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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.

Stem Cell Technology and a Cure for Baldness?

When studying stem cell research, scientists have already done so by growing liver and brain cells but now the latest project seems to be hair growth. RepliCel Life Sciences Inc., a Vancouver-based company, is trying to find a new hair loss treatment and in July, the Japanese company Shisheido, paid the company $4.2 million to share its research on a new technology to treat this, reported The Vancouver Sun.

David Hall, RepliCel CEO, said of the hair growth market, “It’s a market where people spend a ton of money” and added of hair cloning, ” “It’s just not perceived as a medical need, but I think there are a lot of people who would say it’s important to them. There’s definitely a mental health aspect for young men and for women in their 30s and 40s. It can be very devastating to their self-esteem.”

So what exactly is Hall’s company doing?

Called the RepliCel technique, co-founders German dermatologist Dr. Rolf Hoffmann and Vancouver researcher Kevin McElwee, first harvest hair follicles from the back of someone’s scalp as this is where hair is “typically resistant to the hormone that causes baldness.” This tissue then goes to the lab where dermal sheath cup cells will be isolated from the follicle’s base and then duplicated by the millions over the course of three months. Then, using a special device, the cells will be injected into top of the scalp where there are bald areas.

In the upcoming months, RepliCel hopes to conduct a clinical trial to test the procedure with 120 men in Germany. The procedure is undergoing regulatory requirements but the company hopes it will evolve into licensing with the U.S., Europe and Japan. With the upcoming trial, it will represent the company’s second one following an initial one with 19 subjects. After six months from the injections, it did not find any “serious adverse reactions.”

Hall added that RepliCel doesn’t plan to bring the cell cloning to the market but instead, hopes a larger company will purchase the company after proving the technology’s effectiveness.


An Interview with Hair Foundation’s Dr. Dow Stough IV – Part II Q and A’s

In our last post, we spoke with Dr. Dow Stough IV, the Hair Foundation’s Board of Trustees treasurer. We asked him so many questions, we decided to put our conversation into two separate posts.

Here’s part II of our talk. It includes commonly-asked hair loss and treatment questions posed to Dr. Stough.

Frequently-Asked Questions

Let’s start with a popular one, If I lose all my hair, will it begin growing again? Is there a cycle to all of this?

Stough answered affirmatively and explained that when you start with Rogaine, the growth phase will sync up. But after being dormant for so long, it may get worse before it gets better. Patients may see a temporary falling out of hair over several months, but they shouldn’t panic; this is a good sign as it’s normal shedding.

Stough explained that one way to calm patients is to take a picture. This will illustrate the slowing of hair loss/shedding over time. One of the greatest challenges is patients will quit when they don’t see results happening quickly. By seeing a progression, this should have a reassuring effect.

This is no miracle cure that has immediate results. Finasteride takes about one month but this comes on a microscopic level and through global photography, it is possible to see some results in four to five months, but it’s most likely six months to one year.

Most of the time people will just quit because they don’t give it enough time. They key is to be patient.

What is mesotherapy?

Stough explained this is a method that is being seen abroad more so than in the United States. Mesotherapy is a way to deliver medication directly by injecting it into the scalp by using a needle. This includes any medication of a compound; it enables users to get more medication in the place where you need it most.

But there are drawbacks. With tetesteride/finesteride alpha reductase, it has to first be formulated for injection as the ph has to be balanced and diluted correctly. This is time consuming, expensive and it is a study to prepare a solution that is acceptable for injection.

Stough noted that he’s seen mesotherapy have catastrophic results if it is either administered or formulated incorrectly. Here in the United States, we are not there yet.

In addition, by compounding and prepararing for injection ourselves and until there is a standard set and a way to go through the proper channels of formulation and testing, there is no regulation of this product.

Some think they can pulverize over-the-counter or prescription pills or Minoxidil, liquefy it and inject it.  These products ARE not meant for injecting in their current formulation.

Stough does not recommend it but he supports and uses laser therapy. There are good anecdotal reports from many devices on the market, but it’s difficult to put them all together because they have their own advantages depending on the patient’s desires and lifestyle.

There’s the HairMax laser comb, one of the Hair Foundation’s partners, and the MEP-90. They have received FDA clearance for both men and women.

He added that if patients want the freedom and convenience of a portable, handheld device, then the LaserComb is recommended; results will be seen.

For others who prefer visiting a physician’s office for sessions, go with the MEP-90 or another form of delivery for the laser. Regardless of what method laser therapy chosen, more research is being conducted and reported. This will lead to the most optimal devices making their way to market and more choices for consumers.

What are some products that don’t have FDA approval or clearance for this type of treatment?

