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How to Achieve Great Looks With Alternative Hair

2021-10-08T10:23:10-05:00September 29th, 2021|

Freshen up your client's look. Read on for inspiration on the top trending hair looks that you can use to refresh your wig, topper, or alternative hairstyle.   Bangs, Bang and More Bangs While quarantine bangs might have seemed like a fad, stylists are still incorporating every single bang style into their current cuts. There are lots of bang options for everyone. In addition to the highly popular curtain bangs full bangs, shaggy bangs, wispy bangs, and even side bangs are practically everywhere right now. Curtain Bangs Not quite ready to make a permanent change? Check out clip-on bangs to get the bang look without the commitment. How to Achieve This Look Bangs work well on your natural hair as well as wigs, toppers or hair replacements. I love taking old wigs or toppers that have challenging front hairlines and cutting in a trendy bang. This gives a nice fresh look and eliminates the cost and hassle of fixing or repairing the front. It is advised to go to a stylist who is experienced in cutting alternative hair since the placement and density vary from natural hair. When cutting bangs it’s important to blend the bangs and remove weight with point-cutting techniques to create that natural, seamless look. The Shag 2021 is about the return of the shag. It requires a ton of layering, which helps to create texture for a cool, lived-in look. How to Achieve this Look Layering wigs and toppers create an illusion of volume and help frame your face. It also [...]

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This Ain’t Barbie Hair!

2021-10-08T10:12:29-05:00September 28th, 2021|

Just like the hair replacement industry offers “alternative hair solutions,” there are alternatives to human hair. Created fiber, alternative fiber and synthetic are all terms used to describe “non-human hair.” While semantics may be considered a marketing gimmick, consider how your client feels about something they perceive as unnatural. Synthetic fibers commonly used consist of modacrylic, polyvinyl chloride, polyester and nylon. Modacrylic (K7). Commonly used in wigs. Curling temperature 190 degrees F Replicates human hair denier Melting temperature 390 degrees F Moist heat Won’t absorb water Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). Very shiny by itself and common in costume or Cosplay wigs, and of course, Barbie doll hair. Curling temperature 190 degrees F Moist heat Won’t absorb water Polyester is also known as its marketing name of Futura. Curling temperature 250 degrees F Moist and dry heat Won’t absorb water Nylon is also known as cyberhair and vital hair. Made from nylon chips with color throughout. Curling temperature 320 degrees F to 365 degrees (depending on the type) Keeps factory-made textures and curl Replicates human hair shine Three times lighter than human hair Moist and dry heat Absorbs water like human hair Created hair fibers can often be worn right out of the box with little cutting and no styling. Synthetic hair fibers have "memory" for wave, curl and volume built into the fiber, which lets hair bounce back into place with minimal effort. Some synthetic fibers can even hold up in bad weather without frizzing. Wigs made from synthetic fibers typically last about three to six months, with nylon-made fibers [...]

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To Own or To Lease, That is the Question

2021-10-08T10:10:45-05:00September 28th, 2021|

Oftentimes a new company starting up doesn’t have the money to purchase property, especially in high-dollar areas. But after nine years in business, Kelly Nemitz, owner of The Hair Specialists in Hudson, Ohio, asked herself, “Why am I leasing?” She realized how expensive it was when she added up the money spent on monthly lease payments. That’s when she decided to look for a building to buy and an opportunity to be her own landlord. Nemitz Handel Stacey Handel, owner of Garde Bien Spa Salon in Knoxville, Tennessee, had a similar experience. She leased for 12 years when she first opened. “When I did the math, I saw that I had no equity for that 12 years of business.” She moved to her permanent location in 2011. This year she was able to purchase the adjacent space to renovate and expand. For these two business owners, owning property is not only the best choice for their business but also a great investment toward their future. With more than 40 years of experience, Handel says she has watched business ebb and flow. “I would have never guessed I’d be closing my doors because of a global illness.” However, the busy bus that started rolling after those shutdowns during the pandemic has not stopped. One thing is for sure, with all the changes from 2020 she says she’s learned to prepare for the unknown. “I can’t lie. When the adjacent space became available during a pandemic it was frightening and exciting! Prior to [...]

