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Patients Claim That Ozempic Causes Hair Loss. Should You Be Concerned?

Woman thinking about the side effects of Ozempic as her hair becomes thin over time.

Ozempic, Wegovy, and Monjaro are trendy new weight-loss drugs that have been sensationalized by Hollywood’s elite. The medications, originally marketed to treat Type 2 diabetes, also help people drop unwanted pounds. Over time, however, users have discovered an alarming side effect that isn’t listed on the medications’ labels or inserts. Not only are users shedding weight, but they’re also claiming that they’re shedding hair. Is what people are saying true, or is it a misconception? Let’s talk about the claims that Ozempic causes hair loss and whether you should be concerned. 

The History of Semaglutide

Semaglutide is a drug that was initially tested and FDA-approved for diabetes in 2017. During clinical trials, researchers observed that the medication caused noticeable weight loss. Semaglutide was then tested among 4.500 participants who didn’t have diabetes but were overweight or obese. Results indicated that compared to the placebo group, people who took Semaglutide had significant weight loss. (01) Semaglutide was then FDA-approved for weight loss in 2021. Although Ozempic is the brand name many people are most familiar with, Ozempic is only FDA-approved for diabetes. The brand Wegovy is FDA-approved for weight loss. The medications tend to be expensive since insurance often doesn’t cover the cost of using them for weight loss.  

The Difference Between Ozempic, Wegoy, and Monjaro 

Ozempic and Wegovy are the same medications. The only difference is that Wegovy is available in higher dosages. Monjaro is a newer medication, FDA-approved for diabetes in 2022. Like Ozempic, Monjaro is used off-label for weight loss. Monjaro belongs to the same class of drugs as Ozempic and Wegovy called incretin mimetics. The main difference is that Monjaro affects two receptors, GIP and GLP-1, while Ozempic and Wegovy only act on GLP-1 receptors. Monjaro is considered more effective, but is reported to have more side effects. All three medications are administered as weekly injections. 

Understanding the Claims. Does Ozempic Really Cause Hair Loss?

Many alarming reports about side effects are being shared via social media. Ozempic face, Ozempic butt, and hair loss are the ones most concerning to people. But, are the claims valid? 

Hair loss isn’t listed as a side effect on the weight loss medications’ profiles. However, in clinical trials for weight loss, close to six percent of people who took the highest dose reported alopecia, compared to the one percent who received the placebo. What does that mean? It’s important to put the information into perspective. Eli Lilly, the manufacturer, issued a statement to NBC News that the hair loss people experience is typically temporary. According to the company, alopecia isn’t associated with the medication. It’’s associated with weight loss, which has been documented in other obesity trials over time. (02

The Association Between Weight Loss and Hair Loss

Some people who use Ozempic and other weight loss medications drop pounds much faster than their bodies are prepared to handle. Changes in hormonal levels and nutritional deficiencies can occur. When the body gets shocked like that, the hair growth cycle can get interrupted, and temporary hair loss called telogen effluvium can result. The higher the dosage, and the more sudden the hair loss, the more likely hair loss will occur. Patients who have had bariatric surgery have also reported concerns about hair loss. So, alopecia isn’t necessarily related to the medications, it’s more likely linked to weight loss, no matter what method you use to drop weight. 

Telogen Effluvium is Temporary

Telogen effluvium occurs when hair normally in the growth phase shifts suddenly into a resting stage. That’s what causes rapid shedding. Telogen effluvium can occur three to four months after weight loss and usually lasts for up to six months. As peoples’ bodies adjust to the weight change, hair loss usually subsides within nine months and grows back on its own. When dermatologists suspect a person is experiencing telogen effluvium from weight loss, they typically take a wait-and-see approach. 

What You Can Do While You Wait for Your Hair to Grow Back

First of all, try not to panic. Waiting for your hair to grow back can feel like waiting for paint to dry. It takes time, and you can’t rush it. In the meanwhile, you can take a few steps to help the process along. First, ensure that you’re eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. Protein is the primary building block for your hair. Make sure you’re eating plenty along with fresh fruits and vegetables. You may want to check with your doctor to ensure that you don’t have any iron, Vitamin D, or other deficiencies contributing to your hair loss. If so, supplements may be recommended. Hair growth supplements containing Vitamin A and Vitamin D combined with collagen, probiotics, and saw palmetto to support hair growth from the inside are available.  Thickening shampoos and conditioners with argan oil, biotin, and keratin are good options to help make hair stronger, shinier, and healthier while it regrows. 

Other Types of Alopecia 

If you hear people claim that Ozempic or other weight loss medications cause male or female pattern baldness, alopecia areata, or any other type of alopecia, remember this. It’s possible but not likely unless you are already predisposed to the condition. 

Male and female pattern baldness, androgenetic alopecia, is inherited. It occurs when your body produces Testosterone and converts it into Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which attacks the hair follicles. With that in mind, The Dermatology Times believes that it’s possible that hormonal changes from rapid weight loss can result in androgenetic alopecia, but does not share any specific cases.

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body attacks the hair follicles. The condition can be triggered by stress. There are documented cases of alopecia areata that were triggered by amphetamines used for weight loss. (03) However, cases due to Ozempic, Wegovy, or Monjaro have not been documented.

If you’re concerned, it’s always a good idea to consult your dermatologist. Even if you are just experiencing telogen effluvium, you will get peace of mind that you don’t have a condition that needs medical attention. 

Ozempic, Wegovy, Monjaro, and other weight loss medications are reportedly causing hair loss. In most cases, weight loss is to blame, not the actual drugs. If you’re taking one of these medications and have noticed thinning or shedding, it’s understandable to want to know the cause. Most of the time, the hair loss is temporary and will grow back on its own. If you are unsure of the reason, however, consulting with a board-certified dermatologist is always a good idea. You should rule out conditions such as male or female pattern baldness and alopecia areata that require treatment.

If your hair loss does require medication, Happy Head offers the strongest FDA- approved prescription hair loss treatments available. We offer oral and topical Minoxidil, Finasteride, Dutasteride, and Spironolactone. The medications can be customized based on your specific needs. Happy Head is able to add what you want and remove what you don’t need. Best of all, no prescription is necessary. Just fill out a simple form to share your medical history, and one of our dermatologists licensed to practice in your state will review your case. Prescriptions are ordered online and delivered straight to your door. 



(01) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9354513/

(02) https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/weight-loss-drugs-and-hair-loss-rcna79798

(03) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6984043/


Get Ahead of the Shed & Regrow Your Hair for the Holiday Season

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Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza in June? Summer is here, and it’s time for flip-flops, beach trips, and cookouts. Winter holidays are probably the last thing on your mind.  Who wants to think about shopping for gifts, deciding what to wear to your office party, and figuring out what you’re bringing to your family’s annual holiday bash when all of that is still six months away? Those things may not top your “to-do” list now, but here’s something that will get you in the holiday spirit.  

If you’ve noticed that your hair is thinning, now is the perfect time to start regrowing your hair. Why now? Growing hair is a process. Sure, it would be awesome if we could regrow hair overnight. Let’s be real, though. If you ever had a bad haircut that seemed like it took forever to grow back, you know that doesn’t happen. It takes a while. It takes even longer if you have male or female pattern baldness or another form of alopecia. Don’t stress, though.  Starting now will get you ready just in time for winter holiday parties and gatherings. Here’s what you need to know and a timeline leading up to the holidays to help you get ahead of the shed. 

Before You Get Started

How Fast Does Hair Grow?

Before we get into what you need to do to start regrowing your hair in time for the holidays, let’s talk about why it seems to take so long. On average, hair grows about a tenth of an inch per day. That equals approximately one-third of an inch per month. It will take a little over three months to grow a full inch. Every hair grows from a single follicle during your hair’s growth cycle. Those follicles need to be healthy, and the growth cycle needs to function properly for your hair to grow. If stress, hormone imbalances, or anything else interrupts the growth cycle, your hair can stop growing and can fall out. This brings us to why your hair is shedding, thinning, or balding in the first place.

Why is My Hair Thinning?

