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Posted on: April 29th, 2016 by hairrestoration

Barbie Pascal

Hair Restoration Specialists

One cause of damage to your hair is using hair appliances.  Keeping the use of such devices to a minimum will assist you in your efforts to keep your hair healthy.  This is why you may not want to wash your hair every day, if possible.

This is what brings us to writing this blog about keeping your hair dry in the shower.  On the days that you choose not to wash your hair, you may want to wear protection to prevent your hair from getting damp and losing your style, frizzing or needing a hair dryer.

Shower caps can be confining, causing you to sweat, and again, causing frizz.  So, what is the best suggestion?  A cotton t-shirt!  You can use a cotton t-shirt at home or when you travel to soak up any dampness and protect your style.  Simply put on your cotton t-shirt, and then begin to pull it off over your head.  Stop when the neckline of your shirt is around your hairline and the rest of the shirt is hanging down your back, inside out.  Then lightly twist it a few times and tuck in the ends in front or in back.

A nice little turban forms, and you can bathe normally without risking wet hair, and the subsequent need for hair appliances.

Happy Good Hair Day!

This information is brought to you by the professionals at Hair Restoration Specialists.  To schedule your free consultation, call us at 312-806-2203 today!


Iron and Your Hair

Posted on: April 29th, 2016 by hairrestoration

Barbie Pascal

Hair Restoration Specialists

If you have noticed that you are losing more hair than you should, iron could be a factor to consider.  Many medical professionals believe that there is a relationship between low iron and thinning hair.  Some believe iron supplements can reduce or reverse the problem.  While we are sharing information on iron, before you start taking iron supplements, it is best to consult with your physician to get a proper blood test.

If blood test results do show that you are low in iron, what could have caused the imbalance?  Several reasons you could be low in iron include:


Taking aspirin or NSAIDs over a long period of time

  • Deficiency in vitamin C. Vitamin C is needed to absorb iron
  • Some medications stop your ability to absorb iron properly
  • Excessive exercise or dieting can deplete iron faster than you can replenish your iron levels
  • Caffeine blocks iron absorption.
  • You may not be getting enough iron in your diet
  • Menstruation and childbirth are causes of heavy blood loss, and loss of iron

What are some symptoms of Iron Deficiency to look for?

Dry or brittle hair

  • Loss of hair density
  • Pale skin
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling cold
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Restless legs
  • Depression

Once your iron levels get back to normal, it can take up to a year to fully re-grow your hair.  The good news is that you should notice the shedding slow down after your iron levels return to normal.

This information is brought to you by the professionals at Hair Restoration Specialists.  To schedule your free consultation, call us at 312-806-2203 today!



Posted on: April 29th, 2016 by hairrestoration

Barbie Pascal

Hair Restoration Specialists

If you want healthy hair, keep in mind the old saying, “you are what you eat”!  Try thinking of a Thanksgiving dinner for hair-healthy food inspiration.

Turkey is a traditional centerpiece of a Thanksgiving dinner, but did you know that turkey is a fantastic source of lean protein and zinc?  In terms of hair, our locks are composed of protein, so eat LOTS of it!  A diet lacking in zinc can contribute to hair loss and dandruff.


Pumpkin, yams, carrots and squash (the orange veggies) are rich in beta carotene, which your body converts to vitamin A.  Vitamin A helps support the healthy growth of hair cells, and is great for the body.

Spinach was always Popeye’s favorite for muscles, but what else is to gain by eating your spinach?  It is a “superfood”, teeming with iron.  Iron deficiency plays a big part in hair loss.

Brussels sprouts are great sources of vitamin C and vitamin B6.  Vitamin B helps the body create red blood cells.  Red blood cells help nutrients and oxygen get distributed around the body and hair follicles.  Vitamin C helps the body create collagen, which aids in healthy hair growth.

Red wine is high in bioflavonoids, which protect the keratin in your hair.  Red wine also contains resveratrol, which helps to reduce hair loss.

So, celebrate like every day is Thanksgiving, and your healthy hair will thank you in return!

This information is brought to you by the professionals at Hair Restoration Specialists.  To schedule your free consultation, call us at 312-806-2203 today!



