Your clients’ hair is thinning. What can you do for hair loss prevention?
First, don’t panic. It’s not going to help the situation. Second, there may be a simple remedy. The stylist just has to find out more information about the client to figure out what works best for his or her specific case of hair loss.
There are a number of different reasons why your clients’ hair may be thinning—age, stress, medication, heredity, chemical and/or mechanical damage, medical conditions, alopecia, just to name a few.
Where to begin?
To start, ask your client if this is a new problem. Clients may not notice their hair is thinning until it is obvious. It may have been happening for longer than they realize.
Encourage your client to think back to when they think it may have first started—that is important information to know. Ask them these questions.
- Did they start taking any medications?
- Did they switch medications that they were previously taking?
- Are they overly stressed at work and/or at home lately?
- Are they over processing their hair with chemicals?
- Are they coloring too often and overlapping the color?
- Do you notice any breakage?
- Are they blow drying a lot with a hot dryer?
- Are they over-using hot tools on a regular basis?
What could be the underlying cause?
Take a good look at their color practices, and you may find the answer. Or perhaps, they are over-using their hot tools or using them on a higher temperature than necessary.
Have they recently had bariatric surgery? Hair loss is common with this procedure, as the body is deprived of vital nutrients until recovery when the body’s nutrients level out.
It’s important to look at heredity, as well. If parents or other relatives have thinning hair issues due to heredity, this might be the cause.
Given the basics of hair thinning and what might be the underlying cause, the question really becomes, what can we do about it?
Have you suggested the right products?
There are certainly an endless stream of products out there geared toward improving hair loss. Is Minoxidil, the key ingredient in Rogaine, the answer?
Before trying any chemical-based products, the client should talk to their doctor about possible side effects—and if the product is right for their condition.
The first thing they can do to test out whether there is still life in the hair follicles is massage. It’s free, and your clients can do it every day. It may be all that’s needed to stimulate the growth of hair in the thinning area.
Advise your client to try massage when they shampoo their hair or any time they have a few minutes to themselves. Make sure they are actually moving the scalp to stimulate the hair follicles.
Show them how to manipulate the scalp properly to get the blood to the surface. Caution them to allow a minimum of thirty days to assess the results because hair growth is most often calculated on a monthly basis.
Are they taking any supplements?
If their body is deficient in any vitamins and minerals, their hair and nail growth may be restricted. The body is tasked with taking care of our internal vital organs before it makes time for our hair, nails and skin.
Supplementing with vitamins may be the answer, and biotin is a recommended hair growth supplement.
If they are taking medications that can cause hair loss, there might not be an easy answer. They can try the massage approach and also use products that promote hair growth. If they are able to prevent the hair loss at its’ current stage, that’s a win.
To summarize, here are some quick suggestions for preventing thinning hair.
- Talk to your client. They can provide insight as to what may be going on. Together you may be able to assess the situation and arrive at a remedy. If the problem persists, advise them to talk to their doctor.
- Advise your client to do their best to remove stress from their life.
- Promote that they massage their scalp thoroughly each day, especially in the thinnest areas.
- Recommend products that are targeted for thinning hair—Bosley, Nioxin.
- If they are inflicting chemical or mechanical damage on their hair, advise them to stop now. Encourage them to stick with you for color and any chemical services for best results. Turn down the heat on hot tools and advise them to turn down the temperature on their blow-dryer. Also, avoid metal brushes.
- Find out if any medications they are taking can cause hair loss.
- If they have had bariatric surgery, encourage patience until they are fully recovered. This can be a rough transition as the body is going through a big change. A little encouragement can go a long way.
- While not much can be done about hereditary hair loss, as mentioned before it is still encouraged to use products that promote hair growth.
- Encourage the client to be as gentle with their hair as possible during this time, and stay positive!
- If the hair loss is more advanced, consider suggesting a wig until the hair recovers. It’s a good way to decrease stress and take the focus off the hair.