your hair. Your body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A, which helps your hair stay shiny in dry winter weather.

Incorporate these five tips into your winter hair routine, and you can say goodbye to frizzy, unmanageable hair, wintertime hair. You’ll also be rewarded with a healthier, longer mane that’s ready for the latest spring trends.

A dry itchy scalp can lead to thinning hair or hair loss. At Genesis II, whether you are just starting to experience baldness or are in the most advanced stages of hair loss, we can help with our full spectrum of professional treatment and hair restoration options. To schedule a free hair loss evaluation call us at (315) 458-1074 or to contact us via email click here.

 

 

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Sources:
http://www.self.com/story/winter-hair-care-tips

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/advice/a3369/winter-hair-advice/

http://www.everydayhealth.com/beauty-pictures/repair-winter-damaged-hair.aspx#01

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ben-skervin/winter-haircare-tips_b_4421634.html

http://www.webmd.com/beauty/ss/slideshow-foods-healthy-hair

wigs

Top 5 Advantages of Wearing Natural Human Hair Wigs

wigsWearing a wig is an excellent option for people who are bald or have hair that is thinning or otherwise difficult to manage. Wigs also provide fashionistas the opportunity to change their hairstyles as frequently as they change their clothes, without wreaking havoc on their natural hair. Wigs come in myriad styles and colors, from short and purple to long and blonde.

Likewise, wigs are made from a variety of different materials. Some are made of synthetic materials, such as nylon, while others are made with real human hair. While the ideal style is up for debate, there are no doubts about the advantages of wearing a natural human hair wig.

  1. Natural Texture

The first step in designing a wig made of natural hair is to collect real human hair. During this process, only the finest hair is selected. Hair that contains split ends or shows signs of damage is simply not accepted. Many who donate hair for the purpose of creating wigs have never used harsh shampoos, heat or dyes on their hair. This allows the completed wig to have a remarkable texture. Of course, a human hair wig feels like real hair, yet it is the texture of top-of-the-line, tediously maintained hair.

  1. Realistic Appearance

When a person wears a wig made of natural hair, she does not need to wonder if others are able to tell that it is a wig. Unlike synthetic ones, the wig does not appear shiny or stringy. Both up-close and from a distance, a properly fitted natural wig looks like the hair a person was born with. In many cases, because of the quality of hair, the wig allows the wearer to appear as if she is simply having an excellent hair day all of the time. This is especially emphasized when the hair is exposed to the elements – the hairs will respond the way that everyone else’s does.

  1. High Quality

Many people hear the word “wig” and instantly conjure up images in their heads of cheap costume wigs. These are prominent around Halloween are nothing like natural ones. Natural wigs are made with the highest quality hair by professionals experienced in creating ones that people can rely on for everyday or frequent use. They are crafted with care to ensure they maintain a luxurious texture and appearance for years to come. Additionally, the high quality materials enable those who have sensitivities or allergies to choose wigs as an option.

  1. Style Versatility

Synthetic wigs cannot be styled beyond their initial look. This is because exposure to heat, dyes or perms will damage or melt the material. Natural ones, on the other hand, can be styled in the same manner as real hair. They can be curled one day and then straightened the next, which offers a huge range of versatility compared to synthetic ones. This is a significant factor for many who them, as it creates a more natural appearance.

  1. Longevity

A wig made from human hair can last up to five years. By comparison, a synthetic wig generally has to be replaced after one year. Because of this, wigs made of human hair are considered to be a long-term investment. To ensure the maximum life of the wig, however, it is vital to understand how to properly store and care for it.

At Genesis II, we take great pride in our human hair wigs. For the very ultimate in comfort and style there is nothing compares to a high quality human hair wig. If you suffer from a medical condition which has caused hair loss, such as aolpecia, trichotillomania, lupus, or are undergoing chemotherapy treatments, our medical wigs are made from 100% natural human hair and are light and easy to maintain. To schedule a free consultation call us at (315) 458-1074 or to contact us via email click here.

