Raising Trichotillomania Awareness on Mtv’s “True Life”

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Industry Veteran and Long-Time New Image University Instructor Ricky Knowles raises Trichotillomania Awareness on Mtv’s “True Life”

Most hair loss professionals have never heard of Trichotillomania. However, this is one area where our industry can really help and make a difference," Tony Sciara, President, New Image Labs

Industry veteran and long-time New Image University Instructor Ricky Knowles recently appeared in the documentary series “True Life” on Mtv. In his capacity as owner of Ricky Knowles Hair and Wellness in Houston/TX, Ricky was featured in the series, attending to one of his teen clients who suffers from Trichotillomania. Not only did Ricky provide her with great looking hair, but also with a vital boost in confidence.
Classified as an impulse control disorder, Trichotillomania is the compulsive urge to pull out one’s own hair, leading to noticeable hair loss, distress and social or functional impairment. Often chronic and difficult to treat, 2.5 million people in the USA may have Trichotillomania at some point during their lifetime. The disorder is diagnosed in all age groups; onset is more common between nine and thirteen years of age.
During his career, which spans close to two decades, Ricky has been working with many Trichotillomania clients ranging from six to sixty years of age. This affords him not only great technical skills, but also deep understanding of the sensitivities involved. Today, most of his Trichotillomania clients are in their middle and high school years with low self-esteem and little confidence. Ricky helps them with his professional services, which may include just the right hair cut or color treatment to cover up the affected areas in a natural looking way. Depending on the client, hair extensions work well and often a complete hair system is a viable option.
“Nothing is more rewarding than the ear-to-ear grin on my clients’ face and the look of confidence in their eyes, as they go bouncing out the door with their heads held high. I am very excited about this episode on Mtv, as it features a segment of our population which is little heard of – people who suffer from Trichotillomania. It will open doors for my colleagues all over the nation to start working with and helping this group of people,” says Ricky Knowles. “Most hair loss professionals have never heard of Trichotillomania. However, this is one area where our industry can really help. Working with this type of medical client is very rewarding and the services of a trained hair loss professional are truly instrumental in making a real difference in the lives of these individuals,” states Tony Sciara, President of New Image Labs Corporation.

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