More “hair grow” scams

Today I received notice of a “like” for my blog post below:

cana16 liked your post on Welcome to Chris for Hair

They thought Newer, better and less expensive options for women with Alopecia. was pretty awesome.

You should go see what they’re up to. Maybe you’ll like their blog as much as they liked yours!

I first clicked on my supposed page link and found a blank page, then curiosity got the best of me and I researched cana 16 only to find a series of “articles” about a proven product for hair growth product called Follixin. Re:

4 days ago someone wrote several articles on WP about this product, the sites based in different areas of the World, mostly Great Britain. Much of the writing was very poor, basically made no sense, but all endorsed this proven product.

Once again this is predatory marketing. The product is a supplement, claiming to open hair follicles and strengthen the hair shaft. Of course, it takes at least three months to have “visible” results, so the company has offered a three for the price of two offer to help you get started. Companies like this one claim they have numerous studies proving the effectiveness of their product, and of course the testimonials of the customers. In fact, as I searched for Follixin scams I did come across some sites that back up the claims made by this company (scammers are very tricky) but the site says the site can’t be trusted.

The lesson here is to be sure to research, then research again to make educated, informed choices any time you are tempted to purchase any hair loss product online. As of today, there are still only 2 FDA approved drugs to treat hair loss, and those are not even guaranteed to work in every case, and are only effective for pattern baldness. They are:

Minoxidil (Rogaine). Minoxidil is an over-the-counter liquid or foam that you rub into your scalp twice a day to grow hair and to prevent further hair loss.

…Finasteride (Propecia). This prescription drug is available only to men.

There is a myriad of other causes for hair loss that are not genetic, but so far no shampoo, vitamin, cream, treatment or other product has been shown to be effective in treating hair loss. to be sure there are promising studies, but as of today, hair loss treatment is still a mystery. Buyer beware!

I continue to write these articles because I believe they expose the vulnerability of people that are experiencing this condition, and I want to try to work to make this industry more respectable. I believe what I do as a hair replacement specialist changes the lives of many people and I want them to know I am informed, understand what they, (we) are up against in terms of predatory marketing, and use good sense in recommending products that may help give them their self-esteem back.

To a lesser degree, even “therapeutic” offers such as laser therapy are questionable. Laser machines must be correctly calibrated, used often enough for a specific period of time to have any effect at all on the hair. While it can help slowing hair fall, it will not give you the luxurious hair you are looking for, it simply slows the process of miniaturization. They do not grow hair in bald areas.

My clients do not want that. They want the hair of their dreams, even hair they may not have been born with. No laser will give that to them and I am not about to start signing them up for laser when I know they will eventually be unhappy.

Having said that, I have to walk a line to be sure I can give safe solutions that will give them what they want, and at pricing they can afford…Not that easy.

However, I am lucky enough that there are others that believe as I do, and they seem to be willing to work with me…What a blessing!

In the works is a new human hair wig line for people with Alopecia that uses true European quality, or Mongolian (for LONG hair orders) hair, has silicone inside to keep it from sliding on a bald head, and retails for approximately 1/3 the price of a similar line. This line also has caps that do not have the silicone and can be worn by people that still have hair. Very Exciting! We currently have the model shown in stock, but the wig can be made in any color or length.

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Hair replacement horror stories

Today I spent about two hours listening to a webinar that is designed to help newbies enter the world of hair replacement. It was given by a successful salon owner that has been in this business for as many years as I have. It was a good seminar, however, as usual, I came away with my own viewpoint that a true professional will work to protect his or her clients from the usual BS we all come up against when trying to find honest service professionals and products when we may be in a vulnerable position.

Hair loss is a traumatic situation for those that are experiencing it, and as such it will bring out those that know people experiencing this will pay just about anything to avoid exposure. So it creates an environment that can make it difficult to know what to believe when we research or listen to people that claim to have solutions for us.

