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Can Olive Oil Stimulate Eyelash Growth?

Lots of people (yes, mostly women) spend lots of time trying to grow thick, lustrous eyelashes. Mascara and other cosmetics can do the trick, at least temporarily. But some very preliminary research (as well as beauty bloggers and YouTubers) suggests that the road to fuller eyelashes doesn’t run through the make-up aisle. Instead, head over to the olive oil section.

While it is important to note that there is no definitive proof that applying olive oil to eyelashes will stimulate eyelash growth, it is an intriguing approach that doesn’t pose any downsides or risks.

Why Would Olive Oil Help Grow Eyelashes?

Olive oil’s potential benefits for eyelash growth come from its abundance of fatty acids, including linoleic acid, oleic acid, and palmitic acid. With potent anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties, plenty of people around the world swear by olive oil for fatty acids’ alleged benefits to hair and skin.

Here is how olive oil’s fatty acids may help hair growth:

  • Oleic acid helps regulate sebum production, which keeps away bacteria and hydrates the eyelids leading to healthier eyelash follicles.
  • Palmitic acid acts as an emollient that can help soften the skin or eyelashes.
  • Linoleic acid helps keep hair follicles healthy by encouraging skin cell turnover to prevent clogged or dead hair follicles.”

Research On Olive Oil and Eyelash Growth

Some research, including a 2018 study of mice, suggests that safflower oil, which like olive oil, is high in linoleic acid, may also encourage hair growth.

Another study from 2015 concluded that applying oleuropein to the skin of mice helped regulate their hair growth.

But these effects on humans are inconclusive and need further research. Additionally, the processing olives undergo after picking can impact the amount of oleuropein any given bottle of olive oil contains.

How To Use Olive Oil On Your Eyelashes

If you want to give olive oil a go on your eyelashes, here’s how to do it:

  • Before going to bed, lightly dip a clean mascara brush in some olive oil.
  • Lightly coat the top layer of your lashes from root to tip along the lash line.
  • Wash it off when you wake up in the morning.
  • Repeat daily (or as directed by your dermatologist) for several weeks.

The typical eyelash growth cycle lasts between 30 to 60 days, at which point hair rests before falling out. That means you can expect to see results within two to four months. Please note: we do not advocate trying this without consulting a hair loss physician first!

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

At the Miami Hair Institute, our world-renowned hair restoration physicians diagnose and treat hair loss using the most effective and cutting-edge approaches. We have helped tens of thousands of patients regain their hair and their confidence through advanced hair restoration surgical techniques and alternative non-invasive treatments.

To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Scientists Claim Extracts from Mangrove Trees Can Prevent Baldness

If you’re looking for mangrove trees in the United States, you need to look to South Florida. Almost all of these coastal trees are down here. They are key components of our ecosystem, but mangroves may also hold the key to preventing baldness, according to some promising new research out of Thailand.

Thai researchers who conducted a small study of 50 individuals with androgenetic alopecia claim that an extract from mangrove trees can both stop hair loss and promote hair growth.

Called Avicennia Marin, the extract contains the active compound Avicequinon-C, which the researchers believe can help reverse hair loss by interfering with enzymes that lead to the elevated hormone levels that can cause baldness. According to the researchers, Avicennia Marin extract also helps build proteins that can promote hair health and growth.

In the study, the participants applied Avicennia Marin to their scalps each day. They showed demonstrable improvement over the course of their treatment, with hair loss slowing and many participants seeing new hair growth.

A private company has purchased a patent for the technology in order to convert it into a commercial product. However, research on Avicennia Marin is still in its early stages, which means more studies and testing – and FDA approval – need to occur before any products containing the compound come on the market. Even if research continues to show promise and confirm the Thai study’s conclusions, a mangrove extract-based medication for hair loss could still be years away.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

While the research into mangrove extract for hair loss is encouraging, individuals suffering from hair loss currently need to look elsewhere for ways to address their hair loss issues. At the Miami Hair Institute, our world-renowned hair restoration physicians diagnose and treat hair loss using the most effective and cutting-edge approaches. We have helped tens of thousands of patients regain their hair and their confidence through advanced hair restoration surgical techniques and alternative non-invasive treatments.

