What is alopecia?

Posted by on Dec 17, 2019 in Alopecia | 0 comments

What is alopecia?

Alopecia is one of the most complicated and hard to understand disorders out there, though its symptoms are certainly easy to recognize. Those living with alopecia commonly find their hair falling out in large patches, which can take a huge hit on their confidence and self-esteem.

The disorder goes far beyond hair loss, however. And if you find yourself not understanding much about the disease, you’re not alone. I decided to take it upon myself to research more about alopecia and what medical experts know about it. Check out what I found below.

All about Alopecia

Alopecia is an autoimmune skin disease. With this disorder, the immune system attacks the hair follicles, stunting growth and resulting in significant hair loss. Hair loss doesn’t just occur on the scalp — you may notice hair thinning on other parts of the body as well. According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, about 6.8 million people in the United States have alopecia areata. 

The condition does not discriminate, meaning that everyone across every age, gender, and ethnic group can develop alopecia during their lifetime. 

As is with most conditions, there are a few different types of alopecia areata:

  • Alopecia areata patchy: With this form of alopecia, the hair falls out in patches that are about the size of a coin. It is the most common type of alopecia.
  • Alopecia totalis: Alopecia totalis results in a complete loss of hair on the scalp.
  • Alopecia universalis: This form of alopecia results in hair loss all over the body, including the hair, face, and scalp.

If you believe that you may have alopecia, it is important that you schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. The earlier you get diagnosed, the more success you will have treating your symptoms. 

What causes alopecia?

The question “what causes alopecia?” has stumped medical experts for years. Unfortunately, there is no known cause of alopecia. Scientists have yet to determine if the adverse autoimmune response is triggered from something inside the body (like a virus or bacteria) or something outside the body.

Something else scientists are still looking into is whether or not alopecia is passed down through generations. However, scientists believe that there are several other factors besides family hereditary that contribute to the disease. In fact, most parents with alopecia do not pass it to their children. 

A Cure

Sadly, no cure for alopecia areata has been found. However, there are things you can do to mitigate the effects that hair loss has on your confidence. 

You might want to try out a technique called scalp micropigmentation. If you choose to go through a scalp micropigmentation treatment, micro pigments will be tattooed on your scalp to fill in any patches in your hairline. If you’re experiencing alopecia totalis or universalis, the pigments can make it look like you recently shaved your head.
According to Pam Neighbors, scalp micropigmentation is one of the fastest growing hair loss solutions ever, and more than 500.000 have relied on it to get their self-esteem back.

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3 Ways Men Deal with Balding

Posted by on Dec 13, 2019 in Hair Loss, Scalp Micropigmentation | 0 comments

3 Ways Men Deal with Balding

Balding may be a natural part of life, but that doesn’t mean it is easy to deal with. Going bald can bring feelings of insecurity and shame with it, but it doesn’t have to. Technological and medical advancements have helped millions of men look young again.

Take a look at some of the top ways men combat hair loss down below.

Hair Transplant Surgery

Some men elect to solve their hair troubles by going through a hair transplant surgery. There are many different types of hair transplant surgery methods. One of the most common methods is hair transplantation. With this method, areas of the scalp that are able to grow hair are grafted and relocated to a thinning area of the scalp. 

Another method is a flap surgery, where scalp tissue with hair is moved on the top of the head. Or, your doctor may opt for a tissue expansion surgery, where the hair bearing parts of the scalp are expanded to cover balding spots. Hair transplant surgeries are usually done by a plastic surgeon.

However, something to keep in mind that a hair transplant doesn’t guarantee that your hair will grow back. Usually, it is not recommended that people suffering from widespread baldness go forward with a hair transplant surgery. These surgeries can also be very costly, so one should only go forward with a hair transplant if they truly believe it is the best option for them and their scalp.

Scalp Micropigmentation

A new, unconventional procedure that many men have relied on to fight their hair loss is scalp micropigmentation. According to SMPGeorgia.com, “scalp micropigmentation provides instant restoration on your hairline the natural way.” Scalp micropigmentation works by applying small micropigments, similar to the pigments applied to the skin for a tattoo, to areas of the scalp that are balding. This fills in the hairline, creating the illusion that your hairline is much more full than it actually is.

