Category: Healthy Hair Tips
How To Avoid Holiday Hair Loss

How To Avoid Holiday Hair Loss

The holidays can be a stressful time for lots of folks. But after almost two years of living with the ups and downs and worries and disruptions of a pandemic, even people who in the past have been chipper and worry-free during the holiday season may feel the burn this year. Holiday stress not only can put a damper on what is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also cause health problems, including hair loss.

Increased hair shedding is an annual lump of coal in many people’s stockings during the holidays, and it’s not only because of all of the running around and stress. As fall turns into winter, the dryer, cooler air that accompanies the change in the seasons can also lead to more significant amounts of hair loss.

Here are three common reasons for holiday hair loss and simple tips you can use to keep you and your hair full of holiday cheer.

Holiday Stress and How To Manage It

Holiday stress now seems as much a part of the season as Santa and egg nog. All of the accumulated stress we’ve all been under can become magnified during the hustle and bustle of the holidays and can be a huge contributor to increased hair loss. Also known as telogen effluvium (TE), stress-related hair loss usually appears a few months after a highly stressful event or time.

Finding effective ways to manage and reduce stress is important all year long for many health reasons other than hair loss. While it may take more effort to make time for stress management during the busyness of the holidays, try to take regular breaks from the tumult to take care of yourself. Keep to your regular exercise regimen to the extent possible, set aside short periods for quiet time, meditation,  or reading, and turn off your phone and other gadgets from time to time. All of these simple adjustments can help reduce your holiday stress levels and keep any stress-induced hair loss at bay.

Be Mindful of Your Holiday Eating and Drinking

Our diets impact our health and well-being in several ways, including the strength of our hair follicles. During the holidays, our diets often change, not just in terms of how much we eat and drink, but also in the kinds of things we consume.

When the body lacks the nutrients needed to function properly, some of those functions can shut down. This can include hair growth and regeneration. As you stuff yourself with turkey and ham or devour those holiday cookies, try to make sure that your body is getting enough of these nutrients, vitamins, and minerals necessary for hair growth and overall good health.

Fight Dryness

Even here in South Florida, winter can bring drier air, outside as well as indoors. Hair needs moisture to stay healthy. After you wash your hair with a gentle shampoo that exfoliates and cleanses your scalp, use an ultra-light moisturizing conditioner that can nourish your follicles and soften brittleness that often comes with dry hair.

The Miami Hair Institute: Excellence In Hair Restoration No Matter The Season

Hair loss can be an issue no matter what the season. There is no time like the present if you are ready to do something about your thinning hair. At the Miami Hair Institute, our world-renowned hair restoration physicians diagnose and treat hair loss cases through the most advanced hair transplant surgery techniques and alternative non-invasive treatments available. To receive your personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

How to Prevent Fall Hair Shedding

How to Prevent Fall Hair Shedding

As the calendar changes from summer to autumn, the air gets cooler, the sun sets earlier, and leaves gently fall from the trees. But those leaves may not be the only things coming loose from their perches in autumn. The shorter and cooler days which follow the long summer can also cause an increase in hair shedding.

While the reasons for autumnal hair shedding in the fall are not the same as for trees shedding their leaves, they are both perfectly normal results of the change of seasons. But normal as it may be, no one wants to see more hair on their shower floor or stuck in their hairbrush. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take that can keep fall shedding to a minimum as you head into the holiday season.

What Causes Autumn Hair Shedding?

Between summer and fall, hair follicles can experience elevated stress levels and naturally enter a resting phase called Telogen. During this phase, the roots of your hair go dormant and fall out at a higher rate for about four to six weeks. This type of seasonal hair loss is a form of telogen effluvium, or stress-related hair loss that happens after events that shock the follicles into an inactive state.

The good news is that autumnal hair loss is usually a temporary phenomenon. After the stress subsides, hair should grow back naturally, and follicles should return to their regular growth cycle.

How to Fight Fall Hair Shedding

Though most hair loss in the fall resolves itself on its own, it can still be an alarming and unwelcome new issue for those already dealing with hair loss. Additionally, increased hair shedding may be an indication of something other than a change of seasons, such as an underlying medical issue medical problem or androgenic alopecia.

