If you begin to notice that you are losing your hair and you want an answer as to why this is happening you can discuss it with your Primary Care Physician so that he or she can try to diagnose the problem (is it disease related, due to medication, genetic or something else). Your Primary Care Physician may refer you to a specialist who works in the field of Hair Restoration. However you should also know that many primary care physician have very little knowledge when it comes to hair loss and there causes. If you feel you are not getting the answers you need, then seek a professional consultation from a hair loss expert in your area.
You may want to try a non-surgical method which includes integrated hair systems also known as hair pieces or toupees. In some areas they are referred to as toppers. There are also other non surgical solutions like laser hair treatments, hair extensions and wigs. Then there are the pharmaceuticals approach using Rogaine or Propecia (Finesteride) which can be of help to certain types of hair loss or you may want to go the surgical route.
If you chose the surgical route than see a Board Certified Demonologist who specializes in Hair Restoration surgeries and makes that his/her primary practice. These medical personnel have had the most thorough training and the most experience. Sometimes individuals see a Plastic Surgeon who specializes in Hair Transplant procedures but in 9 out of 10 instances a Board Certified Dermatologists are the most sought after medical practitioners in solving hair loss problems.
There are many reputable companies that specialize in all methods of hair loss treatments and systems and most are affiliated with both qualified Doctors and Licensed Cosmetologists in their employ.
A Licensed Cosmetologist is subject to each State’s licensing rules but generally have met the following requirements:
“Every state has different cosmetology license requirements, and even different beauty licenses available as options. (For example, Illinois now has a hair braiding license, but not every state has adopted this new specialty certification yet.)
Many beauty schools keep in frequent contact with the regulatory boards in each state to offer the most thorough and up-to-date information possible about beauty licensing laws, including the number of cosmetology hours required in each state.
The national average for required hours to get a cosmetologist’s license and barber’s license is between 1500 and 2100 hours, but it varies from state to state. Some states offer a hair license that is a slightly shorter program than cosmetology, and may not include nails or makeup. Nail technology licenses and makeup artist certifications typically require between 300 and 600 hours. Esthetician license requirements varies wildly from state-to-state, with as few as 300 hours in some states up to 1500 hours in others. Electrology/electrolysis and laser hair removal typically requires around 500 training hours.”
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