Posted on: April 29th, 2016 by hairrestoration

Barbie Pascal

Hair Restoration Specialists

Cheese and your hair typically aren’t mentioned in the same sentence.  It sounds like a bizarre combination, doesn’t it??

If you want healthy hair, and you LOVE eating cheese, you will be thrilled to hear that cheese is actually good for your hair!

Choosing the right cheese does make a difference.  Not all cheese is good for you.  Generally speaking, reduced fat or fat free cheeses are a healthier choice than their “full fat” counterparts, which are high in saturated fat.  Also, try to find brands with reduced sodium levels.  Cream cheese tends to be low in protein and much higher in unhealthy fats, so not a recommended option of cheese.  When selecting your cheese, read the labels!

Back to why cheese is great for your hair!  Cheese contains protein, an important nutrient for all over good health.  Protein is particularly fantastic for the hair.

Cheese also contains biotin.  When your body is lacking Biotin, such a condition is believed to be a contributor of poor hair growth.  Biotin has been shown to play a role in stimulating follicles, and keeping your hair out of the dreaded “resting phase”.  Cheese and other foods containing biotin are well worth including in your daily diet.

So feel free to enjoy delicious cheesy goodness, and enjoy your healthy hair!

This information is brought to you by the professionals at Hair Restoration Specialists.  To schedule your free consultation, call us at 312-806-2203 today!



Posted on: April 22nd, 2016 by hairrestoration

Barbie Pascal

Hair Restoration Specialists

Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP is a safe and effective way to stimulate hair growth, but how does it work?

Hair loss can be a concern for men and women, despite the causes: stress, genetics, poor hair care or even medical conditions.  Advances in the hair restoration field, and recent research have shown impressive results in reversing hair loss.  PRP is a treatment that involves drawing the patient’s own blood, processing it through a centrifuge so that only the enriched cells remain, and then injecting it back into the patient’s scalp.  The essential proteins that stimulate hair growth work naturally, in combination with hair transplant surgery, to give the newly grafted follicles the best chance for healthy growth.  The growth factors in the platelets stimulate the follicles to grow hair. This type of procedure works for both men and women and is an alternative medical procedure that helps take care of hair loss or hair thinning.

Patients may notice a fuzzy appearance after even one session. The treatment not only promotes hair growth but also strengthens hair follicles. It is quite a safe procedure without any side-effects.

Though PRP treatment promises great results for people suffering from hair loss, it’s not for everyone. People who have lost all hair cannot undergo this treatment as it does not help grow new hair on a bald area. It can only make the existing thinning hair thicker by strengthening the hair follicles, or stimulating post transplant hairs to grow more richly.

This is a non-surgical procedure that is very safe and simple to perform. The recovery period is very quick and there are extremely reliable and natural looking results.

Talk to the professionals at Hair Restoration Specialists to find out if PRP treatments are the right solution for you.  For a complimentary consultation, call us at 312-806-2203 Today!



Posted on: April 22nd, 2016 by hairrestoration

By Barbie Pascal

Hair Restoration Specialists

Almost no one, given the choice, would want to lose their hair. The emotional aspects of living with hair loss can be challenging.

Hair loss, in a culture that views hair as a sign of youth and good health, is a stressful experience for both sexes.  People facing hair loss can feel they are no longer attractive or virile, and can feel less “powerful”.  Think back to biblical times when Samson tells Delilah that he will lose his Herculean strength if he loses his hair.

Many folks suffer frustration when it comes to camouflaging their thinning or balding hair.  It takes time and effort to style thinning hair in a way that conceals hair loss, and the inability to style our hair the way we like can be a daily concern.

One can become dissatisfied with the way a receding hairline changes their facial appearance.  Hair loss changes the appearance of the face by shifting the balance of the face to the forehead, resulting in a more aged appearance.

Physical beauty is one of the main factors determining self esteem. A person’s hair can be a large part of their feeling of physical attractiveness.  Self esteem and other self worth measures drop significantly when hair loss occurs.  Although this is a normal reaction to hair loss, it can still be challenging.

Because women are known for spending a lot of time and money grooming, curling, dying, drying, and styling their hair to make it look beautiful, when they begin to lose their hair, it is extremely traumatic. This cosmetic setback is quite intense when a woman is used to having hair and suddenly finds herself losing it. She can have a lot of trouble dealing with the reality of hair loss.

