Trichology is the scientific study of the disorders of the hair and scalp and any other associated diseases. Trichology is a special branch of study that became a paramedical discipline in 1902 in Great Britain.
The word “trichology” was derived from the Greek word “trichos” which means to hair and “logy” which translates “discourse”. Trichology is presently described as the study of all things related to the hair and scalp. It also covers matters such as hair and scalp disorders, as well as finding solutions to such disorders, and subsequently promotes hair growth.
There are many possible reasons and causes why people suffer from hair and scalp maladies, which include hair loss and scaly scalp conditions. Some of the most common triggers of these problems are hormonal, nutritional, physiological, autoimmune, and psychological issues.
A Trichologist is the person who bridges the gap between cosmetology and dermatology. A Trichologist takes a holistic approach to diagnosing and treating hair and scalp disorder and works in alignment with medical practitioners such as cardiologist, neurologist, endocrinologist, oncologist, and dermatologist.
It is the realm of a Trichologists to consult and treat individuals on the following but not limited to – issues, using a holistic approach:
Androgenetic Alopecia (Male & Female Pattern Hair loss)
Cicatricial Alopecia (CCA)
Diffuse Hair Loss
Overactive Sebaceous Gland (Excessive oiliness of the Scalp)
Hair Loss from Thyroid Disorders
Hair Breakage or Hair Loss as a result of improper use of chemicals (e.g. relaxer, highlights, perms and tints etc.)
Hair Loss and hair thinning
Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA)
Pruritus (Itchy Scalp)
Pityriasis Simplex (Normal Dandruff, Flaking)
Nutrition Deficiency Hair loss
Why am I losing my Hair? How Can I stop? All these questions can be answered through a simple consultation. A brief examination/consultation with a certified Trichologist is the safest and most accurate way to identify the reason for your hair loss.
Through the use of microscopic examination, client history, and nutritional analysis, a Trichologist will be able to identify the specific hair and scalp issues where it exists.
An examination with a Trichologist includes:
A follicle analysis
Identify Color Damage
Identify Chemical Over-processing from Hair Straighteners
Identify follicle plugs due to oil, dirt or product build-up
Determine if the hair is falling out in the correct stage or prematurely if hair breakage is occurring or if hair is coming out from the root
Identify the overall condition of your hair shaft and hair shaft maladies
Identify what phase your hair is falling out in (Anagen or Telogen)
Identify lack of follicle nutrition
Identify any genetic forms of Alopecia
Identify Relaxer Damage
Identify if any structural damage
If you are suffering from any types of hair and scalp problem or just looking to keep your hair and scalp healthy, it’s best to visit your Trichologist.