The environment of the Internet is such that the articles and information fed to us are all based to support what we CHOOSE to believe. This is seen easily in our current political situation. No matter which side you believe is truthful you will be fed information that coincides with your beliefs. Therefore the research you do is reinforced by the ads and articles fed to your computer.

Coming back to the non-surgical hair restoration business, if you think a particular product sounds good, you will research and find ads and articles that support your thoughts, NOT ads and articles that are unbiased.

I believe one must be very careful and keep this in mind when thinking about the many ways we can augment our wimpy hair. And, we must also keep in mind that the professionals we might choose to work with are also heavily influenced by the people that sell products to them. And unfortunately, this is all driven by profit. Companies say their products are safe even though they know this may not be true. It takes great critical thinking skills to honestly evaluate the safety of the product we offer our clients. Not many people have that skill. We have been lead to believe that the FDA or someone else is looking out for our safety and will not allow unsafe practices. Nothing could be further from the truth. In today’s World, you are on your own.

So, during this webinar, several of the attendees seemed very excited about what the presenter was telling us, but in my mind, this program was only a tool to get us to sign up for the presenters “University” program that will teach them how to become successful in this business. The bottom line, just like “Trump University,” is that the presenter will make the money and likely the students will be relieved of their money. We have seen this over and over. Real estate programs designed to help you make money by turning houses, marketing companies that tell you how to turn your small business into a multi-million dollar company…

So, what is one to do? I think every search we enlist in should ask the questions that are actually the opposite of what we want to know. For example, the question is, “are hair extensions safe?” The search might be “hair extension horror stories.” By doing this you will read experiences that may address what you actually fear, not just what you want to believe.  You can always search both sides and I encourage you to do so. Today this is the only way we can find the unbiased truth.

We do have many good solutions today to help those that are losing hair. However, knowing what is safe, or what will really give you what you are looking for can be tricky. By working with an honest, knowledgeable professional you can save money and will have a much better chance of having a successful outcome. The relationship between client and professional pays for itself many times over as you get to know one another. A successful business should be based on truthful advice, not just profits.

I am a believer in the philosophy that if we do our best, and act with integrity, we can and will be successful. Success comes in many ways, not just financial. Today’s business practices are in need of change and change starts with a party of one. I choose to be that one. My offers and advice is based on knowing this market, knowing what is safe, informing clients truthfully, and helping 1 person at a time to feel inside that they are truly beautiful, and projecting that beauty to the World!

Call us (me) today and let’s get to know one another!



Doesn’t this sound wonderful? Read below the ad…


Finally, hair that’s as smart as you are. Virtual Reality by…..( web site deleted)

“Virtual Reality, unlike a hairpiece, becomes part of you – not something that you wear. The technique involves applying an invisible, nonsurgical derma lens like a contact lens into which human hair is inserted, compatible in color, density, curl pattern and texture to your own hair. It becomes part of you, unlike a hair piece — not something you wear. The technique involves applying an invisible, non surgical derma lens like a contact lens into which human hair is inserted,

Matt Leblanc speaks about Virtual Reality

Matt Leblanc speaks about Virtual Reality

resulting in the Virtual Reality cosmetic miracle hair restoration that revives your youthful appearance and looks totally natural.There is essentially no home maintenance other than washing, conditioning and normal styling.

“I thought about hair loss therapies, but kept postponing my decision to actually do something about it. When I consulted my agent, she urged me to explore my options — that’s when I found this wonderful company. After my Virtual Reality make over, I walked in to my agent’s office, and she said, “That’s IT!!  You look great!”

“The truth is, I feel great, and I am grateful for this amazing product, which gives me the opportunity to reinvent myself, on and off stage. My life would not be the same without it.

As a professional replacement specialist, I have access to the same companies that offer this replacement option. However, the product is not as perfect as it sounds in the ad. It IS good, but it is also something that is offered by many  replacement specialists, and one that can be obtained at a reduced price.

