Monica lost her hair after having surgery. She wants other women in similar circumstances to know they are not alone and that there are options.
“If you think hair loss only affects men, you’d be mistaken. Half of all women will experience hair loss too. The causes vary from hormones, age, childbirth to even hairstyles.
Medical hair loss is also a common cause. It’s well known that chemotherapy can cause hair loss, but there are other conditions too. Such as thyroid disorders, alopecia and even severe stress.
But in my case, I lost hair after my surgery. It’s one part of my recovery from a brain tumor that I haven’t shared until now. By doing so, I hope that other women dealing with the same issue will know that they are not alone and there are options they might consider.” – Monica Robins
Watch as Monica tells her amazing story and how like her, you too can find the solution to your hair loss!
When Valerie Fuentes was diagnosed with alopecia in her early 20s, she did what most people would do: she faced it. She accepted it for what it was, and learned how to cope.
But despite her bravery, she felt what anyone in her position would feel: a sense of being let down. She would wonder, why am I failing myself? Why is my body not working?
She spent many years focused on how to get her hair to grow back and regain what she had lost. There were countless treatments and shampoos over the years. “You name it,” recalls Valerie, “I spent all my time, my money and my energy on it, because I wanted my hair back.”
It became all-consuming, until Valerie made a realization: she was the only one who could change her life.
While Valerie still deals with alopecia on a daily basis, her outlook on life has changed. Her perspective of herself changed, which caused a shift in the conversations she had with herself. The realization came during a bout of depression over life with alopecia, when it occurred to her that she can have the life that she wants. She gets to live, and gets to decide what she will do with her life.
From then on, Valerie would look at herself in the mirror and tell herself five powerful words: “You’re not your hair, Valerie.”
It took years of soul searching to get to this point, but the choice she made to not stop her life because of hair loss was an important one. It took courage, and is a daily, ongoing effort.
Valerie now advocates for others to stay strong in the wake of hair loss, and to not let it stop them from living the best life possible. She works to prevent others from going through the same depths of depression she faced due to hair loss and wants others to know they are not alone in the journey.
Valerie will be hosting Overcoming Medical Hair Loss, a 21 day summit beginning February 24 with speakers from across the country. Experts in the industry will speak over the course of three weeks, delivering inspirational and uplifting interviews daily to recipients’ inboxes. They will share the tools, resources, coaching and support it takes to have a better life while living with hair loss.
Valerie strives to serve the community of those suffering from hair loss due to medical issues, and firmly believes it’s not one solution that will bring your life or your hair back, it’s a holistic approach.
One important thing to remember: “You’re not dealing with hair loss, you’re living with hair loss,” says Valerie.
Differences Come Over Time
Every day is just one step at a time. Valerie finds strength within and is now sharing that strength with others.
It’s important to feel your feelings, and give yourself permission to feel sad and upset over the loss of your hair. The feelings are valid.
But it’s your choice what happens next.
Valerie believes there are three important steps on the path to living with hair loss:
Step One: Have a conversation with yourself. You’re not your hair, but you’re still you. Remember, you get to look the way you want to look. Feel your feelings, then let the guilt go.
Step Two: What you get to do about it. Live your life every day, just one step at a time.
Step Three: Have a strong support system. Your hairdresser is an important part of the process, so choose one who’s sensitive to you and your needs, knows your journey and what you’ve been through. Be open with your family and friends. Surround yourself with positivity and remember, you’re not alone.
There is another side, and everyone can to the other side of this just like Valerie, by taking things one step at a time. Release the focus on it being all about the hair, and enjoy life and live it fully.
Signup Today for Overcoming Medical Hair Loss Summit
Sign up today at www.overcomingmedicalhairloss.com. Leave your name and email to register. The summit begins February 24, so don’t wait! Every expert will have a free gift.
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Watch as we take you through how you can get to the root of your hair loss and how a Trichologist can help…
How the health of your scalp can affect your hair loss,
What a Trichologist can do to help diagnose your problem and formulate solutions
The different treatments available and the importance of keeping a consistent treatment routine at home
If you suffer from dandruff, excessive scalp itch, hair loss or thinning and oily hair, you’re not alone. There are countless products on the market to help restore hair loss, but the root of the problem needs to be found. And this could involve the scalp.
Emmanuel Mroczka, a licensed Trichology specialist at Jeffrey Paul’s Hair & Scalp Specialists who was interviewed by WKYC in Cleveland, Ohio, has helped with numerous scalp problems. One important element is to determine what is causing the hair loss problem to begin with. By performing a ScalpCheck®, experts can reveal the true reason and help you put those issues behind you.
