There are plenty of important factors that you need to take into account when you are planning to prevent, slow down or stop hair loss. The factors that people usually think about are the ones related to the product which is expected to improve hair growth and deter hair loss. For example, people are obsessed with finding the most ideal hair care or hair loss product that will nourish their scalp, strengthen their hair and reduce the overall rate of hair fall. Getting your hands on the right product is undoubtedly very important. It is also important to have a working knowledge of how to use the product and when to change it. That being said, your fight against hair loss cannot solely be based on the performance of the product that you trust. Your efforts along with those of your hair loss consultant and hair stylist are equally important in making sure that you receive the best hair care during this difficult phase in your life.
The Concept of Continuity of Care
Have you heard of the phrase continuity of care? This phrase is usually associated with health care. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, continuity of care is basically a process by which the patient and the physician collaborate to implement ongoing health care management in an attempt to achieve the goal of high quality, cost effective medical care. What does any of this have to do with hair care and the relationship between the client and the stylist?
To understand the connection, you need to first be aware of the key components of continuity of care. The most important component is the cooperation between the professional and the non-professional. The second most important component is the continuation of the care management. The third is the setting of a realistic goal and the fourth component is the aim to bring down the cost of the care. Can all of these components be related to the hair care that you receive at your stylist’s saloon? The answer is yes.
In simple terms, the client and the stylist have to develop a relationship which allows them to create and sustain continuity of care when it comes to hair loss prevention.
Cooperative Work between the Client and the Stylist
As previously mentioned, this is the one component of continuity of care that you have to pay most attention to when trying to develop a healthy relationship with your stylist. Cooperative work or collaboration requires you to aid your stylist and allow them to help you in your combined effort to reach the goal of hair loss prevention. Whenever you are calling on your stylist, you should be willing to follow the directives and the guidelines that have been drawn up for you. Expressing reluctance or scepticism will tarnish the continuity of care.
At the beginning of the collaboration, the onus is on the client to reveal all the requirements of hair care as well as the immediate, short term and long term hair loss prevention goals. This will make it much easier for the hair stylist to develop a plan of action that will be suited to your individual needs. You will not be served a generic hair loss prevention plan that may or may not work for you.
The job of the stylist is to listen to every single detail that you have revealed and accommodate all your specific requirements into one single plan of action that has a probability of being successful. When the client and the stylist work together, it becomes much easier for both parties to achieve the goal of hair loss prevention.
Establishing Ongoing Care Management
Ongoing care management can only be achieved if the stylist is willing to provide a service and the client is willing to receive that service consistently without fail. A lack of willingness on either side could result in a disruption in the care management. It is very important for you to stick with the same hair stylist in order to achieve ongoing care management. If you keep changing your hair stylist, then it will be impossible for you to derive the benefits of a single plan of action. Sure, you have the right to purchase a better service from a better hair stylist. However, you should give your hair stylist a fair opportunity to prove his or her worth. If you feel that there is a need for change, be sure to communicate your requirement to your stylist clearly so that he or she can make those changes in due time.
Lowering the Cost
Hair stylists who are trained to provide the best hair care and prevent hair loss will not offer you a cheap service. This does not necessarily mean that they are expensive. If you decide to stick with the same hair stylist, then you will be rewarded with a cost effective care in the long run.