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How to Maintain a Healthy Scalp for Optimal Hair Growth

Healthy Scalp If you want to plant a beautiful, healthy, and lush garden, you won’t get very far if the soil is bad, if you don’t water the plants, or are otherwise inattentive. The same goes for your hair. If your scalp is unhealthy, that can have a direct impact on hair growth. And if you are already experiencing hair loss, taking good care of your scalp can help slow that shedding and keep what hair you have healthy and growing.

Here are six ways you can maintain a healthy scalp for optimal hair growth:

  1. Pump up the protein. Hair will not grow without sufficient protein in your body. Eggs, fish, and beef are great sources of protein, as are beans, lentils, and soy.
  2. Chill out. Stress can lead to physical problems, including weight loss, weight gain and hair loss. Overproduction of stress hormones promotes adrenal fatigue, which occurs from the overproduction of cortisol in the body. That overproduction leads to the underproduction of hormones like aldosterone and androgens, resulting in thinning or balding hair. Find a way to alleviate stress that works best for you.
  3. Get some sleep. Sufficient sleep is an essential part of overall health, as our bodies expend a lot of energy every day and need time to recharge so the body can function as it is supposed to. One function is repairing and regenerating hair follicles. A lack of sleep keeps that from happening, causing hair to stop growing, weaken, and eventually fall out more than it otherwise would.
  4. Eat Healthily. To stop and prevent hair loss, be sure to maintain a well-rounded diet rich in protein, biotin, vitamin E, vitamin A, and other important nutrients.
  5. Keep the water flowing. Going back to that garden analogy, water is as important to healthy hair as it is to healthy plants and flowers. Hair is one of the first parts of the body to show the effects of water, vitamin, and mineral deficiency. Hair shafts are made up of approximately 25 percent water, and lack of moisture causes the shaft to weaken. Make a conscious effort to push fluids – at least 64 ounces of water per day – to keep your thirsty hair from drying out.
  6. Keep the UV rays out. Balding individuals or those with thinning hair are particularly vulnerable to sunburn on the scalp. Too much sun can turn your hair brittle, dry, and more prone to breaks and splits. Additionally, sunburn on the scalp can not only be the result of having areas of thinning or absent hair, it can also cause hair loss, at least temporarily. Protect your scalp with scalp sunscreen or a hat, especially in the summer.

 

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

If you are concerned about your hair loss and are ready to do something about it, we invite you to schedule a hair loss evaluation at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are internationally acclaimed hair restoration surgeons with more than 40 years of combined experience. Both Drs. Nusbaum and Rose are actively engaged in hair loss research and lecture widely. To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call or office directly at 305-925-0222.

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Tips on Controlling Hair Loss in the Summer

scalp folliculitisHair loss is a year-round problem for many people, but summertime can make this troublesome issue even worse. The high temperatures, humidity, and intense sunshine that are unescapable parts of a South Florida summer can accelerate hair loss. In the middle of summer, hair follicles enter a resting phase, or “telogen” state, more frequently that they do the rest of the year. This is especially true for women. Summer’s extreme temperatures can result in over 70% of hair follicles entering this resting phase, which in turn can lead to shedding at a clip faster than the average loss of between 50-100 follicles a day.

Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to strengthen your hair follicles and control your rate of hair loss during the warm summer months; steps which will keep your hair healthy through Labor Day and beyond.

Hydrate. You already know that you need to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water during the summer (and throughout the year, in fact). Staying hydrated is not only vital for your overall health during hot temperatures, it is essential for your hair as well. Along with skin, hair is one of the first parts of the body to show the effects of water, vitamin, and mineral deficiency. Hair shafts are made up of approximately 25 percent water, and lack of moisture causes the shaft to weaken. Make a conscious effort to push fluids throughout the summer – at least 64 ounces of water per day –  to keep your thirsty hair from drying out.

Switch to a milder shampoo. Although sweating might prompt you to wash your hair more frequently, stick to an every-other-day routine at most and try to avoid harsh, chemical or fragrance-laden shampoos. Switch to mild, organic shampoos; even baby shampoo is a great alternative during the summer.   

Healthy summer diet. To stop and prevent hair loss, be sure to maintain a well-rounded diet rich in protein, biotin, vitamin E, vitamin A, and other important nutrients. Summertime is a naturally good time to load up your shopping cart with lighter, moisture and nutrient-rich foods that can provide your follicles with the ingredients they need. Consider these seven light, summery foods to keep your hair strong and shiny.

