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How Human Hair Wigs Provide Hope for Trichotillomania Sufferers

trichotillomania symptoms new orleansHuman hair wigs offer a transformative solution for individuals grappling with the visible effects of trichotillomania-related hair loss, providing a sense of empowerment, normalcy, and renewed confidence.

Beyond their obvious physical attributes, human hair wigs contribute to the emotional well-being of individuals by mitigating the emotional distress associated with visible hair loss. The seamless integration of human hair wigs into daily routines allows individuals to participate in social activities, professional engagements, and personal interactions without the fear of scrutiny or judgment. This newfound sense of normalcy and acceptance can alleviate the emotional burden of trichotillomania, fostering a more positive and affirming outlook on life.

Unlike synthetic wigs, human hair wigs are crafted from natural hair, offering a remarkably realistic appearance and texture that closely resembles the individual’s own hair. This authenticity not only conceals the physical manifestations of trichotillomania but also enables individuals to reclaim a sense of self-image and identity that may have been compromised by the condition.

The versatility of human hair wigs allows individuals to explore different styles, lengths, and colors, tailoring their appearance to suit their preferences and express their personality. This freedom of choice can be particularly empowering for individuals with trichotillomania, offering a way to regain control over their outward presentation and redefine their relationship with their hair. By embracing human hair wigs as a viable option, individuals can navigate the challenges of trichotillomania with greater resilience and optimism, knowing that they have a practical and aesthetically pleasing solution at their disposal.

The Impact of Trichotillomania on Mental Health

Trichotillomania can have profound effects on the mental health and emotional well-being of those living with the condition. The persistent urges to pull out hair, coupled with the distressing consequences of noticeable hair loss, often lead to feelings of shame, embarrassment, and self-consciousness. As a result, individuals with trichotillomania may experience diminished self-esteem, social withdrawal, and heightened anxiety in various social and interpersonal settings.

The psychological impact of trichotillomania extends beyond the physical act of trichotillomania related hair pulling, influencing how individuals perceive themselves and interact with the world around them. The presence of visible hair loss may evoke negative reactions from others, further exacerbating feelings of isolation and self-doubt. Moreover, the cyclical nature of trichotillomania, characterized by periods of urges and subsequent hair-pulling episodes, can create a sense of internal turmoil and frustration, contributing to the overall burden on mental health.

It is essential to recognize the interconnectedness of trichotillomania and mental health, emphasizing the importance of holistic support and intervention. By addressing both the behavioral aspects of hair pulling and the emotional repercussions of living with trichotillomania, individuals can receive comprehensive care that acknowledges the multifaceted impact of the condition on their well-being. Through compassionate understanding and targeted therapeutic approaches, the psychological toll of trichotillomania can be addressed with sensitivity and effectiveness.

Human Hair Wigs for Trichotillomania in New Orleans

Trichotillomania presents complex challenges for individuals grappling with the psychological and physical implications of hair pulling. However, through a combination of understanding the condition, implementing effective coping mechanisms, addressing the impact on mental health, and embracing the transformative potential of human hair wigs, individuals can find hope and empowerment in their journey towards managing trichotillomania.

In the New Orleans area, we are proud to be able to say that we have years of experience helping Trichotillomania sufferers lead a normal life with our fine quality human hair and natural, beautiful synthetic wigs. We offer specialized resources and experience dedicated to offering human hair wigs further enhances the prospects for individuals seeking practical and aesthetically appealing solutions for trichotillomania-related hair loss.


Stop Believing These Hair Myths

A lot of us have at one time or another heard advice on how to have healthier, fuller looking hair. Some of these myths have been going around for a long time and while some may hold truth there are many that may actually be doing more harm than good to your hair. That is why we have decided it was time to break down some of these hair myths.

Myth 1 – Brush your hair with 100 strokes a day for healthy hair.
The fact is, brushing your hair causes friction. If you brush your hair to excess (like 100 strokes), it will damage your hair. This is especially true if your hair is weak, thin or fragile. That is not to say that there are some benefits to brushing your hair gently and briefly to help stimulate scalp circulation and help to distribute your natural oils from roots to tips. Using a natural bristle brush on dry hair, give it a few strokes. Never brush wet hair or use a brush that has broken bristles.

Myth 2 – Stress turns your hair gray
I am happy to say that this myth is false. If this were true, we would all have gray hair by high school. Going gray is a genetic thing. When the cells produce melanin which is your hair pigment, stops producing color then your hair turns gray. There is no proof that suggests that stress will accelerate gray hairs, but it can cause other issues. High-stress levels can push the hair growth phase ahead. Which could make three months from now you could experience more hair fall out than usual.

Myth 3 – Ponytails, dreads, and braids are a stylish daily choice
This is true but if you put constant tension and traction on your hair with styles that are pulled tight like with ponytails, braids, weaves, dreadlocks and more, your hair could suffer. Your can may begin to recede or have breakage that can have your hair looking more thin, weakened and damaged. This can often be the cause of traction alopecia that mimics female pattern baldness. Try a soft updo that leaves loose pieces dangling. Giving your hair a break from tension will help your hair feel relaxed.

