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How to Rejuvenate Your Scalp & Slow Hair Loss
Updated: Mar 29, 2022
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Hair loss is frustrating, and like many medical conditions, there is often more than one potential cause. The reasons we struggle with hair loss will vary from person to person. Some of the most common root causes of hair loss and thinning are aging, stress, diet, genetics, and hair treatments.
What Causes Hair Loss & Hair Thinning?
As we age, our bodies change. Life events such as childbirth and pregnancy and hormonal changes that come with menopause and the aging process impact how the hair grows. Hormonal changes can temporarily or permanently impact hair growth. Also, with age, the immune system changes, leading to hair loss and thinning.
Genetics or family history are the most common causes of hair loss with aging. There are several conditions, like androgenic alopecia, which occurs with age and leads to thinning hair in men and women. Others include, telogen effluvium and alopecia areata.
Stress and diet will also affect healthy hair growth. When someone experiences a stressful event, hair thinning can occur for several months after the event. In most cases, this type of hair loss is temporary. Similarly, dietary impacts of hair loss are generally temporary and alleviated with appropriate nutritional changes.
For women, excessive hair treatments (bleaching, styling, chemical treatments, tight ponytails, etc.) place significant stress on the hair follicles, leading to thinning and loss. Depending on the level of damage, this type of hair loss can be permanent.
What is Scalp Rejuvenation?
While healthy, vibrant hair receives most of the attention, our scalp, which is a vital component to achieving healthy hair, doesn't often receive the care it needs. Similar to the skin on other body areas, the scalp is made up of layers of tissue.
The deepest or lowest layers are newer and therefore healthier, whereas the outermost layers often consist of essentially dead cells that are ready to shed. Scalp rejuvenation procedures help your scalp effectively complete the process of exchanging dead, unhealthy tissue for new and healthy cells.
How Can I Rejuvenate My Scalp?
Outside of hair loss linked to disease or other conditions that lead to permanent loss, hair will often grow back with time. However, it can take many months, and waiting can sometimes be difficult. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to encourage new hair growth. These range from simple, non-invasive (or minimally invasive ) things like diet and scalp treatments to more in-depth interventions like medications and transplants.
Hydrafacial Keravive Treatments For Hair Growth
Hydrafacial Keravive hair restoration treatments are a new treatment from The Hydrafacial Company.
Keravive treatments are a three-step process. The steps work together to enhance scalp health by:
Hydrating tired and damaged scalp tissue.
It's like a detox for your scalp that removes dead skin cells and promotes the growth of natural hair.
Treatments are highly effective, and some patients report reduced itchiness, dryness, and flakiness in just one treatment. Approximately 75% of patients report improved hair fullness after the entire course of treatment.
This treatment should be the first line of defense for anyone starting to lose hair or who are developing bald patches.
Microneedling With PRP for Hair Growth
PRP Microneedling treatments (or platelet-rich plasma) use a patient’s own blood injected into the scalp to stimulate healthy hair growth. PRP injections work on specific areas of the hair follicle, specifically on the follicle's stem cells. Microneedling with platelet-rich plasma applied to the scalp has shown benefits to scalp rejuvenation and hair growth.
Hair transplants are another option for hair replacement; however, not all hair transplant options are approved (or available) for use in the United States. Unfortunately, some of the most successful aren't at this time.
Two common transplant procedure types are FUT and FUE. FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant) procedures involve a surgeon removing a piece of "donor skin” from another area of the head.
The follicles on the donor strip are used to graft healthy follicles onto the location of the scalp where growth is desired. FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) also uses follicle grafts from other areas of the head. In this case, the grafts are taken using a small tool that removes small circular samples.
Both procedures have a list of pros and cons and a chance of side effects. This should all be discussed with your provider to decide if a transplant procedure is right for you.
Laser Therapy for Hair Growth
Laser therapy procedures irradiate photos into scalp cells, encouraging cell growth. Laser procedures are considered safe and effective and far less invasive than transplant procedures. Although studies have shown effectiveness and improved hair growth, more research is needed on this option for thinning hair and hair loss treatment.
Professional Hair Care
Contact your local hair salon for their professional suggestions on the best hair products and tools to use to minimize the appearance of hair loss or thinning hair. You may also want to consider changing the treatments you use on your hair. For example, stop at home coloring, bleaching, perming or relaxing.
If these services or products are desired, seek out help from a professional salon where they can examine your scalp and hair and provide suggestions on the safest and most effective products for your hair care needs. You should also reduce pressure on your scalp and hairline by avoiding tight buns, ponytails, and braids. It is also helpful to limit your use of hot tools (blow dryers, curling irons, etc.) and avoid twisting your hair around your finger.
In addition, to help from a professional hair salon or the team at a med spa, there are things you can do at home to help your hair. First, if you are a smoker, now may be a great time to seek help to quit. Smoking leads to inflammation in all areas of the body and can worsen hair thinning and loss, regardless of other measures you take to protect your hair.
It is also helpful to remember that your diet affects your entire body, including your scalp and hair.
What Should i Do to Improve my Scalp Health?
Make sure you are getting enough vital nutrients by eating enough calories through healthy, balanced meals. Eating things like vegetables, whole grains, foods high in protein and iron, and reducing unsaturated fats can be highly beneficial for hair health.
Also, although it may be easier said than done, find ways to reduce stress. High levels of stress can worsen hair thinning and loss. If possible, find time each day to practice stress reduction techniques. Not only will this benefit your hair, but your physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
Science suggests everyone loses approximately 100 strands of hair per day. For most, these strands of hair are replaced quickly by healthy, new strands. However, for those with thinning hair or hair loss, this is not the case. If you struggle with thinning hair and are unsure where to turn, contact our Medical Spa at Clique Med Spa today to learn more about our range of scalp care treatments designed to help reduce hair thinning and loss.