Trichology

Trichology is the science of the structure, function and diseases of the human hair. Clinical trichology is the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the human hair and scalp.

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What is Trichology?

Hair loss and conditions of the scalp affect many women and men, it has been reported that 1 in 5 women suffer from hair loss which may be attributed to various factors such as hormonal or nutritional imbalance, lifestyle, diet, wellbeing as a whole. Both men and women may have concerns about the condition and health of their hair and scalp, conditions such as alopecia, hair shedding and genetic hair thinning being amongst the most commonly discussed hair loss concerns.

Common problems with the scalp and hair can be a result of inadequate nutrition or dietary gaps, illness, traction alopecia, thyroid dysfunction, damage after chemotherapy treatment, hormone imbalance, menopause, genetic issues, follicle sensitivity, or stress.

  • Hair Loss, Thinning Hair or Damaged Hair

    Thinning or damaged hair can be extremely stressful, especially if you don’t know what’s causing it. And, while a large number of people suffer from hair problems, the causes can differ massively from person-to-person. Understanding the underlying force behind Alopecia, Hair Loss, Hair Thinning, or Male Pattern Baldness is always the most crucial aspect of any treatment.

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What Happens in a Trichology Consultation?

You will have up to an hour for a full consultation*, during which a detailed examination will be conducted by resident Trichologist, Robert Eaton. Along with your medical history, you will discuss your diet, lifestyle, relationships, as well as your living and workplace environment, to pin-point any possible reason why you may be experiencing hair loss.

Your hair and scalp will be closely examined and only then will you be provided with a preliminary diagnosis and offered advice on medication, products and/or lifestyle changes that could help with your condition. The consultation is long and thorough because unless we look at all the possible factors that might be causing you to lose your hair, we won’t be able to recommend an effective solution.

Robert will assess your case and provide a comprehensive treatment plan to deliver the results you are looking for with a very realistic and honest approach. This combined with Robert’s hairdressing knowledge and expertise can provide anyone concerned with the hair or scalp with more confidence in how to move forward with treatments in a very positive way.

  • Important Information

    *Please note that you may require further examination, such as blood analysis, to confirm the condition. A treatment plan can then be discussed.

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Reasons to Consult a Trichologist

Hair loss can cause great distress, and there are many misunderstandings about its causes and treatment. Probably the most common type of hair loss is the so-called ‘male pattern baldness’, which, despite its name, can affect women as well as men, and for which, in men, there appears to be no specific, readily-available treatment. This is a problem that requires sympathetic handling, and a qualified trichologist has to understand the patient’s anxiety and help them come to terms with the loss of hair. Some women suffering from this condition can be helped with medical assistance and the use of hormonal treatment.

  • Hair Loss

    There are many other types of hair loss which can and do respond to treatment and advice without medical assistance. There are also some types of hair loss which can have a natural or spontaneous recovery. Excessive hair loss can often be a symptom of some other problem or variation in the metabolism of the body, and for this reason, co-operation between the patient’s doctor and the trichologist is often necessary.

  • Problems of the scalp

    Problems of the scalp, ranging from dandruff to more inflammatory conditions, occupy much of a trichologist’s time. As with the hair, these problems can be symptomatic of some other metabolic variation. Stress, poor diet, or even some allergies to certain foods, can be responsible for the build up and shedding of dead skin cells.

    The management of hair and scalp that are excessively greasy is another area in which the advice of a qualified trichologist is often sought. Here, guidance on the right type of shampoo for any particular individual, and on its frequency of use, might be particularly relevant.

  • Hair Texture Problems

    Problems with hair texture can be caused by over exposure to heat or strong chemicals, or by many of the other stresses and strains to which we subject our hair. In such cases, co-operation with the hairdresser is obviously important, and it indicates that trichologists’ training overlaps both the medical and the cosmetic in areas not normally covered by either doctors or hairdressers.

    Hair texture problems usually respond very well to appropriate advice and treatment, as the cause(s), once discovered, can often be reduced or eliminated altogether.

  • Additional Services

    Where appropriate, a trichologist can give advice to those patients wishing to be referred to members of the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgeons, for hair grafting (hair transplant) For those seeking to gain added hair (sometimes referred to as ‘hair replacement’) in the form of wigs, extensions or weaving, guidance and appropriate referrals can be offered. Advice and support can be given to those people who habitually pull their hair. Likewise, information, guidance and support is also given to those people who have lost hair through chemotherapy treatment.

    Robert is highly skilled with providing, cutting, styling and personalising wigs and has worked with women and men who have lost hair for over 15 years giving him extensive experience in dealing with all situations related to hair loss and helping people reach a solution to the condition they are experiencing.

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