November 2014 –
Are you tired of fighting frizz? Do you constantly struggle with split ends and breakage? Is your hair care regimen putting your locks at risk of damage, and possibly even hair loss?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, it may be time to do something nice for your hair. Instead of ignoring these red flags, give your hair the nourishment and support it needs to grow strong and healthy.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are four hair care tips that will leave our hair saying “thank you.”
• Stop Over-Styling – That super hot blow dryer or that flat iron used over and over again can degrade the proteins that make up your hair and it’s protective cuticle. Once the protective cuticle is damaged, moisture balance is disrupted and the hair is more prone to breakage. Heat degrades the proteins that make up the structure of your hair and because hair does not self-repair, once the damage is done – it’s done. So if you want to you’re your hair, turn down the heat or say ‘no’ to the compulsive flat ironing to protect your hair from thermal damage. Products like Pantene Thermal Protection and Shine Spray can be helpful in decreasing friction and improving shine. Harsh chemicals are another risk to your hair. Many consumers don’t realize that chemicals like bleaches and dyes fundamentally change the structure of your hair, making it weaker and more susceptible to breakage and damage. Overusing these treatments can lead to severe breakage, a common cause of loss of hair volume.
• Feed Your Hair – It may seem unrelated, but what you eat, or don’t eat, has a huge impact on the health of our hair. A diet rich in whole foods, especially protein, is essential to achieving, and maintaining, healthy hair, while on the flipside, caloric, iron and protein deficiencies are among the most common nutritional triggers for unhealthy hair. Vitamins, especially of the vitamin B family and biotin (Vitamin H), are important to the overall health of your hair and preventing hair loss and thinning. Try to incorporate these hair ‘super-foods’ into your diet more frequently, salmon, which is loaded with omega-3 fatty acid, dark green vegetables for vitamins A and C, and nuts, which are a terrific source of zinc. If you can stomach it, liver is one of the best foods for your hair.
• Give Your Hair a Boost – Many women take calcium or other supplements to protect their bone health as they age – and the same is true for certain hair supplements. Nutritional supplements like the fish protein-based Viviscal Pro and pharmaceutical-grade Biotin can boost the vitality of your hair. Another way to say “thank you” to your hair is with LaserCap low-level laser therapy—a non-chemical way to boost hair growth without side effects.
• Plan Ahead – The most common cause of thinner, less voluminous hair is genetics. So how can you tell you have the hair loss gene? Today, with a simple swab of the cheek, you can accurately determine your chances of going bald later in life. Genetic tests, like HairDX, can assess how hair loss will affect you, and how you may respond to treatments. This information is invaluable to patients at high-risk for hair loss because it gives them the opportunity to take proactive role in preventative care, which can help reduce the long-term damage.
No one likes having a bad hair day, but if you find the right hair care regimen and follow it regularly you will find they will be fewer and farther between. Luscious locks are easy – if you follow the right steps! From eating right, to finding the right styling regimen, or laser therapy treatments, there are a lot of great things you can do for your hair. The first steps to healthier hair is to assess the current state of your hair, identify any problems or risk factors, then create a plan of action to get your hair back on track. For some, this is as simple as a shampoo change or daily vitamin supplement, for others, a professional medical consultation from a hair loss specialist is needed to get to the root of the problem.
About Dr. Alan J. Bauman
Alan J. Bauman, MD, ABHRS, IAHRS, FISHRS is a full-time hair transplant surgeon who founded his medical practice in 1997 and has treated nearly 20,000 patients and performed over 8,000 hair transplant surgeries and nearly 3,000 PRP for hair regrowth procedures to date. His compassionate, patient-centered philosophy and individualized artistic approach to protecting, enhancing and restoring the appearance and health of the hair and scalp is what sets him apart from non-specialists and other practitioners. Currently located in Boca Raton, Florida, Dr. Bauman received his M.D. degree from New York Medical College and surgical residency training at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. Dr. Bauman is one of only approximately 200 physicians worldwide to achieve certification from the esteemed American and International Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS), be an accepted member of the International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons (IAHRS) and also recommended by the American Hair Loss Association. Dr. Bauman has achieved the coveted Fellow status within the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (FISHRS) and is a frequently invited faculty member at numerous international scientific meetings, live surgery workshops and major beauty industry events. Dr. Bauman is the first-ever hair transplant surgeon to be formally accepted as an Intercoiffure Industry Partner. He is also an Advisory Board Member for the World Trichology Society and an active Trustee of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce; he credits part of his early and ongoing success thanks to his involvement in local and national professional networks. He is also the author of numerous articles and textbook chapters on the science of hair care and hair transplantation, including eyelash transplant surgery, and has been extensively featured in the world’s leading mass media as a medical expert and successful early-adopter and pioneer of some of the most advanced technologies in the effective treatment of hair loss. Dr. Bauman's international reputation and his exceptional team at Bauman Medical attracts patients from all corners of the globe for hair loss diagnosis and the latest and most effective hair restoration treatments and procedures. Dr. Bauman was voted “North America’s #1 Top Hair Restoration Physician” by Aesthetic Everything and was recently named a Top 5 Transformative CEO in Forbes. His accessible and interactive presence on social media has garnered millions of video views on YouTube and thousands of subscribers, connections and followers on the most popular platforms. A recent Live Hair Transplant Surgery broadcast directly from the procedure room in his Boca Raton office gained over 100,000 simultaneous views from more than 20 countries. Dr. Bauman also has been a member of the highly respected Pantene Hair Research Institute, a global network of leading hair experts focused on the advancement of hair science, technologies and products. Personal appearances, interviews and profiles include the Today Show, The Early Show, Good Morning America, Extra, Access Hollywood, The Doctors and Dateline NBC among other TV appearances. Newspaper and Magazine articles and feature stories include The New York Times, Forbes, Newsweek, Cosmo, Elle, Vogue, Allure, O – The Oprah Magazine and Men’s Health among others. In addition to serving as the CEO of Bauman Medical and teaching and consulting internationally, Dr. Bauman personally treats patients at his Bauman Medical Hair Transplant and Hair Loss Treatment Center in beautiful Boca Raton, Florida. For complete details visit https://www.baumanmedical.com
If you or someone you know has hair loss or eyebrow or eyelash concerns, click to start either a long-distance phone consultation OR an in-person, in-office consultation with Dr. Bauman. You can also Ask Dr. Bauman a Question or simply call Bauman Medical Group toll-free 844-GET-HAIR or +1-561-394-0024.