5 Ways You Are Damaging Your Hair

January 25th, 2017

How Hair Can Get Damaged

You may not realize this fact but you could be damaging your hair on a daily basis. Taking good care of your hair helps keep the follicles healthy as well as a healthy head of hair on top of your head. Here are some of the things you might be doing on a daily basis that you should avoid in order to keep your hair healthy:

Not Eating Healthy

Too much junk food is bad for your weight as well as your hair. A well-balanced diet that includes the daily recommended amount of vitamins and minerals keeps both your body and your hair in good health and even stop hair loss.

Too Much Stress

A constant amount of stress can cause hair loss. In fact, too much sudden stress can result in hair loss and a thinning hair condition known as Telogen Effluvium where a large number of the hair roots enter the resting state prematurely.

Too Much Shampooing

Shampooing on a regular basis is designed to remove oil buildup in the hair as well as keep the scalp clean. However, too much shampooing can actually wash away the natural moisture of the hair that helps keep it healthy and result in dry and brittle hair. Instead of washing your hair on a daily basis, find a shampooing schedule that keeps your hair clean and healthy at the same time.

Turn Down the Heat

Too much heat can make the hair excessively dry and even thin or kill some of the hair follicles. The jury is still out on whether or not using a hair dryer too often can result in permanent hair loss. It is commonly accepted that too much heat on the hair can cause damage to the strands and follicles. The amount of damage that heat causes hair varies per person but caution should be taken when using heat to dry your hair.

Brushing While Wet

In general, wet hair is much weaker than when it is dry, so keep this in mind after washing your hair. Don’t force a brush through your wet hair to try and force any knots or tangles to come apart. Consider using a comb that is wide-toothed on your hair during your shower. A good rule to remember is to use a brush only on dry hair and keep a comb handy for working on wet hair.

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Can Stress Cause Hair Loss?

January 18th, 2017

Losing Hair from Stress

There are a number of reasons for hair loss in male patients. One cause of hair loss that is not often discussed is the role that stress plays in the condition. Many people think that stress as a cause of hair loss is more of a myth than an actual fact. However, there are many types of hair loss associated with elevated stress levels and they include:

  • Alopecia Areata – Stress is just one of the factors thought to cause this hair loss condition. Some experts say stress might be one of the reasons the immune system of the body attacks hair follicles and leads to resulting hair loss.
  • Telogen Effluvium – Large amounts of stress can force a significant number of hair follicles to enter the resting phase. After a few months of the follicles being in the resting phase, the hair impacted by this change can start falling out by simply washing or combing the hair.
  • Trichotillomania – This is a repetitive behavior that is also classified as an impulse control disorder. It involves an urge to pull out hair from various areas of the body including the scalp. Hair pulling can be a common way for people to cope with high levels of stress in their lives.

There is some good news for patients dealing with hair loss and stress. There is always the possibility that the hair loss from stress might grow back if the level of stress is diminished and kept under control on a regular basis.

Patients who notice hair loss and are curious if the loss is related to stress levels should visit a board-certified doctor. The appearance of sudden hair loss means there might be some medical condition that needs to be addressed and treated. An experienced doctor used to treating hair loss can examine a person and help him determine the best course of action to treat the hair loss.

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December 5th, 2016

FUE Facts

One of the most popular hair restoration techniques is follicular unit extraction or FUE. FUE is a hair transplant surgery which involves transferring an individual follicular unit or graft from the back of the head to the balding area. The back of the head is referred to as “the safe zone” because the genetics of this area is resistant to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is the hormone that causes hair loss. People tend to believe the entire head of hair has the same genetics but the front, top and crown all have different genetic traits. In order to help you better understand FUE, here some of the most frequently asked questions we get about the surgery:

What is the difference between FUE and FUT?

Follicular unit extraction is often called a diffused dotted extraction. A special tool is used to make tiny circular incisions around selected follicular units of hair which can be between 1 and 4 strands of hair. The incisions leave tiny pin size holes in the safe zone. The unit of hair is then separated and placed where it is needed. Follicular unit transplant is often called the strip technique because it involves removing a linear area of hair from the safe zone. The removed strip of hair is separated by each follicle and placed where it is needed but it does leave a linear scar on the scalp.

