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Hello, my name is Jametha Owens. I am a master stylist, cosmetology educator, loctician, certified extension technician, and hair restoration specialist.
Haircare and scalp care has been a priority from the beginning of my career. I started my professional journey in the beauty industry in 2004. Throughout my journey, I learned about different chemical services that can alter hair color and texture. I became fascinated with the different ways hair could be manipulated. Hair can be braided, twisted, loc, curled, set, cut, weaved, and waved. I was determined to learn the different techniques to style the hair.
As I worked on my craft, I began to see some alarming issues—Hair loss from young children to older clients. Hair loss didn't have the respect of a person. I made sure that I would use the best quality of professional products. Never did I put too much stress on the hair. I was sure not to over process the hair or create chemical burns on the scalp. However, I still see that hair loss was frequently occurring across the board. The number of people who experienced hair loss was increasing. So, I began to do research.
Alopecia is the partial or complete absence of hair from areas of the body where it usually grows, baldness. The growing epidemic of hair loss sparked my interest. I wanted to bring a solution to my clients. Why is hair loss growing at an alarming rate? What are some of the reasons for this growing epidemic?
Alopecia can be caused by poor nutrition, certain medicines, injury, physical or mental stress, and emotionally traumatic experiences. Extreme tension on the hair and scalp will cause trauma to the hair shaft and follicles. Braids, weaves, tight ponytails can cause traction alopecia. Telogen effluvium happens when hair sheds more than usual and leads to hair thinning. It is a common form of hair loss that occurs two to three months after major body stress, such as a prolonged illness, major surgery, or severe infection. While hair on some parts of the scalp may appear thinner, it is rare to see a large bald spot.
Post-Partum alopecia can happen after a sudden change in hormone levels, especially in women after childbirth. I always advise my clients to continue with their prenatal vitamins until a year after delivery. Anagen effluvium is caused by chemotherapy, radiation, and poisoning. Trichotillomania is a behavior disorder that causes a strong urge to pull out your hair. I had a little girl that would pluck her hair out from the scalp for many years. Tinea capitis is a common form of patchy hair loss in children, also known as ringworms, that cause the hair to break off at the skin's scalp surface and different areas.
Alopecia Areata affects any part of the body, and it may start with patchy hair loss. It may be caused by your immune system attacking your hair follicles. However, many people recover from this condition within a year. Alopecia areata tends to come and go and can lead to more severe hair loss. Total loss of hair from the scalp is known as alopecia totalis.
Androgenetic alopecia is also known as male or female pattern baldness. It is a genetic condition that causes the hair follicles to get smaller and produce less hair over time, causing the hair to thin and diffuse. In men, hair loss may follow the typical male pattern (receding front hairline and thinning hair at the top of the head). MPB is the most common type of hair loss, and it can begin at any time in a man's life, even during his teen years. It usually is caused by the interaction of three factors: an inherited tendency toward baldness, male hormones, and increasing age. Many women will develop some degree of female-pattern baldness. In women, thinning occurs over the entire top or crown of the scalp, sparing the scalp's front. It usually starts at 20 to 40 years of age.
Hair loss can be one of the medical illness symptoms, such as lupus, syphilis, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, or a severe nutritional problem, especially a deficiency of protein, zinc, or biotin. These deficiencies are most common in people on restrictive diets and women who have very heavy menstrual flow. Hair loss can also be a side effect of certain medications.
I became a wiser stylist by studying the different types of alopecia. I learn that weaves and wigs gave many clients their confidence back. I desired to help restore the hair and scalp to health as much as I could. I took trichology classes and eventually became a hair restoration specialist. I believe through natural remedies that hair can be restored if caught before the hair bulb dies.
The practice of using hair extensions is enjoyable and exciting. However, too tight braids, sew ins, and twists are not necessary to get the desired look. These bad habits can cause scarring alopecia, also known as cicatricial alopecia. Once the hair follicle dies and is replaced with scar tissue, permanent hair loss occurs.
The wonderful world of weaves allows us to be creative and confident. I have grown to use extensions as needed—special occasions, vacations, or just a change. I have learned to install extensions properly to not add to the growing epidemic of hair loss. Unprofessional and uneducated practices have cost many people their hair. As a master stylist and hair restoration specialist, I can now give my clients my professional opinion about hair services confidently.