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March 1, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

Sport Clips - Massaging the Scalp with Julie Vargas


Julie Vargas, a licensed stylist and director of Career Opportunities for Sport Clips, the nation's largest men's and boy's hair care provider joined the show. She has been in the hair care industry for 20 years working daily with leading cosmetology educators, product representatives and professional stylists.

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Julie Vargas discusses & answers the following:

  • What do men need to do to keep a healthy look?

Hair tends to grow about a half inch per month, so Sport Clips recommends a hair cut about every three to four weeks, depending upon the style you choose.

  • Do you recommend trims in between haircuts or does once-and-done every few weeks cut it for guys?

At Sport Clips we focus on men's haircare, and they tend to see growth around the neckline in-between cuts.  We offer free neck trims to keep the look tidy, especially if you're in the working world and want to maintain a polished image.  For younger guys and those in more creative professions, a little shaggier look is common, so the neck trim is not as critical.

  • Are there special shampoos or tactics that really seem to work to make your hair look and feel healthier?

Anytime you use a professional product you are using a product that is better for your hair than a store bought product with a high alcohol content.  We uses products that contain Tea Tree Oil and there are many positives associated with that ingredient, it definitely tingles the scalp.  Also, we offer something called an MVP Experience, it's a steamed towel, neck and shoulder massage -- something that offers guys a stress reducer when they're in for a haircut, adding to their overall relaxation and well-being.

  • What about massaging the scalp...does that stimulate hair growth?  Can it prevent baldness?

It can help to stimulate growth and blood circulation…maybe prevent the quantity of hair loss.

  • About the shampoos and treatments that are out there really work?

Sure they do…however, the real key is to catch it before it happens so that it becomes a preventative process verses a recovery process which very seldom has a high success rate.


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February 23, 2011 @ 11:57 pm

How to tell if we’re losing too much hair


Dr. Craig Ziering, celebrity hair transplant surgeon and leading authority in hair transplant surgery joins the show. Hair Restoration is Dr. Ziering’s passion and he has been and continues to be active in the industry through ongoing education and research in the U.S. and abroad, serving frequently as a guest surgeon and lecturer, and as Primary Investigator in various clinical trials.

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Viviscal is the world’s leading brand of dietary supplements for the treatment of reversible thinning hair for both men and women. Made in Finland, Viviscal uses a proprietary marine complex called AminoMar C™, originally identified by Finnish researchers in the 1990s. The treatment is supported by five European scientific studies, including researchers from the Swedish Alopecia Association, Helsinki Research Center, Finland’s Department for Dermatological Research and Dermatological Clinic in Leverkusen, Germany. Viviscal is owned by Lifes2Good, whose U.S. headquarters are in Chicago, Illinois.


Dr. Craig Ziering discusses & answers the following:

  • Statistics show that over 30 million women in the US will experience hair loss at some point in their life and there are even stories that females are losing hair as early as their teen years. What exactly causes hair loss?
  • How can we tell if we’re losing too much hair?
  • What do you prescribe Viviscal for?
  • What are the benefits of Viviscal you have noticed in your patients?
  • What other treatments do you offer for those suffering from hair loss?
  • Special Tip in Conclusion...

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February 22, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

Measuring if your hair loss is excessive or normal


Dr. David H. Kingsley, president of the World Trichology Society and of British Science Corporation joins the show. Dr. Kinglsey has also authored the award winning book "The Hair-Loss Cure: A Self-Help Guide".

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Dr. David H. Kingsley, PhD, WTS, LTTS, is president of the World Trichology Society and of British Science Corporation. Dr. Kingsley, the ONLY trichologist in the WORLD who is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, qualified as a certified trichologist in 1980 through the Institute of Trichologists (London) and attained his Doctorate through the University of Portsmouth (England).  He was subsequently honored by the Institute of Trichologists with a Fellowship for his academic research and his important additions to the subject of trichology.  Dr. Kingsley has published many medical papers and has also presented his work on hair loss treatments at medical conferences.

Dr. Kingsley has authored the award winning book "The Hair-Loss Cure: A Self-Help Guide".

Dr. Kingsley has often appeared on television in both the United States and Britain and has been interviewed on the radio and by numerous leading newspapers and magazines. The latest  publications that Dr. Kingsley has appeared in include The Oprah Magazine and the New York Daily News.

Dr. Kingsley's Professional Affiliations:


  • World Trichology Society (USA)
  • The Trichological Society (UK)


  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • North American Hair Research Society
  • International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery


  • International Society for Quality of Life Research
  • The New York Academy of Sciences
  • National Hair Society

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Dr. David Kingsley discusses & answers the following:

  • Who suffers from hair loss?
  • What are the common causes of hair loss?
  • How do you measure if your hair loss is excessive or normal?
  • What tips do you have for people who are starting to experience hair loss?
  • What are some of the current treatments accessible for hair loss?
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January 9, 2011 @ 8:40 am

Treatments that exist for hair loss


Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Nicole Rogers with her practrice in Metairie, LA joined the show to discuss hair loss, it causes and treatments that do exist for men and women that are suffering from hair loss.

