What Is The Origin Of The Word Trichologist?
The word Trichologist originated in Greece. Trikhos is the Greek word meaning hair.
What Is A Trichologist?
A Trichologist is a hair stylist that is trained to recognize the symptoms and treat problems related to the hair and scalp. These problems include Psoriasis, hair loss, Alopecia, baldness
What Does A Trichologist Do?
A Trichologist is kind of like a hair detective. In the initial consultation, a Trichologist will ask a lot of questions. Answering honestly will only aid in the treatment of hair loss making things sound better than they really are can only lead to misdiagnoses.
The Trichologist will first ask for a family history. This is important because if the bald gene is in the family history it can help the Trichologist find the best way to treat the hair loss sufferer. He will ask what a regular day consists of, what your nutritional habits are, what type of medications you are taking, he will also ask if you are allergic to any medications, and what your lifestyle is like. This is done to determine what your stress level is. This can play a big part in hair loss.
You will also be asked what your hair care routine is, and then an examination of your scalp will be performed. If the Trichologist feels it is necessary, a hair analysis will be done. This is completely painless.
It will seem like an awful lot of questions, but to the Trichologist, is all very much needed to make the correct diagnosis.
A Trichologist treats more than just hair loss. He or she treats scalp and hair problems that can lead to hair loss as well. This person will devise a hair care plan to keep your hair luxurious and healthy.
Often, the Trichologist can diagnose hair and scalp problems at the time of the initial consultation and treatment options are then discussed at that time.
When it comes to actual hair loss, the Trichologist will refer you to your primary care physician for blood work. This will determine if there are any illnesses that have gone unchecked. The Trichologist can offer options for hair loss when the blood test results have been given.
A Trichologist is not a medical doctor, and cannot order blood tests themselves so the last step is a necessary one.
How Can I Find A Trichologist?
Trichology is still in its fairly new to the world. Although it originated in the United Kingdom in 1902, it slowly made its way across the world. There are not yet any laws that govern Trichology, therefore anyone who can read a book can call themselves a Trichologist. Since there are no medical diagnosis’ given, or medications prescribed, it is not a crime.
Experts advise extreme caution. People suffering from hair loss are extremely vulnerable, and since anyone can call himself or herself a Trichologist there are plenty of con artist out there willing to take advantage.
To find a good Trichologist, do a simple Google search for hair salons or associations in the state in which you live. Either of these methods will give you information and telephone numbers of reputable Trichologists in your area. Experts also advise to ask for references of past clients. If they were happy with the results, it will make you feel much more at ease.