Myth 4 – Color takes better on dirty hair
Nothing could be farther from the truth. When you color your hair, it is best to clean your hair so it is free from styling product buildup and residue. Wash your hair the night before and then conditioner as usual. Skin using any type of styling products like hair gels, dry shampoo, mousse or serums. Your natural oils that coat your hair can actually act as a barrier during the chemical processing. After having your hair colored, wait 72 hours before washing your hair again. This allows time for your color to be fully trapped in the cuticle.

Myth 5 – Fine, thin hair should skip conditioner
You should never skip using a shampoo and conditioner and you also should not use the combo shampoo and conditioners. Use a separate conditioner after washing your hair thoroughly will add moisturizing, nourishment that will help hydrate your hair. It helps to keep wet hair from developing tangles and gives your hair a healthy and fuller look. Today there are high-tech formulas in foam, serum, and liquid that are weightless and use a combo of botanical extracts, protein, and antioxidants to add body, strength, and shine. Even leave-in conditioners keep hair feeling clean, keep strands separate and allow hair to blow-dry to a bouncy and full finish. When using a conditioner, apply it from mid-shaft to the ends and avoid the root area.

If you should notice that you have more hair than normal in your brush or shower drain, this could be the beginning of developing hair loss. If this is you then you should consult with your doctor or a hair loss specialist that can access why your hair loss has started and can work with you to help you regain a full head of hair. Today there are treatments from laser hair therapy, topicals, human hair wigs, hair replacements and hair restoration solutions.

Free Military & Police Haircuts

Hair Styles Unlimited Offers Free Haircuts,
50% Off Massages to Law Enforcement and Military

An Article by Allan Katz

A Kenner salon is offering free haircuts and 50 percent off massages to members of the military and law enforcement during the month of August.

Nancy Hihar, the owner of Hair Styles Unlimited, said the idea for the offer came to her while she was lamenting the tough time that law enforcement and the U.S. military are having both in this nation and overseas.   Hair Styles Unlimited is located at 3635 Florida Avenue and the telephone number at the appointment desk is 464-5949.  Members of law enforcement and the military should plan on wearing their uniforms when going on Hair Styles Unlimited to take advantage of the offer.

“When I see in the news media an American cursing our law enforcement or our military, I get so angry that my blood boils,” said Hihar. “I think that those who feel that way are less than one percent of our population but they get all the publicity.”  She said her offer is her way of telling those in law enforcement and the military that they are appreciated and loved for the sacrifices they make for their community, their state and their nation.

“I wanted to make something positive of my    anger and this offer seemed like a good way to express my support for those who wear the uniform of law enforcement or the military. This is our way to say, ‘Thank you for your service.  May the Lord bless and protect you, and bless and protect your family and keep you safe from harm in the performance of your extraordinarily difficult duties,’ ” said Hihar. Hihar said she comes from a patriotic family where the men served in the military and both the men and women respected the flag and were proud Americans.

“One of my specialties is hair replacement and my clients are often battling very serious illnesses,” said Hihar.  “But without exception, they are proud to be Americans and love our country.  That is why I’m so sure that those who show negativity toward our police and military are a tiny minority who get more publicity than they deserve.  I just wanted to find a positive way to tell those brave men and women who serve that we love them, we’re behind them and we want all good things for them.”

Honors Received

American Cancer Society

Look Good – Feel Better

Volunteer of the Year 2006 – 07 – Patient Support

and work with Bosom Buddies

Cheryl Fourcade (l.) and Nancy Hihar (r.)

Kenner cosmetologist, Nancy Hihar, right, has been presented the American Cancer Society Mid South Division, Inc – Louisiana –“Volunteer of the Year 2006-07 – Patient Support” by Cheryl Fourcade, left, for her dedication to the Look Good Feel Better program and her work with Bosom Buddies.  Nancy has also provided hair care services to extended care cancer patients who are confined to the hospital.

Look Good Feel Better and Bosom Buddies are support programs for women who have been affected by cancer.  Nancy has been associated with Look Good Feel Better program for the past four years. Her dedication and expertise as a cosmetologist has helped many women with mild to extreme hair loss cope with the challenges that occur from thissometimes debilitating condition. Nancy has appeared with Cheryl Fourcade of the 

American Cancer Society, on the Cox Cable Cox10 ConneXXions talk show with Brad Grundmeyer promoting the Look Good Feel Better program for women who are experiencing hair loss due to chemotherapy.

   The award was presented to Nancy at the American Cancer Society’s Mid South Division, Inc – Louisiana Annual Awards banquet held at Harrah’s Hotel on February 28, 2008.

    Nancy owns and operates Hair Styles Unlimited, Inc at 3635 Florida Ave, Suite A in Kenner, LA, an upscale Kenner Salon that caters to full family services, and also to clientele who have mild to extreme hair loss due to natural causes, and medically induced hair loss which can occur as a result of chemotherapy.

Since the above article was printed in the Kenner Star, Cheryl, herself, developed breast cancer and succumbed to this dreaded disease.  Please pray for her and for her family that they may receive the healing and consolation that they so much need…

Nancy continues to work with the American Cancer Society and  Look Good-Feel Better at East Jefferson Hospital and is now in her thirteenth year as their monthly Program Coordinator…

The Look Good-Feel Better Schedule can be obtained by calling East Jefferson Hospital, or it can be viewed on the internet at http://lookgoodfeelbetter.org/programs/program-finder/. Enter your zip code and select Search. A list of Program Locations will be displayed. Select the one that is good for you, and the address, Contact Information and Program Dates and Hours will be displayed.