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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 [...]

11:46 am 11:46 am

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]