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14Jun/120

Celebrity Hair Secrets

Celebrity Hair Secrets

With all the glitz and glamor, the tabloid stories, and the reality shows, it’s hard to remember that at the end of the day, famous actors and athletes are really just like you and me. Celebrities experience thinning hair, baldness, or just bad hair days. The difference is that they have a team of stylists – and a hefty budget – to help them overcome appearance issues. Below are a few celebrity hair secrets you can learn from the next time you are struggling with your own look.

Crop it. Many celebrity women opt to chop the hair and go for a chic and stylish crop. This is especially popular among women who have been around the industry for a while (see: Sigourney Weaver). Shorter, cropped hair styles let you sculpt and style your hair, which can help cover any thinning areas.

Use products. Most celebrities treat their hair to add texture or volume. There are hundreds of different hair products available to help you maintain a full, healthy head of hair, including Boost! by Avacor® Hair Thickener, Thickening Shampoo, and Volumizing Conditioner.

Curl it. Women with long hair that may be thinning can add volume through long, luscious curls, similar to Faith Hill’s latest looks. Similarly, a wavy hair style a la J-Lo can add depth and make you hair appear thicker than it actually is.

Straighten up. If you’re looking to try something new, go for a totally straight look. You can do this with long hair, or crop it and style as a straight bob look. Go with straight bangs to draw attention to your face rather than the top of your head. Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock both pull off the straight look marvelously.

Embrace the color. If you are aging and your hair is turning white or silver, embrace it. Styling your hair to reflect your age shows confidence. Check out Helen Mirren’s silver hair style for ideas.

Weaves and wigs. Have you ever seen a celebrity on a red carpet, then seen them on TV the next day with a totally different hair style? Many celebrities wear wigs or weaves. While these options do not put your natural hair into the spotlight, they are good ways to cover up any problem areas with your own hair, especially if you are in the middle of treating lost or thinning hair. You can wear wigs just like accessories; change it up for different looks with different wigs.

Wear many hats. Hats have the obvious advantage of covering up your hair if you are feeling self-conscious. However, they are also quite stylish and fashionable. Did you watch William and Kate’s wedding? Nearly every lady wore a hat. Plus, hats save time since you don’t have to style your hair when you wear one (in most cases).

Aside from these various hair styles and fashion tips, you can also improve your look by growing back any lost or thinning hair. Avacor's Physicians Formulation for Men® and Physicians Formulation for Women® are specifically designed and FDA-approved to help both men and women regrow their hair, in as little as two months in some cases. We cannot share which celebrities use our hair regrowth products, but we can tell you that our products are clinically proven to effectively grow back your hair, so you’ll be ready for that red carpet movie premier in no time!

Photo source: More.com

30May/120

Hair Transplants

Hair loss is common among men and women, and many people turn to hair transplants as a treatment for lost or thinning hair. Before you undergo a hair transplant procedure, it is important to do your research and make informed decisions that maintain your health and safety, as well as produce results.

A Bit of Hair Transplant History

Hair transplants began in Japan in the 1930s, but did not make their way to the U.S. until the 1950s. Dermatologist Norman Orentreich began performing experimental procedures by treating male pattern baldness by transferring grafts of skin, tissue, and active hair follicles from donors onto patients. The process was streamlined slightly over the next few decades, but success was limited, and patients complained of having a “doll’s head” appearance in the treated areas. In the 1980s, the process was refined so that patients received many small micrografts dissected from one large donor strip, and later evolved into the lateral slit technique in the early 2000s. Modern procedures often involve minimal pain and recovery time, with no bed rest or hospital time required.

So Just How Does a Hair Transplant Work?

A hair transplant surgeon will consult with you after examining your scalp and advise whether he believes you need one or multiple transplant sessions. Before the procedure, you usually receive a mild sedation and a local anesthesia injection. The surgeon then extracts a small (15-30 cm long, 1.5 cm wide) strip of skin from an area of good hair growth on your head. The wound from the skin graft is then closed while the medical staff dissects the strip of removed skin into individual follicle micrografts. The surgeon then makes several small incisions using micro blades or needles on the area needing treatment, and inserts the micrografts into the wounds to fasten and grow hair naturally.

