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Confidence Is Having the Look and Hair on Your Scalp-New Rogaine face Bill Rancic

rogain01MensHealth.com interviewed Bill Rancic about being the new ambassador for Rogaine, and how your appearance can make or break your career.

You’ve checked your resume six times. You know why you’re a good fit for the position. But are you armed with confidence? Bill Rancic, the very first candidate Donald Trump hired eight years ago on The Apprentice , has gone on as a successful entrepreneur, reality TV star, and motivational speaker. His main theme is making an impression goes beyond what you look like on paper. “Confidence is critical,” the 41-year old says. “When you’re confident enough to be yourself, that’s when you’ll get the job.”

Wear confidence—literally 
Is your interview outfit something you feel comfortable and powerful in? Or is it the same suit you wore when you were fresh out of school and about 70 trips to Wendy’s thinner? “Whether you want to admit it or not, people begin to judge you the minute you walk in the door,” says Rancic, who has a hands-on role in the hiring process of his various ventures. “When I’m interviewing someone, I want to make sure that he thought enough to take care of himself—to dress appropriately and to groom himself properly. If he wasn’t willing to do that for the interview, how will he act when he’s working for me?”

Make good grooming a habit
When you sit across from the boss at a table, he’ll be looking at you from the neck up, so make sure you’re feeling assured. Rancic’s secret weapon? Rogaine. “When you lose your hair, it has an impact on confidence and your overall self-esteem whether it affects your career or your love life,” he says. He’s been a Rogaine consumer for years and admits he was shocked with his hair loss comparing before and after photos.


One in four men suffer from hereditary hair loss, so Rancic knows he’s not alone. In his latest role as Rogaine’s “Growth Coach,” he’ll offer advice to men through social media outlets on how to take control of hair loss. Whether you’re hitting the gym to keep your belly in check or loading up on anti-aging products to delay wrinkles, tackle the issue head on instead of running from it. “No one even needs to know what you’re doing,” he says, adding that he’s not the least bit embarrassed to use Men’s Rogaine Unscented Foam. “It’s like a styling mousse. You use it once in the morning and once at night, and it becomes a habit like brushing your teeth.”

Be open to change
In his transient life—he and his wife, Giuliana of E! News, live in Chicago and LA to suit both of their careers.  “Since getting married, it (life) has changed significantly,” he says, laughing. “Oh my God, I was not a good dresser. I’d wear flip-flops and jeans. I guess that’s not cool.” Giuliani helped him with the little things—like introducing him to pocket squares for a simple way to upgrade a smart outfit and wearing proper footwear. (She’s right—flip-flops away from the beach really aren’t cool.) And Giuliana isn’t the only one who thinks change is a good thing. She also has him hooked on after-shave balm (“It tightens up my skin.”), blow-drying his hair (“My hair used to be really flat. It takes like two extra minutes.”), and anti-aging serum. Rancic doesn’t look like a guy who spends too much time grooming—he just looks good.

“I shouldn’t be saying this,” he says. “My buddies in Chicago are going to read this and I’m going to lose my ‘Man Card.’” See that full head of hair, though? Man card is intact.


The Costs, Pros & Cons To Hair Loss Treatments

Hair-Loss-in-menAndrogenetic alopecia (AGA), or male pattern baldness, is the most common form of hair loss. It’s inherited from either one or both parents and is caused by the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which shuts down hair follicle growth. Men with this pattern baldness tend to have the classic “horseshoe” appearance of the scalp; women usually have thinning hair concentrated on the center part or diffuse loss on their entire scalp.

There are many causes for hair loss such as medical illness (diabetes, lupus, hyperthyroidism, and hypothyroidism), medications (antidepressant, beta-blocker, and cholesterol reducer), physical/emotional stress, chemical dyes, and even wearing tight braids/ponytails (Traction Alopecia),and over-styling of the hair.

Here are a few pros and cons of FDA approved hair loss treatments:

Finasteride-DHT Inhibitor

According to clinical studies, this medication, sold as Propecia, was most successful with patients. It’s primarily prescribed for men because it can cause serious birth defects in women.  Women of child bearing years may be prescribed Propecia, but special precautions must be implemented to prevent pregnancy because of teratogenic side effects in male infants. The cost is around $60 to 80 per month depending on the pharmacy.

imagesPros: In clinical trials in which men with pattern baldness took 1 milligram per day for two years, new hair grew in 66 percent of patients. In 83 percent, hair loss was stopped.

images copyCons: Side effects are infrequent but may include decreased libido, impotence and depression. These symptoms typically disappear if the medicine is stopped. Patients should commit to it for at least six (6) months of therapy before evaluating treatment effectiveness. If the patient stops taking the medication   any hair gained or maintained through the therapy will be lost.


