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Focus on Trichology

By |2018-02-19T09:29:20-06:00December 15th, 2017|Trichology|Comments Off on Focus on Trichology

[memberonly folders="Members,Vendors,Sponsored"] Trichology: Expert Opinion Business Survey Today, there is a growing confusion in the marketplace. Our customers are reporting it. Our members are struggling with it. Yet, it seems that nobody wants to talk about it. At the risk of mixing metaphors, we feel that it’s time to acknowledge the pink elephant in the room. What is a Certified Trichologist? Traditionally, it took years of intense dedication and study to earn the title “Certified Trichologist.” Now, one may become certified by any number of official bodies, in as little as just a few days. This, combined with the myriad of similar-sounding certifications currently being offered only adds to the confusion of the market. And as a result, people suffering with hair loss simply can no longer make an informed decision as to where to get help. Meanwhile, those who have put in the years of necessary study are finding themselves in a frustrating situation, unnecessarily competing with technicians, armed with fresh certifications from a weekend class. Expert Opinion Panel Discussion - Unedited The Link asked our experts: Do you recognize this as an issue today? How does this affect the hair restoration industry? How does this affect people seeking help with their hair loss? What should be done about it? Should there be some form of standardization? Hit the link to read this complete article and see the results of our Trichology survey.  https://issuu.com/ahlc/docs/thelink23/27 Browse the complete digital edition of  The Link magazine at issuu.com/ahlc [/fusion_separator]

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Trichotillomania – What Can Be Done About It?

By |2020-06-19T19:01:17-05:00December 14th, 2017|Female Hair Loss, Trichotillomania|Comments Off on Trichotillomania – What Can Be Done About It?

Trichotillomania: What Is It & What Can Be Done About It? What is Trichotillomania? What can be done about it? Trichotillomania is probably one of the most misunderstood conditions for those who find themselves affected by it and their family and friends. You pronounce it trick-oh-till-oh-MAY-nee-ah, the long official name is often shortened to Trich (TTM). The disorder is a repetitive behavior of pulling your own hair. Each person with this disorder is different. The location of the hair that is pulled, the extensiveness, disruptiveness of the urges, and the duration all differ. Trichotillomania can involve hair pulling from the scalp, eyebrows, arms, pubic area and legs. This hair pulling can lead to hair being pulled out, causing bald patches to develop on the scalp. For many affected with Trich, they are often unaware that they are pulling their hair and find treatment quite manageable but some find the urges to overwhelming to ignore and they can’t think of any think else. The awareness of trichotillomania is rather new. The classification and definition are still evolving as the experts in the field continue to understand and learn more about Trich, and continue to have discussions about the disorder with other professionals. Trichotillomania is categorized as a BFRB (body focused repetitive behavior). It is a way of approaching the subset of impulse control disorders that are specifically, consistently, and compulsively damaging to one’s body. Things like nail biting and skin picking also fall into this category. The classification recognizes the disorder that resembles habits, addictions, [...]

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I Have Alopecia Areata

By |2019-09-20T15:15:13-05:00December 14th, 2017|Alopecia|Comments Off on I Have Alopecia Areata

My Doctor says I have Alopecia It wasn’t until recently that I learned the word alopecia means “hair loss.” It was after complaining to my doctor about the clumps of hair that were falling out, and the bald patches developing around my ear. She diagnosed my condition as Alopecia Areata. I was told that Alopecia is a common form of hair loss for women over 50, and that there really isn’t anything to get worried about. I couldn’t help being worried and upset, my hair has always been one of my finest features, I want to keep it. I dove into doing research on Alopecia. I found that there is a lot of information out there on all types of alopecia and how it affects men, women and also children. There are various remedies that are used. Most importantly, I found a hair loss replacement center that recommended the best possible way to manage my type of alopecia. Alopecia Alopecia Areata affects about 5 million people in the United States, that includes both female and males alike. It’s an autoimmune disease where the bodies own immune system attacks the hair follicles in the scalp which causes them to fall out. It is not uncommon to also have a tingling sensation in the balding areas of your scalp. A person’s genetic makeup, stress, an illness that can bring on the hormone fluctuation levels and be factors that cause alopecia. The result can be a single bald patch, or patches of tremendous hair loss. On occasion [...]

10:03 am 10:03 am

Creating a Support Group for Women With Hair Loss

By |2018-04-17T07:43:28-05:00December 3rd, 2017|Female Hair Loss Support|Comments Off on Creating a Support Group for Women With Hair Loss

Creating a Support Group for Women With Hair Loss The most rewarding part of my day is helping a woman look and feel her best. It is especially true when I have the opportunity to help someone who is feeling helpless and frustrated because of their hair loss. More than 46 million women in the U.S. experience abnormal hair loss. The average woman loses between 50-100 hairs daily. The problem obviously comes when the body does not replace these hairs, creating gradual thinning, or when a person experiences increased hair loss over time. The immediate assumption, for most, when they see a woman who has hair loss, is that she is sick or probably going through chemotherapy. But for many women, the cause of their hair loss is never clearly determined or diagnosed. “I went to doctor after doctor. I tried nearly every remedy there was out there, but nothing worked and no one could figure out why this was happening to me. All they could say is that it could be stress related. I didn’t want to get out of bed in the morning,” my client Brandy shared with me as she painfully recalled the frustration of dealing with her initial hair loss at the young age of 38. The complete Digital Edition archive of The Link magazine is available online at issuu.com/ahlc READ THIS COMPLETE ARTICLE in The Link online here: https://issuu.com/ahlc/docs/thelink18/14 [/fusion_separator]

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Hair Loss in Children

By |2018-02-19T09:29:20-06:00November 22nd, 2017|Hair Loss in Children|Comments Off on Hair Loss in Children

