HAIR MATTERS

A blog bout the science, studiesand storiesof hair loss and restoration.



Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD October 19, 2018

Eyebrow regrowth? For real?

eyebrow transplant | hair transplant for women

Your eyebrows frame your face, amplify emotion, and enhance expression. But you may have been noticing that your eyebrows are becoming thin or wispy, and that this is impacting your appearance, and not for the better. If this is the case, is there anything you can do so promote eyebrow regrowth, or is eyebrow loss
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD September 11, 2018

Hair Grafts – What Are They Actually?

hair transplant | hair loss myths and facts | male pattern baldness

If you are considering a hair transplant, you may already know that you will need a specific number of hair grafts transplanted into the bald or thin areas of your scalp. The number of grafts needed varies in each individual case, but is based on the size of the area to be treated. But do
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD July 17, 2018

Stem Cells for Hair Loss? Don’t Believe It. | Dr. James Harris

hair loss myths and facts | male pattern baldness

If you are suffering from male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness, you may be very intrigued by claims from some hair restoration clinics that promise a new “breakthrough” technology that involves stem cells for hair loss. Unfortunately, these claims stating that current stem cell therapies work for hair loss are false. I recently checked
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD July 17, 2018

Dandruff and hair loss – is there a connection?

hair loss myths and facts | hair loss causes

If you are a guy whose hair is thinning and you also have dandruff, you may be wondering if the dandruff is actually causing the hair loss, or if there is a connection. It’s not and there isn’t. Male pattern baldness, which manifests in the typical receding hairline and loss of hair at the crown,
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD June 12, 2018

Hair cloning: a cure for baldness on the horizon

hair cloning

It may seem too good to be true, but hair cloning is expected to become a reality as early as 2028. Along with a handful of the world’s top doctors and scientists in the field of hair restoration, I am currently a clinical partner and consulting medical advisor at HairClone™, a UK-based biotechnology research firm
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD June 3, 2018

Hair Transplant Success Rate

 

Many patients coming to my clinic are concerned about the success rate that can be expected from a hair transplant procedure. There are several aspects related to the topic of hair transplant success rate that can be explored. Does it work? Many patients coming into my clinic will simply ask, “Doc, will it work?” The short
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD April 27, 2018

Non-surgical hair loss treatment cost

female hair loss | male hair loss | non-surgical hair loss

A hair transplant is a nice hair restoration option for many men and women. But non-surgical options may be right for you, either as an adjunct treatment to a hair transplant or in lieu of one. In either case, the cost of non-surgical hair loss treatment options may be of interest to you. To that
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD April 11, 2018

PRP for hair restoration – get the straight facts

female hair loss | male hair loss

  Platelet rich plasma (PRP) has been used in the medical fields of wound and tissue healing for over two decades. Lately there is a lot of buzz lately about PRP being utilized as an effective new therapy for hair restoration in both men and women. But what are the facts? Can PRP for hair
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD March 20, 2018

Can you really stop hair shedding?

hair loss in women | male hair loss

  Every man and woman who comes to my clinic is concerned about hair loss. It can be quite demoralizing to see your precious hair strands literally go down the drain. But it is quite normal to lose some hair daily, whether or not you suffer from male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness. So
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD February 20, 2018

Hair transplant scar with FUE? What’s the truth?

hair transplant | male hair loss | hair loss myths and facts

  A Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant is a minimally invasive procedure, and unlike the Strip Method, it leaves no linear scar. It is permanent, natural in the sense that it uses your own hair, and completely undetectable as a hair transplant. But does it leave any visible hair transplant scar whatsoever? In an
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD January 7, 2018

Does baldness skip a generation?

hair loss myths and facts | male pattern baldness | genetics

Male-pattern baldness (MPB) is a genetic condition that “runs in the family.” If your father and uncles are all in varying stages of baldness does this mean you are destined to lose your hair, or does baldness skip a generation? There is no easy answer to this question. As with many genetically inherited conditions it
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD December 21, 2017

Hair loss prevention — 3 myths and 5 facts

hair loss myths and facts

I could write an entire chapter about the myths and facts of hair loss prevention…and as a matter of fact I have. The Internet age has been a boon for information on many a medical condition, but with beauty bloggers posing as experts offering “miracle” remedies, the conversation around hair loss has only become more
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD August 18, 2017

Is it “normal” for men to have a hair transplant?