Although full head of hair cannot guarantee confidence, studies have shown nearly 75% of men feel less confident once they experience hair loss, especially in dealing with the opposite sex.

Folks can feel jealous or envious of others with a full head of hair, which can impact their own emotional and social life.  In extreme circumstances, some people really take hair loss badly and get highly distressed about it, up to the point of falling into a depression.

To combat these negative emotions, experts suggest exercise, revamping one’s wardrobe, dressing more nicely, and working to re-frame personal thoughts regarding hair loss.  Regardless of the cause or extent of your hair loss, the key to dealing with the emotional side of losing your hair is having the right attitude.

Speak with hair restoration professionals like the team at Hair Restoration Specialists to determine the next steps in your hair journey.  Your consultation is complimentary, and with the advances in the hair transplant field, a permanent solution can be in your near future!  Call Hair

Restoration Specialists to schedule your consultation today.



Posted on: April 14th, 2016 by hairrestoration

By Barbie Pascal
Hair Restoration Specialists

Realizing your hair is thinning or balding can be overwhelming and stressful. We understand, and would like to offer some positive ways of dealing with the emotional side of hair loss.

YOUR HAIR MAY GROW BACK- Try not to stress out. Sometimes hair loss is temporary, and not permanent. Stress will accelerate your hair loss, so try to keep it in perspective.

FIND AN ATTRACTIVE HAIRSTYLE- Work with your salon or barbershop to find a style that flatters you. Sometimes, sticking with your “usual” style works against you when your hair begins to thin. Working with a professional stylist can give you a fresh look, and can make your hair appear thicker. For men, it is better to consider a shorter cut, than to try to mask your hair loss with a comb-over.

HAIR LOSS IS NOT LIFE THREATENING- While hair loss can be unpleasant and emotional, try to focus on the bigger picture. You can live with a bald spot, receding hairline or thinning hair, or choose to take action. You have the ultimate control to be a victim or be victorious over this challenge.

SELF CONFIDENCE- Your true friends and family care about you, not how much hair you have on your head. If you are in a relationship, focus on your other attributes to excite your partner. Confidence equals attractiveness!

CONSIDER PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE- If your hair loss becomes overwhelming and you find your life is being impacted by your focus on it, consider talk therapy with a professional therapist. They can help you sort out your feelings and find ways to cope.

MAKE A PLAN- If you don’t like your hair today, consider a permanent solution through a hair restoration procedure. If having a full head of hair is what will truly make you happy, GO FOR IT! Hair transplants have evolved in the last 50, and even 5 years. The procedures are so effective these days, even your hair stylist won’t notice you have had it done. With the advent of robotic technology, like ARTAS, and a skilled transplant team, you will be amazed at the natural looking results a permanent hair restoration procedure will provide you.

At Hair Restoration Specialists, we are experts in the field of ARTAS robotic technology, and giving you the look you want! Schedule your complimentary consultation with the professional team at Hair Restoration Specialists by calling us at 312-806-2203 today!



Posted on: April 14th, 2016 by hairrestoration

Barbie Pascal
Hair Restoration Specialists

Selecting the best hair transplant professionals to perform your hair transplant is by far the most important decision in your efforts to restore or change your hairline. There are many organizations and medical practices, even some charlatans out there to sift through, and the choices can be overwhelming.

Let’s assume that you have already researched hair restoration in general, and you have some ideas as to what to expect…maybe even some questions. You may have talked to others who have had a procedure done, tried some of the medications on the market, even researched a bit on the Internet. The first step is to set up a consultation with a professional hair transplant expert.

The experience level of the team you choose to perform your procedure has a direct effect on the results you can expect. Why is that important? This is of ultimate importance to you because the doctor does not work alone. The technicians, who extract the follicles from your scalp, must be dedicated to quality and highly trained to divide up the donor tissue to create grafts that provide you with the best opportunity for thick growth. The division of the follicles is delicate work, done under magnification, to not damage the follicles. They will then place the follicles in the donor sites that the doctor has created in your transplant area.

Larger, national hair transplant chains, tend to have a much higher turnover amongst their technicians, in contrast to a private specialty clinic. You will want to ask the physician you select how long their team has been together. A cohesive and seasoned team will bring you the optimum results with regard to your hair restoration procedure.

