Hair Loss – Menopause’s Dirty Little Secret and How to Fix it

Posted by Kelly Nipper WTS on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 @ 10:25 AM

Hair loss recovery menopause women web.jpgWe all know that menopause can come with a multitude of not so pleasant symptoms. Women know about hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, weight gain, and lack of energy. Those are commonly talked about and somewhat expected.

For a lot of women though one of the most shocking, traumatic, and sadly least discussed, symptoms of menopause is hair loss. Roughly forty percent of women experience hair loss during or after menopause, and most of the time they are at a complete loss about why it’s happening or what they can do about it. Learn more menopausal hair loss and get free consult from an expert.

Female Pattern Hair Loss and Menopause

Whether it is labeled as female pattern hair loss, hormonal hair loss, or Androgenic Alopecia (the fancy medical term that simply means genetic hair loss), it is all related to one thing: hormones - specifically estrogen and testosterone. To get very specific, hair loss associated with menopause is a genetic sensitivity of the hair follicle to DHT, or dihydrotestosterone, which is what the body converts testosterone into.

This genetic sensitivity can occur anywhere between the frontal hair line and the crown area, and for women usually results in a slow progression of diffuse thinning throughout the area.


But why does it happen during or after menopause?


Because estrogen protects the hair follicles between the frontal hair line and crown area from DHT, and estrogen levels significantly decline during menopause and after. More simply, women lose their “estrogen buffer.” After puberty and up to their mid-thirties, women have relatively high levels of estrogen and much lower levels of testosterone and DHT.

As women get older estrogen levels naturally begin to decline, while testosterone levels generally stay the same. If a woman has the genetic trait for DHT sensitivity, depending on how sensitive her hair follicles are, menopause is usually the time she starts to notice thinning.

For most women, it is a gradual process not usually accompanied by an increased amount of shedding. For some women, however, especially those whose doctors put them on hormone replacement therapy with testosterone included, the thinning can be rapid and very traumatic.

It is at this point when women start to notice a difference in the volume of their hair, and many of them start to feel embarrassed, ashamed, self-conscious, or hopeless that there is anything they can do to reverse the unexpected onslaught of hair loss.

Do not lose hope! There are effective ways to slow down and stop the thinning associated with female pattern hair loss, and achieve regrowth.
For our client’s pattern hair loss, we have found that combining the following therapies provides the most effective regrowth when used correctly:

  • Natural Hormonal Support – Naturally supporting estrogen, through the use of phytoestrogens like black cohosh and evening primrose, safely replaces the “estrogen buffer” to protect hair follicles from DHT. This slows down and stops the thinning process.
  • Topical Scalp Stimulation – To effectively grow new hair and improve the thickness of existing hairs it is important to consistently and continually provide stimulation to keep the follicles working and overcome DHT impact.
  • Low Level Laser Stimulation – Laser stimulation is recommended to increase circulation to the scalp and improve the rate of regrowth by increasing energy production in the cells of the hair follicles.
  • Nutritional Support – A complete multivitamin specific to hair growth is suggested to ensure there are no nutritional deficiencies that may prohibit growth, and provide the hair follicles with all of the necessary components to regrow strong healthy hair.

Learn more about the Evolution Hair Loss Institute program to treat menopausal hair loss or simply call 480-222-4247 to book a consultation.

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However, effective hair loss treatment is not a “one size fits all” scenario. In addition to the above recommendations, it is also important to make sure that health or lifestyle is not contributing to loss or thinning, or a lack of healthy regrowth. High stress, poor diet, lack of sleep or exercise, and many prescription medications can have a negative impact on hair health overall. As can illnesses, thyroid imbalances, vitamin deficiencies, and poor scalp conditions.

It is not unusual for women to become overwhelmed about what to do, or how to determine the best course of action. This is where we come in, and it is probably no surprise that over fifty percent of our clients, both in our clinic and around the country, are women.

During a consultation, either in our clinic or over the phone, we look at a woman’s overall health history, family history, and lifestyle to determine what the cause or causes of hair loss are. The majority of the time we recommend some blood tests to rule out thyroid issues, vitamin or iron deficiencies, or high testosterone levels.

Once we have all of the necessary information we can make effective, individualized recommendations to slow down and stop the thinning process and get the fastest amount of regrowth in the shortest amount of time. We have become very familiar with how to effectively treat female pattern hair loss, and women all over the country are having success with our individualized recommended treatment programs.


