A Trichologist is a hair and scalp specialist trained in life sciences who studies hair and scalp problems in a holistic way. Clients are evaluated on the basis of personal history, lifestyle, genetic factors as well as environmental conditions. Once these factors are determined, a Trichologist would then advise on personalised and customised treatments, proper nutrition and lifestyle changes in order to improve the health and appearance of the hair and scalp.
Besides advising on how best to cope with various conditions, the key trait of a good Trichologist would be his/her ability to genuinely empathise. A study published in the journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, studied the psychological and psychosocial impact and found that women with hair loss developed a negative body image and found it difficult to cope with. Hair loss causes them to feel insecure about their appearance and caused lack of confidence. A role of a Trichologist is to not only treat the problem, but also help clients to boost confidence and feel good about themselves.
One of the most prevalent problems Trichologists deal with is hair loss. Hair loss can relate to hormonal imbalances, autoimmune problems, nutritional deficiencies, genetics, and physiological or psychological stress. This is why it is essential that a Trichologist looks beyond just the hair and scalp – the diet, lifestyle, genetics, nutrition and medical history all come into play and can directly or indirectly impact the diagnosis.