Alopecia areata (aka alopecia) is a disorder that causes hair loss. The amount of hair loss can range form a few isolated spots of hair loss on the scalp to a more extensive loss of hair. While the exact cause is unknown, it’s usually considered to be an auto-immune disorder, where a person’s immune system winds up attacking their hair follicles. Alopecia was recently brought into the spotlight after the Will Smith/Chris Rock incident at the 94th Academy Awards. Chris Rock made a joke regarding Jada’s shaved head, which led to an altercation.
The holidays can be a time of stress and anxiety. Many of us attempt the "fake it 'til you make it" approach to get through the holidays. You may even have your loved ones convinced by that brave face you wear all season. But you can’t fool your own body, and holiday stress can cause hair loss to worsen. Putting off your own well-being means you’re less likely to get around to it. And the longer you wait, the more expensive your hair loss solution will need to be. Start reclaiming your life and living for you.
I went back and told Mary what had just happened. She was shocked and immediately started crying… I was crying and Lorena was crying! I walked out for a moment and asked them to please meet her. I sincerely felt it would help all of them. Sally came in and Lorena introduced them to each other. They hugged and Sally told Mary through her tears how sorry she was for her suffering. Lorena and I were hugging and crying. Then Sally’s husband came in and in fluent Spanish, he talked to Mary. It was beautiful.
"I started losing my hair in middle school which was very embarrassing. Many of my classmates at that time were really mean, which motivated me to search for any solutions available. By high school, I was taking Finasteride and Minoxidil together which had completely restored all of the hair I had lost. I continued to take this combination throughout college. As I got older, the effectiveness decreased. I stopped taking it about 5 years ago, which led to significant amounts of hair loss. I needed another solution. That’s when I learned about Shanna Moll and her studio."
"I'm lucky and grateful for my prognosis, but there is still a shortage of resources when it comes to permanent hair loss from cancer treatment. Every time I looked in the mirror, I was reminded of the toll that cancer had taken. I didn’t feel young, or like myself, so I started looking for help. I was blown away to find that Refined Hair is one of two places in all of Texas that’s certified for CNC hair systems. Shanna treated me with a lot of care and concern, and she made me feel that she was truly invested in me from the moment I met her. She wanted to make sure that I had a hair solution without compromise, and that’s what we were able to do."
"My mother has always had very thick, straight hair. So to see the waves come through was delightful for both of us. She’s not alone. Many women experience a temporary change in texture from straight to curly — known as chemo curls — and even color in their post-chemotherapy hair growth. As the chemotherapy drugs slowly leave the body and hair regrowth begins, changes in hair texture and color can occur. Generally, these changes are not permanent — as in the case of my mother whose hair returned to its very straight texture, much to her disappointment."
"I started to notice my hair was thinning on top when I was in college. I began using a powder to cover up some of the sparseness, but that got all over my bathroom and face. I also used Rogaine for a long time, but only a few hairs actually grew from that. A hair replacement center in Dallas told me that I didn’t have enough hair and, for almost 3 years I let them shave all my hair and put me in a full-cap wig. I obsessed over my hair – all I’ve ever wanted was to feel normal, to not itch all the time, to not worry about it looking like a wig. I was about to give up when I found Shanna."
"I lost all my hair and 25 pounds. I gained the weight back, but I ended up with some permanent hair loss and my hair was thin and damaged looking. I struggled along with barely-there hair, but then I met Shanna. My experience with her has been amazing! She is passionate about her work and it shows in how she treats her clients. Shanna tries to find the right solution for each client. I have used the Cesare Ragazzi CNC® System for almost 6 weeks now... a huge pro is that I have a full head of pretty, shiny hair that looks like my natural (younger) hair."
Ensuring that your body receives the proper nutrients is vital to staying healthy, but did you know that a nutrient deficiency can actually affect your hair and scalp health as well? Most people don’t realize the role certain vitamins and minerals play in follicle health, and how incorporating those nutrients into your diet may help alleviate some of the common hair issues people face. We thought it was important to share the nutrients that help keep your hair healthy and strong.
"While I had helped many clients with thinning hair through my expertise in hair extensions, I started feeling drawn towards helping those with profound hair loss. I noticed an increasing number of people coming in with severely thinning hair and realized two things. First, I felt a tremendous amount of gratitude to be able to help people in much more serious situations than some of my usual clients who just needed a cut or color. Second, that if I was really serious about specializing in hair loss solutions, I needed to receive training. And so began the start of my journey in helping those with hair loss solutions and I’ve loved every day more than the last!"
Refined Hair is proud to work with Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories (CR Labs), an established leader in the field of hair and scalp disorders and the development of effective hair loss solutions. CR Labs recognizes the need to treat your scalp the way you do your skin – with great care. Before beginning treatment on a client, we first examine the scalp and hair, and we take into account diet, lifestyle and medical history. Then we start working on the end goal – bringing new life to the hair!
August is a special month for us because it brings to light an autoimmune disease that is often not recognized: Alopecia. A healthy immune system protects you from disease and infection by attacking organisms that cause problems. Alopecia attacks healthy hair follicles, causing the hair to fall out. Some scientists suspect that genetics may contribute to the development of Alopecia. They also believe that certain environmental factors trigger Alopecia in people that are genetically predisposed to it.