In the video above, Senior Health Correspondent Monica Robins from WKYC takes you through the ScalpCheck® experience.
Whether you have your natural hair, colored or processed hair, a wig, hairpiece or extensions, all these hair types have one thing in common: they need to be strengthened on a regular basis. There are many ways to strengthen the hair, but without knowing the correct way to go about it, you can actually cause damage by overdoing it. Here are 5 tips to effectively strengthen your hair.
Protein Size Matters
Just like your body, your hair needs protein and other nutrients to stay healthy. Protein helps rebuild and strengthen hair strands, maintaining your hair’s health. Without enough protein in your hair, it will become damaged, with snags causing split ends. Hair processed for wigs and hairpieces can become depleted and will continue to lose protein without extra treatments. The protein your hair needs is a molecular size, which is very small, meaning that it can penetrate into the hair and stay there.
Keep Hair Regularly Moisturized to Avoid Permanent Damage
When your hair is in need of moisture, the cuticle rises. Once it does so, it doesn’t close down and there is nothing that can bring it back to its original state. Therefore, it’s important to prevent this from happening by maintaining the amount of moisture in your hair. Regular protein treatments can help with this, as well as conditioning clean hair.
Spray Conditioner Coats the Hair Without Adding Weight
A coat of light spray conditioner in the morning can lubricate the hair without weighing it down. Leave in conditioner prevents the hair from tangling, which causes it from needing more moisture. Spray generously throughout the day, particularly in the morning as you’re beginning your day and in the evening as you’re winding it down, but also throughout the day as your hair becomes exposed to heat, cold or friction, for added protection.
Avoid Exposing the Hair to Friction to Avoid Breakage
The most common exposure to friction for your hair is your pillowcase. We recommend using a satin pillowcase, as its texture stops the friction against the cuticle. If you don’t have a satin pillowcase, wrap your hair in a silk scarf for the same effect. Other sources of friction include hats or caps that can be tough on hair, which weaken the hair when there’s too much direct contact with the material.
Comb Gently and Avoid Heat
Start from the bottom of the hair and work your way toward the scalp. You’ll want a quality comb or hairbrush, so avoid plastic to prevent your hair strands from being strained. Fiber-based brushes tend to work well against breakage. Avoid too much exposure to heat, as that can easily weaken the hair. Direct heat from hair dryers and styling tools are especially harmful, so opt for minimal heat.
Keep your hair looking beautiful everyday by giving it strength, elasticity and moisture. These tips can help you preserve your hair’s health. Want to continue maintaining your beautiful hair? Contact our team today!
The key to healthy, natural-looking hair is cleaning it to keep it fresh. To maintain your hair, you must clean it regularly. When washing your hair, you’ll want to be sure you don’t damage the hair along the way.
Here are the 5 steps to showering to avoid damage to your hair. Follow these basic fundamentals to keep your hair looking luminous and clean.
To begin, you’ll want to remove tangles and knots from your hair. Using a brush and moisturizing detangler, rid your hair of snarls before getting it wet. This will prevent breakage down the line. Pay special attention to the ends of the hair and the nape area where friction is greatest. Next, you’ll pre-condition, distributing the product evenly throughout the hair. Once you’ve worked it in, rinse with lukewarm —not hot— water. Hot water dries out hair and strips it of the much-needed nutrients, and even color. Rinse out the conditioner in a waterfall-like motion to avoid damaging the hair. Don’t let the water hit the hair directly where it is tied to the base. Make sure all product has been removed from the hair before moving on.
Work in an appropriate amount of shampoo with lukewarm water. Comb the product into the hair with your fingers carefully to avoid creating knots. Rinse out the shampoo, again in a waterfall motion to avoid damage. Once again, you’ll want to keep the water from hitting the hair directly where it is tied to the base, and rinse out the product thoroughly. Use lukewarm water rather than hot because hot water causes color to fade by lifting the cuticle of the hair.
3. Rinse and Repair
Repairing hair ensures it is moisturized and prevents additional breakage. To repair your hair, apply a protein treatment, working the product from mid-strands to end. Do not rinse it out until the next step is applied, as repair continues. Next, you’ll want to apply an appropriate amount of moisturizing detangling conditioner to the hair, over where the protein treatment was placed. Using your fingers as a comb, distribute the product throughout your hair, avoiding the roots. Keep the treatment on for three minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water in a waterfall motion.
