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A Possible Cure for Alopecia Areata

By |August 25th, 2014

A Possible Cure for Alopecia Areata?

The Initial Research Into a Possible Cure for Alopecia Areata Looks Very Promising
Is your bald or thinning hair causing anxiety, depression and depriving you of self confidence? Our culture views hair as a sign of youth and vitality, your hair is part of your identity. For patients suffering from alopecia areata, the autoimmune disease that can cause hair loss, a glimmer of hope is on the horizon.
Most drugs on the market simply prevent losing what hair you have left. What sufferers of alopecia areata desire more than anything is new hair growth. Would you take a pill in order to re-grow your own hair? Ruxolitnib, a drug used to treat myelofibrosis, which is a serious bone marrow disorder, could possibly do just that. According to researcher’s three fortunate people who suffered from alopecia areata experienced re-growth of their own hair after taking ruxolitnib daily for only four to five months. Researchers discovered a specific set of T-Cells responsible for attacking the hair follicle. It is possible to use targeted drugs called JAK inhibitors to stop this process. Two FDA-approved JAK inhibitors ruxolitinib and tofacitinib were tested on balding mice with alopecia. The drugs effectively stopped the attack of T-Cells on hair follicles. After 12 weeks of treatment the drugs completely restored the hair on the mice. The three participants in this study experience similar results in the re-growth of their own hair.
More clinical studies are needed to thoroughly test the drugs effectiveness in a larger number of patients; however Angela M. Christiano, Associate Professor of molecular dermatology and genetics at Columbia University Medical Center in New York stated “We believe this is a very exciting step forward for the […]

Will Prince William Really Be Bald When He Takes the Throne?

By |August 25th, 2014

Will Prince William Really Be Bald When He Takes the Throne?

This is a question that many royal watchers have been asking for years. The 32 year old prince has been displaying signs of male pattern baldness for years now. When reviewing the Windsor family’s lineage, many of William’s elder relatives are bald or balding including: Prince Charles, Prince Edward and Prince Phillip. This just goes to show that even “prince charming” himself is not free of the stress of male pattern baldness.
Prince William has been a media darling since Prince Charles and Dianna first shared him with the world 32 years ago. He and his bride Catherine have certainly receive plenty of attention in recent years as the world watched them wed and welcome their son Prince George last summer. With all eyes on Prince William, the headlines have not always been kind. Plenty of news outlets have featured his receding hair line, noting the speed at which the young royal is losing his hair. In fact, many are predicting that he will lose all of his hair by the time he takes the throne.

What do you think? Will Prince William experience pattern baldness by the time he is crowned King? Should the media leave the topic alone?
At the Hair Specialist we understand the devastating toll that male pattern baldness can have on a person, in or out of the spotlight. We have the pleasure of helping thousands of men each and every year, as they battle hair loss. If you would like to learn more about our Nebraska hair restoration solutions, we encourage you to contact us today!
If you would like to stay in-the-know about the latest developments in the hair restoration industry, […]

Hair Restoration: What You Need to Know Today

By |July 22nd, 2014

Are you fearful that the hair loss exhibited in your relatives will soon begin to manifest in your hair line? If so, you’re not alone! At the Hair Specialist we often hear from individuals who are concerned and taking a proactive approach to hair loss prevention. Is your hair loss something to be concerned about? Let’s take a closer look.

How do you know if your hair loss is normal?
The average person loses 50 to 100 hairs a day. If you’re beginning to notice more hair than usual in your brush, on your pillow or in the shower drain, you may be experiencing the early signs of hair loss. Though hair loss becomes more prevalent as we age, some hair loss sufferers begin to see signs while still in their teens. Regardless of your age, or level of hair loss, your best defense is early intervention.

Why do we lose our hair?
Though every situation is different, some of the most common contributing factors to hair loss include:

Over-styling
Medications
Poor Diet
Genetics
Hormones

What are my options?
Thanks to modern advances in science and technology, we know a lot more about hair loss and hair restoration than ever before. In addition to making changes to your life-style, you also have a variety of hair restoration treatment options. Many of today’s leading hair restoration solutions are successfully stopping and even reversing the signs of hair loss. However we cannot stress the importance of early intervention enough. If you’re experiencing hair loss, now is the time to act!

