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By: Maddie Poteat

August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month, a national holiday dedicated to raising awareness around this emotionally taxing condition affecting both men and women. Though the causes of hair loss differ from person to person, the toll on one’s confidence and self-image is the same.

Fortunately, there are options available to treat your current hair loss condition and prevent further shedding or thinning, while also learning how to shift your outlook from embarrassment to empowerment. If you want to gain a better understanding of hair loss and the kind of support you may need to surpass it, then refer to the following for more information.

How to Cope With Hair Loss

If you are frustrated at the rate in which your hair is falling out, know that you’re not suffering alone. An astonishing 40 percent of women will experience noticeable hair loss by the age of 40, and approximately 40 percent of men will have noticeably thinning hair by the time they reach 50.

Since society tends to consider the balding process more acceptable for men than for women, there is a lingering misconception that men don’t face the same emotional burdens of the condition. In reality, research proves otherwise. Polling has shown that more than half of all people experiencing hair loss would rather have more hair than money and friends and would spend their life savings to regain a full head of hair – men included. When hair loss robs both men and women of their personal expression, self-esteem, and outward confidence, how does one cope?

First, it’s important to not sweep your concerns (and shedding hair) under the rug. If you aren’t at peace with the state of your hair, then it’s crucial to put the time and effort into looking at all of your options. A solution may be as simple as finding the right cut or color that makes your hair appear thicker and fuller.  One of our talented barbers or stylists can be a great resource for arranging a new cut or hairdo. Not to mention they can lead you in the right direction towards hairpieces like wigs or extensions.

How to Treat Hair Loss

How to Treat Hair Loss

If you’re looking to cure your thinning hair as opposed to covering it up, the best place to start is with your primary care doctor who will be able to look at possible causes related to iron deficiency, thyroid issues, lupus, and more. From that point, they will be able to refer you to a specialist who can look further into the patterns of your hair loss and draw conclusions based on your habits, lifestyle, and family history.  DGMD Medical, located right here in Omaha, NE, is a great resource when it comes to hair loss.  Specializing in hair restoration for both men and women, Dr. Gross and his team can help you understand what is going on and how you can fix it.

While you’re waiting for your appointment with a specialist, be proactive and get a head start on your hair loss treatment regimen by educating yourself on the various components of hair loss, along with common hair loss treatments that don’t require an in-office visit. Find common ground with bloggers and influencers online who are open and honest about their hair loss story, and don’t be afraid to reach out and connect with them. Ask questions about which supplements and techniques seemed to work best for them. Some people might swear by supplements like saw palmetto, while others may have found salvation in stress management techniques and increased omega3 fatty acids. Take an interest in learning about hair loss now, so when your appointment does come along, you are fully equipped with adequate background information.

This National Hair Loss Awareness Month, dare to be honest with yourself. Is the current state of your hair stealing your confidence and preventing you from being your true, authentic self? Remember that you are not alone! The perfect solution for you is out there – all you have to do is find it!

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By: Maddie Poteat

Clair Wight

This month we decided to pop over to our Regency location to shine the spotlight on Omaha stylist Clair Wight.  Clair has been a member of the Regency team for the past eight years and although working in a salon in Omaha wasn’t always her plan she is extremely happy how it all worked out.  Clair’s love for her clients, he hard work ethic and her positive attitude are just a few reasons she earned the spotlight this month.  For all the other reasons, continue reading below!

How long have you been a stylist at Garbo’s Salon and Spa, Regency and what made you want to work there?

Omaha Stylist Clair Wight

“I have been working at Garbo’s in Regency since the beginning of September in 2011. If I am being completely honest, when I got out of hair school I had dreamed of moving back to Des Moines, but when I went out and started to hand out resumes I always got the response that they were looking for someone with experience and clientele.  This, of course, got me down but I knew there were amazing salons in Omaha so I decided this was my sign that I was supposed to stay here.  I had gotten my hair done with friends for school dances before at Garbo’s and it had always stuck out to me as a salon with a fun atmosphere and great people. That was exactly what I was looking for.”

Why did you choose to be a hairstylist and why do you love it?

“I may have told my mom when I was in preschool I was going to be a hairstylist…  She even has the book to prove it.

I knew that cosmetology would be fun and would always keep me on the go and learning more. There is always something new to learn and your day is never the same as the day before or the day after. I never feel like I’m stuck going to work, I love what I do so it doesn’t ever seem like work to me.

Making other people feel beautiful and good about themselves is also an amazing feeling. You never know what the person in your chair is going through but when they are in your chair you can make a difference and that day you as a stylist might be exactly what they need.”

What is your favorite service to provide to your clients?

“That is definitely a hard one for me to answer as I love so many.  I would say it would be a toss up between highlights, keratin treatments. and updos.  They are all fun for different reasons. I would say they are definitely the services I  want to see on my books.

Highlights are great to give dimension with subtle or drastic change and they are very customizable. 

The keratin treatments in Nebraska during summer are great to reduce frizz with all the humidity we have.

Updos are fun because of the high school girls coming in for dances or the brides you see on their wedding days.  I know it is such a special day for them and to get to be a part of that, to watch them see the look they have dreamed of for themselves on this day come together, there’s no better feeling.”

Omaha Stylist Clair Wight - Wedding

What is something that sets you apart from the other stylists at Regency?

“That’s a hard question… I have had a lot of my clients for years and even those I haven’t I would consider them like another family to me. I have grown close to a lot of my clients and have been with them through marriages, births of children, graduations, moves and so many other life experiences.

Every year I get invited to high school graduations, sometimes gender reveal parties, and bridal showers. My clients have become a different family to me.  There are some that know if they ever need anything at all, hair related or not, to let me know and I will do the best I can to help them.

I can’t imagine being a hairstylist without the amazing clients that I have coming in to see me and I try my best to make sure my clients know how much I appreciate them and how much they all mean to me.”

Omaha Stylist Clair Wight - Curls
Omaha Stylist Clair Wight - Brunette
Omaha Stylist Clair Wight - Blonde

I'm sure all stylists have crazy stories about their clients or a service you once provided - do you have any you would like to share?

“I’m not sure my clients would appreciate me sharing all their secrets :).  Years ago though I had a client come in and I could tell her hair was different from the last time I had seen her.  The texture, the thickness, there was just so much that seemed to be off.  She, of course, had noticed it too so as we were talking she had asked if I had any idea of what could cause the change.  We went through the list: had she changed product, changed medications, started new medications, had she recently had her thyroid checked, anything along those lines…

Next time I saw her she let me know that she was expecting!  She was about 8-12 weeks along when we were trying to figure out what the change was!”

Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?

“I would just say that I love being a stylist at Garbo’s. Being a hairstylist is such a rewarding career, but I couldn’t do it without my amazing boss, extremely talented coworkers, or my loyal and caring clients. So I would like to say thank you to all of you.”

Omaha Stylist Clair Wight - Pups
Omaha Stylist Clair Wight - Break Room

Clair is one of the sweetest people you’ll meet and we are very lucky to have her as a part of the Garbo’s family!  If you’re looking for a new stylist in the Omaha area we can’t recommend Clair enough – especially for one of those three services she loves to do! 

If you need a little hair-inspo today please check out (and follow!) Clair’s Instagram feed.   Her wedding styles are amazing!!  If you’re ready to book with Clair now you can use this link.

Thanks as always for reading!

Sending love,

Maddie

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