Since Chris for Hair works quickly and efficiently, we can offer this and any other replacement system WITH THE CUT IN AND SUPPORT other studios charge extra for, at a price far below the usual cost.

At Chris for Hair, we have accounts with every major distributor in the US, and also now have made contact with companies abroad that want to work with us to give you the best experience possible. With over 30 years experience, we can give you more options than any other replacement studio in California and now the USA.

Call, email, or fill in the form below to learn how we will work FOR you and help you to choose the hair replacement option that is best for YOU.





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More than 30 million women suffer hair loss in the US.


You are not alone…

Hair loss treatments for women are numerous, unfortunately, most are not effective, or are minimally effective. More than 30 million in the U.S. alone suffer from hair loss for various reasons. We understand that women’s hair–and women’s experience with hair loss–is very different from a man’s experience. This is why you want to work with a talented, licensed, hair restoration expert, that is also a woman and understands the unique challenges women face.


There is more available today than ever before…

In addition to treatments available, the hair restoration industry has revolutionized it’s viewpoint and finally realizes you don’t want to look like Grandma in her wig! Today, we have tiny additions that create dramatic differences, toppers that integrate into your existing hair, and wigs that rival anything Hollywood has seen (and used)


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An example of safe hair extensions

Hair extensions are increasingly popular,

Almost everyone today knows about and accepts that all of Hollywood and many plain old folks wear hair extensions. Since the 1980’s hair extensions have grown into a multi-billion dollar industry, but the question of how safe they are is not often discussed. No one wants to know that a product that gives the hair of one’s dreams actually causes hair loss, and in many cases, the hair never grows back. We have an uncanny ability to believe the side effects we read about will not happen to us, but in fact, most methods of installing hair extensions do cause hair loss.

Can you afford to lose hair?

One of the main reasons clients want hair extensions is because they want hair that is different, meaning thicker, longer, more attractive than the hair they were born with. However, most of the same people need to protect the precious hair they have and using hair extensions will in fact, down the road, cost them much more than the hundreds of dollars they spent on getting the hair extensions. It will cost them their hair! Virtually every method on the market including clip in hair extensions will cause hair loss if the installation is tight to the head.

So, what’s a girl to do? Live with thin, lackluster hair? Hate looking in the mirror every day, trying to make her hair look like the pages in a fashion magazine? Not necessarily. IF the installation is properly done, and the hair is not pulled tight in any way, hair extensions can be safe for most people. However, your neighborhood beautician or best friend is not adequately trained to know the difference between safe hair extensions and those that will cause hair loss down the road.

Chris has been wearing, making and installing hair extensions since 1980,

and is certified in most methods. This means she has worked with literally thousands of clients, used every method out there, and now chooses only one installation method to use on only well-qualified clients. This means that she only offers hair extensions to clients that have a definite need, and are willing to compromise and take exquisite care of the hair. All extensions that give mid-back to waste-length hair are dangerous and will cause hair loss. However, a few well-placed extensions can give fullness and a bit of length safely and can make styling thin hair much easier. In many cases, properly placed hair extensions can actually save the growing hair because the need for frequent shampooing, styling, and styling aids is diminished.

Properly installed hair extensions are NOT expensive.

In fact, many times the investment in safe hair extensions can save money, as the need for color, frequent cutting, and styling aids is reduced. So, if your hair is thin, has no body, and never holds the style you work so hard to maintain, you may be a candidate for safe hair extensions. As with any service Chris for Hair offers, a complimentary consultation is the first step.  Call today at 925-245-0194, or send the form below and see if safe hair extensions will give you the look you have dreamed about.

Transplants are they worth the risks?

Many clients consider hair transplants to be a safe way to turn back the clock on hair loss. However, there are still numerous challenges associated with hair transplants, and clients should be aware of them.

To be sure, hair transplants have come a long way in recent years, we no longer see the scars and plugs that once were telltale signs that screamed out “Vanity!” Today it is possible to undergo a transplant and have it look perfectly natural once the scalp has healed.