If leaves are the only things you want to see falling by the wayside this autumn, try these simple tips to limit your seasonal hair loss:

  • Massage your scalp. A healthy head of hair starts with a healthy scalp. Cooler temperatures can reduce blood flow to the scalp and contribute to hair loss. You can stimulate your sebaceous oil glands and increase blood circulation to your scalp by massaging it every day.
  • Use conditioner. Dryer weather can make your hair more brittle and prone to split-ends or breakage. Weekly deep conditioning treatments can help strengthen your follicles and keep them moisturized heading into the dry winter.
  • Watch those stress levels. Stress is a big culprit when it comes to increased hair shedding, and the upcoming holiday season can be an extremely stressful time for many people. To avoid telogen effluvium (TE), or stress-related hair loss, find effective ways to reduce stress. That could be mean exercising regularly, setting aside short periods for meditation or reading, or simply turning off your screens and gadgets for a spell – whatever works for you.

Fall is A Great Time to Schedule a Hair Loss Evaluation at The Miami Hair Institute

Hair loss can be a problem no matter what season. If you are experiencing hair loss that may be more than a seasonal phenomenon and are ready to do something about it, please contact the Miami Hair Institute.  Our skilled physicians diagnose and treat hair loss cases 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 To Handle a Bald Spot

How to Handle a Bald Spot

A bald spot on the crown of the head is one of the defining features of male pattern hair loss. It is also often the first way people realize that they have a hair loss issue. It can be disconcerting to watch what was once a full head of hair slowly give way to a growing patch of bare skin. While there is no cure for male pattern baldness, the good news is that there are plenty of ways to handle a bald spot that can make it less prominent or restore hair to the affected area.

At The Miami Hair Institute, we offer several surgical and non-surgical treatment options for individuals with bald spots or other hair loss issues.  Here are just a few of the safe, effective, and proven hair restoration treatments that we use to handle bald spots:

Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is an increasingly popular non-invasive approach to hair restoration. LLLT involves the use of specially designed caps and combs that direct pulses of energy into inactive hair follicles, stimulating them back into a regrowth phase by promoting increased circulation and cellular respiration.

The FDA-approved Capillus272 laser cap device contains 272 small, professional-strength lasers but is otherwise indistinguishable from any regular baseball cap, so you can go about your life while you strengthen your hair follicles and reduce the size and prominence of your bald spot.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet-rich plasma therapy takes the body’s natural healing and growth processes and turbocharges them. In PRP therapy, we take a blood sample from the patient and place it in a centrifuge that separates the platelets from other elements of the blood. We then inject the PRP into the treatment area, stimulating the repair and healing that the body is already engaged in. 

Stem Cell Therapy

Full heads of hair result from hair follicles that continually regenerate, due in part to the presence of stem cells. But stem cells can shrink and deteriorate as we age, which causes hair to stop renewing and ultimately fall out. That’s why reintroducing an individual’s own stem cells back to the follicles has the potential to create a nourishing effect that may foster regrowth in balding areas.

In stem cell therapy, we take fat cells from the belly, flanks, or love handles using a liposuction tool and extract the stem cells that can foster hair growth. We then inject this concentrated stem cell sample onto the scalp. The procedure is fast and minimally invasive.

Hair Restoration Medications


Hair loss medications such as Propecia and Rogaine® (Minoxidil) are proven, popular and non-surgical ways to treat bald spots caused by pattern hair loss. Both drugs, for certain patients, can stop or slow down hair loss and even stimulate new hair growth.

Hair Transplant Surgery

Of course, the Miami Hair Institute is a world leader in advanced hair transplant surgery. Our surgeons have been pioneers in the development of the most influential and widely used surgical techniques and have used their skills, experience, and artistry to perform successful procedures on thousands of patients from around the globe.

Call the Miami Hair Today For Your Personalized Hair Loss Evaluation

If you have a bald spot or are experiencing any other kind of hair loss issue, we welcome the opportunity to help. Schedule an appointment with the Miami Hair Institute today by calling 305.925.0222.

Help, My Hair is Thinning! What Should I Do?

Help, My Hair is Thinning! What Should I Do?

