Here’s How You Know It’s Time to See a Hair/Scalp Specialist (Trichologist)

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A trichologist helps people who have problems with their hair or scalp. Client may come to see them after complaining of excessive hair loss, a bald patch which has suddenly appeared, or itching and excessive scaling of the scalp.

These are the sorts of problems a trichologist sees. The trichologist will carefully question each new client and examine the scalp thoroughly to assess the problem and its cause. A microscopic examination of the hair might be required to aid in the diagnosis of the problem. The trichologist must then decide if treatment is necessary and whether the problem is within his or her realm to treat, or should be dealt with by another specialist. Treatment by the trichologist might consist of the application of a particular cream or lotion to the scalp or the use of nutritional therapy.

So What Are The Signs you need to See a Trichologist?

The following are all signs that means you should see a trichologist immediately

  • Excessive hair loss
  • Excessive  breakage throughout your hair
  • A noticeable patch of hair loss or bald spot
  • You experienced thinning spots in your hair
  • Scaly patches of your hair
  • You experienced a loss of lashes or brows
  • Excessive facial hair for women, especially in a short period of time

Symptoms such as ‘burning’ of the scalp or an itchy scalp would also fall within the expertise of a trichologist

Other signs

  • Excessive oiliness or dryness of the scalp
  • Excessive hair breakage after a chemical service
  • Chronic dandruff
  • Seborrhea dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Trichotillomania
  • Excessive body hair for men
  • Use of medications frequently

Ok, I need help.  So how do I find a good trichologist?

Unfortunately, most insurance companies will not cover blood work for hair loss or visits to a trichologist, however you should check with your provider to be sure.  Just like any medical professional, it’s important to find a trichologist who understands your needs.  It’s always a good idea to start with your health insurance provider’s website (if you are using insurance to cover the cost) so that you can find a doctor in network.  If your insurance company will not cover trichology appointments you may want to look into dermatology appointments as some providers may cover a portion of those costs as well.

You can try to ask from peers and relatives if they have anyone to recommend. It’s also good to do a bit of research. You can ask the members of hair communities especially those who are or have experienced what you’re going through to give you suggestions on who to consult with.

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Brandelyn Green is the Founder of VoiceOfHair, a platform to help women of color find the best hair care products, regimens and hairstyles! Since starting VoiceOfHair in 2014 she has grown the social media platform to over 1MM+ on Instagram and Facebook. As a natural who is also a salon goer, she wanted to create a platform where people could find the best products, hairstylists, advice and trends.
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  • Anonymous says:

    I am a natraul and I am loosing hair by the handful. I have tried nearly every hair vitamin out there and I can’t say I seen any kind of results. My scalp is healthy, no flaking, burning or itching. I also have facial hair on my chin and neck. I have done laser hair removal twice yet it keeps coming back! So frustrated.

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        Hi. I am 44y.o. and I have little to no hair on my edges (alopecia retraction) I believe it to come from wearing tight pony tails as a young girl. I have suffered with this condition from the age of 15. I was told that it had been too long and the follicles are probably dead, therefore they will never produce again. Is there hope or should I resort to surgery. Thank you.

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        • Hello Sharie,
          Thank you for your comment. We are located in Austin, Texas but am not a hairstylist. However, I am working on a directory so that we can help you find a hairstylist near you. We will keep you updated once we are ready to launch our directory!

    • Selena Joyner says:

      My hair was bra length and I got a trim to my shoulders. It’s still shedding by the hand fills and around my edges are coming out. What’s going on…

  • Nate says:

    I was over shampooing my head and now I have a really sensitive scalp the good part is that now my hair doesn’t hurt anymore but I’m having itchy scalp I’ve tried to use the T-cell shampoo but that was very uncomfortable I’m taking it day by day today feels overwhelmingly itchy but it’s better than it was he said it was dandruff but I did this on the 28th of last month I was using castor oil and rosemary oil I believe that these two I’ve actually got allergic to both of them but I’ve had allergic reactions to castor oil on the pass

    • Hello Nate,

      Thank you for commenting and sharing your experience with us! Are you also conditioning your hair after you shampoo it? It is very important to condition your hair to restore your hairs PH balance after washing it. Failing to do so can cause dryness, itching and even dandruff because the hair has no moisture in it. Oils act more as a sealant than a moisturizer. So we’d advise conditioning your hair, and adding a leave in moisturizer or leave-in conditioner to your hair and then seal in that moisture with your oils.

      If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

      We wish you the best in your journey 🙂

      • Tish says:

        Dear Ms Green, I came upon your site after researching remedies for hair loss on and off for months. Almost 3 years ago, I let my very thick, highlighted hair grow in. Over the course of the next couple of years I had a few Brazilian blowouts to straighten it and calm the frizz. Of course it grew and for awhile was beautiful, straight, blindfish and past my shoulders. About a year and a half ago , I started noticing my hair thinning.. and it seemed to be getting worse and worse. When I took a mirror and Looked at my head from All angles, I was horrified to see patches bald red areas all Over and thickening parts. I immediately stopped all Coloring and straightening. Since last May I have seen 7 professionals including 3 dermatologists, my gynecologist, a rheumatologist, a visit to hair club and a visit to Bosley’s.
        Essentially I was told I have AGA. No one seems to think anything could help except Rogaine! I do not want to begin using a drug I will need to continue for life- unless of course I have a life threatening condition.
        I have tried a variety of oils, shampoos and
        I did purchase a lazer a few months ago but there is no improvement. Thick red parts and patches abound. I always took my thick hair for granted and I do not want to lose it. I honestly don’t know what to do. I am 69 years old. This is relatively new and I am heartsick. Any suggestions , guidance would be welcome.
        Thank you so much!
        **** My 95 year old mom STILL has a full
        Head of hair! 🤷‍♀️

        • Hi Tish

          Thank you so much for commenting and sharing your current hair struggles and goals! I completely empathize with you and want to do whatever I can to help restore your healthy thick hair. My product (Purefix Elixir Oil) was formulated to help seal in moisture and stimulate hair growth with all-natural ingredients. Because we do not use any chemicals in our product you will definitely see healthier, stronger hair but only if you use it consistently along with scalp massages. Since hair grows on average ½” per month it’s very difficult to see visible results until you use it for at least 2 months, although we have several customers who see growth sooner. Since alopecia can be caused by different things (traction alopecia, alopecia areata, etc.), results may vary. We can not guarantee a specific result. Feel free to email us at [email protected] if you have any questions!🙂

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