This week we talk to our Trichologist partner Andrea Clark about her craft of Trichology. But what is Trichology? It is the scientific study of the hair and scalp. It stems from the Greek words 'trichos'; meaning 'hair' and ology; 'the study of'.
Andrea Clark is a Hong Kong-based Trichologist, originally from Melbourne, Australia, with over 30 years in the hair industry. Qualified through the International Association of Trichologists, she offers consultations where blood tests (arranged through Zanolife) are sometimes suggested. The Zanolife Blog recently took time to sit down with Andrea to discuss all things 'hair'.
We are not medically qualified, she says, but are taught the practices of recognising, caring and treating. “Investigation is carried out in a holistic way, looking at lots of different aspects that may be causing hair loss issues.”
Trichologists can go on to assist with the rejuvenation process by performing cosmetic hair and scalp treatments, recommending the right home care regime and often offering handy lifestyle hints and changes that can have a positive impact on hair health. Andrea said “I am trying to get to the root cause - pardon the pun - with help from other medical professionals. Empathy and reassurance play a big part in what I do.”
Zanolife Blog (ZB): What are some common reasons we might start to lose our hair? Should we just blame it on our genes.
Andrea Clark Trichologist (ACT): Don't just go and blame your genes! There are many reasons we might experience hair loss of some kind. We need to understand if we are losing hair because of an underlying health or other issue, or is your hair becoming weaker due to genetics? Sometimes it is a combination of factors. Hair loss isn’t a disease and sometimes it’s a result of one or other environmental or dietary factor. This can be easily checked through a health check.
If it’s not genetic, the most common cause is iron-deficiency, particularly in women. Other causes could be low levels of ferritin, which helps with iron storage (and is therefore linked with iron deficiency), excessive stress, hormonal changes during post-pregnancy or menopause, or poor gut health, which can affect the effective absorption of nutrients.ZB: How can a trichologist help someone experiencing hair loss?
ACT: Trichologists will delve deep into the possible underlying reasons, asking questions and examining the scalp for signs and symptoms. Most importantly, we offer a lot of guidance and know where to direct you in your search for answers. Working with Zanolife, we have designed a series of dedicated Trichology hair-related blood tests, which allow for a lab analysis of a potential deficiency in an area important to hair health. The Trichology health checks, arranged through Zanolife, also include medical explanation, if results are more in the realm of a medical professional. This is on hand in the test clinics.ZB: How quickly is it possible to turn around hair loss?
ACT: Hair loss does not have to be permanent. If we can work together to successfully uncover the underlying cause of the issue, it is possible to turn things around within a few months. One of the primary challenges is patience, as hair only grows about one centimetre a month. Because the process is quite slow, I end up providing a lot of ongoing support and guidance to my clients.ZB: What are signs of hair loss that we should be concerned about?
ACT: Daily hair-shedding is normal, however, when it reaches an excessive level it becomes ’hair loss’. If you begin to notice tell-tale signs of hair loss, such as large amounts in the sink, or on your pillow in the morning, don’t try to self-diagnose, see a person with professional experience in hair care.
Zanolife Blog: It is important to be aware of hair loss and to know that there are options available if you feel you want to talk to someone about your hair condition. An underlying medical condition may sometimes be the reason for hair loss. If this is not the case then Andrea Clark is on hand to work together with you on your journey to hair health recovery. For more on Andrea Clark and Trichology, please contact [email protected] or [email protected]
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