This topical product is manufactured in strengths of 2% (the only version approved for women) and 5%, which also comes in a foam. Sold under the brand name Rogaine or generically, versions sell for as little as $10 per month. Minoxidil works best on patients whose hair loss is recent.

imagesPros: In a study cited in the journal ACP Medicine, even the 2 percent solution was shown to produce visible hair growth in about one-third of patients and fine-hair growth in another third.

images copyCons: In the same study, minoxidil was ineffective in one-third of patients. Results might not be visible for 4 to 12 months, and like Finasteride (Propecia) any benefits are lost when you stop applying the product. Side effects include dry, itchy, or irritated scalp and increased facial hair.

Hair Transplant Surgery & Costs

If you want to regain a natural youthful hairline and medical therapy does not work,  or your hair loss is too advance, you will most likely require hair restoration surgery.  Modern hair surgery uses your own natural hair grafts which are moved from the back of the scalp, to the top or front part of your head. There are two surgery techniques used in hair surgery- FUE and Strip. The average cost per graft for the  STRIP technique is $4-8,  and $ 8- 12 for FUE.  The average hair transplant requires 1500 to 2,000 grafts for mild hair loss. Depending on the severity of the hair loss, multiple procedures may be required with over 6000 to 8000 grafts harvested necessary to achieve the proper cosmetic outcome.

imagesPros: If you find a skilled and experienced hair transplant surgeon, and the transplant is successful, you will end up with a youthful appearance of your hair.

images copyCons: Rarely does a surgical hair transplant fail in the hands of an experienced hair surgeon. Make sure the surgeon is an active member of the ISHRS and that they actually perform the hair surgery. Some doctors lack the training and skills to perform FUE surgery. So what these doctors do is to hire hair technicians do perform the surgery, and shake your hand and leave the operating room. Not ethical or legal behavior.

pic-patient-testimonial-6mo-postHair transplant surgeon at OC Hair Restoration of Irvine, California , Dr. Ken Williams, specializes in FUE hair restoration technique. He also not only helps patients struggling with hair loss, but he also speaks to his patients from personal experience. Dr Williams is an advocate for a daily treatment program to treat hair loss.

Williams states, “Daily treatment is key.  The use of a DHT blocker, like Propecia, and topical application of minoxidil will stop further loss and maintain current hair density.” He adds, “I use Rogaine 5% foam in the morning when I am in a hurry to get to work because it acts like a muse and holds the hair in place in the morning. For the evening dose,  I use the liquid Minoxidil from Costco because it is four ($4) dollars a bottle. I take a DHT inhibitor once a day, and I use the Laser Cap (low-level laser therapy) every other day. I have an aggressive approach to a daily treatment program because I had FUE hair restoration surgery, and I don’t want to be bald ever again.”


Bon Jovi Death Hoax & Hair Loss

Jon Bon Jovi is the latest celebrity victim of the infamous “celebrity death hoax.”  Yesterday afternoon Jon quickly went to Facebook to set the record straight stating “heaven look a lot like New Jersey.”

In the early days of his career, Jon sported the infamous long big hair of the 1980s. Over the years his hair has been de-poofed and cut shorter to reveal significant hair thinning and hair loss of the frontal hairline. On February 20, 2009 Starpulse.com quoted Bon Jovi “Oh, let me tell you, I am so worried (about my hair). I look at guys like Sting and think, ‘Well, he’s cool about it,’ but I’m already losing it a bit and I’m so aware of it. Someone told me that you have to regularly massage your scalp, so I do that all the time. You look like a jerk, but it’s got to be worth a shot, right?” At the end of 2009 Jon spoke with The Times, he said when his wife threw him a 40th birthday party he jokingly told her to take lots of photos because it would be “the last pretty birthday”. Jon Bovi reveals, “I ain’t gonna do no shots, no Botox, no hair plugs, anything. I’m comfortable enough in my skin to know that such is life. I’d rather age gracefully.”

Hair transplant surgeon Dr. Ken Williams, of OC Hair Restoration Center located in Irvine, California, advises patients to be proactive about their hair loss and diligent about their daily treatment program.  “Daily treatment is key,” says Dr Williams, “the use of a DHT blocker like Propecia, and topical application of minoxidil will stop further loss and maintain the current hair density.”

Tom Hanks Hair Loss-Genetic Testing for Children

There are many inheritable characteristics children stand to obtain from their parents, and an unfortunately hair loss is one of them. If Tom Hanks‘ sons, Colin and Chet, want to know if they will one day in the future develop their father’s receding hairline, there is new science that will help them gather that information. DermaGenoma has revolutionized the field of genetic testing with Hair Dx.  Hair Dx is the newest and exciting science based and FDA approved genetic testing for hair loss.