To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

New Studies: Melatonin Cream Shown to Stimulate Hair Follicles

If you’ve heard of melatonin, it is likely in the context of getting a good night’s sleep. That’s because melatonin is a hormone that plays a critical role in our daily cycle of sleeping and wakefulness. An increasing number of people are taking melatonin supplements to help them if they have chronic insomnia or experience other disruptions to their sleep cycle, such as jet lag or shift work. But recent research suggests that melatonin not only can help you get the rest you need, but it can help you keep the hair you want if you are experiencing hair loss issues.

review recently published in the International Journal of Trichology looked at melatonin’s impact on hair loss. It concluded that topical melatonin solutions might provide effective treatment for hair loss caused by androgenetic alopecia, the most common condition that causes hair to fall out.  

The researchers compiled the results of five separate studies of melatonin and hair loss. One of the studies – involving 30 men and women – showed a significant reduction in the degree of severity of androgenetic alopecia after using melatonin for 30 and 90 days. Another study that involved 60 men and women suffering from hair loss found a significant reduction in hair loss among female participants, with less of an impact on men. In yet another study, researchers concluded that a melatonin solution applied to the scalps of 40 women with hair loss increased hair growth significantly compared to participants who were given a placebo.

While it is unclear how exactly melatonin may encourage hair growth, some experts suggest that it may have to do with the same circadian rhythms that govern the sleep-wake cycle. The hair growth cycle in humans is also under circadian control, which may account for the connection.

The authors of the review wrote that “Since safety and tolerability in all of the studies was good, the topical application of a cosmetic melatonin solution can be considered as a treatment option in androgenetic alopecia.”

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

While melatonin may have a role to play in strengthening and keeping hair, research is still preliminary, and it may not by itself be able to reverse hair loss or stop it completely in its tracks. At the Miami Hair Institute, our skilled physicians diagnose and treat hair loss cases that can’t be reversed at home. We can help patients suffering from hair loss through advanced hair restoration surgery techniques and alternative non-invasive treatments.

To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

How the Pandemic is Causing Hair Loss

We are a year into the COVID-19 pandemic. We are a year into lockdowns, school closures, social distancing, and endless Zoom meetings. We are a year into the economic fallout caused by the pandemic, and we are a year into constantly worrying about our health and that of our loved ones, many of whom we haven’t seen since this all began. Oh, and during that time, we had months of social unrest, a contentious election, and an attempted insurrection.

That is a lot to deal with over a long, long time – and it is taking its toll. Experts have seen significant increases in anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and, unsurprisingly, chronic stress. In turn, this is causing unwelcome yet predictable consequences, even in people who remain otherwise healthy and manage to steer clear of the virus. One of those consequences is hair loss.

Hair Loss Is A Symptom of COVID-19

For those who get sick with COVID-19, hair loss is a frequent phenomenon. As recently reported in the New York Times, hair loss has become a common symptom of the recovery process, usually occurring three to four months after a patient gets infected but sometimes happening sooner. 

Post-viral inflammation from the coronavirus, and the fever and severe stress it causes the body as it tries to fight back, can cause a temporary hair loss condition called telogen effluvium. This condition pushes more hair follicles than usual into the shedding phase of the hair growth life cycle.

Stress-Related Hair Loss Due To The Pandemic

But even people who don’t get sick from COVID-19 are experiencing telogen effluvium due to the constant stress, anxiety, and pressures caused by the pandemic. As a story by NPR summarized it: “a growing catalog of research shows that high levels of stress over an extended period of time can drastically alter physical function and affect nearly every organ system.”

Whether caused by COVID or other factors, stress has a clear connection to hair shedding and loss. Overproduction of stress hormones can promote adrenal fatigue, which occurs when the body produces too much cortisol and underproduces other necessary hormones like aldosterone and androgens, resulting in thinning or balding hair. 