It can be a jarring moment that can quickly become an ongoing and serious concern. You start to notice an unusual amount of hair in your shower drain, or on your pillow, or on your hairbrush. Then the same thing happens the next day, and the day after that, and the day after that. You look in the mirror and see the impact in areas of your scalp that have less hair than they used to. You know that it’s normal to lose about 50-100 hairs each day, but this is clearly more than that.

Your hair is thinning, suddenly, and for reasons you can’t figure out. You want to know why this is happening and what you can do about it, starting right now. Instead of wallowing in worry and self-pity, starting taking action to address your hair loss; one way or another, there are almost always things that you and a hair restoration physician can do to fix the problem or at least slow down your hair loss.

Consider taking some or all of these steps after you discover that your hair is thinning:

  • Schedule an evaluation with a hair restoration physician. You can’t fix a problem without first knowing what the problem is. Hair loss can occur for several different reasons, such as genetics, hormone imbalances, diet deficiencies, reactions to medications, or autoimmune conditions. Understanding the why behind your thinning hair is the first step in determining how to remedy the situation. Only a professional can get you the definitive answers you need.
  • Stop smoking. Smoking limits blood flow in your body and reduces the amount of essential nutrients that go to your hair follicles. Without a sufficient supply of those nutrients, your follicles will grow weak instead of just growing and will ultimately fall out.  
  • Get enough sleep. Getting sufficient rest sleep is critical for our health overall, as we expend enormous amounts of energy each day and our bodies need the time to recharge so they can function like they are supposed to. A lack of quality sleep prevents our bodies from repairing and regenerating hair follicles. This 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 volume and shine.
  • Manage your stress. Overproduction of stress hormones contributes to adrenal fatigue, which occurs when the body produces too much cortisol. This excessive production of cortisol leads to a corresponding underproduction of hormones like androgens and aldosterone. Since we need these hormones for healthy hair growth, an insufficient supply will cause thinning or balding hair. Find methods to alleviate day-to-day stress that work best for you.
  • Stop wearing destructive hairstyles. Some hair loss issues are caused by the way we style, treat, and wear our hair. Tight ponytails, braids, or pigtails can lead to a condition called traction alopecia. Constant and severe tension on hair follicles because of such hairstyles will damage and weaken those follicles and eventually kill them, causing them to fall out. Avoid these styling habits and avoid hairstyles that require hair to be tightly wound for a prolonged period or hairpieces and weaves that must be affixed or clipped to the hair.
  • Get more vitamin D. Research suggests that vitamin D, along with the receptors in the skin that bind to the nutrient, plays a significant role in promoting healthy follicles and hair growth. In contrast, a lack of the vitamin may lead directly to hair loss. A 2014 study published in Molecular Endocrinology found that hair regrew in mice two weeks after introducing vitamin D receptors. Other studies also have made the connection between hair loss and vitamin D.
  • Increase your iron intake. As with vitamin D, an insufficient amount of iron is one of the more common causes of dietary-related hair loss. Low iron levels limit proper blood flow – something hair follicles need to receive and absorb growth-stimulating nutrients.
  • Use conditioner. If you don’t regularly use conditioner, your hair can become dehydrated, brittle, and damaged. Try incorporating a lightweight conditioner into your hair care routine to help moisturize your hair and keep it strong.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

As noted, the first thing you should do after noticing thinning hair is to reach out to a physician who can help you determine the cause and develop the solution for your condition. At the Hair Institute of Miami, we evaluate each hair loss patient with a comprehensive and proven methodology, obtaining a detailed medical history, performing an in-depth scalp examination using state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and, if indicated, blood tests to detect any underlying imbalances or deficiencies that may be contributing to the hair loss problem. With this information, we can determine the cause of hair loss and the most effective treatment option.

To schedule your personalized hair loss evaluation, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

Traveling to Miami, Florida

Healthy Hair Tips For Traveling In 2021

After more than a year of hitting pause on so much of life, folks are ready to hit the road, hit the beach, and hit long-delayed travel plans. As the pandemic begins to recede, you may be one of those people who is more than ready to pack your bags for a much-deserved vacation. But as you dig those suitcases out of storage, you may also need to remind yourself of how to stay healthy while traveling. This includes taking care of your hair.