To regrow your hair, you need to figure out why there are collections of hairballs on your shower floor, or your hairline is receding. One of several conditions may be to blame. If you are over 20, the most common reason is typically male or female pattern baldness.  It’s a genetic condition that happens to both men and women when their bodies convert testosterone to an androgen called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT attacks the hair follicles and interrupts the hair growth cycle.  

In the past, people with male and female pattern baldness had no options. Many got buzz cuts, shaved their heads, or accepted their bald spots. Today, DHT blockers and other treatments are available and effective, especially if the condition is caught early and the hair follicles are still viable.

Your Hair Regrowth Timeline

Do Now: Find the Right Hair Loss Expert

Whether you just noticed that your hair is shedding, or you’ve been experiencing hair loss for a while but just decided to do something about it, you need to start in the same place. You’ll need an appointment to determine what’s causing your hair loss. Not all doctors are trained to diagnose the cause of hair loss, though. You’ll need to consult with a dermatologist.  

In addition to diagnosing skin conditions, dermatologists are trained to treat hair and nails. During your appointment, your dermatologist will ask about your and your family’s medical history. They may also ask about your hair care routine, diet, and stress level. Some conditions like androgenetic alopecia (male and female pattern baldness) and telogen effluvium can be diagnosed through your medical history, a visual exam, and a simple pull test. During a pull test, your dermatologist will gently tug on some individual hairs to see how many and how easily they come out to determine what stage of the shedding process you are in.  If your dermatologist suspects a different condition, they may use light microscopy to examine some of your hair to see any hair shaft disorders. They may also order bloodwork or take a small scalp biopsy. It could take ten days to two weeks to get the results.

If you don’t have a dermatologist or a hair specialist you trust, Happy Head can help. We have dermatologists licensed in every state to help diagnose your hair loss. Through Happy Head, you can get the most effective prescription hair loss treatments on the market from the comfort of your home. We’ll even ship directly to your front door.  

While You Wait for an Appointment or Test Results

What’s making my hair thin? When will I get some answers from the dermatologist? Are certain products making my hair loss worse? Waiting to find out your hair’s fate can be stressful. Take heart, though. There are some things you can do in the meanwhile that will make you feel better and make your hair look better. Here’s how to get started:

  • Hair growth supplements with essential vitamins and minerals can help strengthen your hair while making up for deficiencies you may have. Ingredients such as saw palmetto and caffeine act as DHT blockers, while biotin, collagen, and keratin help your hair grow stronger and shinier.  
  • Thickening shampoos and conditioners clean your hair while keeping it hydrated and healthy. Look for formulas that include ingredients such as argan oil, biotin, and keratin that moisturize and strengthen.  
  • Hair-healthy nutrients can be found in lean protein, fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, and whole grains. Free-range chicken and eggs, unprocessed, hormone-free meats, whey protein concentrate, almonds, and avocados are good sources of protein that serve as building blocks for healthy hair.    
  • Blowing off steam by hitting the gym, heading outside, or listening to music can help make your hair healthier. The reason why is that stress can contribute to hair loss by pushing your hair into a resting phase where new hair isn’t produced. Managing your stress will help keep your hair in tip-top shape.  
  • Snapping a selfie will give you a baseline photo for comparison after you begin treatment. Since hair grows slowly, you may not notice changes for a while. Taking and comparing photos over time will help you see subtle and not-so-subtle differences.  

Summertime:  Months 1-3

  • You’ve been diagnosed and you have the prescription hair growth treatments needed to get started. Taking your medications as prescribed is the best way to ensure they will work effectively. If you’re not good at remembering, there are some tricks to help. Try setting your phone’s alarm as a reminder. Putting your medication somewhere you will see it is helpful, too.  
  • Remember to photograph your hair on the same date each month. 
  • Don’t lose hope if you don’t see the growth you hoped for. It’s still early in the game.   
  • If you have any side effects, be sure to reach out to your dermatologist for advice. At Happy Head, your dermatologist is just a quick e-mail away if you have any questions or need your formula modified for any reason.  

Fall – Winter:  Months 4-6

  • This is when most people begin to see growth. Start comparing photos from now to the ones you took before you got started so you can see the difference.
  • The holidays are upon us. Continue to make healthy dietary choices, destress, and enjoy the festivities.  

Winter – Spring:  Months 7+

  • Continue your treatments and mark your progress with photos.  
  • If you feel like you’re hitting a plateau, speak with your dermatologist and consider adjusting your treatment plan.
  • Remember, body chemistry varies from person to person. It may take some trials to determine the right medications for you.

Ready to avoid the stress of worrying about how you will look at your next holiday gathering? Now’s the time to start treating your hair loss. Simply follow our step-by-step guide, and you’ll be on your way.  


Don’t want to wait for an appointment with your dermatologist or make a trip to your pharmacy? Happy Head is here to help.  Contact our hair growth experts for information on the best treatment option for the type of hair loss you’re experiencing. Get customized formulas based on your needs, and have your prescription delivered directly to your front door. Use the code GOHAIR and get 50 percent off on your first order.  


How Does Happiness Lead to Hair Growth?

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Does your hair feel thinner during times of severe stress? If it does, you can rest assured that you’re not imagining things. According to medical research, stress can cause hair loss. So if you want to keep as much hair on your head as possible, it’s essential to maintain your happiness and keep your stress levels to a minimum. 

The Science Behind Hair Growth

Hair plays a significant role throughout lore. From Samson and his power-imbued hair to Repunzel and her long braids, hair has always been the stuff of magic and mystery. However, current research has cracked the code about human hair. It turns out that there’s no sorcery behind how hair grows. Hair growth is all about science. 

What is Hair Made of?

Human hair is not alive. The hair shaft that we see and touch is made up of dead, keratinized cells that have been pushed up and out of the hair follicle. On the other hand, the hair follicle and scalp are living structures responsible for producing and nourishing the hair shaft. 

The scalp contains blood vessels and nerves that provide nutrients and sensation to the hair and skin. Furthermore, the scalp includes sweat glands, sebaceous glands, and hair follicles. These follicles are structures responsible for producing hair.

Therefore, while the hair strands are not alive, they’re affected by a variety of factors, such as diet, medical issues, environmental factors, and chemical treatments, which can impact the hair’s health and growth. 

Your Hair’s Growth Cycle 

A person grows and loses hair strands through a natural growth cycle. The growth cycle of hair consists of three primary phases (01):

  • Anagen Phase
  • Catagen Phase
  • Telogen Phase

During the anagen phase, which may last from two to eight years, hair grows from the follicle. The length of this phase determines the maximum length of hair growth. At any give time, about 90% of the average person’s hair is in the anagen phase. In the catagen phase, which lasts about two to six weeks, the follicles shrink, and hair growth slows.

Finally, during the telogen phase, which lasts about three months, the hair is shed, and the follicle remains dormant until the next anagen phase begins. New hair then replaces the hair shed during the telogen phase, starting the cycle anew.

Good overall health and nutrition allow hair to grow at its peak rate and maintain its natural growth cycle. Each strand of hair on the head can be at any differing point of the growth cycle, limiting the shedding that can occur at once.

What is Typical Hair Loss? 

On average, it is normal to lose between 50 to 100 hairs per day as part of the typical hair-shedding process from the growth cycle. (02) However, if hair loss exceeds this amount, it may indicate an underlying condition such as alopecia or telogen effluvium

Alopecia is a condition that causes hair loss and is due to a variety of factors, some of which include genetics, autoimmune disorders, or hormonal imbalances. Telogen effluvium is a condition where atypical hair shedding occurs due to a disruption in the hair growth cycle. This can be caused by severe nutritional deficiencies, certain medications, illness – or significant stress.

The Link Between Happiness and Hair Growth

The connection between mental and physical health is undeniable. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for example, depression ups the risk for chronic medical conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Similarly, these same chronic conditions can increase the risk of mental health problems. (03)

As evidence of this connection, a study was published in the American Psychological Association’s research journal Health Psychology. The study of 15,000 participants found that participants with severe cases of anxiety and depression were: (04)

  • 65% are more likely to have heart condition 
  • 50% are more likely to be diagnosed with high blood pressure
  • 87% are more likely to develop arthritis

So, because of this close interplay between mental and physical health, it’s no surprise that mental health can affect hair growth. 

