Friday, November 10, 2017

Hair Loss Video Series: Endocrine/Non Endocrine Disorders | StephanieLAn...



Hair loss can be contributed to a variety of problems.   In this video segment of the new video series: "Causes of Hair Loss", we will discuss a few illness that result in hair thinning and hair loss as they relate to the Endocrine and Non-Endocrine body systems. New videos added weekly. Like, share and subscribe to this channel for updates and more information.  MORE HAIR!!!!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Hair Loss Video Series: Lupus (SLE) | StephanieLAnderson.com



Are you or someone you know diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) AKA Lupus?  In this video segment of the new video series: "Causes of Hair Loss", we will discuss some of the symptoms and issues associated with Lupus and hair loss.

New videos are added weekly. Like, share and subscribe to this channel for updates and more information.

MORE HAIR!!!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Hair Loss Video Series: A Symptom of Illness | StephanieLAnderson.com

Join the discussion in the comments below.  Should self diagnosis be your first line of defense againt hair loss?
Can hair loss be a definite diagnosis or a symptom of another disease or illness.  In this video segment of the new video series: "Causes of Hair Loss", we will discuss a few illness that result in hair thinning and hair loss. New videos added weekly. Like, share and subscribe to this channel for updates and more information.  MORE HAIR!!!!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Mayvenn Highlights Hair Loss Professionals in Recent Article

Image result for african american woman pink cancer Recently, I was honored by being invited to participate in an interview with Real Beauty; Mayvenn's official black hair blog for multicultural women.  Here they offer hairstyling tips, beauty videos, trend alerts and interviews with hair industry and business professionals. 

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mayvenn is donating a portion of their proceeds from their sales of wigs to the Bright Pink organization.  Bright Pink is dedicated to providing breast health awareness through prevention and early detection.

I feel blessed to be identified by Mayvenn's Real Beauty as a professional provider of services for those women battling this deadly disease and the image-related issues they encounter.  Without hair, many times these women will look and feel sick.  It can be life changing; when a woman looks good, often she feels better.  My clients want to feel as normal as possible; I make it my personal mission to make sure I make her look and feel beautiful.

Please click the link to experience the interview "Meet The Hairstylists Dedicated to Empowering Breast Cancer Survivors" by Anayo on Mayvenn's Real Beauty blog.

Sometimes we get the opportunity to choose our battles and sometimes those battles choose you.  Remember those who "fight like a girl" and do your monthly breast exams.

More hair!!!
Peace and love 💓



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Empower NOT Embarrass Clients

Just wondered if you saw a new video trending on the internet.  Reluctantly, here is a link to the video (WARNING: VIOLENT)! 😡

As a woman and beauty professional, I found it very disturbing.  Why? Other than the obvious violent content...my heart ached that it went that far.  This could have easily been avoided by a little compassion from the (professional) hair stylist.

I don't feel as if her statement to her colleague that her client couldn't get the style she wanted because "... YOU don't have NO edges!". Her remarks many times were not genuine statements of help or concern. It seemed to me (as it must have seemed to the client) that it was purely to mock or belittle the client.  The result was violent.  Are you surprised? Not me...

There are two types of clients in Hair Replacement: The "Want" Client and The "Need" Client.  They both have different requirements and levels of emotional interactions and if you want to provide service to them you must be able to identify and know that.

In this day and time,,the level of customer service and simple compassion eludes many people, UNFORTUNATELY!  In my Non-Surgical Hair Replacement and Medical Hair Loss certification trainings, I devote time to share with licensed professionals on just how to service these clients with dignity.  It is unfortunate that this situation happened because it could have been easily handled differently.

If you are a client with hair loss or related issues and would like your hair care practitioner to learn more about what I am talking about OR if you are a licensed hair care practitioner who would like to learn more about our certification training, contact us at info@StephanieLAnderson.com or visit www.StephanieLAnderson.com or www.TheHairReplacementCoach.com








Monday, June 5, 2017

Underlying Medical Factors of Hair Loss

Aside from genetics, female hair loss can result from a variety of medical reasons.  This blog post
looks at a few of those causes, from the general to the more specific, including postpartum and menopausal hair loss.

Underlying medical factors

In women, many medical conditions may cause hair loss, including the following:

o       A variety of autoimmune diseases
o       Thyroid disease
o       Weight loss caused by severe starvation, dieting or eating
disorders
o       Iron deficiency
o       Medication use (especially oral contraceptives, beta blockers,
Vitamin A, thyroid drugs, tranquilizers and sedatives, Coumadin and prednisone).

