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Living with Alopecia has not only given Annie a greater sense of compassion for others and their struggles, but it has also become a part of her identity. While Alopecia comes with its own set of challenges, it has its advantages, as well! From allowing her to sleep in a little longer because she doesn’t have to do her hair in the mornings to finding out who her true friends are, Annie has taken this condition and decided to see the glass half full.

With an incredible support team of family and Jeffrey Paul at Wigs for Kids, she not only looks beautiful, but she feels it, as well. Listen as Lauren interviews Annie about her experience with Alopecia, what it has taught her about herself, and how she has become a stronger person because of it.

If you or a loved one is experiencing hair thinning or hair loss, learn more about solutions available to you on the Jeffrey Paul Blog.

How One Mother Helped Her Daughter Overcome Alopecia

Alopecia doesn’t just affect those suffering from it. In fact, it can be just as devastating for that individual’s loved ones. For one mother Nancy, she knew something was wrong when her daughter, Lauren was just 8 months old. Lauren had a small bald spot on her head that the pediatrician said would go away over time. However, Nancy wasn’t so sure.

It wasn’t until Lauren turned five years old that she started losing her hair in clumps. That’s when Nancy’s suspicions were confirmed that her daughter had Alopecia. While a heartbreaking diagnosis, Lauren’s pediatrician encouraged Nancy to be strong and listen to her daughter’s needs while adjusting to this new reality.

Learn more about Nancy’s experience watching her daughter grow up and live her life with Alopecia.

If you or a loved one is experiencing hair thinning or hair loss, learn more about solutions available to you on the Jeffrey Paul Blog.

Founder Jeffrey Paul Tells His Inspirational Story

Wigs For Kids helps children all across the country feel beautiful again after losing their hair from cancer, Alopecia, and other devastating illnesses and conditions. What many people don’t know is the organization started with just one little girl.

Founder and CEO Jeffrey Paul thought he had hit the top of his career, traveling all over the world doing hair for celebrities. What more could he ask for? Then one day, his niece who was suffering from Leukemia said, “Uncle Jeff, don’t let me go without hair.”

Wigs that fit kids’ heads weren’t around at the time, so Jeffrey worked with doctors and prosthetics experts to create a hairpiece that would withstand activities like playing and running around. When his niece completed her gymnastics meet with her new hairpiece successfully intact, Jeffrey knew in that moment that he was going to start helping people without hair feel and look beautiful inside and out.

Thirty-five years later, Wigs For Kids is a world-renowned organization, receiving hair donations all around the globe to help children who have lost their hair.

Watch the full interview with Jeffrey Paul to learn more about the Wigs For Kids mission and how the organization is making an impact in the lives of people worldwide.

If you’re experiencing hair thinning or hair loss, learn more about solutions available to you on the Jeffrey Paul Blog.

Her Experience as a Wigs For Kids Recipient

In December 2014, Kaylee was diagnosed with brain cancer. She was immediately rushed into emergency surgery to remove the tumor, then started chemotherapy and radiation treatment at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in January 2015.

For a year and a half, Kaylee was without hair and would go to school wearing a hat to hide the hair loss. Even though she was winning her battle with cancer, it was hard to feel like a normal girl without her hair.

After finding Wigs For Kids and applying for a hairpiece, Kaylee now has a beautiful head of hair that helps her feel confident again. Now a year and half clean from cancer, Kaylee is an inspiration for kids all over the world who have lost their hair to cancer or another illness.

“Never give up. I know it’s hard and sometimes people say things, sometimes you feel awkward or people stare at you. But never give up.”

Listen to Kaylee’s story and learn about her experience with Wigs For Kids.

If you’re experiencing hair thinning or hair loss, learn more about solutions available to you on the Jeffrey Paul Blog.

How One Girl is Growing Alopecia Awareness

Do you know someone who has been diagnosed with Alopecia? Whether it’s a child or an adult, the side effects of hair loss can be extremely discouraging and emotionally draining. However, a positive mindset can make all the difference.

This is where Lauren’s story comes in. When Lauren was in second grade on a family trip to Disney Land, she began losing her hair as a result of Alopecia Areata. Years later, Lauren is sharing her story on how Wigs for Kids helped her find beauty from within and recognize that bald is beautiful. With an undeniable confidence and strength, Lauren is now working to earn her Gold Star in Girl Scouts by driving Alopecia awareness around the community.

If you’re experiencing hair thinning or hair loss, learn more about solutions available to you on the Jeffrey Paul Blog.

Spotted Baldness that Affects Healthy Heads of Hair

Imagine stepping into the shower to wash your hair and noticing patches of your healthy hair falling down your shoulders onto the ground around you, leaving spots of baldness on your head. For Claudia, a woman who was used to having a full head of healthy hair all her life, this nightmare became her reality.

