Hair Loss, Hair Thinning? Take the Fantasia Hair Quiz!
I love singing in my church choir, not only for the joy and love it brings to my life, but also because it’s a great way to socialize with my friends.
Recently, I was rehearsing in my usual place – a step behind and a step up from the choir row in front of me – when I couldn’t help but notice how many women in front of me were losing their hair. I casually brought it up in conversation that evening, when we relaxed over coffee.
My friend Rachael couldn’t believe I wore a hair system…I let her feel and see it, and she was even more stunned. That’s when many choir members started asking questions: “It looks and feels so natural… isn’t it hot or heavy? How does it stay on? How do you care for it? Can you use a curling iron?” I decided to address these questions and more in this week’s blog.
Q.: How do I know if my hair loss is temporary – or not?
A.: The first question a dermatologist may ask is if hair loss runs in your family – do your parents or siblings suffer from it? If so, your chances of hair loss are greater. If your hair is thinning, it happens slowly over time, so you may not notice the extra hairs in your hairbrush or shower. If your hair is shedding, as it often does during radiation or chemotherapy treatments, then clumps of hair fall out. You may lose hair all over your scalp, called general hair loss, or you may lose hair only in one area, called focal hair loss. Most women have some thinning all over the scalp. The vast majority of women see hair thinning or loss on the top of the head.
If you visit your doctor first, and specialists recommend that you do, he or she will ask you questions, like how much hair you’re losing, when it started, and what medications you are currently taking. They will look closely at your scalp and hair loss pattern and may gently pull out a few hairs for tests.
If it’s not clear what’s causing your hair loss, your doctor may do a blood test or look at a sample of your hair or scalp with a microscope. If you are currently receiving treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation, your hair loss may be temporary – but be forewarned: when your hair does grow back, it may be different…the color may change, the texture, or the volume. Ask your doctor or a Fantasia Hair Restoration Specialist for suggestions on how to prepare for these changes.
Q.: What if my doctor says I have Alopecia – is there anything I can do?
A.: Alopecia is an autoimmune disease, in which the immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles. Normally the immune system protects against infection and disease, but when the immune system is compromised – by diabetes, lupus, thyroid disease, certain medications like chemotherapy and more – hair loss usually follows.
Only your doctor can diagnose Alopecia, and research shows that it can occur at any time, any age, even in seemingly healthy people. Your chances of having alopecia are greater if you have a genetic predisposition to the condition.
Q.: Is hair loss a natural side effect of the aging process?
A.: Hair loss can begin as early as age 12, with the onset of puberty, and may worsen during pregnancy, so no, it is not a normal part of the aging process. While it’s true that one in four women will experience some sort of hair loss by age 50 – and the number grows to 65% by age 70 – most women recognize the first signs of hair loss in their 40’s. There are treatment options available for mild, patchy alopecia areata (less than 50% scalp hair loss) though there is currently no acceptable treatment that works in all cases. Scalp injections and topical treatments can be effective, but FDA-cleared and clinically proven laser therapy, available through a Fantasia Hair Restoration Specialist, is increasingly a more popular treatment.
Q.: If I am experiencing hair loss or hair thinning, what should I do?
A.: If your hair loss is caused by something temporary or can be treated, your hair is likely to grow back. For example, if an underactive thyroid is causing the problem, taking thyroid medicine may help. And most hair lost during chemotherapy will grow back after the treatment ends.
Hair loss that runs in the family can be treated with surgical or non-surgical treatments. Fantasia Hair Salon & Hair Restoration Center has the largest inventory of non-surgical solutions in the metro area, and can offer immediate and customized solutions to fit your individual needs.
Many women choose to fill in and add hair gradually, so the restoration looks and feels more natural. Your first step should be to see a Fantasia Hair Restoration Specialist, who can analyze your hair, and offer a choice of solutions to suit your lifestyle.
Q.: What are some of the Hair Restoration solutions offered by Fantasia Hair Salon & Hair Restoration Center?
