What is Trichology?

Q. WHAT IS TRICHOLOGY?
 
A. Trichology deals with the study of scalp and hair problems - the different types of hair loss, baldness, scaling problems that occur, and the non-medical treatment of those maladies.
 
Q. WHAT IS A QUALIFIED TRICHOLOGIST?
 
A. A qualified trichologist is someone who has successfully completed the trichology educational programme of either the Institute of Trichologists based in London or the International Association of Trichology based in Australia.
 
Both programmes' subject matters include anatomy and physiology of the skin, anatomy and physiology of the systems of the human body, chemistry, microscopy, nutrition, hair and scalp maladies and, electro-therapy.
 
Q. WHAT PROBLEMS DOES A TRICHOLOGIST DEAL WITH?
 
A. Most problems seen by trichologists involve either:

  1. Excessive loss of hair, thinning hair, patches of baldness, or hair breakage. 
  2. Scaling problems - either in patches or over the entire scalp. 
  3. Excessive oiliness and/or itching of the scalp.  
A section of the skin showing the hair follicle and fatty deposits (Microscopic)

A section of the skin showing the hair follicle and fatty deposits (Microscopic)
Image used by kind permission:
Dr Hugh Rushton

Q. WHAT WILL A TRICHOLOGIST DO?
 
A. During the initial consultation, the trichologist will determine what the problem is. This is when their knowledge and experience is most called upon. Deeper analysis of the hair or skin may be necessary to help the trichologist determine the cause of the problem and the best way to treat it. Once the cause is established, the trichologist will decide:

  1. If your problem requires treatment and, if so, what treatment would be most beneficial. 
  2. If your problem is such that referral to a medical doctor is necessary. 
  3. If surgical procedures are required, your trichologist will advise you on the best and most effective methods available. 

Q. CAN ANYTHING BE DONE FOR HAIR LOSS?
 
A. Although many body disfunctions can cause hair loss or accelerate patterns of baldness, nothing can be done to reverse hereditary hair loss and grow back genetically destroyed hair. All other types of hair loss and baldness are abnormal so their cause must be determined and, if possible, eliminated. The hair grows very quickly and, in consequence, reflects body imbalances very quickly. Therefore, certain types of hair loss can indicate internal disfunctions of the body, some of which may be very serious.
 
Q. IS MICROSCOPIC ANALYSIS OF THE HAIR NECESSARY?
 
A. In certain cases of hair loss and breakage, microscopic analysis of hair is essential to establish the type of problem that exists. Microscopic analysis can be used to:

  1. Establish whether your rate of hair loss is excessive. 
  2. Determine if the growing hair bulbs are normal. 
  3. Assess the structural damage to hair. 
  4. Confirm the presence of lice or a fungal infection. 
  5. Determine the severity of alopecia areata - a stress related problem. 
  6. Confirm protein-malnutrition in suspected cases. 
  7. Confirm the presence of certain inherited hair problems. 

THE HAIR & SCALP CLINIC
TRICHOLOGY HOUSE
4 WARRINGTON ST
ASHTON UNDER LYNE
LANCASHIRE
OL6 6XB
 
Tel/fax 0044 (0)161 330 1547
E-Mail: info@trichology.co.uk

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