The recovery process lasts a few weeks to allow the wounds to heal and keep the head clean and scab-free. You typically have to apply and change dressings for the wounds on a daily basis in the days following the procedure to allow blood and tissue fluid to seep and flow naturally. During the first week or two, most of the transplanted hair will fall out. However, if the procedure was successful, new, natural hair will begin to grow in the treated areas after two or three months.

Things to Keep in Mind

First of all, a hair transplant is considered a surgery. It is not as major as a heart operation, but it must be performed by a skilled surgeon. Ask for references before choosing a surgeon, and make sure you understand all aspects of the process. Like any surgery, there are risks to your health, and the procedure is not guaranteed to work. Also, itching (sometimes severe itching) is a common side effect following the surgery. You must be careful, as scratching can damage the transplants. Bald patches are also a common side effect, especially immediately following the surgery, as the newly transplanted hairs fall out. Also, if the surgery is successful, it is not always permanent. More hair loss can occur years later, requiring additional surgeries or other treatment methods.

Alternatives

If a hair transplant surgery sounds a little too invasive, complex, or risky for you, consider alternative methods to treat hair loss or thinning hair. Avacor Physicians Formulation® is an FDA-Approved hair restoration treatment that has been proven to regrow hair in as little as two months. It does not involve surgery; you simply apply the product to affected areas of your head twice a day to stop additional hair loss, and start re-growing your hair. No blades, incisions, or surgeons required.

Ultimately, preventing hair loss is the best way to fight it. If you notice hair loss, the first line of defense is the Avacor Physicians Formulation.  Don’t wait until your “bald spot” is noticeable.  The longer you wait to treat your hair loss, the less likely you are to keep that natural head of hair you have now.

However, Avacor Products LLC is still able help those who have simply waited too long to and are unlikely to see success with the Avacor Physicians Formulation.  Through our vast network of doctors and consultants, we can arrange for you to speak with a trained professional at no cost in order to evaluate your options.  Hope is not lost if you have not done anything about your hair loss until now.  Please contact us at (646)929-6000 for more information.

Photo Courtesy of Webmd.com

18May/120

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Just what exactly is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS? For starters, it is the most common hormonal disorder among women, affecting between 7 and 10 percent of all women, according to women’s health experts. PCOS is an endocrine system disorder, though it may affect the reproductive system as well. It has several side effects, many of which can be emotionally or physically overwhelming, including hair loss or thinning hair.

PCOS is typically caused by a hormonal imbalance. Often, levels of male hormones, or androgens, are too high, causing the imbalance that leads to PCOS. Most women’s bodies produce androgens in varying levels, just as many men produce varying levels of female hormones, or estrogen.

If diagnosed with PCOS, a woman’s ovaries may become enlarged and filled with several small cysts. However, these cysts are painless, so women who have the condition may not even notice this symptom. Instead, pay attention to the other noticeable physical symptoms, including irregular or missed menstrual cycles, acne, obesity, infertility, hair loss, thinning hair, new face or body hair, decreased breast size, development of a deeper voice, dark skin marks around the armpits, groin, neck, and breasts, or depression. If you are experiencing multiple symptoms from this list, talk to your doctor about PCOS.

PCOS can develop in women as early as the preteen years and throughout a woman’s childbearing years. As women get older, the likelihood of developing PCOS decreases, and is very uncommon once a woman reaches menopause.

There are a variety of treatments depending on the specific symptoms a woman with PCOS may be experiencing. These treatments include weight loss (especially for obese women), and a variety of drugs and oral contraceptives, as well as possible surgery. Birth control pills can help regulate menstrual cycles and are often used as a treatment method for PCOS, though women wishing to become pregnant may not wish to pursue this option. Other health risks of PCOS, especially if untreated, include diabetes, infertility, uterine or endometrial cancer, increased breast cancer risk, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease.

