Growing Forward A mother-daughter hair loss journey

My daughter Carli lost over 50 percent of her hair due to alopecia areata when she was 9 (she is now 27) and I wanted to help her. It was something that not only was hard for it affected the whole family. I began looking for solutions and that is when I pursued I also became interested in after I saw a lot of clients wearing a hair system. I wondered what I could do before they got to that point. Trichology is the scientific study of hair and scalp, and is becoming a very popular study in the cosmetology industry. Trichology is a certification that a student receives after a lot of money and time of study. I was used to fixing anything and I couldn’t help Carli. It was unbearable at times to watch my child withdraw and try to become invisible because of the teasing and she would get. And this wasn’t just from mean classmates – it was adults too. The top of her hair would fall out and then grow back, it was a vicious cycle. I will never forget the time while she was in middle school and I took her to get her ears pierced. She and I picked out a cute pair of pink stone earrings hoping that it would stop people from thinking she was a boy since her hair was very short. After she got them pierced we went to show her Grammy at work. Carli was so proud to show her. Then this man came up and mistook her for a boy. You expect that sort of thing when they are babies, sometimes it’s hard to tell, but here she was with her cute PINK earrings and someone just assumed she was a boy because of her hair


My heart broke for her; she didn’t fit in with any of the other girls at school. They all had long beautiful hair and hung out in their clicks. I was happy that she became her own person and didn’t follow the pack, but it wasn’t easy for either of us at the time. I had to apply for a special exception from her school so she could wear hats. She would always wear a cute beanie. Thank goodness they were popular and I could find cute girl ones at the Gap. After she began to wear big baggy sweatshirts and baggy jeans. It became hard to tell if she was a girl or boy. It was her way of hiding. We were at Target one day and she went to the rest room. When she found me, she was in tears. I looked into those big blue teary eyes and asked her what was wrong and she proceeded to tell me a woman stopped her before entering the and said, “Young man, the men’s is over there this is the lady’s rest room.” She told her, “I am a lady.” I was proud of her for speaking up. It was a good thing I wasn’t with her because I am afraid I would have not been nice. Yeah, didn’t when it’s your child and this keeps hard not to get defensive.


I became very involved with NAAF, The National Alopecia Areata Foundation. I raised money having 5K runs two years in a row. Both were very successful and were during September, which is the alopecia awareness month. We had great coverage from the press and TV. I was a mom on a mission. I was also involved as a support person answering phone calls that would come into NAAF from people looking for help. When mothers would call in I could hear the pain in their voice as they described what their child was going through. Every story was different, but the same. It didn’t matter if it was a boy or a girl it was just as hard on the child and their families.

Because of Carli’s alopecia, I became a hair replacement specialist. NAAF has strict rules and I didn’t there to be a conflict of interest so I had to stop volunteering for them. When I became a hair replacement specialist Trichology was and is becoming a very popular study in the cosmetology industry. I still wanted to keep learning and my hunger for education found . It was the beginning of the quest for training; there weren’t many online schools to choose from at the time. My first few experiences trying to find training were pretty I gave up for a while. Another year passed and I started to look again. This time I had a few more choices, one was London, would I like to move to London for two years and ? You bet I would but the reality was I needed to do an online class an


THE BEAUTY of Experience

I opened my hair salon in 1995. Right before my grand opening, I discovered patches of hair falling out of my scalp. I thought it was the stress of being in a new environment, new country or from opening my first business. One month later I experienced many more bald patches and Eventually was diagnosed with a devastating condition called Alopecia Universalis. I thought, “How could this be happening to someone who has trained for a lifetime with experts like Vidal Sassoon to make people feel beautiful and confident about their own hair?”

I clearly couldn’t stop being a stylist because of this condition, so I hid under hats. I wore some terrible looking wigs and most of the time, wore wigs under my hats in the hot summer climate of southern California. I had to do something!

So I put my German and Vidal Sassoon education to work and made my own first wig. I didn’t want my regular clients to discover THE BEAUTY of Experience my secret. I was afraid that they might think my hair loss could be contagious. Soon, dermatologists and oncologists were referring their patients to me. So I designed a back room with a curtain, where they would feel comfortable baring their bald or patchy scalp to me. They appreciated it, but it did have a feeling of a dark back room where they needed to be hidden.

