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Facts About Hair Loss

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 Do you suffer from Hair Loss? We are here to Help.

Have you begun to lose your hair due to chemotherapy treatments or simply experiencing hair loss and are uncomfortable going into your open are hair salon to have it cut? We offer this cutting service in a very private environment. Just call us and set up an appointment.

Styling Thin or Fine Hair

The most important aspect when styling fine or thin hair is great hairstyle. Fine hair deserves a cut with the right length and proper styling tools that promote volume, shine, and movement.

Fine and thin hair will show scissor marks when cut, for this reason, look for a good stylist with talent in precision cutting. Our staff is equipped with all of the right skills and tools to deliver the proper cut all the time. Together, you can search for hairstyles with heavier layers and short, thick bangs.  Cutting and styling your bangs the correct way, will give you the overall illusion of thicker hair.

Hair Loss due to Chemotherapy

Losing hair (alopecia) is a common side effect of chemotherapy, but not all drugs cause hair loss. Your physician should be able to speak to you about the possibility of hair loss due to the drug and strength of the drug you are taking. When hair loss star to happen, the hair may become thinner or fall out completely. Hair loss can occur on all over the body, but the hair usually grows back after the treatments are over. Sometimes, the hair grows back with a different color and texture.

The loss of Hair does not always happen immediately.  It may star a few weeks after the first chemotherapy treatment or after a few treatments. People experiencing treatments say their head becomes super sensitive before they start losing hair. Hair may fall out little by little or in clumps.

How can YOU care for my scalp and hair during chemotherapy?

  • Use a mild shampoo.
  • Use a soft hairbrush or your fingers.
  • Use very low heat when drying your hair, or let it dry naturally.
  • Have your hairstylist cut your hair short.  A hairstyle with a short cut will make your hair look thicker and fuller.  It also will make hair loss easier to manage if the hair loss occurs.
  • Use sunscreen, a sun protector,  sun block or head scarf to protect your scalp from the sun in the event your scalp is without hair.
  • Avoid brush rollers to set your hair.
  • Avoid coloring, perming, or relaxing your hair during and after chemotherapy.

Sometimes,   people who lose part of the hair or the majority of their hair choose to wear some coverage, like scarves, turbans, caps, wigs, or hairpieces. Other patients,  leave their head uncovered the majority of times, especially when there is no one around. Still, others will choose to switch back and forth, depending on whether they have to be in front of the public or, friends and family members. There are no “right” or “wrong” choices; do whatever feels comfortable for you.

If you choose to cover your head:

Get your hair prostheses or wig before you lose a lot of hair. That way, you can match your current hairstyle and color. You will want to buy your hair prostheses or wig at a licensed specialty salon just for cancer patients such as www.marquesahair.com  We have a location in Coconut Grove, Florida, Salon & Spa Renova, that offers our prosthetic lines for a medical condition, or by phone at +1 305 444 4414.

Take your wig to your hairstylist or the wig shop where it was purchased for styling and cutting to frame your face. Human hair needs to be cut, and style. A cut for synthetic hair is optional. Synthetic hair can be fine-tuned in areas such as the fringe or bangs using texturizing scissors/tool. When Cutting synthetic hair, cautions must be cutting, if a wig or hair piece is cut the wrong way, it may a choppy look.  You need a stylist with wig cutting experience.

Some health insurance policies will pay the cost of hair prostheses or wigs when needed because of cancer treatments. Your purchase is also a tax-deductible expense.  Read your Insurance Policy and ask your doctor to write you a “prescription” for a “Prosthesis.”

Losing hair from any part of your body can be hard to accept and handle. Feeling angry or depressed is common effect and perfectly all right.  Meanwhile, keep in mind that it is a temporary side effect, and it will go away. Talking about your feelings can help.  If possible, share your thoughts and concerns with someone who has had a similar experience and has gone through it already.

It is suggested,  that you work with a licensed Salon & wig stylist for best results.

Causes of Hair Loss

What is Alopecia Areata?

Alopecia areata (al-oh-PEE-shah air-ee-AH-tah) is a highly unpredictable disease. This condition is an auto-immune skin disease,  resulting in the loss of hair,  on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. This common but very challenging disease affects around 1.7 percent of the population, including more than 4.7 million people in the United States alone. Because much of the public is still not familiar with alopecia Areata, this problem can have a deep impact on one’s life and functional status.