Stress can also lead to hair loss because it often keeps people from sleeping as much as they need to. Insufficient sleep causes hair to stop growing, weaken, and eventually fall out more than it otherwise would. Even hair that doesn’t fall out will noticeably suffer, losing shine and volume.

If the times we live in are causing you undue stress, find a stress-reducing outlet.  Exercise, meditation, or yoga can help relieve some of the mental anguish that stress causes. But do whatever works for you, whether being with friends (safely), being alone with a book, walking your dog, or doing nothing at all.

The Miami Hair Institute Is Committed To Helping Our Patients Through These Difficult Times

These have been challenging times for all of us. At the Miami Hair Institute, we know how difficult and stressful things can be as we cope with the ongoing uncertainties and disruptions caused by COVID-19. If you are experiencing hair loss, that can make matters even more stressful. We remain committed to helping our clients address their hair loss issues safely and effectively.   To receive your personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

4 Reasons Behind Female Hair Loss

For decades, stand-up comedians have joked about the many differences between men and women. But it’s doubtful that they would get any laughs if they started riffing about female hair loss. While many cases of hair loss in women arise for the same reasons they do in men, such as stress or genetic predisposition, the distinct nature of female biology and life changes are behind a significant proportion of female hair loss problems.

While you will need a professional diagnosis by a hair restoration physician to determine the exact cause of your hair loss, it is likely that if you are noticing an increase in hair shedding or thinning areas on your scalp, it is due to one of these common reasons behind female hair loss:

Menopause

Women going through menopause produce lower levels of estrogen and progesterone – two hormones critical for hair growth and follicle health. As these hormone levels decrease, hair growth slows while follicles become thin, brittle, and more vulnerable to damage.

Making matters worse, the decrease in hair-promoting hormones is accompanied by an increase in androgens – hormones that trigger follicle miniaturization on the scalp. This makes hair more susceptible to falling out.

The hormonal fluctuations of menopause also contribute to other mental and emotional conditions and lifestyle changes, which themselves can cause hair loss. These can include:

  • Stress
  • Emotional decline due to diminished self-confidence
  • Lack of exercise
  • Imbalanced nutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Damaging hairstyles
  • Medication

Pregnancy

Pregnancy causes wild fluctuations in hormones, as every mom knows. But these hormonal upheavals don’t end after delivery. The months that follow childbirth also see dramatic changes in hormone levels as the body works its way back to its normal state. This hormonal whiplash can take a toll on hair as well. 

Many women notice that their hair seems thicker and fuller during pregnancy than it did beforehand. This is because of elevated estrogen levels that increase the percentage of hairs in the growth cycle while simultaneously freezing hair in the resting phase of hair growth. After pregnancy, estrogen levels fall dramatically, and all the hair that was growing so impressively starts to fall out. While we all shed hair regularly, at a rate of around 80 hairs per day, the extent of postpartum shedding can raise that number to closer to 400 hairs a day.

The good news is that this type of hair loss is almost always temporary, and hair growth will return to normal in short order.

Traction Alopecia

If you apply constant tension to your hair follicles, you will damage, weaken, and ultimately kill them. This is called traction alopecia, and it affects women who wear certain types of hairstyles or engage in other destructive habits.

The five primary causes of traction alopecia are:

  1. Wearing unnecessarily tight ponytails, pigtails, or braids for extended periods.
  2. Trichotillomania, a psychological condition characterized by constant (and often unconscious) hair twisting, pulling, or plucking.
  3. Hairstyles in which hair is tightly wound for a prolonged period.
  4. Hairpieces and weaves that are affixed/clipped to the hair.

Anemia

Anemia involves an insufficient amount of iron in the blood and is one of the most common causes of dietary-related hair loss in women. Low iron levels restrict proper blood flow and reduce the amount of growth-stimulating nutrients that hair follicles need. Changes in diet and iron supplements can help, including eating foods such as spinach, kale, broccoli, and other leafy greens.