 
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Sources:

https://www.headcovers.com/resources/wigs/human-hair-wigs-vs-synthetic-wigs/

http://www.madehow.com/Volume-3/Wig.html

http://blog.baldgirlsdolunch.org/how-human-hair-wigs-are-made-q-a-human-hair-wig-manufacturer

http://www.ebay.com/gds/How-to-Clean-Human-Hair-Wigs-/10000000178705962/g.html

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How Following the No Shampoo Trend Can Damage Your Hair

shampooThe no-poo trend promises you healthier, thicker and shinier hair if you break up with your shampoo bottle. However, for many women who try this new trend, the results are far from impressive. Skipping shampoo most days can lead to lank, oily hair and a dirty scalp. Plus, when you do wash your hair, you may see even more strands in the shower drain.

How No Shampoo Affects Your Scalp

No-poo advocates promise that after a two- to six-week adjustment period, your scalp will stop producing excessive oils. Doctors are unconvinced: They say that scalp sebum production is affected by your diet, hormones and genetics, not how often you wash your hair.

When you stop washing your hair, your oily scalp attracts dirt and debris, which can make it itchy over time. If you do scratch your scalp, you could also create irritation that could lead to flaking on your scalp. Your hair-styling product buildup can also create large flakes that you might mistake for dandruff.

Without shampooing, millions of microbes also begin feasting on the oils of your scalp. And that’s when your scalp can begin to smell. To kill the microbes and prevent any odors, some recommend that you rinse your scalp with apple cider vinegar. But some women report that this acidic wash dries their scalp and results in dandruff.

How Your Hair Reacts to No Shampoo

Your hair is also affected when you stop using shampoo. Like your scalp’s oils, the oils on your hair will attract dirt and other debris. If you use dry shampoo to make your hair look better, you should keep in mind that the dead skin cells and other dirt your hair accumulates will stay on your strands until the next time you wash your hair.

You may notice that the day after you shampoo, your hair has more texture and body. But as your hair attracts more dirt, it will lose that texture. Styling products can also cause buildup that will attract dirt and weigh down your hair. The oils in your hair will also attract dust, which will impact the shine of your hair over time.

If you decide to rinse and wash your hair with conditioner only, you still may notice some adverse effects. Normal, virgin or oily hair may become over-moisturized and lank as a result of conditioner-only washes. Some conditioners can also cause buildup over your hair cuticles that’s difficult to remove without shampoo.

Why No ‘Poo May Make You Think You’re Losing Your Hair

Even if you don’t experience these symptoms, you may notice that when you rinse your scalp you’re losing more hair than ever before. Most women are actually losing the same amount of hair, but it can seem like more as your scalp is finally given the opportunity to release loose strands. Of course, if you’re scratching your scalp, you could be creating real irritation that creates abnormal hair loss.

If you’re interested in trying the no-poo method as a way to increase the health of your scalp and strands while ditching harmful chemicals, there are also plenty of shampoos that will deliver on these promises. And by using a good shampoo regularly, you’ll be able to shed those dead skin cells, oils, dirt and microbes while keeping your hair healthy.

At Genesis II we offer a hair and scalp treatment system which is an advanced anti thinning, multi-therapeutic hair loss program designed specifically to stop hair loss and promote healthier, thicker hair. Whether you are suffering from hair loss or not it’s important to hit the reset button on your scalp to ensure you have the healthiest hair possible. 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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Sources:

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/30337386/ns/health-skin_and_beauty/t/ditching-shampoo-dirty-little-beauty-secret/#.WIFDl_krLcc

http://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/news/a18026/what-happens-when-you-dont-wash-your-hair/

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20788089,00.html#baby-powder-or-dry-shampoo-can-help-tide-you-over-0

http://www.hairboutique.com/tips/tip000870.htm

 

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What Women Need to Know About Hair Loss and Menopause

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When people think of menopause, they naturally think of hot flashes and mood swings. However, some people don’t realize that hair loss is a side effect – one that can be psychologically devastating. Menopausal hair loss is a subtle process, making it hard to spot until it is substantial. Here’s what you need to know about hair loss during menopause:

Causes of Hair Loss
Most hair loss occurring near menopause is due to hormones. Levels of the female hormone estrogen fall during menopause. This hormone promotes hair growth. The fall in estrogen triggers a rise in male androgens, which results in the failure of hair follicles.

