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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.

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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.

Using Fat Cells to Cure Hair Loss


Yale researchers have discovered the source of signals that trigger hair growth, an insight that may lead to new treatments for baldness. Researchers have identified stem cells within the skin’s fatty layer and showen that molecular signals from these cells were necessary to spur hair growth in mice, according to the data published in the Sept. 2 issue of the medical journal Cell.

“If we can get these fat cells in the skin to talk to the dormant stem cells at the base of hair follicles, we might be able to get hair to grow again,” said Valerie Horsley, assistant professor of molecular, cellular, and developmental biology and senior author of the paper.

Men with male pattern baldness still have stem cells in follicle roots but these stem cells have lost the ability to jump-start hair regeneration. Scientists have known that these follicle stem cells need signals from within the skin to grow hair, but the source of those signals has been unclear.

Horsley’s team observed that when hair dies, the layer of fat in the scalp which comprises most of the skin’s thickness shrinks. When hair growth begins, the fat layer expands in a process called adipogenesis. Researchers found that a type of stem cell involved in the creation of new fat cells, adipose precursor cells, was required for hair regeneration in mice. They also found these cells produce molecules called PDGF (platelet derived growth factors), which are necessary to produce hair growth.

Horsley’s lab is trying to find other signals produced by adipose precursor stem cells that may play a role in regulating hair growth. She also wants to know whether these same signals are required for human hair growth. Other authors from Yale are lead author Eric Festa, Jackie Fretz, Ryan Berry, Barbara Schmidt, Matthew Rodeheffer and Mark Horowitz.

The work was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Connecticut Stem Cell Research Program.

A.J. From Backstreet Boys Gets Hair Restoration Surgery


 

rs_560x415-130405092249-1024.AJMclean.mh.040513“Some Girls get there boobs done some guys get abb implants all to make them happy!  This was the one thing I did and I couldn’t be happier thank u dr G!!!!” McLean, 35, wrote as the cation to an Instagram pic he posted showing the before and after results of his hair restoration surgery.

 

The Difference Between Male & Female Hair Loss


male-female2-300x227Many people believe female pattern hair loss is the same disease as male pattern hair loss, and  the hair loss pattern just looks different in women. In the last decades, though, the discussion between hair restoration surgeons in the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) has focused on the reality these two separate diseases or problems exists. Today many ISHRS physicians hypothesize  there are two different disease entities because their natural history (epidemiology) is so different.Many hair restoration surgery specialists think Female Androgenetic Alopecia is a misnomer and prefer the term Congenital Female Pattern Hair

PROMOTING PUBLIC AWARENESS-CARLOS PUIG

Promoting public awareness of female hair loss to the lay pubic and medical doctors is no easy matter. One particular physician, though, leading the effort is Carlos Puig , of Houston, Texas.  His tireless efforts to bring public attention to this medical condition is applauded and deeply appreciated. He is the founding member and current President of the ISHRS.  He is a world-renowned hair  restoration surgeon and probably the most knowledgeable hair specialist on female hair loss.

On a regular basis he leads an international effort to teach physicians about female hair loss and surgical restoration.  His hair restoration course, “Cowgirl Hair Loss Workshop,”  is an excellent compilation of his knowledge as well as featured hair surgeons from around the globe.   His below referenced chart comparison illustrates the differences between hair loss in men and women. We commend Dr. Puig for his efforts to bring hair surgical and medical restoration options to female hair loss suffers.

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**Chart adopted from Dr. Puig’s web site: www.hairrestorationhouston.com

HORMONE, STRESS, GENETICS ?

In some women with a genetic predisposition to hair loss, a group of hormones called androgens interferes with the growth cycle of the hair. These androgen hormones-testosterone, Androsteinedione, and Dihydrotestosterone (DHT)- are dominant hormones in men, but are present in women to a much lesser degree. In some women, hair loss may be due to the action of androgens on the hair follicles.

Hair grows at one-half inch per month and the growth phase can lasts two to six years. With yet-to-be discovered physiologic signals, the hair goes into a resting phase for a period of time, then the hair follicle falls out and a new follicle starts the process all over again.

In women who are genetically susceptible, when the testosterone comes in contact with enzymes residing in the hair cell, it is converted into the more potent androgen DHT, which then binds with receptors deep within the hair follicle. Over time, DHT in the hair follicle alters the natural resting and growth phases of the hair. Some of the hair follicles eventually die, while others stop continuing healthy hair growth.

webmd_rf_photo_of_hair_loss_chartThe term ‘androgenic alopecia’ in women is often referred to “female pattern hair loss.” It is a broader term that encompasses many possible causes of hair loss in women. Androgenic alopecia is caused by factors related to the actions of hormones, e.g., ovarian cysts, use of high androgen index birth control pills, pregnancy, and menopause. Just like in men, DHT and heredity plays a role in this disease.

