WHAT IS TRICHOLOGY?

Trichology is the scientific study of the hair and scalp in regards to its disorders and diseases.  It comes from the Greek word ‘trichos’, meaning ‘hair’. Trichology has been around since 1902 from the Institute of Trichology which was founded in London England in 1902. A Trichologist specializes in all hair and scalp conditions. A Trichologist will give a prognosis, identify and treat hair loss, scalp disorders, hair breakage and clogged follicles. Trichologists are trained to understand hormonal imbalances to determine what treatments are necessary and when it is necessary to see a dermatologist or a physician for further test and/or treatments to get to the underlying cause of the condition.

WHEN SHOULD YOU SEE A TRICHOLOGIST?

If you have sudden excessive hair loss or a bald patch which recently appeared, a Trichologist can help you with your hair and scalp problems.  If there is itching, dry scalp and excessive scaling of the scalp, a certified Trichologist has had intensive training for all scalp, chemical damage and hair issues.  If you notice changes with thinning hair don’t wait, immediately seek a professional to find out what type of hair loss you have.

IS SEEING A DERMATOLOGIST NECESSARY?

Many dermatologists treat only the symptoms of (sudden) hair loss through a medical approach using medications.  Dermatologists treat skin and tissue problems, but are not trained extensively with hair loss.  If you have excessive auto-immune issues that have flared up intensely, a dermatologist can be an option. However, a Trichologist can work with a dermatologist using a microscopic analysis to assist with balancing the hair and scalp with the correct treatments such as hair laser, scalp exfoliation and shampoos.

INITIAL VISIT WITH TRICHOLOGIST

A full assessment will be made through examining the scalp with a magnifying lamp and a 50-100x microscope to assess follicle, scalp, and hair shaft. A case history of the possible cause of the hair loss around diet, stress and lifestyle will be reviewed.  A urine sample and Iridology assessment may be required depending on type of hair loss to get to the root cause.  Please bring latest blood work to ascertain any deficiencies.  Various protocols and procedures are unique for each client. A Trichologist will determine the best treatment that involve genetic hair loss vs. non-genetic hair loss.  A referral to a medical professional will be made if necessary.