It’s called Alopecia, or “spotted baldness” – a condition where your immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles, leading to patches of hair loss. There’s currently no cure for the condition, but there are treatments that can help.

In this episode of Hair Loss Solutions TV, you’ll hear Claudia’s story about living with Alopecia, and learn more about the condition and treatments available.

If you’re experiencing hair thinning or hair loss, learn more about solutions available to you on the Jeffrey Paul Blog.

How Courage Critters Overcome Fear and Unwanted Behaviors

As a child, did you have a safety blanket or that one stuffed animal you carried around everywhere that made you feel better if you were scared or afraid? That’s the idea of Courage Critters, plush animals and online toolkits created for those suffering from common fears.

Created by Dr. Renae Reinardy, Courage Critters help children feel empowered, supported, and protected from fears and unwanted behaviors caused by disorders like Trichotillomania. They work because Courage Critters provide children with sensory tools to use to overcome their fears and manage behaviors like hair pulling.

In this episode of Hair Loss Solutions TV, you’ll hear more from Dr. Reinardy about:

  • What Courage Critters are
  • The creator behind these animals
  • How you can get your own Courage Critter

If you’re experiencing hair thinning or hair loss, learn more about solutions available to you on the Jeffrey Paul Blog.

Hair Pulling Beyond Just a Nervous Habit

Have you ever heard someone use the phrase “I’m tearing my hair out” when frustrated, worried, or angry? You’ve probably snickered at the comment and gone about your day without giving it a second thought. But the truth is, 1 in 25 people struggle with compulsive hair pulling to a clinical level.

This is called Trichotillomania, or a neurobiological and behavior disorder that makes it very difficult to resist the urge to pull the hair. Dr. Renae Reinardy, a clinical psychologist of body-focused repetitive behaviors who has been treating this disorder for 17 years, says that as common as the disorder is, it’s never talked about because those with the disorder suffer in silence.

The significant hair loss caused by the condition leads to feelings of shame and lack of confidence, convincing many kids, women, and men to keep the disorder a secret. Luckily, more and more people are realizing they aren’t alone and are opening up about Trichotillomania.

In this episode of Hair Loss Solutions TV, you’ll hear more from Dr. Reinardy about:

  • What Trichotillomania is
  • The degrees of the disorder, as well as signs and symptoms
  • Precision Medicine and why people pull their hair
  • Treatments and ways to break the pattern of behavior

If you’re experiencing hair thinning or hair loss, learn more about solutions available to you on the Jeffrey Paul Blog.

Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories Creates Prosthetic Hair Solutions

Gone are the days of cheap wigs and cliché toupees! Thanks to advances in prosthetic technology, people suffering from thinning hair or hair loss can go about their everyday lives without having to worry about their hairpiece falling off or looking fake.

Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories in Bologna, Italy uses the most advanced, non-invasive hair replacement system on the planet to give those suffering from hair loss a custom full head of natural, beautiful hair. After mapping out areas of hair thinning and taking molds of the scalp, the Cesare Ragazzi team makes a 3-D Printed replica of the scalp to create a “second scalp” of hair.

In the latest episode of Hair Loss Solutions TV, we go inside the Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories to learn how CNC 3-D prosthetic hair pieces are created.

Watch the full episode to:

  • Tour the Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories
  • Learn the process of mapping and casting the head to create the scalp mode
  • Find out the steps involved to produce a second scalp of hair to replicate growing hair
  • Discover the DNA and quality control checks performed to ensure the hair and scalp are of the highest quality
  • Learn the art of adding hair into the second scalp

If you’re experiencing hair thinning or hair loss, learn more about solutions available to you on the Jeffrey Paul Blog.

The Role the Scalp Plays in Hair Loss

If you want healthy hair, you need a healthy scalp. Dandruff, excessive scalp itching, and thinning or oily hair can all lead to hair loss. If you’ve ever dealt with any of these conditions, you’re certainly not alone.

But the question is, how do you take care of your scalp and protect yourself from thinning hair and hair loss? In this week’s episode of Hair Loss Solutions TV, certified Trichologist Emmanuel Paul takes a deeper dive into the root of hair loss, discussing the importance of the scalp when keeping your hair strong and healthy.

Watch the full episode to learn:

  • How the health of your scalp can affect hair loss
  • The steps a Trichologist takes to diagnose the problem and determine a solution plan
  • The treatments available for returning your scalp to healthy condition
  • The importance of keeping a consistent treatment routine at home

If you’re experiencing hair thinning or hair loss, learn more about solutions available to you on the Jeffrey Paul Blog.