In men, the pattern of hair loss is distinct whereas, women have a diffuse thinning of their hair. Female pattern balding affects circumferentially the whole top of the head with preservation of the frontal hairline. Men rarely have diffuse thinning and the frontal hair line is usually  loss to balding.

The science of female balding remains not entirely  understood.  Genetic codes and other factors plays a role in hair loss in women and remains a challenge to doctors and patients alike.

Saints defeat Lions, but Drew Brees is losing fight against hair loss


On Saturday, January 7, 2012 the New Orleans Saints defeated the Detroit Lions with a 45-28 NFC wild-card victory.  Drew Brees led an unstoppable offense by throwing for 466 yards, the most yards in a regulation playoff game.  “We were pulling out all the stops,” Brees said.  “We play aggressive. We’re not going to apologize for that. That gives guys in the huddle a lot of confidence. We’re not going to pull the reins back. It’s pedal to the metal.” That type of aggression has led to many victories for the New Orleans Saints, and if Brees would show that type of aggression with his hair he may have preserved his frontal hairline and overall hair density.

It is normal to shed hair everyday and the truth is we lose between 100-125 hairs on any given day.  However, some individuals may experience higher amounts of hairs being shed each day. Once a hair reaches the end of its growth cycle it will then shed from the scalp. At any given time 10% of our hair is in a “resting phase” and after 2-3 months resting, hair falls out and new hair grows in its place.

As we age, both men and women will experience some hair loss. This is a normal part of the aging process. Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA) accounts for 95% of hair loss, and it often times runs in families. In men this condition is usually referred to as Male Pattern Baldness (MPB). MPB is characterized by a receding hair-line and baldness on the top of head.  Women, on the other hand, don’t go entirely bald even if their hair loss is severe. Instead, hair loss is spread out evenly over their entire scalp while maintaining the frontal hairline.

Hair restoration surgeon, Dr. Ken Williams of the Irvine Institute of Medicine and Cosmetic Surgery adds, “Drew is one of the truly amazing football players in the NFL. But if he continues to lose hair, he will look much older than his chronological age if he does not intervene at this time in his life.  His hair loss is quite noticeable and I don’t want to see him lose any more.”

Hormones play a dominant role when talking about AGA. Simply put, both men and women produce testosterone and this testosterone is converted to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) with the aid of the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase. DHT miniaturizes the hair follicles causing the membranes in the scalp hair density to decrease.

Men naturally produce more testosterone than women and therefore men experience more hair loss. Both male and female AGA is very common and easily treated medicallyand surgically. For medical treatment,  minoxidil is recommended for both men and women to apply topically twice a day. For men, taking the oral medication finasteride, DHT blocker, is strongly recommended. Male and female AGA responds well to low-level laser therapy, and platelet rich plasma therapy is a therapy with a potential future as well.  For surgical treatment there is the older and more invasive linear strip method, or the latest FDA approved hair surgery called Automated FUE.

Tiger Woods Wins Chevron World Challenge & Reveals Hair Loss


On Sunday, December 4, 2011 Tiger Woods swung his way to victory at the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California.  Tiger birdied the final two holes and beat Zach Johnson by one stroke.  It has been two long years, 749 days to be exact, since Tiger has won either an official or unofficial tournament. After delivering a 10-foot downhill clutch birdie putt on the 18th hole Tiger gave an enthusiastic fist pump and the crowd erupted. After a quick celebration Tiger raised his cap in the air and revealed his receding frontal hairline and thinning temporal points.

It’s no secret that Tiger, currently  35 years old, has had a difficult 2 years both personally and professionally.  Has all that stress finally revealed itself through his hairline or is just unlucky genetics? Truthfully, it’s probably both. Most men have sometime of family history of hair thinning or hair loss, and emotional/physical stress can kick an existing condition into overdrive. Hair transplant surgeon Dr. Ken Williams of OC Hair Restoration Center located in Irvine, California treats men with this condition and appearance regularly and he has some advice. “Tiger is my favorite pro golfer, but he definitely has experienced hair loss and there is no better time like now to start a medical treatment before he loses more hair follicles, ” says Dr. Williams. “Outside of starting a medical stabilization program, hair surgery could be considered using FUE with NeoGraft or traditional Strip surgery to add density to his frontal hairline and re-establish his temporal points,” adds Williams.