How Does Stress Impact Hair Growth? 

Stress is a common experience that can affect many aspects of our health, including our hair growth. Stress can affect hair growth in a variety of ways, including altering the hair growth cycle, causing hair loss or thinning, and affecting the quality and texture of the hair.

Stress Disrupts the Hair Growth Cycle 

One of the ways that stress can affect hair growth is by affecting the hair growth cycle. During periods of stress, the body releases stress hormones such as cortisol, which can interfere with the normal functioning of the hair follicle. Stress can push the hair follicle to enter the telogen phase earlier than usual, leading to increased hair shedding and thinning. 

Hair Follicles Under Stress 

Experiencing chronic stress can also directly impact the hair follicle’s health. For example, stress can cause inflammation in the scalp, which can damage the hair follicle and inhibit hair growth. Stress can also affect the blood flow to the scalp, impacting the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicle, leading to weaker and thinner hair.

Stress Weakens Your Strands 

In addition to affecting the hair follicle, stress can also impact the quality and texture of the hair. Stress can cause the hair to become dry, brittle, and more prone to breakage and split ends. This can be exacerbated by hair care practices such as excessive heat styling or chemical treatments, which can further damage the hair.

It is also important to note that stress can exacerbate existing hair conditions, such as alopecia areata, which causes patchy hair loss. Stress can trigger or worsen this condition, leading to more severe hair loss. 

Stress May Cause An Urge to Pull Out Hair 

Have you ever heard anyone say they were so anxious that they were “pulling out their hair”? The saying stems from a condition called trichotillomania. This condition is an irresistible urge to pull out hair from the scalp, eyebrows, or other body parts. For people diagnosed with trichotillomania, pulling out hair reduces feelings of anxiety, discomfort, or frustration. (05)

Uncontrolled stress adversely impacts health in general. Specifically, though, it may also cause you to lose hair. Happiness can’t cure everything, but it may help prevent hair loss. In short, managing stress and fostering happiness can prevent or slow hair loss. 

Tips for Cultivating Happiness and Healthy Hair

Managing stress is vital to maintaining healthy hair growth. The following are several strategies that can help to reduce stress and promote healthy hair growth. 

Exercise. Not only does regular physical help to manage stress, but it also improves blood flow to the scalp, promoting healthy hair growth.

Mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness practices such as meditation can help to reduce stress and promote relaxation, which may benefit hair health.

Adequate sleep. Getting enough sleep is essential for overall health, including hair health. Sleep deprivation can increase stress levels and lead to hair loss.

Healthy diet. A healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc, and biotin can help to promote healthy hair growth.

Avoiding harsh hair treatments. Excessive heat styling, chemical treatments, and tight hairstyles can all damage the hair and exacerbate stress-related hair loss.

Seeking professional help. If you are experiencing excessive hair loss or other hair concerns, it is important to seek professional help from a dermatologist or hair specialist who can get to the root of the issue. They’ll help you find a solution that works for you, whether it’s a topical treatment, oral solution, or a combination of both. Furthermore, your mental health can also benefit from speaking with a therapist to help manage chronic stress.

Managing stress and fostering happiness isn’t just good for your hair, it’s good for your health. Making lifestyle changes that create calmness, promote physical health, and allow for sufficient rest encourages happiness and keeps more hair on your head.  

Get Happier With Happy Head 

A healthier head of hair can boost your self-confidence and improve your well-being. Happy Head’s proprietary hair formula is customized to fit each and every customer. Developed by our in-house world-renowned dermatologists, Happy Head’s formulas improve hair growth with minimal side effects. Contact us and fill out our questionnaire to start growing your hair back now and get happy with Happy Head! 



(01) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK499948/


(02) https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/hair-loss/insider/shedding#:~:text=It’s%20normal%20to%20shed%20between,this%20condition%20is%20telogen%20effluvium.

(03) https://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/learn/index.htm

(04) https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2018-63710-001

(05) https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/expert-answers/stress-and-hair-loss/faq-20057820


Pregnancy, Hair Loss & What to Expect

Pregnant woman with hair loss. Hair loss is common among pregnant women and it's usually temporary based on hormonal changes as your body preps for birth.

Baby weight. Check. Nausea? Check. Shedding hair? Huh?  

You knew that your body would undergo some major changes during your pregnancy. Morning sickness, extra pounds, and swollen feet are probably a few that you expected. Hair loss, though? Probably not on your “things to watch out for” list. But it can happen. Hormonal changes due to pregnancy affect your whole body, including your hair. From, “Wow, my hair looks amazing,” to “Ugh, why does my hair look so stringy,” here’s the lowdown on how your hair may be affected during your pregnancy. And, we’ll share some tips on what to do if your hair begins to thin.  

Planning for Baby

You know those prenatal vitamins your OBGYN recommended? They help your baby grow healthy and strong, and they’re good for your hair too. Many prenatal vitamins include biotin. Biotin, also called Vitamin B7, is a keratin builder. Keratin is good because it’s a protein that makes up your hair, nails, and skin and keeps them healthy. Prenatal vitamins are also good if you have any vitamin or mineral deficiencies. Deficiencies are known for making your hair look dry, thin, or even fall out. The iron, vitamin D3, vitamin A, calcium, and other supplements will fill any voids and help your hair look silky and thick. 

First Trimester

During the first trimester of your pregnancy, your estrogen and androgen levels peak, which affects your hair. Some women find that the texture of their hair changes. More curls, less curls, more oily, aren’t unusual. Thicker, shinier, healthier looking hair is also likely. That’s because the higher estrogen levels prolong hair’s growth phase. Less hair falls out, leaving your hair looking thicker and fuller. Woo hoo!

Second Trimester

You made it through the morning sickness and thankfully you have more energy now. Not only are you feeling better and have that pregnancy glow that everyone talks about, but you may also find that you’re having a lot of good hair days thanks to less than normal shedding.

Third Trimester

Since estrogen levels decline in the third trimester, some women start seeing hair loss or shedding. The hair that was in the growth phase moves into a resting and shedding phase which causes the hair to fall out. If this happens to you, don’t freak out. It’s common and usually temporary as the hair follicles return to a normal growth cycle.  

Postpartum Hair Loss

Your baby is three to six months old and you’re noticing that your hair is thinner than it used to be, even before you got pregnant. What’s happening? Hormonal changes, combined with the physical stress of giving birth, can trigger a condition called telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium usually goes away on its own over time and doesn’t need any treatment. Thankfully, you should see improvement within six to twelve months after having your baby.  

A Healthy Lifestyle Leads to Healthy Hair

The best way to support hair health from when you think about getting pregnant until after your baby is born is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Here are some of our top tips:

1. Eat well

Did you know that the condition of your hair reflects your diet? It’s true, especially after having a baby and if you’re nursing. Eating lean, grass-fed protein, fresh vegetables, fruit, and whole grains will ensure you get the vitamins and minerals needed to support healthy hair growth.  

2. Ask about prenatal vitamins

If your OBGYN hasn’t already made the suggestion, make sure you ask about prenatal vitamins. Your hair will love biotin, folic acid, and other vitamins and minerals.  

3. Be gentle with your hair

Perms, bleaching, flat irons, tight ponytails, braids, and other harsh hair styling techniques can pull and cause breakage.

4. Manage stress

Being pregnant and becoming a new mom can be stressful. You’re in a new role trying to figure out the rules of the game as you go. You’ve probably heard these tips before: sleep when the baby sleeps, let your partner watch the baby while you take a hot shower, and find other ways to relax. You’ll feel better, and your hair will look better too. Being stressed out can cause telogen effluvium, so the more you can decompress, the better you’ll be able to minimize hair loss.  

What if Your Postpartum Hair Loss Seems Excessive?

So there’s postpartum hair loss, and there’s hair loss. If the amount you’re losing seems excessive, there’s no downside to having your dermatologist take a look. It’s good to get peace of mind. After all, your body goes through a lot of changes during pregnancy. Thyroid and autoimmune conditions can often appear post-pregnancy. He or she can rule out these and other conditions that may be affecting your hair.  

