The Five Signs of Hair Loss

Published: Thursday, 02 March 2017 00:00

A woman’s hair is important to her. It is the frame that brings together all of the elements of her face. Hair has a language all of its own – it tells the world whether you’re casual or businesslike, playful or serious. So looking down at her brush, and, for the first time, noticing strands of hair can send a woman into a panic. Immediately, she might wonder, “Am I experiencing hair loss, or merely losing a few strands?”

The good news is there are some signs and questions you can ask yourself to determine if you are losing more hair than you should. I have been a hair loss specialist for over 30 years and have put together a list of five telltale signs that will help you determine if your hair loss is something to fret about – or not. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. When I wake up in the morning, is there hair on my pillow or in my bed?
  2. Do I look in the mirror on a regular basis and wonder how I’m going to keep people from noticing the hairless spots on my scalp?
  3. Despite my committed use of expensive and guaranteed-to-grow products (everything from shampoo to scalp stimulators), does my hair still not grow past a certain point?
  4. Have I, or a loved one, watched hair come out due to Alopecia, Trichotillomania, Chemotherapy, or another illness and felt powerless to do anything about it?
  5. Am I losing more than 100 hairs per day?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then you are a likely candidate for treatment. My team and I understand that when discussing hair loss, it’s about so much more than that. It’s also about the loss of confidence, self-image, and identity. We can help recommend the right treatment solutions to help prevent further hair loss or help restore the hair that has already been lost.

  • Treating your hair loss starts at home. The products you use at home will change. The way you take care of your hair and even the manner in which you do many standard things in your life will change to accommodate the needs of your hair. I want you to begin to chart your course of treatment and monitor your needs in order to have the most effective outcome.
  • About a week before clients come in to see us at the Jackie Yates Hair Restoration Salon, we have them gather and count the hair that falls out during that week. When they come in, we conduct an analysis using a microscopic video monitoring of their scalp, the follicles, the openings where hair emerges from the scalp, and other factors, in order to measure and put a value on the stage of their loss so that they can understand the steps they will need to take to alter the situation. If they collect hair they’ve lost and put it in a clear plastic baggie, daily, for a week, they can see at a glance whether they are losing more or less hair as time goes on.
  • Understanding what has actually happened that brought about some of these issues is important before beginning the next steps of tackling your hair loss. In part two, I will discuss the next steps to consider when evaluating your clients’ specific hair loss with Trichology, so please stay tuned.

Spring is the perfect time to learn how camouflaging your thinning hair can work for you. I understand that it can be difficult to hide a bare scalp, especially during the spring months when the weather turns nice and we’re no longer wearing heavy clothing or hats. My camouflaging trick will keep you feeling confident and gorgeous, just like a spring flower! Now, there are a few barriers when covering up. Most of us are running around on a daily basis, our bodies sweat, and with the spring season comes rain. These factors can make it difficult to hide hair loss or thinning. Some camouflage makeups run-off in these instances, but unlike those other products, the physician-developed makeup I suggest using actually seals in place, allowing you to go about your day without any worry and help you continue looking beautiful on the inside and out!

In His Grip,
Jackie