Typically, women lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day, but during menopause, this number increases significantly. In women, hair loss spreads over a wide area, so it is less obvious than the bald patches that men experience; however, eventually the follicles can weaken to the extent that baldness does appear. To complicate the issue, some women undergo testosterone therapy during menopause to replace hormones. This can also result in hair loss.

Additionally, hair loss can be caused by stress, genetic disorders, iron deficiency, crash diets and hormonal imbalances such as thyroid disease. This is why it is vital to get a full medical assessment when hair loss occurs around menopause.

Solutions for Hair Loss
Hair loss can be treated a number of ways. Ruling out systemic illnesses such as thyroid disorders is important because they can be corrected – the first stop should be at the doctor’s office.

Laser hair replacement therapy is an effective way to restore hair growth and is often combined with a multi-therapeutic treatment. This therapy takes time to work and needs to be tracked through routine appointments with a hair restoration specialist. When hair grows back after laser treatment, the changes are not noticeable at first, so monitoring by an expert is essential.

Hair loss is psychologically distressing for women. It can lead to a loss of confidence, altered body image, depression, stress and social withdrawal.

Proactive Prevention
Women can help prevent their own hair loss during menopause by taking a few proactive steps throughout their daily routine. Avoiding stressful situations, getting sufficient sleep and improving blood circulation to the scalp can all help prevent hair loss. A scalp massage benefits hair, as it stimulates blood flow to the head. Eating a diet rich in proteins and iron may also keep hair healthy, and taking Vitamin-C to aid the absorption of iron into the bloodstream can further this cause.

It is also advisable to use a gentle shampoo and forgo the blow dryer to avoid damaging the hair. Using heat to dry the hair on a regular basis can damage it and result in loss of volume.

Knowing the facts surrounding hair loss during menopause helps women prevent problems and stay healthy. It also enables them to recognize hair loss early and take action by seeking help. Realizing that there are solutions for menopausal hair loss is a boost to those suffering with the problem. Effective treatment can restore confidence and improve appearances, so women can move on with their lives.

At Genesis II our custom women’s hair loss replacement solutions are specifically designed to meet the unique challenges of female hair loss. No matter the cause of your hair loss we can help. The best way to determine which hair restoration procedure is right for you is to meet with a professional Genesis II hair loss specialist. To schedule a free hair loss evaluation call us at (315) 458-1074 or to contact us via email click here.

 

 

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Laser Hair Therapy in 2017: The Future Has Arrived

laser hair therapyLaser hair therapy was once a hair-loss treatment that we dreamed about. Perhaps in the far away future, when advances in technology and medicine led to new knowledge that we couldn’t imagine, laser hair therapy would be a reality. However, the future is now in the field of hair restoration and rejuvenation using laser technology.

Laser hair therapies have changed and evolved over time. Today’s laser hair therapies are readily available, and newer applications are in development everyday. Typically, laser stimulation of the scalp is the procedure that people mean when they refer to laser hair therapy as a treatment for hair loss.

A Brief History of Laser Hair Therapy Treatments

Before we step into the future, let’s take a quick look at the past. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, laser hair therapies begin with the development of laser technology in the 1960s. In 1960, the ruby laser was developed, and in 1961, the helium-neon (HeNe) laser was invented.

