What is Trichology
07 / 16 / 18

What is Trichology and Why Does it Matter?

If you’re diagnosed with cancer, you naturally want to seek the best possible medical care—and as such, you don’t want to see just any physician. You want to see an oncologist—someone with special knowledge of cancer and its treatment.

In the same way, those who have hair loss shouldn’t settle for just any stylist. What they really need is a trichologist. Trichology is a branch of dermatology, specifically concerned with human hair follicles and the scalp. A trichologist has the subject matter expertise needed to diagnose problems related to hair loss, and to identify the most effective treatment options.

Why See a Trichologist?

There are a few distinct reasons why it might make sense to seek care from a trichologist. Three of the primary ones include:

  • You’re losing your hair. A trichologist can help determine the specific cause of your hair loss—genetics, disease, hormonal imbalance, or something else altogether—and then recommend a tailored strategy for curbing that hair loss.
  • You’ve noticed problems with your hair texture. If you fear that your hair simply isn’t as strong or as healthy as it used to be, or you worry that it’s become damaged by chemical treatments, a trichologist can provide solutions.
  • You have scalp problems. In addition to hair problems, trichologists can also help to address dry, red, or itchy scalps.

What Can Trichologists Do?

The first thing any trichologist will do is conduct an examination. This is painless, non-invasive, and private; the trichologist will simply use some special lenses to study your scalp and your hair follicles, ultimately discovering the possible reasons for hair or scalp abnormalities.

From there, the trichologist’s job is to help make your scalp a healthy place for hair growth. This might mean using special topical solutions or even laser therapy to restore your follicles to a healthy growth cycle. In instances where hair loss has already been extreme, your trichology expert may also recommend hair replacement, such as extensions or a hair system.

The trichologist’s job isn’t to advocate for any particular treatment or product, but to help you find the solution that’s right for you—and this can vary, depending on the extent of your hair loss. Those who are just beginning to see some thinning hair may benefit from laser therapy, while someone who’s further down the line may be encouraged to try a hair replacement system. Again, it simply depends on the individual.

The Benefits of Seeing a Trichologist

Any hairdresser can recommend a wig, extensions, or a hair system to those who are balding—but this doesn’t address the underlying issues causing your scalp to be unhealthy. To get to the root of the problem, it’s important to have the right scientific knowledge, which only someone certified in trichology can provide.

Armed with that knowledge, a trichology professional can provide you with a truly individualized solution—a way to restore your scalp to full health, to prevent against future hair loss, and to realize a thick, natural-looking hairline.

At Abstrax Hair Designs & Restoration, we take this field seriously. We want our clients to look and feel their absolute best, so we provide solutions that are founded in science and informed by the latest methods in trichology.

We are proud to offer full trichological evaluations for our clients, followed by tailored hair restoration solutions. Learn more about our highly-informed approach by contacting Abstrax Hair Designs & Restoration in Toms River, New Jersey, then come see us for a one-on-one consultation in our relaxed, private salon space.