“Full and healthy Poetry “It’s seen as a sign of beauty,” says Miriam Bloch, celebrity wig stylist and founder of The Wig Addiction hair care products.
But what if this guy starts to fade away?
While hair loss is often thought to primarily affect men, according to the American Hair Loss Association, approximately 40 percent of those who suffer from it are women.
The error lies in a variety of factors. “Hormonal changes, genes, stressors, diet, environment, illness, disease and medications can all contribute to hair loss and thinning,” says dermatologist and hair surgeon Craig Ziering. “And for those who engage in stressful hairstyles, excessive use of hot tools, color and chemicals, over time this can damage and destroy follicles, resulting in thinning and weak hair.” In other words, consider your daily dumping of this flat iron.
Although time is of the essence when dealing with a problem. Says dermatologist Tess Mauricio (who recently worked with Khloe Kardashian to remove a facial skin tumor). For those who want to avoid going the hair transplant surgery route – which can easily cost $15,000 and up – here are alternative ways to stop (or hide) the loss.
Ava MD and Skin Five’s Dr. During each 30-40 minute session (about $250 and up per treatment), the portable laser unit delivers energy to the targeted hair follicles. “The controlled laser energy activates the function of the follicles and helped slow hair loss and re-grow new hair for both women and men without any pain or downtime,” she says. Results may vary as each client is unique, with four to six visits (weekly spaced) suggested for best results.
KeraLase Ultra is another pain-free, buzz-free option. During each 30-minute treatment ($4,500 for the suggested package of three, which includes household products), a laser is applied to the scalp to create micro-channels in the epidermis to infuse a serum of five growth factors and proteins. “This is especially useful in the early stages of thinning, and will strengthen and promote growth as well as support slowing down the loss process,” Ziering says.
Wigs, Tops & Extras
Adopted more than ever, wigs provide instantly thicker locks – along with great ease and versatility – particularly given the expertise of Los Angeles’ most respected craftsmen, whose custom, natural-looking work has dramatically raised the bar for craftsmanship. “There’s a lot of people wearing wigs now; wigs and extensions specialist Miria Dermann, whose clients include Gisele Bundchen and Madonna, added, ‘When the work is really good, you can’t tell — it’s like great plastic surgery.”
Both ethically sourced 100% human hair, Bloch and Dearman are sought after by women suffering from hair thinning, genetic hair loss, alopecia, and cancer, as well as clients who simply want a fresh look.
One of the most popular items is a top (think of it like a mini wig), which fits just behind the hairline for a dose of volume and fullness on top of the head.
“Precision is key because the hair on the top should match your real hair that’s flowing on the bottom,” Bloch says. Toppers have become so popular in Hollywood that Derman now trains celebrity hairstylists in how to style and style them.
Prices for their designs start at $2000 and can take anywhere from two weeks to six months depending on the work required. With proper care (Bloch and Dearman both stress using a UV protector to preserve color and texture), their creations can last in strength for up to 5 years.
And if you’ve been craving extras to add volume, but the potential damage they could cause and the idea of sitting in a chair for 8+ hours is pretty unappealing, it’s time to schedule a visit with Priscilla Valles Aguilar. The Queen of Hair Extensions (her clients include Dua Lipa, Katy Perry, Chrissy Teigen, Kim Kardashian and Jake Gyllenhaal for his roles in Prince of Persia) is revered for its efficiency, attention to detail, healthy hair (thanks to its technology and the use of single keratin bonds), and remarkable speed – it does a full head of hair in less than an hour.
“Extensions have a bad application reputation, but I’ve mastered the application and removal process, and the time they stay on the hair—five to seven weeks—before any damage is done,” she says. “My clients actually get healthier hair under my extensions.” Expect to pay anywhere from $2,000 to $8,000 depending on the number of classes for Valles Aguilar’s art.
While minoxidil, the well-known and FDA-approved topical treatment for typical hair loss, has recently made headlines for stimulating hair growth when taken orally as an off-label drug, some trichologists, including Century City-based Mark Douer, have They do not prescribe it orally due to concerns about side effects including low blood pressure.
Other docs say they continue to have success with serums that are applied directly to the scalp. Dermatologist McCrene Alexiades, whose extensive client list includes writer-director Christopher McCurry and Sienna Miller, can barely keep her topical hair-growth formula product in stock. “It’s an FDA-approved blend of finasteride [the generic term for propecia] And minoxidil that doesn’t leave residue, and it works.” Alexiades is also a proponent of taking the Nutrafol hair supplement. “A significant proportion of people report improvements in hair growth, volume, thickness, and rate of regrowth,” she adds.
Ziering offers its own topical containing minoxidil and antioxidant fuel, ZMin: “This is a customized prescription solution that requires 20 fixed drops per day, and you will see results within three months.”
Non-prescription products that can help keep hair healthy include Beverly Hills Hair Clinic’s Dedicated Extract ($88) with Burdock Root and Cow’s Milk Derivatives, and Nateur’s Holi (Locks) Beauty Agent Treatment Oil ($88) with bioactive ingredients based on the milk.
Celebrity-loving celebs, Ranavat often sells an Ayurvedic (fans Mindy Kaling and Gwyneth Paltrow) line of strengthening hair serums. Founder Michelle Ranavat suggests a weekly oiling routine that consists of a deep head massage to invigorate the scalp. “This helps encourage healthy hair growth,” she says.
Celebrity hairstylist Jay Small (Matt Damon, Noah Centineo) created his own serum, to root from Ari. “It combines antioxidants and peptides with a volumizing ingredient, and we’ve taken away fragrances, oils, and fillers to provide the scalp with what it needs to help hair follicles grow,” he says. The patent-pending formula has been described as a triple threat because it is also designed to slow and reverse the growth of gray hair.
A version of this story first appeared in the November 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter. Click here to subscribe.