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Help Alayne! My Hair is Falling Out?

Help Alayne!  My hair is falling out! Part 1

We hear it all the time as hair stylists! Therefore, I’ve spent years researching hair loss not only for my clients but also for myself. Here’s what I’ve found.

Reasons for female hair loss can range from the simple and temporary to the more complex. Losing hair can be stressful.   Most people lose about 50 to 100 head hairs a day. These hairs are replaced as they grow back in the same follicle on your head. This amount of hair loss is totally normal and no cause for worry. If you’re losing more than that, though, something might be wrong.

If you have hair loss and don’t know what’s causing it, talk to your doctor. A doctor can determine why the hair is falling out and suggest a treatment that will correct the underlying problem, if necessary. Here are some basic causes of hair fallout.

DHT. The most important cause of hair loss is a hormone called ‘DHT’. DHT binds with hair follicles and is thought to prevent nutrients from reaching and feeding the hair. Some researchers also theorise that DHT may cause the body to treat hair as a “foreign body.”

In order to treat hair loss caused by DHT, sufferers can use medication such as Propecia, which reduces DHT production in the body. There are also topical treatments, which may block DHT in the scalp, but the effectiveness of these treatments is unknown.

Poor blood circulation in the scalp. You can’t regrow your hair if your hair is not receiving the nutrients it needs to grow. Your hair receives nutrients from your blood. Tiny blood vessels connect to your hair in your scalp. As we age though some peoples’ scalps change and the blood supply to the hair follicles becomes restricted. It can get so restricted that the follicles receive no nutrients at all and they die completely.

Stress.  Stress is a massive cause of not only hair loss but also premature aging and many other signs of reduced health. Stress not only causes poorer blood circulation (due to tension in muscles such as shoulders and neck, among other things,) but stress also causes a depletion of key vitamins needed for hair growth, including B vitamins. Any kind of physical trauma surgery, a car accident, or a severe illness psychological stress (like a death in the family), even the flu can cause temporary hair loss. Severe stress typically sends the body into a state of shock, flooding it with various hormones and metabolites.  Stress also leads right into the next reason…

 A trigger event. Many people experience a general thinning of hair several months after a physical or emotional shock. This type of hair loss is temporary. Examples of trigger events include sudden or excessive weight loss, a high fever, surgery, or a death in the family, delivering a baby, going through a traumatic event, or having a serious illness.  Because the hair we see on our heads has actually taken months to grow, a person might not notice any disruption of the hair growth cycle until months after the event that caused it.

Menopause. Hormonal changes common during the menopause can cause increased hair loss, although this does not happen to all women.

Pregnancy. Hair loss is common after pregnancy, due to hormonal changes. Often the lost hair will regrow but not always. Techniques can be used to encourage regrowth including following a highly nutritional diet that feeds the hair and improves hormonal balance.

Smoking. Smoking causes a major restriction in blood vessels at the surface of the skin — this is exactly what you don’t want if you’re concerned about your hair. Since it’s important that blood flows to the scalps surface in order to feed the hair, restricting that blood flow may impact on hair growth.

Iron Deficiency Anemia. If you think iron deficiency may be a cause of your hair loss get a blood test to check. Women who have heavy periods or don’t eat enough iron-rich foods may be prone to iron deficiency, in which the blood doesn’t have enough red blood cells. Be sure to get your iron and ferritin levels checked.

Braiding, dreadlocks and other hair styles that pull the hair.  Some hair styles pull on the hair. E.g. pulling the hair back very tightly in a pony tail. This may “train the hair” to grow closer and closer to the scalps surface with time (known as traction alopecia). This is common with ethnic hair styles that pull hair tightly with pony tails and corn rows.

Overuse of “Cones.” In recent years, studies have been released that excessive use of “cones” such as dimethicone or silicone used regularly on the scalp may over time clog the hair follicle and cause the hair to fall out, sometimes permanently.   No one really knows if the hair eventually grows back after stopping use of these products. If you have been using “cones,” (they are usually used to make hair smoother or less frizzy.) Stop using them on the scalp and only use mid shaft to ends. MMF is working to only carry products that do not have “cones” in them that are used on the scalp. 