[memberonly folders="Members,Vendors,Sponsored"] Children's Hair Loss There are many known forms of hair loss in children, and it is important to identify each of them properly to choose the best possible solution. Trichology offers many treatment options for most types of hair loss. In certain cases, the loss is reversible and temporary; while in others, it may be permanent. A complete capillary analysis and assessment is essential for all cases of hair loss or capillary issues. It is important to inform both the child and the parents about treatment options and upcoming steps. Chemotherapy and Cranial Radiation Unfortunately, cancer sometimes affects young children and they are not immune to treatment-related side effects. In young children with cancer who are receiving chemotherapy or cranial radiation therapy, hair loss is often unavoidable. During treatment, cell division of the hair follicle is interrupted. As treatments are not always localized, the effects can reach the scalp. Hair will fall out two to three weeks later. The loss is different from one child to another and depends on the concentration and duration of the treatments. The body and scalp skin also becomes very dry and sensitive. It is a mistake to believe that because there is no hair, it is no longer necessary to wash the head. Oncologists and nurses, not knowing what to suggest, often avoid washing the scalp so as not to irritate the skin and scalp of their patients. This is why it is essential to maintain proper hygiene for both the body and the scalp. It is best to use products that do not contain sulfates, fragrances, silicones or other irritants. Choose hydrating products that have a balanced pH. Too often, only an aesthetic solution is discussed for the duration of the treatment period, but it is [...]

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Bad Hair: Whose Fault Is It?

By |2018-02-19T09:29:20-06:00November 12th, 2017|Customer Complaints, Customer Relations|Comments Off on Bad Hair: Whose Fault Is It?

[memberonly folders="Members,Vendors,Sponsored"] The Inevitable Question: Who Is Responsible for the Life of a Fine, Human Hair Wig? How Long Will This Wig Last? What is Your Warranty? Why Are These Such Difficult Questions? The inevitable questions take many forms, but always, the client’s expectation is that there is a finite answer; “This wig will last X-length of time (one or a number of years being the usual expectation) and the warranty is for Y-months.” It would be so elegant to provide this answer. So, why can’t we? In this case “we” being collectively us: the manufacturer, and you, the professional hair studio reseller. Many resellers and online sites do actually stipulate a warranty time period, but - even in those cases - the caveats immediately make the warranty as vague as if it was not written. By way of example, let’s look at a parallel between two of the leading online-only resellers and you, the professional (bricks & mortar) professional hair studio. In almost every other industry, when looking at a physical retailer to online-only comparison, the online player usually offers the most liberal and comprehensive return policies. They build the frequency and cost of returns into their business model. They can afford to because they don’t have the physical location and considerable overhead that you have. And that is one of the ways they compensate for not being able to offer your type of hands-on personal service. And yet, even in the online world, our industry is different. Read this complete article in the online Digital Edition of The Link: https://issuu.com/ahlc/docs/thelink-issue22/12 The complete Digital Edition of The Link magazine is available online at issuu.com/ahlc [/fusion_separator]

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From Spa to Wig Boutique

By |2018-02-19T09:29:20-06:00November 3rd, 2017|Hair Replacement Careers|Comments Off on From Spa to Wig Boutique

[memberonly folders="Members,Vendors,Sponsored"] Finding My Calling by Kendall Fuqua, Beyond Basics Wigs; Wilmington, North Carolina They say we all are meant for something in life and for some it may take a little longer to figure it out than for others. This was not my case. During a break from attending college, a stylist friend recommended I go to hair school. He said “Men make a lot of money doing hair.” From the looks of his lifestyle I believed him so I signed up at a local beauty school. As I had heard from many stylists, school was not the most enjoyable part of my hair career, however I loved the creativity of working with hair as well as the people I was meeting. I was invited to work with Sebastian International as an educator, after my first year of working in a salon, and I knew I had hit the big time. Here I was, a new stylist working with what was considered the best, most creative design team in the world. I quickly built a clientele in the salon and I was traveling almost every weekend to teach the Sebastian ways of hair. Relationships, Rewards, & Revenue After four years in that first salon, while managing it for three of them, I decided to open my own salon. I opened the first salon and spa in Wilmington, NC. Seven out of eight stylists in my salon were educators for major product lines. No one in town had that kind of staff and I was ecstatic. But then, within the first six months, I was diagnosed with a rare muscle disease and was told I would never be able to work. I had grown [...]

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OSHA Safety Issues & the Hair Replacement Industry

By |2018-02-19T09:29:20-06:00September 15th, 2017|Business Matters|Comments Off on OSHA Safety Issues & the Hair Replacement Industry

[memberonly folders="Members,Vendors,Sponsored"] When OSHA Comes Knocking by Keith Zimmerman, Keith's Hair Center; Green Bay & Appleton, Wisconsin This is my story about how an OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Agency) inspection affected my hair replacement business. It is not intended to criticize OSHA or seek sympathy for myself. (Ignorance is not a defense for non-compliance of a law.) Safety for our employees and our clients is a serious matter. A publicized safety or health incident could severely damage our industry. What I hope to achieve by telling my story is to wake up our industry so that we are not a targeted group by OSHA in the future. The hair replacement industry must protect itself from negative publicity that could occur if we had a serious illness or injury. We deal with chemicals, sharp tools and blood borne pathogens every day. Our workers have the right to a safe workplace, to understand what is in the products they use at work and to know how to protect themselves from hazardous chemicals. When stylists use hazardous products, it is the responsibility of the salon owner or employer to follow OSHA’s standards. Read this entire article in the Digital Edition of The Link:  https://issuu.com/ahlc/docs/thelinkissue8/30  The complete Digital Edition of The Link magazine is now online at issuu.com/ahlc [/fusion_separator]