About Andrea Hayden

Director, International Association of Trichologists (IAT), USA Owner, The Hair Management Group, San Antonio TX

Andrea Hayden started her career as a cosmetologist, at the age of 16, after graduating from Fox Technical High School in San Antonio, Texas in 1982. For the first ten years of her career, Andrea worked in the premiere salons in San Antonio. During those early years of her career, Andrea began developing her foundation for healthy hair. As a self-proclaimed education junkie, she was continually seeking out the best solutions for her clients to achieve and maintain a healthy hair lifestyle.

In 1993, Andrea opened her first business, Salon Visage, with her business partner Maria Moreno, and it quickly grew to one of the most well known multicultural salons in the city of San Antonio, employing well over 45 cosmetology professionals. While at Salon Visage, Andrea quickly became known in her area as a person specializing in healthy hair as she continued to advance her career. In time, the challenges of running a business didn't allow her to focus on furthering her education in hair loss, where her real passion lay. After many years of working in her salon with clients trying to camouflage hair loss, side effects of medications and unhealthy life style choices, she began a quest for solutions. Her goal was to make a difference in the overall health of her clients. Andrea had experienced health issues since the age of 16, including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and a thyroid condition that had resulted in her own hair loss experiences, beginning her interest in becoming a hair restoration expert. Andrea began studying trichology, the scientific para-medical study of hair and scalp disorders, and embarked on a new calling - the restoration of women from the inside out. Understanding the body's systems can reveal the underlying issues contributing to hair loss. These studies placed Andrea on the cutting edge in the trichology field. Her own hair loss experiences have been an unfortunate benefit in her Trichology business. Andrea has stated often that your life's passion is rooted in your pain.

In 2005, she sold her partnership in Salon Visage and stepped out on her own, starting The Hair Management Group. Andrea wanted a special environment for her hair loss clientele, one that felt less like a traditional salon and more like a medical spa. Clients with special issues had complete privacy and her undivided attention during treatment. Trichologists are academically trained in hair and scalp biology and how to recognize disorders or early signs of potential issues yet do not diagnose or treat them medically. Hayden sometimes partners with physicians for clients with medically induced hair loss. After a detailed consultation in the clinic and a digital microscopic hair and scalp analysis, Andrea makes an assessment and discusses treatment options. Treatments include hair detoxification, Low Level Laser Treatments (LLLT), scalp exfoliation, topical solutions and hair replacement if necessary.

Andrea sees a mix of Ethnic and Caucasian clients and notes that while they all have similar hair loss issues, ethnic clients tend to have much more chemical and mechanical causes. She explains that ethnic hair is textured and when chemicals are improperly applied or without a licensed professional trained in maintaining healthy hair and scalp, extreme damage couldresult. Additionally, the improper installation of hair extensions and tight braiding can strain the hair and cause traction alopecia, which can result in large areas of hair loss. Andrea acknowledges that if treated early, traction alopecia can be reversed.

Andrea was compelled to become the bridge that helps women reach the medical and nutritional support to restore their self esteem, while managing their hair loss. This is why she has trained under many recognized programs specializing in hairloss. Andrea also holds the designation as a Certified Natural Health Professional through The National Association of Certified Natural Health Professionals. She is currently completing an internationally recognized certification program with the International Association of Trichologists in Sydney, Australia which is the only globally recognized trichology association today. In addition, Andrea is a Certified Hair Loss Professional though the Hair Loss Control Clinic and recently named their Multi-Cultural Hair Loss Expert.

Through her experience and education, Andrea developed keen business acumen. She has had the opportunity to participate in a myriad of training courses, workshops and seminars that has allowed her to establish an expansive foundation for which to build her career. As a result, through her Business Success Coaching, Andrea has provided guidance on marketing, business planning, space planning, front desk procedures, product selection and placement, private labeling human hair attachments, equipment and products, plus a myriad of ways to assist stylists and trichologists in recession proofing their businesses. The goal is to build establishments whose treatments and expertise extend well beyond standard cosmetology to compete in the ever-changing industry landscape.

Andrea has been featured in the February 2010 edition of Essence magazine where she was listed as one of seven hair loss experts in the country and again in November 2010 when she was requested to contribute to an article focusing on healthy hair and health. Andrea was listed in the inaugural edition of Who's Who in Black San Antonio and again in the 2012 African American edition of Who's Who in San Antonio. In the past, she has held positions as ambassador for the southwest region for The National Hair Society, treasurer for The Alamo CityBeauty Cultural League, and volunteer for the Look Good, Feel Better program with the American Cancer Society. In 2013, Andrea was appointed as the Director, International Association of Trichologists (USA). In this role, she will be responsible for all IAT operations in the United States to include IAT's annual International Trichology Conference.

Andrea was the recipient of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award for the Alamo City Beauty and Barber Association. In 2013, she is the recipient of the San Antonio Business Journal's Women in Leadership Entrepreneurial/Inspirational Leadership Award.

Andrea is an avid supporter of the South Central Chapter of the Lupus Foundation and conducts yearly food drives for the San Antonio Food Bank.

Andrea is married to Gene E. Hayden, Jr., Captain, United Stated Air Force retired. They have 2 puppies they call their 4 legged children, Dolce and Gabbana.

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