What is Trichology?
Trichology is the science of the function, diagnosis and treatment of healthy hair growth. Although not medical positions, certified Trichologists have a qualification from The Institute of Trichologists where they have studied the structure of hair, the hair growth cycle, and the causes and treatment of hair loss. Trichologists tend to focus on the management of androgenetic alopecia, commonly called male pattern balding, or female patterned hairloss.
What is involved in Trichology?
During a consultation with our certified Trichologist you will have a detailed assessment and scalp examination to help identify the causes of your hair loss. She will explain how healthy hair functions, what causes hair loss, and answer any questions or concerns you may have. A baseline set of clinical photographs will be taken using the Canfield stereotactic system, the global standard for clinical hair photography in order to monitor and measure your hair growth.
Our Trichologist will discuss all the possible treatment options with you and the results you should expect. All treatment options are backed by clinical evidence. We do not offer fad or so called ‘miracle treatments’.
Medical hair loss, including conditions such as alopecia areata and scarring alopecia’s, need to be diagnosed and managed by Dermatologists who specialist in hair-loss. If you think you have an underlying medical condition or medical hair loss, you should see a medical dermatologist who specialises in hair and scalp conditions. Our Trichologist can help if you are not sure, in assessing your hair and advising if they can help, or if you need to see a Dermatologist.
Our Trichologist also offers scalp treatments including scalp descaling, and treatments to calm sensitive and inflamed scalps.
Is there any preparation needed for a Trichology appointment?
We recommend that you do not wash your hair for at least 48 hours before your consultation.
It is better to leave your hair loose and not braided or styled, and without hair care products (such as fibres or styling products) in place.
You should bring along details to your appointment of what hair care products you use, what supplements or medication you are on and if you have had blood tests or pathology results in the last 2 years, that is also helpful to bring to your appointment.
What aftercare is required for Trichology?
We recommend a yearly review for repeat photographs and clinical assessment to monitor progress and address any concerns.
What is the cost of Trichology?
A new Trichology consultation is £150 and lasts for around 45minutes. A review Trichology consultation is £100.