Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hair Today Doesn’t Have To Be Gone Tomorrow…

As a hair colorist and stylist for over 30 years, I have seen hundreds of clients -- male and female -- despair over losing their hair, believing there was nothing that could be done about it. While it is normal to lose 50 to 100 hairs per day, anything over that can indicate a problem.

The most common cause of hair loss is male or female pattern baldness, a hereditary condition; but hair loss can also be caused by a number of other conditions including physical or emotional stress, medication, anesthesia, hormonal imbalance, pregnancy, autoimmune disease, poor nutrition, chemo or radiation, diabetes, lupus, or traction (pulling the hair too tight). 

What most people don’t know is that, in most cases, hair loss can be stopped and healthy hair can be re-grown by taking a multi-therapeutic approach which includes nutritional supplementation, topical products that block DHT (the byproduct of testosterone which is the cause of pattern baldness), and low-level laser therapy.

After researching advances in the treatment of hair loss, I became a Certified Hair Loss Consultant with the Hair Loss Control Clinics International, which has been successfully using low-level laser therapy for over 17 years. As an Affiliate, I carry their “Scripts” line of physician-formulated products which stop hair loss by blocking DHT and delivering nutrients that contribute to faster growth of healthier, thicker, stronger hair. Prescription-strength minoxidil is also included in this line. I also offer and recommend Viviscal Professional, a 100% natural supplement made of a marine complex blended with organic silica and vitamin C, which nourishes and strengthens thinning hair and promotes faster growth. (This is a more potent formulation than the Viviscal sold in stores or through catalogs.) 

The supplements and topical products stop hair loss, but it is laser therapy that re-grows hair, as long as the follicle is still active. Someone who has been bald for 15 years or more will not benefit from treatment, as the follicles are no longer capable of producing hair.

Laser hair therapy is FDA-approved and effective in re-growing healthy hair and improving the quality of existing hair. In a clinical trial, subjects received a total of 36 separate 20-minute treatments over a period of 18 weeks. After 36 treatments, 97% demonstrated an increased hair count of over 20; 89% demonstrated an increased hair count of over 30; and 57% demonstrated an increased hair count of over 50%. Laser hair therapy is safe, and has no side effects.

The laser promotes healthy hair re-growth in three ways: 1. It increases blood flow by
54%; blood brings more oxygen and nutrients to the follicles.  2. It increases ATP production (ATP is the energy source in every cell of the human body). 3. It promotes protein synthesis (hair is made of protein). The laser gives off no heat. It’s the light that promotes hair growth (called photo biostimulation). Low-level lasers are used by physicians and by hair-loss control clinics. The protocol typically calls for two 30-minute treatments per week. 

For those who find it inconvenient to make two visits a week, there are also laser combs, laser brushes, hooded lasers on stands, and laser caps or helmets for home use.  My favorite is the igrow Hair Rejuvenation System, a lightweight helmet made by the same company which makes professional lasers and which has the same high-quality medical laser diodes. Unlike laser combs or brushes, the igrow is completely hands-free. You can watch TV, read, or listen to music (it’s ipod and MP3 compatible) during your treatment. 

To receive brochures on the Scripts products and the igrow laser, contact me at or call (561)833-7611. If you are in the Palm Beach area, please mention this blog to receive a complimentary hair loss consultation.

Until next week, ciao!

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