What If Your Female Client Has Too Much Facial Hair?

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Facial hair could be a great source of self consciousness and embarrassment for women. With too much facial hair, they feel like a lady with beard. Every woman has considerable facial hair. In most cases, it goes almost unnoticed, because the hair is very fine and imperceptible.  But when the hair is coarse and thick and women have excess facial hair, then it is usually a problem for them. If your female client has too much facial hair, you can suggest them various ways to remove facial hair. Continue reading “What If Your Female Client Has Too Much Facial Hair?” »

What Your Client Can Expect from Medical Therapy for Hair Loss?

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If your client is experiencing hair loss, you may be more concerned about finding how to correct it and grow their hair back than about finding out what caused it. However, the reality is that depending upon the underlying cause of the hair loss, efforts to grow the hair back can actually be counterproductive and allow a disease process affecting the scalp to continue to progress and cause more injury to the hair follicles on their scalp.

So, the prudent thing to do is to encourage your client to identify the underlying cause of their hair loss as well as help them to groom and style their hair in a manner that will be healthy for their scalp.  To get an expert opinion on both cause and cure, have your client visit a dermatologist as soon as you or they happen to notice thinning hair or bald patches.  The specific course of treatment will depend on the cause.  Continue reading “What Your Client Can Expect from Medical Therapy for Hair Loss?” »

How You Can Help Prevent Hair Loss and Alopecia

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Hair goes through a growing cycle where some old hair is shed as new hair grows, so everyone is losing a bit of hair all the time.  That is normal.  But when more hair is falling out than is growing in and sections of the scalp become bald, that’s a different story entirely.

Hair loss can be caused by many different things, but all the various types of hair loss can be put into two broad categories: preventable and not preventable.

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Ringworm or Fungal Infections of the Scalp

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Fungal Infections:  What to Look For to Help Your Clients?

Ringworm Has Nothing to Do with Worms

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Black Dot Tinea Capitis

Most hair professionals know that ringworm is a term used to describe a fungal infection.  When ringworm occurs on the scalp, it is referred to as Tinea capitis. Ringworm is highly contagious and can be very stubborn to treat, sometimes persisting for years.  It can have a distinctive look, that is easy to recognize, or it can be obscure causing scaly flaky areas that look like dandruff, but upon closer inspection features of a fungus can be identified.

As a hair stylist or barber, you have to make sure that you keep your hair equipment and work station beyond merely clean.  Everything needs to be sterile, and you need to take precautions to avoid spreading any type of infection, including ringworm and other fungal infections.  When individuals have an inconspicuous form of ringworm, this can be more difficult to do. Continue reading “Ringworm or Fungal Infections of the Scalp” »

Prolonged Standing and Varicose Vein Disease

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Are Varicose Veins an Occupational Hazard?

What You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Developing Varicose Veins

If you’ve noticed that the veins in your legs are more visible and even swollen, you may be developing varicose veins.  But even if you don’t have symptoms such as tired, achy legs, you should know that prolonged standing is a risk factor, especially if you have a family history of leg veins and that you can take steps to reduce your risk.

Varicose veins refers to a condition where the valves in the veins are not able to do their job well.  They are weakened and cannot fully stop the backflow of blood as it is pumped through the body.  As a result, blood pools below these valves, causing the veins to swell and enlarge.  This can either affect veins closer to the surface of the skin and the smaller capillaries, which are often called spider veins or deeper and larger vessels can be affected resulting in bulging varicose veins. Continue reading “Prolonged Standing and Varicose Vein Disease” »

How to Protect Your Hands at Work

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Show Some Respect for the Most Important Tools of the Trade:  Your Hands

Are Your Hands Getting the Love and Respect They Deserve?

Do you know how to protect your hands at work?  Your hands are the single most valuable tool you use in your career as a hair stylist or barber, so they deserve some tender loving care.  Taking good care of your hands is about more than avoiding pain; it is about avoiding a premature end to your career.  Taking preventative measures now to care for your hands can add years to your career – pain-free years.

Your hands face two major risks when you work as a barber or hair stylist: muscle and joint damage and chemical damage.  The good news is that both can avoided by taking proper care now. Continue reading “How to Protect Your Hands at Work” »

Occupational Safety for the Barber and Stylist

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Formaldehyde: The Hidden Hazard

More than Irritating, Formaldehyde Poses a Serious Health Risk.  Is Your Salon Safe?

Occupational safety for the barber and stylist includes a wide range of issues.  Simply spending so much time on your feet can cause foot and back problems, and aching arms make clear there are some issues with repetitive motion and muscle strain.  But the most serious risk in your hair salon might sit on a shelf near you.

Many hair products contain formaldehyde or ingredients than combine to form formaldehyde, and the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has developed detailed safety guidelines to help barbers and hair stylists identify products that pose a formaldehyde risk and improve occupational safety in the workplace.  It is not always easy to tell if a product poses a risk, so the OSHA guidelines also cover labeling.  As of June 1st, 2015, products must be labeled with the words ‘may cause cancer.’  Until then, labels can say ‘potential cancer hazard.’ Continue reading “Occupational Safety for the Barber and Stylist” »

How Can a Hair Stylist or Barber Help a Client with Alopecia Areata?

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Don’t Underestimate Your Ability to Help Your Clients

One of the best parts of being a hair stylist or barber is that moment when you spin that chair to face the mirror and show a client the great hair style you’ve just done and the client’s face lights up.  Everyone loves to look their best, and hair professionals have the unique opportunity to help their clients achieve that.  It’s hugely satisfying, but it can also be hugely challenging when the client has a condition that causes hair loss, such as alopecia areata.

Alopecia areata causes the hair to fall out in clumps, which is obviously very upsetting.  What happens is that the immune system attacks the hair follicles.  Continue reading “How Can a Hair Stylist or Barber Help a Client with Alopecia Areata?” »

Temporary Damage vs. Permanent Baldness

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How to Tell the Difference

No one wants to experience hair loss, but it happens on a daily basis as part of the normal phases that hair follicles go through.  Our hair goes through a normal growth cycle that involves hairs falling out and new ones growing in their place.  But sometimes your client loses more hair than occurs with normal shedding and the hair grows back and on other occasions it is the beginning of permanent baldness.  Knowing the difference can help you take action to help your client avoid losing their hair for good.

Understanding why they are losing hair and noticing the appearance and textural changes in the skin on the scalp is critical to being able to tell if the hair loss is associated with scarring that can lead to permanent hair loss. Continue reading “Temporary Damage vs. Permanent Baldness” »

Tumors and Growths that Occur on the Scalp

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What if You Discover a Growth on a Client’s Head?

It can be very alarming to discover a growth on a client’s scalp as you work, especially if you are familiar with the client and know it is new.  Most bumps and lumps on the scalp are not that serious.  Indeed, it might simply be a benign mole or cyst.  Other possible causes range from hereditary lesions to cancer.

If you notice a lump or bump on a client’s scalp it is always worth mentioning.  The client may be aware of it, or you might be the first to discover it. Continue reading “Tumors and Growths that Occur on the Scalp” »






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