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Dr. Nicole Rogers is a board certified dermatologist and fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. She received her undergraduate degree at Harvard University and her medical degree at Tulane University in New Orleans. Dr. Rogers completed her residency training in dermatology at Tulane where she served as co-chief resident. She took an active role in teaching fellow residents and helped restructure their training program after Hurricane Katrina. During her residency she published several scientific papers including a report that was co-authored with Dr. Farris and published in the journal Pediatric Dermatology. She also won awards through the Women’s Dermatologic Society and American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons to study autoimmune diseases at the University of Pennsylvania and to learn advanced cosmetic techniques in New Haven, Connecticut.

After residency, Dr. Rogers completed a fellowship in hair transplantation and lasers under the direction of Dr. Marc Avram in New York City. Dr. Avram is an internationally recognized expert in the field of hair loss and hair restoration. Together Dr. Avram and Dr. Rogers have written several articles on surgical and medical treatments for hair loss, including contemporary techniques in hair transplantation, minoxidil, finasteride, and the use of low-level-light therapy (LLLT) for hair growth. Dr. Rogers has a passion for treating both men and women with hair loss, using the most up-to-date medical and surgical techniques. Her professional demeanor and specialty training make her an asset to our practice and valued resource for our patients.

Dr. Rogers’ memberships include the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and Women’s Dermatologic Society.


Edited Transcript of Interview with Dr. Nicole Rogers

Eric Michaels: Tell us about some of the causes of hair loss in men and women.
Dr. Rogers: For most men, hair loss usually results from inherited or genetic factors. They may have had a parent or uncle or even several relatives with hair loss. For women, investigating the cause of hair loss can be a little more tricky. We have to investigate various hormonal factors, such as whether they recently delivered a baby, changed their birth control medication, or had issues with their thyroid. In a young menstruating women, low iron stores can be a contributing factor.  And in a few rare cases, autoimmune conditions such as lupus or scalp infections such as tinea capitis can contribute to hair loss.  We discuss and check all possible causes before commencing any form of treatment. However, even for a large number of women, hair loss can result from genetic factors as well. We call this "female pattern hair loss" and not "male pattern baldness," recognizing that they are 1) not men, and 2) are very unlikely to go bald!  They too, probably had a relative along the lines who suffered from hair thinning. It often presents later in life, after menopause, for women. This is why many people still use the term "androgenetic" alopecia, to describe how hormones and genetics probably both play a role.

Eric Michaels: So what causes genetic hair loss in men and women?
Dr. Rogers: The hair thinning results from a progressive miniaturization process, whereby each time the hair sheds, it is replaced by a hair that is smaller and finer in caliber. This explains how such hair loss can be very gradual in nature and take several years to develop. In men, the hair loss is due to the effects of a chemical called DHT, or dihydrotestosterone on the hair follicle. In women, we still do not know exactly what causes the change but as I said earlier we think the combination of hormones and genetics.

Eric Michaels: What treatments exist for hair loss?
Dr. Rogers: For women, the only FDA-approved treatment for hair loss on the market today is topical minoxidil, or Rogaine. It comes in a 2% solution for women, and they are instructed to apply it twice daily. All patients must allow a full 6 months to see an improvement in the thickness and density of their hair. I like using before and after photos to help document a difference an especially to help motivate my patients. What's the expression, "a watched pot never boils" ? This is especially true when treating hair loss. Patients must be patient and receive as much support and encouragement as possible to stick with the treatment. They should also not panic if they notice some extra shedding in the first 2-4 weeks after they start the medication. This occurs because hairs are shifting into the growth phase and pushing out old hairs. Paradoxically, it is a sign that the drug is working!

Eric Michaels: Is there anyone who should not use topical minoxidil, or Rogaine?
Dr. Rogers: This treatment is not approved for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Also a small percentage of people may have a contact allergy to the medicine. This may be to minoxidil itself, or propylene glycol which has been removed in the foam formulation. If this happens, I recommend that patients try to foam (currently only available in a 5%) before they stop the medicine altogether.  Women should not otherwise use the 5% without the consent or supervision or their doctor.

Eric Michaels: Can men use Rogaine? What other treatments exist for men?
Dr. Rogers: Of course! Many men benefit from topical minoxidil. It can have the same effect of increasing the time that hairs are in the anagen, or growth phase, and decreasing the time hairs are in the resting, or telogen phase. Men can benefit from the 5% formulation, and I especially like the foam because it is less greasy and irritating. Propecia, or finasteride is another FDA-approved treatment for hair loss in men. This is a pill taken by mouth, once daily. It has over 10 years of safety data and has been proven to increase hair counts in men and increase hair caliber as well. As with minoxidil, it takes at least 6 months to see a difference. There are no drug interactions, lab monitoring, or allergies reported. Less than 2% of men report a decrease in their libido from the drug. I just encourage patients to inform their internist or urologist because when they have their PSA checked (a marker for prostate cancer), the level should be doubled. This is because Propecia artificially decreases the value of the PSA by half.

