Materials: Hair Control handout
1. Ask students, “Do you know anyone who has lost hair?”
a. Prompt students by asking, “Maybe your dad? Or your grandfather? An uncle?”
2. Ask, “Why do you think they lost their hair?”
a. If students are unresponsive, prompt students by giving them options such as: “Is it because they are tall? Do you think it’s because they are men? Or because they are older? Or because they wear hats?”
3. Ask, “Do women lose their hair?” and allows students to respond. Then ask, “Do children lose their hair?” and allows students to respond.
a. If students respond “yes” to either of the questions, follow-up by asking, “Why do they lose their hair?”
b. If students respond “no” to the questions, say, “Well what if I told you they did lose hair? And it’s actually more common than you think.”
4. Explain, “We all lose hair. Every day we lose 50-100 strands. Men, women, and children can all lose their hair. Even though it may be common at certain ages to lose a lot of hair, people can lose hair at any age for different reasons.”
5. Pass out Hair Control handout and explains:
a. Here are some reasons people lose their hair. Some are completely out of our control—it happens without any help from us and we can’t prevent it—and others are within our control—we affect whether or not we lose hair. Some causes for hair loss can be both within our control and out of our control depending on where you live and what your life is like.
b. Let’s look at the sheet. On the left, it says, ‘Out of Our Control’ and on the right, it says ‘In Our Control.’
c. Things that are more towards the middle can either be in our control or out of it. Let’s take a look:
i. Alopecia: This is a condition that makes hair fall out quickly. It can come out completely or in patches. No one knows why it happens. A person with alopecia is not considered to be ‘sick.’ Alopecia is NOT contagious.
ii. Cancer Treatment: When some people get cancer, they treat it with something called chemotherapy. This helps kill the cancer to make them healthy. A side effect, or something else that can happen due to the treatment, is losing hair. But the benefit of treating the cancer is more important than losing hair, so the hair loss is out of the person’s control because they want to get better.
iii. Nutrition: This is what you eat. The vitamins you get. This can be in our control because we can choose to eat our vegetables and eat healthy food. But for some people, this is not in their control because they may not be able to buy enough food to eat. When someone does not get enough of the right vitamins, it can make their hair fall out.
iv. Styling Your Hair: If you straighten, blow dry, or curl your hair every day or often and don’t use anything to help protect your hair, it can damage your hair and cause it to fall out. Sometimes people put styling chemicals in their hair to make it straight or curly and this can cause some extra hair to fall out too.
6. Ask students which causes for hair loss are in our control and which are out of our control.
7. Take questions.