Millennials Love Having Great Hair and Hate Their Hair Loss-No More Shaving Their Head!

For several years males in the 20-35 age group would deal with their hair loss by shaving their head. No longer! These young men want stylish hair with wild new styles. Those males experiencing hair loss in San Diego come to Dermatex Hair and tell us that shaving their head is no longer an option. They are the generation of tatoos, smartphones and a new vocabulary. This generation will not put up with BS, they just want the facts. They want results and they want them now.

At Dermatex Hair in San Diego, we have the latest solutions for their angst. We can give, those that are balding, hair that those in Hollywood only dream of. This Millennials understand that their appearance is important.  After all, this is the “HD Generation”. They know that the first thing people see is their hair, and they want it too look darn good. Whether it be Laser Hair Therapy or hair replacement, hair loss options are available at Dermatex Hair in San Diego.

Modern Hair Replacement

Hair replacement has advanced so much in recent years. Problems with hair loss can be conquered. Men and women with hair loss looking for solutions can now look great. Gone are the wiggy days and those bad-looking hairpieces. Non-surgical methods such as Virtual Reality, Virtuesse and Sensigraft have changed the industry. Laser Hair Therapy has helped many with hair that is thinning. At Dermatex, we constantly look for new innovations, not just those that claim to be new.

One type of hair replacement I would warn against is any time that someone is tying hair to your own hair. This is an antiquated kind of hair replacement which can in many instances do great damage to one’s hair. There are still so-called hair replacement centers in San Diego that do this. They call it all sorts of fancy names and declare that it is brand-new. Beware

Also, be careful with hair transplants. They may sound good but they are only for the right people. If someone has lots of hair loss, or is young, and most likely will lose a bunch more of their native hair, this can be a very bad decision. Do the math. With a large, or potentially large thinning area, there is, in most cases, not enough donor hair to fill in the thinning area. I would be happy to discuss this with potential clients.

Well, summer is here again. It is a great time to have hair again!




Tuck Liskay


Interesting Reading for Women over 50

Hair Loss in Women at or Over 50



Whether a woman believes reaching menopause is something to be happy or sad about, many start experiencing hair thinning where hair is wanted, and hair growth where it is not; one of life’s little jokes. Though finding a way to laugh about it helps, it is a problem that negatively affects women’s self-esteem and emotional well-being.


But, before going deeper into the role of menopause and aging in hair loss, here is a brief look at alopecia. Although it can begin anytime after puberty, alopecia is a common form of hair loss after 50.


Alopecia: Two Types

Alopecia areata affects about 5 million people in the United States. This type of hair loss is considered an autoimmune disease, meaning the body’s immune system attacks its very own hair follicles. Other onset factors include a person’s genetic makeup, other illness, pregnancy, and stress.


The first sign of alopecia areata is typically a small, round, and smooth patch of baldness on the scalp. Those with alopecia areata eventually experience complete baldness, or alopecia totalis. Others may lose hair over their entire body, called alopecia universalis. The course of alopecia areata is unpredictable, and hair may grow back only to fall out again.

Androgenic alopecia refers here to the female version of male pattern baldness. It has been linked to an inherited sensitivity to the male sex hormone, androgen. Women may experience diffuse hair thinning over their entire scalp instead of the actual baldness that develops in men.

Menopause and After

At menopause, your estrogen and progesterone levels drop, and this seems to be responsible, or partly so, for hair thinning (and that cheeky peach fuzz that seems to appear overnight). Other factors related to hair loss are high levels of stress, illness, hormonal imbalances, harsh hair products, and a genetic disposition.


Blood-sugar levels, thyroid tests, and an evaluation for rheumatoid disease may be suggested by your doctor to rule out other possible causes for any hair loss. A test for excessive androgen in your system is appropriate if the loss is sudden. As for managing the unwanted loss or growth, it is recommended you see a doctor to discuss possible lifestyle changes and medication options.


Lifestyle Changes

Suggested life style adjustments are a healthy diet, getting plenty of B vitamins (especially B6), enjoying a cup of green tea every day, losing some pounds, and trying shampoo that contains hyaluronic acid. These changes may help restore hair growth although it will take three to four months before you know. Even if taking these suggestions does not restore your hair, they are good habits for general well-being.


Stress hormones and insulin, if the levels are high, can cause an excess of androgen in the body. Reducing stress may lower the androgen enough to stop intrusive hair from peppering the chin. Walking, meditation, yoga, visualization, shooting some hoops, caring for a pet, swimming, playing with the grandchildren, and gardening are suggestions.