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January 8, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

Solutions for Women & Children Hair Loss


Hair Loss Expert & Owner of Nadwa Hair Spa - Nadwa Yono joins the show. She discusses hair loss, how many women in the United States suffer from hair loss and what can be done to help these women and children in a non-surgical and non-medicated method.

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Nadwa Yono is the owner of Nadwa Hair Spa, the most high-tech and innovative salon and spa. Nadwa is nationally recognized for hair, color, hair attachments, wigs, wellness and as a fashion expert with more than twenty-eight years of professional experience.

The second youngest of nine children, Nadwa was born in Telkif, Iraq and immigrated to Michigan in 1970 at the age of seven. She became a cosmetologist at the age of eighteen and began honoring her craft at leading Detroit area salons. Throughout the years, she has trained with the industry’s most elite schools and educators. The most influential of these masters in Nadwa’s career was the renowned Trevor Sorbie of London. In 1991, Mr. Sorbie selected Nadwa from hundreds of applicants in a nationwide search to work with him as an educator at various national shows.

Nadwa’s newest love in hair involves hair attachments, wigs, and extensions. Nadwa is among the less than 4% of hair dressers in the United States to perform these specific types of attachments and services. Nadwa has studied all over the United States and abroad for these types of attachments, wigs, and extensions.

In 1994, Nadwa pursued the American dream and founded Salone Nadwa and Day Spa. This was a 6,400 square foot full-service facility, employing forty highly skilled and educated professionals. Salone Nadwa and Day Spa grossed more than $1 million in sales in its initial first year during business and approximately $2 million by its fourth year, with revenues near $2.8 million by its fifth year.

Nadwa is frequently invited to conduct interviews for local and national media as a spokesperson for health and beauty. Throughout her many years being a hairdresser, she has done the hair of multiple local celebrities, TV anchors, and Red Wing players and their wives. She also has a visible role in the community, sponsoring such organizations as Haven, Karmanos, and various cancer charities. Nadwa was named as one of the top young business people in Michigan as part of Crain's Detroit Business Magazine’s "40 under 40" for the year 2000. Nadwa resides in West Bloomfield, Michigan and is the dedicated mother of her two sons, Brandon and Kyle.


Abbreviated Transcript of Interview with Nadwa Yono

Eric Michaels: How many women in the United States suffer from hair loss?

Nadwa Yono: Over 30 million suffer from hair loss out of every 5 men 3 women have hair loss.

Eric Michaels: What causes hair loss?

Nadwa Yono: Hair loss is mostly genetic, over 95% is genetic. A lot of people think that it's just medication or something like that - hair falls out slowly and only 5% has to do with stress, poor diet, medication and hormone changes is only 5% anything else is 95% genetic.

Eric Michaels: What are different types of hair loss that exist?

Nadwa Yono: Well there is the Alopecia Areata which means bald in patches, Hypotrichosis is where someone totally loses their hair from head to toe and there is Scarring Alopecia which is mostly caused from burns...


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Nadwa Yono discusses & answers:

  • What can be done to help these women and children that is a non-surgical or non-medicated method?
  • What kind of hair attachments do you use?
  • Special Conclusion Tip...

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December 30, 2010 @ 2:42 pm

The Secret to Health in Every Department

Health Expert Lorne Caplan joined the show. Lorbe is a Health Expert, Speaker, Author and Chief Scientific Officer. he touches on a wode variety of topics leading to one foundational secret to good overall health - listen in.

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Lorne Caplan has over fifteen years of expertise developing, sourcing, researching and training staff and clients about constituent ingredients, both natural and synthetic while creating product lines and specific programs for products, services and devices in the fragrance, anti-aging skincare, wellness, aesthetics (cosmetics), and gift (scented candles) industries. Lorne has built, managed and developed these product and service lines as a former owner and operator of the 14,000 square foot Danielle Spa/ Aevium Institute and Radiance Med Spas, as well as when advising clients that included SpaMedicus, Pure Laser, American Leisure, Cornelia Spa, individuals and physicians. Lorne has written and presented training and educational forums on aphrodisiacs (yes, they do exist), sensuality, romance, passion and intimacy as relates to human relationships and pheromone research.

Along with his current role as Director of Product  Development at Pheromone products company Victor Goth, LLC, an Master & Mistress, Lorne successfully advised, funded and invested in companies within the cosmeceutical, nutraceutical, biotech and life sciences sectors. As a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and founder of the Womens Total Health and Wellness Conference and Exhibit, Lorne maintains and often benefits from his experiences within the fields of womens health and sexual health.

Lorne has been frequently quoted and published in industry periodicals such as Self Magazine, Spa 20/20, Spa Management, Medical Spa Management, Spa Canada, Inside Cosmeceuticals and is a regular speaker on subjects related to , fragrance / olfaction, relationship and sexual health, integrative therapies, age-management and the aesthetics industry at conferences such as The everything to do With Sex Show, Exotic Erotica, Face & Body, Medical Spa & Aesthetics Conference, Society for Plastic Surgery Skin Care Specialists, Grayson Natural and Organic Personal Care Conference, The International Anti-aging Show and The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Lorne received his combined degree in history and political science at McGill University in Montreal and his MBA at The Ivey School of Management in London, Canada. He is currently completing his Naturopathic Doctorate from Clayton College and spreads his optimal health and life message through his blog at and AgeMedica, LLC.