No Matter The Reason Behind Your Hair Loss, The Miami Hair Institute Can Help

At the Miami Hair Institute, our world-renowned hair restoration physicians diagnose and treat hair loss cases no matter what the underlying cause. Through advanced hair restoration surgical techniques, technology, and alternative non-invasive treatments, we can help patients suffering from hair loss regain their hair and self-confidence.

To receive your personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Weight Loss and Hair Loss: Is There A Connection?

No good deed goes unpunished, so the saying goes. For many people, the good deed of getting in shape and losing excess weight can come with the unexpected and unwelcome punishment of hair loss. Fortunately, hair loss that is associated with weight loss is neither inevitable nor permanent.

Not All Weight Loss Is Created Equal

Putting aside gradual weight loss that comes from a healthy diet and exercise, rapid weight loss caused by illness, stress, or unhealthy crash diets is clinically associated with hair loss. Stress-induced hair loss, also known as telogen effluvium (TE), often happens in tandem with stress-induced weight loss.

But even controlled, healthy, and intentional weight loss can lead to hair loss if the modified diet adopted to shed pounds lacks the nutrients necessary to prevent hair from shedding.

Many dieters fail to get enough protein when they lose weight. This is a big problem for hair health. Protein and the amino acids they contain are essential for hair growth. But sufficient protein intake is also critical for a host of other crucial bodily functions. When the body doesn’t get enough protein, it essentially has to ration how to distribute the little it has. And it will inevitably decide to direct that protein to functions and organs far more critical to survival than hair follicles. Deprived of needed protein, hair becomes more brittle and susceptible to damage, and therefore more likely to fall out.

Make Sure Your Diet Includes Enough Protein

Losing weight and getting enough protein are not mutually exclusive. There are plenty of healthy diets that incorporate protein-rich foods like eggs, fish, and beef. For those who eat a vegan diet, great plant-based sources of protein include:

  • Quinoa
  • Tofu and soy products
  • Chickpeas
  • Chia seeds
  • Lentils
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Beans

If you notice that you are losing more hair than usual while dieting, the good news is that it is usually a temporary phenomenon. By ensuring that you get the necessary nutrients that can keep your hair healthy, you can lose unwanted weight while keeping your very-much-wanted hair.

Call The Miami Hair Institute Today To Discuss Your Hair Loss Questions and Concerns

Of course, dietary improvements alone may not stop hair loss or restore your hair to the fullness it once had. At the Miami Hair Institute, our skilled physicians diagnose and treat hair loss cases that can’t be reversed at home. We can help patients suffering from hair loss through advanced hair restoration surgery techniques and alternative non-invasive treatments.

To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Best Shampoos and Conditioners for Hair Loss

The internet is full of shampoos and conditioners which claim that they will restore or grow your hair. However, as with anything on the internet, you should be a bit skeptical before shelling out your hard-earned cash on “miracle” cures.

That said, while shampoos and conditioners may not grow hair, some products can make your hair appear thicker and fuller, minimize follicle damage, and increase the strength and health of your hair.

Shampoos To Look For

When looking for a shampoo to improve the appearance of thinning hair, look for the following:

  • Mild shampoos. Many shampoos are full of harsh chemicals and fragrances which can build up on your hair and damage the follicles. Try switching to mild, organic shampoos; even baby shampoo is a great alternative that will thoroughly clean your hair without the downside risks of hair damage.
  • Hair-thickening shampoos. When you see the words “hair-thickening” when used with a shampoo, it is a bit deceptive. Such products don’t actually thicken your hair follicles, but they can do a good job of making your hair appear thicker, at least temporarily. Hair-thickening or volumizing shampoos work by artificially swelling the hair shaft and depositing a thin film of the active ingredients on your follicles. Again, such effects are temporary and cosmetic; these shampoos don’t do anything to slow or stop hair loss.
  • Shampoo with natural preservatives. Like many consumer products, shampoos can contain chemical preservatives that, while extending the shelf-life of the shampoo, don’t extend your hair’s life and, in fact, may do the opposite. Look for shampoos and other hair-care products that contain natural preservatives, including essential oils such as eucalyptus, lavender, or rosemary, jojoba, Vitamin E, and grapefruit seed extract.
  • Shampoos containing castor oil and argan oil. Castor oil is effective at killing bacteria which can cause hair folliculitis and also has the added benefit of relieving pain and itching where applied. Argan oil is rich in natural phenols which are beneficial to the strength and resilience of hair follicles. 

