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Viviscal is One of Karlie Kloss’ Style Secrets

In a the October issue of InStyle, the article, “Get Model Karlie Kloss’ Style Secrets,” Kloss, 21, relates that even with her busy schedule that includes fashion shows all over the world, she still finds time to keep her hair healthy.

Karlie Kloss

Take a look at these beauty tips.

Your personal style in one word?


What’s your trick for red-carpet dressing?
Shake things up from time to time. For the Cannes Film Festival this year I wore a Louis Vuitton tuxedo, which was a departure for me because I’m used to wearing dresses.

What’s your secret cheapie?
I keep my nails clean and conditioned with Sally Hansen cuticle oil ( It costs $8 at the drugstore.

What do you splurge on?
Bliss spa does an oxygen facial ($165; that is to die for. Be good to your skin—you’ll wear it every day for the rest of your life.

Your formula for healthy hair?
I take fish oil and a dietary supplement called Viviscal ( It’s all natural and very nourishing.

Yep, this was our favorite question and answer as Viviscal is one of the Hair Foundation’s donors and supporters. The Viviscal® dietary supplements mentioned by Kloss nourishes thinning hair and promotes existing hair growth* from the inside, according to the company’s website. Viviscal also offers a Gentle Shampoo and Moisturizing Conditioner that assists with healthy hair growth on the outside while the Hair Filler Fibers offers the appearance of thicker hair.

We’ve previously written about Viviscal in our blog. Take a look to learn more about this interesting company and its products.

Thinning Hair? Check Out These Products

Viviscal®, Hair Foundation Partner to Promote Hair Loss Awareness Month

Viviscal can be found at your nearby drug store including Walgreens and CVS as well as Target and ULTA.

Shoutout to Our Partners’ Products: HairMax, Nioxin and Pantene

As we embrace National Hair Loss Awareness month, there’s many great products out there to help you battle your hair loss challenges. Our partners offer many great options and recently they received some great shout outs from national beauty magazines.

In the September issue of InStyle magazine, it cites the HairMax Lasercomb.

The FDA-approved laser comb can be used by men and women. It works its magic by emitting a low level laser light energy to stimulate follicles and spur new hair growth.

To use the comb, it should be done three times a week by brushing it through your hair’s roots for about 10 minutes. Look for a difference in 12 to 16 weeks as you’ll notice less hair shedding and a fuller look.

Before you start any treatment, you should speak to your doctor about this alternative. For more information, go to the HairMax website.

A second nod came from More magazine’s July issue that cites P&G’s Nioxin Rejuvenating Serum. Now that many of us had had summer’s sun, warm-weather temps and chlorine wreaking havoc on our hair, it’s time for some TLC.

The Nioxin line is geared toward thinning hair and this recommended serum is a daily conditioner that just needs one drop for your hair. It’s great for those with either fine or normal hair.

More also gives a kudos to Pantene’s (from our partner P&G) Age Defy Advanced Thickening Treatment. This can help fatten up thin strands, with one fan saying that it “can make you look as if you’ve added thousands of new hairs to your head.”

This can be purchased at local retail stores including Target.

If you have any questions about hair loss, feel free to contact us at



Bosley Supports National Hair Loss Awareness Month, Introduces New Products

It’s National Hair Loss Awareness Month and one of the Hair Foundation’s partners, Bosley, is supporting this and spreading the word through its Bosley Professional Strength products. These can combat thinning hair both in the salon and at home.

Recently, the line introduced two new products for healthier and fuller-looking hair: the BosRenew Volumizing Dry Shampoo and the BosRenew Scalp Micro-Dermabrasion.

Bosley Professional Strength President Eric McLemore said of the products via a press release, ”We pride ourselves on offering a 360-degree approach to people struggling with fine and thinning hair through our innovative, comprehensive range of products. Everyone wants thicker, fuller and healthier hair, and clients really do want to speak with their stylists about it. It can be as easy as starting the conversation about how a healthier scalp can help give healthier, thicker hair results.”