Conference Topics

Romance, passion and intimacy in an age devoid of courtship
Physiological influences of scent
Topical Hormone Therapy
Cosmetic Peptides
Medical Spa Marketing
Training and Education for Medical Spas
Product Development
Developing A Medical Spa for Physicians and Non-Physicians
Setting Up an Anti-aging Wellness Center


Transcript of Interview with Lorne Caplan

Eric Michaels: Beyond the myriad of typical sexual enhancement products, some effective some not, what is the single most important aspect of maintaining and building sexual health?

Lorne Caplan: As you know, we are bombarded daily by on-line spam and traditional media that offer numerous products to enhance our sexual performance and prowess, with some 95% not having any actives that would be effective while perhaps 5% offering some benefit.

By taking these products we expect to immediately improve our romance quotient, but it is a much more complex issue than simply taking a pill. In fact, if we added something as simple as scent to our daily regimen, we would find that our attitude and confidence level would improve, which in turn increases the feel good hormones that are secreted by our brain and other glands. These hormones are typically referred to as “feel good hormones” such as dopamine, vasopressin and seratonin. I often refer to these as addiction hormones because they are similar to those that are affected by those that are addicted to drugs. We want more of that feeling, so we tend to do what we can to get it. That is why being “in-love” is an addiction. It changes our feel good hormone balance and therefore, it changes how we feel. That can be good, but also difficult because we lose some control over how we think and act.

Keeping that in mind, how our new found feeling will affect the way we behave, we can obtain key aspects of a healthy sexuality by adding these aphrodisiacs and pheromones to our daily regimen. By improving our confidence, self-esteem and attitude, our whole physical body and underlying health will improve. Now certainly we are aware that our blood pressure and circulatory system are important aspects to a healthy sexuality, just as numerous pharmaceutical companies tell us everyday, but we can derive these benefits from scent and fragrance when we build in the powerful aspects of aphrodisiacs and pheromones because they directly affect our overall endocrine system. When we feel good, we actually can change our physical health which is absolutely necessary to having great sex and supporting our healthy sexuality.

Eric Michaels: Are there any secrets or knowledge that isn't widely known about sexual health and how to improve it?

Lorne Caplan: Certainly, there are a number of lesser known aspects of what we can do to improve our sexual health as opposed to simply popping a pill or thinking that intercourse is the answer. Intimacy is far more than simply how often we have sex. It is simply touching hands or looking at your partner. Those secrets include the use of aphrodisiacs in your daily life. Something as simple as cutting fresh basil and inhaling the scent will do wonders for your disposition. If you include these scent solutions to your daily routine, then you will notice improvement in a variety of aspects in your daily life, from your mood, to your physical health related to your underlying hormone and endocrine balance and that is what we should all be striving for. After-all, just having your longevity, size or otherwise improved won’t ultimately benefit your sexual health. It is far more involved than simply that. Keeping in mind that the brain is ultimately the largest sex organ because it has to be involved in the process of intimacy, we as sophisticated mammals have to understand that we must feel good to perform better at anything, whether it is sexuality or business. If we don’t take care of our bodies, beyond adding sexual hormone supporting scents, then the effects will not be systemic, or complete and that is something we should all strive for. It is the balance and whole body approach that will give us the necessary stamina, quality of intimacy and understanding of what builds a truly excellent romance quotient beyond simply health of your sex life. People tend to misunderstand that (in many mens cases) the number of times we have sex is what dictates our health, when in fact that is the farthest thing from the truth.

We, as humans, need a variety of stimuli to satisfy our sexual health and the secrets lie in supporting those aspects that aren’t simply attached to the physical touch, but our other senses. That is why scent is so powerful. If we bring-in pheromones and aphrodisiacs, we will find a number of perceptions and feelings affected that we otherwise wouldn’t have considered, adding a positive level of complexity and nourishing our relationships, both sexually and alternatively with family, our business associates and others. It isn’t complicated, rather it can be and should be quite simple. That is another secret to healthy sexuality. Keep it simple, breaking down the many outside influences like work, children, money and many more intrusions that make  our sexual health more difficult to maintain and improve because we aren’t letting the more subtle and beneficial aspects seep into our lives.

Eric Michaels: Since people are very complex, is it reasonable to expect a healthy sex life? What are the hurdles we would have to overcome as men and women and are there any major differences?

