As much as our society has come to recognize and admire women for their enduring strength, we continue to be dazzled with the qualities of physical beauty. From the big screen and glamour magazine covers to the front pages of business journals, the images that convey power maintain an equal physical allure.
For over 20 million women suffering from hair loss or thinning hair, however, it’s hard to imagine that high-profile women—from actresses to high-powered attorneys, art foundation presidents to circuit court judges—sound precisely the same when describing the experience of hair loss.
Every morning I know the ways I camouflage the thin spots and bald spots are just not working, that people can still see them. When I hear someone at a board meeting say they’re having a bad hair day, all I can think is really, I’m having a no hair day.
It’s ruining me. I can’t be at outdoor photo shoots or PR events or after-parties if I can’t hide my hair. I use hats and wigs and spend hours trying finding styles to get me through a public appearance.
Regardless of power or position in society, the emotionally devastating nature of the genetic tendency to lose hair is the same for all. What these women also share is the experience of spending over $3.5 million annually on hair loss products—99% of which prove ineffective for the majority who tried them.
“I know from personal experience why the American Hair Loss Association (AHLA) calls it ‘a crippling disease of the spirit’ because I have suffered from the condition myself since my early twenties,” said Amnon Zakay, founder, consultant, and personal hair replacement specialist at RAZ International, Inc.
“I know how it feels when you are losing more and more hair and have no idea which product to try. Your head is in someone else’s hands and you can only pray that it’s going to be a good result. Getting your lost hair back is not about how much you are willing to spend, it is about healing,” added Zakay. “But unfortunately, in the hair loss industry, companies and individuals sometimes take advantage of those who, in desperation, will try anything to slow down hair loss.”
The AHLA issues warnings about the unethical practices common to the non-surgical hair replacement industry—including laser treatment or laser comb companies that sign individuals on contracts to spend hundreds or thousands on the promise to re-grow your hair; extensions and transplants that feel like more hair, but in cases of Female Pattern Baldness (FPB) are noticeable attached to the top and also risk pulling hair and creating more bald spots; and transplants that relocate existing hair from donor area to bald spots and are misleading and ineffective for FPB.
“Every individual deserves personalized attention,” Zakay concluded. “Even though after over 30 years of helping women with hair loss, I’ve seen that most prefer the Integrated Thread Hair Line Method (ITHL™), I would never push this or any method. We have an ethical responsibility to offer options, encourage people to compare different methods by using informational videos during consultation to show actual procedures and help them understand the methods, and allow them to make decisions—and to do this with compassion. It starts with giving people the confidence that they can have a beautiful, natural look again.”
American Hair Loss Council Member
RAZ International, Inc. Phone: 858-404-0044
Address: 5850 Oberlin Drive, Suite 230, San Diego, CA 92121