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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 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 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!



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.