What does a trichologist do?

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Trich0logists perform a test know as “Hair Analysis”, were we will gently remove 10 individual hairs, including the hair bulb, and initiate a Morphological/ Trichological hair analysis under a high resolution microscope. We go to the root of the problem were the cellular mitosis is formed.

We create a Trichological report in a Trichogram form. Based upon the findings of the Hair Analysis, our trichologists may recommend treatments to reverse the causes of Alopecia. Such as Hair Detoxification, Scalp Exfoliation, Stress Therapy, (Electro Therapy), Low Light Laser therapy, application of topical formulations to the hair, and scalp/nutritional changes. Chemical processes, environmental issues, nutritional issues, and any other factors that can affect hair integrity are covered by our Hair Analysis and are included in our recommendations.

In the event we find the Androgenetic cause of hair loss, which is caused by genetic heritage, we can try to postpone the prematurirty of this particular Alopecia. Hair already affected with these kind of alopecia will fall out before they can complete their normal hair cycle. However, taking the right measurements before the issue has time to progress might give the bulbs affected a longer life.

Anit Hair Loss Solution

Common hair problems like hair loss and dandruff require time and effort to resolve. The first step to healthy hair is to determine the reasons behind the problems. It is therefore essential that assistance is sought from reliable professionals to ensure that the right treatment is administered.

MediFast’s Hairscience aims to help those with hair problems. Using state-of-the-art equipment, our Professional Senior Trichologist will first do a hair and scalp analysis to better understand the root of the client’s problem. Having diagnosed the condition, the team of consultants will propose a customised hair treatment programme consisting of in-office procedures and a home regimen with clinically proven products. All our products are tested for sensitivity and safety by SGS. Safe and effective. We understand and care about the importance of having healthy hair. Please come in for a free hair & scalp analysis. Our experienced Trichologist would be happy to sit down and have a chat with you.



Our Group Chief trichologist, KIM FONG is an International Affiliate (UK) with the Institute of Trichologist with over 20 years of experience in treating hair and scalp issues. She has been consulting extensively all across the South-east Asian region, providing reliable and effective advice for clients in their hair growth journey. Kim is a strong advocate of trichological intervention for hair and scalp concerns. She believes that people with hair loss issues should seek out trichologists for a faster, more accurate diagnosis instead of seeking general practitioners.

Sharing more on the common misconception of visiting a doctor instead of a trichologist, Kim recalled her most memorable case: “My youngest client was a 10-year-old boy who was drastically losing patches of hair. He was brought to us after doctors found him to be in the pink of health, and suggested a trichologist instead to find out the cause of his hair fall.

“After evaluating his personal history, lifestyle, genetic and environmental factors, we found that his hair loss was due to trichotillomania – a condition where patients pull their own hair, unknowingly or not, during stressful or emotional periods. We were able to stop the condition from progressing further with the correct diagnosis, as well as stimulating hair regrowth via a customised treatment plan of Svenson’s breakthrough technology and latest formulations. This was memorable as we were able to help his parents understand his condition better and seek appropriate help.”

“His parents soon realised that the patient’s older brother was also displaying similar symptoms. With the discovery, they were able to arrange for help, and with a short treatment program from Svenson, he had a full recovery like his younger brother.”

Echoing the same sentiments is Trichologist
EMILY LAI, who strongly advocates finding the root cause and appropriate treatment needed by consulting a certified Trichologist. Emily has more than 10 years of Trichologist experience, providing treatment advice for hair loss and scalp disorders. Her core belief for hair and scalp care is that time is of the essence in order to reverse or stop the situation, and that modern technology and science can help hair and scalp woes.

“I’ve a 38 year-old female client who experienced very severe hair loss each time she gave birth. Her thinning hair situation was quite serious as her scalp was showing quite obviously.

“This client approached us for help after her third child, when her hair was really sparse. Thankfully, with dedication and science, Svenson managed to help her regain 90% of her hair growth within 6 months – a very fast and promising result. What made it a fulfilling was that the client did not resign her hair woes to fate by dismissing it as postnatal hair fall, and managed to regain her confidence by approaching the right help.”

A Svenson Trichologist with a decade of experience under her belt, LYNN LIU recalls a case under her care – a 48 year old woman who thought she was suffering from

What is trichology ? – A guide to Hair Loss

If you choose to see a trichologist then you will have a thorough consultation – up to an hour long, which is not available at your local GP’s surgery. He or she will discuss all aspects of your lifestyle which includes your diet, stress and any other external factors as well as taking a full medical history.

And he/she will carry out an examination of your hair and/or scalp.

The condition of your hair is an indicator of your general health. Hair which is dull and lifeless can suggest a stressed, unhealthy lifestyle whereas hair which is full and shiny is a sign of being healthy. This is one of several factors considered by a trichologist when deciding upon suitable treatment. If he or she feels that there is an underlying medical cause then he/she will advise you to visit your GP.

You don’t have to have a hair problem to consult a trichologist: many people choose to do so because they want advice on keeping their hair and scalp in tip top condition and so reduce the risk of hair loss.