What is the number of grafts needed?

The amount of grafts needed depends on several aspects including the patient’s goals, the desired density and the size of the treatment area. The surgeon will make the determination of total grafts during the consultation appointment.

Who is a good candidate for FUE?

FUE is a good option for anyone who wants a hair transplant and prefers to wear their hair style in a shorter fashion. Also, patients who only have a small donor area are better suited for the FUE method. In addition, any patient with limited time off work is a better candidate for FUE due to the fact that it involves less recovery and downtime.

How long does FUE take?

The procedure is very intricate and generally takes between 4 to 10 hours depending on the number of grafts required. However, FUE is limited by the number of grafts which can be extracted within one day. Therefore, a procedure requiring over 2000 grafts may need to be broken up into 2 days.

Is the FUE painful?

FUE is generally not painful during or after the procedure due to the fact that a sedative is given before the procedure begins and local anesthesia is periodically given throughout the procedure. Some mild discomfort, itching and swelling might happen after FUE. These symptoms generally resolve within a few days and pain medication or Tylenol can be used to alleviate any discomfort.

How long is the recovery time?

Although the scars are usually healed within 3 to 4 days, it can take up to 10 days for the safe zone to heal and shed any scabs. Therefore, most patients take 2-7 days off work for recovery due to their post-op appearance.

What are the risks and complications?

Common side effects include swelling, bruising, itching and crustiness. A risk of bleeding and numbness in the treated areas is also common. The biggest risk with any hair transplant surgery is “shock loss” which is post-surgical hair loss caused by tissue damage during the surgery. However, the transplanted hair loss thanks to “shock loss” will start to grow back after 3-4 months.

How long do any scabs last?

After FUE surgery, there will be small circular wounds where the hair was removed. These will close up and scabs will form within 3-5 days. After approximately one week, the scabs will fall off and it will be difficult to notice where the grafts were removed. Any visible scars are seen as tiny dots within the safe zone.

How long before the new hair grows?

At first, the transplanted hair will look like stubble on the head. The new hair will grow very slowly and then enter the resting telogen phase and fall out. Once the transplanted hair enters the anagen growth phase after 3-4 months, they will begin to grow once again.

How long do the final results last?

During the anagen phase, the hair will be thin and fine but will become longer and thicker over the next few months. By 12 months, the final results will start to become evident and have a natural appearance. The final results should last a lifetime as long as the patient properly cares for the hair. In some cases, the donor hair may become thinner as the patient ages. Hair care products such as Rogaine can help to fortify the hair in these cases.


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10 Things You Should Know Before A Hair Transplant

November 7th, 2016

What to know About Hair Restoration

Many people believe that hair loss is due to hair care products, wearing a hat too often or not taking adequate vitamins. However, the most typical type of male hair loss is “androgenetic alopecia” or male patterned baldness. In general, both genetics and hormonal factors play a part in the loss of hair. Although some people can slow down or reverse the signs of balding with special shampoos and lifestyle changes, others may want to have a hair transplant. Hair restoration can effectively provide a person with a thicker and healthier head of hair. Before you have a hair transplant, here are some things you should know about the procedure.

1. Choose a Surgeon

Hair transplants require a great deal of proficiency and accuracy. Therefore, you will want to choose an experienced cosmetic surgeon who performs hair transplants on a regular basis. The more experienced the surgeon is, the better prepared the doctor will be to deal with any possible complications during surgery.

2. Photos

Ask the surgeon to see before and after photos of actual patients. This will give you a good visual of your expected outcome as well as a better idea of the surgeon’s skills.

3. Realistic Expectations

The best outcome is one where the patient has a complete understanding of the procedure and what can realistically be expected to happen. Every patient is different and your current level of hair loss can impact the level of coverage you can adequately receive from a transplant. How much donor hair you have can place limits on your transplant.

4. Choose a Procedure

The two most common transplant procedures are Follicular Unit Transplant(FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). FUT is also known as the “strip method” where a linear area of skin and hair is removed in order to be transplanted. This technique leaves a liner scar on the head of the patient. FUE uses a diffused dotted extraction method to remove hair and transplant them to the targeted area. This procedure can leave scars but they are seen as tiny dots on the scalp of the patient.

