In the first week of October, the number of people seeking care at hairdressers in the U.S. dropped from 3,100 to 2,600.
The number of patients waiting in emergency rooms jumped from 2,300 to 2.3 million.
And the number seeking medical attention for hair loss increased from 4,400 to 4.4 million, according to a new report from the Hairdressers Union.
The numbers aren’t surprising.
Hairdresser-related illnesses, like hair loss, are still underreported in the general population, and the U,S.
hair industry is highly fragmented.
It’s a major concern for the Hairdressing Union, which represents over 1,300 hairdresser and salon owners.
The union, which has long advocated for better hair care, has been lobbying Congress to expand eligibility for Medicaid coverage of hair loss care.
The plan would help address a shortage of physicians and surgeons and increase the number that can accept Medicaid.
The Affordable Care Act would also expand the number and scope of services offered by the Medicare and Medicaid programs to cover hair loss and other hair care needs.
The AHCA, a bill passed by the House last month, would make a small amount of cosmetic hair removal an entitlement for Medicare and would give states more flexibility to establish their own programs.
But it doesn’t address the urgent need for doctors to see more patients for hair care.
“There are so many patients that have hair loss who need help,” says Dr. Stephanie Rennie, a board-certified dermatologist and director of the American Academy of Dermatology-U.S.-certified cosmetic surgery center.
“We don’t know what to do with that.”
Rennie says she’s seeing patients at the clinic in Dallas, which serves about 5,000 people.
She says she knows more than 20 people who have been told they have a condition that will require surgery, including children.
Rennicie said the number in the Dallas clinic has been climbing since the ACA was passed.
But in a state that is often home to hair loss clinics, the increase is alarming.
“This is a very, very vulnerable population,” Rennies says.
“It’s hard for us to tell what’s going on with that,” Rensie says.
“Because when we get a call from somebody who has lost hair, it’s usually a shock.”
One day, she sees a girl with a ponytail and says, “You’re a real hero.
You saved my life.”
A few days later, she’s on her knees in the bathroom of the Dallas salon.
“She says, ‘I have hair that I don’t like, but I’m not going to go see a doctor because I don