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Hair extensions and traction alopecia

Hair extensions and traction alopecia

Hair extensions are a popular product used to create extra hair length or volume. They may be made of human hair (up to 250 hairs) or artificial hair. There are several types that are attached to the original hair in different ways. These include clip-ins, weaves (sewn to a braided

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How will Chemotherapy Affect my Hair?

How will Chemotherapy Affect my Hair?

Hair growth is cyclical and occurs in three concurrent phases: anagen (growth), catagen (cessation), and telogen (rest). The anagen growth phase is the longest out of the three phases, lasting an average of 2-6 years. At any given time, 85-90% of hair is in the anagen phase. During this phase,

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How is my immune system affecting my hair growth?

How is my immune system affecting my hair growth?

The hair follicle is described as an immune-privileged site, meaning hair growth is recognized as normal by the immune system (1,2). Strategies such as the use of “no danger signals” communicate that the hair follicle should be left exempt from an immune attack (3,4). Unfortunately, these signals can be shut

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What do I need to know about finasteride?

What do I need to know about finasteride?

Finasteride (Propecia®) has been in use since the 1990s and is an indispensable part of hair care for thousands of men. Finasteride works by decreasing the levels of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) (1). Higher amounts of DHT in men promote the shrinking of hair follicles, resulting in thinning/loss of hair.

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Top Options for Treating Hair Loss

Top Options for Treating Hair Loss

Medication There are currently two FDA approved hair loss therapies on the market: Minoxidil – available as a topical foam or solution shown to  promote hair growth (1) and can be used by both men and women. Finasteride – an oral medication for men over the age of 18 that

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The Essentials of Female Hair Loss

The Essentials of Female Hair Loss

Of recent popular discussion has been the suggestion that essential amino acids can be used to either prevent, or correct hair loss. Thus if you are looking for a natural and un-invasive remedy, essential amino acids might sound like the perfect plan. But is this treatment effective and how does

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Hair loss stages

Hair loss stages

Male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) is responsible for 95% of all hair loss in men. This hereditary condition is caused by the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes healthy hair follicles to shrink and the hairs attached to them to consequently fall out. When considering treatment (oral or topical medications) for

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Why is my hair falling out?

Why is my hair falling out?

Although it seems popular to believe that the main cause of hair loss is our toddlers, or perhaps it’s the teenagers, (and clinical research does corroborate stress as a trigger in some cases (1,2)), hair loss can be a symptom of multiple diseases/disorders. Like the blades of grass that carpet

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Oils and vitamins that may promote hair growth

Essential oils are taking the world by storm; it’s an easy way to stimulate natural hair growth, shine, and strength. Oils can be massaged into the hair, combined with shampoos, or simply left in overnight for a deeper conditioning experience. Here is a list of stimulating oils, which can affect

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Rogaine® (minoxidil) for Men and Women

Rogaine® (minoxidil) for Men and Women

Minoxidil is a topical medication that comes as a solution or foam. The 2% solution is applied twice daily and the 5% foam is applied once daily. Advantages to foam may include easier application, less disruption to daily grooming routines, and patients have reported less itching and dandruff with foam

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