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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

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.


The Savin Scale of Hair Loss for Women

Posted on: March 22nd, 2016 by hairrestoration

Barbie Pascal

Hair Restoration Specialists

In 1996, Dr. Savin created a scale to depict the stages of hair loss in women. Not to be confused with a similar scale, known as the Norwood scale, depicting the stages of hair loss in men, who lose hair in an entirely different pattern.

savin scale



  1. No distinguishable hair loss
  2. Slight hair loss, usually in the middle of the scalp, widening where she parts her hair
  3. Gradually increased widening of the part
  4. Pronounced increased widening of the part
  5. Thinning hair at the apex of the scalp
  6. Increased thinning at the apex of the scalp
  7. More severe thinning of overall hair, increased widening of the part
  8. Advanced hair loss, barely any remaining hair in the affected area
  9. Loss of hair in the center and front of the scalp

If you are experiencing excessive hair loss, visit the experts at Hair Restoration Specialists for a free consultation. Our specialists can recommend solutions to help you find the look you want.



Posted on: March 22nd, 2016 by hairrestoration

Barbie Pascal

Hair Restoration Specialists

In 1975, Dr. Norwood created a scale to depict the stages of hair loss in men.  Not to be confused with a similar scale, known as the Savin scale, depicting the stages of hair loss in women, who lose hair in an entirely different pattern.

norwood scale


  1. No distinguishable hair loss
  2. Gradual hair loss, usually forming a wedge shape
  3. Pronounced receding in the frontal/temporal region
  4. Drastic receding, balding beginning at the crown of the head
  5. Same as level 4 with reduced density between active hair follicles
  6. A band of hair loss forming a bridge between the sides of the head
  7. Marked loss beginning at the base of the head, extending to both sides of the head above the ears

If you are experiencing excessive hair loss, visit the experts at Hair Restoration Specialists for a free consultation.  Our specialists can recommend solutions to help you find the look you want.


Common Mistakes that Lead to Hair Loss

Posted on: March 22nd, 2016 by hairrestoration

Barbie Pascal

Hair Restoration Specialists

Have you ever looked at your comb, brush, and pillow or clothing and wondered why you are losing hair?  Experts will tell us that “normal” hair loss for the average person is between 60 and 100 hairs per day.  Bottom line, your scalp and hair follicles are delicate and need TLC.  If you are looking to minimize your hair loss, here are a few things to consider:

DAILY SHAMPOOING/CONDITIONING– While we encourage daily bathing, it is actually not necessary, even damaging to shampoo or condition daily.  Shampoo can be harsh and degrades the organic structure of our hair follicles.  Conditioner, which by design coats the hair, can also suffocate our hair follicles, and prevent new growth, if overused.

STYLING PRODUCTS– Styling products like hair gels, pomades and hair sprays tend to remove the natural oils we need to promote hair stability.  Experts tell us to cut back on the use of styling products, or avoid them entirely.

CHEAP PRODUCTS– In the world of health and beauty, you get what you pay for.  We recommend that you don’t skimp when it comes to selecting your hair products.  Some of the less expensive hair care products add extra chemicals and scents to their ingredients which can damage your scalp and delicate hair follicles.  If you want to minimize hair loss, opt instead for more natural ingredients or turn to your salon for volumizing or thickening products, and use sparingly.

OVERSTIMULATION– The old wives tale about brushing your hair 100 times per day to distribute the natural oils from your scalp appears to be ill-advised.  Over brushing or combing your hair will, in fact, stress your scalp and hair follicles and accelerate hair loss.  If possible, gently finger comb your hair, and when necessary, use a wide toothed comb.  Never brush wet hair.

LONG HAIR– If you wear your hair long, the weight of your long locks is undoubtedly putting pressure on your roots, leading to increased hair loss.  Experts tell us that if you want a thicker head of hair, talk to your salon to find a shorter style that flatters your facial contours.

OVERDRYING– Hair follicles need tender loving care if we want to keep them healthy, promote growth and prevent shedding.  After a shower, it is recommended that we pat dry our hair, gently sopping up excess moisture.  Vigorous towel drying causes unnecessary stress on our hair follicles, and wet hair is when our hair is at its most fragile.  Avoid blow drying hair to prevent hair from becoming over dry and brittle.  If blow drying cannot be avoided, use the cool air option on most blow dryers.

PONYTAILS, BRAIDS AND CAPS– Ponytails, especially tight ones, will cause stress to your hair follicles causing hair loss.  If you choose to wear your hair in a ponytail, select a band that does not expose the rubber or elastic to prevent excess pulling, and opt for a loose ponytail.  Baseball caps and tight hats will put extra pressure on your scalp, and don’t let your scalp breathe.  The extra heat can lead to hair loss.  A good rule of thumb to remember is to avoid pushing, pulling or extra friction, if you want to keep the hair you have.

STRESS– Hair falls out, and is perfectly normal under the best of circumstances.  If you notice excessive hair loss, rather than stressing out over it, which can lead to increased hair loss, simply look at your daily hair care habits and change things accordingly.

DIET– Ensure that your diet is balanced and includes protein and vitamins like Iron and Vitamin B, which are both essential for healthy hair.  A balanced diet will keep your hair resilient and hydrated.  Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.

Now you have a game plan to slow down your hair loss.  If you continue to notice excessive hair loss, even after adopting these suggestions, visit a hair restoration expert like the team at Hair Restoration Specialists for additional options.  Consultations are free, and you will find plenty of options to address your concerns.