The disruption of traveling and the more relaxed attitudes that we hopefully adopt while on vacation can damage our hair if we’re not careful. So keep these healthy hair tips in mind as you head out to see the world in 2021.

Use Scalp Sunscreen and Wear Hats

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a scalp left exposed and unprotected from the sun can suffer skin damage in just 15 minutes. If you plan on spending time in the sun on your travels, scalp sunscreen can be the easiest way to both protect and hydrate your scalp.

There are numerous sunscreen products specifically formulated for application on the hair and scalp. Look for oils with UVA/UVB protection incorporated so you don’t wind up with greasy strands full of thick, white sunscreen. These products also protect the hair itself from the sun, which can fade color when it oxidizes.

To protect your scalp, apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before sun exposure and again after every two hours outside. If you go swimming or sweat a lot, reapply the sunscreen that was diluted or washed away by that moisture. For even more protection, wear a baseball cap or stylish sunhat or baseball cap, which simultaneously protects both your skin and your hair follicles.

Protect Your Hair From Water Damage

The saltwater in the ocean and the chlorine in swimming pools won’t do your hair any favors. Before taking a dip at the beach, rub some marine-safe oil on your hair, as it will allow your follicles to absorb the oil so there isn’t much room to absorb the saltwater that can dry out your hair.

Similarly, to protect your hair from soaking up damaging chlorine, mix a dollop of leave-in conditioner with a glass of water and put it in a spray bottle. Keep it by your lounge chair and spray your hair before each dip in the pool.  

Brush or Comb Regularly

Unless you want dreadlocks by the end of your trip, you’ll need to make sure you brush or comb your hair regularly, even if not as frequently as you do at home. Tangled hair is more prone to breakage, so don’t go more than a day or so before brushing or combing.

BYOP (Bring Your Own Product)

Yes, your hotel will have those complimentary bottles of shampoo and conditioner, but bringing your own products (in travel size bottles) can ensure that your hair gets the nourishment it needs while also minimizing the potential of an allergic reaction from the hotel products.  

Schedule a Hair Loss Evaluation Today at The Miami Hair Institute

At the Miami Hair Institute, we know how ready all of us are to get out and reconnect with the world. We also know that many people with hair loss may have put their hair restoration plans on hold. Now is the time to get those plans back on track.

To schedule your personalized hair loss evaluation and begin your hair restoration journey, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.

The Summer Sun Can Be Brutal On Hair... Here’s How To Protect Yourself

The Summer Sun Can Be Brutal on Hair… Here’s How To Protect Yourself

Here in South Florida, we know a little about sunshine. It’s a big part of why we live and work here. But we also know that enjoying those warm, sunny days requires us to protect ourselves against the sun’s harmful rays. Sadly, many people who know better fail to apply sunscreen or take other steps to prevent sunburn or skin damage.

But even those folks who are vigilant about regularly using sunscreen on their face and body often forget about other vulnerable areas. If you’ve ever burned the top of your feet, you know the feeling. One part of the body that is often neglected when it comes to sun protection is, ironically, the part that tends to be closest to the sun: our scalp. And this can have disastrous consequences for our hair and skin health. their scalp.

Sunburn Can Cause Hair Loss

Balding individuals or those with thinning hair are particularly vulnerable to scalp sunburn and skin damage. Skin cancer can develop on any part of the skin, and the scalp is no exception. But if an increased risk of cancer isn’t enough to get you to focus on protecting your scalp, perhaps this will: severe sunburn on the scalp can cause your hair to fall out, at least temporarily. The inflammation that results from a deep scalp sunburn can trigger a short-term hair loss condition called telogen effluvium. And the

Use Scalp Sunscreen and Wear Hats

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a scalp left unprotected and exposed to the summer sun can develop skin damage in only 15 minutes. If you plan on spending time in the sun this summer, no matter where you live, regularly applying scalp sunscreen can be the easiest way to both protect and hydrate your scalp and keep your hair follicles safe from harmful UV rays.

There are numerous sunscreen products specifically formulated for use on the hair and scalp. Look for oils that incorporate UVA/UVB protection so you don’t wind up with greasy strands of hair full of thick, white sunscreen. These products also protect the hair itself from the sun, which can fade color when it oxidizes.

