The PRP treatment has been around since the 1980’s, however this treatment was used for joint healing, tendonitis and ligament issues just to name a few. Because PRP is used primarily for healing muscular tissue it has gone beyond these fields and moved it’s way under the aesthetic umbrella. In other words, scientists and others in the medicine field have discovered that injecting your blood back into your systems can add gorgeous points to your scale as well!
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma, and it is the ingredient in the blood that causes the hair cells to thicken and create fuller hair. The process starts by a surgeon drawing about 60-100 cc’s of blood and then injecting it into the thinner areas of the scalp. The scalp is numbed with an agent such as lidocaine before this takes place. Actor, Kim Kardashian claimed she would never get this again, main reason being because she wasn’t allowed to receive the numbing medication due to her being pregnant at the time. The fact that it has made it all the way to the Kardashian family just shows that it’s climbing the ladder to be the next reconstructive trend. Not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration, most insurance companies look at the treatment as experimental. Before the blood is injected into the scalp it has to be processed through a centrifuge. This process is to separate the blood from the plasma, then the plasma is separated to derive the PRP, after that it is concentrated. This plasma hosts special proteins to help the blood clot and support cell growth. Some surgeons combine techniques with others to promote long term growth, because you have to keep getting the PRP treatments as long as patients want to keep the desired look.
People are being drawn to this method because it appears to be safer than hair transplants. Also, it’s your own blood that would be used so no worries about transfusion from another person. Side effects of this procedure would probably be nerve injury, temporary damaged tissue or pain at the injection site.
It is recommended that you consider this type of treatment as soon as you notice thinning, people who have about 30% of thinning or less achieve the best results. Even though there are many treatments out there, this treatment promises to be one of the more safer procedures. There is more research yet to be done, however it doesn’t stop celebrities, even Tiger Woods from trying it!
Typically, forty percent of all people show hair loss by age 35. But when hair loss is continuous and results in the scalp being exposed is when there is probably a hair loss issue. The medical term for hair loss is alopecia. It comes in several forms and can show up gradually. It comes at a pace that you may not even notice the changes right away.
Androgenetic alopecia is due to genetics, age and hormonal changes. Slowly, over time, normal hair (terminal hair) converts into thin, fine (vellus) hair that resemble the hairs of a newborn. This is the result of the follicle shrinking. In men, this is known as Male Pattern Baldness and is usually indicated by thinning around the temples, hairline and crown of the head. Alopecia Areata is the result of hair falling out in round patches randomly. The scalp in the round areas is completely exposed and considered to be bald . Because the follicle is attacked by white bloods cells this is an auto-immune disease. A couple of of other common forms of alopecia is Alopecia Senilis and Traction Alopecia. Senilis Alopecia is hair loss due to old age. It is said that fifty percent of women lose additional hair other than shedding by the age fifty. Traction Alopecia is hair loss due to excessive pulling, tightness of hair due to styles that require pressure and extensions that are heavier than the natural hair. This occurs mostly around the perimeter or hairline. This is one form of alopecia that a stylist can assist in treating by paying attention to the SEEN causes of the problem.
Because most alopecia disorders are blood borne, the best way to approach the problem is to consider cleaning the body as a whole. Getting more oxygen through exercise is a key factor as well as taking vitamin supplements such as Vitamin E, sulfur and biotin. Of course, a dermatologist should always be sought out to determine the nature of the hair loss and prescribe further treatment. If there is no way to naturally grow the hair back, then it would be advisable to find a stylist that is well educated in trichology as well as cranial prosthesis.
Most people make the decision to lock their hair before they find the exact method they want to use. You can lock your hair through these methods: freeform, palm rolling, interlock method, crochet method, twists or branded designer techniques such as Sisterlocks (TM), Bradelocz or Microlocks. I’m writing this post to help those in question get a basic understanding of the different ways you can lock according to my experience. This does not include loc extensions.
Freeform: A way of locking that lacks uniform. Hair is left untamed to mat together over the course of time. No manipulations (combing, backbrushing or any use of tools) are required. Because there are no manipulations or uniform this can take a very long time. The time frame is usually six months or longer to develop a locking pattern.
Palm Rolling – A way of locking that involves winding of the hair shaft. This technique can be done from bottom to top or reversed. There are several ways to palm roll. There are techniques done with one hand, techniques with two hands, and one with one palm on top of the back of the hand. More advanced stylists secure this style temporarily with clips, interlocking techniques, rubberbands, thread or product.
Interlocking – this method is accomplished through a technique very similar to single crochet. In other words, a pattern of loops are stacked from the shaft of the hair up to the root. This is usually done with a crochet hook or specialized hooks that are found online. Variations of this technique include braiding, backcombing, or two-strand twisting the shaft and then using the interlocking technique for the roots and new hairs. Interlocking results vary based upon texture but take anywhere from one month and up to lock.
Crocheting (instalocs) – This is probably one of the most evolved and popular techniques used. Hair is tangled or teased by using fast strokes of a very small crochet hook – this results in the hair tangling very tightly. You could say that’s why they call the locks Instalocs because the hair is matted and locked the same day you initiate the process.
Twisting – Hair can also be locked through comb twist, finger twist or two strand twisting. These all include winding of the hair into a cylindrical shape. Comb twist, of course, are done with a comb. Finger twists are usually done with the pads of the fingers. Two strand twist are done with two sections of hair overlapping each other.
Other methods of locking that are considered a branded form of locking include Sisterlocks, Bradelocz, Twisty Locs and Microlocks. Of all these Sisterlocks is the most well known technique. These locks are micro thin and from a distance resemble natural flowing hair. Most people who get Sisterlocks have an average of 250-400 Sisterlocks overall. The Microlocks technique is a variation of the interlocking technique and on average a full head count is about 125-250. Bradelocz is an example of the interlocking technique at the roots but distinguished by a braid in the shaft area. Lastly twisty locks are a combination of two-strand twists combined with interlocking.
I hope this post was helpful to you. These are the most popular and efficient ways of locking hair. In the future there will be many more. It’s exciting to know these techniques will pave the way for even more creativity through future stylists!
I can usually tell a person doesn’t have a beautician that specializes in healthy hair care by one thing:
But that is not always the case some people have thinning hairlines due to genetic predisposition. I look at the temporal (over the ears) to see how thin the hair is.
Based off my experience, the sides down to the neck seem to be the last area to be affected by pattern baldness. So thinning in that area could mean a lot of excessive pulling.
Ways that I’ve eliminated breakage:
Biotin – increases elasticity, strengthens follicles and nourishes hair
Water: flushes out impurities that may cause clogging in the blood vessels (capillaries) of scalp
Scalp Scrub by ORS once a month for three months
Scalp Fertilizer Serum by ORS twice a day