Prevention is better than cure and doing this can save time and money in the long term.

However, this service has to be paid for which means shopping around until you get the best deal for you. And make sure that your trichologist is a member of The Institute of Trichologists. He or she will have the following letters AIT, FIT or MIT after their name and has to abide by a professional Code of Ethics.

As with any business; most are reputable but there are a few charlatans out there so research this carefully. Draw up a shortlist of possible candidates and visit each of them in turn. Check that the clinic is a member of this institute and ask for a breakdown of the cost of your treatment. If the fees seem too high then obtain another quote.

Do not pay any fees before treatment has taken place.

If you don’t want to go down this route then visit your GP. Even though you will not get an hour long consultation, he/she will still examine your hair and suggest a course of treatment.

Great Trichologist that are inform and passionate are very hard to find . Thats why I’m really excited to make my readers aware of a great Trichologist – Benedetto Cusumano AIT: Consultant Trichologist.

What is Trichology?

Trichology is the branch of science that deals with diseases, disorders and the function of the hair and scalp. It’s essentially the science of hair and a Trichologist is classed as an expert in this field, dealing with all types of hair loss, hair disorders and scalp problems.

A Qualified Consultant Trichologist will be able to help quite non-descript problems which do not fall into a direct ‘illness’ which can sometimes confuse GP’s. Put simply Trichology is the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the human hair and scalp.

You can find more you about Benedetto here : www.trichocentre.com

Ben studied at The Institute of Trichologists in London and in turn qualified from there in 2015 with a credit. During his time here he was also honoured to receive the John Firmage Certificate of Distinction which is only awarded to one student per year. Ben was also selected as one of four finalists in the UK Hair Science Awards 2018 ‘Outstanding Trichologist Newcomer category’ and is an affiliate member of the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery (BAHRS).

He regularly meets with The Institute and over the years has held small group public speaking appointments, written articles for field appropriate magazines and has even met with other professionals including hair salons to discuss the benefits of a Qualified Trichologist. He has also been lucky enough to consult with Potter and Moore International and hold an interview with BBC Radio Essex.

Ben practices in Peterborough UK since 2015. He works with his patients to understand the issues and concerns that they are experiencing and provides a step by step Custom Treatment Programme. I highly recommend anyone reading who wants an educated and professional opinion on their hair that they speak to Ben as he is a good guy !

Benedetto Cusumano AIT
Consultant Trichologist
p: 01733 346338 m: 07436 819572
a: 27a London Road, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE2 8AN
w: www.trichocentre.com e: [email protected]

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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 on your head
  • 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.

3 Reasons You Should Visit a Trichologist Stat

Scalp Sensitivity or Foul Odor

We don’t often realize that the scalp is skin and needs to be treated as such. If our faces were itchy, flaky, red or dry, we’d immediately find a moisturizer or ointment to soothe and hydrate our complexions, but we are often not careful to nourish our scalps. After all, you can’t have healthy hair without a healthy scalp. “While many believe that dandruff remedies are the solution to extreme itching, flakiness and sensitivity on the scalp, they are not the cure for these concerns,” shares Susan Roberts-Cooper, trichologist for Évolis Professional and co-founder of Colour Collective. She suggests making an appointment if any of these conditions persist.

Another scalp concern that should be addressed by a trichologist is any foul smell or odor coming from the scalp. While they may find that this requires additional testing of hormones by a doctor or a deeper dive with a dermatologist, they are likely able to pinpoint the cause of the unwanted smell.

Texture Changes

When we hear hair texture, we think wavy, curly, straight, but within each of those hair categories, it is not uncommon for women to experience a texture change due to the hormones of aging. “Texture changes can include a change from smooth, manageable strands to wire-like and dull,” shares Roberts-Cooper. This isn’t to be mistaken for when you’ve spent a day at the pool and your hair feels dry or wiry, this type of change is typically consistent and usually happens over time.

Though our stylists are often our best friends and know how to transform us from drab to fab in minutes, if you want healthy, flourishing locks, visiting a trichologist can help you meet your hair goals from the inside out.

It can be easy to let our healthy hair habits slip. And, when it comes to daily styling, managing greys, dying and brushing, there are a few hair mistakes the experts want us to stop making.

We spoke to trichologist Anabel Kingsley, from Philip Kingsley, to get the lowdown on what we need to know about keeping our hair healthy and strong.

1. Use the right brush

Hair cuticles help keep the hair strong and resilient and guard the inner cortex from moisture loss and damage. However, unlike skin cells, hair cells do not regenerate once they’re past scalp level, so once the cuticle is gone, it’s gone – which means it’s important to minimise daily wear and tear.

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One of the most common causes of cuticle damage is boar bristle brushes. These can tear away sections of the hair cuticle, seriously weakening strands and increasing porosity. Instead, choose a paddle brush that has plastic, rounded prongs. You may also want to use a detangling spray to help smooth the cuticle before brushing through. When the cuticle is raised, strands tend to interlock like Velcro.