Medicines. Chemotherapy drugs can lead to hair loss, but there are, in fact, dozens of other drugs that might cause hair to fall out. These include anti-thyroid medications, hormonal therapies (like birth control), anti-convulsants (for epilepsy), anti-coagulants, beta-blockers, and many others.

Illnesses or medical conditions. Endocrine (hormonal) conditions, such as uncontrolled diabetes or thyroid disease, can interfere with hair production and cause hair loss. People with lupus can also lose hair. The hormone imbalance that happens in polycystic ovary syndrome can cause hair loss in teen girls and adult women.

Alopecia areata.  This skin disease causes hair loss on the scalp and sometimes elsewhere on the body. About 1 in 50 people get this type of alopecia at some point in life. Scientists think alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder and that the hair follicles are damaged by the person’s own immune system.

Alopecia areata usually starts as one or more small, round bald patches on the scalp. These can get bigger The hair usually grows back within a year, but not always. Sometimes people with alopecia areata lose their hair again.

Hair treatments and styling.  Too much heat on your hair (like using a hot iron or hot blow drying) or excessive lightening with bleach and peroxide can cause hair to become fragile and break. Give hair a break from this treatment and give it a chance to get healthy again and regrow. Ask your MMF stylist for alternate coloring and styling techniques. We have lots of them! Like air drying Ouidad techniques and Essensity oil based color and lighteners formulated without ammonia, silicones, mineral oil, parabens and artificial fragrances.  Or, Absolutes hair color with more collagen for mature hair.

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Poor nutrition. Not eating enough healthy food can contribute to hair loss. This is why some people with eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia lose their hair: The body isn’t getting enough protein, vitamins, and minerals to support hair growth. Some people who are vegetarians also lose their hair if they don’t get enough protein from non-meat sources. And some athletes are at higher risk for hair loss because they may be more likely to develop iron-deficiency anemia.

Infection. Although a number of infections can lead to hair loss, the most common infection that affects the scalp and hair is ringworm. Don’t let the name fool you: Ringworm is actually caused by a fungus. Tinea capitis, as it’s more scientifically known, is caused by mold-like fungi called dermatophytes that thrive in warm, moist conditions and typically arise due to poor hygiene. While it affects mostly children, it can be caught at any age.

Next week, I’ll introduce you to more natural remedies and more styling and treatment products to help you limit hair loss.  Let me know your thoughts! Research for this blog and more information on hair loss can be found at › Beauty 


Curly Hair Help Behind the Scenes



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#teamfab just adores our photo shoots. Bridal and commercial, you name it— we handle all of it.

Typically, we work our magic based on the direction of our clients. They hire us to create a look to fit their mold. Recently, however, we had the opportunity to design our very own vision and watch it come to life in front of the camera. Today we’d love to take you behind the scenes of that shoot, which we believe portrays the Make Me Fabulous image, style, and feel.

We arranged this photo session for two reasons. First, as many of you may be aware, Alayne and Angela W recently worked the hair and makeup for Kleinfeld’s 2016 Bridal Show in NYC.  We sent some of these photos down before we arrived as a portfolio review to get the gig of sorts.

Also, Alayne and Angela W just earned a specialized certification with Ouidad for cutting curly hair.  We created these images to use in our promotional pieces.

Make Me Fabulous has a reputation for following trends to some extent while remaining timeless and classic and beautiful. Our brides are not “overdone.” Perhaps that is why Make Me Fabulous is so successful and why we have maintained a full calendar, year after year. This photo shoot gave Alayne full creative license and the opportunity to showcase all of what Make Me Fabulous is about, which is also exactly what most brides look for— soft, pretty, dreamy.

For the location Alayne chose Something Bleu, a bridal salon in Saratoga, because she adores the feel of the old wood and elaborate woodwork, the history of the building and the gorgeous dresses floating on hangers in the background.

She chose Tiffany Wayne to be the photographer because of her editorial, dreamy style and because she just “totally got,” Alayne’s vision.  See more of our photoshoot on Tiffany’s blog.

Of course, no shoot with Make Me Fabulous would be complete without Nina, who is the face of Make Me Fabulous and quite simply stunning.

