6 November 2016
Last Wednesday, 2nd November, I attended a short, introductory course aimed at hairstylists wanting to improve their knowledge of trichology. Trichology is the science of hair and scalp problems and, over the years, I have had many clients who are experiencing hair and scalp problems such as thinning hair, loss of hair, psoriasis, eczema, folliculitis and many more and this is what has prompted me to attend a course and find out the most appropriate advice I can give my clients.
The causes of these hair and scalp problems can vary and a trichologist is the best qualified person to give you a detailed examination and any possible treatment plans that can be available.
Hair loss in women can be anything from a slight thinning of the hair, which can be felt when you tie your ponytail back, to the scalp being able to be seen through your hair to severe and noticeable hair shedding/ loss.
Losing hair is often devastating for the sufferer's self image and emotional well being, Approximately 1: 3 women will suffer from hair loss in one form or another at some point of their life. Clients are so upset about losing hair and are often more upset as their doctor is not taking them seriously. Since hair loss isn't life threatening, most doctors pay little attention to women's complaints about hair loss and essentially tell their patients that "it's no big deal” and that "you'll just have to live with it."
Of course what these doctors don't seem to realise is that most conditions can be easily treated, but the psychological damage caused by hair loss and feeling unattractive can be just as devastating as any serious disease, and in fact, can take an emotional toll that directly affects physical health.
There are many scalp problems and diseases, the ones I see most often are psoriasis and eczema.
The term eczema is broadly applied to a range of persistent skin conditions. These include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterised by one or more symptoms: redness, skin oedema (swelling), itching and dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding.
Psoriasis can occur at any point in the lifespan, affecting children, teenagers, adults and older people. It affects males and females equally. Patches of psoriasis (also referred to as plaques) are raised red patches of skin, covered with silvery white scales.
With both these conditions, but in particular psoriasis, clients are very embarrassed and will often apologise about having the condition and many have had a negative and upsetting experiences when visiting the hair salon as their scalp condition has been discussed quite openly and without any discretion which often causes embarrassment.
I enjoyed the course and do feel better enabled to give the appropriate advice and support my clients may need.