I replaced the curtain with light sheer blinds that offered both privacy and significant natural light. The mood was much less heavy and clients thoroughly appreciated the thoughtful and discreet options I offered. But I wanted to do even more for them. I finally bit the bullet in 2008. I expanded the business by creating my own salon addition under the same roof and with the same open style as my regular salon, with its own private entrance for my hair loss clients. They were able to comfortably browse the various hairpiece lengths, colors, styles and try them on that appealed to them. Here they would also be taught how to maintain these beautiful pieces, all within a normal natural light salon setting. They loved it! My business has grown significantly since then and I often hear how comfortable my clients from all over the world feel coming into the salon, when the sheer act of arriving used to carry stigma and worry. I hope as you grow your hair loss practice, you too will discover the benefits of investment in this kind of compassionate attention to detail for this growing, under-served and deserving population of men and women.


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We truly appreciate and value word of mouth referrals. If you refer a friend to our Salon we will discount your next service. Make sure they mention your name when they come in and tell the receptionist when you call to make your appointment who your friend is that came in. Discount not valid until your friend has completed their appointment. One per customer.    

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It's your special day! Come in any time within one week of your birthday and we will give you 20% off one service of your choice! Please bring an ID showing your birthday.    

Personalized Hair Replacement  

Our salon only offers organic and natural hair solutions which will make your dream of having your hair back a reality! The hair solutions that we offer are all custom-made and produced out of a top quality human hair. We always match the hair that we use with the hair of any given client. This matching includes the texture, nature of curl or wave, or straightness, as well as hair density. The innovative, frontier technologies that we use at every step of the hair building process ensure that our hair restoration solutions are the ultimate choice available!   Método no quirúrgico de reemplazo de cabello es una opción probada para aquellos que sufren de pérdida de cabello considerable y le gustaría recuperar su aspecto joven y disfrutar de la vida teniendo un jefe completo del pelo. Nuestro salón ofrece sólo orgánicos y soluciones de pelo natural que hará que su sueño de tener su pelo de nuevo una realidad! Las soluciones de pelo que ofrecemos son por encargo y producidos de un cabello humano de calidad superior. Siempre igualamos el pelo que usamos con el pelo de cualquier cliente determinado. Este juego incluye el color, textura, carácter de rizo u onda, o rectitud, así como la densidad del pelo. Las innovadoras tecnologías de frontera que utilizamos en cada paso del proceso de construcción de cabello que sean nuestras soluciones de restauración de cabello la mejor opción disponible.                

Hand-tied Wigs & Hairpieces

Realistic looking wigs and hairpieces are available to enhance your look and provide you with greater confidence and personal satisfaction. We will help you expertly match your wig or hair piece to your head shape and hair pattern to ensure a seamless and natural look.

Hair Loss Treatment

There are about 100,000 strands of hair on your scalp and it is considered very normal to lose 50 to 100 strands a day. But when you start losing more than that, it’s time for you to take some action so it doesn’t progress to baldness or bald spots. Sometimes the easiest, most inexpensive solution, is to try to stop hair loss naturally. In our salon, there are many methods to make our hair grow faster, shine, glitter in natural ways without using chemicals. We offer a variety of professional hair loss treatments that are popular and widely known: Essential Oil Treatment Amino Acid Treatment              

XFusion By Toppik

XFusion Keratin Fibers resist wind, rain, and perspiration for long-lasting results in all conditions. Available in nine shades that can be mixed to match any hair color, Keratin Fibers work for all hair types and textures. Also great for part lines, covering extension tracks and touching up roots between hair color appointments. Easily washes out with shampoo.

All Nutrient

All-Nutrient manufactures hair products that provide your hair with the nutrients it needs, and none of the chemicals it doesn't. All-Nutrient has set the standard for delivering the finest, naturally-derived products in the beauty industry and vows to continue developing revolutionary formulations that our consumers can trust. The company researches, develops, and manufactures all of our products in the United States, and is constantly looking for new ways to improve hair product performance through independent and collaborative lab studies on plant-based ingredients and natural resources.ed products in the beauty industry and vows to continue developing revolutionary formulations that our consumers can trust. The company researches, develops, and manufactures all of our products in the United States, and is constantly looking for new ways to improve hair product performance through independent and collaborative lab studies on plant-based ingredients and natural resources.