Thinning hair, or new face or body hair, are often some of the most distressing symptoms for women. When a woman loses her hair, it is often more emotionally upsetting than in men, because thinning hair is almost expected in men. However, there are ways to treat thinning hair for women coping with PCOS, or other women who have experienced hair loss or thinning hair. Avacor Physicians Formulation® for Women is an FDA-Approved hair regrowth product that is formulated specifically for women experiencing pattern baldness, which might be a symptom of PCOS. It can help regrow lost or thin hair in as little as four months when used as directed. Women diagnosed with PCOS should consult their doctor prior to beginning treatment.

Above all else, if you are diagnosed with PCOS, follow your doctor's treatment instructions, and seek emotional and social support from your friends and family members. The condition is treatable; PCOS affects many women, so understand that you are not alone.

3Apr/120

Exercise and Hair

Exercise and eating the right foods are the keys to a healthy lifestyle. We all know that. But how does exercise affect your hair health, hair loss, or hair regrowth? The answer might surprise you.

In general, exercise can help you maintain a healthy head of hair, and even help your body regrow hair. Regular exercise increases general health and circulation in your body. Increased circulation can stimulate growth in hair follicles. Also, exercise helps reduce stress in your life, and reduced stress helps with overall scalp health, according to Livestrong.com. So, if you exercise regularly, you are doing yourself—and your hair—a favor, right?

The answer might not be so simple.

Too much exercise, or overexertion, is actually bad for your hair. Excessive exercise causes a state of chronic stress in your body, according to author and nutritionist Ann Louise Gittleman. Chronic stress is a leading cause of telogen effluvium (TE), a condition that causes premature resting and shedding in hair follicles, according to the American Hair Loss Association. In addition, eHow.com explains that extreme bodybuilding and other extreme exercise activities can produce more dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes baldness in men. Conversely, mild exercise, like regular jogging or cardio, can help reduce DHT.

However, there is one form of mild exercise or cardio to think twice about if you are conscious about your hair health: swimming in pools. Most pools contain chlorine. The chlorine is there to keep the pools clean, but it can cause your hair to become dry and eventually break or shed. If swimming is your favorite form of exercise, you can avoid chlorine damage by wetting your hair with non-chlorinated water before getting in the pool (i.e., a locker room shower), so your hair absorbs the normal water, rather than the chlorinated water. Also, get out every 30 minutes or so and rinse the chlorinated water out of your hair. Wear a swim cap, and wash your hair after swimming with proper hair care products.

Another thing to keep in mind about exercise is that it causes you to sweat. Salty, heavy sweat build up on your head can cause faster shedding or other damage to your hair. The Harvard School of Public Health advises that you can combat this damage by using mild, pH-balanced shampoo and moisturizing protein conditioner at least once a week. Avacor offers both Thickening Shampoo and Volumizing Conditioner to help combat hair loss and stimulate hair regrowth. Avoid using hot hair tools as well, such as blow driers and curling irons.

The bottom line: exercise regularly, but avoid over-exercising or extreme exercise activities, and take good care of your hair with the proper hair care products. If you are eating healthy and exercising regularly, but still experiencing hair loss, consider using Avacor Physician's Formulation, an FDA-Approved hair re-growth product clinically proven to revitalize hair follicles and help you grow back hair.

Photo courtesy of Menscosmo.com

27Mar/120

Babies and Baldness

Have you ever wondered why some babies might experience hair loss or thinning hair at such a young age? Some babies are born with little or no hair, while others are born with a thick head of hair. Many babies born with hair lose it within the months following birth, so the baby might have less hair at 6 or 12 months than they did when they were born. Other babies born with little or no hair might have thicker hair when they reach the 6 or 12 month mark, and some babies may appear bald throughout infancy and into early childhood.

The first thing to remember is that your baby's thinning hair (or lack of hair) is rarely a cause for concern, unless the baby's scalp or hair shafts look abnormal. Talk to your pediatrician and ask questions to give you peace of mind, but remember: it is completely normal for babies to lose their hair soon after birth, or to be born bald.

Next, it is important to understand that all human hair naturally goes through a growth cycle, including baby hair. At the end of this growth cycle, old hair sheds to make room for new hair. Sometimes, the shedding occurs before new hair begins to show, while in other cases, the new hair pushes the hair out of the follicle as it grows.

