Hair loss and balding are problems affecting nearly 80 million people in the US. If you have suffered from hair fall or thinning, you’ve probably tried a few things already. And if you’ve done your research, you’ve most likely heard about microneedling.
Microneedling for skin is a common method used to treat scars by stimulating collagen production and encouraging new cell growth. Microneedling is increasingly becoming popular to treat hair loss, androgenic alopecia, and male pattern baldness, too, and has proven to be highly effective when used along with a topical corticosteroid.
What Is Microneedling and How Does It Work?
Microneedling is the process of injecting your hair follicles with a derma roller or microneedling device. The idea behind microneedling is that by stimulating your scalp and applying different compounds to it, you can encourage healthy hair growth. Microneedling works best for those with thinning hair who want fuller, thicker locks. It’s important to consider other factors before undergoing microneedling treatment, such as your age, health conditions, and lifestyle habits that could affect your results.
During the procedure, the doctor will use a derma roller or microneedling device to puncture holes in your scalp, which essentially causes trauma to the area and triggers an inflammatory response. This stimulates blood flow and encourages new cells to grow in those areas. It also helps break down scar tissue from previous injuries or surgeries (like alopecia) so that new follicles can form. Microneedling also aids the absorption of hair loss treatment products like minoxidil and topical steroids. The time taken for the treatment depends on the size of the treatment area, but it usually takes around ten minutes.
Can Microneedling Be Done at Home?
Many microneedling devices available on the market can be used at home, but experts recommend that a licensed professional perform the treatment. When done in the clinic by an experienced professional, they will ensure minimal side effects and prevent infections. Also, you can be sure of effective treatment with the correct depth and the right equipment. As this process involves puncturing the skin with hundreds of tiny holes, the tools and the environment must be super sterile, which is possible only at a hair studio or clinic. Moreover, most of the microneedling pens available on the market for at-home use do not provide the required depth.
If you are interested in learning more about microneedling or any other hair loss treatments, contact Argyle Hair Solutions. With leading technology and high-quality products, we guarantee customer satisfaction. Get real results with Argyle Hair Solutions and have a happy tomorrow.
Are you experiencing hair thinning or significant hair loss following medical treatment? Regardless of the cause, hair loss can be a big problem for anyone. But there is a solution for everyone: wigs and hair toppers. It may seem difficult to choose between a wig and a hair topper, especially if you are unfamiliar with them.
This article examines the main differences between the two.
Difference Between Wigs and Hair Toppers
Wigs and hair toppers are wearable hairpieces that help add length or volume to your hair.
Wigs are pieces of hair attached to a cap or band that fit over your hair and are designed to cover your whole head. Hair toppers are usually worn by people who have thinning hair but still want the appearance of having thick locks on top of their heads. They look like mini-wigs but are designed to cover the thinning areas and tend to be more lightweight, making them more comfortable than wigs.
Knowing the difference between the two can help you make the right choice.
Coverage is the most obvious difference between wigs and hair toppers. Wigs cover the whole scalp, while a hair topper covers only a section of your hair. People in the early stages of hair thinning can opt for toppers, and those in the advanced stages of hair loss or baldness can opt for a wig.
Wigs can be attached to existing hair or even work without natural hair, while hair toppers should be clipped onto the natural hair. So toppers are better for people with thinning hair, problem spots, or gradual hair loss.
Hair toppers have to be matched with your hair as your original hair will also be visible when wearing a topper. With wigs, however, you can experiment with any color based on your mood, and this is one of the reasons people prefer wigs to hair toppers.
Wigs and hair toppers are an easy way to look great, but they can also be a delicate investment that requires proper care. Wigs can be braided, curled, and styled in various ways to fit any occasion and drastically alter your look. On the other hand, hair toppers only permit a small amount of styling because doing so requires heating your natural hair too, which is not advisable.
Hair toppers are lighter than wigs as they are smaller, and they allow your own hair to “breathe”. Lace hair toppers, in particular, are extremely thin and breathable, making them easy to wear all day.
The wigs, on the other hand, are constructed using thicker material, and wearing a wig cap is recommended, making the head feel warm and sometimes uncomfortable.
As toppers use less material and take less time to make, they are more affordable than wigs. The cost will depend on the materials’ quality and size.