Here’s a look at the new products.

BosRenew Volumizing Dry Shampoo – In addition to absorbing dirt, excess oil and product build-up, this shampoo can help stimulate the metabolic function of cells, serving to create voluminous, ultra-manageable and silky-soft hair. With a unique multi-tasking formula, it also provides advanced UV protection to defend hair against photo-aging.

BosRenew Scalp Micro-Dermabrasion - Known as a “facial for the scalp,” this innovative and breakthrough treatment provides deeply restorative exfoliating benefits of a facial, but for your scalp. It addresses hair and scalp aging at the cellular level, exfoliating dead skin cells and unclogging follicles to enable your hair to grow in a healthy environment. Improving follicle health is key to helping diminish hair loss. This product is only offered in salons.

Bosley Professional Strength products are available at ULTA Beauty, professional beauty salons and barber shops nationwide.

We’re excited about these new products from our partner and we’ll also happy to note that Bosley will be participating in our October 10 Day of Hair Health and Skin Event.

Please register now for this one-of-a-kind event in Winter Park, Fl.

New Hair Foundation Videos Are Here!

For the second straight year, the Hair Foundation’s esteemed team of doctors have put together free, short videos on numerous hair loss concerns for men, women and children. These videos will answer many of your commonly-asked questions such as women and hair loss, new treatments for hair loss and chemotherapy and hair loss.

If you see a topic that hasn’t been covered, please feel free to contact us at and one of our doctors will try to address your concerns.

Here’s the new 2013 videos.

Understanding Hair Loss in Children




The Best Hair Removal Techniques




Tips for Managing Chemotherapy Hair Loss




Hair Loss Treatments for Women






Hair Loss Treatments for Men




Healthy Hair Care and Styling Tips




Tips for Coverage and Camouflage of Thinning Hair




Hair Care Tips for Aging and Thinning Hair




Exciting Advancements In Hair Care and Hair Loss




Hair Loss Disease and Treatments




To view additional Hair Loss Foundation videos, please visit our library.

Hiding Hair Loss with Tattoos

Dr. William M. Parsley, M.D, FAAD, a member of the Hair Foundation’s Board of Trustees, recently discussed tattooing over keloid scalp scars from hair restoration surgery in a Hair Foundation blog post. Parsley talked about tattooing over keloid scalp scars from hair restoration surgery (the area they harvest from) not as an option to conceal hair loss.

But now this alternative exists. The Britain-based company, HIS (Hair-Ink-Skin) Hair, has launched a technique to hide baldness by using a form of tattoos. The procedure, called micro hair technique (MHT) scalp pigmentation, gives the appearance of a short, cropped ‘buzz’ hair by applying different shades of specifically-blended pigments to the scalp.

This copies the size, shape and density of micro hairs, according to The Daily Mail.

The procedure costs on average of £2,000 (US $3,151) and was developed by HIS Hair founder Ian Watson. Some of the allure is coming from its lower cost as compared to other hair loss remedies.

Watson got the idea for the procedure when he developed alopecia in his mid-twenties after his older brother passed away from cancer. 

Sensitive to his hair loss, Watson asked his brother’s widow, Ranbir Rai-Watson, to grab a fine pen and draw dots on his scalp, in an effort to create a “cropped” haircut. While the ink washed off on the first attempts, after a decade of research the procedure has been tweaked by hair loss experts and English and Australian semi-permanent make-up artists.

The company is now opening clinics in Europe and the U.S.with this procedure.

Celebrity hairdresser Adee Phelan has opened the company’s newest clinic in Manchester, England; he is also a satisfied customer who’s had the procedure. Phelan said, “This is a great permanent, non-surgical option that can disguise everything from male- pattern baldness to receding hair lines and scars on your head. I thought losing my hair didn’t bother me but even I felt younger and more confident afterwards.