This growth cycle is the primary reason why some babies are born with hair and lose it, as well as why some babies are born with no hair. Simply put, the hair on a newborn's head starts going through the growth cycle before the baby is born. Babies born with a full head of hair have hair that is farther along in the growth cycle. Most of those babies begin to lose that hair soon after birth because the hair sheds to make room for new hair. The new hair may take several months to grow back, which can cause some parents to be concerned over why their new baby, who was born with a lot of hair, is now suddenly bald. Again, this is a common situation, but consult your pediatrician if you are concerned.

Babies born bald might have hair follicles that have not yet entered the phase of the hair growth cycle when hair appears on top of the head. Or, they might have already shed some hair while still in the womb.

Pediatrician Dr. Alan Greene indicates that most babies go through two hair cycles during the first year. For some babies, the old hair sheds at the same time the new hair begins to grow, so it appears as though they never lose any hair. When the cycles are spread out longer over time, the baby appears bald in between the two cycles. However, some baby hair takes longer to enter the second cycle—sometimes as long as 18 months—meaning the baby might not grow visible hair until he or she is a toddler.

Genetics and ethnicity also play a role in a baby's head of hair. They affect the amount of hair a baby has when born and during infancy, the timing of the hair growth cycles, and the texture of the baby's hair. The bottom line is, hair cycles in babies vary significantly, and periodic baldness throughout the first few years of life are rarely a cause for concern.

Photo Courtesy of Infantcrisis.org

8Mar/120

FDA Approved Hair Products

We've all seen the term "FDA Approved." But, do you know what it means?

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a federal government agency in charge of keeping the American public safe by regulating food, drugs, and medical devices. When a product or item is FDA-Approved, it has been rigorously tested and thoroughly inspected, and found to be both effective and completely safe for people to use or consume.

So, how does this relate to your hair?

Well, if you are experiencing hair loss, interested in hair restoration, or just curious about the process, you will undoubtedly encounter a wide variety of products to help stimulate hair growth. Many of these products are not FDA-Approved, which should be an automatic red flag. In other words, if a product is advertised to treat a medical condition, such as hair loss, but it does not indicate anywhere that it is FDA-Approved, then you should avoid using that product. You may be taking a major health risk using a product that is not FDA-Approved to treat any medical condition.

Avacor Physician's Formulation® is an FDA-Approved hair restoration product clinically proven to revitalize hair follicles and help you grow back your very own hair. The FDA has carefully tested and inspected how the product is manufactured, what ingredients are used, how much of each ingredient is used, how the product is stored and packaged, and how the product is administered. In other words, all aspects of Avacor Physician's Formulation production, including each ingredient, the bottling process, and the recommended dosage, have been deemed completely safe and effective for consumers to use for the treatment of hair loss, according to the FDA.

Unfortunately, some consumers continue to be tricked into buying "snake oil" products, or hair loss treatments not approved by the FDA. These products can cause unhealthy and unwanted side effects, such as acne, scalp hair loss, menstrual irregularities in women, irritability, and aggression, according to Dr. Ray Sahelian. The FDA also indicates other side effects of hair growth products that are not FDA-Approved include low blood pressure, heart palpitations and other cardiac symptoms, hair discoloration, sensitivity to sunburn, itching, rash, irritation, or stinging skin. "Snake oil" products are a waste of time and money. They also taint consumer's opinions of the entire industry, making consumers skeptical of all hair loss products, including the legitimate ones. Additionally, they can add more emotional stress in your life when you buy the product and it doesn’t work, and/or causes health problems.

The good news is that the FDA is starting to crack down more on snake oil salesmen and punishing people with fines and/or jail time for trying to sell hair regrowth products to consumers that are not FDA-Approved. However, consumers still need to be aware of the product they are buying.

The active ingredient found in Avacor Physician's Formulation is Minoxidil. Currently, the FDA has approved Minoxidil in two different strengths: 5% for men and 2% for women. The Avacor product has Minoxidil levels that adhere to these requirements. If the levels were anything different than the 2% and 5% required by the FDA, the product could not be advertised as FDA-Approved, and could be recalled by the FDA at anytime.

