Loc styles!

Calvin’s loc journey

I met Calvin initially as a haircut client. He used to get a South of France cut. He eventually wanted locs after he got married, getting them approximately one month after. We started off with a full head of locs but soon he wants the sides taken off and faded. So far he has had his locs about four months.

Happy Friday!

Ten things you can do to make this weekend better:

1. Every hour think of one thing to be grateful for.

2. Find sometime to center yourself and breathe deeply.

3. Find a festival to go to, even if alone!

4. Sing one of your favorite songs …in the car lol.

5. Cheer up an older relative by letting them know you are thinking of them.

6. Listen to a motivational speech on YouTube three times this weekend.

7. Clean up!

8. Exercise!

9. Walk on the beach.

10. Make a point to journal your entire weekend one day at a time.

Client selfie

I love seeing my clients in their everyday life rocking natural hair! My client has had her little Sisterlocks about five years. About a year ago we cut them into layers and it has grown out. She is doing some island vacationing and wanted an updo so that’s what we did…she loves it!

New treatment for Male Pattern Baldness!

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!

6 ways to hair loss and how to deal with 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.