As someone experiencing hair loss, I suggest and evaluation and consultation from a trichologist or dermatologist to make sure that no underlying skin conditions are contributing to the hair loss.
They may require a different treatment and may require a biopsy to rule out the presence of certain skin diseases like diffuse alopecia areata.  Your family physician can do required blood tests for the various diseases that may be present.

Blood tests check the following common contributors to female hair loss and can help rule out some identifiable medical conditions:

o       Antinuclear Antibody (ANA): Used to test for lupus or other
autoimmune diseases.  This test is either positive or negative and further testing may be required if the initial screening tests are positive.
o       Iron: Levels serum iron, total iron binding capacity (TIBC),
and ferritin deficiencies in iron.
o       Estradiol: This sex hormone indicates the status of ovarian
output.  This hormone reflects the status of a woman's ability to ovulate.
o       Luteinizing Hormone (LH): This sex hormone indicates the
status of ovarian output a woman may be in her overall aging process.  When she ovulates, this hormone stimulates the production of eggs.
o       Free testosterone: May help the doctor understand a
woman's ability to convert testosterone into estrogen.  Most testosterone is bound to proteins in the blood and the free testosterone is easily converted into estrogen.
o       Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG):  Level indicates the
status of male hormones.
o       Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH): Level indicates the
presence of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.
o       Total testosterone:  Largely bound to proteins in the blood.

It is imperative to understand that even after a medical condition has been corrected, hair loss may still persist possibly because of a "change" in your genetic makeup that occurred when the medical insult happened.  After the hair loss starts, it may be difficult to remedy this.  The hope is that your hair loss will slow down after the medical condition is treated or cured and any deficiency of overall hormone balance is corrected.

Earlier, I mentioned that we would cover the general to the more specific, including postpartum and menopausal hair loss.  Check out the continuation of this article next week.  Until then, have a blessed week!

Wishing You the Best in Health and Life!

Stephanie Anderson
Trichologist/Natural Health Professional 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Healing Hair, Naturally

This article is not an indictment of the "evils" of chemical hair services.  I provide healthy hair services for my clients with natural (no chemicals) hair as well as those whose tresses are chemically treated.  A healthy head of hair is not just indicative of chemical free tresses.

With that being said, in today's times, it is obvious to me that there is a link between the chemicals used on the hair, the chemicals in foods consumed and hair loss.  It is my opinion the ladies of my generation seem to be caught up in the hustle and bustle of life a little more than women of generations before.  So many of us do not take time to eat the right foods let alone maintain their hair without the use of harsh products, sprays or other chemicals.

There has been a revolution of women returning to natural hair styling.  There are those women who opt to wear braids, thermal straightening, dreadlocks or even committing to the "big chop" and sporting a teeny weeny afro (TWA) and starting their own personal natural hair journey.  Even with this, many are still experiencing hair that is thinning and falling out.

Why?  There is a link between the chemicals in food and the chemicals on hair.  One major reason is that their bodies have been so contaminated with toxins that their organs have been compromised.  Without proper nourishment the organs (specifically kidney, liver and the spleen) are failing to provide sustenance to the body so it can enrich the hair.

It is a little known fact that the requirement for healthy hair means several body functions must be running properly.  The body systems of digestion, absorption, waste and enzyme distribution and usage must work together harmoniously.   The body will suffer from malnutrition, when nutrients are not absorbed through the organs.  Through my Trichology practice I have discovered that statistically a lot of women (in the United States) are experiencing hair loss as a residual effect of malnutrition.  In some other countries the diets of women are more balanced nutritionally.  These diets include fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds and few meat products.  It has been proven that in addition to having beautiful, healthy hair they also suffer from fewer female problems.

It is interesting that rarely these women experience any hair or scalp maladies.  The reason for this is because their organs are being well fed and consequently providing nourishment to the hair.  Many times women from other cultures experience hair loss once they come to the United States.  Why?  Interestingly enough, once they are introduced to the diet of the ordinary US consumer which is packed with all kinds of food additives and chemicals, they will start to exhibit problems with not only their hair but their skin (with acne, blotches and blemishes) and other organs.

Additives in food create toxins in the human body and are a major contributing factor to organ dysfunction.
For so many years we have taken for granted the importance of healthier eating and a low stress lifestyle.  Due to this, we are now seeing the consequences.

I have always said that I am more successful at prescribing topical hair solutions to my customers for their hair problems than convincing them on eating better, supplementation and minimizing stress.  It is important that we all take a step back to examine what we can do for ourselves to make our lives better.

Women need to eat foods that harmonize and nourish their bodies.  Next, installment we will continue this topic by examining the little changes that will mean a lot.

Until then, if you are interested in learning more about healthier living visit Nature's Sunshine page at http://manehealth.mynsp.com


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