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By: Maddie Poteat

Hair Extensions are SO in.

Longer, fuller, healthier hair is something we are all after.  Hair only grows so fast but when it just isn’t fast enough we turn to extensions.  While you may know a lot about this fad, there is so much more to learn!  As we prepare to launch our very own brand of extensions, we wanted to share 10 things you need to know about them!

1. There are so many different types of hair extensions! Microbead (I-Tip), Tape-In, Fusion (Glue-In), Flat-Tip, Clip-In, Hand Tied, etc.  Each type is different and offers the wearer a different type of extension experience.  We recommend you talk with your stylist to see what kind fits you best!

2. Unlike the synthetic hair of the past, you can treat today’s extensions just like you would your normal hair.  When investing in extensions, you are purchasing real hair.  This means it can be washed, dried, and styled just like your real hair!

Hand Tied Hair Extensions

3. While the term “extensions” refers to extending the length of your hair, extensions can actually be used to add thickness and fullness as well!  If you’re looking for a little bit more volume or to thicken up your ponytail, extensions can help.

4. Unfortunately, not all hair can support extensions.  Before purchasing anything make sure to consult a stylist about what you are aiming to achieve.  He or she will look at and feel your hair to make sure it can support the extensions you want.

Hand Tied Wefts - Hair Extensions

5. Contrary to popular belief, extensions should not damage your natural hair.  If both the quality of the extensions and the skill of the stylist installing them are top notch, your natural hair shouldn’t be affected by the new hair.

6. Some types of hair extensions take longer to install than others.  Hand-tied extensions take about two hours depending on the stylist installing them.  (That time does not include coloring or styling the hair).

7. The products you use have an impact on your extensions.  Just like your normal hair, you’ll want to be sure you’re using the right products on your extensions as well.  Look for products that will help keep the ends from drying out and will keep your color from fading.  We recommend Garbo’s Brilliance Blow Dry Flat Iron Sealer and Garbo’s Elixir 11!  Both products are color-safe and can be used on both your natural hair and your new extensions.

Installing Hand Tied Extensions

8. They will appear natural!  The only person who will know you have extensions in will be you!  A talented stylist will color match your hair properly and install the extensions so they blend perfectly with your natural hair.

9. Extensions can add dimension.  If you’ve always been hesitant about coloring your hair, extensions may be the perfect option.  You can add color dimension to your hair without coloring your natural hair.

10. Extensions come in all sizes and colors.  Don’t worry, most salons can customize your extensions so they match both your current hair color and the length you want.  

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By: Maddie Poteat

August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month, a national holiday dedicated to raising awareness around this emotionally taxing condition affecting both men and women. Though the causes of hair loss differ from person to person, the toll on one’s confidence and self-image is the same.

Fortunately, there are options available to treat your current hair loss condition and prevent further shedding or thinning, while also learning how to shift your outlook from embarrassment to empowerment. If you want to gain a better understanding of hair loss and the kind of support you may need to surpass it, then refer to the following for more information.

How to Cope With Hair Loss

If you are frustrated at the rate in which your hair is falling out, know that you’re not suffering alone. An astonishing 40 percent of women will experience noticeable hair loss by the age of 40, and approximately 40 percent of men will have noticeably thinning hair by the time they reach 50.

Since society tends to consider the balding process more acceptable for men than for women, there is a lingering misconception that men don’t face the same emotional burdens of the condition. In reality, research proves otherwise. Polling has shown that more than half of all people experiencing hair loss would rather have more hair than money and friends and would spend their life savings to regain a full head of hair – men included. When hair loss robs both men and women of their personal expression, self-esteem, and outward confidence, how does one cope?

First, it’s important to not sweep your concerns (and shedding hair) under the rug. If you aren’t at peace with the state of your hair, then it’s crucial to put the time and effort into looking at all of your options. A solution may be as simple as finding the right cut or color that makes your hair appear thicker and fuller.  One of our talented barbers or stylists can be a great resource for arranging a new cut or hairdo. Not to mention they can lead you in the right direction towards hairpieces like wigs or extensions.

How to Treat Hair Loss

How to Treat Hair Loss

If you’re looking to cure your thinning hair as opposed to covering it up, the best place to start is with your primary care doctor who will be able to look at possible causes related to iron deficiency, thyroid issues, lupus, and more. From that point, they will be able to refer you to a specialist who can look further into the patterns of your hair loss and draw conclusions based on your habits, lifestyle, and family history.  DGMD Medical, located right here in Omaha, NE, is a great resource when it comes to hair loss.  Specializing in hair restoration for both men and women, Dr. Gross and his team can help you understand what is going on and how you can fix it.

While you’re waiting for your appointment with a specialist, be proactive and get a head start on your hair loss treatment regimen by educating yourself on the various components of hair loss, along with common hair loss treatments that don’t require an in-office visit. Find common ground with bloggers and influencers online who are open and honest about their hair loss story, and don’t be afraid to reach out and connect with them. Ask questions about which supplements and techniques seemed to work best for them. Some people might swear by supplements like saw palmetto, while others may have found salvation in stress management techniques (like these from BetterHelp) and increased omega3 fatty acids. Take an interest in learning about hair loss now, so when your appointment does come along, you are fully equipped with adequate background information.

This National Hair Loss Awareness Month, dare to be honest with yourself. Is the current state of your hair stealing your confidence and preventing you from being your true, authentic self? Remember that you are not alone! The perfect solution for you is out there – all you have to do is find it!