4. Towel Dry
With your hands, towel dry your hair, squeezing out all excess water carefully. Use a friction-free towel to blot out any remaining excess water. Using a blotting technique, move the towel around the entire surface of the hair to absorb moisture. Turn your head upside down and shake out any remaining water. This will put body back into the knots that secure the hair to the base.
To finish, you’ll want to re-secure your attachment. Press down around the outer perimeter of the hair replacement or extensions to re-secure the attachment. Hydrate your hair by spraying an appropriate amount of leave-in protein product. Use your fingers to work the product into the hair. This will hydrate your hair and make it easier to comb through. Keep your hair protected by spraying a liberal amount of moisturizing detangler and work it throughout your hair with your fingers. Keep your hair feeling refreshed throughout the day to avoid buildup with anti-bacterial spray or toner daily.
Following these steps is the key to prolonging the life of your hair. Knowing how to moisturize, cleanse, rinse and dry your hair correctly prevents breakage and avoids damage, leaving you with healthy, beautiful hair. We want you to look natural, beautiful and feel like yourself.
The cold weather has arrived, and with it, the need for heavy jackets, hats and scarves. Those blistering winds will have you wanting to keep every inch tucked away, and if you wear a hairpiece, this can present a unique challenge.
When your hair rubs against the back of your neck and another material, such as a wool scarf, it creates friction. Friction can unfortunately lead to hair breakage, split ends and frizziness. Breakage can result in hair tangling and even hair loss. Additionally, extreme temperatures, both too hot and too cold, can negatively impact your hairpiece.
Here at Jeffrey Paul Hair and Scalp Specialists, we want your hair to look healthy, glowing and beautiful all year round. Here’s how you can stay warm this winter, without causing damage to your hairpiece.
Silk scarves can provide warmth just as well as wool scarves, making them a great alternative for those who wear hairpieces. The material is smooth so they won’t cause friction, yet they preserve heat. Silk preserves the moisture in your hairpiece, to avoid drying out the hair. Wigs lose moisture when exposed to the cold, and silk helps to lock in the hydration.
Silk can also be used to protect your hair from your warm winter hats. In addition to wool, cotton, acrylic and other coarse (but warm) fabrics can be detrimental to your hairpiece. The good news is you can still wear them if you line the interior with silk or satin. Just like with the scarf around your neck damaging your hair from underneath, hats can damage the hair at the top of your head. To preserve your hairpiece, simply sew the silk or satin material into your favorite winter hat. This will also limit your hair’s exposure to the cold temperatures, protecting it against the damage caused by wind and snow.
It’s also important to moisturize your hairpiece during the winter months, to combat the brutal temperatures outside. This can be done by deep conditioning your wig or using products like a hair mask. Another way to maintain the moisture in your wig is by limiting the use of straighteners, curling irons and blow dryers. However, it’s also important to note that you should never go outside in freezing temperatures with your wig when it’s still wet. The hair can freeze, which can cause it to break more easily.
Hair care during the winter months is crucial to making your hairpiece last. A hairpiece made from human hair needs just as much care as your natural care to protect it against cool winter temperatures. Hair maintenance is key to keeping your wig’s shape, thickness and look intact during this time of year.
The SOAP Project is specifically focused on educating and increasing awareness in the public on the prevalence of human trafficking, in order to restore trafficked survivors and to prevent teens from being victimized by domestic, minor, sex trafficking.
SOAP National travels all over the U.S. to hold outreaches during large events. We partner with local organizations to distribute millions of bars of soap wrapped with a red band that gives the National Human Trafficking Hotline number —1 (888) 3737-888— and resources to high-risk motels.
Trained volunteers help us offer the soap free-of-charge to motels along with training to be able to identify and report sex trafficking when they see it in their establishments. SOAP outreaches are scheduled around high-demand events like the Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four, Indy 500 and many more.
How You Can Help?
During the month of December our organization is working to bring awareness to not only human trafficking, but the efforts of The SOAP Project to combat human trafficking. We are looking for your support in helping us reach our goal to donate 2,500 bars of soap to their cause.
Human trafficking is a crime involving the exploitation of someone for the purposes of compelled labor or a commercial sex act through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Human trafficking affects individuals across the world, including here in the United States, and is commonly regarded as one of the most pressing human rights issues of our time. Human trafficking affects every community in the United States across age, gender, ethnicity, and socio-economic backgrounds.
Sex traffickingis the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age (22 USC § 7102).
Labor traffickingis the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery, (22 USC § 7102).