“And it looks so natural, most people don’t even know I’ve had it done.”

According to the Daily Mail, statistics show that 10 million men from the UK suffer from hair loss. By the age of 50, those affected by male pattern hair loss reaches 50 percent. Many in the country believe this new alternative will be great for hair loss.

If you have questions about hair loss, please contact us at or check out our online videos.


ISHRS Maintains Safety,Efficacy for Treatment of Male Hair Loss

The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) recently announced their position on Propecia (Finasteride 1mg) for hair loss and the subsequent reports of sexual dysfunction by users.

ISHRS is one of the Hair Foundation’s Allied Organizations Council (AOC) members.

Under a task force, the organization reviewed the reports of sexual dysfunction and looked at data and finasteride experiences from a group of dermatologists, hair loss physicians, urologists, endocrinologists and sexual medicine specialists.

ISHRS has reported there was no evidence-based science data that linked finasteride and continuous sexual side effects after users discontinued using the drug in numerous, double blinded, placebo controlled studies that evaluated the use of Propecia 1mg for hair loss, according to the press release.

In a statement by ISHRS President Dr. Jennifer Martinick, she said,

“The health and well being of our patients is the utmost concern of the 900 physician members of the ISHRS — whether prescribing medications like Propecia or performing hair restoration surgery. ISHRS members devote an average of 72% of their practices to medically and surgically treating hair loss, and collectively they have treated millions of men around the world suffering from hair loss with finasteride 1mg with virtually no side effects.”

Since receiving FDA approval in December of 1997, 20.5 million and 6.7 million patient-years of exposure using Proscar (finasteride 5mg) and Propecia (finasteride 1mg), respectively, have seen a low adverse event profile according to ISHRS’ release.

ISHRS believes this represents the most current and reliable data available.

Martinick further noted that sexual dysfunction is a complicated disorder as it’s hard to find the exact cause due to the many factors contributing to erectile dysfunction (ED) such as nicotine, alcohol, prescription medications, stress, anxiety, fatigue and depression.

She said, “The incidence of ED in the general population is known to be quite high — as high as 49% in middle-aged and older men according to one study published in 2006 in the Archives of Internal Medicine. “That being said, we owe it to our patients to address valid concerns in a scientific manner and to clarify any misleading reports so that men can make informed choices regarding the use of this medication.”

To learn more about hair loss treatments for men, please visit our online videos.

Hair Loss Treatment for Women from Hair Foundation’s Partner, Lexington Intl

Photo courtesy of HairMax

In June, Lexington Intl, LLC (“Lexington”), a Hair Foundation partner, received FDA Clearance to market its HairMax LaserComb® Lux 9 for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia (female pattern hair loss) and the promotion of hair growth.

On Aug. 4, CBS Philadelphia ran a story about this HairMax LaserComb. It featured a 53-year-old woman with hereditary hair loss and included Hair Foundation’s Vice Chair, Dr. Ken Washenik, as a hair loss medical expert.

Here’s a link to the video and some background on the story.

In an additional story about the LaserComb Lux 9, here’s one from Univision.

Want to learn more about the HairMax LaserComb Lux 9 for women? Check out this June 10 Hair Foundation blog post.

Lady Gaga and Her Battle with Hair Loss

For many people, Lady Gaga is seen as a music icon, an individual, a very creative person and yes, a woman who struggles with hair loss. The 25-year-old has been open about her hair loss and has said that her hair has started to fall out because of the constant hair dyeing. The natural brunette is known for platinum blonde hair and because of it, she’s been open about her hair loss.

So what’s a woman to do about hair loss? In a recent AOL blog post, rumors have been swirling that Lady Gaga is using Minoxidil (Rogaine®) to combat her hair loss.

What is Rogaine? It is the only FDA-approved topical solution to regrow your hair. For women, it enables them to take control of hair loss and start regrowing healthy hair. It is a very good treatment for hereditary hair loss. Initially sold as a prescription product, Rogaine is now sold over the counter and for women, the 2% solution is recommended.