Medicinal options for menopause and post-menopause hair loss include a limited-term prescription for estrogen, Rogaine (minoxidil), steroids, or metformin (a drug often used with type 2 diabetes). All of these medications carry possible side-effects and should be discussed with your doctor.


Low Level Laser light treatments may be utilized to control hair loss and to promote healthy hair growth.   Laser therapy treatments can be conducted in an office environment with a hair loss professional. An FDA cleared portable laser can also be purchased for at home use. Meet with a qualified hair loss professional to learn more about your options.



We have learned so much over the years at Dermatex Hair in San Diego. We are happy and excited when we can change a person’s life.!



Dermatex Is Celebrating Our 25th Anniversary in San Diego!

We are proud to announce that Dermatex Hair in San Diego is celebrating our 25th anniversary at our location in San Diego. A quarter of a century….wow, that is a long time. And how things have changed in the hair loss world. The new innovations that have come along in the past few years have made it easier for men and women with hair loss to deal with this devastating affliction. Hair is now stylish again. Hair replacement in San Diego and hair restoration in San Diego have changed the way people perceive this problem. Dermatex has helped thousands of people over the years deal with their hair loss and make the day-to-day worry a thing of the past. Thanks to our great staff, who have been together for a long time, Dermatex offers the finest options in hair loss for men women. We have become nationally known as the “go to” place for hair replacement in San Diego. Many of our clients come great distances so that we can help them with their hair loss.

We are so grateful to our clients, many who have been with us for lots of years. We are blessed to have their confidence. Every day, we know that we have to exceed their expectations.

As a personal note, I would like to thank all of our clients and our staff for everything they have done and everything they do.

Here is to another twenty-five years!


Tuck Liskay

Miss America Contestant 2011 Has Hair Loss—Alopecia

Kayla Martell Has Alopecia


If you thought that hair loss would stop you from achieving your dreams, you should take a look at beauty queen Kayla Martell. Kayla Martell was Miss Delaware in the 2011 Miss America contest, held in Las Vegas on January 15th. In addition to being among the top ten finalists in that competition, Kalya also has been diagnosed with alopecia areata, inexplicable and incurable hair loss. She has been living with alopecia areata since she was 10 years old and thus pays special attention to supporting children diagnosed with the disease. Her dedicated cause during the pageant was the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. She is committed to raising awareness of and support for the disease and the individuals that suffer from it.

Kayla Martell had competed five times for the title of Miss Delaware. The first three times she competed without a wig and the final two times she competed with a blond wig, including the final competition in which she was crowned Miss Delaware. In her interview with CBSnews, Miss Martell stated, “when I competed without the wig it was great because I was really representing who I am.”

She often expresses that she feels as comfortable with her wigs as she does without them. In fact, she states that she didn’t even own a wig until she began wearing it for competition. On a daily basis, doing things like shopping, spending time with friends, and working out, Kayla proudly sports her clean-shaven head, or the very short fuzzy style that grows naturally. For this reason she felt no conflict in competing with her wig in the National Miss America contest. She easily removes and reaffixes her wig on television and claims that family support and her position as a role model is what gives her the confidence to compete and be herself.

Just as she appears in public spaces both with and without her wig, she encourages women and girls to make that decision for themselves with no moral right or wrong attached to their choice. Her blog, Kalya’s Corner, aims to create “a safe space,” entertain and also raise awareness about “the many causes of women’s hair loss.” She offers advice, insights, and creates a forum for women and children who suffer from hair loss to ask questions and benefit from her experience.

This young woman shows us that we’re able to pursue our passions and desires fearlessly. Once you are able to embrace your hair loss and view yourself as beautiful, desirable, even a role model to other women, others will be able to view you in that light. It’s not only a matter of inner beauty it’s also a matter of letting what is inside, how you feel about yourself, show through on the outside.

If having beautiful hair is important for Miss America contestants, it is equally important for all women. And you can do something about it!

Common Hair Loss Myths

Six Common Hair Loss Myths


There are reasons why some of the myths about hair loss have been around a long time. They appear to be true to the eye, are true in the extreme, or have been handed down for who knows how many generations. Below you will discover the follicular truth.

Wearing a hat can cause hair loss.

1.It is not hats that cause hair loss; it’s the person wearing a hat that can possibly cause hair loss in two ways. First, wearing a hat so tight it constricts blood flow to the hair follicles might cause some shedding.


