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Hair Loss Spotlight: Trichotillomania

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Soft wide headbands make a great head covering for Trichotillomania when hair loss is on top of the head

Sometimes you may see some with a bald patch or missing part of their eyebrows. The urge to give a “second look” at what may seem an unusual sight is pretty strong.

However, don’t.

You may be seeing someone who is battling Trichotillomania.

What is this disorder which you in all probability never heard of?

The term trichotillomania was coined by a French dermatologist by the name of Francois Henri Hallopeau in 1885. It basically involves a compulsive urge to pull ones hair out. Often one hair at a time.

According to the DSM-IV it is an impulse control disorder and the peak ages of onset is between 9 and thirteen.  It is classified by the Office of Rare Diseases as a rare disease.

There are many suspected contributing factors to the onset of this disorder including stress and/or low self-esteem and a fear of socializing.

The side effects of “Trich” can be serious as the hair loss can cause skin damage and in rare instances the consumed hair can form a matted hairball in the digestive tract and cause severe hair loss, vomiting, and intestinal obstruction and in very rare cases can ultimately be fatal.

If hair loss from Trichotillomania is discovered in younger children it is often self-correcting, however in adults it can be more problematic and re occurring and is considered a difficult disease to treat. However, usually Therapy plays a crucial role in successful treatment of this hair loss condition.

Many people dealing with this condition use various head covers  or wide head bands to “cover up” and try and hide their hair loss.  If however you happen to see someone who looks like they may have this socially awkward problem don’t stare as it does not help the person who is battling to overcome this disorder.

(Sources include Wikipedia, Mayo Clinic, WebMd.com)

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Headcoverings and the Royal Ascot by B.Levi

What’s the Royal Ascot?

At MyHeadcoverings.com we love to find out all the different reasons that women cover their hair. As you know there really are tons of reasons –  religious purposes, hair loss, sun protection, and a bad hair day just to name a few.

However aside from the typical reasons there others that come into play…

Enter the Royal Ascot.

What exactly is the Royal Ascot?

Well Ascot is a village in England that became home to the Royal Ascot, perhaps the most historic series of horse races in Britain with a history that is well over 200 years old.

The village of Ascot had the good fortune of being near the place where Queen Anne of England’s kennels were, as well as Windsor Palace, and in 1711 Queen Anne decided that it would begin to feature a yearly Horse Race. So she purchased the grounds for what was then the princely sum of 558 pounds.

The Royal Ascot races quickly became one of the main social events on the British Calendar and in 1749 the Duke of Cumberland changed the format to a four day Tuesday through Friday series of races.

In 1807 the first running of the Ascot Gold cup took place and the cup has remained a prized event to this day.

In 1813 Ascot racecourse was subject to the Act of Enclosure which guaranteed the public would have access to the course but it would remain Royal property. Then, in 1850 a railway was built to Ascot making the racecourse more accessible

In 1913 the British Parliament established the Ascot Authority to administer the racecourse and races held there.

The popularity of the Royal ascot has continued to grow however a strict Dress Code at the Ascot ensures that it retains its “old world charm”

What is part of the Dress code?

Well naturally formal dress is required which means men must wear black or gray “morning dress” and women are told not wear spaghetti straps, halter straps, off the shoulder as well as cover all midriffs.

The thing that gets us is that there is also a requirement for Hats or Fascinators.

What are Fascinators?

Basically it’s a headband with a fancy feather or something of the sort.

Just to be clear the getup worn by the Women in the Royal Grandstand is not exactly cheap even in the 19th century “it was common for a small fortune to be spent annually by the most fashionable ladies commissioned solely for Ascot”

So I guess that pretty much establishes Hats as well as Fascinators as really high Fashion.

Info for this article was culled from the BBC, ascot.co.uk. royal-ascot-bets ,and telegraph.co.uk

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