Summer 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 the present. At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, 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 or office directly at 305-925-0222.

20 Superfoods for Stronger Hair

Superfoods to Boost Hair Growth

20 Superfoods for Stronger HairThere is no doubt that what is inside of us when we’re born – our genes – plays a large role in determining whether we will have a full head of hair or whether we will experience thinning or hair loss. In fact, a recent study found nearly 300 genetic ties to hair loss. But what we put inside ourselves throughout our lives – the foods we eat and beverages we drink – can also impact the health of our hair and scalp.

A healthy, balanced diet rich in key nutrients can help boost hair growth in addition to improving your overall health and sense of well-being. Whether as an adjunct to hair restoration treatments or just as part of a healthy lifestyle, incorporating a wide range of readily available “superfoods” into your diet will result in positive change from head to toe.

Next time you hit your grocery store or farmers market, load up your cart with these hair-positive foods:

  • As you may recall from high school biology class, protein and their amino acids are the “building blocks” of the body – and hair. A diet which includes a healthy amount of protein from various sources can be a key to strong and growing hair. Few foods are as rich in protein as nuts and legumes. Nuts also contain a variety of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. Try to make nuts like almonds, walnuts, and cashews a regular part of your diet.
  • Salmon and other fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids. For hair health, omega-3 fatty acids keep the scalp hydrated to stimulate follicle function while enriching strands for a shinier glow. Foods such as salmon, sardines, and trout are great resources for boosting your omega-3 intake.
  • Spinach and other leafy greens. A lack of iron is one of the chief causes of dietary-related hair loss. Low iron levels limit proper blood flow – something follicles need to receive growth-stimulating nutrients. Iron-rich foods such as spinach, kale, broccoli, and other leafy greens can boost your iron intake and help feed your hair. As a bonus, spinach contains antioxidants, vitamins B, C and E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids, all of which can help your hair and scalp.
  • Vitamin C acts as a catalyst for iron to absorb into the blood stream. Eating these two hair boosting nutrients together fosters hair growth. In addition, the antioxidants found in vitamin C, along with its collagen-boosting properties, keep skin, hair and nails looking and feeling nourished. Grapefruits as well as other fruits such as oranges, strawberries and blueberries, contain high levels of Vitamin C necessary for hair growth.  
  • Not only are lentils a good source of protein, they also contain ample amounts of iron, zinc, and biotin which promote a healthy scalp and strengthen hair.
  • Next time you make guacamole, you’re also whipping up a tasty mix of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins B and E which can help protect and strengthen hair. Vitamin B is essential for hair growth, while vitamin E protects your skin and hair from environmental pollutants and sun damage. 
  • Sunflower seeds.This healthy snack or salad topping contains a cornucopia of hair boosting nutrients such as protein, zinc, selenium, biotin, potassium, copper, iron, B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium and calcium.

Schedule an Appointment for a Hair Loss Evaluation Today

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

 

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

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Is Hair Health Important?

hair healthFor many men and women, hair health is not a priority. Their haircare routine is typically straightforward: shampoo, maybe conditioner and perhaps a little styling spray to look put together. Others take their hair health more seriously, particularly individuals who suffer from embarrassing hair loss conditions. But, does hair health truly matter?

The answer is multifaceted. Hair is a complex structure and has its own anatomy just like any other part of your body. At the base of hair – underneath the skin – there are living cells that work arduously to sustain growth, strength and shine. Therefore, the hair you see is often a reflection of your vitality and overall well-being. Improving the health of your hair isn’t just about looking great, it’s also about strengthening and supporting each strand from root to tip.

Hair Anatomy

Each strand, or shaft, is anchored by a follicle. The follicle is a tubular pouch just underneath the skin’s surface. Two sheaths surround the follicle to protect the shaft. The outer sheath runs alongside the sebaceous gland, which produces oils that naturally condition hair and give it its natural sheen. The outer sheath connects to the arrector pili muscle, and when contracted, causes hair to stand up – an effect more commonly known as goosebumps.

At the base of the follicle is known as the bulb, where cells build and nourish the shaft. These cells are connected to tiny blood vessels, or capillaries, which deliver hormones and nourishment to sustain healthy hair growth. When your body’s hormones are off balance or shifting as you age, the cells can’t re-build new shafts to replace everyday shedding. This is a condition known as androgenetic alopecia, also called male-pattern baldness of female pattern hair loss (FPHL).

