Losing hair can be stressful for many people.
Not having control over your own looks is difficult, to say the least. Alerting your clients about these hair loss signs can let them start finding solutions very early on. Because whether they decide on scalp microblading or something more drastic, people should have a say in how they look.
Liking what you see in the mirror is key to a confident you. Here are the signs of hair loss that your clients should know about.
Hair loss vs. hair shedding
First, we define “hair loss.” Since humans lose an average of 50 to 10 hair strands daily, losing more than that is a sure sign that clients need to consult a doctor.
However, there is a key difference between these two concepts. Knowing which one your client is suffering from can lead to a more accurate diagnosis.
Hair loss (medically known as anagen effluvium) happens when something is preventing hair from growing. Hair shedding simply refers to shedding over 100 strands of hair per day.
Here is the difference between hair loss and hair shedding, according to trichologist Ian Sallis from an interview with INSIDER:
“Losing over 100 hairs per day—or 700 hairs per week—would be classed as excessive and may indicate an underlying issue, which is causing the hair cycle to shorten and shed more hairs than normal per day.
For women with long hair, feeling their ponytail has reduced in diameter—called the ponytail test—or noticing areas of [the] scalp which were covered but now are not—such as a receding hairline—should be classed as signals for potential hair loss problems and should be checked out.”
Hair loss can be caused by many things, including but not limited to:
- Hereditary hair loss
- Immune system overreactions
- Hairstyles that pull on the hair
- Harsh hair care products
- A compulsion to pull out one’s hair
Meanwhile, there are also many different situations that can cause a client stress and therefore hair shedding. Here are some of them:
- Losing 20 pounds or more
- Giving birth
- Experiencing lots of stress
- Suffering from a high fever
- Undergoing an operation
- Recovering from an illness
- Stopped birth-control pills
Hair loss signs to watch out for
The number one sign of hair loss is, of course, losing large amounts of hair from your head. The second is if the hair refuses to grow back.
Other signs include:
- Itchiness in certain areas of the head, followed by losing clumps of hair
- Circular bald spots, leading to a patchy-looking head
- Gradual hair thinning, beginning at the hairline (more common in men than women)
- Scaly patches across the body, which are signs of ringworm presence
- Polycystic ovary syndrome in women
It’s important to note that hair loss may be a symptom. It could mean that there’s something else that’s wrong going on within the client’s body. Always advise clients to consult with a medical health professional regarding any possible symptoms.
If any of your clients present these symptoms before or during a procedure, it is important to postpone the procedure until the client’s doctor gives a go signal. Always make your client’s safety and health your number one priority. While organic microblading pigments don’t contain any harmful chemicals, they are not specifically optimized to be compatible with various skin diseases. For more information on which client conditions to avoid, visit this guide.
Hair loss is a serious problem
While we want to give clients the option of getting scalp microblading, their health is of utmost importance. Once their doctor gives the all-clear, however, then you’re good to go!
It’s conditons like these that prove microblading can be heaven-sent. We help clients regain their self-esteem, so we help make their lives happier and more fulfilled.
For more information about scalp microblading, visit this complete guide.