*September is Alopecia Awareness Month. What is Alopecia? It is the medical term for hair loss, and a very broad umbrella for over 75 types. I would like to educate many of you who may have never heard about the field of Trichology.
Trichology is the scientific study of Alopecia and scalp disorder maladies, which began in 1902 in London, England. A board certified Trichologist is a person who has enrolled and completed the required intense curriculum from a Trichology Institution.
Some consumers have been reading about Trichologists in national magazines, the Internet, newspapers, radio, and television ads. Word of mouth has also been a powerful tool in advertising Trichology.
What does a board certified Trichologist do? A board certified trichologist will access internal and external factors to determine the root cause(s) of the onset of alopecia and/or scalp malady during a Consultation. Compared to a Cosmetologist who will only mask the problem with hair extensions, hairstyles, etc. In addition, a board certified Trichologist will incorporate two microscopes during the Consultation, a Polarized Microscope and Tricholscope is used.
A Polarized Microscope will reveal the following:
- Clogged hair follicle
- Product buildup
- Nutritional and water absorption
- Chemical Damage
- Nutritional deficiencies
A Tricholoscope will reveal the following:
- Scaly Scalp Condition (5 types)
- Poor Scalp Circulation
- Erythema & Inflammation
- Folliculitis and Scalp Lesions
- Cicatricial Alopecia, and the list goes on.
The degree of severity may vary from very mild cases to very severe cases per individual. Dr. Amerson’s Therapeutic Essentials are very effective in hair restoration and resolve many scalp maladies.
Signs and symptoms are also important indicators of a Scalp Crisis.
Symptoms could include:
- Scalp tenderness
- An excessively itchy scalp
- Burning or tingling sensations
- Crawling sensations on the scalp.
- If the scalp itches immediately after application of bonding glue.
Signs could include:
- Black dots on it.
- Abrasions of any kind.
- A dry or oily scalp
- Patchy alopecia or other alopecia conditions
- Flaking scalp, and on goes the lis
Trichology is considered a paramedical field including the growth, anatomy and physiology of the hair shaft, follicle, and scalp maladies. Put simply, a board certified Trichologist puts emphasis on maladies of the hair and scalp. This field is actually above Cosmetology and below Dermatology. Since this is the case, a board certified Trichologist works closely with other professionals such as family practitioners, medical doctors, internal specialist, endocrinologists, dentists, nutritionists, psychiatrists, dermatologists, cosmetologists, and other trichologists. The basis for the proper treatment of clients lies in correct identification of the malady. This begins with an accurate Consultation.
In closing, seek the professional expertise of a board certified Trichologist when you observe any sudden or unusual changes with your hair and/or scalp Avoid home remedies and concoctions from friends. Knowledge of the onset of your alopecia and scalp malady is vital to resolving it. In addition, using an effective treatment product, such as Dr. Amerson’s Therapeutic Essentials, will assist with alopecia and scalp maladies.
For additional information contact Dr. Linda Amerson at LA’s Hair & Scalp Clinic
Tanya R. DeVaughn