Meanwhile, the shaft is made of a hard protein called keratin. The hair you see on your head, arms or legs is dead and no longer nourished by the follicle and its cells. Although it’s not living, the shaft is convoluted. Sometimes, an inner layer called the medulla is present, but this portion only exists in certain types of hair. The middle layer (which everyone has) is called the cortex, containing pigment to help give your hair its natural shade. The outer layer is called the cuticle. Most everyday hair care products designed to smooth or soften hair target the cuticle. Cuticle structure varies based on your hair type which can affect hair’s appearance. For instance, people with curly hair have drier, dull strands because sebum has a difficult time traveling down the kinks of the cuticle to condition shafts properly.

Why Hair Health Matters

Your hair has both cultural and social significance, which is why so many men and women who suffer from hereditary hair loss experience shame and discomfort with their appearances. Despite how much information we know about hair and its biological variations, human beings innately favor physical attributes in one another (and themselves) that suggest better health. One of these physical attributes is strong and voluminous hair.

It’s important to note that not everyone lacks beautiful, big hair because they aren’t healthy. While hair loss is sometimes indicative of an underlying health concern, most hair loss cases are due to predetermined genetics and hormonal fluctuations. Even pregnancy, one of the most natural (albeit magnificent) processes a woman’s body can undergo, modifies hair’s growth and form. Despite what human beings perceive, thinning and shedding doesn’t always indicate something is fundamentally wrong with your body. But, the emotional toll of hair loss certainly makes it feel that way.

If you suffer from androgenetic alopecia or another hair loss condition, improving your appearance by counteracting your hair loss can be a life changing experience. At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we help hair loss patients boost their self-assurance by restoring hair to reflect the way they truly feel on the inside – strong, fit and vibrant. Call us at 305-925-0222 to schedule your hair loss consultation in Miami today.

How to Maintain Hair Health this Summer

How to Maintain Hair Health this SummerGrowing long, strong hair is desirable for many, but what about maintaining your locks as the seasons change? Warm weather presents some positives – and negatives – for your hair health, so switching up your hair maintenance routine is likely in order. Depending on the current health of your strands, some strategies may be more necessary than others.

Follow these summer season tips to keeping healthy, shiny hair all summer long.

  1. Trim dead ends

To start the season fresh, consider getting your hair trimmed. Even if you plan on growing your hair long throughout the summer months, split ends are not good for long, lustrous hair. In fact, they can continue to split up the hair shaft as strands grow longer, making frizz even more present in increased humidity. If you can’t commit to a full cut, opt for an inch or two off the bottom to eliminate breakage.

  1. Rinse your hair before swimming

Drinking water is proven to keep hair health at its peak, but rinsing out your hair is also an important step to protecting your mane against harsh chemicals like chlorine. The best option is not introducing chlorine to your hair, but inevitable cases, start with a fresh water soak. By saturating the cuticle with water prior to chlorine exposure, less chemicals are able to absorb as compared to dry locks dunked in the pool. The good news is, chlorine does not lead to hair loss, but can cause the scalp to become agitated which could result in temporary thinning and shedding thereafter.

  1. Protect hair from the sun

Just as you should protect your skin from UV ray damage, hair needs sunblock, too. When UV-A and UV-B rays hit areas prone to thinness or balding, your scalp can suffer a mean sunburn. If you have long hair to protect from damaging rays, consider oils with UVA/UVB protection incorporated so you don’t end up with greasy strands full of thick, white sunscreen. These also protect the hair itself from the sun, which can fade color when it oxidizes. For full-on protection, wear a stylish sunhat or baseball cap when enjoying the outdoors, which protects both skin and locks simultaneously.

  1. Shampoo sparingly and deep condition regularly

Although sweating might prompt you to wash your hair more frequently, stick to an every-other-day routine at most. Dry shampoos and baby powder work to absorb excess oil in a pinch if you have an important rendezvous on your off days. Over time, hair follicles balance out and stop producing the same amount of oil they used to require to keep hair hydrated during frequent washes. In the same regard, consider deep conditioning masks to eliminate frizz and pouf when humid weather hits. Rather than relying on a blow dryer for a thermal-activated hair mask, simply lay in the sun and allow the natural heat from the sun do the trick.