This is not to say that today’s transplants are without risks, and those risks happen more often that one might think. To start with, one must be very certain the chosen surgeon is not only qualified, but also has the artistic talent to harvest and implant the hairs so they look natural. A hairline that is too perfectly straight is almost as unattractive as no hairline at all. Natural hair does not grow in perfect lines with the same density throughout. The hairs must be carefully staggered to create the effect that nature intended.

Additionally, the area that hair should be harvested from is quite small. Hair taken from areas too high on the head are likely to be programmed to fall again. In pattern baldness there are two types of hair on one head. One type is affected by DHT,  which is the primary androgen in the prostate and hair follicles. Over time, DHT causes hairs to miniturize and eventually stop growing. This only happens on the top of the head for most men, but there is no way to know in advance how far the hair loss will extend. Therefore, it is advisable to harvest hair only from the lower back portion of the scalp. If extensive balding needs to be addressed one must also consider how much thinning will occur in the harvested area. It makes little sense to create a full, growing top, only to end up with puny back hair growth. Remember, once the hair follicle is harvested, no hair will grow back in that area.

Green area shows proper harvest area

The skill of the surgeon and the quality of the tools used also can affect the outcome of the transplant. Hair that is harvested must be removed extremely carefully and with very sharp tools because being sloppy at this stage can result in remaining hairs growing in improper directions, causing cysts and other abnormalities in the remaining hair.The photo below shows how cysts can develop if improper techniques are used for harvesting the hair.


This photo shows how scarring can develop over cysts that were created by improper harvesting.

Notice the scaring in the donor area

While these scars are very small, they will show with a short hair cut. In addition, all the above harvesting issues can also occur in the transplant site, making the front hair-line look unnatural. Imagine having these scars throughout the front and top of the head.

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What causes hair loss?

What Causes Hair Loss? 

Androgenetic alopecia is a common form of hair loss in both men and women. In men, this condition is also known as male-pattern baldness. Hair is lost in a well-defined pattern, beginning above both temples. Over time, the hairline recedes to form a characteristic “M” shape. Hair also thins at the crown (near the top of the head), often progressing to partial or complete baldness.

The pattern of hair loss in women differs from male-pattern baldness. In women, the hair becomes thinner all over the head, and the hairline does not recede. Androgenetic alopecia in women rarely leads to total baldness.

Androgenetic Alopecia affects an estimated 50 million men and 30 million women in the United States. Androgenetic alopecia can start as early as a person’s teens and risk increases with age; more than 50 percent of men over age 50 have some degree of hair loss. In women, hair loss is most likely after menopause.

Another cause is over-processing, from coloring, thermal straightening, or perming, which can cause so much damage that the hair literally starts to fall out. Wearing hair in a tight ponytail on a repeated basis or wearing heavy braids, weaves, or extensions also can cause profuse hair loss, especially along the hairline. The roots of the hair simply cannot take the added weight of these enhancements, and eventually it will fall out by the handful.

Medical conditions that cause hair to fall are numerous.

  • Hair loss can be the first sign of a disease. About 30 diseases, including thyroid disease and anemia, cause hair loss. By treating the disease, hair loss often can be stopped or reversed.
  •  Significant hair loss can occur after an illness. A major surgery, high fever, severe infection, or even the flu can cause hair loss. Your dermatologist may call this type of hair loss telogen (tee-lə-jen) effluvium (ih-flu-vee-uhm).
  •  Radiation therapy and chemotherapy can cause hair loss. This hair loss is often temporary, but it can cause great distress.​
  • Ringworm of the scalp: This disease is contagious and common in children. Without effective treatment, ringworm can cause balding.
  • Trichotillomania (trick-uh-til-uh-mey-knee-uh): This medical disorder causes people to repeatedly pull out their own hair. They often feel a constant urge to pull out the hair on the scalp. Some sufferers say they feel compelled to pull out their eyelashes, nose hairs, eyebrows, and other hairs on their bodies.

