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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

By | 2018-01-08T17:57:08+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Trichology|0 Comments

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, [...]

By | 2017-12-15T15:56:54+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Female Hair Loss, Trichotillomania|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | 2017-12-15T15:57:55+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Alopecia|0 Comments

Will Hair Transplants Work for Me?

Will Hair Transplants Work for Me? The other day I was reading a forum on hair loss and the question was posed, “when is the ideal time to get a hair transplant?” It occurred to me that if one person is asking this question, there are probably thousands who are wondering the same thing. But the answer isn’t a simple one. If you are considering hair restoration surgery, there are a host of factors that make this a particularly personal and unique question that is different for every individual. Most people don’t just wake up one morning and decide that today is the day to get a hair transplant. Each of us have a different point that we reach when we come to that decision. It all depends on several factors: your existing state of hair loss your age the robustness of the harvest site your expectations Measuring Your Degree of Baldness For measuring the amount of baldness one has, there is a scale that is used called the Hamilton-Norwood scale. This gives a visual depiction of the many stages of hair loss. Each visual depiction has a level associated with it and the higher the level, the greater the amount of hair loss. Existing State of Hair Loss Your existing stage of hair loss can be related to many factors in your family history. If there are a number of individuals that have extensive hair loss, then there is a likelihood that you could suffer the same hair loss. If your hair loss [...]

By | 2017-12-19T09:54:41+00:00 December 4th, 2017|Hair Transplants|0 Comments

Creating a Support Group for Women With Hair Loss

[memberonly folders="Members,Vendors,Sponsored"] 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

By | 2018-01-02T16:04:03+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Female Hair Loss Support|0 Comments

Hair Loss and Self Esteem

Hair Loss and Self-Esteem: Transform Yourself One Day at a Time Cultivate & Meet Friends Our identity is constructed by and large, on how we see ourselves, and even greater impact on your identity is how we think others perceive us. The irony of course, on how others perceive us is totally influenced by the way we see ourselves. This is why making friends that bring out our best side and are supportive and understanding is so important to us. Start Exercising We all know that getting in better health means we need to get off the couch and exercise more to feel strong and confident. When you start on an exercise routine and stick to it, what you’re telling yourself is that you consider yourself to be important. Remember, start slow. Start with an exercise routine you can handle fairly well. Perhaps start with just 30 minutes a day, once a week and increase from there. If health issues develop and hamper your efforts, adopt a meditation or yoga practice. The mere act of committing yourself to following through will raise your self-esteem. Taking Control of Your Hair Loss Women’s hair restoration has come a very long way in just a short amount of time. Talking to a hair specialist can help you make important decisions if you are considering whether to get a hair system or wig. Women, more than men look to their hair as a big part of their beauty. If their hair begins to thin, it can have a [...]

By | 2017-12-19T10:05:32+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|Female Hair Loss|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | 2018-01-02T16:04:31+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Hair Loss in Children|0 Comments

Considerations When Purchasing a High Quality Wig

Considerations When Purchasing a High Quality Human Hair Wig Do you have hair loss? Are you considering a high quality wig? Have you looked at a Hollywood star and have said to yourself, “Gee, I wish I had hair like that,” but never realized your favorite actor was really wearing a beautiful human hair wig? There are a number of people that love to wear wigs because they can quickly and easily change up their hairstyle. There are also men and women that suffer from varying degrees of hair loss and wear human hair wigs as a necessity. Then there are people that have lost their hair because of medical treatments like chemotherapy. Regardless of your reason for getting a human hair wig, you will want to get one that suits your style and your budget. Stock vs. Custom Human Hair Wigs If you are thinking about which type of wig to choose, it might help to meet with a specialist who is familiar with the many types and styles of wigs and can help you choose the custom wig best for you and your needs from style to color and your facial features and lifestyle. There is nothing quite like a fully customized human hair wig, and they are surprisingly affordable. A specialist will make sure that when you wear your custom wig that it looks totally natural, moves naturally and is lightweight and cool to wear on a daily basis. High Quality Wigs Will Always Look the Best When someone looks at [...]

By | 2017-12-15T16:08:05+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Womens Wigs|0 Comments

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

By | 2018-01-02T16:05:10+00:00 November 12th, 2017|Customer Complaints, Customer Relations|0 Comments

Human Hair Wigs vs. Synthetic Hair Wigs

What are the Differences between Human Hair and Synthetic Hair? When you enter a store or hair salon that sells wigs, you may not be able to tell the difference between the human hair wigs and hairpieces and the synthetic ones on display. The reason is at first they look very similar. It isn’t until you take a closer inspection and get information from a hair loss expert that the differences become more evident. Human hair and synthetic both have their advantages. Of course the particular needs of the client are also an important factor when selecting a wig. Human Hair There are 4 types of Human Hair: • Chinese • Indonesian • Indian • European/Caucasian Human hair is usually more expensive because it gives you the natural look of softness, shine, and natural movement that you would expect from real hair. It also has the ability to be cut, styled, and colored. Human hair wigs and hair pieces don’t have the natural oils that the hair growing from our scalp does, so it is important to use the proper products to keep the hair hydrated and conditioned. This should be done daily to extend the life of your human hair wigs or hair piece. Synthetic Hair The fibers built into the synthetic hair can preserve the curls, waves, and hair volume of a wig or hair piece. You cannot color the hair and it can’t be restyled easily. With synthetic hair, it is imperative that you follow the instructions to care for it [...]

By | 2017-12-15T16:13:37+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Hair Replacement, Womens Wigs|0 Comments