One thing to keep in mind, according to Dr. Matt Leavitt, president and CEO of the Hair Foundation, in his book, “Women and Hair Loss: A Physician’s Perspective,”

Use of minoxidil to abate hair loss or re-grow hair should be viewed as a lifetime commitment if the re-growth is to be maintained.

Leavitt further explains,

More density to the hair is achieved with continuous use, which allows for easier styling, but bear in mind that it does not replace all of the missing hair and that the response to treatment is individual.

Side effects may include an itchy scalp and other minor skin irritations, which occurs in approximately 6% of females, according to Leavitt.

Want to learn more about women and hair loss? Check out this March 29 Q&A blog with the Hair Foundation’s vice chairman, Dr. Ken Washenik  and the Hair Foundation’s new physician videos.


Lexington Intl Receives Clearance for HairMax Laser Comb, Treats Androgenetic Alopecia in Females

Photo courtesy of HairMax

On June 6,  Lexington Intl, LLC (“Lexington”), a Hair Foundation partner, announced in a press release that it received FDA Clearance to market its HairMax LaserComb® Lux 9 for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia (female pattern hair loss) and the promotion of hair growth.

It is the first time in over twenty years that a new home-use treatment for female hair loss has been available, according to Lexington. The HairMax Lux 9 has indicated it treats androgenetic alopecia (female pattern hair loss), and promotes hair growth in females who have Ludwig (Savin) Scale I-4, II-1, II-2 or frontal and Fitzpatrick Skin Types I-IV.

The HairMax was the subject of a double-blind, device-controlled clinical study of females which showed that 100% of subjects on the HairMax LaserComb Lux 9 experienced hair growth at six months.  In addition, over the same time period, subjects using the HairMax experienced a mean increase in hair count of 20.5 hairs per centimeter squared, which is considered medically and scientifically significant.

Most importantly, over 79% of the subjects using the HairMax Lux 9 reported improvement in thickness and fullness of their hair.  No serious side effects occurred and there were no other side effects caused by the HairMax Lux 9 in the study.

The results of this study of efficacy and safety were a key part of the FDA 510(k) submission, and the subsequent decision of the Agency to grant marketing clearance for the treatment of female AGA.

In Lexington’s press release, Dr. Matt Leavitt, Chairman and President, the Hair Foundation, and Lexington Medical advisor, made the following comment regarding the news:

“Hair loss amongst women is a growing concern”, says Dr. Matt Leavitt, Medical Advisor to Lexington. “In the past, women had only one FDA Approved drug ingredient to treat their hair loss. Now they have a clinically proven viable alternative. Upon review of Lexington’s extensive clinical studies on female hair loss, the FDA has granted Clearance to this exciting new treatment option. I believe the HairMax will be able to offer help to the millions of women suffering from hair loss.”

Here is a copy of the FDA clearance letter.

To learn more about female hair loss and treatments, please see the Hair Foundation’s new video series.

Hair Foundation to Introduce Nine-Part Video Series

This spring, the Hair Foundation’s doctors served as experts and helped film a nine-part video series for public use. They cover a variety of hair

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topics and viewers will find many of their common questions answered.

Drs. Matt Leavitt, Dow Stough,E. Antonio Mangubat and Ken Washenik discussed the following video topics:

  • Types of Hair Loss
  • Understanding and Living with Hair Loss
  • Men and Hair Loss
  • Women and Hair Loss
  • Children and Hair Loss
  • Hair Loss and Self-Esteem
  • Combating Hair Loss: Diagnosis and Medical Treatments
  • Hair Care and Maintenance before Hair Loss Occurs
  • Hair Disease and Treatments

These free videos run between two to four minutes in length and they include patients, real world examples and visuals.

Look for their availability soon on the HF website, YouTube and partners’ websites.