Be Proactive –Don’t Delay
At the Hair Specialist we are proud to offer the world’s most advanced hair restoration solutions. We have the knowledge and expertise to outline a treatment plan customized to your individual needs. Don’t allow your […]

3 Habits to Break Today that Can Lead to Hair Loss

By |April 28th, 2014

If you have begun notice excess strands of hair in your shower drain or brush, you may mistakenly believe that you have no control over your advancing hair loss. But thinning hair isn’t just due to aging, in some cases your lifestyle choices may actually be contributing factors. If you notice excessive thinning or even bald spots, read on to determine if you can make changes, in your daily life, to stop and even reverse your hair loss.

Over-styling, Poor Diet and Stress: Possible Culprits Behind Hair Loss
The American Academy of Dermatology (ADD) reports that a person normally loses 50 to 100 hairs daily. Several reasons can contribute to excessive hair loss. First, you could be over-styling your hair leading to excess fall out. Products such as straighteners, curling irons and blow dryers can weaken the hair. The ADD suggests that you air dry your hair whenever possible, and they warn against ever using a curling iron or straightener when hair is wet. Along with this, they recommend that you reach for a comb when your hair is wet instead of a brush, which could cause breakage. Finally, they strongly discourage brushing hair 100 or more times a day.

The second contributing factor to your hair loss may be a poor diet, especially if you aren’t ingesting enough protein or iron. Those who crash diet or suffer from an eating disorder are particularly susceptible to hair loss. Fortunately, you can easily correct this by improving your diet and increasing protein intake through foods such as:

Fish
Meat
Beans
Seeds
Eggs
Nuts

Iron is found in fortified cereal, oysters, lentils, clams, spinach and other green vegetables.
Finally, the third common cause of hair loss, that we will be exploring today, is stress. If you have […]

Nourish Your Hair with a Healthy Diet

By |April 10th, 2014

Are you noticing that your hair is finer and more brittle than it once was? Perhaps you’re watching your hairline recede. While there are no simple dietary tricks that will make your hair miraculously fuller and thicker, your nutrition definitely has an effect on the health and vitality of your hair. Just as your diet has an impact on your skin, your weight and even your mental clarity, the nutrients, or lack thereof, that you put in your body will manifest in your hairline.
If you’re ready to switch up your diet for the sake of your hair, be sure and include plenty of the following in your daily diet:

Lean Protein
Your hair itself is made up primarily of moisture and protein, which is precisely why it’s so important to include plenty of lean protein in your diet. Lean meats contain Vitamin B12 and fish, such a salmon, contain iodine which is essential for hair health.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Packed with vitamins A, B and C, fresh fruits and vegetables deliver the nutrients your body needs to perform at an optimal level.

Milk
A great source of vitamins A, B and D, as well as calcium and protein, milk helps you maintain healthy bone density and delivers essential nutrients to the entire body; including your hair follicles. Have a lactose intolerance? Try almond or soy milk!

Nutritional Supplements
In addition to eating a healthy diet, consider taking nutritional supplements to give your hair follicles the nourishment they need. Supplements that can improve the health of your hair include: biotin, calcium and Vitamins A, B, B12, and C.
Though shaking up your diet may have a positive impact on your hairline, it might not be enough. If you’re experiencing thinning or balding, it’s […]

Laser Hair Therapy – Is it Right for You?

By |February 25th, 2014

Laser Hair Therapy – Is it Right for You?
As the leading providers of Nebraska hair restoration services we often hear from hair loss sufferers who are seeking a non-invasive yet effective solution, many of whom are excited to learn of the benefits of laser hair therapy. If you, or a loved one, are seeking a non-invasive hair restoration solution we encourage you to consider laser hair therapy. Not sure if you’re a candidate? Let’s find out!

How Does Laser Hair Therapy Work?
In order to determine if you’re a candidate let’s first dive into the technology behind laser hair therapy. This state-of-the-art approach to hair restoration actually works to stimulate hair regrowth and to slow the progression of hair loss. How? Laser hair therapy delivers low level “cool” laser energy directly to the affected area of the scalp in order to stimulate blood flow and cell regeneration. The results of laser hair therapy are nothing short of remarkable; existing hair grows thicker and healthier while hair follicles that have gone dormant begin to regrow hair. That’s right; laser hair therapy actually stimulates hair regrowth. And perhaps the best part, this leading-edge technology is completely pain free. Having been studied extensively there are no know side effects, making laser hair therapy the ideal solution for the majority of hair loss sufferers.
Now that we have your attention, let’s take a closer look at who should consider laser hair therapy.

Who Should Consider Laser Hair Therapy?
Specialists worldwide recommend laser hair therapy to patients of all ages and varying degrees of health. If any of the following describe you, you’re likely a candidate:

Those who are noticing that their hair is finer and thinner than it was in the past
Those who are […]