HAIR MATTERS

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



Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD March 16, 2017

Age-appropriate Hair Restoration Decisions.

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?

genetics | hair loss myths and facts | male pattern baldness

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 his 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
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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?

Hair loss | laser comb | Laser helmet

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

male hair loss | psychology of 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? While every individual is different, we can make some generalizations.
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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
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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?

male hair loss | psychology of 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.

female pattern baldness | hair loss in women | hair transplant

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 restoration | hair transplant

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.

male hair loss | psychology of 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? There are approximately 100,000 hairs on the head of an average adult. Even people not
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD February 16, 2016

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

male hair loss | psychology of 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.

female pattern baldness | hair loss in women

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 on 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 powder
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Jim Harris
by James Harris, MD January 24, 2016

Hair loss and that hat collection of yours.

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

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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