1.Second, wearing a hat for an extended time in hot, humid weather can lead to sebum plugs. Heat and humidity bring sebum, the skin’s built-in lubricant, to the surface. If the sebum has time to react with cholesterol it forms a plug that can asphyxiate hair follicles.

It is normal to shed about 100 strands of hair each day.

2.We each have 100,000 to 150,000 hair follicles. At any given time, 85 to 90% of those are in a growth cycle that lasts five years. It is during the sixth year that a hair strand falls out, and the follicle begins another growth cycle..It was thought that people lost around 700 strands of hair per week, but scientists did the math and that number is considered too high. It’s likely to shed 20 to 50 strands in one day. Losing more than that could indicate an early stage of hair loss.

Cutting hair makes it grow thicker.

3.Each strand of hair is thicker at the scalp than at its tip. When you get a haircut, it may appear that your hair has thickened because the split ends have been cut off. It is a pleasant optical illusion.

Daily washing and blow drying can trigger hair loss.

4.This is not true; however, frequent exposure to intense heat does damage hair. Heat damaged hair is usually brittle and strands easily break off. It may look as if you are shedding hair. Excessive heat can damage hair follicles as well, possibly causing hair loss. Very aggressive hair pulling, tight ponytails or braids can cause traction alopecia.

It is possible to increase the amount of hair I have.

5.The number of follicles you were born with is the number you’re stuck with. Drugs, herbs, vitamins, or good nutrition may make your hair look healthier but the population of your strands will remain the same.


You have your mother’s side of the family to thank for your hair loss. If you are genetically wired for hair loss, it is inherited from either side of the family. You came into the world with two copies of genetic information that determined whether your hair will go or stay one copy from each parent.



Does Thinning or Balding Hurt You in a Job Interview?

Does Being Bald Hurt You in a Job Interview?


Don’t lose out over hair loss:  Nail the job interview and get the job. In our tough economic climate, landing job opportunities has become more difficult and competitions for positions have become increasingly fierce.  Therefore, when you are invited for a job interview it is even more important to look you best – in every way possible.  If you are experiencing hair loss, it is easy to let that fact make you self-conscious or insecure, which can affect your performance in your interview.

It’s not all in your head! According to a report by Fox News in Phoenix, Arizona, balding men (and women) are less likely to be selected for positions after job interviews than men with full heads of hair.  And it doesn’t stop there! As reported in an article for Business Insider, 63% of men report that hair loss has negatively affected their career. But why? According to Tuck Liskay of Dermatex Hair in San Diego,  many people don’t even realize that they have biases against bald or balding individuals.  A possible explanation for this unconscious discrimination is that hair loss is often associated with aging. In our youth obsessed culture, signs of age can work against you.

The good news is that you can do something about it. Today’s modern, state-of-the-art hair restoration and men’s hair replacement techniques can make hair loss a distant memory in your professional and personal life. Many men and women report that hair replacement was one of the most significant events in their professional lives, with positive carry-over effects in their personal lives – including greater self-confidence and a more positive outlook on life.

When it comes time for the interview, express your personality in the interview. Do all of the standard preparation — research the company and professional history of your interviewer, think of stories or examples for how you’ve dealt with situations similar to those that you may face in the position, and make sure you arrive early. But more than that, show off your personality. Be charismatic and fully present.

Another important factor is your clothing and presentation. In short, dress impeccably (but don’t over-dress)! A polished professional look goes a long way to impress your interviewer, to make you stand out from other candidates, and to make you feel secure. ‘Professional’ does have to mean expensive. The fit of your clothes and neatness are far more important than expensive name brands.  Display a memorable signature style that conforms to the norms of the office you will enter while still having elements of modern fashion that express your personality. Your goal is to make sure that the interviewer can picture you as member of his or her team from the moment you walk in. Let your professionalism show through your appearance.

If you choose to make a personal investment in hair replacement, it is important to achieve as natural a look as possible.  It may hurt you more in the process if you look like you are covering something up, creating just the opposite effect of what you desire. It is therefore important to seek our a hair replacement specialist you can trust, and with whom you feel comfortable, both technically and personally.  Dermatex has been in San Diego for twenty-five years. They are one of the most experienced hair replacement centers in the country and are nationally recognized. This is an investment in yourself, and the goal is a totally natural, age-appropriate look, that is matched to not only your own hair, but your own lifestyle as well.

As you prepare for your all-important interview, an interview with a professional hair loss consultant can yield very long term results indeed.


By Tuck Liskay