Main Article Content
alopecia, hair, public health, health screening, prevention, detection
Disorders of hair loss are commonly encountered by hair stylists, who are in a unique position to identify early signs and symptoms. The goals of this study were to assess hair stylists’ knowledge of and propensity to refer patients with scarring alopecias. One-hundred-eighteen stylists completed surveys to this effect. The majority of respondents (66.1%) stated that they had been asked by clients to evaluate for hair loss, whereas approximately half reported routinely referring clients with hair loss to a dermatologist. Although knowledge of alopecia varied, the vast majority indicated they would be willing to undergo further training in identifying hair loss disorders and would be willing to discuss this information with clients. These results demonstrate that hairdressers frequently interact with patients suffering from hair loss and that many are receptive to receiving additional training to ensure proper identification and prompt referral.
2. Hamilton T, Otberg N, Wu WY, Martinka M, Shapiro J. Successful hair re-growth with multimodal treatment of early cicatricial alopecia in discoid lupus erythematosus. Acta Derm Venereol 2009;89:417-8.
3. Hadshiew IM, Foitzik K, Arck PC, Paus R. Burden of hair loss: stress and the underestimated psychosocial impact of telogen effluvium and androgenetic alopecia. J Invest Dermatol 2004;123:455-7.
4. Roosta N, Wong MK, Woodley DT. Utilizing hairdressers for early detection of head and neck melanoma: an untapped resource. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2012;66(4):687-8.
5. Victor RG, Ravenell JE, Freeman A, Leonard D, et al. Effectiveness of a barber-based intervention for improving hypertension control in black men. Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(4):342-50.
6. Wilson TE, Fraser-White M, Feldman J, et al. Hair salon stylists as breast cancer prevention lay health advisors for African American and Afro-Caribbean women. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2008;19(1):216-26
7. Luque JS, Rivers BM, Kambon M, Brookins R, et al. Barbers against prostate cancer: a feasibility study for training barbers to deliver prostate cancer education in an urban African American community. J Cancer Educ. 2010;25:96-100.-100.