5. Shave or No Shave?

With FUE, the surgeon will need to shave the back of the head. Tiny pinpoint marks will be visible during the healing phase. These marks will be visible until the hair regrows around it. The surgeon will not have to shave your head if you are having FUT since the hair is lifted up during the procedure and taped out of the way. The strip of tissue is removed and then the skin is stitched together so the hair covers the stitches.

6. Hair Transplant Cost

The total cost of a hair transplant varies depending on the fees charged by the doctor, the technique that is performed, the geographic area of the country where the surgeon is located and any additional fees for the surgical facility and anesthesia. A hair transplant is considered to be an elective surgery so insurance normally does not cover the cost.

7. Side Effects and Risks

Temporary side effects and risks of a hair transplant can include bleeding, swelling and numbness. However, these conditions should go away within a few weeks to a month. The results from a hair transplant may not be what a patient desired so an unsuccessful procedure is also a potential risk.

8. What To Expect Immediately After a Hair Transplant

Your scalp will be tender and you will need to wear a bandage on your head for the first few days. There will be some redness that resembles sunburn with tiny grafts sticking out. You can return to work 3-7 days after the procedure. In order to achieve the best results; avoid smoking and drinking after the transplant. Your surgeon will provide you with post-op instructions to help ensure your new hair settles properly in the scalp.

9. Hair Loss Again?

Your transplanted hair will fall out within 2 to 3 weeks, after the surgery. Don’t worry! This is normal and new hair should start to grow within a few months.

10. Lasting Results

The results from a hair transplant should last a lifetime. Many people believe that transplanted hair is weaker than the original hair but this isn’t the case. Due to genetics, the transplanted hair behaves in the same manner, and has the same strength, as the original hair.

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Are There Advantages To Going Bald?

September 1st, 2016

Being Bald: Is there an advantage?Just as women worry about wrinkles on their face as they get older, men worry about going bald. Anxiety from hair loss is real for many men. Some men decide to grow their hair longer on the sides so they can do a comb-over and cover the bald spot. Although going bald is not the ideal choice for a hairstyle, studies show there are advantages to going bald. Some of these advantages include:

  1. Lower chance of cancer

Studies have shown that men who started to lose their hair earlier in life had a 45% less chance of developing prostate cancer than men with an adequate amount of hair. These studies also noted that continued exposure to large quantities of testosterone can slow the growth of tumors.

  1. Testosterone can boost your metabolism

Although high amounts of testosterone causes havoc on the hair, it has a positive effect on the shape of the body. Testosterone can boost the metabolism and help get men in shape. In addition, the fat content on the facial area tends to lessen which allows the face to appear more sculpted and stronger.

  1. Bald men are considered more “manly”

A study on male baldness was conducted where hundreds of young men and women were asked to give their opinion of men with or without hair. During the study, photos of men with full heads of hair and photos of the same men with digitally removed hair were presented. The study showed the men without hair were seen as more assertive, stronger and taller. In addition, the study suggested that bald men were associated more with “manly” professions such as policemen, fire fighters and soldiers.

  1. Bald guys are seen as business savvy

Men who shave their balding heads are often viewed as more assertive, powerful and possessing superior leadership abilities. Some of our strongest and most influential leaders were Gandhi, Churchill and Lenin. If baldness is seen as being powerful, this gives men with no hair a “leg up” in the business world. On the other hand, some studies show that men who do not shave their heads and try to maintain their thinning hair are essentially seen as weak and lacking confidence.

  1. Age resistant

When a man first decides that bald is the way to go, he may feel like he looks older. However, as men continue to age, baldness can make them seem age resistant because there is no hair to lose or turn grey. There will be a few wrinkles but men will continue to look relatively the same age. Some examples of men who don’t seem to age include Bruce Willis and Patrick Stewart.

  1. Get rid of the fear

The fear of going bald is one of the worst fears men deal with in their lives. Some men spend a fortune on medications, shampoos and products to keep their hair longer. However, once the hair is gone, the fear is gone too. Learning to deal with hair loss and accepting it can help a person become stronger and more confident.