Even the best sunscreen is only as good as the way it is applied. Apply scalp sunscreen at least 30 minutes before sun exposure, and again after every two hours you spend outside. If you go for a swim or sweat a lot, make sure to regularly reapply the sunscreen that was diluted or washed away by that moisture. For even more protection, wear a baseball cap or stylish sunhat, which simultaneously protects both your skin and your hair follicles.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to do something about your hair loss issues. If you’re ready to restore your hair to its natural, youthful appearance, we invite you to schedule an appointment at the Miami Hair Institute. 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

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.

Make a Full Head of Hair Your New Year’s Resolution

Make a Full Head of Hair Your 2021 New Year’s Resolution

This past year has been so unprecedented that none of us want to hear the word “unprecedented” ever again. And it is doubtful that anyone will one day look back fondly on 2020 or wish they could turn back time and return to this awful year. However, as the calendar mercifully changes and we welcome 2021, many folks suffering from hair loss may decide that the new year is the time to finally turn back the clock on their appearance by doing something about their thinning hair or receding hairline.   

At the Miami Hair Institute, we may not be able to turn back time, but we can turn your hair into a source of confidence and pride rather than something to worry about or be embarrassed by. Our world-renowned hair transplant surgeons are masters of the art and science of hair restoration. At our welcoming and comfortable facility, you’ll find experienced professionals who are committed to finding the optimal solution for your hair loss issues.

Plenty of Hair Restoration Options For 2021

We offer patients a range of treatment options tailored to their specific concerns and goals. These can include the most advanced hair transplantation procedures available, other revolutionary treatments such as stem cell therapy, and non-invasive treatment options such as medication and low-level laser therapy. All of our treatments and procedures are safe, proven, and effective, and thousands of men and women in South Florida and around the country offer living proof of our exceptional work.

We see ourselves as real partners with our patients as they begin and continue their hair restoration journey. We provide assistance and guidance for those struggling with the psychological impact of hair loss and help our patients make lifestyle changes – such as stress reduction and healthier diets rich in hair-strengthening nutrients – that can slow hair shedding and promote the retention and growth of healthy, resilient hair.

No Time Like The Present To Make Hair Loss A Thing Of The Past

You may have tried shampoos, medication, or other home efforts to slow down or reverse your hair loss with no success, or maybe you’ve done nothing at all.

There is no time like the beginning of the year to finally do things differently. By taking action, you’ll improve your self-esteem and overall sense of wellness, and you will feel a sense of pride in successfully addressing a problem that had likely been bothering you for a long time.

The first step is a phone call to our office to schedule a hair loss consultation at the Miami Hair Institute. At your initial evaluation, you’ll meet with a doctor, not merely a “consultant.” We will evaluate your hair loss using a comprehensive and proven methodology, obtain a detailed medical history, perform an in-depth scalp examination using state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and if indicated, use blood tests to detect any underlying imbalances or deficiencies that may be contributing to the hair loss problem. With this information, we can determine the cause of hair loss and the most effective treatment option.

As we bid a less-than-fond farewell to the dumpster fire that was 2020 and look ahead to a much better 2021, we welcome the opportunity to meet with you and explore how we can help. Schedule your personalized hair loss evaluation today by contacting us online or calling our office directly at 305-925-0222. Happy New Year!

Tips For Preventing Hair Loss During The Holidays

Tips For Preventing Hair Loss During The Holidays

Even in the best of years, the holiday season can be a busy and stressful time. And 2020 has been far from the best of years. All the running around we usually do between Thanksgiving and New Year’s now comes with worries about COVID and the wrench thrown into our traditions as we may not be able to be with loved ones as we usually would. All of these stressors can have adverse effects on our health. This includes hair loss.

Increased hair shedding is one of the season’s unwanted gifts for many people. And it’s not just stress that’s to blame.  As autumn turns to winter, the cooler, dryer air that comes with the change in the seasons can also lead to hair loss.

Here are three big culprits behind hair loss during the holidays and tips for how you can keep it from becoming a problem as you deck the halls this winter:

Manage Your Holiday Stress

Holiday stress now seems as much a part of the holiday season as Santa and jingle bells. While we may not be going to parties and big family gatherings this season, we certainly aren’t lacking for stress, and haven’t been all year. All of that accumulated stress can be a huge contributor to hair loss. Stress-induced hair loss, also known as telogen effluvium (TE), usually appears a few months following a highly stressful period or event. 2020 certainly counts as a highly stressful period or event.