Call 480-222-4247 to book your free phone or clinical consultation for successful menopausal hair loss today!


Author: Kelly Nipper WTSKelly tricho head shot.jpg
Trichologist with Evolution Hair Loss Institute

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Natural DHT Blockers that Work!

Posted by William Gaunitz on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 @ 06:34 PM

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Suffering from hair loss is a terrible situation for many people. It changes the way you view yourself and can lead to depression or loss of self-esteem. Due to this, many of us look for natural solutions to combat hair loss such as nutritional supplementation. For those suffering from Genetic hair loss, the
use of a dihydrotestosterone or DHT blocker supplement can be the best way to prevent genetic loss of hair. Blocking the conversion of testosterone to DHT is not only known to prevent balding but also preventing cancer of the prostate glands in many cases. Many shampoos, vitamins and some other pills that prevent hair loss are being sold in the markets today. They are believed to stop the conversion of testosterone into DHT. However, their effectiveness is not yet proven, so it is up to the individuals to run their own trial and error.


I have found the Best DHT Blocking herbs and vitamins evaluated all of the ingredients. There is only one DHT Blocker vitamin available today that includes all of these herbs and vitamins in once formula. That product is the DHT Blocker with Immune Support by Advanced Trichology.


A DHT-blocker in the hair world is a term used to refer to many products whose main aim is to prevent the DHT from binding to the hair follicles which may eventually become dormant and stop growing hair. DHT-blocker is composed of a number of ingredients with each element playing a very vital role in preventing hair loss.

The following ingredients are known to be the best available herbs and vitamins known to blocker DHT:


Saw Palmetto Berry Extract. This herb should be standardized to contain 45% Fatty Acids. Saw Palmetto is a plant with small berries and is widely used by people especially the Native Americans for medicine and food for many years. Research shows that Saw palmetto is the fastest growing health product with over 65 million users. It is proven to be the most trusted friend in your pursuit of wellbeing and best hair growth. In a small study in 2006, 6 out of 10 participants gave a feedback of how much saw palmetto had promoted their hair growth. It is the best natural DHT blocker compared to results obtained from comparing it with finasteride, used in a similar way. Research has proven that this is the most useful herb in preventing loss of hair. It is also mostly used in keeping prostates healthy in men. An extract from this plant is estimated to block 5-alpha-reducatase; an enzyme that is believed to convert testosterone to DHT. Researchers claim that saw palmetto could be used to prevent hair loss in both men and women, with positive results of sixty percent success. Although Saw Palmetto is considered to be safe, it is not advisable for children. Only minor side effects have been linked with the use of this extract including temporary stomach pains. However, this can be prevented when using probiotics with this extract. Any DHT blocker with saw palmetto and probiotics as an ingredient is therefore highly recommended because it gives the best results ever as compared to those without.


Green Tea Leaf Extract is another ingredient. It is standardized to contain 90% Polyphenols, 60% Catechins, and 45% EGCG which is believed to block the formation of DHT. It is also proved to reduce the concentration of DHT and testosterone in the blood. Green Tea is extracted from the leaves of Camellia Sinensis. It is hard to believe that Green tea can control hair loss but those who have used it have a new story to tell because the results are so pleasing. If you are after strengthening your hair, don’t look for anything else but a DHT blocker with Green Tea as an ingredient. It is beneficial in that it facilitates blood circulation and distribution of hormones in the body. Good blood circulation translates into a healthier body and a healthy body and scalp results in healthy hair follicles, and this leads to improved hair growth. Green tea is a good DHT blocker with no harmful side effects. There no reported negative results from the use of Green Tea long term. It is proved to be a natural method that can stimulate the hair to grow again and improve the strength and thickness of the hair that has regrown. Those who have used Green Tea have reported positive results. Apart from preventing hair loss, Green Tea is known to minimize the risk of developing cancer, kidney stones, and heart disease. It also prevents diabetes through improving the sensitivity of insulin and glucose tolerance. It is effective in lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and fat level together with facilitating loss of body weight. A study conducted by Saitama Cancer Centre researchers got results that showed that Green Tea could heal a tumor that is implicated in cancer which has effects on hair loss.