  1. A confident man is attractive

The clean shaven look has a number of benefits including a look of confidence. Another benefit of having no hair is saving a ton of money on hair care products since no combing or styling is necessary.

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Odd Baldness Cures From The Past

August 5th, 2016

Experimentation has given the world some marvelous discoveries but not all experiments turn out as planned. When it comes to hair loss, advances in science have brought hair loss treatments to a whole new level. There are several options available for people suffering from hair loss including treatment shampoos, vitamins and hair transplant procedures. However, people suffering from baldness in the past did not have it so easy.

Hair Loss Cure from BeforeStep back in time, about 3500 years ago, to a period when a pharaoh was unnerved by his balding head. Even then, balding was an issue that people were despondent about. So how did they treat baldness back then? According to an Egyptian medical text, a mixture of herbs and cow dung was the trending solution for baldness. Some people used porcupine hair that was boiled in water and applied it to the scalp for four days. A mixture of hippopotamus fat, snake, crocodile and a cat was a treatment used by the pharaoh to treat thinning hair. Nevertheless, these remedies were not very successful which is probably why both male and female royals were known to wear wigs and fake beards in ancient Egypt.

The Greeks were creative people and had some ideas of how to treat balding. Although Hippocrates had dramatic paintings of himself portraying his balding head, he was not pleased with his lack of hair. Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, prescribed himself a mixture of beetroot, spices, horseradish, opium and pigeon droppings. However, when this was unsuccessful, Hippocrates relied on a dim observation. He believed that eunuchs never went bald so he suggested castration as a means to battle baldness.

Ever wonder why Julius Caesar started to wear a laurel wreath on his head? He also struggled with thinning hair and his baldness was seen as a disfigurement which his enemies liked to harp on. Caesar attempted to grow his hair long on the sides and comb the strands over the top but this was not an ideal solution. Eventually, Caesar took the advice of his wife and proceeded to use her crazy home remedy of applying a mixture of horse teeth, bear grease and ground up mice on his head. Unfortunately, this concoction did not work so he decided to cover his balding head with a wreath.

Hairpieces became the rage among French and English nobles in the 17th century after the royals, such as King Louis X111 of France, wore toupees to cover their balding scalps. Of course, these weren’t your run of the mill toupees. These massive white wigs unusually contained long and elaborate curls which were caked with white powder. This style was eventually adopted by wealthy American colonists as a status symbol up until the American Revolution.

In 1936, the Crosley Corporation invented a machine they called the Xervac which used suction to encourage hair growth. However, the Crosley Corporation was an American company which manufactured automobiles and radios and did not specialize in medicine. The Xervac was a helmet-encased vacuum pump which was marketed towards business people. It was advertised as being found in barber shops where men could sit back and read a newspaper while getting their hair follicles massaged. The machine could also be rented and used at home. Needless to say, the world did not benefit from this attempt to suck the follicles into production.

The UK has had some strange cures for baldness in the past and the present. King Henry V111 used to smear horse and dog urine on his bald head to promote hair growth. In more recent times, UK solons provided a bizarre treatment for thinning hair. Aberdeen Organic Bull Semen is a popular treatment used typically on women to restore healthy hair. Fortunately, bovine semen is odorless and colorless. While bull semen is believed to grant a person thick and beautiful hair, it is not actually proven to accomplish that task.

Beliefs and ideas are endless and although some may seem scientifically possible, there is usually no proof and little science behind them. Whether you are a Columbian farmer who believes that bovine saliva can cure balding or from India where regularly standing on your head is thought to restore hair growth, the battle against thinning hair happens all over the world.

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5 Steps To Coping With Hair Loss Gracefully

July 18th, 2016

Hair Loss CopingAs people age, they generally become insecure about one thing or another. Women become apprehensive about wrinkles, facial blemishes and gravity. However, people often don’t realize that men also lose self-confidence. Hair loss happens to be a big fear. Some guys try to hide their hair loss by combing longer strands over the top while others cover it with a hat. Dealing with hair loss gracefully can make a difference in your self-confidence, attitude and happiness. So, don’t hide your thinning hair! Conquer your hair loss with confidence!