Conditioners To Look For

When it comes to conditioners that can best improve the appearance of thinning hair, you want one that is both lightweight and very moisturizing, and full of ingredients that increase volume.

Look for conditioners that are rich in natural oils while avoiding ones with harsh sulfates like sodium lauryl sulfate. The latter can strip hair of much-needed natural oils. If you have a particularly oily scalp, you may want to consider using an exfoliating formula that can unblock your follicles.

Conditioners infused with biotin (a vitamin that helps build protein) and proteins can add volume and reduce breakage, while leave-in conditioners can also further minimize damage and split ends.  

Call The Miami Hair Institute Today To Schedule Your Personalized Hair Loss Evaluation

Our world-renowned hair restoration physicians at the Miami Hair Institute diagnose and treat hair loss cases that can’t be reversed at home. We can help patients suffering from hair loss through advanced hair restoration surgery techniques and alternative non-invasive treatments.

If you’re ready to do something about your thinning hair, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222 to receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan.

The Pandemic Has Changed The Way We Care For Our Hair

After almost a year of living with the pandemic, we understand that the impact of  COVID-19 extends far beyond those who actually get sick with the virus. We have all changed the way we live, the way we do our jobs, and the way we care for ourselves. This includes how we are treating our hair.

It has been established that hair loss is one of the many unfortunate consequences of COVID-19 infection. Even for otherwise healthy individuals, the stress of our current circumstances has led to an increase in cases of sudden stress-related hair loss. As reported by NPR, one dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic who used to see about five patients a week with stress-related hair loss and now sees between 20 to 25.

But hair loss is not the only way that the pandemic had changed the health of our hair. Lockdowns and quarantines and working from home have led many people to dramatically alter their hair care regimes. People who don’t go into the office every day or aren’t heading out for nights on the town are not shampooing their hair as often as they used to, nor are they using as much product. Shuttered hair salons kept people from getting their hair cut or styled, and even when they are allowed to reopen, many folks decide that it is not yet worth the risk.

While folks may be taking a more laissez-faire approach to their hair because of convenience or safety concerns, one unintended result is that their hair may be better off for it. 

Shampooing every day can open and close hair cuticles so much that it breaks, which leads to split ends and breakage, especially when combined with styling or heating products. People who have reduced the frequency of shampooing or who have switched to dry shampoos are seeing stronger, healthier-looking hair. So too are those who are giving their hair a break from gels, sprays, curling irons, or blow dryers.

The pandemic will be behind us, hopefully soon. While we will be happy to say goodbye to face masks, social distancing, and quarantines, we may want to continue the gentler approach to hair care that many of us adopted during our COVID-19 days.

The Miami Hair Institute Is Here For You During These Trying Times

At the Miami Hair Institute, we know how difficult and stressful things can be as we cope with the uncertainties and disruptions caused by COVID-19. During this time, we remain committed to helping our clients address their hair loss issues safely and effectively through our advanced hair restoration techniques, technology, and alternative non-invasive treatments. To receive your personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Hair Loss After Surgery: Why Does It Happen and What Can You Do?

Most invasive surgeries, as necessary as they may be, aren’t easy on the body. The trauma of surgery is why we need sedation and anesthesia during procedures and why it takes days or weeks to recover. After surgery, the disruption to the body’s normal functioning can linger and manifest itself in many ways, including temporary hair loss.

Causes of Post-Surgical Hair Loss

Post-surgical hair loss is a common phenomenon and is a form of telogen effluvium (TE), a condition caused by disruptions to the hair follicle growth cycle.