hair transplant | male hair loss

Hair restoration has come a long way since I first published my book in 2003 on the subject of follicular unit extraction (FUE), entitled, The Hair Replacement Revolution: A Consumer’s Guide to Effective Hair Replacement Techniques. Before the revolutionary hair-by-hair FUE method of transplantation, there was a great deal of embarrassment and stigma around addressing
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD June 5, 2017

Does ARTAS work with curly, African-American, blonde or grey hair?

male hair loss | hair loss myths and facts

There us quite some confusion around whether or not the ARTAS® robot is suitable for people with blonde, grey, curly or very curly hair. This is not surprising, in that the Wikipedia entry for ARTAS contains the following erroneous statement: “ARTAS can only be used on patients with straight, dark hair”. The moral of the
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD April 27, 2017

Can braiding make your hair fall out?

hair loss myths and facts

From 80s beauty icon Bo Derek to current basketball sensation Allen Iverson, tight braids, also known as cornrows and weaves, have been fashionable in the U.S. for decades. For years it was a common site to see legions of women disembarking from beach vacation flights sporting the tight braids, and many sports figures continue to
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD March 16, 2017

What age is too young to get a hair transplant?

male hair loss

What age is too young to get a hair transplant? At what age should I start using Rogaine®? These are common questions among those suffering male pattern hair loss, the first signs of which can often appear in the late teens and early 20s. Since no two heads are exactly alike, a definitive age for
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD February 16, 2017

Does your baldness gene come from your mother or father?

hair loss myths and facts | male pattern baldness | genetics

There are a lot of myths and misinformation about the genetic causes of male pattern baldness (MPB). One of the most enduring is that a man inherits the genetic propensity for MPB from his mother. While there is some truth to this, it is not the whole story. The primary baldness gene is on the X,
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD January 16, 2017

Hair throughout history

Hair loss | History of Hair

Throughout history, attractive hair has been highly prized among all cultures. In ancient Greece women wore their hair long, and elaborate braids and precious metals adorned those belonging to the upper classes. In Roman times elaborate wigs indicated high status, while slaves and those in mourning were obliged to keep their hair closely cropped. In
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD December 16, 2016

Laser hair combs for hair loss? Really?

laser comb | Laser helmet | Hair loss

Ah, if only you could wake up in the morning, pour a cup of coffee, run a comb through your hair, and go from a Norwood 5 to a Norwood 1. That won’t happen anytime soon, and may never. But laser combs do exist, and Low Level Laser Therapy for hair loss does work in
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD November 29, 2016

Doc, I’m 23 and balding

psychology of hair loss | male hair loss

Over the years I have encountered some or all of the following circumstances and reactions in men who began losing hair at a very young age. Your hair loss began with receding temples, and you first noticed it at 18. It seemed to happen so suddenly. At 23 you looked in the mirror and saw
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD November 8, 2016

Can a hair transplant restore receding temples?

ARTAS app | Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)

Let’s say you are a man in your early 20s with a Norwood 2 classification—in other words, you are battling the most common of all hair loss scenarios, receding temples. Should you get a hair transplant, and is now the right time to have one? (Little known fact: many women also suffer temple recession.) While
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD October 28, 2016

Stress and hair loss—is there really a connection?

hair loss myths and facts

“I was pulling my hair out from worry!” We’ve all heard idioms about stress and hair loss. And while pulling one’s own hair out, a psychological obsessive-compulsive disorder called trichotillomania, can result in baldness, is there an actual connection between stress and hair falling out? Let’s look at stress that will certainly NOT make your hair
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD August 16, 2016

What is the Norwood Scale?

male pattern baldness

The Hamilton-Norwood Scale, better known simply as the Norwood Scale, is a way of measuring and categorizing male pattern baldness using an illustrated representation of the progression of hair loss in men. The scale ranges from stages I to VII. A hair restoration doctor or clinician will refer to a patient as, for example, a
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD August 16, 2016

Surprising Hair Facts

hair loss myths and facts

Considering that we all have hair on our head (to one degree or another) it’s surprising how much about hair remains a mystery to most people. Of the surprising hair facts below, how many were you aware of? Hair is the second fastest growing tissue in the body (bone marrow is the first). Balding only
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD August 16, 2016

Can hair loss impact your career?

psychology of hair loss | male hair loss

Many factors affect whether a person gets hired, how much a person gets paid, and how far they will advance in their careers. US News asserts that body decoration such as facial tattoos and septum piercing can be a roadblock to that second interview. CNN reported in 2015 that women still make 78 cents to
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD June 20, 2016