At Hair Restoration Specialists, we have a fully trained staff excelling in all parts of the hair restoration process. We are not a “training center” and we hold our physicians, technicians and specialists to the highest industry standards. Each of our technicians and specialists must already be fully trained and certified, and must have at least 7 years of hands-on proven experience before they can even walk through our doors.

Experience matters! To set up a complimentary consultation with the team at Hair Restoration Specialists, call us at 312-806-2203 today.



Posted on: April 6th, 2016 by hairrestoration

Barbie Pascal
Hair Restoration Specialists

Male menopause is a subject of furious debate.  So is it real, or merely a myth?

While female menopause is a well known biological phenomenon, well documented and suffered by women as they experience estrogen loss in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s; male menopause is not a widely recognized.  That being said, it is becoming more researched and quite evident in men between 45 and 60 years old, and it is not a myth.

Called “Andropause”, male menopause is due to an increasing loss of the male hormone testosterone, also known as androgen.  Andropause is a slower process, and far less extreme than the female counterpart, yet can be just as impactful to a man’s daily life.

Typically symptoms include depression, infertility, shrinking testicles, lowering of sex drive, the occurrence of fewer spontaneous erections, insomnia, loss of concentration, hot flashes and…permanent hair loss.

If you notice these symptoms, and believe male menopause could be the cause, you may find relief if you follow a few key steps:

  • Manage your weight. Obesity leads to hormone loss.
  • Exercise regularly
  • Manage Type 2 Diabetes (if you have it)
  • Adopt healthy sleeping habits

Your physician may suggest hormone replacement therapy, or herbal remedies (i.e.; avena sativa, tribulus terrestris, eurycoma longifolia or saw palmetto.) in addition to the suggestions listed above.

Adopting healthy habits can help to reduce the most of the effects of andropause, with the exception of permanent hair loss.  If you are experiencing balding or thinning hair, the experts at Hair Restoration Specialists can help!  Call 312-806-2203 to schedule a complimentary consultation today.


Posted on: April 5th, 2016 by hairrestoration

Barbie Pascal
Hair Restoration Specialists

Are split ends causing you to tear your hair out? Never fear, we are here to help you understand what causes them and how to prevent them from returning.

First things first, we will dispel the myth that split ends can be repaired. Really, the only way to “cure” split ends is to cut them off. If you opt to treat them, the hair shafts will, in most cases, continue to split higher up the strand. Experts suggest cutting off the damaged portions, and then having your hair professionally trimmed every six weeks to prevent split ends from returning.

Now that you have trimmed off the damage, what can you do, or NOT do, to keep those ugly split ends from coming back?

Let’s start from the inside out. If your hair is dull and in poor shape, it could be related to your diet. A low-fat diet will certainly have a negative impact. Like your body, your hair needs healthy fats, like olive oil and fish oil to shine, bounce and stay hydrated. When it comes to healthy hair, ensure you are eating a balanced and healthy diet, getting the required amount of vitamins and minerals and incorporating healthy fats into your food.

Be gentle with your hair to prevent split ends from occurring. Brushing wet hair causes your hair shafts to stretch up to 25% more than dry hair. If you feel you must untangle your wet hair, try pat drying your hair first with a towel, and then use a wide toothed comb. Back-combing is also damaging to your hair structure. The process of teasing or back-combing will disrupt your hair’s epidermis, causing breakage. Coloring or bleaching your hair also makes the condition of your hair worse, and more susceptible to splitting.

Stay moisturized! Dry/brittle hair tends to split faster. Keep your hair from drying out with quality hair oils or a good conditioning treatment. Gently brushing your hair, when it is not damp or wet, will distribute your natural scalp oils throughout each strand.

Finally, avoid heated appliances whenever possible to protect your locks. The heating agents in appliances like curling irons, flat irons, hair dryers, etc. will dry out and damage your hair. If you can’t resist your favorite heated hair tools, be sure to use protective styling products beforehand.

If you notice your hair is thinning, it may be due to split ends that have split all the way up to your scalp. Check with a professional, like the experts at Hair Restoration
Specialists, for permanent solutions to thicken your head of hair. Call 312-806-2203 to schedule your complimentary consultation!