Hair loss is frightening, saddening and a fearful reality for too many men and women. Yes, women are in the fight against hair loss too. Mistakenly thought to be just an affliction against men; according to Americanhairloss.org women make up 40% of American hair loss sufferers.
Scary numbers but as high as they are, society has pretty much forced women to deal with this problem in silence. It is considered acceptable for men to go through this problem but for women to just throw on a wig* and “deal with it”.
The medical community does not see this as a real disease but rather a cosmetic problem because it is not life-threatening. Unfortunately there is more to it because hair loss can also be an indicator of an underlying health problem. Whenever something bad happens in the body, your hair falling out is often the first clue to the issue.
There are other reasons for hair loss but recently Alopecia (the medical term for baldness) has been in the news more and gaining some real concern. There are several forms of Alopecia including Traction Alopecia, Telogen Effluvioum, Anagen Effluvium, Androgenetic Alopeica and Alopecia Areata but one that many naturals face is simple hair breakage from over-manipulation, heat styling or chemical usage.
For some, hair loss, no matter what the cause is devastating to the point of causing depression, low self-esteem or awkwardness but there is hope or at least help. Finding the help is truly not as hard as one would think, though.
Going to your family doctor may not be the right person and even a dermatologist who does specialize in ‘skin’ may not be the appropriate medical professional either. More women are finding out that making an appointment with a Trichologist may be just the answer they are looking for.
Unfortunately, until recently I have never heard of this para-medical field or specialty. For one thing, I just assumed if you had hair issues you went to a salon and discussed your hair issues with a cosmetologist.
I could not be more wrong. A cosmetologist is a beauty professional who is educated or trained in treating hair, skin and nails. They can help but on a superficial level which might sound insulting though that is not the intent, but very true. If you are trying to decide which professional is best for your, here are 5 Reasons you may need to see a Trichologist:
Trichologists specialize in hair
Any issues you are having including hair loss, scalp problems or disorders or even hair thinning would warrant a trip to a Trichologist. Trichology is the scientific study of the hair and includes disorders of the hair and scalp. Often compared to dermatology, derma means “skin” and trichology means “hair”. That is the major difference.
Trichologists will do an over-all assessment to solve problems of the hair and scalp. Treatment by the Trichologist might consist of the application of a particular cream or lotion to the scalp or the use of nutritional therapy and more. (source)
Carol Greene DuRant says
Are there any trichologist available in North Carolina?
I was wondering the same thing! Going to do a Google search. I’ll let you know if I find anything.