A.: Fantasia Hair Salon & Restoration Center Founder and Owner Twila Downley has specialized in Hair Restoration for more than 40 years, and her staff continuously take classes to stay abreast of the latest hair technologies, which include:
. Professional Scalp Treatments and Laser Therapy that you can use in your home!
. Fill-Ins, Extensions
. Volumizing Strands/Micro-Point Links Fill-Ins, Extensions
. Hair Restoration Systems, from top-of-head to full cap
. Plus a wide selection of on-site wigs, hats, turbans, and more.
Laser Hair Therapy is one of the latest, and most popular, hair solutions offered at Fantasia Hair Salon & Hair Restoration Center. “What we like about Fantasia’s Laser Therapy is that it’s a non-invasive, safe, and a healthy treatment that’s clinically proven to be effective,” says Twila.
Low-level laser therapy increases blood flow directly to hair follicles, stimulating blood flow to the scalp, which, in turn, promotes natural hair growth. There are no chemicals, and no side effects, and Laser Hair Therapy can be incorporated into an existing treatment regimen.
While laser hair therapy was not a solution for me (my hair loss
was far more pronounced), a top-of-head restoration system was custom-made for me.
Q.: What is a top-of-head hair or full cap hair system?
A.: I can honestly say that a Fantasia Hair Restoration system is like your own hair – only better! For my first trial with a top-of-head system (starting at my forehead and extending back through my crown), scalp measurements were taken to truly customize my system. I chose the hair color and length, and my hair system was delivered in just days.
When it was time to be fitted, my thinning hair was shaved, to insure a customized fit. Many women balk at this and ask: “What if I don’t like it? Do I have to wait for my hair to grow back? Shaving the head seems kind of drastic?” But think of this: doesn’t it make sense to have your system attach to a clean, smooth surface – rather than a stubby, short-haired one? Yes, I was naturally nervous that first time, but today – 10 years later – my system is a natural part of me, especially since it fits like a glove!
My system was then attached using a medical-grade adhesive that clings to every corner, indentation or bump in my scalp. It doesn’t hurt at all, and the system is so lightweight, I hardly know it’s there. I visit my Hair Restoration Specialist every 5 weeks for a thorough cleaning and reattachment. I have kept the back and sides of my hair long, to match my hair system, and so my regular appointment often includes a trim to maintain the same length.
My current hair system has been a part of my everyday life for 7 months and I don’t expect to replace it for at least another 5 months. The cost? It breaks down to less than $250 a month.
Q.: How do you care for your hair system, once you’re home?
A.: This is the best part of all – first, I no longer have to wash my hair every day. I started out washing my hair 2-3 times a week, but now I wash it just once a week. Your hair naturally loses its oil as you age, so daily shampooing is no longer a necessity. I use top-of-the-line products – like Moroccan Oil – to shampoo and condition my hair, and then air dry it, or use a cool hair dryer. I personally prefer to air dry my hair, so I will shampoo over a weekend, when I have the time to let it dry naturally. Then I use a curling iron or flat iron – and off I go! I can do anything I could do before, with my own hair – I sleep, shower, swim, and ride on my brother’s motorcycle with nary a worry.
Q.: What solutions should I consider when visiting with my Fantasia Hair Restoration Specialist?
A.: I suggest you start with baby steps at first, unless you have already lost most of your hair due to a medical condition. Try the topical treatments first, like the Volumizing Hair Care Products and the Professional Scalp Treatments, to see how they work for your individual hair loss. Cold Laser Therapy can slow down hair loss while it stimulates regrowth, or you may choose a more long-lasting solution, like Volumizing Strands/Micro Point Links, Fill-Ins, or Extensions.
One more word of advice on Hair Restoration: ask your Fantasia Hair Restoration Specialist if you can speak or meet with someone who has undergone the transformation you are considering. I talk to potential customers every month, and am happy to share my personal story of Fantasia Hair Success!