In Alopecia Areata, the affected hairs follicles are attacked by a person’s own immune system (white blood cells), resulting in the arrest of the hair growth stage. Alopecia Areata usually starts with one or more small, round, smooth bald patches on the scalp and can progress to total scalp hair loss (Alopecia Totalis) or complete body hair loss (Alopecia Universalis).

This disease,  Alopecia areata could occur in males and females of all ages and races; however, most often begins in childhood and can be psychologically very devastating for any child.  Although not life-threatening, Alopecia Areata is most certainly life-altering, and its sudden onset, recurrent episodes, and unpredictable course have a profound psychological impact on the lives of those suffering from this disease.

Synonyms of Alopecia Areata

  • Alopecia Celsi
  • Alopecia Cicatrisata
  • Alopecia Circumscripta
  • Cazenave’s Vitiligo
  • Celsus’ Vitiligo
  • Jonston’s Alopecia
  • Porrigo Decalvans
  • Vitiligo Capitis
  • Disorder Subdivisions
  • Alopecia Seminuniversalis
  • Alopecia Totalis
  • Alopecia Universalis
  • Disorder Subdivisions
  • Alopecia Seminuniversalis
  • Alopecia Totalis
  • Alopecia Universalis

What is Trichotillomania?

Trichotillomania is officially classified as an impulse control disorder.

What are the Symptoms of Trichotillomania?

  • Recurrent pulling out of one’s hair resulting in noticeable hair loss or patches.
  • An increasing sense of tension, right before pulling out the hair or when resisting the pulling.
  • Pleasure, gratification and relief when pulling out the hair.
  • The disturbance is not accounted for by another mental disorder and is not due to a general medical condition (i.e., a dermatological condition).
  • The disturbance causes significant distress or impairment in one’s social and occupational areas.

How and When Does it Start?
People often start compulsive hair-pulling around the ages of 12-13; although it is not uncommon for this disease to start at a much younger or older age. Frequently, a stressful event can be associated with the onset, such as change of schools, abuse, or a dramatic event in someone life.  The symptoms also may be triggered or cause by pubertal, and hormonal changes on both, male and female.

Does Trichotillomania Lead To Other Problems?
During adolescence, which is an especially crucial time for developing self-esteem, body image, comfort with sexuality, and relationships with peers of both sexes, teenagers may endure ridicule and tease from family, friends, or classmates, in addition to feeling shame over their inability to control the habit. Therefore, even a very small bald patch can cause problems with development that can last life-long or a period of it.  Although many people with trichotillomania get married, those who have this problem, avoid intimate relationships for fear of having their shameful secret exposed.

What Is the Cause for Trichotillomania?
There is no precise cause for trichotillomania, but the current way of looking at trichotillomania is an illness. One theory on a biological level is that there is some disruption in the system involving one of the chemical messengers between the nerve cells in parts of the brain. There may also be a combination of factors such as a genetic predisposition and an aggravating stress or circumstance; as with many other illnesses.

What Is The Relation To Other Illnesses?
For many people with trichotillomania, there are symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) such as compulsive counting, checking in a repetitive mode. There are so many similarities between hair pulling and other compulsive symptoms that some consider it a subtype or variant of OCD. This idea is supported by the tendency for the two problems to run in the same families and the fact that OCD medications can be helpful in treating trichotillomania.

Depression also frequently occurs in people with this illness. There may be a direct neuro-biochemical relationship and be secondary to the chronic demoralization, and low self-esteem hair-pulling can bring.

What Treatments Are Available?

The two possible treatment that has been scientifically researched and found to be effective are behavioral therapy and medications.

Therapy:
In behavioral therapy, people learn a structured method of keeping track of the symptoms and associated behaviors, increasing awareness of pulling, substituting incompatible behaviors and several other techniques aimed at reversing the “habit” of pulling.

Medications:
Sometimes medications help some people temporarily, the symptoms are likely to return when the medication is stopped unless behavioral therapy is incorporated into the treatment. Medications may help to reduce depression and any obsessive-compulsive symptoms the person may be having.

 

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