Recent research commissioned by the National Hair Council has revealed important and new factual insight about women and hair growth disorders.
Overall, 71% of women have experienced a form of hair loss at some time in their life.
- 83% feel that it has influenced their confidence,
- 71% feel that it has affected their socialising,
- 57% feel that it has affected their work,
- 85% feel that it has affected their attractiveness.
More specifically, 78% of women feel that their life is generally more stressful than five years ago:
- 89% feel that this has an impact on their hair’s physical appearance.
- 30% briefly spoke to their hairdresser about temporary cosmetic solutions,
- 34% turned to a friend or family member to talk about their emotional frustration,
- 46% suffered in unnecessary silence.
If you feel that your chosen advisor does not take you seriously, or are apprehensive about having the conversation about hair loss, there are a few simple tips you can use to assert yourself and truly be heard, and taken seriously:
Step 1: Describe the situation from your perspective.
Start by using objective language to talk about the situation seen through your eyes, and do not exaggerate or embellish. Do not let the conversation go off track before you feel that you have fully expressed all of your objective observations.
The different hair loss types and causes are often difficult to determine even for professional advisors, so by effectively communicating specific observations and time frames you will allow your chosen advisor to obtain the best preliminary, factual understanding of the issue as possible.
Step 2: Describe how the situation makes you feel.
Communicating your feelings about hair loss symptoms is also an important element, but should not be confused with the objective facts. A woman’s emotional well-being and overall quality of life is a truly valid argument, but a professional advisor will be able to most effectively sympathise and empathise based on what is communicated to him or her, and only if it is communicated in a structured manner.
Therefore, no matter how frustrated you might be, it is important that you describe your emotions instead of displaying your emotions.
Step 3: Ask for an honest opinion, further guidance and a realistic timeframe.
Despite the actual condition or ailment, more and more patients are known to approach a consultation with a preconceived diagnosis based on Internet research or ill advice in order to obtain certain treatments or prescriptions.
Therefore, be careful about celebrity-endorsed treatments and mail order miracle products that claim to be the latest celebrity secret.
To increase your chance for success with a professional advisor, keep an open mind and be prepared for the fact that you may not get answers to all questions the first time around.
However do not despair, as no matter what type of hair growth disorder you have, the Hair Growth Cycle will always be influenced.
Therefore as a firstline approach you should look for a product that normalises the Hair Growth Cycle – and remember, this takes time.
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