Stinging Nettle is a herb that is believed to reduce prostate swelling effectively. Its roots have been seen to control hair loss very efficiently and within a short period. It is also used to control some diseases such as arthritis, joint pains, insect bites and anemia. Extracts of nettle roots are used to treat enlarged prostate glands by preventing the production of DHT. Several shampoos also contain this extract. Stinging Nettle is not advisable for those who are expectant. A researcher by the name R.Hartman showed that extracts of stinging nettle were capable of blocking enzyme 5a-reductase, which converts testosterone to DHT and thus preventing hair loss.


L-Lysine is an amino acid that assists in rebuilding protein structures like keratin in your skin and hair. L-Lysine is not a DHT blocker, but it is added to DHT blockers to make them more effective. When combined with DHT inhibitors, it promotes hair growth particularly in people suffering from androgenetic alopecia. Research shows that when L-Lysine is used with Propecia, it provides better results than with Propecia alone. It may assist in controlling anxiety and improve the immune function.


Grape Seed Extract is another great natural DHT blocker that contains vitamin E and OPCs which stop hair loss and improve hair growth. It is standardized to contain 95% of proanthocyanidins which prevents the changing of testosterone into DHT. It is also used in the treatment of other diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, skin cancer, and tooth decay. It has been shown to stimulate wound healing and offer protection to the liver. It helps in hair growth through lowering the amount of DHT in the hair follicles. It also slows down the process of growing old and makes one look younger and healthy. It is available in both liquid and capsules in many pharmacies and health food stores. A recent study conducted by researchers from Japan proved the viability of Grape Seed extract as a DHT Blocker.DHT_Blocker_herbs.jpg

Pygeum Bark Extract is closely related to hair loss and prostate health. It is rich in fatty acids and has been used as traditional medicine alternative to treat prostate conditions. It also contains chemicals that help in shrinking the prostate relieving the body from diseases such as poor urine flow. It is believed to provide DHT suppression thus giving the hair follicles the ability to sustain thick and healthy hair. For this reason, Pygeum been noted as a core DHT blocker. A book by the name “The Nourishment for Good Skin: Policies for Clinical and Cosmetic Practice” authored by Jean Krutmann, a professor at a university in Germany proved that pygeum inhibits enzyme 5a-reductase.


Pumpkin Seed Extract has been shown to break down DHT via the liver. These seeds are perfect in maintaining a healthy hair for women and improving prostate health and hair in a man. It contains beta-sitsterol which inhibits the release of enzyme 5-alpha-reductase which changes testosterone to DHT. Raw pumpkin is rich in proteins and minerals which offer some benefits against prevention of hair loss and prostate problems. Studies reveal that pumpkin seeds can do wonders to your hair.

Probiotics refer to the good bacteria that live in gut creating healthy a digestive system. They help move food through the gut helping our body by boosting the immune system, preventing and treating digestive tract infections, and fight food-borne illnesses. They also prevent hair loss through improving the absorption of vitamins, minerals, and herbs in the small intestine. Probiotics support a healthy scalp which stimulates the growth of thick and nourished hair.

Conclusion
It is clear that solutions have been found to curb hair loss. The several ingredients discovered revolve around inhibiting the production of enzyme 5-alpha-reductase which facilitates the conversion of testosterone into DHT. The introduction of DHT blockers is proven to be beneficial to individuals. Apart from preventing hair loss, these extracts are of great importance to our bodies since the help in preventing more other dangerous ailments.
For the best results used all of the ingredients together in a formula called the DHT Blocker with Immune Support by Advanced Trichology.

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Platelet Rich Plasma for Hair Loss?

Posted by William Gaunitz on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

Whether it’s genetic, due to an underlying medical disorder, dietary deficiency, stress, or simply poor hair care; hair loss is a major concern these days.

In a world of so many hair loss treatment options, PRP is becoming increasing popular as celebrities and physicians are using it more and more to improve hair density and reverse the impact of thinning hair. Find a PRP Medical Center

Platelet Rich Plasma has already been used for many years by sportsmen like Tiger Woods and Rafael Nadal to treat chronic injuries and sprains. But now PRP therapy has been shown success in the hair loss arena as well.  Let us throw some light on what the therapy is and how it can help.

What is PRP?

PRP, platelet rich plasma, autologous platelet gel, platelet concentrate (PC) Platelet_Rich_Plasma_draw_for_hair_growth.jpgand plasma rich in growth factors (PRGF) are all names for an extremely effective and therapeutic option that has long been used to encourage healing of muscle, ligament and tendon injuries.

You’ve heard the name PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma, but what is it? It’s a product of your very own blood and is critical to blood clotting.

