Back in June, I did a post about customer service and yesterday I was reminded of just how important it truly is. When you start working with a representative from a company it can be tough to continue the relationship if your contact is on vacation, out of the office for an extended period of time or leaves the company. When considering a hair replacement solution, it is a very personal topic and many times, the clients I consult with become comfortable speaking with me and only me about their hair loss. So what happens now as I am currently out of the office for an extended period of time?
Vicki, the salon’s General Manager has taken over my role! Before my leave began, she was integrated into my daily communications with our current hair restoration clients and potential clients considering a hair loss solution. She was given access to all my notes and was able to step in and pick up right where I left off.
Now you may be saying to yourself, “well isn’t that what should happen in someone’s absence?” and your absolutely right, it is, however, in some businesses, especially larger companies, that’s not always the case. I was communicating with a large company on a customer service matter for quite some time. Yesterday, I called the person I had been speaking with to find out they were on vacation. From there, I was bounced around from representative to representative trying to find someone who could help me while my contact was out. No one had any information on my situation. As a consumer, it was very frustrating and what had been a positive customer service experience quickly turned in to a not so positive one.
So this interaction caused me to reflect on Santangelo’s and made me appreciate the fact that we do things differently. Our customers are always at the top of our mind and we make sure that our hair restoration clients are well taken care of regardless of who is in the office! We know hair loss is a sensitive subject for most men and women dealing with it and customer service is key in easing someone’s anxiety about pursuing a hair replacement solution…and that’s the Santangelo’s difference!
As with any major purchase in life, the clients that I meet with often do their “homework” before coming to see me. They almost always do research online and sometimes, they get consultations from other hair replacement companies. I often get asked the question, “what makes Santangelo’s different from Hair Replacement Company X?” so I thought our blog would be a good place to answer that question!
There are several things that make Santangelo’s different, the first and most important, is our comittment to customer service. We aren’t a huge corporation that has written procedures for handling customer concerns. We work with our clients on a case by case basis to insure that they get a solution that fits THEM and THEIR NEEDS, not just follows a policy.
Second is our staff and the way our company is structured. Our staff is second to none. They like what they do and it shows. We provide regular training to keep them up to date on the latest trends in the industry and we encourage them to grow as professionals by learning new techniques and services. As a result, we have low turnover rates so we won’t be seeing someone new every time you come in. One of our Technicians has been with us for over 15 years! That is unheard of in this industry!
Given that our company is locally owned and operated, our owner has some skin in the game. He wants to make sure we are all doing what we can to keep Santangelo’s reputation positive in the community and to retain every client that we work with. To do this, he hired a General Manager to oversee the non-surgical side of hair replacement as well as our salon and spa and then there is also myself, the Hair Replacement Consultant, that walks you through the process of choosing a solution. By having two people specifically devoted to these functions, we are able to insure that a certain level of quality is maintained.
If you choose a hair transplant surgery with us, you’ll really see a difference! Unlike our competitors, we bring the Doctor to the patient. A Consultant is with you throughout the entire process, including the day of the procedure. You get the Consultant AND the Doctor’s cell phone number to leave with in case you have any questions or concerns after hours, which again, is practically unheard of! When you do a surgical hair transplant with Santangelo’s and Dr. Agnesi, you truly get personalized care and a personalized hair loss solution.
There you have it, the Santangelo’s difference spelled out in black and white. Non-surgical and surgical hair restoration are competitive industries. In order to survive, you have to be a step above your competitors and at Santangelo’s we do that by providing exceptional customer care!
In the last month, I’ve had several clients who have decided it’s time to pursue a hair loss solution after talking with them about their options for over a year! So why now? What changed? What made them decide it was time?
Sometimes the client thinks “it’s not that bad” and they put it off until they see a picture of themselves or they look in the mirror one day and realize their hair loss is progressing. Sometimes it’s financial, clients have to wait until they can afford the hair loss solution they want. Other times it’s just plain fear, they are nervous to commit to a change and/or they are also afraid of what others may say.
Regardless of what is holding you back, I always advise clients to do what is going to make them happy when they look in the mirror. If you look in the mirror and your hair looks great, then chances are we will never meet but if you notice your hair is changing, maybe thinning a bit and you make the effort to come in and have a free consultation, you are concerned about what the future holds for you hair. If you weren’t you wouldn’t invest the time in learning your options.
It’s ok if you’re not ready to act immediately. It’s good to do your homework and learn about your different options. It’s also fine to take some time to prepare for the comittment whether it be financially, mentally, socially or all of the above.
Regardless of what is holding YOU back, always remember that deciding what to do about your hair is a BIG decision, but doing nothing at all is an even bigger decision. You are making the decision to leave your appearance as it is. Although doing nothing about your hair loss might seem like the easiest option, quite the opposite is true. How you see yourself in the mirror will be with you continually.
For almost two years, this client has faithfully attended Laser Hair Therapy visits and taken every recommendation we’ve made to him. The outcome…more hair! When this client first came in for his consultation, he was wearing his hair very short, almost completely buzzed because it was thin and there was nothing else he could do with it plus the thinning was more noticeable when it was long.
He started out doing a one year Laser program in the salon, then after his first year, he purchased an iGrow unit and began using it at home in conjunction with the dhtSensor products. At about 18 months of total use, he also started taking Finastiride prescribed to him by our Surgical Hair Restoration Expert, Dr. Agnesi. The photos on the bottom right represent his progress between 18 and 21 months of use.
Restoring your own natural hair is possible, you just have to be patient and remain consistent with your treatments. What’s next for this client? He’s going to continue using the iGrow laser and the dhtSensor products indefinitely. He also plans to continue taking Finastiride. If he can’t restore a full head of hair using these methods, he has considered doing a small hair transplant to complete his transformation. Because of the progress he’s achieved with the laser, if he does decide to do a hair transplant, the procedure will be much smaller and much less expensive. Patience paid off for this client!
