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Short Hair Syndrome

Short Hair Syndrome & Follicular Epidermis Alopecia

Fact: Many women are losing their hair at an alarming rate.

Many women have suffered from two hair disorders that Akbari has discovered and coined as Short Hair Syndrome and Follicular Epidermis Alopecia. These are very real and serious hair disorders that affect many women. Lisa Akbari’s Hair Nutrition System is a part of the treatment of Short Hair Syndrome, which she defines as:

A vicious cycle of hair growth and hair breakage due to some form of disruption in several areas of the hair strand. The hair breakage or loss of hair is the target symptom and the end result of a group of symptoms that collectively characterize this hair disorder. Other related symptoms that will appear within the hair strands are poor elasticity, chronic split ends, a change in the texture, tears in hair strands, and sometimes a slight change in hair color.

Although some symptoms of SHS may require microscopic hair analysis to detect, some can be discovered by personal observation. Click here for help.


Short Hair Syndrome, the disorder itself, cannot be inherited, but there are those who are predisposed to this hair disorder because of inherited similarities in hair texture and type. Also, there are hair care habits that are passed on from one family member to another that will cause this hair disorder to develop.


Anyone can develop this hair disorder, but short hair syndrome usually develops among black women and children with a combination of fine textured, extremely kinky hair type, and white women with fine textured hair. This cycle usually starts at a very young age and continues on as an adult. Black children with SHS are sadly labeled as having “bad hair”. In many cases, as they become adults, the hair is usually kept in a short tapered style or with some form of added hair. Most individuals are not aware of what causes their hair to break. These individuals are convinced that their hair “just won’t grow,” or they feel that their hair will only grow to a certain length and stop. Although the hair texture and types I’ve mentioned are the most likely to develop SHS, anyone can develop this hair disorder.

Below are questions which are answered in Chapter 8 of Lisa’s book.

  • How do you know that you have developed Short Hair Syndrome?
  • Can this be corrected?
  • Will better nutrition prevent the development of Short Hair Syndrome?
  • Isn’t Short Hair Syndrome just another form of damage that is easily corrected with good conditioners? (Yes and No)
  • How can I break away from this hair disorder?
  • Couldn’t we solve this problem if we stop wearing chemicals in our hair?

Follicular Epidermis Alopecia

Follicular Epidermis Alopecia is a form of scalp hair loss which offers the appearance of Alopecia and is quite often misdiagnosed as pattern baldness, but the two are very different. Follicular Epidermis Alopecia originates in the epidermis (outer) layers of the scalp where the mouth of the follicle rests. Pattern baldness originates in the dermis (inner) layers of the scalp where the inner follicle rests. Although FEA can develop on any area of the scalp, studies show that the crown areas of the head is the number one place of origin and the front hair line area is the second most likely location for it to appear. Early detection of FEA can occur by noticing the first sign of a change in the density (hairs growing from the scalp) of your head. An increase in hair loss, scalp itch, flaking or peeling of the scalp, tender or sore scalp, and redness of the scalp also might be signs that you have FEA.

If you or someone that you know may show signs of SHS or FEA call 901-380-4445 and ask for a phone appointment for free counseling from Trichologist Lisa Akbari.