Lorne Caplan: Well, that is a difficult but important question and yes, we as humans are indeed very complex, since we don’t get attracted by one sense alone. We are impacted by sight, scent, touch and all of the senses not to mention the competing noise around us in our daily lives. It is easy to get lost and lose important aspects of our relationships. We see this all the time with the breakdown in marriages and relationships. Our sexual experiences are affected not by one aspect alone and it is absolutely true that men and women are indeed very differently. The endocrine systems are very different with women having substantially more estrogen and progesterone than men and it does affect the way women respond and think, just as it affects mens responses. While women might be thinking about family, work, the house or numerous other things, men will have their “empty-box” open and be able to focus only on one thing. This is a scientific fact. Our emotions are different and therefore our needs are as well. While men might be thinking about simply how they will have sex with a woman, she may well be thinking about numerous aspects of the relationship, the physical appearance, etc… Men are able to and are often hated for, being able to think about one thing only and not be affected by so many competing aspects of the daily grind as women do.

As complex mammals, we also process information from a variety of resources. That is why we might “see” someone and be attracted to them from across the room.  Our eyes tell us that we might like their hair, their build, or some other physical attribute. The shallow sense if you will. While we can’t smell that person from a distance, we absolutely won’t like someone that we don’t like the smell of. So if you are married or in a relationship today, I can assure you that you like that persons scent, otherwise you wouldn’t be with them. That is how powerful the sense of smell is. It is a deal breaker if that person doesn’t smell well. So if that person from across the room looks great but comes over and smell horribly to you, then there won’t be a relationship in the making. It is, though, perfectly reasonable to expect a healthy sex life, since what we have to do is break it down to it’s more basic elements. Focus on the important and supportive aspects of healthy sexuality. Don’t let all the intrusions impact you. Communicate with your mate or a new prospective partner. Look into their eyes as I mentioned before. Pay attention to what they are saying (men especially). Don’t worry about all the details, the clothes, the fragrance, the restaurant, etc… but make an effort to understand and relate to the important things, the little things and you will find that as confidence builds, so too will your ability to engage in that physical relationship that is often lost in the mix. Essentially, keeping it simple, that is the major hurdle and it is greater for women, because of the way their hormones are configured, versus men and their “empty-drawer”. For men, their role would be in helping the women keep the noise from intruding. Keep it basic, simple and supportive and you will reap the benefits of a healthy sexuality, intimacy, romance an passion that will evolve from the efforts, big and small, that are made.

Eric Michaels: Can hair loss be reversed and are there any treatments that truly work now and what will be effective in the future?

Lorne Caplan: People will often ask me how this relates to passion, intimacy and healthy sexuality and as I mentioned before, the endocrine system and our feel good hormones are directly related to scent and the addition of substantial feel good scents within aphrodisiacs and pheromones that drive the production of those crack hormones or addition hormones. This is true too, for our hair and follicle health, since we do need to have balance and a healthy psychology to impact our physical health. If we don’t eat or exercise, we won’t support our physical bodies necessary nourishment and our scalp, just like our skin will suffer. After all, the scalp environment is skin and if your skin isn’t healthy from a poor diet, no exercise, etc… then you can be sure the follicles will also suffer. Now certainly, there are hormone derivatives like DHT that block up the follicles and prevent nourishment from reaching the follicle, just as we notice how much better our hair and nails grow in the sun. However, beyond the various peptide and stem-cell research that is promised to work within the next few decades to grow our hair back, we do have the ability to get the same benefits from our sun without the side affects of radiation. The technology is called low light laser therapy (LLLT) along with the necessary topical enzymes to clean the scalp and ingredients like wheat germ extract, neem and emu oil (which can be very greasy, but when applied in small amounts has shown to grow hair back) to help stimulate growth from the surface. Keep in mind that the skin is after-all a barrier and large molecule items cannot penetrate it or we’d all be dead from the toxins in our environment. Some items do have the ability to stimulate the health of our follicles as they don’t die easily. They atrophy over time, get clogged by dirt and DHT and then die out. We can, today, influence the health of our follicles and scalp health and the LLLT in turn does indeed help restore our follicles to the growth phase of hair generation, without the side affects of radiation. Of course, blood circulation is necessary to bring the nutrients to our scalp (an extremity) which is not different from our needs for a healthy blood flow for sexual health. I can discuss more commonalities, but if you can see the links with skin health, circulatory system improvement, proper nutrition, you’ll note the necessary elements to gain a healthy scalp as well as sexuality.

Eric Michaels: Is anti-aging of skin obtainable today and do skincare products really work?

Lorne Caplan: As I mentioned before, skin is a barrier and generally, products in topicals don’t penetrate the skin, otherwise it would be characterized as a drug. Some companies like Allergan and the large cosmetics entities like L’Oreal and Estee Lauder would have you believe that their newest peptides, items derived from growing cells in a lab or DNA products would actually change the structure and performance of the skin cell. This is for the most part false as you would need the necessary components that I mentioned before to impact the health of your skin as well as sexuality and scalp for hair growth.