Let’s step behind the scenes of this gorgeous image and peek just a bit at the surprisingly involved process of making a bride soft, pretty and dreamy.  Take a look at Nina’s luscious mane of fabulous curls. Though Nina’s hair is naturally long and thick, the fullness you see here is achieved with TWO sets of curled hair extensions. The two different shades give it that natural look.



Curls need hydration or they will  frizz, so first we applied the Ouidad Moisture Lock Leave-in conditioner (Available at Make Me Fabulous, $26). Then we put the Ouidad products to work.

climate controlOuidad’s Climate Control Heat and Humidity gel (Available at Make Me Fabulous, $26) is a must. This “smart” gel protects the hair and leaves it shiny and manageable with no build-up.

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We also love, love, love the Clear Control Pomade — it’s awesome to finish the hair and great on photo shoots to tame fly-aways, it doesn’t leave any white dust or film on set, we love that!


At Make Me Fabulous, we like to work with our clients, taking their vision into account. We refine it until they are 100% satisfied. The result: photos that make the bride look like she just stepped out of a fairy tale or just plain fabulous hair for everyday. Stop in anytime to talk about your camera ready or everyday fabulous Hair!

Embracing Curly Hair

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Embracing Curly Hair

Frizzy, unmanageable, dry, — when we hear you say these words in despair, we know immediately you are talking about your curls. We know all about that love-hate relationship. It’s been brewing since the beginning of hair styles. Many of us on #TeamFab experience the very same battles with our own curly hair. In fact, about seventy-percent of you have some type of curl pattern, whether it be loose, classic, tight, or kinky.

We’ve always been able to steer you through the battlefield, cutting and moisturizing and styling until you emerge from our chairs triumphant over the challenges only a curly-haired person faces. That’s why you keep coming back to Make Me Fabulous.
Now we have a new arsenal in our aprons and on our shelves— a shiny, brand new certification from the Queen of the curl herself, Ouidad. Curly Hair/Make Me FabulousThis curl hair expert is an internationally-renowned stylist, salon owner, author and global educator. She is the pioneer of the curly hair industry, working on and refining her specialized cutting and styling techniques and award-winning product line for more than thirty years.

This fall, the Ouidad team visited Make Me Fabulous and trained #TeamFab in the Ouidad styling technique. We discovered the beauty of using just the right products. Because curly hair frizzes when it is dry, it needs extra moisture.

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Ouidad Curl Quencher  Moisturizing Shampoo, $18 at Make Me Fabulous

It all starts with the right shampoo. Ouidad targets each specific curly hair need, from dry to frizzy, with a variety of shampoos. Our favorite is the Curl Quencher Moisturizing Shampoo ($18 for 8.5 oz at Make Me Fabulous.)


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Ouidad Melt-Down Mask, $14 at Make Me Fabulous

The Melt-down Mask by Ouidad is an easy fix to the frizzies and feels oh-so luxurious ($14, 2oz. at Make Me Fabulous.) The special blend of oils and nutrients envelopes the hair shaft to nourish and protect hair, promoting health and prevent future damage. You’ll fall in love with the melt-down technology that is a cozy, warm treat as you lie in our shampoo bowl or apply for yourself at home.

Follow with one of a variety of conditioners, each formulated to target your specific need. We are big fans of Ouidad’s Whipped Curls ($26 at Make Me Fabulous,) which goes to work both conditioning and priming so it restores the natural curl pattern and encourages bouncy, defined, frizz-free curls as it holds the moisture all day long.

After the in-salon course, Alayne and Angela Nadine packed their scissors, grabbed a pair of lattes and took a road trip to New York City for the final stages of this intense training. They spent two days fervently learning from the experts, practicing and testing. They learned how to puzzle and intertwine and lay the curls properly into place. They learned to cut all four types of curls, each with their own unique set of challenges. They learned to embrace their own curls, and were taught how to enhance the curls of our clients. They came home with the coveted Ouidad certification under their pretty leather belts. Make Me Fabulous is now one of only two salons in the entire Capital Region to hold this distinction.

When she walked back into Make Me Fabulous after that intense training with Ouidad, Alayne described the experience as an “Aha!” moment, saying she is now more than 100-percent confident when working with curly hair. #TeamFab is ready for you, curly haired beauties. We will help you embrace your curls with our specialized cutting, styling and product line. We promise you will go home looking fabulous!