If you need further information on wigs and hair toppers and need guidance in picking the right one, contact Argyle Hair Solutions. We are sure you will feel your best with our fantastic collection and finest quality products.
Are you tired of ads and articles that promise a magical solution to hair loss? As multiple reasons lead to hair loss, dealing with it has never been easy. Widening hair parts, bald spots, or thinning hair are a few signs of hair loss; it is advisable to seek professional guidance. The earlier you start working on it, the better results you achieve.
Low-level laser therapy is one of the most effective remedies if you want a painless, safe, and non-invasive treatment for your hair loss.
Keep reading to learn more about low-level laser therapy (LLLT) and its benefits.
What is LLLT?
LLLT, also known as the red light therapy, uses the energy from the laser light or near-red-infra light to decrease pain or inflammation and promote the healing of nerves and tissues.
LLLT treats hair loss as it stimulates hair tissue, increases circulation, and encourages hair follicles to grow better. It is medically proven safe and effective for both men and women in treating hair loss. It is often used along with other hair treatments like hair transplant and PRP procedures.
How Does LLLT Work?
Low-level laser therapy uses the photochemical effect of near-infra-red waves acting on the cells. The light energy absorbed improves oxygenation and the health of the damaged cells. When this specific wavelength of light is used to treat hair loss, it penetrates the scalp, stimulating the stem cells responsible for regenerating hair follicles. The light also improves blood circulation in the targeted area, causing your hair to grow longer and thicker, giving it a voluminous appearance.
What Are the Available LLLT Devices?
This wearable device looks like a helmet and typically has laser diodes throughout the helmet, which cover the scalp completely. It is advised to use consistently for 20 minutes twice a week for maximum results. It is a rechargeable device and is generally available over the counter to be used at home. Some devices look like caps, too, providing the same functionality as the helmets.
Laser Hair Band
Laser Hair Band is a more refined and compact version of the helmet. It is in the shape of a band, and you must adjust it to cover the bald patches. It is lightweight, portable, and comes with a charging dock, making it ideal for travel. Use for at least 90 seconds three times a week for best results.
Laser Hair Comb
Comb your way to fuller hair. An easy, practical solution to thin hair, right? This portable device can stimulate any area of your head that needs attention. It also comes with a charging stand and a comfortable grip.
Most of these devices are known to have improved the overall health of the hair. Before buying any LLLT device, get professional advice and buy only FDA-approved devices. Effective treatment for hair fall improves your appearance and gives you mental peace and confidence.
Contact Argyle Hair Solutions for any type of hair maintenance and restoration service. Call 801-791-6178 or click here for a free consultation to get started with a beautiful journey.
Iron deficiency is the most common mineral deficiency worldwide and the one most frequently linked to hair loss. Unlike other vitamin and nutrient deficiencies that are only common in countries with substandard dietary intake, iron deficiency is a problem that affects people from all social and economic classes. Let’s get into the how and why.
Why is iron so important?
Iron is an essential element for blood production. Around 70% of your body’s iron is found in hemoglobin (red blood cells that transport oxygen from the lungs to other tissues like the hair follicle) and myoglobin (muscle cells that accept, store, transport, and release oxygen). Hemoglobin comprises 96% of the dry weight of red blood cells, and iron is a core component of its function.
Function of vital organs will be prioritized over hair and nail production when the body is deciding how to distribute nutrients that are too low to meet all needs. When iron is low enough to affect the production and efficiency of hemoglobin, hair production is one of the first things to suffer.
What causes low iron?
Our bodies cannot produce iron, and thus it must be sourced from the food we eat. If you are in a state of anemia, you are either not getting enough in your diet, or your body is unable to absorb the iron in your food. So, what are some of the more common causes?
Vegetarianism – The best source of dietary iron is meat, as the heme iron in meat is much more easily absorbed than the nonheme iron found in plants. Thus, vegetarians can be particularly susceptible to anemia if their diets do not include fruits and dark leafy greens with sufficient iron content.
Blood loss – Any time there is sufficient blood loss, iron deficiency can become a problem. Surgery, injury, frequent blood donation, and even heavy menstrual bleeding can cause iron deficiency anemia. Also, slow internal blood loss such as a peptic ulcer, hiatal hernia, or gastral intestinal bleeding.