In January of 2012, the FDA issued a press release announcing the recall of some hair regrowth products because they were unapproved new drugs, and had high levels of Minoxidil that could cause health hazards to consumers. These products had Minoxidil levels between 10 and 15%. If you are currently using a hair regrowth product, be sure to check the Minoxidil level, and consider switching to Avacor's FDA-Approved Physician's Formulation, as well as other hair care products: the Avacor® All Natural Nutricap containing the active ingredient Saw Palmetto, which is widely thought to be a DHT inhibitor; Boost! by Avacor®, which is specially formulated to thicken hair from the very first application; and our Scalp Detoxifying Shampoo, which removes dirt and oil from the scalp, ensuring effective delivery of the Minoxidil to the scalp when applied after using the shampoo. Rest assured that all our products are manufactured in facilities that meet the highest safety and quality standards today. Furthermore, all our products are safe to use, and have been formulated to either help you grow a natural, full, healthy head of hair, or to maintain healthy, clean, and stylish hair.

27Feb/120

Shedding Hair

Shedding is a natural process for all living things. People and animals physically shed hair and skin. People trying (successfully) to lose weight shed pounds. Those hoping to make life changes shed unwanted aspects of their lives, such as unnecessary personal belongings, bad influences, or relationships with other people. Shedding, whether physical, emotional, or otherwise, is essentially a process in which you get rid of something that has served its purpose and is no longer useful to you.

When it comes to your hair, shedding naturally occurs at the end of the hair follicle growth cycle. Hairs on your head go through this cycle and naturally fall out, or shed, to make room for new hair. All people shed their hair, even those who are not experiencing male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness. However, shedding can still be alarming or frustrating, especially if the hair you shed does not grow back.

Baldness is caused by hair follicles that do not produce new hair after old hair is shed. However, according to MedicinePlus, the hair follicle remains alive, even when it stops producing hair. In other words, it is possible for an inactive hair follicle to produce hair again, even after baldness.

Enter FDA-approved hair regrowth treatment Avacor Physician's Formulation®, which is clinically proven to revitalize hair follicles in as little as two months. Once a hair follicle is revitalized, it can begin naturally producing hair again.

However, you still might experience shedding when you begin using Avacor Physician's Formulation. Do not be alarmed, as shedding is quite common, especially at the beginning of treatment. In fact, shedding after you start to use the product is a positive sign that the product is beginning to work.

The reason? At the beginning of the hair follicle growth cycle, new hairs need room to grow, so they push dead hairs out of the way as they sprout upwards. However, older hairs can still remain on your head if new ones do not begin to grow. The older hair might not naturally shed, and is not pushed out by new hair, because the hair growth cycle is essentially paused. When you revitalize the hair follicle using Avacor Physician's Formulation, the growth cycle resumes, shedding all dead hairs that have not yet fallen off on their own. If you notice shedding at the beginning of your treatment, just continue to use the product as directed.

You might also notice occasional shedding throughout your treatment. This is because shedding happens naturally, to everyone. Shedding is, in fact, a sign that hair follicles are actively eliminating old hairs as they produce new ones. Do not be concerned with the shedding; instead, pay attention to whether your hair follicles are producing new hairs to replace the ones that have been shed.

Lastly, it is important to be patient, especially at the beginning of treatment. Avacor Physician's Formulation is clinically proven to revitalize hair growth, but growing a full head of hair takes time. You will not wake up the next morning with a full head of hair, but if you stay the course and use the product as directed, you will be rewarded with rejuvenated hair follicles, and natural, new hair on your head.

21Feb/120

The Hair Follicle Growth Cycle

All living things go through various stages or cycles of life. While the details differ from one thing to the next, all cycles include some form of birth or creation, development or maturation, and ultimately, some sort of expiration or death. Your hair is no different. Hair loss, hair restoration, and re-growth are all impacted by the hair follicle growth cycle, so let's take a closer look at that cycle to help better understand why you lose hair, and why hair restoration products, like FDA-approved Avacor Physician's Formulation®, really do work.