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Be the Brand

2021-10-08T10:11:44-05:00September 28th, 2021|

Many years ago there was a moderately funny movie called "Caddyshack" starring Chevy Chase, who was funny for 15 minutes. He was probably upset that although he got top billing, the movie was stolen by funnier actors like Bill Murray, Ted Knight and Rodney Dangerfield. Michael Suba But he did have one bit of advice that was worth noting. “Be the ball, Danny. Be the ball.” And no, its not the same as “Use the Force.” For business, it translates into “Be The Brand, Danny. Be The Brand.” You are the brand. Be it. Own it. Jealously guard it. My first exposure to this angle of marketing goes even farther back. In the 1970s there was a phenomenally successful men’s hairpiece wholesaler called New Man Hair. My father was the distributor for them in eastern Canada. He also retailed them in his Toronto salon, Continental Hair. I remember he had a large sign in the front window with their logo. It lit up so there was no way you could miss it. I still remember the names of the synthetic stock units — The Adolfo and The Triumph. It was a great time to be in the business as these things were flying off the shelves. But I remember when my father got a visit from someone from the head office. I was only about 15 at the time but my dad would insist I sit in on these business meetings. I guess he thought I would absorb something through osmosis. These guys knew their stuff. More pointedly, they knew my dad’s stuff. They had his sales [...]

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Regenerative Medicine: The Latest Generation is Here

2021-10-07T14:56:57-05:00July 12th, 2021|

“Exosome” is the new buzzword and rising star in the fields of regenerative medicine, stem cell research, as well as traditional medicine and pharmacology because exosomes represent the latest generation of naturally bioactive stem cell-based products for patient treatment. What is an exosome? Alan J Bauman, MD, ABHRS Exosomes or extracellular vesicles are tiny packets containing a wide range of cellular information, signals, and instructions that are created inside cells and secreted into their surroundings. They may be taken up by adjacent cells or travel to distant cells. Less than 1/1000 the size of a cell, typically ~100nm in diameter, they can be found in blood, urine, spinal fluid, and saliva. For many years, exosomes were considered responsible only for the transportation of cellular waste out of a cell–not very glamorous! More recently, however, they have been recognized for their critical role in intracellular communication in health and disease, with now more than 14,000 scientific articles appearing in the clinical literature within the past decade. Because of their potential, biotech companies focused on exosome therapeutics and diagnostics have received hundreds of millions of dollars of investments just within the past few years and the exosome field is projected to be a three billion dollar a year industry by the end of this decade. An undeniable trend in medical research since the 1990s has been away from a traditional pharmaceutical approach toward the concept of regenerative medicine – a way to restore normal function to that which has been damaged by disease, injured by [...]

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The Wind and Water Lifted My Success After a Difficult Diagnosis

2021-10-07T14:56:10-05:00July 12th, 2021|

Nazy Curtis I was diagnosed with alopecia at age 22, and like any diagnosis that doesn’t have a cure, I was in shock.  I felt hopeless but decided to do hundreds of cortisone shots, but nothing worked. There would always be a new patch. The next option was taking cortisone pills, which have many side effects including liver damage and moon face. I got the latter.  Being the only girl in the family, my mother kept asking, “Why, why my only daughter?” I responded, “Mom if it wasn’t me it would be someone else. Anyone could get this.” I decided to act positively in front of my family. I didn’t want to see the sadness in their eyes and of course, I tried to hide my hair loss from everyone else. Even up to today no one has seen me bald.  I was walking around as a young and enthusiastic new business owner with a moon face and shiny synthetic wig, promoting my new business. You can imagine the sick feeling I was carrying with me every day. Indescribable. Knowing that my hair will not ever come back, I decided to use my own wig-making experience to create my first wig. I sourced the best European human hair, designed my own cap with no glue or clips. It made me feel so much better. After all these years I still do not see myself bald. I know the world around us has changed. On Instagram and other social media, people talk openly about [...]

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Top Seven Questions About Laser Hair Loss Treatment

2020-10-20T12:34:32-05:00October 20th, 2020|

Laser hair therapy is one of the many options available to you when seeking solutions for your hair loss. It is a highly effective treatment for thinning hair and early stages of hair loss. However, many people worry about applying lasers to their scalp, as the treatment is highly advanced and can be intimidating. Here are the answers to some of the common questions that people have about laser hair therapy treatments to help you make an informed decision about treatment. 1. How Does Laser Hair Therapy Work? Laser Hair Therapy Treatments utilize a low level laser light which is a cold laser, meaning it is part of the red spectrum of electromagnetic radiation. This type of laser is coherent, meaning it travels in a straight line, and columnated, allowing a concentration of its beam to a defined location. These attributes, combined with its single wavelength, allow light to penetrate the scalp without a heating effect, damage, or side effects. This laser light is applied to the scalp in order to stimulate blood flow to your scalp and hair follicles. This light penetrates your scalp tissue where it stimulates microcirculation, which promotes healing and growth. 2. How is it Administered? The laser light can be administered at a hair loss clinic by certified professionals or from the comfort of your home. Typically, each treatment takes place in an 15-30 minute session. These sessions will take place 2-3 times per week for 6 months to 1 year. The laser is administered under a bonnet or head cap, or through [...]