While topical skincare products can have an impact on your anti-aging appearance, it is usually derived from two ingredient categories, the first being a surfactant which covers the skin to lock in moisture. What this does is give you the appearance of plumper, healthier looking skin and yes, you’ll look younger, but it is only a temporary fix along with a humectant that draws moisture to the skin, again hydrating the skin to make it look plumper, healthier and more youthful. I don’t mean to say that all topicals (butters, creams, lotions,serums or other forms) only give you a temporary none cellular change. Some products do contain enough of an active ingredient to make changes in the skin such as hyaluronic acid, collegen and vitamin A in it’s active form. Again, they have to be configured right in order to have an impact but if you don’t exercise, eat right or have a digestive system that absorbs and metabolizes the necessary ingredients to allow your skin to be supported in it’s daily effort to regenerate itself (this is true for the necessary hormones as well, which drop off significantly as we age), than no matter how much stuff we put on our skin, it won’t improve the long term appearance. That is key here, the digestive health of the individual, which relates to the necessary balance of our endocrine system and over all balance of our bodies. Only then will we see a true anti-aging benefit without the use of lasers, injections and other skin abrasive techniques.

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Office: (914) 355-4532

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December 23, 2010 @ 11:44 am

Tips and Techniques to Determine a Patients’ Risk for Hereditary Hair Loss


Founder and Chief Surgeon at Leonard Hair Transplant Associates Dr. Robert Leonard joins the show. He discusses how to know if hair loss is a temporary hair loss or if it is due to heredity, tips or techniques to determine a patients’ risk for hereditary hair loss and new advances in hair loss treatment.

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With more than 24 years of experience in cosmetic surgery, Dr. Robert Leonard serves as New England's foremost authority on hair restoration, providing an honest, realistic medical evaluation of each individual patients hair loss problem.

As founder and chief surgeon of Leonard Hair Transplant Associates, Dr. Leonard is medically educated, trained and licensed to perform hair restoration procedures for men and women, to treat thinning hair, partial, and significant baldness.  He also performs eyebrow hair transplantation, restoration for aesthetic reasons or for correction after injury, and hair restoration of sideburns in men or women who have had facial cosmetic procedures.

Raised in Arlington, Massachusetts, Dr. Leonard received his Bachelor of Arts at the University of New Hampshire and earned his medical degree at the University of New England. He interned in Pinellas Park, Florida, followed by a residency in Toledo, Ohio, and completed his preceptorship in hair transplant surgery under the late Dr. C.P. Chambers at the Chambers Hair Institute.

In 1989, Dr. Leonard became board certified and was licensed to practice medicine in several states including Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Florida. Dr. Leonard has hospital privileges at Roger Williams Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital, as well as surgical privileges in hair restoration surgery at South County Hospital.

He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and the Hair Loss Expert for Johnson and Johnson.

Dr. Leonard has served on a number of boards, including the State of Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline, and he has held leadership positions in several societies, including President of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), Chairman of the ISHRS's Bylaws and Ethics Committee, Chairman of the ISHRS's Media Committee, Trustee of the University of New England, Trustee of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, and was recently appointed to the American Society of Hair Restoration Surgery Advisory Council.

An avid traveler, Dr. Leonard enjoys visiting the cities and countries where he lectures on hair loss treatment and hair transplant procedures throughout the world. He is an active outdoorsman in water sports and alpine skiing, and lives in Narragansett, RI with his wife and children.

To view Dr. Leonard's CURRICULUM VITAE, click here.

Dr. Leonard maintains offices in Cranston, Rhode Island; Boston, Worcester, Hyannis, Braintree, Newton Centre, Massachusetts; and Nashua, New Hampshire.


Partial Transcript of Interview with Dr. Robert Leonard

Eric Michaels: How do you know if hair loss is temporary hair loss or if it is due to heredity?

Dr. Leonard: Well we typically lose in hair, in hereditary hair loss between 50 and 100 hairs a day. But if there is a consistent loss of more than 150 hairs that's considered medically significant and that's typically with hereditary hair loss. There is a difference however between hereditary hair loss which is the most common type of hair loss and  temporary hair loss which can occur as a result of hormones or thyroid conditions or pregnancy or certain medications or having general anesthesia. The temporary hair loss is one that will resolve on its own - genetic hair loss does not.

Eric Michaels: Can you share any tips or techniques to determine a patients’ risk for Hereditary Hair Loss?

Dr. Leonard: Male or female pattern hair loss or hereditary hair loss accounts for 95% of all hair so it is the most common reason. In more than 60% of Americans actually incorrectly thinks that hair loss only comes from one side of the family so if there is hair loss on the mothers side it could be genetic, if there is hair loss on the fathers side it could be genetic but most commonly it comes from both sides of the family. That is the important thing to realize that we always used to blame the mothers side for hair loss and now we know through genetic studies that hair loss can occur from either side - mothers or fathers.

Eric Michaels: Please tell me a bit about the new advances in hair loss treatment.

Dr. Leonard: Well we do have wonderfully new advances in hair loss in regards to surgical hair restoration and the newest one of all is the Neograft surgical device which is a partially automated procedure where I actually remove individual follicle units, individual grafts in the back of ones head and transplant those into the areas that are thin or bald...


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Dr. Robert Leonard discusses & answers:

- What are other effective treatments for hair loss?

- Can ROGAINE® be used for men and women?