However, you can even benefit from scalp micropigmentation if you have completely lost your hair. The pigments can be used to make it look like you recently shaved your head, giving you a fashion forward look in just a few treatments.

Medication

Of course, you can always try out medications to help stimulate hair growth. The type of medication you are prescribed will depend on the cause of your hair loss. If your hair loss is the result of an underlying health condition, you doctor will likely prescribe you medication to help treat or suppress that condition in an effort to help your hair grow. However, there are several medications that are aimed to treat hair loss specifically rather than another health condition. Some of the most common medications to treat hair loss include Rogaine and Propecia. If you are interested in using medication to treat your hair loss, you should reach out to your doctor as  soon as possible.

No matter what type of treatment you choose, you won’t be stuck with a bald head forever. 

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How Nutrition Affects Hair Loss

Posted by on Dec 13, 2019 in Hair Loss | 0 comments

How Nutrition Affects Hair Loss

Everyone knows that a balanced diet is important for countless reasons. Nutritious diets (and exercise) can help us avoid serious health problems like Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol, and obesity. It is no surprise that we are constantly surrounded by messages telling us to incorporate a healthy diet into our lifestyle.

However, besides the above mentioned health conditions, our dietary choices can have a huge impact on our hair health. Yes, the food you eat can play a big part in determining how full your hair remains throughout the years. Of course, there are plenty of other factors (such as genetics and underlying health conditions) that impact your hair health, but nutrition is undoubtedly a factor as well.

Learn more about how your diet can affect your hair down below.

Nutrition Deficiencies

The reason why so many doctors and other medical experts stress the importance of a balanced diet is because it is the best way to ensure that your body gets the vitamins and minerals that it needs. Obtaining said vitamins and minerals is a key to keeping your hair looking thick and full. Without a nutritious diet, your hair does not have the crucial building blocks it needs to grow and remain strong. Thus, those missing key components of their diet may notice their hair thinning, even falling out when brushing their hair or taking a shower.

Building a Healthier Diet

Of course, building a healthier diet won’t happen overnight, but there are some small ways to bring more vitamins and minerals into your daily life. Check them out below:

  • One word: protein. Fun fact, our hair is primarily made up of protein. Therefore, you need a constant supply of protein to make sure your hair is able to remain strong and healthy. With a protein deficiency, your hair is lacking its main ingredient, so to speak. Incorporate meats like chicken, lean meat, and fish into your diet, and for vegans and vegetarians, nuts, beans, and legumes are a great source of protein. 
  • Iron: Our hair follicles also thrive of ferritin, which is stored iron. Try to eat lean red meat or if you don’t eat meat, try taking an iron supplement.
  • Vitamin C: In order for iron to be absorbed by your body, you need to be ingesting a sufficient amount of vitamin C. One of the easiest ways to do so is by eating fruits and vegetables. Simply cut up your favorites for a midday snack!

Additional Steps
Like previously stated, a healthy diet isn’t a guaranteed cure for thinning hair. If you’re still struggling with hair loss with a healthy diet, it may be time to pursue other options. You might want to consider scalp micropigmentation, offered by companies like Emma Baglee. Scalp micropigmentation technicians utilize a process similar to tattooing to fill in spots in your hairline with micro pigments, making your hairline look healthy and full in just a few treatments. For those looking for a quick option, this may be your best choice.

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Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia

Posted by on Nov 2, 2019 in HLI - New York | 0 comments

Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia

Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia is a condition that leads to hair loss, particularly among the African American community

If you’ve never heard of this condition before, you’re absolutely not alone. Keep reading to learn more about centrifugal cicatricial alopecia and what you can do about it. This blog post may just end up helping you or a loved one, so continue on!

What is Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia?

You may have heard of alopecia, which is a disorder in which an individual may inexplicably lose their hair. However, centrifugal cicatricial alopecia is a form of alopecia that is pretty much unique to the black community, specifically black women.