Barber Talk

Upon the discovery of a receding hairline, countless men begin to grow their hair longer on the sides. Some try and cover the balding area with the longer strands of hair but that just draws attention to the area. Longer hairstyles tend to amplify the appearance of thinning hair. Instead, talk to your barber about the best style for your hair. Short hairstyles tend to be the best because they can minimize the appearance of thinning hair. With a shorter hair style, you can emphasize your strengths and regain faith in your natural good looks.

Confidence Is Attractive

Some men, with large bald spots, can pull off the clean shaven look. This look has a host of benefits including a statement look of confidence. No more worrying about bald spots with this shaved appearance! Not only that, you can use the same bar of soap to wash your body and your head. However, if the clean shaven look is too much for you, perhaps the buzz cut is better. This style works well if your hair is starting to thin on the crown or hairline. This edgy hair style can build confidence while giving you a rugged look.

Don’t Cover It Up

Lots of guys cover their bald spots by wearing a hat. However, covering up the issue is the same thing as avoiding it. The more you see your own hair, the easier it is for you to build confidence with your new look. Wear your hair proudly!

Hair Care Advice

Even thinning hair needs to be suitably shampooed. Thin or fine hair can easily become greasy. Greasy hair will appear patchy and look even thinner. On the other hand, shampooing too much can be just as bad. Washing your hair too much can strip the hair of its natural oils. Try washing your hair no more than 3 times a week but remember that everyone’s hair is different so pay attention to what works well for you.

Style Your Hair

If you’re going to style your hair, use a light pomade on the top of your head. Pomade is a waxy substance which looks slick and shiny but does not dry out the hair. Ideally the best pomade is made of clay. Ask your barber what hair care product is right for you but please keep in mind that you can also blow dry your hair for extra volume.

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What Is A Bad Hair Day And Why Are You Having One?

June 17th, 2016

Bad Hair Day: What to doYou wake up in the morning, jump in the shower and get ready for the day. However, your hair refuses to cooperate. It’s a mess and rejects the idea of styling. Don’t worry! Maintaining manageable hair is easy with a few helpful tricks and tips.

1. Quit Messing With It!

Do you like to comb and style your hair when it’s wet? Hold on to that comb for a bit! Hair is most fragile when it’s wet. Combing wet hair can stretch, break and cause unwanted frizz as it dries. Combing wet hair causes excess static electricity and makes styling more difficult to manage. Instead, allow your hair to dry naturally before styling. No time to wait for your hair to dry in the morning? Washing your hair the night before can be a great alternative.

2. Hold The Shampoo!

Put down that shampoo bottle! Washing your hair daily can strip essential nutrients and make bad hair days happen more often. Minimize your shampoo use to only 2 or 3 times a week to allow your hair to maintain a healthy level of natural oil without the buildup of grease.

3. It’s a Hot Mess

Hot showers are the best in the winter when you can’t seem to warm up enough. However, your water might be too hot and depleting your hair of its natural moisture. This can cause your hair to look frizzy and dried out. Cooler water can help maintain a natural level of moisture in your hair follicles.

4. Seasons Change and So Does Your Hair

When the seasons change from winter to summer, your body and hair may also react to the change. A hair product used in the winter might not work the same during a rainy day in April. Humidity plays a big part in the funky morning antics during a bad hair day. When the humidity is high, try using a wax-based product to hold your style for the day.

5. Feed Your Hair the Right Foods

Eating a proper diet can keep your hair shiny without having to do much else. Foods high in protein and Omega-3 can feed your hair and skin the proper nutrients and make your hair more manageable. Filling your body with junk food will leave your hair looking greasy, dull and uncontrollable.

6. Don’t Stress Out!

Although having a bad hair day can be quite stressful, stress can alter the condition of your hair. Cortisol is the hormone produced when the body is under stress. Elevated levels of cortisol can cause the hair to look dry, brittle and possibly even thinner than normal. Therefore, remain calm and carry on!

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What Does Your Hairline Say About You?

May 19th, 2016

Hairline featuresComb it over or cover it up or flip it the other way! We know what you say out loud about your hairline but what does your hairline say about you? Hairlines are a genetic trait often discussed among men yet rarely discussed when a female has a receding hairline. Let’s take a look at four types of hairlines and analyze what they say about you.