What if it turns out that your hair loss is due to some type of alopecia such as female pattern baldness or alopecia areata? Take a deep breath and know that treatment is available. Your dermatologist may prescribe treatments such as Minoxidil to help you regrow your hair. If you’re done having kids, oral or topical DHT blockers such as Finasteride, Dutasteride, or Spironolactone may also be prescribed.  

What if You Can’t Leave the Baby to Get a Hair Loss Consultation?

Leaving the house after you’ve had a baby can be difficult.  If you’re unsure whether your hair loss is normal or extreme, Happy Head is here to help.  Simply answer a few questions about your medical history from home and one of our licensed dermatologists will consult with you remotely.  If you’re experiencing normal postpartum shedding, hair growth supplements and thickening shampoo and conditioner may help support your hair’s growth as your body regulates itself. If treatment is needed, medications can be prescribed and shipped directly to your front door.  


Should You Worry About Seasonal Hair Loss?

A little hair loss, about 100 strands a day is normal. What happens when hair loss occurs more frequently during specific seasons? Happy Head dermatologists give you their insights on seasonal hair loss and how to treat it.

Seasonal changes come with standard expectations: new weather patterns, new wardrobes, and holidays. What you don’t expect is hair loss. So should you worry about seasonal hair loss? Unfortunately, it can cause confusion and distress. Let’s find out if you’re experiencing seasonal hair loss and how to prevent it.  

What is Seasonal Hair Loss?

Losing a bit of hair each day is entirely normal. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA), the average person sheds 50 to 100 hairs daily. (01) There’s one time of year, however, when you may find yourself losing more hair than usual. This condition is called seasonal hair loss. With seasonal hair loss, a person loses more than the average amount lost through regular shedding. 

Some people may lose up to 150 hairs a day during the fall months, more than the usual amount. Although the reason for this seasonal hair loss is not yet well understood, it’s thought that the condition may be linked to your hair’s growth cycle. 

Seasonal Hair Loss and the Hair Growth Cycle

Hair doesn’t stay on your head forever. Instead, hair grows using a cyclical pattern of growth. Every strand goes through distinct phases and eventually falls off your head naturally, after which another new strand grows in its place. 

  • Anagen Phase: In the anagen phase, hair emerges from the root and undergoes a rapid period of growth. Also known as the “Growth Phase,” hair grows about 6 inches a year for 2 to 8 years in the anagen phase. (02
  • Catagen Phase: Unlike the anagen phase, the catagen phase lasts for a brief 10 days to 6 weeks. During this time, the hair follicle shrinks and starts limiting nutrients to the hair, slowly halting hair growth. (02
  • Telogen Phase: Also known as the “Resting Phase,” the telogen phase lasts about 2 to 3 months. Hair follicles in this phase completely stop delivering nutrients, thus completely stopping hair growth. At the end of the telogen phase is the “exogen phase,” which is when the strand falls out of the follicle, accounting for the 50-100 hairs lost daily. Events that cause stress, however, can result in a condition called telogen effluvium, in which more hair falls out than typically does in the telogen phase. (02, 03)

An analysis published in the British Journal for Preventative Dermatology found that the risk for seasonal hair loss was higher during the summer and autumn months. According to the data, the temperature transition from summer to autumn likely triggers seasonal hair loss. 

What Causes Seasonal Hair loss? 

The cause of seasonal hair loss has not yet been confirmed. However, most professionals believe that the rapid temperature change between seasons can trigger stress-induced hair loss (telogen effluvium) in some individuals. Telogen effluvium is a diffuse hair loss that happens during times of trauma or severe stress. 

Seasonal hair loss is most likely a form of telogen effluvium as a response to temperature and weather changes. Anything from psychological trauma, illness, medication or external factors like temperature can lead to the development of telogen effluvium.  Approximately 30 percent of hair follicles transition prematurely into the telogen phase during telogen effluvium, causing more hair shedding than usual. 

While temperature changes are thought to be the primary cause of seasonal hair loss, a variety of other factors may also be responsible. For example, the autumn and winter seasons also include the return to the school year and the busy holiday season. The added stress could result in telogen effluvium in the form of seasonal hair loss. 

Is Seasonal Hair Loss Permanent? 

The good news is that seasonal hair loss is temporary, like most cases of telogen effluvium. However, it may recur with the seasons. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent seasonal hair loss. Here are a few things you can do below:

  • Take Care of Your Scalp 
    • Keep your scalp clean and hydrated, especially during the dry fall and winter months. 
    • Make sure to massage gently when shampooing. The activity encourages blood flow and keeps follicles healthy. 
  • Pay Attention to Your Hair 
    • Keep your hair hydrated during cold or dry weather. Dry weather pulls moisture, so replenish it with a leave-in conditioner or do a deep condition. 
    • Limit the use of heat styling tools and restrictive hairstyles that pull at your hairline, particularly at times when you notice seasonal hair loss. 
    • Use shampoos and conditioners that are free of sulfates like our Happy Head Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner.
  • Nourish Your Scalp & Hair 
    • Nutrients help to strengthen your scalp and strands. Consume foods and supplements containing the following: vitamin A, vitamin D, saw palmetto, keratin, and probiotics. 
    • Shampoos, conditioners, and hair treatments that “thicken” hair are often infused with nourishing ingredients to help grow and strengthen hair. 

Keep in mind that seasonal hair loss is temporary and should subside as the months go by. So long as you care for your hair, you should see regrowth in a few weeks to a month. In some cases, however, what you think is seasonal hair loss could be something more serious. 

What If It’s Not Seasonal Hair Loss? 

A case of seasonal hair loss might be worrisome, but it’s not usually something to lose sleep over. Your hair might be thinner, but you can rest assured that your hair will grow back. What if you have a more permanent condition? How can you tell? To identify the signs of severe hair loss, be on the lookout for:  (05)

  • Hair that feels lighter. 
  • Bald patches and a more visible scalp. 
  • A change or recession in the hairline. 
  • A more visible scalp. 
  • An increase in strands found on hairbrushes, bedding, or drains. 
  • Signs of a bacterial or fungal infection, like itching, burning, or scaly patches. 

Seasonal hair loss usually occurs diffusely throughout the scalp, with hair falling in an even fashion. You may be experiencing something other than seasonal hair loss if you experience: 

  • Patterned Hair Loss: Progressive balding at the top of the head, temple, or hairline is categorized as patterned hair loss. Hereditary conditions like androgenetic alopecia (also known as male pattern baldness) typically see patterned hair loss, like balding at the top of the head. (06)
  • Focal Hair Loss: Focal hair loss typically occurs as bare patches on the head, face, or body. This type of hair loss is usually seen in autoimmune conditions like alopecia areata or type 1 diabetes. (06)

Whether your hair loss is temporary (like seasonal hair loss) or “permanent” (like androgenetic alopecia), there are always steps you can take to take control of the situation. Furthermore, the earlier you can identify and treat your hair loss, the better your chances of seeing regrowth. 

Treating and Preventing Hair Loss with Happy Head

If you suspect your hair loss is more than seasonal, contact a licensed dermatologist at Happy Head. We can help you determine the cause of your hair loss and develop an individualized treatment plan that’s right for you. 

But Happy Head does more than regrow your hair, we help you care for the hair that you have. Our gentle yet effective hair-thickening shampoo and conditioner are infused with hair-strengthening argan oil and biotin. We also offer hair supplements that ensure your scalp and hair get all the nutrients needed to grow healthy and strong. So get started on your hair regrowth journey today with Happy Head here and take our questionnaire. 



(01) https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/hair-loss/insider/shedding

(02) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK499948/

(03) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6709511/

(04) https://academic.oup.com/bjd/article/178/4/978/6602544?login=false

(05) https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/hair-loss/insider/begin

(06) https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2795266


Is it Too Late to Treat Your Hair Loss?


Happy Head customer looking at his hair regrowth progress after using custom hair loss treatment from his board-certified dermatologist.

If your hairline has already significantly receded or has severely thinned throughout, you might wonder is it too late to treat your hair loss? Are hair treatments still worth the trouble if you’ve already lost most of your hair? Before answering those million-dollar questions, let’s review some basic information about hair loss. 

