Scarring Alopecia: The Attitudes, Knowledge and Referral Patterns of Hair Stylists and Barbers

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Julia Accetta
Aderonke Obayomi
Rachel Evers-Meltzer
Virginia Alldredge
Andrea Murina


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.


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