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Spencer Stevenson, aka Spex, is a world-renowned hair loss expert and co-host of The Bald Truth UK Radio Show, who offers unbiased advice based on his own research and experience. For the first time, he shares his insights into hair loss with salon professionals.
HAIR LOSS TRUTH #1: ACCURATE INFORMATION IS ESSENTIAL FOR PROTECTING YOUR CLIENTS
Hair loss patients are very vulnerable, and many entities exploit this vulnerability and try to capitalize on their situations. That’s why it’s important to direct them to accurate resources and information on proven treatments. Hair loss is not a quick, cheap fix. So it’s important for clients to take their time to find the best proven treatment for their personal situation. There are preventive strategies, topical solutions, medical solutions and cosmetic solutions that will camouflage the situation.
HAIR LOSS TRUTH #2: HAIR LOSS IS DIFFERENT FOR EVERYONE
The reasons for hair loss and types vary in men and women. Alopecia areata, diet deficiencies, stress, illness, hormonal shifts, etc. can all contribute to hair loss and hair thinning. For men, however, the main reasons for hair loss are genetics and the hair’s inability to resist the action of a hormone called DHT. In these instances, the hair is attacked and slowly miniaturizes and dies.
HAIR LOSS TRUTH #3: THE SCIENCE OF DHT IS THE KEY TO PREVENTING MALE PATTERN BALDNESS
The latest research into hair loss has proven that DHT or dihydrotestosterone is at the root of baldness. This naturally-occurring hormone is produced by the metabolism of testosterone and is formed in the adrenal gland, hair follicles, prostate glands and testes. DHT is a naturally occurring hormone–all men have it–but in genetically predisposed men it can cause male pattern baldness. One of the most effective ways, therefore, to prevent male pattern baldness is with DHT inhibitors that inhibit production of the hormone and reduce its capacity to damage the hair follicle.
HAIR LOSS TRUTH #4: DHT BLOCKERS ARE EFFECTIVE FOR PRESERVING AT-RISK HAIR FOLLICLES
Because of the new research that points to DHT as the culprit behind hair loss, it’s clear that topical products containing DHT blockers and inhibitors are an effective way to preserve hair follicles and slow or prevent hair loss. There are many topical DHT blockers and inhibitors available under different brand names, being manufactured and marketed by different companies. The most reliable company and product line based on my experience in this field and based on many conversations with patients is Hair Restoration Laboratories www.hairlossdhtshampoo.com. Their treatment range is highly effective and I’m highly confident in endorsing their products.
HAIR LOSS TRUTH #5: HAIR LOSS IS PROGRESSIVE
It doesn’t occur over night, but the sooner people act, the better. Proven treatments such as the products provided at Hair Restoration Laboratories offer a great starting point and allow hair loss sufferers and their stylists to get proactive. Hair loss can be stopped and reversed in many cases if caught early enough with appropriate treatment. That’s why it’s important to be honest with clients if you feel their hair is thinning—it allows them to take action before the situation progresses.
HAIR LOSS TRUTH #6: ONE SOLUTION DOES NOT FIT ALL
As I mentioned, no two clients are the same when it comes to hair loss, so there is no single hair loss solution that works for everyone. Stylists should be ready to provide as much accurate information, and as many options as possible to every client. It starts with a solid understanding of the underlying reasons for hair loss. Education yourself and you will be empowered to discuss the subject confidently with your clients and recommend the right products. Becoming an expert on hair loss will build your business and build deeper and stronger relationships which will better enable you to serve your clients.