- Conclusion Tip: Locating a specialist is the best way to learn which treatment options will work best for you. Consumers can find unbiased information through a variety of organizations including The American Academy of Dermatology ( and hair transplantation organizations like the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons (

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Toll Free: (800) 543-0660

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December 23, 2010 @ 9:58 am

Treatment Options for Restoring Hair Loss in Men and Women


Dr. Candace Spann board-certified dermatologist with her private practice in Las Vegas NV joined the show.

She discusses differences between hair loss in men and women, treatment options for hair loss in men and women, potential cure for hair loss and more.

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Dr. Candace Thornton Spann is a board-certified dermatologist and fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. She completed her undergraduate training in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree from UCLA. In 2000, she graduated from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. Following the completion of her doctorate, she began her formal training at St. Luke’s – Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City, a Columbia University Hospital.  After completing both her internship and residency she was in private practice for two years in New York City. During that time she was also an Attending Physician in Dermatology at St. Luke’s- Roosevelt and Beth Israel Medical Centers. She is now in private practice in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dr. Spann is the proud mother of two small children. She has a wonderful husband of 12 years and spends her free time enjoying her family, exercising, traveling and singing.

Partial Transcript of Interview with Dr. Candace Thornton Spann

Eric Michaels: Discuss the differences between hair loss in men and women.

Dr. Spann: Hair loss in men is primarily a genetic problem. It happens through the conversion of testosterone to something called (DHT) Dihydrotestosterone. So we see a typical male pattern hair loss with their recession of the frontal hair line and extending back to the vertex of the scalp, usually with a healthy supply of hair in the back part of the scalp.

Hair loss in women is a different process. It's not usually called by testosterone or that DHT that we were talking about it tends to have multi-factorial causes. It could be vitamin deficiency it could be thyroid disorder it could be some underlying issue, it could be a stresser on the body - pregnancy or surgery. There are certainly people who have a genetic pre-disposition to it but because hair loss is so different between men and women it makes the treatment different between men and women.

Eric Michaels: Discuss treatment options for hair loss in men.

Dr. Spann: Treatment options for hair loss in men are varied. There are 2 products that are FDA approved that have proven to be efficient. The first is Minoxidil which is available over the counter in any different number of brand names and we know that Minoxidil works by helping to dilate the micro-circulation to stimulate the follicles. There is also a product call Finesteride under the brand name of Propecia and Propecia works to block that conversion of DHT to testosterone and in studies we have been able to prove that the density of a hair improves in treating men. All of the studies suggest that using a combination of Propecia or Finesteride plus Minoxidil works better than using one alone. If the man is not getting sufficient response from Finesteride - Minoxidil combination he may consider hair transplantation which is expensive but has a high success rate in men. There are other products and methods...

Eric Michaels: Now, let's discuss treatment options for hair loss in women.

Dr. Spann: As we were talking about before, the process of hair loss in women is different from the process of hair loss in men. So it doesn't make sense that all of our treatments that are available right now primarily target DHT and they suggest that women can use it too. For women effective treatment really targets some of the underlying issues. So if the woman has iron deficiency anemia, and that seems to be a cause in her hair loss then it's important to treat the iron deficiency anemia. If she has a thyroid issue, it's important to treat that thyroid issue. If the hair loss is falling a stresser, such as surgery or delivery of the baby... that is usually a self limited process however for a woman who is in the process of losing her hair whether it is self limited or not it isn't any kind of consolation. So typical things we do in our practice are injections of a steroid into the scalp. I have almost all women start taking a form of a Biotin, which is a B Vitamin, the B Vitamin, some people even call it B7, Biotin is important in promoting healthy hair, skin and nails....


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Dr. Candace Thornton Spann discusses & answers:
- Is there any "cure" for hair loss that will not require ongoing treatment?
- Can anything be done to prevent hair loss?

- Conclusion Tip: Hair loss in men and women is not equivalent. A thorough history, physical, and evaluation is important to properly diagnose and treat hair loss. it is important to consult your dermatologist or other health care professional as early as possible in order to have the best results in treatment of hair loss.

Contact Information:
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Facebook: Candace Thornton Spann

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December 23, 2010 @ 8:22 am

50 Percent of Your Hair Is Lost Before Your Notice It!


Richard Gundry National Sales Manager of Divi International joins the show.

He discusses how many men and women are affected by hair loss, how much hair loss has actually occurred when noticed by the naked eye and great information about their new HairCheck device.

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The HairCheck device is the first scientific instrument to accurately measure hair loss, hair breakage and hair regrowth. HairCheck measures the density of hair in a two by two centimeter area.  The first measurement is performed at the back of the head just below the occipital bone for the baseline count of healthy hair.  The second measurement is taken at the affected area on the top of the head.  The technician then calculates the percentage of loss from the back of the head to the top. Readings for hair loss are usually performed every three to four months, while readings for hair breakage may be done more frequently.

For more information on HairCheck call 800-233-7453 or visit them on the web at


Partial Trancript of Interview with Richard Gundry

Eric Michaels: How many men and women today are affected by hair loss?

Richard Gundry: Eric, there is an estimate that there is about 75% of all men and 10% and even a larger percentage of women are being affected by hair loss today.

