A clinic giving professional, practical advice on hair loss and scalp conditions, Cambridge Trichology is the first of its kind in the area. Owner and clinical trichologist Caroline answers common questions
Q: Can you tell me what trichology is?
A: Trichology is the study of the hair and scalp. A trichologist is a trained health professional specialising in diagnosis and treatment of hair loss, scalp disease and problems associated with the condition of the hair. Since the health of the skin and hair can be reflective of many conditions, a trichologist takes a holistic approach to diagnosis and treatment.
Q: What happens during an appointment?
A: The patient discusses what issues they are having with their hair and/or scalp and the trichologist asks questions about their lifestyle, hair care regime and medical history. The trichologist then performs a detailed examination of the hair and scalp and uses a trichoscope: a special microscope camera that gives a close-up picture of the hairs and follicles. The trichologist subsequently formulates a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Q: Will taking supplements help with hair loss?
A: A healthy diet is essential for healthy hair, though we may be deficient in important nutrients, and in these cases supplements can help. The most important nutrients for hair growth are iron, zinc, and vitamins D and B12. It is important to consume enough protein and eat a wide range of foods.
Q: What is the best way to care for my hair and scalp?
A: Regular cleansing of the scalp is vital to remove excess sebum, dead skin, hair products and environmental pollution. Find a shampoo you enjoy using and shampoo at least twice a week. Follow with a conditioner which helps smooth down the cuticle and protect from everyday damage. Apply a heat protection product if using a hairdryer and keep the heat on low-medium. Minimise use of straighteners and curling tongs and avoid any hairstyle which puts tension on the hair, such as tight ponytails and weaves.
Q: Why do I have a problem with dandruff?
A: Everyone has bacteria and fungi living on their skin called the skin microbiota. Sometimes there is an imbalance or people are more sensitive to these microorganisms, especially the yeasts. Using a shampoo which contains an antifungal agent will help keep the yeasts under control and stop the flakes. For conditions such as psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis, a trichologist can perform scalp treatments to loosen the flakes and ease the itching.
Q: Help! I have suddenly noticed that I am losing much more hair when brushing and after washing it. Why might this be happening?
A: Excessive hair shedding can be very alarming and is caused by a variety of different things including illness, stress, nutritional deficiencies and childbirth. It is important to talk to a trichologist or GP to find out what may be causing it and how to treat it.
Cambridge Trichology is located at 73 Tenison Road, Cambridge. Give the team a call on 07395 660678 or visit the below website to find out more information: cambridgetrichology.co.uk