What is Trichology
Trichology (from Greek τριχός or Trikhos, "hair") is the branch of science that deals with diseases, disorders and the function of the hair and scalp.
What is a Trichologist / Trichology?
Trichology is the science of hair and scalp problems - A Trichologist is a person who studies this subject. A Trichologist is an expert in all types of hair loss, hair disorders and scalp problems.
What is a Qualified Trichologist?
You do not have to be registered to be called a Trichologist and so only practitioners who have undergone several years of training with the Institute of trichologists can call themselves a ‘qualified’ trichologist.
This programme has been running since 1908 and the syllabus is comprehensive, covering everything from scalp physiology, anatomy and chemistry to hair microscopy, nutrition, diseases and disorders pertaining to the hair and scalp and treatment thereof.
Once an individual has qualified as a Trichologist, they must practice in accordance with a code of conduct, ethics and principles outlined by the Institute of Trichology.
Why should I go to a Trichologist rather than my GP?
This type of care was not readily available before, because of the lack of specialists in this field and because doctors and other medical practitioners do not have the time to spend with patients on such a ‘low priority’ matter such as hair loss, A Trichologist is in a unique position to help the medical professionals understand hair disorders as well as their patients.
Most people can feel very self-conscious. It’s not something that is easy to talk about, although it affects both men and women and it is remarkably common. It affects self-esteem and in severe cases leads to a lower quality of life and depression. Visiting your GP is an option, but many GPs do not necessarily view hair loss as a serious condition and do not have the time to spend on such a ‘low priority’ matter. Unfortunately, hair loss may be the reason of the visit to the doctor, there is usually a more serious problem which is underlying which the regular GP will have little knowledge of. A Trichologist is well placed to take the time to find out your history and make a diagnosis and make plans for the treatment.
Here is a Generalised list of problems a Trichologist can help you with:
• Androgenetic Alopecia
• Auto-immune Alopecia
• Scarring Alopecia
• Telogen Effluvium
• Infectious hair diseases
• Hair restoration
• Scaly Scalp
• Itchy Scalp
• Painful scalp
What else can a Trichologist help me with apart from hair loss?
A qualified Trichologist is a specialist in scalp and hair problems, but that is not all!
A specialist Trichologist will also be able to help quite non-descript problems which do not fall into a direct ‘illness’ and so stump most GP’s! Things such as itchiness of the scalp (Pruritus), dryness, oiliness and scaling of the scalp all come under the trichologists remit.
Conditions which are chronic and may be stubborn to treat, things like alopecia, male-pattern baldness, as well as different forms of psoriasis dermatitis and eczema.
Trichology is not a medical discipline but neither is it an ‘alternative therapy’ such as, acupuncturists, reiki, and homeopathy. Iain Sallis is the only trichologist in the U.K to work within Hospitals.
Some Trichologists offer Non-medical treatment, what does that mean?
Non-medical treatments of most hair problems are largely ineffective, time consuming and costly, it is important to find out what the problem is and how best to manage it, through proper diagnostic procedures (eg: blood tests). A Qualified Trichologist should liaise with your medical practitioner and recommend treatments/tests to diagnose and treat the hair/scalp problem.