Your Hair’s Growth Cycle

At a glance, it may appear as though a full head of hair grows at the same rate. However, the truth about hair growth is more complex than it seems. Healthy strands of hair grow under a definite growth cycle consisting primarily of three phases; the anagen phase, the catagen phase, and the telogen phase (01). Let’s walk through each to help you find out if it’s too late to treat your hair loss. 

1. Anagen Phase

The anagen phase is also known as the “growth phase.” About 90% of a full head of hair is in the anagen phase at any given time. This phase lasts the longest of any growth phase, lasting 3 to 5 years. Hair can sometimes remain in the growth phase for almost seven years. During the anagen phase, hair follicles push the hair out until the strand reaches the end of its lifespan. 

2. Catagen Phase

Once the anagen phase ends, the catagen phase begins. Unlike the growth phase, the catagen phase, also known as the transition phase, only lasts about ten days. During this time, hair growth slows down, and the hair follicles shrink. The strands become disengaged from the base of the follicles but still remain in the same spot. 

3. Telogen Phase

The telogen phase is also called the resting phase because it’s during this time that very little activity occurs for three to four months. At the end of this phase, hair naturally falls out. Sometimes, the natural process of shedding hair at the end of the telogen phase is called the “exogen phase.” The average person typically loses about 100 hairs daily. After the hair falls out, new hair growth appears, and the cycle starts over again. 

As you can see, excessive hair loss is not a normal part of the body’s hair growth cycle. If a disruption occurs within any of these three phases, problematic hair loss can result. But is it too late to treat your hair loss? Depending your personal hair growth cycles and the type of hair loss patterns you’re experiencing, let’s find out why disruption occurs.  

Why Are You Losing Your Hair? 

Because your hair’s growth cycle plays such a significant role in the health of your hair, it’s essential to figure out at which point in the growth cycle is seeing a disruption. Many factors can lead to hair loss, but where in the growth cycle a change occurs can determine whether: 

  • You experience hair thinning
  • Hair falls out gradually or suddenly
  • Your hair can regrow on its own

For example, a severe illness or stress lasting a few months or more can lead to telogen effluvium. With telogen effluvium, the anagen phase is cut short. Therefore, a more significant portion of the hair enters the telogen phase simultaneously, causing sudden and diffuse hair loss. Hair may regrow on its own after the illness or stress has passed (02). However, in some cases, hair restoration may be necessary. 

In much the same way, disrupted hair growth can also lead to hair loss. For example, an unhealthy diet or reduced blood circulation can deprive hair follicles of oxygen and nutrients. Without enough sustenance, hair growth becomes disrupted, and the anagen phase shortens. Hair may grow slowly or may never reach a desired length. 

Hereditary hair loss, also known as androgenic alopecia, occurs in both men and women. In men, the more common term for this type of hair loss is male pattern hair loss or male pattern baldness. In women, it’s called female pattern hair loss (03).

With hereditary hair loss, the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) injures hair follicles, shortening as strand’s anagen phase (04). In addition, the damaged follicle also takes longer to regrow hair after the telogen phase. The hair follicle becomes smaller and smaller, resulting in follicular miniaturization. These smaller follicles produce shorter and weaker hair called vellus. Sometimes, these hair follicles may not grow hair at all without assistance.

What Does Hair Loss Look Like? 

Each person experiences hair loss differently. For some people, baldness develops at the top of the head. In others, baldness starts at the temples. In many others, however, hair loss is spread throughout the head, causing thinning but no bald spots. Hair loss typically occurs in the following three patterns; focal, diffuse, or patterned. 

  • People who experience focal hair loss typically have an autoimmune disorder, like alopecia areata. This type of hair loss occurs in patchy areas on the scalp or body. 
  • Patterned hair loss often develops in people with androgenic alopecia. People with patterned hair loss have progressive balding or thinning at the top of the scalp or the hairline. 
  • Individuals with diffuse hair loss lose hair evenly throughout their heads. Their hair becomes thin and falls out easily. Diffuse hair loss is typically seen in cases of telogen effluvium. 

It’s normal to avoid acknowledging your hair loss at first. After all, hair loss can be a traumatic and life-changing experience. So, if you’ve spent months or years watching your hairline recede or your hair thin out without any intervention, you’re not alone. Once you’ve accepted your hair loss, however, is it too late to take action? 

Is There Hope for Your Hair? 

For a small slice of the population, they can accept their hair loss without stress or a loss of confidence. For most people, however, hair loss is distressing. Watching strand after strand go down the drain or a bald spot grow bigger can hurt a person’s spirit and affect their mental health. Moreover, a person can feel hopeless after losing hair for some time.

Fortunately, there’s good news. To answer the question, “Is it ever too late to treat your hair loss?” The answer is…it is never too late!

It’s always possible to slow hair loss or even regrow your hair. While there’s no magic bullet to stop hair loss, there are methods that can reduce your hair loss. With the proper treatment, you can start seeing results in a few months to a year. Topical and oral medications like minoxidil and finasteride help improve hair follicles and promote hair growth. 

To determine the cause of your hair loss, however, it’s best to work with a trained hair loss professional. This person can provide you with a thorough assessment and recommend how to treat your hair loss. Furthermore, working with a trained professional ensures that your treatment will not only be effective but it will also be safe. 

Happy Head offer custom formulated topical treatments to help you regrow your hair and get back to you. Take the questionnaire to get started today at happyhead.com/start

It’s Never too Late to Regrow Your Hair 

If you’re searching for a hair loss treatment that fits your needs, Happy Head is for you. We customize your treatment based on your sex, age, and medical history. Happy Head’s proprietary formula is compounded monthly and not available anywhere else. 

Hair loss treatments are not one-size-fits-all, and we recognize that our products may not be the best fit for everyone. Our products also come with a money-back guarantee. So, with Happy Head, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Take the questionnaire today and set up a consultation with a board-certified dermatologist. It only takes a minute and we’ll formulate a custom-made topical treatment that’s easy to apply daily. We also have lots of options if you prefer an oral solution like our 3-in-1 SuperCapsule™ to help you regrow your hair and feel great about how you look. And you can get 50% off your first order when you use code GOHAIR at checkout. It’s never too late to regrow your hair with Happy Head. 


(01) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK499948/

(02) https://www.aocd.org/page/telogeneffluviumha

(03) https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/hair-loss/types/female-pattern

(04) https://www.mdpi.com/1422-0067/21/15/5342

Are You Losing Your Hair? What You Should Do.

Do you suspect you’re losing hair? Don’t panic. Take a breath and make a plan. 

Time is on your side. Hair loss is very rarely something that happens overnight. For most people, hair loss is a slow and stealthy process. Hair loss takes time. Sometimes, it takes years or decades. 

Also, you’re not alone on your hair loss journey. Losing hair is hard to talk about. The hair loss experience is a touchy subject, and friends and family may hesitate to discuss the topic. Fortunately, hair care professionals are available to discuss hair restoration with you. And best of all, these experts know how to create a game plan to slow your hair loss. 

Steps to Take If You Suspect Hair Loss 

Being concerned about losing your hair is not vain – it’s human! Your hair plays a significant role in your appearance and self-confidence. If keeping as much hair as possible is crucial to you, then treating hair loss is an integral part of your self-care strategy. With that said, the following are essential steps to take if you think you’re experiencing hair loss.

Learn About Hair’s Growth Cycle

According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA), every individual can expect to lose about 50 to 100 hairs daily. Hair undergoes a definite growth cycle, with a percentage of hair undergoing different portions of the growth cycle at any given time. At the end of each cycle, the strands fall naturally, and new hair grows in. The stages of hair growth are: (01,02)

  • Anagen (growth phase)
  • Catagen (transition phase)
  • Telogen (resting and shedding phase)

Excessive hair loss is not a regular part of this growth cycle. This type of hair loss occurs when there is a disruption in one of the three phases. For example, too many strands may fall simultaneously (in the Telogen phase) or fail to regrow after falling (in the Anagen phase). 