The hair follicle growth cycle is broken up into three phases:

  • The Anagen phase is the hair growth phase
  • The Catagen phase is a transitional phase
  • The Telogen phase is the resting phase.

The Anagen phase lasts anywhere from two to six years. This is the stage when hair follicles produce and grow individual hairs. Hairs grow about six inches a year on average, meaning that a few months into this phase, you can have hair that is a few inches long. The Anagen phase is further broken up into six stages; basic information about each stage is below.

  • Stage 1: Cell division begins; hair growth at the microscopic level
  • Stage 2: Follicle grows downward, and surrounds cells, which continue to grow
  • Stage 3: Hair begins to take shape and melanin production begins
  • Stage 4: Cells begin pigmentation (hair color)
  • Stage 5: Hair shaft begins to sprout
  • Stage 6: Follicle is completely developed

Another interesting fact about the Anagen phase is that at any given time, about 85% of the active hair follicles on your head are in this phase. As people get older, the Anagen phase might become shorter, resulting in smaller, finer hair. This is why adults sometimes experience thinning hair, and eventually, baldness.

The Catagen phase lasts one to two weeks in most cases. During this phase, the follicle base and hair shaft continue to move upward, thought the follicle shrinks to about 16% of the normal size.

The Telogen phase lasts between one and two months. During this phase, the hair does not grow, but it remains attached to the follicle. It is sometimes referred to as the "resting phase" because the hair basically just rests, without growing or falling out (shedding). Roughly 10 to 15% of all hair is in the Telogen phase at any given time.

At the end of the Telogen phase, the follicle starts the cycle over again. The old hair from the previous cycle either falls out on its own, or is pushed out when the new hair begins to grow in the Anagen phase.

Each hair follicle is on its own unique schedule of this growth cycle. If they were all in sync, you would lose all your hair at the same time, and regrow it at the same time. Because of the varying schedules, your hair is constantly growing, shedding, and growing again, simultaneously.

When you begin treatment to regrow or rejuvenate hair growth using Avacor Physician's Formulation, it is important to be patient. Your hair will not grow back overnight. Avacor Physician's Formulation has been clinically proven to revitalize hair follicles in as little as two months. However, when hair follicles are revitalized, they must still go through the hair follicle growth cycle to begin growing new strands of hair. Specifically, once revitalization occurs, the follicles must go through at least a few months of the Anagen phase to generate new hair that is a few inches long.

Stay tuned for the next post, which will discuss shedding in more detail.

8Feb/120

History of Hair Loss (Part 2)

History of Hair Loss (Part 2): Symbolism of Hair

Let's face it – our hair is important for many reasons. It gives us confidence, keeps our heads warm, allows us to express our own styles, serves as a status symbol, attracts people to us, represents our age, and even offers a glimpse into our personal health. Throughout history, and even in today's modern world, hair has played several roles and represented different social and cultural symbols. Similarly, hair loss has represented various symbols or ideas over time. Let's look at a few examples.

In the Bible story about Samson and Delilah, hair played a vital role in the outcome, and symbolized Samson's strength. At an early age, Samson took the Nazarite vow to never cut his hair. He believed his strength came from his full head of long hair. Samson fell for a woman named Delilah, who was secretly working for Philistine rulers, and told her about his hair as a source of strength. She used this information against him, and arranged for someone to shave seven braids from his head while he slept.

He awoke feeling weak and powerless, and was forced into slave labor by the Philistines. His hair, however, began to grow back, and ultimately rejuvenated his strength. Powerful again, but still in captivity, Samson used his bare hands to bring down the temple from within, killing him and all his enemies inside.

Was the hair really his strength, or was it a symbol for his physical power and faith? We don't know for sure, but anyone who has had successful hair restoration treatment can relate to the feeling of rejuvenation and power that comes from a fully restored head of hair.

The Bible didn't leave out women when it came to hair symbolism, either. 1 Cor. 11:15 states that "if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her." Long hair on women was often a symbol of beauty throughout many different cultures.