Dieting and poor nutrition

  • Some people see hair loss after losing more than 15 pounds. The hair loss often appears 3 to 6 months after losing the weight. This hair loss is common. The hair re-grows without help.
  • Too much vitamin A can cause hair loss. People can get too much of this vitamin through vitamin supplements or medicines. Once the body stops getting too much vitamin A, normal hair growth resumes.
  • When the body does not get enough protein, it rations the protein it does get. One way the body can ration protein is to slow hair growth. About 2 to 3 months after a person does not eat enough protein, you can see the hair loss. Eating more protein will stop the hair loss. Meats, eggs, and fish are good sources of protein. Vegetarians can get more protein by adding nuts, seeds, and beans to their diet.
  • Not getting enough iron can lead to hair loss. Good vegetarian sources of iron are iron-fortified cereals, soybeans, pumpkin seeds, white beans, lentils, and spinach. Clams, oysters, and organ meats top the list of good animal sources of iron.
  • When a person has an eating disorder, hair loss is common. Anorexia (not eating enough) and bulimia (vomiting after eating) can cause hair loss.
  • These are but a few of the reason people lose hair. If you find you are losing more than 150 hairs per day, consult a dermatologist, then once you understand the reason you are losing hair, you can make intelligent decisions as to what you might want to do about it. We believe knowledge is the most important tool you can have to either accept, or fight. Today there are some effective treatments, and options to consider if hair loss is changing the value of your life. We are here to help.

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Trichotillimania, compulsive hair pulling

What Is Compulsive Hair Pulling?


Trichotillomania (trick-o-til-o-MAY-nee-ah) is a disorder that causes people to pull out the hair from their scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, pubic area, underarms, beard, chest, legs or other parts of the body, resulting in noticeable bald patches. Hair pulling varies greatly in its severity, location on the body, and response to treatment. For some people, at some times, trichotillomania is mild and can be quelled with a bit of extra awareness and concentration. For others, at times the urge may be so strong that it makes thinking of anything else nearly impossible.

Trichotillomania (also referred to as TTM or “trich”) is currently defined as an obsessive-compulsive RELATED disorder but there are still questions about how it should be classified. It may seem to resemble a habit, an addiction, a tic disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Most recently, it is being conceptualized as part of a family of “body-focused repetitive behaviors” (BFRBs) along with skin picking and nail biting.

Research into treatments for trichotillomania and skin picking has grown steadily over the past decade. Although no one treatment has been found to be effective for everyone, a number of treatment options have shown promise for many people. At this time, management of these behaviors should begin with education about the disorders, followed by consideration of the treatment options listed below. Special considerations for treating children and adolescents are discussed in theExpert Consensus Treatment Guidelines for Trichotillomania and Skin Picking.


At Chris for Hair we have a good understanding of Trich, and have helped clients who are also in counseling to temporarily replace the hair they have pulled, which can help them to refocus and stop the behavior. We do not work with clients that have not committed to counseling, as we feel that counseling is an integrative necessity in treating the disorder.

Should you have questions about how we might be of help, please call:

925 -245 -0194

or use the contact form below.

Myths about male pattern baldness

 “Male pattern baldness,” accounts for the majority of hair loss in men, but it can also affect women. It is usually caused by a combination of hormones and genetics. Male pattern baldness can have a negative effect on self esteem, and since often it is associated with aging, it causes people to assume that the person is older than his actual age.

Some men may start to notice thinning hair as early as their 20s, and by age 50, 50% of men see some hair loss. Hair is usually lost in a pattern, starting at the temples, revealing the classic “M” shaped hairline seen as men age.


There are many myths about male-pattern baldness.

Myths About Male-Pattern Baldness

There are many myths about male-pattern baldness.

