In business since 1991, Integra Hair Replacement Center specializes in helping people overcome the negative consequences of hair loss. Offering the latest in non-surgical corrective products and services, founder Cynde Ingram has 39+ years experience as a licensed cosmetologist with the past 20 years devoted exclusively to cosmetic hair replacement. Staff members and co-stylists Kristi Yarbrough and Holly Willoughby are licensed cosmetologists specialized and certified in non-surgical hair replacement procedures. Together the three have pioneered many innovative techniques and designs to better accommodate individual client needs. Caring for their clients remains their top priority.
Integra Hair Replacement Center FAQ
Q: (men) Why am I losing my hair?
A: The most common type of hair loss that men will seek a solution for is male pattern baldness (MPB). MPB is the inherited tendency for overproduction of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is the by-product of certain androgen receptors combined with the inherited culprit enzyme 5a reductase. DHT builds up in the hair follicles over time, obstructing blood flow from the tiny capillaries (papilla) that nourish the hair bulb, eventually starving the growing hair, causing the hair to shed and preventing further hair growth of the affected follicle.
Hair loss patterns differ depending on the particular inherited tendencies of family hair loss traits. For some it might start receding at the temples or front hairline, while others may first experience hair loss in the crown area. Most commonly, MPB begins during one’s early twenties, but that too varies as does the rate of progression, size of pattern and the degree of hair loss. MPB can be inherited from either side of the family.
Q: What are my options?
A: Call Integra today to receive your complimentary hair analysis. During your visit our specialists will be able to determine your best course of action based on your individual needs and preferences. Please be assured that your appointment will be private, confidential and free of any charge or obligation.
Q: (women) My hair is thinning, do I need a wig?
A: Unless you are undergoing certain chemotherapy treatments or have complete and permanent hair loss, your best option may NOT be a wig. Thanks to new technology, many types of women’s hair loss can be remedied without resorting to covering the entire head with a wig. Unlike men who can almost always blame MPB, there are many types of women’s hair loss with various traits and possible solutions. Here is a list of some fairly common examples:
Androgenetic Alopecia - (female pattern baldness) is as common in women as MPB is in men affecting approximately 50% of all adult women to some degree. Hair loss is usually confined to the apex of the head. Starting about ½” behind the front hairline, some of the bang area is usually retained. Extreme thinning can extend throughout the top of the head, dipping downward toward the ears in an almost diamond shape pattern. Like MPB, this female pattern alopecia is inherited and hair loss is permanent.
Alopecia Areata - (baldness in spots) May occur suddenly and typically appears as a round quarter size bald spot or spots. Usually hair will re-grow in these areas only to reappear in another location on the scalp. Thought to be auto-immune related with a genetic predisposition, there are no known health dangers associated with this condition. Although there are many unknowns concerning alopecia areata, stress and/or hormonal changes are suspected of triggering most episodes of this type of hair loss. Episodes vary widely in frequency and duration among people predisposed to the condition. In most cases, hair loss is temporary, however about 20% of cases progress to total hair loss and can become long term or permanent. In a nutshell, alopecia areata seems to have a mind of its own. The good news is that new laser therapy technology is helping reduce the degree, duration and frequency of episodes for sufferers.
Telogen Effluvium - (diffused hair loss) or a general thinning of hair throughout the scalp occurs when there is an interruption of the synchronization of hairs’ natural growth and replacement cycle causing a disproportionate amount of hair to remain in the resting phase. Causes are broad and can be associated with a variety of hormonal and nutritional factors, certain medications, exposure to certain chemicals, and skin disorders. Chances of regrowth are good when the cause can be identified through proper medical diagnostics. Cosmetic solutions are available at Integra to help during recovery.
Traction Alopecia - is hair loss caused by constant or repeated tension or pulling of the hair. Often this type of hair loss occurs due to tight braids, weaves or clips. Hair does not regrow.
Trichotillomania - (compulsive hair pulling) is usually associated with obsessive compulsive behavioral disorder and can result in traction alopecia.
Medically induced hair loss /re: chemotherapy brochure.