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Hair Loss? We Can Help.

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

 

Styling Fine Hair

The key to a great hairstyle for fine hair is a good cut with the right length and proper styling aids that promote volume, shine and movement.

Fine, straight hair will show scissor marks, so look for a good stylist with talent in precision cutting. Explore hair styles with heavier layers and short, heavy bangs, they work well on straight, fine hair and give the overall illusion of thicker hair.

 

Hair Loss due to Chemotherapy

Hair loss (alopecia) is a common side effect of chemotherapy, but not all drugs cause hair loss. Your doctor can tell you if hair loss might occur with the drug or drugs you are taking. When hair loss does occur, the hair may become thinner or fall out entirely. Hair loss can occur on all parts of the body, including the head, face, arms and legs, underarms, and pubic area. The hair usually grows back after the treatments are over. Some people even start to get their hair back while they are still having treatments. Sometimes, hair may grow back a different color or texture.

Hair loss does not always happen right away. It may begin several weeks after the first treatment or after a few treatments. Many people say their head becomes sensitive before losing hair. Hair may fall out gradually or in clumps. Any hair that is still growing may become dull and dry.

 

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

  • Use a mild shampoo.
  • Use a soft hairbrush.
  • Use low heat when drying your hair.
  • Have your hair cut short. A shorter style will make your hair look thicker and fuller. It also will make hair loss easier to manage if it occurs.
  • Use a sunscreen, sun block, hat, or scarf to protect your scalp from the sun if you lose hair on your head.
  • Avoid brush rollers to set your hair.
  • Avoid dying, perming, or relaxing your hair.

Some people who lose all or most of their hair choose to wear turbans, scarves, caps, wigs, or hairpieces. Others leave their head uncovered. Still others switch back and forth, depending on whether they are in public or at home with 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 or by phone at +1 305 444 4414.

Take your wig to your hairdresser or the shop where it was purchased for styling and cutting to frame your face. Human hair needs to be cut but synthetic hair should not. Synthetic hair can be fine tuned in areas such as the fringe or bangs using texturizing sheers. Cutting synthetic hair will give it a choppy look. With synthetic hair you are simply picking out the haircut.

Some health insurance policies cover the cost of hair prostheses or wigs when needed because of cancer treatments. It is also a tax-deductible expense. Be sure to check your policy and ask your doctor for a "prescription."

Losing hair from your head, face, or body can be hard to accept. Feeling angry or depressed is common and perfectly all right. At the same time, keep in mind that it is a temporary side effect. Talking about your feelings can help. If possible, share your thoughts with someone who has had a similar experience.

It is ALWAYS suggested that you work with a licensed Salon & 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, autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. This common but very challenging and capricious disease affects approximately 1.7 percent of the population overall, including more than 4.7 million people in the United States alone. Due to the fact that much of the public is still not familiar with alopecia areata, the disease can have a profound impact on one's life and functional status, both at work and at school.

In alopecia areata, the affected hairs follicles are mistakenly 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).

Alopecia areata occurs in males and females of all ages and races; however, onset most often begins in childhood and can be psychologically devastating. 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 disrupted by 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?

It is officially classified as an impulse control disorder, along the lines of pyromania, kleptomania, and pathologic gambling.

 

What are the Symptoms of Trichotillomania?

  • Recurrent pulling out of one’s hair resulting in noticeable hair loss.
  • An increasing sense of tension immediately before pulling out the hair or when resisting the behavior.
  • Pleasure, gratification, or 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., dermatological condition).
  • The disturbance causes significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

 

How and When Does it Start?
People often start compulsive hair-pulling around the ages of 12-13; although it is not uncommon for it 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, family conflict, or the death of a parent. The symptoms also may be triggered by pubertal hormonal changes.


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, teens may endure ridicule from family, friends, or classmates, in addition to feeling shame over their inability to control the habit. Therefore, even a small bald patch can cause devastating problems with development that can last life-long. Although many people with trichotillomania get married and carry on with their lives in a normal fashion; there are those who have avoided intimate relationships for fear of having their shameful secret exposed.

 

What Is the Cause?
There is no certain cause of trichotillomania, but the current way of looking at trichotillomania is as a medical 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 be also a combination of factors such as a genetic predisposition and an aggravating stress or circumstance; as with many other illnesses. Further, trichotillomania could be a symptom caused by different factors in different individuals just as a cough can be produced by a multitude of different medical problems. Finding the cause (s) will take more research.

 

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, or washing as well. 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 individuals with this illness. There may be a direct neuro-biochemical relationship and/or be secondary to the chronic demoralization and low self esteem hair-pulling can bring.

Other associated behaviors may include nail biting, thumb sucking, head banging, or compulsive scratching. Frequently, hair pullers also find they compulsively pick at their skin, which may also cause physical and emotional scarring.

 

What Treatments Are Available?
The two methods of treatment that have 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:
Although medications clearly help some people temporarily, symptoms are likely to return when the medication is stopped unless behavioral therapy is incorporated into treatment. Medications may help to reduce the depression and any obsessive-compulsive symptoms the person may be experiencing.

 

Commonly used medications are:

  • fluoxetine (Prozac)
  • fluvoxamine (Luvox)
  • sertraline (Zoloft)
  • paroxetine (Paxil)
  • clomipramine (Anafranil)
  • valproate (Depakote)
  • lithium carbonate (Lithobid, Eskalith)

 

                 
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