Since 2012 the reported cases of human trafficking in Ohio have increased by almost 450%. Compared to the other states in the United States, since 2013 Ohio has consistently been in the top 10 each year and for the last four years, Ohio has been in the top 5. Just because you do not see it does not mean it is not an issue. It is important to recognize the signs and bring awareness to everyone. You can learn more about the signs and indicators and begin making a difference in the life of your fellow Ohioan.
Hair loss is one of the biggest contributors to stress in our culture, with the most common cause of hair loss being hereditary hair loss. Individuals with hereditary hair loss experience what is called miniaturization of hair. Miniaturization occurs when the hair follicle shrinks in size causing the individual hairs to become smaller and finer. Causes of miniaturization include but are not limited to
stress, DHT, and medications. If nothing is done to treat these miniaturized hairs, the follicle will go away and the hair will be lost for good.
Fight Back Against Miniaturized Hair
You don’t have to stand for miniaturized hair any longer thanks to TricoGlam Home! TricoGlam Home is our revolutionary new light therapy device designed to prevent and treat hair loss at home. This lightweight helmet uses 105 specialized red LED lights to fight hair miniaturization by increasing the microcirculation of blood vessels to the scalp and increasing nourishment to hair follicles. The result is revitalized hair follicles that grow faster, thicker, and healthier.
5 Minutes Daily Fights Miniaturization
TricoGlam Home is convenient and easy to use! It has a rechargeable battery that uses a USB port, similar to most Smartphone devices. Once charged, place the TricoGlam helmet on your head and the LED treatment begins – it’s as simple as wearing a hat. For best results, we recommend using TricoGlam as a part of your scalp and hair care protocol. Wear for 5 minutes per day or 20 minutes twice weekly to penetrate your scalp to stimulate growth of your existing hairs and help revitalize miniaturized hairs.
When used with the proper hair and scalp protocol the benefits of the TricoGlam Home are increased dramatically!
Want to find out more about the health of your hair and scalp? Then a ScalpCheck is where you need to begin!
There are hundreds if not thousands of options of shampoos available to consumers today. The fancy packaging, crafty marketing lingo and claims may give you the feeling that what you are using is right for your hair and scalp. But is it? Do you really know if your shampoo is helping, hurting or contributing to a hair or scalp issue? Here are 5 – things you should know about your shampoo:
1. Looks can be deceiving…
The back of the bottle is more important
The fancy packaging, crafty marketing words and claim on the front of the bottles may give you the feeling that what you are using is right for your hair and scalp. The key to the right shampoo is not how pretty the front of the bottle, It’s what inside, the ingredients, that makes all the difference to your hair and scalp!
2. How often matters…
You Should Be Shampooing Every Day
That’s right… every day! The key is every day with the RIGHT type of shampoo which should contain a mild detergent in it designed to help keep oil and hydration of the scalp and hair in a balanced state. If you feel your shampoo would dry your hair out if you used it each day, you have the wrong shampoo.
3. It’s $3 for a reason…
There Is A Reason It Is So Cheap
Ingredients, ingredients, ingredients! Shampoos that cost $3 contain ingredients that are either a majority of water (so you have to use more to get a result) or are inexpensive and ineffective. High quality ingredients make a world of difference for your hair and scalp.
4. How much is important…
Too Much Or Too Little Can Lead To Problems
More product is not always better. The more product you use the more it takes to rinse it out, and the greater likelihood of product buildup. Similarly, using too little of the product will not achieve the desired results. Oh, and don’t forget to emulsify the product in your hand before working into your hair.
5. Shampoo is not the cure-all…
It’s Only On Your Head for About 1-Minute
Shampoo is not designed to fix the root issues of dandruff, excessive scalp itch, oily hair, or hair loss and hair thinning. It can help with symptoms, but to really help lessen or eliminate these issues you need to discover the health of your hair and scalp.
You are not alone if you suffer from dandruff, excessive scalp itch, oily hair, hair loss or hair thinning. Most people experience some degree of these hair and scalp problems. If you’ve attempted to self-diagnose and treat your own hair and scalp problems with a shampoo, you may have found no improvements, a worsening problem, or sometimes an entirely new problem results.
There are hundreds if not thousands of shampoo options available to consumers today. The fancy packaging, crafty marketing lingo and claims may give you the feeling that what you are using is right for your hair and scalp. But is it? Do you really know if your shampoo is helping, hurting or contributing to a hair or scalp issue?