  1. Eat nutrient-rich foods

Maintaining a wholesome diet is a year-round recommendation, but a large number of healthy hair foods dominate summer-inspired cuisines. Add blueberries, which are rich in antioxidants, oysters, fresh fish, kiwis, watermelon, spinach and tomatoes to your next grocery list. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish combat breakage and dryness, while fruits and veggies are full of Vitamin A, C, iron and offer a high-water content for added hair benefits.

Given the summer season is high-time for social encounters, you might feel additionally self-conscious about thinning and shedding hair. To talk with a Miami Hair physician regarding your hair loss, call our South Florida hair restoration experts at (305) 925-0222, or inquire about an appointment via our online form directly.

The Healthy Hair Diet

The Healthy Hair DietSpoiler Alert:  Eating well is not enough to sustain all-natural hair growth.  In fact, hair growth is largely dependent upon a variety of different factors, many of which are outside of our control.  An individual’s genetic makeup, for example, plays a large role in the growth rate, thickness, and consistency of their hair.  Nevertheless, studies evidence a positive correlation between certain foods and healthy hair growth.  While one may not necessarily cause the other, it is important to consider how proper diet and nutrition improves the body’s ability to operate, recuperate, and grow in a general sense.  The following foods and food groups have been selected not only for the ways in which they may positively impact hair growth, but also for the ways they help us look and feel our absolute best.

All-natural Foods for Healthier Hair

1. Fish (salmon):  Regarded by many nutritionists as the “best” source of protein, salmon has a nutrient profile that is hard to beat.  Omage-3 fatty acids, B-12 vitamins, and iron make this fish a must for individuals looking to add depth to their daily nutrient intake.  Omega-3s are particularly important as they nourish the scalp and may create the appearance of fuller, more vibrant looking hair.

2. Beans, Chickpeas, & Lentils:  Kidney beans, black beans, chickpeas, lentils, and soy nuts are all good examples of legumes that have a healthy nutrient profile that may significantly improve the appearance of your hair.  That profile includes a substantial amount of protein, iron, zinc, and biotin, each of which are fundamental building blocks for healthy cellular development.

3. Walnuts, Almonds, & Cashews:  Walnuts, brazil nuts, almonds, and cashews are among the most simple and healthy food items available.  Moreover, these popular food items are often available in single serving packages, making them an ideal on-the-go snack option.

4. Chicken:  Chicken is a great source of lean protein, an essential component of a healthy diet that has also been linked with the development of stronger and more resilient hair.  Chicken may be prepared in unhealthy ways, however.  As a general rule, always discard the skin and fatty deposits of chicken that is prepared rotisserie-style.  Breaded and deep fried chicken is likewise to be avoided.  Instead, opt for grilled, baked, or broiled chicken that is prepared using extra virgin olive oil, spices, light salt, and pepper.  This will provide a substantial amount of lean protein without unhealthy amounts of sodium and fat.

5. Eggs:  Eggs are a great health food because they contain high amounts of casein protein, a special type of “slow release” protein that is most prevalent in dairy products.  Moreover, the yolk of a whole egg is rich in omega fatty acids much like salmon.  There is such a thing as “too much,” however.  As a rule of thumb, try making an omelet with 2 egg whites per every whole egg.  This combination delivers an optimal amount of lean protein (egg whites) and healthy fats (egg yolk).

Learn More About Hair Loss and Treatment Options

The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami offers a wealth of free information regarding hair growth, hair loss, and available treatment options.  We welcome readers to visit the following web pages to learn more:

Hair Loss

Hair Loss:  Hair loss affects millions of men and women, and it may have profound implications that extend far beyond the physical appearance of one’s scalp.  Visit this section of our website to learn more about male pattern baldness, the progression of baldness, and the unique considerations involving women and hair loss.

Hair Restoration

Hair Restoration:  Hair restoration techniques have evolved to become more effective and affordable than ever before.  In ever increasing numbers, men and women are turning to hair transplant surgeons to provide state-of-the-art procedures based on advanced evaluations and diagnoses.  From hair loss drugs to cutting-edge laser light treatments, this section of our website is an essential resource for individuals who are actively considering a procedure and are interested in learning more about the available treatment options.

Hair Loss Evaluation

Hair Loss Evaluation:  Are you a candidate for a hair loss procedure? Our practice proudly represents the finest surgeons, technicians, and registered nurses in South Florida.  Learn more about hair loss evaluations at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami by visiting this section of our website, or call our clinic directly at 1-877-443-9070.

 

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