What is a Trichologist and how can they help your hair?

What is a Trichologist and how can they help your hair?

For this blog post we are offered some unique insights into the world of hair and the professional you must see when you need serious hair help. The team at Enhance Styling proudly present this blog post for your enjoyment.

When you have a toothache, you go to see a dentist. When you have a problem with your car, you take it to the mechanic. Most financial problems can be dealt with by your bank. For all of life’s issues, there is usually a specialist waiting in the wings to rid us of our woes. This is no different when it comes to our hair although for most people it can be a little confusing.

At some point in most people’s lives there will come a time when their hair goes from being fabulous to possibly a source of embarrassment or confusion. In these cases people often don’t know who to turn to and many suffer in silence, allowing the condition to worsen, often to the point of no return. Visiting a stylist can be a luxury especially in today’s economic climate; many people will turn to You Tube for tutorials on how to recreate their favourite looks. However a stylist can and often will be able to identify any problems as they emerge.

Find Yourself a Trichologist

If you have any concerns regarding your scalp or hair, you need to find a Trichologist. They are a medical professional trained to diagnose and treat all manner of conditions ranging from hair loss to ringworm and anything in between. You may find help with following conditions: excessive hair loss (alopecia), thinning or patchy hair, male/female pattern baldness, excessively dry or oily hair and hair shaft disorders.

When it comes to trends and the latest cuts or colours, your stylist is the expert but as for the health of your hair and scalp, there is only so much they can do. Trichologists are required to complete extensive training courses on hair loss and are bound by a strict code of ethics. Additionally, trichologists complete courses from The International Association of Trichologists (IAT). IAT, established in 1974, is a not-for-profit organisation that hones in on the promotion, study and research of hair and scalp conditions.

Unless you studied Greek you would not know that ‘tricho’means hair and ‘-ologist’ is a person who has studied, therefore a Trichologist is a person who studies hair.

Although they are not medical doctors or dermatologists, they do cover the physiology of the hair in great detail and can usually provide a quicker route back to health than a non-specialist.

Time to see a Trichologist?

There is no condition too small or great. Many people visit a Trichologist when they notice changes in their hair or have had an adverse reaction after a chemical treatment or product. In most cases they will be able to guide you through a treatment plan to restore the health of your hair.

In cases outside of their scope, they often work as an advocate on your behalf, this may be in the form of writing to your doctor encouraging special treatments or in situations where you have had a product or service mishap and need professional assistance in a legal matter.

It is a quickly growing profession, and while there are several large boards. Some individuals have taken advantage of people’s vulnerability. Always ask for professional credentials and ask to see previous examples of their work and where possible client testimonials.

To address hair loss, a correct diagnosis can be useful.A qualified trichologist or dermatologist may be well placed to provide helpful diagnosis and prescribe the most suitable treatment for your condition.