Blood contains the major components;

  • Plasma
  • Red blood cells
  • White blood cells
  • Platelets

To explain, the term ‘platelet rich plasma’ means blood plasma richer in platelets as compared to normal/usual blood, which naturally makes it richer in growth factors by 5-10 times. Healthy blood has cell ratios of around 6% platelets; however platelet rich plasma has a concentration of 94%.

Platelets play a key role in hemostasis and are a natural source of growth factors [1]. Here’s the list;

  • Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)
  • Insulin-like growth factor (IGF)
  • Platelet-derived angiogenic factor (PDAF)
  • Transforming growth factors (TGF-beta)
  • Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)

Bottom line: PRP is the autologous blood with above-baseline concentration of platelets as well as at least seven growth factors (responsible for the PRP therapeutic effect). 

History of Platelet Rich Plasma

Growth factors have been in discussion since 1900’s, with the PRP therapy’s use reported as early as 1970’s. Around the year 2000, the treatment extended to orthopedics, with the first ever successful human study claiming a positive role of PRP in chronic tendon issues.

With advancement in technology and smaller more portable machines available, physicians can now create a PRP from a small sample of patient’s blood. Further clinical studies are now being conducted to establish the role of therapy in various aspects.

One such study reported a significant reduction in hair loss in a team of eleven patients suffering from androgenic alopecia related hair loss resistant to treatment with minoxidil and finasteride. After the fourth session, 9 out of 11 patients showed improvement in hair growth. 

How is the PRP used?

The procedure of using PRP for hair loss is as simple. The 20- minute procedure involving the following steps results has shown excellent results for thousands of patients;

  • Patient’s blood is drawn while scalp is being numbed
  • Blood is centrifuged till it separates into three layers (Platelet Poor Plasma, Platelet Rich Plasma, and Red/White blood cells.)
  • Hard spin/first spin separates  platelet poor plasma from the red fraction and PRP
  • Soft spin/second spin separates red fraction and PRP depositing latter at the bottom of the tube
  • In some cases before application, an activator (topical bovine thrombin and 10% calcium chloride) is added to elicit the clotting cascade, and resulting in the formation of platelet gel.
  • the PRP at a concentration of 3-5 times is injected into the scalp at various and specific points using a fine needle.
  • additional micro needling the area after injection of PRP how shown to improve results.

Bottom line: the treatment has a lack of adverse reactions and totally natural looking results. 

How does it Work? How does the therapy trigger hair growth?

Apart from the factors mentioned, platelets tend to secrete/release a number of substances that also aid in wound healing and other regenerative processes. The growth factors activate stem cells in the bulge area of follicles, encourage the growth of existing hair, as well as the encourage the formation of microvascular networks improving circulation and eventually providing with the nutrients required for hair growth. 

Is PRP Therapy Effective?

 YES,  PRP has shown promise for hair loss, but clinical studies have proven the effectiveness of the therapy in several other aspects,such as:

  • PRP is most effective in chronic tendon injuries
  • Acute sports injuries involving muscles and ligaments
  • During certain surgeries to encourage healing
  • Enhances bone regeneration [2] 

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PRP therapy for hair loss has gained immense popularity recently due to the following benefits:

  • A non-invasive technique, no down time
  • Autologous (it’s your own blood)
  • Minimal adverse reactions (chances of developing adverse reactions is less because it’s your own blood)
  • Usual shows result in as little as 3-4 months
  • Very quick procedure lasting less than one hour

Typically 2-3 sessions are performed in the desired area within the 4- 6 months. Then booster treatments are performed every six months to one year thereafter.  Other hair loss treatment therapies like LLLT, minoxidil, nutritional supplements can be added for even better results. 

Who is a Candidate?

For individuals with less than ten years of hair loss or those who have thinning hair from androgenic alopecia, are going to be the best candidates.  (male pattern baldness) [3]. 

Where to get the PRP Procedure? 

To learn more and to find out if you are a candidate for PRP for Hair Loss Treatment, call Evolution Hair Loss Institute at 480-222-4247 for your free consultation.


Evolution Hair Loss Institute offers the latest in PRP for hair loss along with Low-Level Laser Therapy for maximum results. All PRP procedures are performed by Dr. Brooke Blumetti DO, Board Certified Dermatologist.