Finding effective ways to reduce stress is important throughout the year for a whole host of health reasons beyond hair loss. While it may take more of an effort to make time for stress relief during the busyness of the holidays, try to take regular breaks from the madness to take care of yourself. Keep your regular exercise regimen, set aside short periods for meditation, quiet time, or reading, and turn off your gadgets from time to time. All of these simple adjustments can help lower your holiday stress levels and combat TE.

Curb Your Holiday Eating and Drinking

What we eat and drink impacts our health and well-being in countless ways, including the strength of our hair follicles. During the holiday season, our diets change, not just in terms of overindulging but also in the kinds of foods we eat or beverages we drink (whether alcoholic or not).

When your body lacks the nutrients necessary to function properly, certain of those functions shut down. This can include hair growth and regeneration. As you fill yourself with turkey and ham or munch on those holiday cookies, try to ensure that your body is getting enough of these nutrients, vitamins, and minerals necessary for hair growth and overall good health.

Fight Dryness

Even in South Florida, winter can bring drier air, both outside as well as indoors. To keep your hair clean and provide it with the moisture it needs, wash your hair with a gentle shampoo that exfoliates and cleanses your scalp. Follow that up with an ultra-light moisturizing conditioner which can nourish your follicles and soften the brittleness that often comes with dry hair.

Winter is A Great Time to Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation

Hair loss can be a problem no matter what the season. If you are ready to do something about your thinning hair, there is no time like now. At the Miami Hair Institute, our skilled hair restoration physicians diagnose and treat hair loss cases through the most advanced hair transplant 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.

Medications That Can Cause Hair Loss

Medications That Can Cause Hair Loss

If you’ve ever seen a television ad for a new drug or game-changing medication, you know that about half the ad’s time is taken up by someone reading a seemingly endless list of potential side effects. That’s the way it is for almost any medication – all the good they do also comes with some bad. For many vital and life-sustaining drugs and treatments, one of those side effects can be hair loss.

Drug-induced hair loss can be just as troubling as pattern baldness or any other type of hair loss. The good news, however, is that most hair loss caused by medication is temporary, with hair growing back after you stop taking the drug.

What’s Behind Drug-Induced Hair Loss?

Medications can cause hair loss by interfering with hair’s normal growth cycle. Hair grows during the anagen phase, which usually lasts between two to seven years. Hair then rests during the telogen phase, which is about three months long. At the end of each telogen phase, hair falls out and is quickly replaced by new hair.

Medications can disrupt one or both of these cycles. Telogen effluvium,  the most common form of medication-related hair loss, usually appears two to four months after starting a drug. Telogen effluvium causes hair follicles to go into their resting phase and fall out earlier than they should. People with telogen effluvium usually shed between 30 percent to 70 percent more hairs than the typical 100 and 150 hairs per day.

Drug-induced hair loss that occurs during the anagen phase of the hair cycle is called anagen effluvium. This condition prevents the matrix cells, which produce new hairs, from dividing as they usually would. This type of hair loss usually occurs within a few days to weeks after taking a medication and is a common phenomenon for patients taking chemotherapy drugs for cancer treatment.

What Medications Are Associated With Hair Loss?

In addition to chemotherapy medications, plenty of other common prescription drugs list hair loss as a potential side effect, including:

  • Acne medications containing vitamin A (retinoids)
  • Antibiotics and antifungal medications
  • Steroids
  • Thyroid medications
  • Weight loss drugs
  • Birth control pills
  • Anticlotting drugs
  • Mood stabilizers
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Cholesterol-lowering drugs
  • Antidepressants
  • Drugs that suppress the immune system
  • Drugs that treat breast cancer and other cancers
  • Epilepsy drugs (anticonvulsants)
  • High blood pressure medications (anti-hypertensives), such as beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, and diuretics
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Parkinson’s disease drugs

As noted, medication-related hair loss is almost always reversible. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have about your prescription, and never discontinue a medication because of hair loss without first discussing it with your physician.

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.