The laser used today is a refinement of the low-level light therapy (LLLT) developed by Endre Mester in 1967. Mester discovered that applying low-level light therapy to shaved skin encouraged faster hair regrowth and also encouraged wound healing. LLLT is known to be an effective therapeutic treatment for the following conditions:

  • wound healing
  • alopecia
  • edema
  • inflammation
  • healing of nerves
  • chronic joint disorders
  • pain

Future applications that are in research and development right now for laser therapy include treatment of traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury.

How Today’s Most Common Laser Hair Therapy Works

When technology meets hair loss, technology continues to adapt. We love our hair. It’s part of our personal brand identity, part of how we define ourselves. Both men and women spend much valuable time and effort on styling and caring for their hair. Hair restoration and hair rejuvenation are important pursuits in our culture, and corporations continue to invest money in developing newer and better hair-loss therapies and treatments.

Typically, laser hair therapy for hair regrowth and hair rejuvenation involves a painless and noninvasive application of laser-directed light to stimulate the nerves and cells of the scalp.

Today’s laser therapy is less invasive than past laser therapies. New laser hair therapies stimulate the scalp area without causing a wound, making it a safer procedure. With wider availability, more education about procedures and broader FDA approval, laser technology has come affordable and accessible. The future is now for laser hair therapy, and it is not restricted to the wealthy.

Is Laser Hair Therapy Right For You?

Is 2017 the year that you try laser hair therapy? If you’re a forward-thinking person with confidence about the future and optimism about new technology, then laser hair therapy is an appealing idea. It is reported to be a painless and comfortable procedure with very few, if any, negative side effects. Celebrities and sports stars are endorsing laser hair therapy for scalp stimulation, hair restoration and hair rejuvenation.

There are some things to consider and discuss with a hair loss specialist. Identifying the cause of the hair loss is crucial. Laser hair therapy might not be appropriate if your hair loss is due to pregnancy, for example, or if your hair loss is temporary and will correct itself naturally. The intention of the therapy is to stimulate and encourage new growth. The healing process caused by the laser stimulation is already occurring if your hair loss is temporary.

A brief consultation with a hair loss specialist can help determine whether laser hair therapy is appropriate for your condition. The future is now; approach it with confidence in 2017 by learning more about recent breakthroughs and new technological applications for hair-loss therapies.

At Genesis II we offer the latest advancements in laser hair therapy technology. For the best results we recommend using laser hair therapy in conjunction with our multi-therapeutic hair loss treatment program. To schedule a free hair and scalp analysis with one of our professional Genesis II hair loss specialists call us at (315) 458_1074 or to contact us via email click here.

 

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7 Female Celebrities You Didn’t Know Have Hair Loss

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Think celebrities don’t have to cope with hair loss? Think again. Female celebrities struggle with many issues that you struggle with, including hair loss. Here are seven examples:

  1. Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell deservedly gained many benefits due to her career as a supermodel. However, her hair suffered due to years of hair extensions, and she now has bald spots. Her hair loss is due to a condition called traction alopecia. Campbell hides her bald spots with certain haircuts and weaves. Unfortunately, the only treatment for traction alopecia is simply to stop wearing extensions and weaves.

  1. Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera also suffers from traction alopecia. Her long, lustrous blonde hair has become one of her characteristic assets. But years of extensions and hydrogen peroxide have damaged her hair to the point where she must cover bald patches with wigs. While her hair may have grown back since 2003 when her condition was first revealed, in some cases traction alopecia is permanent and irreversible.

  1. Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton is famous for her talent, voice, and her big hair. However, she began to wear a wig, especially as she aged, since her hair began to suffer from the harsh treatment of teasing and bleaching. There are also reports stating that the singer possibly suffers from alopecia areata, a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles and causes hair loss on the scalp, face, or body.

  1. Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham has bald spots due to traction alopecia. She has also had her hair fall out due to the changing hormones that come with pregnancy. Many pregnant women and new mothers are shocked when their hair begins to fall out. However, once hormone levels return to normal, hair should stop falling out, and within several months should start growing back.