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Expert Advice for Men Suffering from Hair Loss

2019-10-09T01:31:53-05:00October 8th, 2019|

Expert Advice for Men Suffering from Hair Loss Androgenetic alopecia or male pattern baldness can be unpredictable. While baldness is associated with age, men can start experiencing thinning hair as early as their twenties. The American Hair Loss Association reports that by age thirty-five, two in every three American men will have started experiencing hair loss; and by the time they reach fifty, 85% of men would have significantly thinning hair. While public perception about bald men has started to shift (recent studies reveal that people perceive bald men as more dominant, capable, and intelligent than men with thinning hair), the fact remains that not all could pull off a shaved head as well as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson or Sir Patrick Stewart. Additionally, men just prefer to have a full head of hair than sport a bald head. A survey in the United Kingdom revealed that 41% of men would rather be partially bald than entirely bald. Early studies also show that alopecia may result in psychological disorders, particularly anxiety and depression. It’s particularly true for men who suffer alopecia due to chemotherapy. Patients regard hair loss, whether partial or total, as one of the most traumatic effects of chemotherapy treatments. For these reasons, men of all ages and backgrounds search for hair restoration solutions that could give them thick, healthy locks. It’s more than an aesthetic matter for men; it’s also for them to regain the confidence to face people and make themselves be seen and heard by others. The Truth about Topical [...]

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Thyroid Disease and Hair Loss

2019-09-20T15:16:29-05:00September 20th, 2019|

Thyroid Disease and Hair Loss. Your thyroid controls a lot with your body. It’s main job is to regulate the hormone production in your system. If you are experiencing hair loss it might be because of your thyroid. If you have hair loss and suspect your thyroid as the culprit then you should talk to your doctor about options. Could Your Thyroid Be the Problem? There are many reasons for someone to develop hair loss. For many it may be hereditary while others it may be diet, stress or day to day lifestyle demands are the blame. Then there are those with thyroid issues. This small gland that is located at the base of your neck just above the color bone could be a big factor. If your doctor has ever mentioned to you that your hormones are not balanced, it is generally caused by a thyroid disease and one of the common symptoms is hair loss. There are some important things for you to know if you suffer from hair loss due to thyroid disease. The hair loss doesn’t have to be permanent. You may be able to improve your hormone levels and your thyroid function significantly. If this is done you may see your hair begin to grow back. So, how do you know if your thyroid is behind your hair loss? First, Consider What Thyroid Disease Is There are two types of thyroid disease. One is called hypothyroidism, and this occurs when the gland is overactive. While the other is called hyperthyroidism, [...]

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Are You Going to Lose Your Hair?

2020-06-19T19:00:29-05:00September 9th, 2019|

Are You Prone to Hair Loss? If you are beginning to get worried about the strands of hair you are finding on your hairbrush or in the shower drain, you are not alone. Everyone worries about losing their hair at some point. As we age it is natural for our hair to naturally thin. Not everyone will lose hair the same, as some people may lose more than others simply because of their genetics. When it comes to hair loss there are varying causes. It's possible for a person to be genetically predisposed to hair loss and also caused by something else. Here are some things that can make you more prone to hair loss: Diseases especially those of the thyroid. A prolonged thyroid imbalance can cause hair to thin all over the scalp. It can also cause hair loss on the arms and legs. Men and women that suffer from hypothyroidism can experience hair loss of this type. Trauma. If a person goes through an event that is very traumatic to them as a death in the family, a medial injury it is believed that the body diverts its efforts elsewhere while a person heals. Telogen effluvium is the term that is used to describe the medical trauma, shock or severe stress. The stress caused by the ordeal causes the hair follicles to go into a resting phase. Because of this the hair loss than can occur will happen in just a few months after the trauma. The hair loss is not permanent and [...]