Chances are you have heard of trichology and know that it has something to do with your hair but may not know exactly what. This is your guide to trichology and reasons you may need to consult a trichologist for professional help.
What is Trichology?
Trichology is a branch of dermatology that is focused on issues of the hair and scalp. The term originated from the Greek word, "Trikhos", which means "hair". In the late 19th century, Britain recognized Trichology as a separate branch of science. Then, in the early 20th century it became recognized as a paramedical branch of science. Today, it is widely recognized as a crucial branch of dermatology that encompasses cosmetology as well. Clinical trichology focuses on the following:
- Diagnosis of hair disorders
- Diagnosis of scalp disorders
- Treatment of hair loss and disorders
- Treatment of scalp disorders
What is a Trichologist?
Trichologists are professionally trained hair and scalp specialists. In order to receive certification, trichologists must go through a clinical program that takes anywhere from 2-3 years to complete. Trichologists work hand-in-hand with your medical doctor to help determine if there is an underlying medical issue that needs to be addressed before treatment continues.
Your trichologist is trained to evaluate hair and scalp disorders based on the individual person's medical history, hereditary factors, lifestyle, as well as environmental conditions in order to achieve a comprehensive view the individual's specific situation. He or she will then be able to suggest treatments as well as lifestyle changes that can help you to improve the health of your hair and scalp.
Reasons to Seek Treatment from a Trichologist
There are four main reasons that you may need to seek treatment from a trichologist. These include hair loss, scalp issues, problems with the texture of your hair, and pre or post medical treatment.
Whether you are in the early or latter stages of hair loss, it is never too late to seek the help of a trichologist. He or she will be able to determine the root cause of your hair loss and suggest recommended treatments including methods to restore your natural growing hair or hair replacement solutions depending on your situation.
The sooner you consult a trichologist concerning issues of the scalp, the better. If left untreated, an unhealthy scalp can lead to potentially irreversible damage to the hair follicles and hair loss. Your trichologist will help you to identify possible triggers, how to avoid them, and suggest treatments for clearing up and managing your scalp condition.
Unhealthy Hair Texture
There a wide variety of reasons you may have issues with hair texture. This includes environmental causes such as excessive exposure to the sun. Other reasons include hair chemicals, excessive stress, high levels of heat, etc. A trichologist will be able to create a plan to help you prevent damage to new strands of hair so that your luxurious locks will be back in no time!
Pre or Post Medical Treatment
If you know that you are preparing undergo a medical treatment, such as chemotherapy, with a high probability of hair loss as a side effect, you can consult a trichologist for advice on how to keep your head of hair as long as possible. Your trichologist will not only help you keep your natural hair, but provide hair replacement solutions until your new hair grows back after treatment.
Take Care of Your Hair and Scalp
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