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With Hair Care, Don’t Be Your Own Worst Enemy

With Hair Care, Don’t Be Your Own Worst Enemy

The reasons behind hair loss often come down to the age-old question of nature v. nurture. Most hair loss cases are caused by nature, that is, the genes you were born with. If you suffer from pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia, your genetics are to blame. Sometimes, however, it is the way we nurture our hair – the styles we wear and the products we use – that can inadvertently weaken our follicles and lead to hair shedding and loss.

We all want our hair to look good, but not at the expense of our hair health. Don’t be your own worst enemy and try to avoid the following damaging hair care practices:

Brushing and Styling Wet Hair

Your hair is at its most vulnerable and more prone to damage when it is wet. Combing or brushing your hair while wet can stretch and break your hair follicles. Towel-dry your hair and wait a little bit before styling or blow-drying your hair.

Using Too Much Heat

Blow dryers and flat irons may help you style and dry your hair, but too much heat is far from helpful. If your flat iron is too hot, it will make your hair follicles brittle and dry, increasing the likelihood of hair breakage. Similarly, turn down the heat on your hairdryer or attach a diffuser to prevent frying your follicles.

Wearing Tight Hairstyles

Traction alopecia is a hair loss condition that can develop if you subject your hair to constant tension and strain because of how you style and wear it. When you keep stretching your follicles to their breaking point, they will, in fact, break. Once they do so, they will eventually die and fall out. Avoid wearing unnecessarily tight pigtails, braids, or ponytails for extended periods or hairstyles that keep hair tightly wound for a prolonged time.

Letting Product Buildup

Gels, hairspray, mousse, and other styling products are not inherently damaging and do not on their own contribute to hair loss. But leaving product in your hair too long without washing it out can cause follicular damage, which could lead to hair shedding. The key to safely using styling products is to wash your hair regularly to prevent styling products from contributing to any long-term buildup of sebum-based plaque, which could lead to a condition called scalp folliculitis. Over time, the irritation that is the most prominent symptom of folliculitis may make it impossible for the hair follicle to support a normal hair growth cycle. This irritation can become so acute that it damages the hair follicle permanently.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

While avoiding bad hair care and styling behaviors can help you prevent follicle damage and reduce the chances of avoidable hair loss, restoring any hair you’ve already lost may require treatment by a hair loss physician. At the Miami Hair Institute, we know how to help men and women restore their hair no matter the underlying cause of their hair loss.

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

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What’s the Best Hairbrush for Thinning Locks?

HairbrushMost adults brush or comb their hair as part of a regular morning routine. After all, looking poised and presentable is important for making a positive impression at work, with new friends or a potential significant other.

However, over-brushing your hair or using the wrong bristles can trigger additional hair loss. When you’re already suffering with androgenic alopecia, traction areata or telogen effluvium, the last thing you want to do is instigate more shedding.

Best Hairbrush Materials for Thinning Hair

For women with diffuse thinning, boar bristles are the most pliable and gentle brush materials on the market. Brushes made of 100 percent boar bristles are said to be the highest quality, effectively distributing oils from the scalp down through the tips of strands for a shiny look.

Porcupine brushes, which are a combination of boar bristles and engineered nylon, provide better hold without pulling on follicles and causing further damage. Store brand brushes are often made of 100 percent nylon.

If you’re prone to experiencing loss while you brush, consider using a wide tooth comb. Depending on the coarseness of your strands, a wide tooth comb may not do the trick without excessive force, so opt for a tighter-weave brush if you have tangles to tame. Or, use the wide tooth comb in the shower. Water helps soften hair, making it easier to comb through tangles without pulling on the roots.

Avoid metal combs, unless styling wigs. Metal combs are too harsh on the scalp and prohibit your follicles from healing properly.

Hairbrush Design

The design of the brush is more about personal choice and lifestyle. As long as you choose high-quality and pliable materials, the shape of the hairbrush doesn’t have as much of an impact on loss.

Vented brushes can minimize blow drying time, which helps limit the number of minutes your hair is exposed to heat. Using a blow dryer too often can cause dryness and breakage, but limiting exposure keeps the hair cuticle intact.

Additionally, cushion brushes secure bristles onto a padded surface, which gives the bristles greater flexibility. The more flexible the brush, the gentler it is when combing through your strands. For patients with hair loss, delicate and thoughtful hair care is of the utmost importance.

While selecting the right type of brush can limit further damage, combatting hair loss early with restoration therapies is key. The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami offers hair transplant surgeries, low-level laser therapy devices and stem cell hair growth treatments. To book an appointment, call our office at 305-925-0222.

Does WEN Cause Hair Loss?

Does WEN Cause Hair Loss? Patients are asking, “Does WEN cause hair loss?” For those who may not know, WEN is a hair care product by Chaz Dean. It enjoyed a rapid rise in popularity, being marketed to consumers as a leave-in cleansing and conditioning product. In December 2015, however, WEN experienced severe backlash on social media after angry customers began posting photos and claiming WEN was causing hair to fall out. Soon thereafter, at least 200 women filed suit against WEN Hair Care, according to sources at The Daily Beast.

Is WEN Causing Your Hair to Fall Out?

There are a number of treatment options available if WEN products are causing your hair to fall out, thin, or become brittle. At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, each member of our surgical team and medical staff is fully committed to providing the safest and most effective treatments for hair loss.

Our clinic is the first and only in the world to have two ISHRS Golden Follicle Award winning surgeons on staff, Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose. With decades of experience in the research and treatment of male and female hair loss, no other hair loss clinic is more experienced.

Finding Treatment WEN Hair Loss Strikes

Have you noticed visibly thinner hair after using WEN Hair Care products? The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami is pleased to offer the latest and safest FDA approved hair loss treatments, including laser therapy caps and topical hair loss foams backed by extensive clinical research. To learn more, contact us online or call our clinic directly at 305-925-0222.

Happy Thanksgiving from Miami Hair!

Happy Thanksgiving from Miami Hair! Thanksgiving is a day to celebrate the friends, family, and loved ones we cherish so dearly. It’s also a day to enjoy a cornucopia of warm, hearty, and delicious Thanksgiving foods. From everyone at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and the start of a warm holiday season.

When you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner this Thursday, take a look around the table, and see how many of the following healthy hair foods you can find. Be sure to enjoy a little bit of everything to give your hair and scalp the vitamins and minerals needed to look your best. And, of course, don’t forget dessert!

Best Thanksgiving Foods for Healthy Hair


From egg bakes to soufflés and h’orderves, eggs are a big part of some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes. But did you also know that eggs are loaded with the building blocks of naturally thick and strong hair?  Biotin, B vitamins, and protein are just a few of the nutrients found in eggs that promote fuller hair.


Some of the best foods for your hair also happen to be the simplest. Spinach, broccoli, and Swiss chard are among the best greens for stronger hair. This is thanks to their dense nutrient profile, high vitamin content, and strong antioxidant profile.

Sweet Potatoes

It’s hard to imagine Thanksgiving dinner without fresh baked sweet potatoes. Indulge in this Thanksgiving staple on Thursday night to get plenty of beta carotene and vitamin A, both of which are known to nourish the scalp.

Beans and Lentils

Lentils, kidney beans, lima beans, and other legumes are a great source of both iron and protein. Together, these essential building blocks help to build your hair’s natural strength and thickness.

Coconut Oil

Cooking with coconut oil this Thanksgiving? If so, you will enjoy the added benefits of  vitamin K, E, and healthy fats known to improve hair texture and strength from the inside, out.

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