This form of alopecia results in hair loss on the crown of the head, or the middle of the scalp. As the name suggests, this hair loss begins in a centrifugal pattern. So, black women losing hair in a circle on their head may be experiencing this form of hair loss.

What’s behind it?

Unfortunately, the cause of this form of alopecia is unknown. However, it is believed that the use of hairstyling methods traditionally associated with ethnic hair may be a culprit. Additionally, the condition may be genetic, so it is important to see if anyone else in your family is dealing with this form of hair loss as well.

What to Do?

The first thing you should do is reach out to a doctor and get your condition diagnosed. After that, you have a variety of options to choose from. You might try a clinic in NY that can apply pigments to your scalp and fill in your hairline through a process called scalp micropigmentation, and other population options such as medicines or special shampoos and conditioners.

I hope you found this information useful!

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Women Rocking Shaved Heads

Posted by on Aug 20, 2019 in Scalp Micropigmentation | 0 comments

Women Rocking Shaved Heads

Most lists celebrating famous bald people focus on men, but did you know there are several powerful bald women out there? Check out this list and you may discover your new favorite woman.

Adwoa Aboah

Adwoa Aboah is a British model who has graced the cover of American Vogue, British Vogue, Vogue Italia, Vogue Poland, and i-D. She rocks a shaved head, which she began rocking after a hair trim went wrong. In addition to appearing on the cover of various fashion magazines, she played Lia in Ghost in the Shell, a Hollywood adaptation of a Japanese manga.

Amber Rose

No list of famous bald women would be complete without Amber Rose. Known for her trademark shaved hairstyle, Rose skyrocketed in fame while appearing as a video vixen in Young Jeezy and Kanye West’s “Put On” video.

She was involved in a high profile relationship with West for two years. In addition to modeling, Rose is known for her sex-positive activism and has been a champion in the fight against rape culture.

Lupita Nyong’o

Though she has been rocking longer hairstyles lately, Lupita Nyong’o is known for her shaved hair. The star first shaved her hair when she was just 19, and has kept her hair short since then. The actress is known for her roles in “12 Years a Slave,” (for which she won an Academy Award), “Black Panther,” and “Us.” She was named the Most Beautiful Woman by People Magazine in 2014.

If you’re suffering from hair loss, you might want to consider shaving your hair. As these women show, beauty is not dependent on the length of your hair. If you’ve completely lost all of your hair, there are services like DC Micro that use scalp micropigmentation to give the appearance that you recently shaved your head.

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Female Pattern Baldness and You

Posted by on Aug 19, 2019 in Scalp Micropigmentation | 0 comments

Female Pattern Baldness and You

Many have heard of male pattern baldness, but many are not familiar with female pattern baldness. For many women struggling with hair loss is their daily reality. If you believe that you are suffering from female pattern baldness, keep reading to learn more about the condition and ways that you can keep as much hair on your head as possible.

What is Female Pattern Baldness?

You may have heard female pattern baldness referred to as androgenetic alopecia. Female pattern baldness is similar to male pattern baldness, except women lose their hair in a different pattern than men do.

Female hair loss is completely normal. According to YouBeaty, women begin to lose density in their hair by the time they turn 35 years old. Healthline reports that not even 50 percent of women will make it past their 65th year with their mane completely intact.

Don’t panic. If you’re a woman suffering from hair loss, you are certainly not alone.

Causes of Female Pattern Hair Loss

Female pattern baldness has been found to have a variety of different causes, the most common being an endocrine condition or a hormonal issue.

To determine the cause of your female pattern baldness specifically, it is important that you reach out and schedule an appointment with your doctor or dermatologist. Your doctor will be able to pinpoint the cause and use that information to better treat your hair loss.

What Can I Do? Those experiencing any type of hair loss are likely in search of any possible cure to get their hair back to the way it used to be. Conventional methods include medicine or topical treatments, but new treatments include scalp micropigmentation offered by brands such as Team Micro, which can fill in your hair line with pigment to make your hair look more full.

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