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TRICHOLOGY

What is Trichology?

Trichology is the science of the structure, function, and diseases related to human scalp and hair. Clinical trichologists identify diseases of the scalp and hair after an in-depth review of your medical history, environment, lifestyle, and diet, just to name a few. At the conclusion of the evaluation, an individualized treatment plan is created to set you on a path of successful hair growth.

How can a trichologist help me?

Men and women from all walks of life seek clinical trichology treatments for issues related to hair texture, hair loss, thinning hair, scalp disorders and more. It’s best to err on the side of caution and seek professional advice from a professional trichologist if you are experiencing adverse hair or scalp issues.

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DISORDERS OF THE SCALP

What Causes Scalp Disorders?

Your genetics, environment, and lifestyle may factor into the disorders of your scalp, or there may be an underlying medical issue that has gone undetected. However, the most common cause of adverse scalp conditions are:

  • Parasites of the Scalp

  • Bacteria and/or Fungal Infections

  • Poor Hygiene

  • Inflammation

  • Product Buildup

  • Excessive Dryness

  • Rapid Skin Cell Growth

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The Importance of Proper Skin Hygiene

Maintaining clean and healthy skin is an essential component in your overall health and more specifically, a disease-free scalp. Frequent washing not only makes our hair look and feel clean, but it removes dirt, dust, and oils that may be strapped in the hair follicles. This can create a breeding ground for disease and cause irritation, which can lead to scratching. Scratching can break the skin and cause infection.

At Hair Cares, we’ve implemented highly effective treatments to eradicate the majority of irritating scalp disorders. These treatments quite often involve slowing down rapidly growing skin cells which reduce the persistent build-up of dead skin. Other popular treatments we offer include exfoliation, anti-itching, and anti-bacterial treatments.

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HAIR

There are three main stages in the cycle of hair growth and understanding these cycles may give you a better perspective of the challenges you are facing as you seek solutions for your hair loss.

  1. Anagen (Growth Phase) - This phase can last up to 7 years and determines the length of your hair.

  2. Catagen (Transition Phase) - During this 10-day phase, your hair follicles shrink and detaches from the root.

  3. Telogen (Resting Phase) - Lasting 2-3 months, this phase pushes old hair out to allow new hair to begin to grow.

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HAIR LOSS

What Causes Hair Loss?

Like scalp disorders, hair loss can be significantly determined by factors such as your genetics, environment and lifestyle choices. Below are other common and quite treatable causes of hair loss:

  • Radiation

  • Hairstyles

  • Stress

  • Medications

  • Underlying Medical Issues

  • Hormonal Changes

What is Alopecia?

Alopecia is hair loss.  It is the partial or complete absence of hair from areas of the body where it usually grows.  

Traction Alopecia is caused by tension and pulling force of the hair.  Any hairstyling method that pulls and stresses your hair can result in breakage and baldness.  Traction alopecia occurs predominantly in women related to styling techniques.

Androgenic Alopecia is gradual hair loss that affects both men and women. It is also known as male/female pattern baldness, described as the loss or thinning of hair on the head's crown or hairline shrinking from the temples.

Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA) occurs primarily in the central (crown) part of the scalp. The hair loss radiates outward in a centrifugal or circular pattern and is usually gradual.  CCCA causes the destruction of the hair follicles and scarring leading to permanent hair loss. It is a widespread cause of alopecia or hair loss in African American women.

Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disease.  Your immune system attacks your own body; specifically, hair follicles are attacked. Alopecia Areata is non-scarring and usually causes hair to fall out in round patches.  The hair loss is temporary but can be permanent.  

Alopecia Totalis is an autoimmune disorder, which causes your immune system to attack your hair follicles.  It is considered a genetic condition that results in complete loss of hair on the scalp. The hair loss is usually permanent.