Most stylists will see clients who are experiencing various levels of hair loss. Hair loss occurs for a variety of reasons and can be permanent or temporary. Usually it’s nothing to worry about from a medical point of view, but hair loss can cause great distress and loss of confidence.
Find out what you need to know if you are thinking about offering hair loss solutions in your salon.
This blog post covers:
- The causes of hair loss.
- When your clients should see a GP
- Understanding the effects of hair loss
- Types of hair loss service
- Hair loss services in your salon
- Advice from NHF/NBF Member Simone Thomas
- Advice from NHF/NBF Trade Member Banbury Postiche
Permanent hair loss, for example, male and female pattern baldness, runs in families. It’s estimated that about 70% of women over the age of 70 experience female-pattern baldness and 40% of men have noticeable hair loss by the age of 35.
Temporary hair loss can be caused by, illness, cancer treatment, stress, weight loss or iron deficiency. It’s common for women to lose more hair than usual up to three months after the birth of their baby.
Hair loss can take the form of ‘thinning’ or a total loss of hair and can affect people of all ages.
Children can experience a range of hair loss conditions.
You should advise your clients to seek medical advice if they:
• Have sudden hair loss.
• Develop bald patches.
• Lose hair in clumps.
• Experience hair loss with itching and burning.
• Are worried about their hair loss.
Hair loss can be devastating for individuals, affecting their self-confidence and feelings of self-worth. Some find social interaction stressful and give up favourite hobbies and activities. Hair loss can be a highly stressful emotional rollercoaster, and you will need to show empathy and understanding of the psychological effects if you want to offer hair loss solution services.
Find out about Alopecia UK, a national charity that offers support and advice and works to improve the lives of those affected by alopecia.
There are a number of hair loss services that salons can potentially offer. These include:
• Basic advice and guidance.
• Hair extensions.
• Hair replacement systems.
• Wigs and toupees.
• Specialist trichology services – the study of the hair and scalp, including hair loss and various scalp conditions.
This is a complex and specialist area so you will need to do some thorough research before deciding if you want to offer hair loss services, and if so, at what level. Find out below what our Members have to say.
• Temporary and permanent hair loss can have a wide variety of causes.
• It can range from ‘thinning’ to total hair loss.
• Understand when you may need to refer clients to their GP.
• The psychological effects of hair loss can be devastating.
• Hair loss services vary from basic advice to specialist trichology services.
• Carry out in-depth research before offering hair loss services – it’s not an easy option.
• Make sure you will get a return on the time and money you spend setting up the service.
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