First my husband, now me: why women lose hair.

hair transplant | hair loss in women | female pattern baldness

We see a lot of women at the Hair Sciences Center, which is not really surprising. Why women lose hair is a topic of great concern. While male pattern baldness is a very visible and well known phenomenon, women are nearly as likely to suffer thinning hair by the time they reach their 50’s. Many
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD June 6, 2016

Your hair transplant—public knowledge or well-kept secret?

hair transplant | hair restoration

It is quite common for those suffering hair loss to try to keep the bald spot or receding hairline a secret for months or even years at a time. Hats from an often extensive collection are commonly deployed in this ongoing effort. But what about your hair transplant? If you have finally decided to get
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD May 24, 2016

Researchers discover genes associated with human hair growth.

hair growth research | non-surgical hair loss treatments

A study published in the journal Nature Communications in March 2016 identifies, for the very first time, a host of genes believed to be associated with many hair characteristics, including eyebrow and beard bushiness, hair color and shape, hair graying and hair loss. We asked Dr. Harris to weigh in on import of this study.
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD March 23, 2016

Are laser therapy helmets for real?

hair growth research | non-surgical hair loss treatments

How’s this for a dream come true: you don a helmet, and look like you are going on a bike ride (or maybe like a Star Wars storm trooper). You sip some coffee and read the morning paper for 20 minutes, and presto! A full head of hair. If this sounds too good to be
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD March 23, 2016

It’s not the hair, it’s the loss.

psychology of hair loss | male hair loss

Some of the most stressful situations in life, such as the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, or the diagnosis of a life-threatening illness, will elicit predictable feelings of sadness, fear, anger, frustration, even panic. Although at first glance, these stressful situations may appear different from one another, a second look reveals
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD March 21, 2016

See the future with the ARTAS Hair Studio

ARTAS robotic hair transplant | innovations in hair restoration

What if you could get an accurate simulation of the future you, post-transplant, with a new head of hair? At HSC we don’t have an H.G. Wells-style time machine, but the new ARTAS Hair Studio is the next best thing. You don’t have to travel through time to see the future you, and there are
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD February 16, 2016

Diet and hair loss—is there a connection?

hair growth research | hair loss myths and facts

A nutrient-dense diet is essential to achieve optimum health, and your hair is no exception. Yet if you are going bald due to genetic influences, even the best foods will not halt the progression. So where does the truth lie? Is there a connection between diet and hair loss? There are approximately 100,000 hairs on
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD February 16, 2016

Male hair loss hurts and it’s okay to admit it.

psychology of hair loss | male hair loss

We all want to be judged on the content of our character, our intelligence, as a breadwinner or devoted family man. But let’s face it, everyone is also judged on how they look, and all men want to be thought of as a sexy date or handsome husband. Image does matter, and not just on
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD February 11, 2016

Anti-aging strategies for women

hair loss in women | female pattern baldness

Benjamin Franklin once noted that the only sure things in life are death and taxes, but let’s face it, you can add aging to that list as well. Aging is the most natural and inevitable of processes, but that doesn’t mean it feels good. While inner wisdom may begin to flourish, most external changes are
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD January 25, 2016

Does chili oil promote hair growth?

hair growth research | hair loss myths and facts

The Claim: We recently became aware of an article in the Huffington Post, entitled “Can Chili Oil Make Your Hair Grow?” In it, a beauty blogger is featured, discussing a “secret recipe” for hair growth that was handed down from her grandmother. This recipe consists of virgin coconut oil mixed with a teaspoon of chili
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD January 24, 2016

Hair loss and that hat collection of yours

psychology of hair loss | male hair loss | hair loss myths and facts

It probably started out with a baseball cap because you began to notice, with some alarm, that your hair was thinning. You felt more confident with a hat on, because the receding temples and growing bald spot made you look older than you felt on the inside. The thought of a shiny crown was actually
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD January 23, 2016

Undetectable. No, Really.

ARTAS robotic hair transplant | innovations in hair restoration

The days of hair plugs are long gone…if your hair restoration surgery is performed correctly. Modern hair restoration techniques that transplant your very own hair follicles can deliver results that are 100% natural and undetectable when performed by a skilled physician. And by “undetectable” we mean to complete strangers, your hair stylist, and to your
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