1. Round

A person who has a rounded hairline is often said to be a perfectionist who prefers things to go their own way because they tend to work out every little detail in advance. If this is your hairline, you like to have advance knowledge of the best way to go about things. The stubbornness you show typically gets on the nerves of others but your persistence usually prevails. Since your idea is usually the most logical, it typically proves to be the ideal decision in the end. When speaking your thoughts, you should try and remember to hear others out before pushing your ideas on them.

2. Corners

A person who has defined corners but lacks a widow’s peak is considered a dreamer. A dreamer must remember that ambition is great but a dreamer still needs to focus on reality. Don’t just sit there and dream about something big. Go out and take the steps to make it happen for yourself.

3. Widow’s Peak

A person with a widow’s peak is a highly logical person who refuses to act on personal bias. You tend to approach situations from both sides, much like your symmetrical hairline, and never favor one side over the other. Your unbiased opinion tends to annoy your friends and family when they simply want your support. When dealing with others and describing your viewpoints accordingly, you should always try to be as patient and understanding as possible.

4. Triangular

A person with a triangular hairline is said to be a total rebel without a cause. Doing what is generally expected is NOT your thing. In fact, doing the opposite is more your personality. As a rebel, you could care less about fitting in with others. You are always coming up with new ways to challenge the existing state of affairs. Your words can seem cruel to others as you tend to speak with unfiltered opinions but that is why your friends tend to come to you when they want the cold, hard truth. When speaking with friends and family, you should try to remember to hear the words in your head before they exit your mouth.

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How to Treat Female Hair Loss

April 15th, 2016

Hair loss is generally considered an issue with males. However, female hair loss occurs in approximately 5% of women under the age of 30 and 60% of those who are over the age of 70. Female-pattern hair loss is genetically inherited from either of the parents and can affect a woman’s hair by thinning the area known as the crown. The shortened growth of hair in this area leaves a woman with wispy-looking hairs instead of flowing hair due to the fact that the hair will not grow to its natural length any longer.

Most women prefer to hide their thinning or hair loss by altering their usual hairstyle. However, many doctors believe that the earlier a patient treats their hair loss, the better the final outcome. Thankfully, there are many hair loss treatment options available for female patients of all ages.

Female Hair LossUnlike men, the only topical application approved by the FDA for woman is Minoxidil 5% which is also known as Rogaine. Fortunately, 81% of women see results when using this foam once per day to regenerate hair growth. Minoxidil is also available in a liquid solution of 2% and 5% and is available over the counter. Minoxidil works by extending the growth period of the hair which, in turn, provides more time for the hair to grow to a more natural length. With Minoxidil, a person must be patient. It must be used once per day and it will take 3-4 months before any noticeable improvement is seen. Furthermore, this product works best when the patient begins using it in the earliest stages of hair loss. It must be used consistently in order for it to work. In other words, if a patient stops using the product, the hair stops growing again.

Many women believe that hair loss stems from getting their hair permed, colored or from various hair care products. However, this isn’t true. Women do not need to alter their shampoo although an anti-dandruff shampoo which contains ketoclonazole (anti-fungal) like Head and Shoulders can help stimulate hair growth. Anything with zinc pyrthione, which is anti-fungal and antibacterial, can also work well for female patients.

Low iron may be a culprit in hair loss with women. A physician can run tests to determine if a female has low levels of ferritin in her body. Ferritin is a protein that indicates the total amount of iron stored in the body. Therefore, iron supplements might be helpful.

Other women might be experiencing hormonal abnormalities which are often excess male hormones called androgens. Androgens can cause hair loss in women that is similar to male-pattern hair loss. If this is the case, a physician can prescribe medications such as oral contraceptives and spironolactone to combat hair loss.

Finally, hair transplant surgery is a procedure where tiny follicles of hair are transplanted from one area of the scalp to the lacking area. Since the genetics of the hair is different within the various areas of the scalp, this makes hair transplant surgery successful. Many women opt to have this procedure done because it is permanent and can leave the hair looking quite natural.

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