There’s Biotin and Stough does recommend it a lot for his patients. This comes on anecdotal reports for nail and hair growth that shows when Biotin is taken orally, there is some strengthening and growth that occurs.

Have you ever given a placebo and then seen hair growth?

Studies have shown a placebo effect in products that have no active ingredient has proven to grow hair. But on very, very rare occasions is this seen and when you use a product that causes a little scalp irritation, you can get some hair growth.

What treatments do you see on the horizon? What’s different?

Allergan has a topical product they are testing for hair loss. But even with this product, it won’t produce results overnight. Consumers will still need to be patient and compliant with it.

Do you have additional hair loss questions? Please contact us at or better yet, attend our upcoming Day of Hair Health Expo on October 10. Dr. Stough will be in attendance as well as other some of our other Hair Foundation doctors.

An Interview with the Hair Foundation’s Dr. Dow Stough IV – Part I

Recently, we spoke Dr. Dow Stough, IV, the Hair Foundation’s Board of Trustees treasurer; he is also a practicing Hot Springs, Ark dermatologist and leading hair surgeon.

We discussed a number of hair loss topics and because we had so much to talk about, we wrote two posts from our conversation. Here’s Part 1.

According to Stough, over 40 million men and women experience some form of hair loss in their lifetime whether it is thinning hair, excessive shedding or complete baldness.

But as noted by Stough, hair loss isn’t quite like the flu or a broken leg. We don’t exactly rush to our doctor or the emergency room when the first sign of trouble occurs; instead, we watch, wait, and worry.

It is when the problem finally progresses to the point of no return–you’ve lost so much hair that your scalp is shining through and you are depressed, desperate, and willing to try any option–we make an appointment to see a doctor.

Stough knows that all types of patients and said to us that he wishes they would come to see him sooner than later as there are less invasive and successful ways to treat hair loss before considering transplantation and products that don’t–and can’t deliver–become attractive options to patients who are exasperated with their hair loss.

 What’s a best-case scenario? Stough said, “A patient will comes to me early, reports hair thinning and then they follow a regimen I prescribe.”

Finding Success with Treatments

Stough acknowledges that every patient is different and he rarely sees profound hair growth in them during a new treatment’s first weeks. There are challenges that patients must overcome to see true success: this includes patience and compliance.

With this, Stough said, “We know we can help a large percentage of individuals with hair loss. I have been practicing and treating hair loss for over numerous years and there are only a few products and treatments that are proven to work and have been on the market for over 10 years or, in some cases, 30 years.”

We asked Dr. Stough, “How do you keep patients motivated when they are used to seeing quick results in other facets of their health?”

Stough explained, “First we have to define what it means to produce results. Does this mean we are “guaranteed to lose less than three strands per month or grow 100 hairs”, or just minimizing breakage? And will this be enough to keep the patient/client motivated to continue?”

He believes the key to meeting the expectations and needs of a patient is through education. Stough always shows his patients true before and after pictures. He illustrates what results they will begin to see in the fourth and sixth month and if they are sticking to the program.

Sure some patients will say to him, “Well that is a lot of work, or I can’t do that two times a day.”

How does Stough respond? He likes to say to use the prescribed treatment once a day and be consistent for at least six months.  A doctor’s goal is to first identify the problem early and keep the hair that patients currently have. They will try to stop the thinning and shedding and focus on ways to produce new hair growth.

There must be 1,000 hair treatments that claim to revitalize, restore the look of hair, or reenergize your hair and scalp, said Stough. But these medical claims are not backed by sound data, but rather marketing.

In addition, they reach our ears convincing us that what is actually happening is “hair growth.”  This is not what will happen.

Stough tells his patients that hair products and treatments will make your hair appear and feel healthy, full, and minimize breakage. These are good for you and your hair.  But each individual is different so it’s necessary to find hair products that deliver what you want.

Using different treatments

Stough tells his patients who report having tried over-the-counter hair growth products without results that there is only one proven topical product proven to grow hair and that is the FDA-approved Monoxidil or Rogaine® as most of us know it.

Rogaine® was originally developed and sold as a prescription-only product. According to Stough, it can be used without or with combinations of Finasteride which is the oral prescription product for men.

Monoxidil can now be purchased over-the-counter in generic foam; however, generic products have to show efficacy and it may have the same formula, but the delivery of it, cosmetically, might not as good as the Rogaine product.

There are lots of competitors out there, but patients may not tolerate the generic version as well as the foam. This is one of the differences that Stough has seen between Rogaine and the generic form. The foam is the one with the easiest delivery of 5% minoxidil.

Stough noted there could be a foam product for men and women coming from Johnson &Johnson. Savvy consumers know more isn’t always better, but let’s say consumers begin using Rogaine or another treatment, what will happen? More is not necessarily better.

