5 Steps You Need To Know For Your Hair Loss
By Patti Wood
When a client makes an appointment to see me for the first time about their hair loss, the first thing I do is send them a questionnaire to fill out. I ask that they fill it out as completely as possible, and if they don’t have recent blood work within 90 days, to get blood work done by their physician.
After, I also ask them to make sure the doctor requests certain tests that are key to growing healthy hair. One is iron, along with the carrier, which is the ferritin. Another is Vitamin D and folic acid, two more key nutrients for hair. Some others are mostly what they check for like thyroid, hormones, diabetes to name just a few.
Next, I review all of the above and look at the clients scalp with my proscope (microscope), then I suggest treatments depending on what the problem could be. Sometimes something has happened in a person’s life such as sickness, stress, or medication, that could be causing the hair losses. Other times it could be genetics causing the problem. It could be hereditary, a mother or father could have had hair loss or maybe grandparents. Being a trichologist is like being a detective, you have to really dig sometimes to find the problem.
After I complete the consultation, I start to offer options for the client, or it may be going back to the doctor for more tests. Keep in mind, if you don’t have any follicles, nothing can help you, not even a hair transplant.
A few treatments I offer in the salon are a scalp mask to exfoliate the scalp of excess sebum. I usually place the client under a steamer for 20 minutes with the scalp mask on and a hair strengthener on the hair. A lot of clients dealing with hair loss also have dry, weak hair fibers. Next I give the client a relaxing scalp massage. There are two purposes for this, one is to help reduce stress the other is to activate more blood flow to the scalp. The following steps are shampoo, and to apply liquid niacin to the scalp which is a vitamin B3 for more blood circulation. Next I dry the client’s hair and put them under a low light laser for 20 minutes. Low light lasers are FDA approved for hair growth and clinical studies show promising results. With the home kits I offer, and the laser helmet, up to 98% stop losing their hair and up to 92% regrow hair.
Trichology is an amazing field to be in especially now with all of the advancements in hair growth. If you or someone you know suffers from hair loss go see a trichologist and start getting your hair back. What do you have to loss but more hair?
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Patti Wood WTS, Owner of Off 5th Avenue Salon, is a professionally trained hair stylist and a certified Trichologist specializing in Hair Replacement therapy and solutions. Patti has helped many clients solve hair loss problems ranging from cancer treatments, male or female pattern baldness, hair thinning, and Alopecia Areata. She works closely with Dermatologists and Physicians in treatment plans.