In a normal hair growth cycle, follicles go through a process that lasts for several years at a time. Hair follicles don’t continuously produce new hairs. Instead, follicles cycle through resting phases known as telogens.

The American Hair Loss Association estimates that 10 to 20 percent of hair follicles are in a telogen state at any given time. But if the proportion of telogen hairs rises above 20 percent, it is often an indication of telogen effluvium.

The stress caused by surgery can sometimes put hair follicles in a more prolonged resting state than usual. Like psychological and emotional stress, that caused by surgery can lead directly to hair loss.  This is because stress may cause the body to divert essential hair growth nutrients such as biotin, iron, zinc, protein away from vital organs, which in turn can cause hair thinning and TE.

Another hair loss condition can arise in particularly lengthy surgeries when the patient’s head remains in one position for hours at a time. Positional alopecia occurs when blood flow to hair follicles is cut off because of the pressure put on part of the scalp. Research has found that positional alopecia is most common in cardiac surgeries and extensive reconstructive surgeries.

While all surgical procedures have the potential to cause telogen effluvium and hair loss, procedures that involve incisions on the scalp, such as head and neck surgeries, may also increase the risk of hair follicles shutting down.

Minimizing Post-Surgical Hair Loss

As noted, post-surgical hair loss is almost always a temporary phenomenon. But while you may not be able to prevent telogen effluvium entirely, you can minimize the severity of hair loss after surgery by eating a nutritious diet, getting sufficient sleep and exercise, and managing your stress levels.

You can also discuss your concerns with a hair restoration physician who may have additional suggestions about how you can reduce hair loss after your procedure.

No Matter The Reason Behind Your Hair Loss, The Miami Hair Institute Can Help

At the Miami Hair Institute, our world-renowned hair restoration physicians diagnose and treat hair loss cases no matter what the underlying cause. Through advanced hair restoration surgical techniques, technology, and alternative non-invasive treatments, we can help patients suffering from hair loss regain their hair and self-confidence.

To receive your personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

What Is A Scalp Biopsy And Why Would You Need One?

You can’t effectively fix a problem unless you know what it is. That is why understanding the reasons behind hair loss is an essential first step in the hair restoration journey. By understanding the cause of a patient’s hair loss, our hair restoration physicians can develop and implement the most effective treatment strategy specifically tailored to their unique characteristics.

At the Miami Hair Institute, we use a comprehensive methodology that includes gathering a detailed medical history, performing an in-depth scalp examination using state-of-the-art diagnostic and imaging tools, and taking hair mass measurements. If appropriate and indicated, we may perform blood tests to identify any hormonal imbalances or deficiencies that might be contributing to a patient’s hair loss. And in some cases, we may recommend a scalp biopsy to get to the bottom of the issue.

What is a Scalp Biopsy?

When we perform a scalp biopsy, we extract one or two small specimens of scalp tissue and hair follicles for analysis. Each sample is about the size of a pencil eraser. To gather the specimens, we clean a discreet area of the scalp, trim the hair in that area, and administer a local anesthetic. Once we remove the samples, we close the small scar with stitches that we will take out a couple of weeks after the biopsy. The whole procedure takes approximately 15 minutes. After gathering the specimens, we submit them to a skin pathologist specializing in diagnosing hair loss problems.

Why Would We Perform A Scalp Biopsy?

When a follicle scarring process appears to be the cause of a patient’s hair loss, a scalp biopsy is often necessary to establish or confirm a diagnosis. We can use the results of a biopsy to make or confirm a diagnosis of alopecia. We can also obtain important information in cases of unexplained hair loss or when the potential for regrowth is in doubt.

Call the Miami Hair Institute Today For Your Personal Hair Loss Consultation

Not all patients require a scalp biopsy to determine the cause of hair loss and choose the best treatment options. But the first step in discovering why you are losing your hair and what you can do about it is to schedule a hair loss consultation. We invite you to schedule an evaluation at the Miami Hair Institute. Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are internationally acclaimed hair restoration surgeons with more than 40 years of combined experience. To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

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