    • MYTH: Baldness is inherited through the mother’s side of the family. If your maternal grandfather was bald, you will be too.
    • FACT: Genes for baldness can come from either parent.
    • MYTH: Wearing hats strains hair follicles and causes hair loss.
    • FACT: Unless your hat is so tight it cuts off circulation to hair follicles, it will not cause hair loss.
    • MYTH: Using a blow dryer causes hair loss.
    • FACT: Use of a blow dryer does not cause hair to fall out. However, frequent over-use of a hot dryer can cause hair to become brittle, damaged, and break, which may cause hair to appear thinner.
    • MYTH: Washing hair too frequently or using certain styling products can cause hair to fall out.
    • FACT: Shampoo and hair care products do not cause hair loss.
    • MYTH: Massaging the scalp will help hair regrow by stimulating circulation around the follicles.
    • FACT: It may make you feel good, but no studies have shown scalp massage helps regrow hair.
  • If you are experiencing male pattern baldness the options for non surgical hair restoration are far more realistic, affordable, and comfortable that ever before. Do something about your hair loss before it is an extreme change, and no one will ever know.
  • Call Chris at 925-245-0194 and set up a no obligation consultation to learn more.
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Hair replacement options to consider

images (1)Hair replacement, what does that mean? Truthfully it can mean different things to different people affected by hair loss. For some people, nothing short of growing the hair back on their head will make them happy. These are some of the most vulnerable, they search for tonics, shampoos that promise hair growth, meds, laser, surgical options, and can be taken in quite easily by unscrupulous vendors. The unfortunate truth for these people is that 99% of the options thrown at them do not work, or work in a very limited way.
Lets take the list from the top, tonics and shampoos are off the list. Period. No shampoo or tonic will grow hair. You can try Nioxin, onion juice, miracle herbs, essentail oils, but all are a waste of time and money. They will not give you back the head of hair you want.

Medications are the next step up, and as of today only two have been approved for hair growth by the FDA. Minoxidil(Rogaine)  and Finasteride (Propecia).

Finasteride (Propecia, Proscar) is an oral medication approved for hair loss in men, but not for women. That, says Mirmirani, is because it affects the hormone, testosterone.
If a woman takes it and gets pregnant, it can cause birth defects in male children. The risk is so high that women of childbearing age aren’t even supposed to touch the drug. But some doctors do prescribe it to women when minoxidil doesn’t work or when they are past menopause.
Spironolactone ( Aldactone) is used to treat high blood pressure, and some women take it to stop hair loss. It can cause high levels of potassium to build up in the body, so it’s not the first thing a doctor would use for hair loss.
Like Propecia, spironolactone can cause birth defects in male children. Women of childbearing age either shouldn’t take it or must use birth control.

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Minoxidil ( Rogaine, Ronoxidil) can stop hairs from getting thinner. It also can help some women regrow hair on the top of their head, says Paradi Mirmirani, MD. She’s a dermatologist with the Permanente Medical Group in Vallejo, Calif.. “Very good studies show that it’s effective and gets the hair root or follicle to become larger.”
Minoxidil 5% is considered safe for most women, and you can buy it without a prescription. It’s the only hair loss treatment for women approved by the FDA. You put it on your scalp once daily. A 3-month supply is about $50.
Cons: It doesn’t work for everybody. “About half of the people who use it do well and see new hair growth,” says Mirmirani. “Another 40% or so hold steady, not growing new hair but not losing more either. And about 10% find that it doesn’t help at all.”
Regrowth can take a while. It may be 12 weeks or longer before new hair starts growing, says Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, MD. She’s a clinical instructor in dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco, and a dermatologist who specializes in hair loss. She suggests using Minoxidil for 6 months and seeing what happens.
The most common side effect is scalp irritation. Some women may have unwanted hair growth on their forehead or face. The other downside: You have to keep using it or your hair will start thinning again.
Our next article will focus on laser treatments for hair loss.