Identify the Signs of Hair Loss

Spotting the signs of hair loss might take some investigating. To determine whether you’re experiencing excessive hair loss, keep an eye out for: (03)

  • The development of bald patches. 
  • Hair that feels lighter. 
  • A more visible scalp. 
  • Foreheads or temples appear larger. 
  • More hair than usual on bedding, hairbrushes, or in the bathtub.
  • Hair that doesn’t fall in your typical hairstyle.
  • Intense itching or burning (may be a sign of infection.)
  • Scaly patches. 

Hair loss typically appears in three forms: 

  • Patterned: People with patterned hair loss see progressive thinning or balding at the hairline, sides, or top of the head. Patterned loss is typically seen in hereditary types of hair loss, like androgenetic alopecia.
  • Diffuse: A consistent and even loss of hair throughout the scalp is called diffused hair loss. This hair loss usually occurs in cases of illness, nutrient deficiency, or during periods of severe stress. 
  • Focal: Focal hair loss occurs as patches on the scalp, face, or the body, and is usually linked to autoimmune disorders.

Discovering hair loss is no doubt a distressing event. But it’s better to know so you can take steps to treat it. The earlier you can identify hair loss, the higher your chances for a successful hair restoration. 

What’s Causing Your Hair Loss? 

A few common causes of hair loss are: 

    • Age: Most people experience hair loss with age to some degree. Some people may see more loss of hair than others. Treatments may help to regrow hair or slow hair loss if caught early. 
    • Stress: Stress can cause excessive shedding. Often, hair will regain its fullness after reducing stress, or a stressful experience has passed. In some cases, treatment is necessary to regrow hair. 
    • Medical Conditions: Illnesses can lead to hair loss. Alopecia areata, as an example, is an immune disorder that attacks hair follicles, resulting in loss of hair. Thyroid disorders can also impact hair growth and cause diffused hair loss. (04)
    • Hair Care Treatments: Chemical relaxers, hair dyes, and perms may injure hair follicles, preventing healthy hair regrowth. Hair restorations may help to regrow hair in many cases. 
    • Hormonal Imbalance: Women, in particular, may lose hair due to birth control pills, pregnancy, perimenopause, or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Medical care combined with hair treatments may help to restore hair. 
    • Friction: Frictional alopecia may occur when headgear or clothing repeatedly rubs against the skin or scalp. Hair typically regrows by removing the source of friction, but hair growth treatment may be necessary in some instances. 
    • Genetic Factors: The cause of thinning or balding may have a genetic cause if hair loss runs in the family. Androgenetic alopecia, also known as male-pattern baldness or female-pattern hair loss, is thought to have a genetic component. Hair growth treatments can help to regrow hair in cases of androgenetic alopecia. (05)
    • Diet: A diet high in processed foods and low in nutrients is bad for your health and may even contribute to hair loss. For example, a 2020 study found that a nutrient-deficient diet may cause a hair loss condition called telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium may also occur during times of severe stress or illness. A multi-targeted approach, like hair treatments, dietary supplements, and a healthy diet, may help counter the effects of a poor diet. (06)

Determine Your Options 

Speaking with a hair restoration professional can confirm or correct your suspicions about hair loss. Once hair loss is confirmed, a hair expert can help you determine the appropriate treatment to restore your hair. 

  • Medication: Hair strands grow from – and are held in place by – hair follicles. These follicles are sensitive to a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT can injure and miniaturize these hair follicles, which causes hair to fall out faster. Furthermore, DHT impedes new hair growth. Medications targeting DHT limit damage by the hormone and may successfully regrow hair. 
    • Finasteride and Minoxidil are FDA-approved medications that help encourage hair growth and slow hair loss. Both Finasteride and Minoxidil are available as either a topical or oral medication. 
    • Dutasteride is another effective medication used to counter DHT levels. This medication suppresses the production of DHT, therefore reducing the overall amount of DHT. (07)
  • Hair Care: Harsh shampoos, oily conditioners, and thermal hair tools harm the health of your hair. Using hair products that cleanse and nourish the scalp, follicles, and hair strengthens each strand and keeps more hair on your head. 
  • Diet and Supplements: A nutrient-dense diet full of antioxidants and protein increases the likelihood of thicker hair. Unfortunately, diet changes may not always be enough. In these cases, health supplements containing hair-boosting ingredients like keratin, saw palmetto, and vitamins A and D. 

Remember that there’s no magic bullet to regrow hair. Furthermore, hair restoration treatments are not one-size-fits-all.  Finding the appropriate treatments and balance of medications requires the help of an experienced hair loss professional. 

Consult With a Happy Head Hair Loss Professional

If you think you’re losing your hair, contact our hair loss experts at Happy Head. Do you see more strands falling? Do you notice bald spots forming? There’s no need to worry, because Happy Head can help.  We collaborate closely with you to halt your hair loss. Whether you need oral medication, a topical, or a nutrient supplement, our experienced hair loss professionals will work with you to determine the best path to meet your needs. With Happy Head’s wide array of hair products, you’re sure to find the right treatment to regrow your hair. 



(01) https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/hair-loss/insider/shedding

(02) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK499948/

(03) https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/hair-loss/insider/begin

(04) https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/alopecia-areata

(05) https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/hair-loss/types/female-pattern

(06) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7320655/

(07) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28294070/

7 Reasons Why Your Hair Is Falling Out (And How to Stop It)

It’s easy to fall down a rabbit hole when doing internet research.  A pimple can turn into cancer or flesh-eating disease in minutes.  The same thing can happen when you lose your hair.  First, you see a few strands of hair on the shower floor.  Then, you find hair all over your towels and pillowcases.  Worst of all, you’re starting to see receding, thinning, or balding areas.  Before you know it, you’re online typing “Why is my hair falling out?” into the search bar.  In no time, you’re convinced that you have some rare, fatal illness that’s making your hair shed.  The truth is that there are some simple explanations for why you may be losing your hair.  Although we don’t recommend self-diagnosis (we’ll talk more about that later), here are the most common reasons your hair may fall out.  

1. You Can’t Fight Genetics

If one of your parents or relatives experienced thinning or balding hair, you might be next in line.  Male and female pattern baldness, androgenetic alopecia, is passed from generation to generation and can stem from either side of your family.  Male pattern baldness accounts for 95 percent of hair loss in men. (01)  Although genetic hair loss is typically considered a “guys issue,” androgenetic alopecia is the most common cause of hair loss in women also.

How do you know if your hair loss is hereditary?  There are some tell-tale signs, namely specific patterns of hair loss.  Men usually see their hairline receding into an “M” shape.  The circular area on the back of their heads thins and expands to create an “O” shape.  Men can go bald from the condition.   Women, on the other hand, don’t usually go completely bald.  Instead, they get diffuse thinning that begins on the part line and expands out.  

If your hair loss is hereditary, early action with the right medication can help slow down or stop your hair loss and help regrow new hair.  Minoxidil is a well-known option that prevents or reverses the miniaturization of the hair follicles.  It allows existing hair to remain healthy and new hair to grow.  DHT blockers are often needed in conjunction with Minoxidil to prevent testosterone from converting to DHT and attacking your hair follicles.  The most commonly prescribed DHT blockers are Finasteride, Dutasteride, and Spironolactone for women.  

2. You’re Having an Autoimmune Response 

Some types of alopecia are due to an autoimmune disease called alopecia areata.  Before you freak out, though, consider this.  Your lifetime risk of experiencing alopecia areata is only 2.1 percent. (02)  Alopecia areata causes circle-shaped patches of hair loss on various parts of your scalp.  Hair can spontaneously regrow without any treatment.  However, some people experience relapse.  Alopecia areata is diagnosed via visual examination, blood tests, and possibly a small biopsy.  

First-line treatments may include corticosteroids and Minoxidil.  A psoriasis medication called Anthralin or Oluminant, a new medication that was recently FDA approved, may be prescribed for more severe cases.  