“Magical Shampoo” Does Not Exist Shampoos are not designed to treat the root cause of hair and scalp issues. Their singular purpose is ultimately to cleanse your hair and scalp. Something that is too good to be true, usually is. Shampoos that promise to eliminate dandruff, decrease hair loss, or condition and cleanse can be misleading. These lofty promises can be made if the shampoo contains at least one ingredient that can somewhat help with
What About The Cleanser? Remember the main purpose of shampoo is to cleanse the scalp. You need to have a cleanser in your shampoo otherwise your hair and scalp are not getting clean. If the cleanser is not listed as one of the first three ingredients, the shampoo is not serving its purpose and ultimately could be wasting your money—or worse, adding to a scalp problem you weren’t aware of.
The type of cleanser is also important to the health of your hair and scalp. We recommend shampooing every day, but with the right type of shampoo. That right type of shampoo has a mild cleanser designed to balance oil and hydration of the scalp, promoting a healthier environment for hair to grow in. Do you avoid shampooing every day because it makes your hair too dry? This is a sign that the shampoo you are using contains a cleanser that is too strong, creating a drying effect that can lead to other hair and scalp problems.
Know Your Scalp Before Your Shampoo
How can you find out if your shampoo and other hair care products are right for you? Don’t ignore problems like dandruff, scalp itch, oily hair, or excess shedding. Left untreated these issues can lead to hair loss and hair thinning. Stop self-diagnosing your own hair and scalp problems.
Don’t go it alone, our of trichologists can help you discover the health of your hair and scalp with their exclusive ScalpCheck. This in-depth analysis begins by looking at your current hair care and styling routine, as well as key contributing factors like diet, lifestyle, certain medications and heredity. Next, using proprietary TricoTest software, along with non-invasive, non-surgical medical appliances and three different camera magnifications, they identify the scalp’s levels of oil, hydration and pH, which all play an important role in the health of the hair and scalp. Once your ScalpCheck is complete, a customized treatment plan is created based on what’s best for your specific hair and scalp condition.
Now is a perfect time to schedule a ScalpCheck to discover the health of your hair and scalp and be sure your shampoo or scalp problem isn’t masking a bigger hair and scalp problem.
TricoGlam Home is a new, first of its kind red LED light wavelengths designed to more effectively treat hair loss and other hair and scalp problems. The TricoGlam Home is the perfect compliment to a hair and scalp treatment routine.
Laser versus LED
Until now LLLT devices have only used laser diodes that are pinpointed to one area of the scalp and hair. Although the laser diodes are effective, the introduction of the red LED diodes allows for a more dispersed and fuller coverage of the hair and scalp without sacrificing the effectiveness of the light. Ultimately providing a better LLLT solution for your hair and scalp.
Here is how we plan to create happiness by giving back…
Each year our team comes together to find an organization, or two, that we feel has made a difference in the lives of people (or animals) that we know. Each member of our team comes with their story of the organization that has stood out to them and together we decide how we as a team can come together to support them. This year we are excited to support two wonderful organizations: The Village Project and Purr-fect Companion Cat Sanctuary.
The holidays are a special time of year, but the stress they can add can lead to an increase in hair shedding. Is this normal, or a sign that points to bigger problems?
The holidays are fast approaching and along with them come the joys of the season like glad tidings, great food, and time spent with family & friends. One unforeseen effect of the holiday season is the added stress that they can cause and for some individuals this can lead to stress related hair loss.
With fall approaching, you may start to notice an increase in hair shedding. Is this normal, or a sign that points to bigger problems?
As the summer comes to an end and the fall months fast approach, so, too, does seasonal hair shedding. Seeing more hairs than normal on your hairbrush, on the bathroom floor or in the shower can leave the average man or woman in a bit of a panic. Is this kind of hair loss normal? Should you be concerned?
We shed an average of 80 to 100 hairs every day. This is considered normal, healthy hair shedding. These hairs that are shed are not lost. Instead, they are going through a cycle of growth, transition and then rest, when hairs release and are shed, before the process repeats. During certain times of the year, you may notice an increase in shedding, especially in the late fall months. This common phenomenon is known as seasonal shedding.
Eight years ago, Rachel began experiencing anxiety-based hair loss. After doctor visits, blood tests and medications, Rachel wanted a more natural approach, and our team was there to provide support and the latest hair solutions infusing Italian-based 3D-technology that she needed.
Watch as Rachel’s full transformation of restoring her hair loss and her inner beauty of confidence that was lost with the loss of her hair.
Below you can watch each segment of Rachel’s Journey.