I hear this question all the time from my potential clients and when they hear my answer, they are often disappointed. Like any other change you make in your life whether it be weight loss, quitting a bad habit or resolving to improve something about yourself, there is no one time solution, it’s on going process that requires regular attention in order to achieve and maintain results.
The same holds true with hair loss solutions. There is no one-time, maintenance free cure for hair loss. Non-surgical hair replacement options, like a hair system, require a client to visit us for regular maintenance. Laser hair therapy, another non-surgical option, requires regular visits for a year and then maintenance visits afterward. Even using products and/or prescription drugs requires a daily time commitment from a client.
Surgical hair transplants are the closest thing to a maintenance free, one time solution that a client can get, however, even with surgery, a client may require maintenance down the road, and it can take up to 18 months before you see the full impact of a surgical hair transplant.
Bottom line, change takes time and commitment, so before you pursue a hair loss solution, ask yourself if you’re ready to commit to change.
When I begin a hair loss consultation, I always start by asking the client to give me some information about what they have noticed with their hair and I try to learn more about what may be causing their hair loss. When we start to talk about what may be causing their hair loss I always ask clients if they have seen a Doctor. With the explosion of the Internet and the resources it has to offer, I find it becoming more and more common for consumers to turn to the Internet to self diagnose their problem.
The Internet can be a very valuable tool for researching and educating yourself but it shouldn’t be your primary resource for establishing a diagnosis. Hair loss can be caused by a number of things so it is important that if you start to notice your hair thinning, you should mention it to your Doctor so he/she can make sure there are no other health related factors that are causing your hair to come out.
When it comes to hair loss solutions, like a surgical hair transplant, Laser Hair Therapy or other non-surgical hair replacement options, consumers are also taking more time to research their options online before committing to a treatment plan. It is great to work with a knowledgable client, they are usually my easiest consultations because they have an idea of what they want before they even walk through the door.
On the other hand, they can also be my most challenging. When a client reads something online about a hair loss solution that makes them nervous or “turns them off” to a particular option, they are limiting what we can do to help them. It’s important to keep in mind that many things you read in blogs or on social media sites are typically people’s opinions or perceptions. Someone else’s perception or experience may be totally different from what you’d experience. To find a solution that best meets YOUR individual needs, approach hair loss solutions with an open mind because what you read online may lead to the perfect solution or turn you away from one that could change your life!
Hair loss affects people of all ages. I often see young people who are in high school, or college and they have already noticed their hair starting to thin. Hair loss is hard on a person at any age but can you image how devastating it would be for a child?
A few months ago, I met a 12-year-old girl with Alopecia. For maintain her privacy, we’ll call her Julie. With a big, beautiful smile, Julie walked into my office wearing a wig. Her Mom had called wanting to know about wig alternatives for her.
We sat down and discussed getting Julie into a hair system that was bonded. I explained that wearing a hair system would allow her to do a lot more without worrying about her hair. Her Mom said swim was starting at school and it would be wonderful for her to be able to participate without worrying about her hair.
They decided to join us and a few months later, just before swim started, Julie came in for her first delivery. Her hair system looked beautiful when she left and for the first time in a while, she was able to participate in swim without worrying about her hair!
A hair system can be a wonderful alternative to a traditional wig. Many wigs are designed to be taken on and off and they don’t allow you to do things like go swimming, ride a motorcycle or even go out on windy days like we recently had in Western New York. With a hair system you can live life without worrying about your hair.
Visit the non-surgical hair replacement section on our website to learn more.
When someone is dealing with hair loss, they often search for ways to make sense of it. They want a reason as to why this is happening to them. I’ve found that some clients find comfort in associating their situation with the common myths that have been passed down from generation to generation about hair loss. During my consultations with prospective new clients I often hear things like “well my Mom’s family lost their hair,” or “I wear hats alot,” or even “I shampoo my hair every day.”
The truth is, these statements are all myths out there about hair loss. According to the American Hair Loss Association androgenetic alopecia, more commonly known as male or female pattern baldness, is the most common cause of hair loss and is inherited through genetics from either side of someone’s family, not just the Mother’s, another common myth about hair loss.
Hair loss can be caused by many other things such as the environment, a medical condition, even nutrition so before you blame hat wearing for your hair loss, it’s best to speak to a medical professional and get some real answers!
Here are a few useful links to help you understand hair loss and to learn whats a myth and what’s not.
Gone are the days of Grandpa’s toupee! Now, consumers have options to choose from when considering a hair loss solution, but with options comes questions, like which hair loss solution is right for me?
Most full service hair replacement studios, including Santangelo’s, offer free, no obligation consultations. At Santangelo’s, consultations are confidential and are not a high pressure sales pitch. Instead they are more of an educational opportunity. The Consultant will ask some questions about your health, your hair loss history and also about your lifestyle in an effort to help recommend which solution might work best for you.
Once the Consultant has your options narrowed down you can expect them to go into detail about what each solution entails. This is a time for you to ask questions and take in all the information you need to make an educated decision.
Depending on how long you’ve been dealing with your hair loss problem, you may or may not need some time to think over your options. Some decide to join us on the spot, others need to sleep on it. Either way, we are here to help and answer questions, so ask questions and get excited. Once you choose a hair loss solution, the way you see yourself in the mirror will change for good!
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The posts found here at santangelohair will be written from the perspective of a Hair Restoration and Replacement Consultant. At Santangelo’s, the Consultant meets with all potential clients to explain their options and help them choose the hair loss solution that will best fit their needs.
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