Looking into research, the recommendations for use, more and more often could increase few side effects of the product, which could cause scalp irritation.  And really, products are not cheap, so it’s not good to waste the product and time if it will produce nearly the same results.

Stough tells his male patients that if they’re really motivated, do the maximum you can by using Rogaine and Finasteride–if they can do so simultaneously. This dual therapy can really amp up the results.

If a patient does this, they are very distressed and they may not be a candidate for surgery, explained Stough. Then, he may recommend using both therapies as you’ve got the best chance, or odds of having growth, when combining them.

Doctors want success, not frustration for their patients.

This is a good option for motivated patients: the dual therapy.

We have more questions and answers, so please read our second post with Dr. Stough.



Leading Treatments for Men’s Baldness

Here at the Hair Foundation, we’re constantly providing you with suggested products to use and combat men’s hair loss. With an estimated 40 to 50 per cent of men and women suffering from hair loss by age 50, according to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, many men are seeking ways to fight this.

We believe there’s some good ones on the market that are easy to use and reputable. Take a look at some of our favorites, including ones from our partners.

Johnson&Johnson’s Rogaine

This had been introduced in 1988 by Upjohn and it is considered the veteran treatment of the group. In 2006, Johnson & Johnson bought the rights to the product and subsequently introduced Rogaine Foam. This is still a popular brand for hair regrowth with its active ingredient of minoxidil.

For those who use it, they will see hair regrowth a few months into using the product.

Rogaine may be purchased over-the-counter (also in generic form).

Merck’s Propecia

This prescription drug goes by the generic name of finasteride. This product works as it prevents testosterone converting to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Decreasing DHT level on the scalp will assist in preventing hair follicle shrinkage.

Propecia has been said to be a good alternative for men seeking to keep their hair; however, there have been cases of men losing their libido as a side effect.

GlaxoSmithKline Avodart

This has been prescribed by doctors for the regrowth of hair. Similar to Propencia, Avodart lowers DHT levels but it’s different as Avodart inhibits three isoforms of the enzyme that reduces DHT while Propencia only stops two isoforms.

One Avodart side effect is impotence and a lower libido.

Allergan’s Bimatoprost

The company first developed the drug to help grow eyelashes. It is currently conducting studies for bimatoprost to combat baldness, which is now in Phase II. This spring, the company said it plans to continue testing with a stronger formula.

The Hair Foundation’s Dr. Matt Leavitt serves as a consultant to Allergan. Previously, we have discussed bimatoprost in this Hair Foundation blog.

If you have additional questions about these products, please contact us at

Q and A with the Hair Foundation’s Dr. Matt Leavitt: Why Hair Loss Happens

Recently, we sat down with Dr. Matt Leavitt, the Hair Foundation’s chairman and president. In a two-part interview, we start with a discussion of why hair loss happens.

Dr. Matt Leavitt

I commonly receive this question. It’s a good one and there’s a number of factors that go into the answer such as one’s sex, age, genetics—just to name a few.

There’s also a survival/evolutionary reason.

Are there tests to identify that hair loss is happening? 

It’s very hard initially for people to tell if there is hair loss because it may not just be a loss of hair, but rather thinning. The diameter thins out and gets lighter in color; it’s hard for inexperienced salons, physicians, to identify this.

If someone is really concerned, they should go to a hair expert specializing in this such as a dermatologist.

It sometimes also warrants a scalp biopsy (size of a pencil eraser) to get a final diagnosis, but most doctors can either eyeball it or use a video microscope; I typically can see it very early.

What should I do at the first sign of hair loss?

When you are having more bad hair days then good ones, either see a dermatologist or knowlegable stylist. You can also layer your hair to make it appear thicker; sharp scissors make a big difference.

Additional changes that make a big difference is working with hair color and using the right shampoo or conditioner. With the first sign of hair loss, you can also camouflage and wear it in ways to fluff up your hair. Other options are using coverage crèmes, hair fibers, over-the-counter- products, laser treatments, minoxidil or a combination.

As you can see, there are lots of options! I would recommend seeing a doctor before using minoxidil so you have a baseline to see if it’s working.

There’s also sometimes incidences of heart disease, which could cause hair loss. There could be damage that is taking place in one’s body.

Is  it true with hair loss, that something is already going on in your body such as it is undergoing a health problem? 

For the most part, hair loss is unrelated to other health problems, but you should not rule out thyroid, birth control, anemia–to name a few.

On the other hand, can I still be healthy and undergo hair loss?


If am dating someone with hair loss, is this a sign he/she could be battling a health problem?

No, it’s not a sign of either good or bad health; however, there is a huge stigma–especially for women–that hair loss is a sign of poor healthy, aging, not taking good care one’s self but for men, it is typically associated with aging especially their in hair line.