Pregnancy – Boosted iron levels are needed to serve the increased blood volume of the mother and also produce hemoglobin for the growing fetus
Inability to absorb iron – This is something most people overlook. Iron makes its way into the bloodstream via the small intestine. The inability of your gut to absorb iron can be caused by a wide range of conditions.
Intestinal disorders like celiac
Having part of the intestine removed surgically
Medications that cause a deficiency in vitamins needed for iron processing or suppress acid needed in the gut for absorption.
Medical conditions that impact nutrient absorption
How do I know if I have low iron?
I could catalog a lengthy list of symptoms (hair loss, brittle nails, headache, rapid heartbeat, fatigue, etc), however, the only real way to know if you are suffering from low iron is to have a blood test.
Testing should include an Iron Panel (also known as Fe Blood Test, Iron Indices Blood Test, or Iron Status Blood Test) – A full iron panel should include several different measurements.
Ferritin – This is the primary protein used for iron storage in the body.
Transferrin – This is the protein that binds and transports iron in blood serum.
Serum Iron Test – This will measure the actual amount of iron in the blood. More specifically, the dissolved levels of Fe2+ in blood plasma.
Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC) – This is the capacity of the blood to transport iron throughout the body.
Unsaturated Iron-Binding Capacity (UIBC) – Tests the percentage of transferrin that is not attached to iron
Transferrin Saturation – Tests the percentage of transferrin that is attached to iron
What does this all mean?
These tests will help your doctor determine the root of your iron deficiency. For example, low ferritin and transferrin saturation but elevated serum transferrin could indicate low iron stores and the need to include more iron rich foods in your diet.
Sometimes increasing the amount of iron in your diet is enough to fix the problem. Other times you will need to address and ancillary health concern or nutrient deficiency before your body will have the tools to begin absorbing and using iron again.
Working with your doctor to interpret test results will help you understand what steps need to be taken to correct a deficiency.
Can I have too much iron?
YES!!! And it can be a BIG problem. Excess iron in the body can have more immediate and harmful effects than iron anemia.
To be fair, iron absorption in the gut is tightly regulated by the hormone hepcidin and, absent a failure of this mechanism, iron toxicity from regular food is unlikely.
Iron toxicity is most likely to occur from an overconsumption of iron supplements. For this reason, supplementation should only be done under the care of a doctor.
Dietary iron is an essential mineral for overall health and particularly important to healthy hair.
Iron levels can be impacted by a wide range of conditions. A blood test followed up by medical consultation should be done to address concerns.
Supplementation should only be done under the care of a physician.
The progression of genetic hair loss is a miniaturization process that plays out in each separate hair follicle, but in a pattern predetermined by inherited traits.
For most of us, at around age 20 the amount of hair we have on our head begins to decrease. That is in terms of hair count not weight. For some, this is a subtle process they may not notice for decades. Women benefit from the buffering effect of estrogen and progesterone that increases hair quality in their 20s and 30s. This is why many women don’t begin to notice the effects of hair loss until they are pre-menopausal and undergo a change in their hormone profile.
For men, this process is generally noticeable much earlier, as they lack the assistance of hair volume increasing hormones and can be subject to more aggressive patterns of balding via androgen sensitivity.
What governs the process of genetic hair loss?
You need to have the gene for hair loss which gives you a genetic sensitivity to certain androgens. Androgens are any steroid hormone that regulates the development and maintenance of male characteristics.
Testosterone is converted into DHT (dihydrotestosterone) by the enzyme 5a-R. The amount of 5a-R varies from person to person and even follicle to follicle which is why specific patterns of balding are so different.
DHT kicks off the process of miniaturization.
Each time the hair goes through a growth cycle (5-7yrs) it grows back smaller and smaller.
What does the miniaturization process look like as your hair cycles through growth phases?
The diameter of the hair shaft decreases. Each hair gets thinner
The thinner the hair gets the less color it has. The follicle imbeds less melanin into the hair shaft.
The hair gets shorter. The growth phase time shrinks and there are not as many active stem cells in each follicle.
The follicle and hair shaft shrink. Once the hair shrinks to around 50% of its original size the chances it will respond positively to treatment is vastly reduced. This is the key reason why it is so important to start treatment as early as possible.
This is a very quick breakdown of a complicated process but one that can be managed if treatment is started early. To be clear, there is no cure for genetic hair loss, but there are a wide variety of treatment options that can yield positive results.