In the field of hair restoration, the greatest challenge is when to begin treatment for hair loss for those genetically at-risk children whose parents suffer from hair loss. It is a well-known fact that many at-risk teenagers and young adults will not notice their hair loss until approximately 50% of their hair follicles are permanently gone. Although the medical research is lacking, the question is always asked by those patients at risk because of a strong family history,  is it reasonable to begin a medical treatment program before the hair loss is observed.  The hair Dx test provides the needed accuracy for the patient to decide on an early prevention program.

Hair loss surgeon Dr. Ken Williams of OC Hair Restoration Center in Irvine, California uses Hair DX genetic testing in his hair loss practice. “This test is based on solid science and academic understanding of DNA. It completely transformed what we know and how we treat hair loss in men and women” says Dr. Williams. “Those young adults can benefit from knowing their genetic test results so they can make a more complete decision on whether to start a medical prevention program.”

The Hair DX genetic test is not just for men, but it assist hair loss specialists in determining if specific medication, i.e., Finasteride,  will benefit women. In young men like Mr. Hanks children who have a strong genetic history of hair loss, it helps predict hair loss or thinning. If a patient is diagnosed early, timely medication stabilization and treatment programs will help delay miniaturization of the hair follicle.

Look Out Kim Kardashian: Divorce Causes Hair Loss in Women

Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from husband Kris Humpfries on Monday, October 31, 2011. Even though Kim and Kris were only married for 72 days getting divorced is tough.  After filing couples must begin splitting their finances, property, and kids — all of these factors can lead to high levels of stress. According to a new study, all of that stress can lead to increased hair loss in divorced women.

Dr. Bahman Guyuron, the study’s lead author, found that women who have had multiple marriages (including widows and divorcees) suffer more hair loss than those who are happily married. In men, marital status did not appear to impact hair loss patterns; genetics and excessive smoking were the top factors. He analyzed the lifestyles and hair patterns of 66 identical male twins and 84 female twins to determine which external factors contribute to hair loss.

The study, which was presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons‘ annual conference in Denver, also revealed that other external factors could contribute to hair loss in women. In particular, sleeping more than eight hours per day, excessive smoking and sun exposure can increase your risk.

So what can women do to combat hair loss? Hair loss surgeon Dr. Ken Williams of OC Hair Restoration Center in Irvine, California recommends “…common sense and advice such as routine exercise, moderation of alcohol and absolutely no tobacco products. If a patient’s stress is too overwhelming then consider seeing a counselor or pharmacologic support by seeing your primary care physician or mental health expert. Hair loss has no common cure but Minoxidil twice daily helps maintain the health of the hair follicle.”

Hair Loss After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Early this week E! news reported that Fashion Police cohost and E! news anchor, Giuliana Rancic, has been recently diagnosed with early stage breast cancer.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.

October is breast cancer awareness month and The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2011 are staggering:

  • 230, 480 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women
  • 57,650 new cases of non-invasive/earliest from of breast cancer will be found
  • 39,520 deaths from breast cancer (women)

In honor of this month allow us to shed light on a topic that is too often overlooked when treating breast cancer: hair loss in breast cancer patients and survivors.

Everyone knows that chemotherapy causes hair loss, but it is assumed once chemotherapy has stopped the survivor’s hair will grow back. What is documented is oncologist may inadvertently be prolonging hair loss for breast cancer patients and survivors by not recommending FDA approved hair restoration medications.

The drug Letrozole, generic name for Femara®, is often prescribed to breast cancer patients and survivors. Letrozole lowers estrogen levels in women, which may slow the growth of certain types of breast tumors that need estrogen to grow in the body. Letrozole was made available for prescription in 1997.

While there are many potential side effects for Letrozole such as high cholesterol, hot flashes, osteoporosis, nausea, etc.,  the side effect most often dismissed or overlooked by treating physicians is hair loss.

In  the Oxford  Annals of Oncology, a  published article entitled Alopecia in a premenopausal breast cancer woman treated with letrozole and triptorelin, physicians found that women complained of a “daily scalp hair loss while combing and progressively developed a diffuse non-scaring alopecia” while on Letrozole. When other causes of hair loss were eliminated, the conclusions from this study showed when topical minoxidil 2% was applied twice a day hair loss stopped, approximately 6-8 weeks later, and hair regrowth was seen.

Hair loss surgeon Dr. Ken Williams of OC Hair Restoration Center in Irvine, California recommends women start using minoxdil 2% or 5% twice a day before starting on Letrozole therapy.  “Women shouldn’t have to chose between cancer and hair loss”, says Dr. Williams.

For Guliana Rancic, and all women who are diagnosed with breast cancer, we pray for faith, hope, and strength to come to you in your time of need.