Is there a certain age range to either begin watching for hair loss or treating it? 

It can occur at any age, for women whether it’s post-menopause, starting in your 20′s but it does begin increasing by 20%, 30%.

Recently, there was an Italian study on 16-year-olds and it found that 40% already had an indicator for baldness. Female pattern hair loss is much more prevalent then people think, and when women get to be 50-60 years old, then more than 40% may have hair loss.

After using an over-the-counter product, if I don’t see a change in six months, is the product either not a good match or is the application not working?

It is more likely the application or that the results are too subtle to see. You want to decrease hair loss, not just see growth.

Are there situations for a specific type of hair loss that can’t be helped? When do I need to up the ante?

Because hair loss can be caused by more than one medical pathway, often treatment using more than one type of medication/device/delivery (modalities) in combination is often most effective. Many people look on forums, and they try try try, like guinea pigs.

Is this catastrophic?

Yes, they waste time and money. If that doesn’t work, there are some products that are the gold standard.

Why do some work better than others?

The products that work–and work well–have undergone medical studies; they are proven and we’ve learned how they work. There is no secret ingredient. They’ve been tested and there’s no question they work but they might not work for everyone.

Does it have to do with the delivery or its frequency? Is there anything I am doing or putting on my hair when I am using a hair growth product that could negate the effects of it?

No, no hair care products can prevent it from working; however, you want to use the product, part the hair and reach the scalp.


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.

Huffington Post: Different Takes for Dealing with Alopecia

Regardless of anyone’s age or sex, when it comes to losing our hair, it’s always difficult.

Nadine Dorries

Recently British MP Nadine Dorries disclosed she has been battling hair loss (alopecia) and spoke very candidly about it in an interview on the TV show, Day Break. For Dorries, it’s been a challenge to deal with this condition.

She said via the Huffington Post, “When men go bald and when they lose their hair, what they tend to do is have a mid-life crisis and go out and have an affair, but what women tend to do is to actually go into their houses and lock the door.”

She further said in the interview via the, “The worst part is every morning you wake up and you look in the mirror, that actually does make you cry every morning.

“It’s a bit like your femininity is going down the shower, it’s going down the plughole.”

For the author of the Huffington Post story, Gwennan Thomas, she is bald and has taken on the cause of raising alopecia awareness; she found Dorrie’s comment, “both condescending and patronising.”

Thomas further noted noted that as a bald woman, she has embraced her condition and believed that Dorrie is perhaps misinformed about her condition.

She further wrote about dealing with her own hair loss, “I was diagnosed 11 years ago, and there was no treatment available. I was simply told “What a shame for a 25-year-old woman” and was sent on my way. Yes I was traumatised, but with the support of friends and family around me, I did come to terms with being bald. Emotional and psychological support is what I believe to be the fundamental component in the journey of hairloss. Whether your hair grows back or not, the anxiety and high emotions that are associated with this condition should not go unnoticed.”

For this devastating condition, rather than be angry about it, Thomas proposed the following:

“What we now need are support services available to people with hairloss, to offer psychological interventions to support the hairloss journey and provide coping strategies, whatever the outcome.

“Losing your hair does not mean losing your smile.”

If you have any questions about hair loss or just need a pep talk, please send us an email at


Video: The Hair Foundation’s Dr. Washenik on Hair Shedding, Total Baldness

In this new YouTube video, the Hair Foundation’s vice chair, Dr. Ken Washenik, discusses daily hair shedding such as the loss of 50 to 100 hair strands.

He talks about concerns that people have that they will become bald from these losses as well as the genetic tendencies for hair loss.

Take a look at this short, informational video.

For more videos on hair loss, the Hair Foundation has a library of them. This includes discussions by the Hair Foundation’s doctors, who have different specialties while all sharing the same goal of providing information on hair loss and hair diseases for consumers–men, women and children.






Viva Internationale: Dr. Matt Leavitt Discusses Hair Loss

In the Fall 2012 issue of Viva Internationale, Hair Foundation Chairman and President Dr. Matt Leavitt has a story on page 19 called, “Women and Hair Loss Solutions.”

Leavitt discusses hair loss for women and said for them as well as men, the most common cause is “androgenetic alopecia.” For women, hormonal imbalances are largely attributable for hair loss, including menopause.

There are different hair loss treatments and many people using ones that can be done at home. There are two FDA-approved ones and this includes the Hair Max Laser Comb and the over-the-counter topical drug which contains Minoxidil, such as Rogaine 2%.

Leavitt is proponent of the Laser Comb and explains some of its benefits in this article.

For additional information about the Hair Max Laser Comb, please see the website, or the for general questions about hair loss.