What do we know about alopecia?
Krysia West, founder of Postiche Academy – an academy that trains professional hairdressers on hair loss care and guidance – says “Around one in every three women in the UK will experience issues with hair loss or thinning in their lifetime. We also have 50% of the population male or female suffering with hair loss. We believe at Postiche Academy there is a distinct gap in the market for resources and solutions to combat this; thus why we feel hairdressers need help in education to help those in need of professional and reliable advice on hair loss.
It has such an emotional and physical effect on a client that we should at least know the basics of how and why hair loss happens, as-well as what we can do to help anyone who comes to us as a client. Learning the Fundamental’s of any topic is so important to ensure we give our clients the best and most relevant information, as well as tapping in to a market that is very much been a hidden and helping the well being of those clients.”
More than hair loss
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So at first I thought this might have been the result of me not taking the best care of my hair or myself. I had a lot going on, travelling a lot with work commitments, staff issues etc and all the joys of running a business. I was beginning to notice I was getting stressed out so I naturally contributed these factors to the problem. March came around bringing with it COVID19 and more stress.. the patches got worse.
It turns out I’ve been suffering from an auto immune deficiency called Alopecia Areata. This is common and can be triggered by many factors such Viral infection, Hormonal change or Stress.
My hair is my Identity and as a Hairdresser it’s a defining factor of what I do, who I am and what I love. As a woman, it’s a personal extension of my femininity. Our hair is our crowning glory, it’s what makes us feel pretty What am I going to be without it? How will people judge me?
The experience has been the most difficult most lonely one I’ve had to face. Yes I’ve had the support and kindness of close friends family and of course my amazing husband who has held and comforted me daily while I’ve wept in his arms on so many occasions during this journey. But the battle is still right there inside your head!. I’ve suffered depression, I’ve dealt with loneliness even with so much support around me. I’ve dealt with the tidal waves of emotions that come to you when you start listening & believing the untruths in your head that tell us that we are not good enough. I’ve dealt with the sadness I felt when I didn’t know who I was anymore.
I’m tired of crying and tired of feeling low so I’ve pulled my big girl pants on, I’m doing my best to face this head on (no pun intended) I’ve recognised I’m in a position where I feel I can’t colour my hair , I can’t cut it and I don’t want to hide anymore so it’s time to embrace my inner skin goddess and off it comes. My hair might grow back in those areas eventually, it might not who knows!?! I know it’s not going to stop me or hold me back.
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