Trichology is the paramedical science that’s concerned with hair loss, follicle damage and diseases that affect human hair growth. The word trichology is derived from the Greek word "Trichos" which means hair. Trichology was assigned as a separate para-medical speciality in Britain in 1902. In recent times, trichology is seen to bridge the gap between dermatology and cosmetology. Trichology uses holistic methods such as exfoliation, diet, minerals and nutrients to produce a healthy scalp for your hair to grow and to improve overall wellness through a multi therapy approach.
What do trichologists do and how do they help you?
A specialist in scalp and hair loss issues is known as a trichologist. Before treatment of hair and scalp problems, a trichologist will, first of all, carry out an in depth evaluation of a client’s lifestyle, environment conditions and personal history as a means to get to the root of the problem, vs only looking at the symptoms. This is the difference between a trichologist and a dermatologist. As trichologists, we work from the inside out.
With the basic information gathered from the above evaluation, a trichologist can confidently
recommend a unique treatment plan, suggest lifestyle changes as well as nutritional advice as a way of balancing the body, as well as improving the hair and scalp of a client.
As an integral value in the study of trichology, a professional trichologist is meant to have empathy for their client. In expressing such empathy, a trichologist is expected to spend some time counselling the client on the best ways to manage your hair and scalp challenges. This makes a core part of the entire treatment regimen.
Not all hair loss is permanent
Hair loss can be traumatizing. However, in most cases, hair loss problems can be solved or reversed. Some reversible causes of excessive hair loss have been linked to both physical and emotional stress, improper diet, vitamin B12 and D deficiency, ferritin and iron deficiency, and medication which in turn affect the growth cycle of your hair. In these cases if hair loss is detected early, treatment programs with a certified trichologist can help you get results sometimes within 6-12 weeks of treatment.
Options for permanent hair loss
If you are experiencing permanent hair loss, there are options available that will ensure you still feel and look like your normal self. You can have natural looking hair that appears to be growing directly from the scalp. There are many options available that are non evasive depending on your budget.
1. The first and most important thing to do when experiencing hair loss is to book an appointment with a trichologist. Always remember, the sooner the hair loss issue is addressed, the better. “ An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.”
2. Access your eating habits and overall lifestyle to insure you are cultivating an atmosphere where your hair can grow and flourish. During your hair loss consultation a full assessment will be conducted to get to the root of the problem.
Non-Surgical Hair Replacement is an option for both men and women this is the preferred option over surgical hair replacement. This option is not only safer but less expensive.
Taking care of your scalp by keeping it clean and nurturing the existing hairs can help to ensure future damage does not occur.
Cut back on how much you use a flat iron, curling irons and even hot combs as they can further damage your hair.
Above all, ensure that you maintain healthy eating habits because a deficiency in important nutrients can be a factor in your hair loss issues.
The role of health and wellness in hair growth
Taking the right approach towards your nutrition is the first step towards healthy living. And in doing this, you are invariably fueling your body with the right materials that will help it to function optimally. To achieve this, you must ensure that your diet is balanced and rich in iron or ferritin, which is known to boost hair growth.
Get to the root cause of your hair loss
As mentioned earlier, the cause of hair loss varies from one person to the other. In most cases, hair loss may be inherited, caused by stress, nutritional imbalances, other scalp or hair disorders.
Whichever of these may be the reason why you are battling with hair loss, the first and most important step to getting to the root cause of your hair concerns is seeking the guidance of a certified trichologist.
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