3. You’ve Had Surgery or Been Sick

You may not realize that surgeries requiring anesthesia and illnesses that cause high fevers can cause a temporary type of alopecia called telogen effluvium.  Some people who had severe cases of Covid were affected.  When there’s a rapid increase in stress levels in your body, your hair goes into a type of shock called telogen effluvium.  Telogen effluvium speeds up your hair’s growth cycle and pushes it into the resting stage.  During the resting stage, your hair falls out.  The disruption is temporary, though, and usually only lasts for a few months.  After that, your growth cycle gets back on track, although it may take a few months more to see regrowth.  

4. You’re Stressed Out

If you’ve been under a lot of pressure at work or are experiencing a breakup, the stress could take a toll on your hair.  During a 2021 study, researchers discovered that a particular stress hormone called corticosterone can impair the stem cells needed to promote hair growth in mice.  When mice were subjected to mild stress for many weeks, corticosterone levels increased, resulting in telogen effluvium. (03)  Life happens, and you can’t always get rid of your stressors, so finding ways to manage your stress may help if you  notice hair loss.  Exercise, deep breathing, meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, and connecting with others are good ways to unwind and help your body reset its hair growth cycle.  

5. Your Hair Needs Some TLC

Do you know why Ariana Grande first started wearing her signature high ponytail?  It was because her hair was damaged by the dye she used while filming the series Victorious.  Yes, harsh chemicals and hairstyles, such as tight braids pulling on your scalp can make your hair break or fall out.  Straightening treatments, including Brazilian blow-outs, are also very harmful.  If your hair is suffering, there are still things you can do to make it healthy again and prevent further hair loss.  A hair mask or deep conditioning treatment can bring some moisture back.  A haircut can remove dead ends.  If your hair is falling out due to traction alopecia, hair loss caused by pulling on your hair too much, don’t despair.  Your hair will grow back once you stop damaging it.  If you find that your hair isn’t growing back, be sure to check with your dermatologist.  

6. You’re Experiencing Side Effects From A Medication

Hair loss isn’t one of the side effects usually listed on medications, and it’s relatively rare, but it can happen.  Antidepressants, certain nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), thyroid medications, steroids, and hormone replacements can be culprits.  If you think one of your medications could be to blame, don’t stop taking it.  Always consult with your doctor before making any changes.  

7. Your Lifestyle Could Use Some Improvement

We’re human, and we all have some vices.  But iif you’re concerned about your hair falling out, it may be time to rethink your lifestyle.  Let’s start with smoking.  Smoking could affect your hair by causing vasoconstriction and damaging your hair follicles.  If you’re prone to androgenetic alopecia, it can also make you produce more DHT. (04

Then there’s alcohol.  There isn’t any scientific evidence out there that indicates that drinking alcohol affects your hair.  Excessive drinking, however, can cause or contribute to medical issues that could affect your hair.  Remember how we talked about stress causing telogen effluvium?  Alcohol in excess could become a stressor if it affects your overall health.  

You may also want to evaluate your diet.  Certain foods can increase testosterone, which can potentially convert to DHT.  Processed and sugary foods are an example.  Too much sugar can cause your body to produce more insulin, increasing androgens.  According to Dr. Ben Behnam, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Happy Head, people who are concerned about hair loss should also choose their protein carefully.  Caged chickens produce more testosterone due to the stress of being held captive.  It’s best to choose free-range chicken.  Whey protein is also an excellent source of protein, but choose the type you use carefully.  Whey protein isolate is highly processed and can contribute to hair loss, while whey protein concentrate supports hair health and regrowth.  

Early Hair Loss Treatment is the Best Hair Loss Treatment

Now that we’ve shared the most common reasons why our patients experience hair loss, we want to go back to why we don’t recommend self-diagnosis.  The key to reversing hair loss is catching it early and beginning treatment while your hair follicles are still viable.  You could lose valuable treatment time If you diagnose yourself and are wrong.  Be sure to visit your dermatologist for an exam.  

We’re Here to Help

If you don’t have access to a dermatologist or have questions about whether hair loss treatment is right for you, we’re here to help.  Simply answer some brief questions designed to help us better understand your hair loss concerns, and a board-certified dermatologist and hair specialist will be assigned to your case.  



(01) https://www.americanhairloss.org/men_hair_loss/index.html

(02) https://www.naaf.org/alopecia-areata

(03) https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/how-stress-causes-hair-loss

(04) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9069908/#:~:text=Smoking%20may%20lead%20to%20hair,enhancing%20senescence%20and%20hormonal%20effects.


Men’s Hair Can Be Damaged and Dry Too. Here’s What You Can Do.

Men usually worry more about losing their hair than about if their hair is healthy.  Women are generally the ones who stress over dry, damaged hair.  After all, hair dryers, flat irons, bleaching, coloring, tight ponytails, and braids can take a toll.  Most men are happy not to deal with all of that.  Even so, it’s not ideal when men’s hair looks dried out or frizzy.  Not to mention that hair that doesn’t look healthy sometimes isn’t.  So, guys, let’s talk about your hair’s appearance and texture.  We have some tips on how to improve your hair’s condition and what to do if you think there’s something causing damage that’s out of your control.

What Causes Men to Experience Dry Hair?

Before we talk about what you can do to repair your hair, let’s discuss the reasons why your hair may be dry or damaged.  Let’s start understanding what happens when your hair gets dried out.  Oils that keep your hair healthy are produced in your hair’s roots.  There isn’t a source of natural lubrication.  When your hair’s natural oil and moisture are lost, it also loses its smooth texture and shine.   There are many reasons why this could happen.  The most common reasons are aging, health conditions such as thyroid disease, and the effects of sun, wind, and other weather-related conditions.  If your hair begins to thin due to male pattern baldness, your hair’s texture can also change.  Thinner hair can become wavy, dry, and brittle.  

How Does Men’s Hair Get Damaged?

Here’s what happens when your hair gets damaged.  Each strand of your hair is protected by a cuticle, which is a protective layer.  When your hair cuticles are healthy, they sit closely together and lock in moisture.  The cuticle protects your hair from elements such as chlorine and sun exposure.  However, those cuticles can peel away from your hair when they separate.  Your hair can’t hold moisture or natural oils.  Contrary to what many people believe, you cannot repair damaged hair.  It’s not a living tissue and doesn’t have regenerative abilities.  However, damaged hair that is cut can grow healthy cuticles.   

How Guys Treat Dry or Damaged Hair

If your hair doesn’t look in tip-top shape, all is not lost.  Here are some tips that can help:

  • Use the Right Shampoo 

If a two-in-one is your go-to for the shower, you may want to rethink your shampoo.  A good quality shampoo helps not only clean your hair, but will help balance your scalp’s chemistry.  Shampoos include detergents, pH adjusters, preservatives, thickeners, scents, and additives.  Harsh ingredients strip the oils out of your hair.  If your hair is dry, you’ll want to avoid lauryl sulfates, sarcosinates, and other harsh ingredients known for deep cleaning.   Instead, look for mild cleaning agents such as polyoxyethylene fatty alcohols, polyoxyethylene sorbitol esters alkanolamides, betaines, sultaines, and other gentle cleansers that also help make your hair more manageable. (01)

  • Remember the Conditioner

Skipping conditioner may save time, but it also means that you’re missing the opportunity to add moisture.  Conditioning seals your hair’s cuticles to keep the moisture locked in between washes.  Topical hair loss treatments such as Minoxidil or Finasteride may affect the texture of your hair, especially at the beginning when the medications first start working.  A good conditioner can help by making your hair more shiny and manageable.  Conditioners will often include ingredients such as hydrolyzed silk, animal protein, and glycerin.  When selecting a conditioner, look for protein-derived substances.  Protein works with the keratin in your hair to hold the cortex fragments together.  Your split ends will mend temporarily until the next time you shampoo. (02) 

  • Hair Masks Aren’t Just for Women

If you’re looking for a quick-fix to make your dry, brittle hair softer and more manageable, we’re going to share a secret weapon to treat your hair: hair masks.  Yes, women are the ones who usually use hair masks.  But, not only can men use them once or twice per week, they give short-term results that make your hair stronger, shinier, and tamer.  Keep in mind that you should only apply a hair mask from the roots to the ends of your hair.  Hair masks aren’t meant to be used on your scalp. The hair mask that you choose will depend on your hair’s texture.  It’s helpful to look for keywords such as “fine” or “coarse” that match your hair type.  Hair masks with all-natural ingredients and keywords such as “keratin” and “biotin” are good choices.  

