Non-Surgical Hair Restoration

Bill Calvitti, a trained hair professional and owner of Hair Solutions in Cedar Grove, NJ, has been working in the hair restoration industry for over 46 years. He shares his expertise on hair loss, hair health, hair management, hair replacement and much more here.

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Today's Hair Management Systems - Not Your Father's Hair

Technology has given the non-surgical hair replacement industry many new tools for the professional’s toolbox. Today, it is a fashion and styling accessory for both men and women from all walks of life. No, these are not your father’s hair systems.

Hair management has come a long way from its early days as a cover up for men with thinning hair. Today the demographic is not ‘men of a certain age’ at all. Younger men and more and more women are taking control of their look and style and making use of today’s technology in ways unthinkable just a few years ago.

Hair replacement has actually become less talked about the more it advances. That’s because today’s systems are for all intents and purposes invisible. You don’t detect the better prosthetic hair lines, so you don’t see or talk about them. To us, new hair today is a positive, proactive decision that helps people feel and look great. When you look good, you feel good and having a great hairstyle really gives that glowing feeling. A receding or thinning hair line even has the power to undermine anyone’s confidence. There is a lot to be said about that youthful sensation from a full head of hair.

Gone is the day of old bulky hairpieces and wigs. The leading manufacturers of prosthetic hair are now developing state of the art designs that simply put, luck and feel like your God-given head of hair. Hair, the way you want it, anytime. Today’s thinner bases allow a finished style that are more natural than your original growth hair. Proper suggestions on design, color, density, curl and fit all help clients enter a new era of comfort with confidence.

There are many options to wearing non-surgical hair the easiest serviceable is daily-wear where the client controls how to wear their “new hair.” This type of wear-ability is totally managed by the individual’s decision.

The bonding option is more of a permanent wear where the hair system is attached to the scalp where the growth hair is thinnest and integrated with the natural hair side and back. This type of wear requires more professional service and maintenance.

So as a lesson to anyone with thinning or balding hair, there are options and possibilities to bring back that youthful look and feeling with a new head of hair. Possibly they could consult with a professional studio and become more familiar with different hair wearing options. “Seeing is Believing” is a good motto when exploring any personal purchase.

Moisture and Hair - Why It Matters

Simply put, moisture is the single most important factor in determining the way your hair looks. When the moisture level in your hair drops, it will begin to look and feel brittle like straw as opposed to supple, green grass. A good moisture level is the difference between a fresh slice of bread and the one left on the counter for three days. The slightest pressure will cause breakage and damage, mostly by aggressive brushing and combing while blow-drying.

Moisture also increases the strength of your hair drastically. Tests have shown that plain water is as effective in strengthening your hair as any conditioner or leave-in moisturizer. It just won’t remain in the hair as long. Conditioners evaporate at a slower pace and contribute to the strength of your hair for a longer time and will leave deposits that could accumulate on your hair with repeated applications.

Finding a light, natural conditioner and applying it conscientiously are two great steps to add and keep moisture present in your hair. Rinse with luke warm water. Hot water is the enemy to your hair and skin. Occasionally use a deep cleansing shampoo to remove excess conditioner and hair product buildup.

As with any other beauty aids, always ask your stylist for a recommendation of products, particularly for your hair.

Nutrition and Your Hair

Whoever coined the phrase “you are what you eat” was probably thinking about the health of their hair when they said it.

With the exception of our bone marrow and the cells that form the lining of our stomach, the cells of the hair bulb reproduce at a greater rate than any other body cells. Because of its rapid growth, hair is very sensitive to internal or external changes that may affect our body. Hair loss or dull dry hair is often the first indicator to a developing internal disturbance. It’s little wonder then that the condition of our hair is directly affected by the food we eat or don’t eat.

In this country, most people will have an adequate protein intake. However, some groups such as the elderly, those with physical or chronic psychiatric disabilities, young children, people who are too poor to purchase high protein foods or those ignorant of their nutritional requirements, can be at risk.

When protein intake is inadequate, the hair becomes fine and thin. That is when hair breakage, split ends or hair loss usually result. Fortunately, particular foods eaten at the right time of day can dramatically improve the condition, density and strength of our hair. Our skin, including our scalp, will all reap the rewards of an improved diet. Remember to drink at lease six to eight glasses of water per day and eat vegetables, salads and fruits in wide varieties.

If you are experiencing hair loss or scalp problems, always contact the advice of a trichologist or hair loss specialist. If someone is advertising treatments for these conditions, inquire what their qualifications and experience are.

Stress and Hair Loss

Research has shown that stress undoubtedly affects the hair cycle and that losing your hair can cause stress. However, which one triggers the other?

Under most circumstances, increased hair shedding occurs between 6 and 16 weeks after the trigger has occurred. But most people attribute an increase in hair shedding to what happened yesterday or last week and not a couple of months ago.

However, although it is difficult to pinpoint a specific stress episode as the cause of hair loss, there is evidence that acute and/or chronic stress may precipitate certain hair loss conditions. Many researchers believe that stress could trigger hormones and genetic hair loss. They also believe that the skin becomes more sensitive to the effects of testosterone during stress thus increasing the chances of hair loss.

“Patch” hair loss also has been connected to stress episodes. As a result of experiencing any type of hair loss, people who are losing their hair tend to become very worried about the consequences. In many cases, people have even become introverted and withdrawn, due to the worry of losing their hair.

According to studies, we could, therefore, find that stress can cause hair loss and hair loss can cause stress. So what should you do? The first and most important thing initially is to find out why your hair is falling out by consultation with a hair loss specialist. If stress is a factor, it is possible to start a stress reduction program, such as an exercise regime and/or relaxation techniques. It may not cure your hair loss by itself but it may help.