Fairy tales also use hair as symbols or important elements of the plot. Rapunzel famously used her long hair to help a prince climb to see her, and when her witch captor found out, the witch cut off Rapunzel's hair – and her purity and innocence. The blonde, curly hair worn by Goldilocks also gave her story about her encounter with three bears its name.

A common rite of passage in Chinese, Egyptian, Indian, and some European countries histories was to shave children's heads, save for a few locks. Then, when the child reached the appropriate age, the lock was cut off, symbolizing the entry into adulthood.

Native Americans (and Hollywood) made scalping famous. The scalps served as a trophy of war, and also as a life force for a warrior. Some also believed that taking the hair of someone who had murdered a member of the tribe was a symbolic way to replace the murdered tribe member.

Some modern day parents keep a lock of hair from their child's first hair cut for good luck. Other societies or religions dictate whether men (or women) should have long or short hair, with penalties ranging from weird looks to physical punishment. Hair is often used scientifically in DNA tests; it is a living record of your body's history. From a fashion perspective, both men and women can wear long or short hair, depending on the facial features, current trends, and overall look or style.

Clearly, hair has played many roles throughout our history and literature. It typically symbolized purity and strength, and cutting off someone's hair was often a punishment or symbol for losing innocence or power. Losing your hair, however, is no fault of yours, and is easy to combat with Avacor Physician's Formulation®, an FDA-approved hair restoration and re-growth product that has been clinically proven to revitalize hair follicles in as little as two months. And that's no fairy tale.

Stay tuned for the next post, which will discuss the growth cycle of the hair follicle.

27Jan/120

History of Hair Loss (Part 1)

History of Hair Loss (Part 1): Hair Loss and Remedies Over Time

If you are experiencing premature hair loss, or thinning hair, you are not alone. In fact, premature hair loss has been an issue for people throughout history. Thousands of years ago, ancient Egyptians shaved their heads and wore wigs or elaborate head pieces to combat hair loss and display royalty and wealth. They also created a variety of potions, ointments, and other methods to treat hair loss. Some ointments included boiled porcupine hair or hippopotamus fat, according to the 1550 B.C. medical text, The Ebers Papyrus. Clearly, these options would not be FDA-approved today.

The Bible also mentions hair loss a few times. In 2 Kings 2:23-24, Elisha was mocked by a number of youths, shouting "bald head" and "baldy" at him as he walked into the town of Bethel. Angered and embarrassed, he cursed them and took his revenge by summoning two bears from the woods. It didn't cure his baldness, but it also didn't end well for the youths.

Julius Caesar wore the original Caesar hair style, but he was also bothered by his hair loss. According to Suetonius, Caesar combed his "scanty locks" forward to hide his thinning head of hair. Some also speculate that he wore the traditional laurel wreath to cover up his baldness. Oddly enough, the Latin word "caesaries" translates to "long/flowing/luxuriant hair."

In the Middle Ages, King Louis XIII of France began the big wig era by wearing a long, curly wig after losing his hair prematurely. This fashion trend spread throughout Europe and across the pond to the American colonies. Many European and American politicians and scholars—men and women alike—wore large wigs, not only to be fashionable, but to hide their thinning hair or bald heads. Even after the American and French Revolutions, when the big wig was seen as a symbol of the old regime, people wore white, powdered wigs.

Cowboys in 19th century America attempted to stop thinning hair with various snake oil products and messy grease rubbed into the scalp. Also, let's not forget the infamous cowboy hats, which offered protection from the sun, and conveniently hid bald heads underneath.

In the modern era, hair loss continues to be an issue. For some people, losing hair is an emotional and stressful time, while it is a health issue for others. Hair loss can lead to lower self-esteem, high anxiety, depression, and issues with sexual attractiveness and social acceptance. It can also trigger fears about getting older, and even dying. Avacor Physician's Formulation® is an FDA-approved hair restoration and re-growth product that has been clinically proven to revitalize hair follicles in as little as two months. Thankfully, we live in a time when we do not need to rely on snake oils, obnoxiously large wigs, animal fats, or vicious bears.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of The History of Hair Loss, which will discuss the importance and symbolism of hair throughout history.