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Specialist Wig & Hair Piece Consultancy

Joanna Henley, Wig Consultant at Hairflair Designs: My Story

I am a qualified staff nurse of 14 years. I recently established Hairflair Designs in response to my experience as a staff nurse and my own personal struggle with hair-loss.

I am a mother of three, 37 years old (soon to be 38) and I started to lose my hair following the birth of my last child five years ago. Every six months I shed handfuls of hair over periods of approximately three months.

Eventually, after numerous trips to see my GP, I was referred to a dermatologist. After further blood tests and investigations I was diagnosed with chronic telogen effluvium. It's a form of non-scarring alopecia which causes diffused hair loss.

My dermatologist felt this condition was due to the pregnancy and was exacerbated by an overactive thyroid and low ferritin (iron) level. The dermatologists suggested that this should resolve spontaneously but in some cases it had been known to last for up to 6 years.

I felt like I was treading water, on a real emotional roller coaster, and the lack of control over the condition was so frustrating.

Like many, I desperately searched for treatments and visited "specialists" claiming to offer miracle cures. My experience showed me that some suppliers were trying to overcharge and clearly exploiting customers' vulnerability.

Then, whilst looking for a practical solution to help disguise my loss of hair density, I met a wonderful woman with Alopecia Aerate, Michelle. Even though her hair-loss was more evident than mine her confidence was overwhelming. Michelle was so sincere and unassuming; she gave me the chance to discuss my fears and anxieties. Spending time with her made me feel more optimistic and at last I finally felt understood.

Jo with Andrew Barton

I now wear an intralase system which helps volumise my hair.

Even Andrew Barton (Hairdresser appearing on the programme "Ten Years Younger") didnít realise this was not my own hair!

Left: Jo pictured with Andrew Barton

Don't feel disheartened - there are so many ways of disguising hair loss problems now.

Just call for a free consultation.

I have to thank Michelle for helping me. Michelle helps run the charity organisation Alopecia Awareness. To help support her in such a worth while cause I decided to organise a fund raising event in aid of Alopecia Awareness and Macmillan: I am proud to say that it raised over £3700.

Hairflair Designs charity event in aid of Alopecia Awareness and Macmillan

My whole experience has inspired me to put my nursing skills to good use and try to help others suffering from hair loss conditions by providing both practical and emotional support.