Growing PainsMarch 1, 2008 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
VitaTress, a three-step revitalization program for thinning hair from Nexxus, can help with any cause of hair loss. The process has a long reputation of being effective; it's been on the market for more than 20 years. In fact, the third step, a food supplement, was Nexxus' first-ever product, released in 1979. Since then, the formula has only been altered once, in 2001. Nexxus asserts that the process, which consists of a shampoo, Biotin Scalp-Creme and the vitamin supplement, is one of the most effective and affordable nondrug programs available on the market.
If your clients want to try the newest products for thinning hair, Nioxin has a couple to offer. Scalp Renew speeds up the hair-producing process to make the scalp act like it did when it was younger, resulting in stronger, healthier hair (for the full story refer to First Look on page 38). Meanwhile, Nioxin's Volumizing Reflectives Thickening Spray uses alcohol-free, volume-enhancing polymers to strengthen the hair shaft and add thickness from deep inside the cuticle. Just spray generously from root to tip and style as usual. What makes this spray unique from others is its alcohol-free formula. Alcohol, which many other sprays use, can be damaging to the hair and scalp.
Spencer Forrest, which has been developing solutions for thinning hair for 25 years, has recently come out with a laser that promotes growth. The X5 laser thickens the diameter of the hair, resulting in a healthier look. "Everyone's hair grows faster in the summer because the UV light promotes growth," says Mark Cress, CEO of Spencer Forrest. The laser essentially behaves in the same manner. Its small size fits comfortably in the palm and its cordless design allows for easy movement. After three 15-minute sessions a week for six to 12 weeks results will become visible. This ergonomically designed laser is good for either salon or home use.
Spencer Forrest also offers XFusion Keratin Fibers, which are made of the same organic protein as your hair. The fibers latch onto your existing hair and are resistant to rain, sweat and wind but come off easily with shampoo. Just shake the fibers generously over the balding or thinning area or use the maximizer spraying device for precision.
Products derived from natural and organic ingredients are another option for women with thinning hair. Belegenza's all-natural GrowOut Shampoo uses a secret patent-pending ingredient to help slow the effects of aging by lessening harmful dihydrotestosterone (DHT) production, improving blood circulation and stimulating the creation of the molecules that hold the hair in the follicle longer.
With so many products available that target thinning hair, your female clients need not endure the emotional distress that comes with hair loss. Put the body back in your clients' hair and make them feel young again. —NATALIE GONZALEZ