At The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis provide men and women with a wide variety of hair restoration treatments, ranging from prescription and topical medications to full surgical hair transplant procedures. However, we also understand that most patients, if given the choice, would prefer not to have experienced any hair loss in the first place. That is why we also investigate the latest and most effective hair loss prevention measures. Patients who have just started to experience hair loss, or those who fear that they may be prone to suffering hair loss in the future, can avail themselves of specific styling recommendations and advanced treatment options to help keep their hair thick and full for as long as possible.
Hair Styling Recommendations
Board-certified dermatologist and hair loss specialist Dr. Ashley Curtis explains, in this instructional hair care video, some hair care practices that can help you avoid excessive hair loss. She suggests that minimizing the amount of heat that is applied to your hair, in the form of curling irons, flat irons, and hair dryers, can make a big difference in the quality of your hair by reducing hair breakage and dryness. When washing, try to use sulfate-free shampoos, which do not damage the hair shaft, and avoid thickening shampoos, which only give the illusion of thicker hair while increasing the risk of breakage. Use conditioners and oils on the hair rather than those that are meant to be applied to the scalp directly in order to protect the hair cuticles, which are most susceptible to breakage. Finally, you should generally try to avoid tight hairstyles that place constant tension on the hair follicles, like complex braids, pony tails, and sewn-in hair pieces, as they can result in traction alopecia, a condition that can potentially cause permanent damage to the scalp and thinning along the frontal hair line.
Advanced Hair Restoration Treatment Options
One of the most effective treatments we use to maintain the hair on the head and prevent further thinning is red light laser therapy, which uses focused, red-spectrum light to increase the energy production around the hair follicles and awaken the cells from dormancy into an active growth phase. We offer two forms of red light therapy at the Griffin Center, in-office treatments with a hood-type device (similar to the commercial hair dryers you might find at a hair salon) or at-home treatments with either the iGrow® device or the LaserCap®, which is small enough to be worn under an ordinary baseball cap. Regardless of the method you choose, treatments typically last 15-30 minutes and should be performed two to four times per week for maximum effectiveness. Finally, we have also had a great deal of success injecting Platelet Rich Plasma, a concentrated solution of the patient’s own blood platelets, directly into the scalp. Not only does this cause shrinking hair follicles to become healthier and larger, but it also accelerates the transition of the hair follicle from the dormant telogen state back to the actively growing anagen state, which encourages fuller hair growth and reduces the necessary recovery time after hair restoration surgery.
If you fear that you may be starting to experience hair loss, please contact The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research or the Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss to schedule a consultation. Don’t forget to follow us on the Griffin Center Facebook page, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news in hair restoration and research.