  • Visit Your Barber Regularly

Sure, it was probably fun having long Covid hair and not having to visit the barber every five weeks.  However, if your hair is dry or damaged, it’s important to keep those appointments.  Overgrown split ends make your hair look messy and frizzy.  Not to mention that when men go too long between trims, they end up with an awkward, unflattering shape that’s tricky to camouflage.  No matter how many styling products you use, your hair will still look unkempt. 

  • Eat a Protein-rich Diet

If your hair is dry or damaged, make sure you’re eating plenty of protein.  Protein will strengthen and repair the keratin in your hair strands.  You’ll still need a trim to get rid of the damaged ends, but more protein and keratin means your hair will grow stronger.  A lack of protein has actually been linked to hair loss. (03)  When your body doesn’t get enough protein, your body will conserve what it has by shifting hair into a resting phase when your hair falls out.  Good protein sources include eggs, chicken, shrimp, fatty fish, nuts, tofu, legumes, and cottage cheese. 

  • Ask Your Dermatologist About Vitamins or Supplements

If your hair is dry or damaged and you aren’t sure why, it may be a good idea to have your vitamin, iron, thyroid, and other blood levels checked.  Hyper and hypothyroidism can both cause dry, brittle hair.  Low iron and other vitamin deficiencies can cause the same effect.  Balancing your thyroid or supplementing with vitamins usually brings noticeable improvement.  

  • Stop Using Harsh Coloring Products

If you color your hair and notice signs of damage, it’s a good idea to stop.  In some cases, hair dye lifts the cuticle from the hair and changes the texture.  The hair that’s been colored won’t return to its natural state.  However, only the hair that has been dyed will be affected.  New hair that grows from your scalp will have your original texture and sheen. 

  • Don’t Wait to Get a Professional Opinion

By the time you notice that your hair’s texture and finish has changed, there’s a good chance that damage has already occurred.  A visit to the dermatologist can help you understand why your hair doesn’t seem as smooth or manageable as before.  Once you identify the culprit, you can start to get your hair back on the road to good health.

Sometimes men don’t realize that the change in their hair’s texture or appearance is due to male pattern baldness, telogen effluvium, or another type of alopecia that can be treated.  If you aren’t sure why your hair’s texture or appearance has changed and want a professional opinion, we’re here to help.  Simply fill out the questionnaire.  One of our board-certified dermatologists will review your case and make recommendations on what you can do to get your hair back on track.   



(01) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4458934/

(02) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4458934/

(03) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5315033/


Is Your Hair Healthy?

Has your hair been a little drier and frizzier than usual?  Is it less manageable than it used to be?  Figuring out whether or not your hair is healthy can be challenging.  It can be difficult to distinguish between when it’s time for a deep conditioning treatment and a haircut or if something else is affecting your hair.  If you know what to look for, though, assessing your hair’s health is easy.  Here’s a simple guide designed to help.    

How Do You Know When Your Hair is Healthy?

Is your hair smooth and shiny or dull and coarse?  Hair that’s shiny and smooth is deemed more healthy, even when hair is wavy or curly. (01)  As we age, natural graying can make hair seem dull or frizzy, but that doesn’t have to be the case.  Daily conditioners, moisturizing treatments, and shine-boosting sprays can help.

Androgenetic alopecia, a fancy name for male and female pattern baldness, can also change your hair’s texture and appearance.  Sometimes hair becomes finer due to miniaturization of the hair follicles.  Because the hair becomes thinner, it could become curlier.  In other cases, previously curly or wavy hair can flatten and be less able to hold its curls or waves.  

Healthy Hair From the Inside Out

Healthy hair isn’t just what you see on the outside.  What’s on the inside also counts.  Hair is primarily made of keratin, which is a protein.  Keratin is made out of amino acids and other molecules that come from foods we eat.  That’s why eating a balanced diet and ensuring that you have all the right vitamins are so essential.

Your hair grows from a follicle beneath your scalp’s skin.  A hair shaft extends from the follicle.  The shape and angle of your hair shaft are what determines what type of hair you have.  It’s made out of three layers:

  1.  Medullar- Inside layer 
  2. Cortex – Middle layer that determines your hair color and elasticity
  3. Cuticle – Outside layer that makes your hair look shiny

When the cuticle is damaged by the sun, chemicals, blow drying, or other elements, the cells in the cortex can break or unravel, making your hair look dull or brittle. 

What Damages Healthy Hair?

Typically, the hair’s cortex is filled with keratin, and the cuticle is smooth, allowing light to reflect.  When the cuticle is damaged, your hair may seem dry and frizzy.  The ends may be thinner than they used to be, but there is still an opportunity for repair.  A haircut, deep conditioning, and time to regrow usually solve the problem.  When the cortex is damaged, salvaging the hair is more complicated.  At that point, hair is coarse and dull with split ends and some breakage.  

Does Healthy Hair Fall Out?

According to the American Academy of Dermatologists, losing about 50 to 100 hairs per day is normal as part of the hair’s growth cycle. (02)  So, even if your hair is healthy, you might still see a few strands in the sink.  When you lose more than that, there’s a problem.  Hair loss due to physical defects is unusual compared to other types of alopecia.  Here are four of the most common ones:

  1. Loose anagen syndrome – When hair is loose and easily pulls out of the follicle because the root sheaths are not fully formed.  More common in children than adults.  
  2. Traction alopecia – When hair is pulled out of the follicle by tight hair bands, braids, or any other styling habits.
  3. Trichotillomania – A type of obsessive-compulsive behavior when people pull out their own hair.
  4. Overprocessing – Straighteners, perms, bleach, and dyes use harsh chemicals that can break down your hair’s fiber.  Using these harsh chemicals too often or incorrectly can irreversibly damage the hair’s fiber.  

Other Reasons for Hair Loss

If you are losing your hair, and it’s not due to a physical defect, it may be due to alopecia.  Here are some examples:

  • Telogen effluvium is a temporary form of hair loss that can happen after sudden illness such as Covid, surgery, or a stressful occasion.  Hair spontaneously regrows after a few months.  
  • Androgenetic alopecia (male or female pattern baldness) is the most common form of alopecia.  Although it commonly occurs during middle age, people in their 20s may have this type of hair loss due to an overproduction of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT).  Minoxidil, Finasteride, Dutasteride, and Spironolactone are prescription DHT blockers often prescribed to reverse hair loss caused by male and female pattern baldness.
  • Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune condition that causes circular bald patches about the size of a quarter.  In addition to Minoxidil and Finasteride, immunosuppressants have recently been found effective in helping people with alopecia areata regrow their hair.  

How to Keep Your Hair Healthy

Want your hair to look shiny and healthy?  Here are some tips to help you keep your hair in top condition:

  • Diet – Eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of vegetables, fruit, and plenty of protein
  • Vitamins – Check your vitamin levels, especially biotin, iron, vitamin C, niacin, and zinc.  Work with your dermatologist to supplement if any levels are low 
  • Exercise – Regular exercise not only helps manage your weight and keep your heart healthy, but it also reduces stress which has been proven to affect your hair
  • Habits – Quit smoking and only drink in moderation
  • Sun protection – Wear a hat when you’re in the sun to prevent damage from ultraviolet rays
  • Chlorine – Wear a swim cap when swimming, or rinse your hair before or after swimming to get all of the harsh chlorine out
  • Wet Hair – Use a wide-tooth comb and treat wet hair gently
  • Condition – Use a quality conditioner each time you wash your hair
  • Styling – Watch heat styling, eliminate or minimize chemical treatment, and avoid tight hairstyles (ponytails, braids, buns, etc.)

No matter your age or gender, having healthy hair is a confidence booster.  If you have questions about your hair’s health or are concerned about hair loss, let us know.  One of our board-certified dermatologists will review the information you provide and let you know if you would benefit by using one of our customized prescription medications.



(01) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18004288/

(02) https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/hair-loss/insider/shedding#:~:text=It%27s%20normal%20to%20shed%20between,this%20condition%20is%20telogen%20effluvium.