Cosmetologist Helps Women Battle Baldness From Braiding And Extensions

by Stephen D. Riley
AFRO Staff Writer

Gimmick commercials, dry shampoos and mythical greases aside, hair loss can be a complex problem to combat. While baldness is traditionally common among men, the idea that it’s a rarity among women is a fading
tale. Over 21 million women are affected by hair loss and the matter has
become increasingly common in African-American women.

Braids, extensions and other scalp-irritating styles are popular among
many Black women. However, they can cause permanent damage.

“So many African American women tend to put braids, tracks or weaves in
[their hair] to compensate for hair loss and all that does is actually
make the problem worse by ripping out their existing hair,” said 20-year
hair veteran Tiffany Masiello-Helt .

Masiello-Halt is a managing cosmetologist, aesthetician and president
of Precision, an Ohio-based hair treatment center known for its
development of the state-of-the-art Precision Laser Therapy. With
several “cover-up” methods designed to temporarily mask baldness,
Masiello-Halt’s laser therapy has been successfully treating patients
for over 10 years.

Her hair retrieval method uses a technology known as “cold lasers”
which works to stimulate the hair re-growth process at the cellular
level and is one of the few treatments that works effectively on women.

A number of fabrications make hair loss a misunderstood enigma. Wearing
hats, washing hair too often, losing hair with age or the notion that
hair loss is irreversible are some of the misconceptions outlined when
discussing baldness, a series of falsities that Masiello-Halt dismisses

“There are 1,000 fallacies out there about what causes hair loss but
all hair loss is genetic no matter what,” Massiello-Halt said. “Proper
nutrition and diet will help (prevent hair loss) but if you’re
predestined to have it, it’s not much you can do.”

The trained cosmetologist revealed several biochemical mishaps that can
lead to baldness, including hormonal disturbances and distress.

“Hair loss is caused from an enzyme called DHT (Dihydrotestosterone)
and what that is a byproduct of testosterone,” she revealed.
“Testosterone being the main hormone in the male body but women’s bodies
still produce a small amount of testosterone. So any time a woman has a
hormonal fluctuation in the body, that’s what kicks in the DHT. The DHT
also creates an over productivity of the spacious gland where
[produces] all that extra oil and it will actually clog underneath the
scalp so that you’re not getting the oxygen enzymes and nutrients from
the body that it needs to grow. What our laser does is that it
penetrates the scalp, breaks off that enzyme, the body flushes it out
naturally and the hair will begin to grow.”

The success of Massiello-Halt’s therapy has resulted in the opening of
numerous hair centers throughout the nation along with heavy
distribution of its equipment to several specialists. The results of the
therapy are permanent depending upon the patient and typically prices
close to $3,500 with financing options available.

As a result of genetics, hair loss continues to be an ongoing problem
for many races. With the increasing practice of hair retrieval
solutions, the art of combating the issue is slowly gaining some much
needed assistance.

For more information on Precision Laser Therapy, contact Tiffany Masiello-Helt at

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