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Treat the Cause and Not the Symptoms – What your Trichologist Should be Telling You

A trichologist is someone that specialises in the science behind hair. Hair and scalp conditions can be an irritating and embarrassing part of our life, but a good trichologist will work with you to ensure improvement over the condition of your hair. However, they may not give you a simple pill or cream to cure your issues. Treating the cause of your hair loss rather than simply the symptoms you’re experiencing is essential to long term improvement. With this in mind, here are some ways in which you can help treat the cause of your problem rather than just the symptoms.

Hormonal Imbalance

Hormones can have a huge impact on the quality of your scalp and hair. This is very common problem in women, generally aged between 18 and 40. Hormone imbalance can also be due to stress and childbirth, both unavoidable life events. The change in hormone levels within the body causes hair thinning and breakage, and small amounts of hair loss can be unnoticeable but if huge amounts fall out and are left untreated then this could lead to permanent baldness.

Your trichologist may advise you to treat the hormonal imbalance early by prescribing hormone cream and lotion for your scalp. However, they may well also advise you on stress-relieving activities, as this will help reduce the chances of stress related hair loss.

Diet

What you eat can have a huge impact on your entire body, including your hair. In fact, poor diet is one of the main reasons trichologists see hair loss. As your hair doesn’t serve a vital purpose within the body, your body uses the nutrients you get to maintain your internal organs first. Any nutrients, proteins, minerals and vitamins, are sent straight to your body, leaving your hair until last. This can result in hair breakage and loss. Low iron levels in particular lead to anaemia, which is a common cause of hair loss. This condition is more common within women due to menstruation, and vegans due to a potential lack of iron rich foods.

To avoid hair loss and scalp conditions, your trichologist will give you advice to ensure you have a well-balanced, nutrient rich diet, as this is essential to giving your body, including your hair what it needs. A Trichologist may take a look at your diet to establish if a dietary imbalance is causing your scalp condition.

Immune System

Faults within the immune system could be what is causing a scalp condition and hair loss. Sudden patchy hair loss could indicate an underlying immune system issue that should be treated by your doctor. An autoimmune disease could be simply treated with a nutritional plan or with specific medications. Then you can go on to look at measures to replace the missing hair with your trichologist.

Hair care advice

Badly treated hair may also be causing you problems. There are also a few everyday things we can do to help improve the condition of our hair and scalp to prevent serious scalp conditions occurring and your trichologist may ask you to look after your hair better. Some advice may include:

  • Using the right brush. Daily wear and tear can irreparable damage to your follicles, so help prevent this by using the correct hairbrush. Using a paddle brush that has rounded prongs, along with detangling spray will help keep damage from occurring.
  • Detangling long hair by brushing from the bottom – up.
  • Giving your hair and scalp a daily cleansing routine. After washing and towel drying your hair, apply a hair toner. Toners help prevent flakiness and oily hair and exfoliating your scalp once a week to remover dead skin sells will stop dandruff building up and causing problems in the long term.

As you can see, trichology is not just about applying creams and prescribing medication. The experts at the Wimpole clinic prefer to look at the bigger picture when treating hair and scalp conditions, to ensure a long-term solution that suits you, instead of a quick fix solution that won’t last. Why not call today to start your hair transformation with our help?

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