Eric Michaels: By the time balding is noticeable to the naked eye, how much hair loss has occurred?

Richard Gundry: There has been a lot of scenarios on that and the average of that is 50% of your hair is lost before your naked eye sees it. Again, most people lose hair on a daily basis but you are also growing new hair on a daily basis too and understanding what the life cycle of a hair is, hair actually grows on an average of four to five years and everybody is a little bit different whereas the hair grows out naturally and gets cut, colored or whatever they got done at the salon the life cycle of the hair last about 4 years and it actually falls out and then it regrows back in at a thinner diameter - so there are times that people instead of losing hair or feeling like they are balding, they are actually going through a thinning process - they still might have 100 hairs in their head, but as the life cycle is every 4-5 years as the hair progresses through its life cycle it becomes thinner and thinner as it regrows back in again. You still might have your 100 hairs saved for example but now you are seeing more scalp and you believe that you are balding but you are going through a thinning process and this is something that people go through on a continuous basis.

Eric Michaels: How can you really tell how much hair loss you actually have?

Richard Gundry: Everybody has a different density and diameter of hair so what we actually do is measure the back of the head for each individual and we can actually take a reading in a 2x2 centimeter area. Then we go the affected area on the top of the head and we can take a measurement up there and all we have to do is calculate the difference from the top to the back and we can actually get a percentage of what the hair loss is for that particular client. The benefit of this is that we can determine even at a younger age what the percentage of hair loss is now before it is visible to the naked eye and they recommend a treatment for the client or professional products or whatever we need to do to get them to the next level of help for them not to lose their hair or products that might me recommended to help regrow their hair.


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Richard Gundry discusses & answers:

- What can men & women do to prevent or delay balding?

- How do you know if your hair loss program or products are actually working?

- Special Tip: By measuring your hair loss, you can determine your level of thinning 10 to 15 years in advance. With this head start, you have the chance to start your treatment program early, when you can receive the most effective results.

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December 21, 2010 @ 10:07 am

Is Your Hair Thinning?


Facial Plastic Surgeon in the North Dallas suburb of Plano Dr. D.J. Verret joins the show. He discusses what are the main causes of hair loss, what are the treatment options and what do hair transplants look like and much more.

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Dr. Daniel Joseph “D.J.” Verret was born and raised in the heart of Cajun country, Lafayette, LA. He attended Tulane University where he earned a degree in biomedical engineering with honors. He went on to attend the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas for both his medical degree and residency training. For further refinement of his skills, he applied for and was awarded one of only 38 nationwide one year fellowships through the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. After living in the Dallas Metroplex for nine years, Dr. Verret became enamored with the area and moved back to Plano to open his practice.

Dr. Verret continues to stay abreast of the latest innovations in facial plastic surgery through attendance at various local, national, and international facial plastic surgery meetings. He regularly teaches at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and volunteers at various local civic organizations. He has been invited to speak at national and international facial plastic surgery meetings and he has been rewarded with numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters. Dr. Verret is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, and fellowship trained in facial plastic surgery.


Partial Transcript of Interview with Dr. D.J. Verret

Eric Michaels: What are the main causes of hair loss?

Dr. Verret: There are a lot of causes but probably the most common is called androgenic alopecia and most people refer to it as male patterned baldness. This actually effects both men and women. There are other causes though particularly in women would be metabolic causes such as thyroid disorders, diabetes, certain medications especially those for high blood pressure, certain cancers can cause hair loss - skin cancer of the scalp and then there are auto immune conditions where the body actually recognizes the hair as a foreign substance and attacks it and causes the hair to fall out...

Eric Michaels: What are the treatment options for hair loss?

Dr. Verret: In hair loss an ounce of prevention is really worth a pound of cure. You want to make sure you address the hair loss when you start to notice thinning - once it's gone - generally it's gone and it's not going to come back and that's when you need to talk about surgical options. So what are your options when you notice that your hair is thinning? There are two medications that have been approved by the USFDA that treat hair loss and that's Minoxidil which is known by the trade name as Rogaine. That is an over the counter liquid now generic where you can almost buy this at any drug store in various formulations...or as a foam and that is only available as Rogaine foam and the active ingredient is still Minoxidil. This is available for both men and women...The second option is Finasteride and unfortunately it will be 2013 until that becomes generic but Finasteride...

Eric Michaels: Tell us about hair transplants - are they permanent and what do they look like?

Dr. Verret: It's really important to differentiate what most people think of as a hair transplant from what is being currently done today. You talk hair transplants and people think of hair plugs and that was a technique used in the 1970's and early 1980's and that creates an unnatural look and creates hair that you would see on the head of a barbie doll - so it creates hair lines that don't look natural at all. The techniques that we use now days are...


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Dr. D.J. Verret discusses & answers:

- What should people look for when seeking out a hair transplant surgeon?

- When should an individual be concerned about hair loss in regards to getting medical attention?

- And a Special Tip...

Contact Information:

Web Site:

Personal Site:

Phone: (972) 608-0100

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