Many conditions can affect the health of the scalp, hair follicles, and hair. Improper diet, nutritional deficiencies, medical conditions, hormonal imbalances, genetics, and stress are all factors that play a role. With so many factors to consider when dealing with scalp and hair conditions, it can be challenging to diagnose the exact cause of an issue without seeking professional help from a trichologist.
What Does a Trichologist Do?
Trichology is the study of the human hair and scalp, and the diagnosis and treatment of disorders and conditions. A trichologist is thoroughly trained in the science of the structure, function, and diseases of the scalp and hair. A professional trichologist is a specialist that helps people who have problems with their hair and scalp, including hair loss and thinning, acne of the scalp, dandruff, and other hair and scalp issues.
A trichologist begins their diagnosis with an initial consultation. During the consultation, the trichologist will consider the client's health problems, as well as diet and lifestyle. They will ask for the results of any blood tests you may have had recently, a list of any current prescription and over the counter medications you take, and a list of hair care products you are currently using.
After the consultation, the trichologist will determine if any further tests are needed and recommend which tests will aid in a correct diagnosis. After completing a thorough examination of the hair and scalp, and contributing factors to the condition, the trichologist will diagnose and recommend treatment options.
Why People With Hair Loss Should See a Trichologist
Hair loss affects millions of men and women of all ages, and there are many misunderstandings about the causes and treatment of these conditions. Thinning hair or hair loss is the most frequent reason for consulting with a trichologist, and it can be challenging to determine the cause. A professional trichologist is uniquely qualified to diagnose the cause and treatment of hair loss and hair thinning. A trichologist can evaluate if genetics, environmental factors, or a combination, are the cause, and recommend treatment options to slow or reverse the condition.
Hair Loss and Hair Density
Hair loss or thinning may show in many different ways, depending on the cause. It can be temporary or permanent, start suddenly or gradually, and affect just the scalp or your whole body. A reduction in volume and noticeable thinning of the hair-diameter often occur over some time, while extreme hair shedding can result in a rapid reduction of volume if the loss of hair is substantial. Any sign of excessive shedding or thinning of hair is a great time to visit a trichologist to determine the cause.
The most common type of hair loss is androgenic alopecia, also referred to as male pattern baldness. Affecting nearly half of all men over the age of 50, androgenic alopecia can be an issue for men of all ages. In most cases, androgenic alopecia is caused by DHT hormones, a derivative of the male hormone testosterone, preying on weak hair follicles.
Healthy hair usually goes through a growth cycle, where first it grows, then it rests, then it resumes growth again. DHT hormones may bind to receptors in your hair follicles and cause them to spend less time in the growing stage and more time resting. Prolonged exposure can cause the hair follicle to shrink and weaken to a point where it begins to produce smaller and weaker hair shafts. Eventually, the hair follicle will die and stop producing any hair at all.
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune skin disease that affects both men and women and causes hair loss on the scalp and often on other areas of the body. The condition is identified by the loss of clumps of hair which leave bald patches on the scalp. This condition may appear suddenly, and while the hair loss may be permanent, it usually passes, and hair is regrown within a year.
Contact Mane Image Hair Restoration Center
A professional trichologist has the knowledge and expertise to deal with any scalp and hair issue. Hair thinning, hair loss, breakage, or a noticeable change to the hair or scalp are all within the expertise of a trichologist. At Mane Image Hair, our staff are experts at diagnosing and treating all scalp and hair conditions. We utilize the latest technology and offer state of the art treatment options for thinning hair and hair loss.
To learn more about trichology and to discuss your scalp and hair issues, contact us today for a FREE consultation.