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It’s Not Only Women With Cancer Who Wear Wigs

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Beauty Match / October 3, 2008

Cancer is a major reason why so many women visit Michael Suba’s Continental Hair Studio, but a large portion of his clients are women dealing with different stages of thinning hair.

There are three types of hair loss (aka: alopecia)

Alopecia Areata: patches of hair missing on the scalp and body
Alopecia Totalis: baldness of the scalp only
Alopecia Universalis: baldness of the scalp and the body
Michael revealed that hair loss is starting at a younger and younger age (as young as 13 years old) and it’s a very difficult thing for most women to deal with.

It’s safe to say that most men accept balding as a possible reality, but it’s not something most women don’t want to accept or want to deal with. The reality is that alopecia does affect many women.

Michael gave these statistics on hair loss:

Twenty percent of women in their 20s will deal with hair loss
Thirty percent of women in their 30s will deal with hair loss
Forty percent of women in their 40s will deal with hair loss
Basically, as you age your chances of having to deal with thinning grows exponentially and that goes for both men as well as women.

According to Michael, when most women start noticing the thinning, they usually visit their general doctor, then to visit a dermatologist and then a naturopathic doctor, then a “hair growth expert want-to-be” and finally they give up and go see Michael for a real solution to their problem.

Michael was kind enough to show me photos of many of his clients who have wigs to camouflage their hair loss. The human hair wigs looked very natural.

The length and colour of Michael’s patients’ hair might vary, but what remains constant is the huge smile they have on their face thanks to Continental Hair.

Hair that is thinning is pretty traumatic and for much of the population, it’s a reality. But how do you work to combat thinning hair without all the harsh chemicals in regrow treatments like Rogaine? Rogaine is a synthetic treatment that like many chemical treatments can have side effects.

Common Misconceptions and Myths

  • Frequent shampooing contributes to hair loss.
  • Shaving your head will cause your hair to grow back thicker.
  • Hair loss does not occur in women who are in their late teens or early twenties.
  • Hats and wigs cause thinning and baldness.
  • 100 strokes of the hair brush daily will create healthier hair.
  • Permanent thinning and baldness is caused by perms, colors and other cosmetic treatments.
  • There are cures available for androgenetic Alopecia.
  • Stress can causes permanent thinning of a woman’s overall hair density.
  • For more information on Continental Hair and to find one of the two locations, visit their Web site: Continental Hair.

Photo by Andréia


Author Info

Michael Suba

Owner and President of Continental Hair.
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One thought on “It’s Not Only Women With Cancer Who Wear Wigs

  1. Jay says:

    Some battles are worth fihgting, others are best just to let go. You only have so much energy; use it where it counts.Put your hair in perspective: is it more important than salary, benefits and job satisfaction?I had this conversation decades ago on USNET (for those of you old enough to remember that). A programmer stated that he didn’t think that he needed to wear a suit to an interview. His contention was that by not hiring him because of not wearing a suit, I’d be missing out on hiring the world’s best computer programmer. My response was that I didn’t need the world’s best computer programmer; I needed the world’s best employee.There will be times in your career where you will have to play the game. Prove to them that you can. It’s not like they are asking you to compromise your ethics.Show up at the interview, look around to scope out the dress code, and grow the hair back after you are hired.

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