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Meet Melinda Galloway of Advanced Hair Aesthetics in San Diego

Today we’d like to introduce you to Melinda Galloway.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Advanced Hair Aesthetics was born from years of experience working as a cosmetologist. Having personal experience coping with stress-related hair loss, specifically Trichotillomania, gave me an inside perspective on hair extensions and the emotional hardship of dealing with hair loss. Naturally, I gravitated toward hair loss clients as a cosmetologist. It amazed me that there was such a lack of education in the industry on different types of hair loss and treatment. I also took notice of the huge gap between the medical community and cosmetic hair restoration. Medical professionals did not advise clients or had very little knowledge of cosmetic solutions that could help their patients. Hair professionals would add hair extensions not even knowing the symptoms of potential underlying medical conditions related to hair loss.

This is how AHA grew into what we are today. I became part of the hair loss community. Working with manufacturers of hair systems, taking countless classes and going to seminars and receiving certifications in Trichology as well as various cosmetic applications of hair solutions that require continued education.

Advanced Hair Aesthetics is a very unique clinic that blends the feeling of a salon with a holistic clinic. We work closely with local medical professionals and refer clients when appropriate. Our hair haven gives sensitive needs clients a private place to relax, restore confidence and walk out feeling great!

We approach all hair with the best products and longevity in mind whether it is biological purchased hair, it needs to look great. The important thing to remember is that combatting hair loss successfully starts when you still have hair!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There have been a lot of lessons on the way. I always say that any struggle is a great way of learning a better way. We are constantly improving how we manage client expectations and misinformation they may have received as well as techniques and new products. We also are always listening to feedback from clients that are indications of something that can be improved. Innovation is always born from something that went wrong and someone made it better. We strive to make our client experience better in every way. Challenge accepted!

Advanced Hair Aesthetics – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We are a Full-Service Salon focused on healthy hair for men and women. We specialize in hair loss stabilization and recovery. We offer many types of extension services from Advanced Micro Links, Advanced Beaded Row with hand-tied wefts, tape in extensions, hair systems, toppers and crown extensions and Scalp Micro Pigmentation.

I think I am most proud of what we get to do. We see some clients that think their social life is over because they are losing their hair and they have closed themselves off. When they find a solution, they blossom, they walk out immediately feeling more confident and hopeful. Of course, any salon goer knows that on salon day you are on top of the world. It’s amazing. Hair is important. We embrace the bald is beautiful movement as we see a lot of Alopecia clients but even those clients love hair accessories! The most important thing is to find a solution that makes you feel great!

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is when you can contribute to making the world a better place, it makes you happy and you can support your family and enjoy life doing it. We all just want to be happy and feel loved and accepted. In the end, having all the things is not as important as having made a difference for the better. I know this is how I was meant to give back.

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