When suffering from hair loss, one of the first things that most people try to do is cover up the problem. Hats, scarves, and even creative combing become part of the routine. While all of these things can be stylish and fun, it's hard to wear a hat or scarf day after day, especially when the weather turns hot and humid. Even creative combing can run its course, especially as balding and thinning continues to the point that a person runs out of options. There's only so much combing a person can do before entering Donald Trump territory.
A hair loss consultation is the way to get a handle on any balding or thinning situation. Keep in mind that it's really the first step in regaining personal style and avoiding the time-wasting attempts at unsuccessful concealment. The consultation should be straightforward and consist of the following basic standards.
Knowledge and Empathy
During a hair loss consultation, the stylist should discuss the reasons why baldness and thinning occurs. This includes speaking with a fair amount of knowledge about how genetics, illness, and medical treatments like chemotherapy affect hair. The possibility of natural hair regrowth after a medical treatment ceases should be discussed as well.
A good stylist should also be able to assuage a person's fears over a loss of style and confidence – but it's also important to maintain a balance between commiseration and professionalism. Clients should feel that they are being advised by someone who has empathy, but who also contains a take-charge attitude backed by professional know-how and solutions.
Patience and Practicality
At no point during a hair loss consultation should a client feel rushed into making a treatment decision. A stylist who pushes and pushes a hard sell should raise a red flag, as they may not have a client's best interests at heart. A stylist like that only cares about money, and while every professional considers to be well paid, a final sale should not be the only focus of the meeting.
If wigs or toupees are part of the desired solution, the stylist should also allow the client time to try these headpieces on to see how they look, as this appointment lets a client experience how wearing such a piece feels and what can be done to counteract any discomfort such as itching or scalp overheating. It's also a good time to review how hard it is to care for a hair piece and to even cover styling options.
Professional salons and stylists should go to great lengths to help people who suffer scalp problems. Each client introduction demands a high level of care to ensure excellent customer service, and most professionals do provide that. If a salon or stylist does not seem interested in investigating all the options to secure a client, then that hair loss consultant needs a consultation of their own!