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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.




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.