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Laser Hair Therapy and How to Use it Correctly for Hair Growth: Presented by William Gaunitz, WTS

Posted by William Gaunitz on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 @ 03:22 PM

 

William Gaunitz speaks in Chicago Illinois at the International Association of Trichology Conference 2016. William spoke about the use of low-level laser therapy for hair growth as well as best practices to ensure the highest quality of end result.

William also discusses overstimulation and risks of laser as well as use of product, detoxification, and minoxidil to improve the results of laser hair growth.

This 30 minute video is extremely educational and takes the reviewer through a history of low-level laser therapy devices in the United States. If you are interested in learning more about the level laser therapy for hair regrowth, you should watch this video and it's entirety.

To learn more or to hair a consultation regarding Low Level Laser Therapy for hair growth, Book a Free Consultation

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Does the iGrow Laser Work? Explained by Trichologist William Gaunitz

Posted by William Gaunitz on Mon, May 16, 2016 @ 04:00 PM

 

Transcription for iGrow Laser Reviewed and Explanation video:

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Hi. My name is William Gaunitz, founder of Evolution Hair Loss Institute and Advanced Trichology. Today I really want to talk to you about the iGrow laser.

We have been using the iGrow laser now since 2011 for many of our at-home programs. Quite frankly, I think the iGrow laser doesn't get as much credit as it deserves because it has a limited number of diodes and LEDs. There are other devices out there boasting 272 diodes or 224 diodes. More diodes certainly is not the be-all and end-all.

Today the iGrow is probably the most well recognized device in the industry. It is obviously a helmet device for hair regrowth. It operates with exactly 21 diodes and 30 LEDs. The 21 diodes is actually a good number for people who are just beginning to lose hair or individuals with dark coarse hair and those individuals who have not been losing hair for a long period of time basically. If you're losing hair for less than 5 years, you have dark coarse hair, or even a lot of sort of brown or medium brown hair, and again just beginning to lose it, this is a great device because you don't need a tremendous amount of stimulation to get hairs growing. You need the right amount of stimulation. I compare many cases to getting the right amount of energy to like hitting a baseball or hitting a golf ball. It's not more power. It's basically hitting the sweet spot and getting the optimal amount of energy to produce the result, and the iGrow is great for producing that I'd say probably about 70% of the time.

This device basically has a support system of small suction cups up top, 4 of those which actually just basically keep it suspended off of the scalp. There are also these little ear muffs which really are for stability more than anything else. You can't actually listen to music through them, but most of the time people are using them for stability. There are 5 settings on here, 3 men's settings and 2 women's settings. I usually only recommend the maximum settings, and then allow people to dial back the time as usual. The average person I recommend to use 20 minutes twice weekly to start, then normally after 90 days, you can increase it to 25 minutes twice weekly. Then if after a year or so you have used it and really haven't had optimal results, or have had optimal results and you need to take it up a notch, then you take it up to 3 times weekly.

I've used this protocol in conjunction with all of our products very, very successfully, and it is the most FDA-approved laser, meaning iGrow has 2 FDA clearances, one for men and one for women, based upon their own research. This is totally unique to every other at-home device that is a helmet. This is based upon their own clinical research, their own evidence that it works, and quite frankly after using it in practice for nearly 5 years now, I know it works. It's what I recommend continuously.

When you're using this, it's very, very simple. You simply power this on, simply hit this little power button, and then you will touch one of the heads, either male or female. I'm going to go ahead and hit the male, which is going to turn this on for 25 minutes. The lights are illuminated. There is a static beam and there is a pulsing beam going on in this. These are going to provide different levels of stimulation. Additionally, when you're done, it simply turns off, which is a very nice feature of this. It is wired, so obviously you need to be near a power outlet.

Again, this device in my opinion for about 70% of the people who use it, especially those with dark hair and dark skin, but also those who have not been losing hair for a long period of time, definitely less than 5 years, they will do very, very well with this device. I always stress it to be used in conjunction with all the right products, such as our products. Particularly, we have many kits that have the iGrow laser in it, so that all of that can be used successfully.

Please when you're choosing your laser device, know that more is not better. You need the optimal amount of energy to get the best result possible. By doing too much, you will actually either cause shedding or you will diminish results completely. Now also too little is not good, but you need just the right amount. Quite frankly, for 70% of the population, the iGrow is providing just the right amount.

I hope this is informative about this. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call our clinic.

Call 480-222-4247 to reach Evolultion Hair Loss Institute

 

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