2. Brush correctly

Incorrect detangling can cause a lot of breakage, which can lead to thinner mid-lengths and ends. Detangle by starting at your ends, then gradually and gently working your way up. Detangling from the top of your head can worsen tangles and snap strands.

3. Treat your hair and scalp as you would your face

Think of your hair and scalp care regime in a similar way to your skincare routine. You take them to the same places and they are subject to the same environmental assaults:

  • You cleanse and moisturise your face in the morning with products to suit your skin type, so start your day by shampooing and conditioning your hair with products formulated for your hair texture. Hair health is interlinked to scalp health and frequent shampooing cleans and optimises the scalp environment. Clean hair also reflects light much better than dirty or coated hair.
  • Just like your face, your scalp benefits from daily use of a toner. It helps to stimulate the scalp and ward off flaking and oiliness. After towel-drying your hair, apply a scalp toner in one-inch partings from ear to ear.
  • Exfoliate your scalp weekly to keep it supple and to gently remove dead skin cells and flakes. A flaky scalp is known to cause and/or worsen hair shedding in certain individuals, making this an important part of your hair care routine.

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4. Don’t ruin elasticity

Hair should stretch up to a third of its length when wet before breaking. However, this often isn’t the case. Hair gradually loses its elasticity as it grows, due to general wear-and-tear from styling and chemical processing and things like UV ray and wind exposure – and simply the fact that it has been there for longer.

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To restore elasticity, apply an intensive moisturising mask to your hair once or twice a week. The best ones are pre-shampoo conditioners that you apply to damp hair at least 20 minutes before washing your hair.

5. Don’t put conditioner all over

One of the most common causes of limp hair is incorrect application of conditioner. Only apply conditioner to your mid-lengths and ends, where the hair is older and it is needed the most. If you apply it too close to your roots you will weigh them down.

6. Don’t ignore dandruff

A little known fact is that a flaky scalp can cause hair loss in certain individuals. Scratching an itchy scalp may also damage tissue and cause hair breakage. To clear dandruff quickly and effectively, use a daily targeted anti-microbial shampoo, followed by a soothing anti-microbial scalp toner. Also, try to avoid foods such as full-fat dairy products and drinks like white wine and Champagne – these commonly trigger flaking and itching.

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7. Make sure you eat enough protein

At least once a day we have someone sitting in our consultation room professing they eat an incredibly healthy diet. They do not snack, and have fresh fruit for breakfast and salad for lunch with a bit of chicken or fish. While this may be fine for your body, it’s simply not enough for your hair – and the wrong diet is a very common cause of excessive daily hair loss (also known as telogen effluvium).

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While hair is incredibly important to us psychologically, physiologically our body could not care less. Any nutrients ingested first go to essential systems, with hair receiving whatever is left over. To help ensure you are consuming adequate nutrients for hair growth, eat at least 120g of protein at breakfast and lunch – hair is made primarily of protein.

Energy to form hair cells drops four hours after eating, so if longer than this is left between meals, snack on a nutrient-dense carbohydrate, such as fresh fruit or wholegrain crackers.

8. Don’t live a hair-thinning lifestyle

You have to lose at least 15% of the volume of your hair before you even notice it. Often daily hair fall is normal, but the replacement hairs are finer in diameter and shorter in length – and this can take many years to become noticable. While hair naturally gets finer as we get older, certain factors can exacerbate it – especially if you have inherited a genetic predisposition to follicle sensitivity.

Here, follicles in pre-disposed areas are overly sensitive to normal levels of circulating androgens (male hormones) as well as things like diet, ferritin (stored iron) deficiency, stress and metabolic fluctuations. Finer hairs also tend to be weaker, and breakage can further thin the appearance of the hair.

It’s therefore important to use an all-encompassing holistic approach when treating hair thinning:

  • To help guard your follicles from the damaging effect that male hormones can have, apply anti-androgenic scalp drops to the front, top and crown of your scalp daily.
  • To minimise stress levels, try yoga, Pilates and/or meditation.
  • To support hair growth from within, bolster your ferritin and nutrient levels with multivitamins containing iron, vitamin C, vitamin B12, vitamin D, iron, niacin and biotin.
  • To improve the integrity and strength of your hair and reduce breakage, use a volumising protein spray every day.

9. Don’t speed up the greying process

The time when you go grey is genetically determined. For some, this is as young as 18, while others are well into their 40s before their first white hair appears. However, premature greying may occur as the result of stress, as this can deplete vitamin B levels, so reducing stress levels may be a helpful preventative measure.

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If you do have grey hair, keep it shiny and healthy by using shampoos and conditioners that counteract yellow tones with optical brighteners.

10. Don’t over colour

Colouring your hair can give it depth and warmth. Highlights may also make fine or thinning hair appear thicker, as they add texture and swell strands. But you need to ensure that the benefits of colouring are not negated by damage.

Try not to dye your hair more than every eight weeks, or overlapping and subsequent breakage are more likely to occur. To keep your hair healthy in between colouring sessions, use a weekly intensive pre-shampoo conditioning treatment. However, there is no evidence to suggest that colouring hair causes it to fall out more, or lead to thinner hair diameters.

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