Her area of expertise, trichology, may not be well known, but within her field, Solomon stands alone. She is not only the first trichologist in Cartersville, but the first IAT Certified Trichologist in the state of Georgia and a sitting member of the IAT Board of Directors.
“Trichology is the scientific study of hair and scalp disorders. As a certified trichologist, our approach is not to treat problems symptomatically,” Solomon said. “We’re not just going to cover it up or ignore it. Our goal is to try and determine the underlying cause, and with the training we have, we’re equipped to do that.
“That gives us clues as to determining what the underlying cause of the problem is and we make recommendations based on the findings that we have.”
The issue of hair and scalp disorders is one that Solomon takes seriously, and as an IAT certified trichologist, she strives to approach each situation with care. Keeping her clients comfortable begins with the location and signage, or lack thereof, for her office.
“Recently, hair loss has proliferated. There are millions of American women experiencing hair loss,” Solomon said. “There’s a lot of shame and embarrassment around hair loss. People are even embarrassed to acknowledge it, much less acknowledge that they’re trying to do something about it because that really makes the problem real.
“Sometimes, women who have hair loss — men as well — they have this knot in the pit of their stomach because they realize they’re exposed, it’s a form of exposure. And so I’ve tried to engineer my business to address those individuals and to address their needs.”
Solomon began her career in cosmetology before transitioning to hair replacement. While she still does some hair replacement treatments, her career path took another abrupt turn four years ago when she learned the science of trichology and began treating the cause of hair loss rather than covering it up.
“I was a hair replacement specialist and I could replace it or cover it up and make you look beautiful, but the question I kept getting was, ‘Why am I losing my hair?’ And I was embarrassed because I didn’t have an answer,” Solomon said. “Even though I was a master cosmetologist, you’re not really trained to look below the surface. ... I didn’t have the answer and that bothered me.”
Among the most common causes of hair loss are stress and medication. In today’s world, stress is accepted as a part of life, but Solomon points to natural physiological reactions as reason to consciously reduce stress. In addition to stress and traumatic events, Solomon also asks clients about what medications they take as some side effects may result in nutrition deficiency, which in turn can harm hair growth.
“We live in a state of perpetual stress. So many times, people experience digestive problems, assimilation problems. They experience problems that can be directly related to stress, immuno problems, stroke, heart attack, all those things can be directly related back to stress. So with that going on in the body and us living in this constant state of stress, it’s amazing any of us have hair at all,” Solomon said, then describing a situation in which stressors caused a miscarriage for one of her clients. “If stress can trigger a hormonal imbalance to such an extent that the uterus would release a fetus, can you imagine considering on the scale of importance, what it can do to hair? If the body is threatened, anything nonessential the body will release. So hair falls way down low on the level of importance.
“Same thing with nutrition if there is a deficiency in the body. The body is concerned with survival, so first the body will address the organs and if there is a deficiency, the hair won’t get nutrients.”
Solomon treats each case differently, but common treatment options include low-level laser therapy, specific nutrient recommendations and a dietary supplement for the replenishment of amino acids.
In addition to natural hair loss, Solomon also treats patients dealing with the effects of cancer, radiation and chemo therapy, including cranial prostheses or wigs specifically designed for sensitive scalps and cancer patients.
Solomon received her certification through the IAT, an international association of members and students based out of Australia. In December 2012, she also was named to the IAT Board of Directors, the first in many years from the U.S. since the organization’s relocation to Australia.
“Yvonne has trained with me on two occasions and I have been impressed not only by her willingness to learn but also by her determination to help and educate others,” said IAT Director David Salinger in an email to The Daily Tribune News. “She is well respected for her dedication and the IAT is very happy to have her on our Board of Directors.”
Solomon also conducts training sessions at her Cartersville office. She teaches the principles of trichology to stylists and cosmetologists so they may be able to better serve their clients and recognize issues at their earliest stages. A training held last week brought stylists from as far as Kentucky and Florida.
Solomon can be heard each Saturday on WYXC 1270 AM in her 10 a.m. weekly show, The Hair Doesn’t Lie.
YS Hair Solutions is located at 1010 N. Tennessee St., Suite 212 of the Guyton Business Park, in the same shopping center as Okinawa. For more information, visit www.yshairsolutions.net or call 678-371-2138.