Thinning hair, hair loss and scalp conditions can be a common cause for concern for a lot of clients but knowing exactly what to recommend can be tricky.
“Hairdressers often have first-hand experiences with clients' hair and scalp conditions. By referring them to trichologists, hairdressers can ensure their clients receive the specialised expertise needed for accurate diagnosis and effective treatment,” advises Mandy Graham, trichologist, Paul Mitchell.
It’s important to know how hair loss can affect every hair type.
Mandy outlines the following instances where a hairdresser should refer clients to a trichologist: Persistent or severe hair loss; Scalp conditions and disorders; Unexplained changes in hair texture or quality; Allergic reactions or sensitivity; and Suspected scalp or hair disorders.
Mark Blake, (MIT WTS IAT), trichologist and Nioxin ambassador highlights that the sooner a client is referred, the better the prognosis: “Trichologists usually want specific blood tests to help them with their diagnosis."
Hair loss affects millions of people around the world. “Trichology is therefore an important part of a stylist’s education to best support our clients,” says Rob Wood, owner of Novo Cabelo.
Here are some hair habits that are an absolute no-go for trichologists.
Having a tightly pulled back hairstyle - Mandy Graham, Trichologist, Paul Mitchell. “Excessive tension on the hair and scalp can lead to traction alopecia or hair breakage. Opting for looser styles, or giving the hair a break from tight hairstyles, will help maintain hair integrity.”
Sleep with wet hair - Justyna Sikor, Elgon educator. “Sleeping with wet hair makes it more prone to tangling, which leads to weakening and breaking. It also creates an ideal environment for the growth of bacteria and fungi.”
Use the highest heat setting on the hair dryer - Susie Hammond, consultant trichologist at Philip Kingsley. “And don’t hold the dryer directly on the hair - leave a respectful distance.”
Wash your hair less - Mark Blake, (MIT WTS IAT). “I see more problems from patients who avoid washing their hair than from patients who wash their hair frequently.”