3 Differences Between a Hair Stylist & a Trichologist

You wake up one morning crawling out of bed tired, but ready to start your day. You check your social pages and browse through your texts hoping for a good morning text. Boom! that cutie you went on a date with sent you one early in the morning and you gained a few followers over night. Today is going to be a good day! After showering and throwing on your best dress, you are ready to slay your day. All you have to do is style your hair and…wayment, is that chunk of hair mine? You reach up to touch your hair and easily pull another clump of strands out. What is going on?! Panicking you reach for your phone and dial…well who would you dial?

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While this scenario may be just an awful nightmare for you there are plenty of women who wake up to this every day. Some choose to ignore it and others shed a few tears. When it comes to hair loss, people aren’t sure who to go to. Believe it or not, there are a group of people who would know how to handle this situation and it isn’t your hair stylist, it’s a Trichologist. A Trichologist is also known as a hair loss specialist. While a Trichologist could be a hair stylist as well, there are differences between the two like:

  1. Education – Just like a doctor can specialize in cardiology or oncology, a hair stylist can choose to specialize in hair loss. A hair stylist only learns cosmetology and does their hours, a Trichologist has to participate in extensive training and earn certifications.
  2. Knowledge – I could not tell you what I know today 15 years ago before I started my hair loss journey. As a stylist, I knew how to style hair but trichology has allowed me to go more in depth with the study.
  3. Equipment – In order to target the source of the hair loss on each client there are a lot of tools required. I currently have a hair scope to view my clients scalp during a consultation to determine the cause of hair loss. I also have laser hair therapy equipment to treat that hair loss.

Trichology (from the Greek word “Trikhos” meaning hair) is the branch of science that deals with diseases, disorders, and functions of the hair and scalp

While your first step may be to call your stylist, you really want to be referred to a Trichologist. Many of my clients have been referred to me from their hair stylist, some found me on Google. When you do reach out to a Trichologist, make sure you schedule a consultation and ask for their certifications. You want to make sure they are credible and have knowledge on the topic. I should also warn you that a consultation typically takes up to two hours and will require a lot of background information so be prepared to sit for a few.

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What You Need to Know About Laser Hair Therapy

Be honest, it may have crossed your mind a few times. For the longest laser hair therapy has been an effective solution to hair loss and yet we still avoid it. Maybe it’s because we don’t want to face our hair loss problem or maybe it’s because we don’t know too much about it. When I used to go to the salon I would tune out conversations about it because I assumed it wasn’t something I needed. “That’s for older wealthy people who are losing their hair, I’ll never have that problem” I thought to myself. But hair loss is NOT limited to aging people and laser therapy can be very beneficial to hair loss and prevention. Here are a few facts about Laser hair therapy that you probably didn’t know.

The Sooner You Get It, The Better The Results – Natalie McNeill, owner and hair loss consultant at Ends Hair Design & Spa, recommends getting laser therapy the minute you begin to notice hair loss or thinning.

Once a hair follicle is dead, it’s dead! However, laser therapy can provide blood flow to a sleeping follicle and generate hair growth in thinning areas. The sooner you jump on laser therapy, the better your results will be. -Natalie McNeill

Consistency is Key – Hair Loss is like weight gain. Once you get the results you’ve wanted, you still have to maintain them. You may not need as many sessions as you did when you started your treatment but you should still get a treatment at least once a month. If you stop cold turkey on the hair treatments, your hair loss will return.

It’s NOT Instant – I know you’re probably expecting to get one session and then by the end of the month, your hair will grow and your locks will thicken. This is not ideal and anyone who is promising you that, is probably running a scam. Laser hair therapy takes time and patience. Many clients testify seeing results as early as 4 months but did not see a major difference until a year of treatments. You’ll see little hairs growing in but the full damage will not be repaired until at least 1 year after starting sessions

Pain Free – You will not feel a thing during your sessions. Many prospective clients assume that they may feel a burning sensation but with the advance technology of the lasers, you will not feel a thing!

Flexible – Treatments are scheduled around your availability and do not take long at all. The best part is that you can still get some things done during your session. Bring a laptop and clean out your inbox or just bring a book to read.

Budget Friendly – Hair loss consultants have various packages for laser hair therapy available to clients. The most a treatment could cost would be $5,000 a year which ends up being about $50 per session for someone who goes often.

I always ask my clients what there budget is for the therapy sessions so that we can can create a treatment based on their needs. I also have portable laser therapy combs for those who can’t do the sessions as a cheaper option. -Natalie

So if you’ve been contemplating on an option to repair your hair loss, you should definitely look into laser hair therapy. I should also let you know that laser hair therapy will NOT work on hair loss due to chemotherapy or alopecia. It’s also very unlikely to see results for extensive hair loss for over 5 years. Don’t wait until it’s too late, schedule your consultation today! If you need help with hair loss contact us for more information.