  1. Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley admitted recently that she’d been wearing wigs for years due to hair loss. She stated that her hair literally fell out of her head due to various movie roles. A combination of stress and frequent hair coloring caused her to lose her hair. The actress wore wigs to protect her hair and allow it to grow back. Also, in Keira’s case, hormone changes from pregnancy actually caused her hair to grow fuller and thicker.

  1. Debra Messing

Debra Messing is also reported to have suffered hair loss due to pregnancy. While the changes in hormones didn’t appear to cause extreme hair loss that might lead to bald spots, there was a noticeable change. Her hair appeared thinner, and her part widened. A combination of a healthy diet and a return to her normal hormone levels halted the hair loss.

  1. Rosie O’Donnell

In May of 2016, Rosie O’Donnell tweeted a picture of herself pointing out bald and thinning patches of hair on her head with the comment “male pattern baldness. Aging is fun.” For many women, aging is a common cause of hair loss. Changing hormones, especially after the menopause, can cause women to lose thickness and volume. Certain conditions, like autoimmune disease and androgenetic alopecia, can appear, as you get older. Furthermore, some medications can cause hair loss, and you may be more likely to take medication when you’re older.

Female celebrities may seem perfect, but they can suffer many of the same issues everyone else suffers with, including hair loss. However, with treatment, hair loss can be halted or even reversed if caught early.

Over 21 million women in the United States alone suffer from hair loss. So naturally, some female celebrities fall into that category. At Genesis II we will determine the root cause of your hair loss and determine the best hair restoration procedure that is right for you. To schedule a free hair and scalp analysis all us at (315) 458-1074 or to contact us via email click here.

 

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Improving Your Self Esteem for 2017

self-esteemSelf-esteem is a struggle when you suffer from hair loss. Why not make 2017 the year of the new you? Here are tips to boost not only your image but your self-esteem by managing your hair loss.

Change Your Hair Routine

Thinner hair is difficult to style. You’ll need to adjust your hair care routine to account for these changes in hair texture. Here are adjustments you can make to your hair care to boost your self esteem:

Color your hair. Permanent hair color can add thickness and volume. The new color will also make you feel excited about your hair again.

Use volumizing products to revitalize your hair.

Adjust the way you style your hair. Avoid using heat and thermal instruments, like blow dryers, curling irons and flat irons. The heat can damage your already thinning hair.

Find a New Style

When you start to lose hair, you will need to adopt a whole new hairstyle. What worked for thicker, fuller hair isn’t going to work for thin hair. A style that’s flattering for your hair type will improve your image and self-confidence. Here are some hairstyles that can work for you:

Permanent waves give your hair much needed body and volume.

Part hair to one side for thicker looking hair.

Choose asymmetrical bobs, layers or texture to make hair look fuller.

Treat Hair Loss

The best way to improve the look of your hair is to treat your hair loss. The treatment will depend on the cause of your hair loss. For example, if your hair loss is due to trichotillomania, you should seek a counselor who can help you stop pulling your hair. Be sure to consult with a hair loss studio to find the best treatment options for your hair loss.

Change Your Attitude

The best and longest-lasting way to improve your self-esteem is by changing your attitude. This is especially important if the underlying cause of your hair loss isn’t treatable. Here are tips:

Shut down self-criticism. Counter every negative thought about you with a positive one.

Facing your fears head on. If you’re nervous about asking that cute coworker on a date, go ahead and ask. Facing your fears is a form of exposure therapy.

Spoil yourself. Go out and do things you enjoy. Pamper yourself by getting facials, doing your nails or putting on makeup. Buy yourself nice things. These are ways you can remind yourself that you’re worth it.

Make 2017 the year you feel great! Change your hair care, consult with a hair loss studio, and make adjustments to your attitude to bring about a new you.

At Genesis II we want you to be your best you! Make 2017 the year you do something about your hair loss. We will determine the cause of your hair loss and which proven hair restoration procedure is right for you and your lifestyle. 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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