Hair loss is frightening, saddening and a fearful reality for too many men and women. Yes, women are in the fight against hair loss too. Mistakenly thought to be just an affliction against men; women make up 40% of American hair loss sufferers. Scary numbers but as high as they are, society has pretty much forced women to deal with this problem in silence. It is even more acceptable for men to go through this problem and women to just throw on a wig and “deal with it.”
The medical community does not see this as a real disease but rather a cosmetic problem because it is not life-threatening. Unfortunately, hair loss can be an indicator of underlying health problems because believe it or not, but whenever something bad happens in the body, your hair is the first indicator that something is going on. There are other reasons for hair loss but recently Alopecia (the medical term for hair loss) has been in the news more and gaining some real concern. There are several forms of Alopecia including Traction Alopecia, Telogen Effluvium, Anagen Effluvium, Androgenetic Alopecia and Alopecia Areata but one that many naturals face is simple hair breakage from over-manipulation, heat styling or chemical usage.
For some, hair loss, no matter the cause — is devastating to the point of depression, low self-esteem or awkwardness — but there is hope or at least help. Luckily, finding help is truly not as hard as one would think.
Going to your family doctor may not be the right person to go to and even a dermatologist who does specialize in ‘skin’ may not be the appropriate medical professional either. Lately, more women are finding out that making an appointment with a Trichologist may be all they truly need to do.
Unfortunately, until recently I have never heard of this paramedical field or specialty. For one thing, I just assumed if you had hair issues you went to a salon and discussed it with a licensed cosmetologist. I could not have been more wrong. A cosmetologist is a beauty professional who is educated or trained in treating hair, skin and nails.
A cosmetologist can help — but seeing a Trichologist is the best solution for treating hair and scalp issues.