What is Trichology and what does a Trichologist do?
Trichology (from Greek θρίξ, gen.: τριχός, “hair”) is the branch of dermatology that deals with the scientific study of the health of hair and scalp. Trichologists are hair and scalp specialists (one type of skin specialist) who determine the causes of hair fall, hair breakage, hair thinning, miniaturization of hairs, diseases of the scalp and who recommend treatment according to cause.
Trichologists are not doctors but paramedical professionals that work with your doctor/ dermatologist to solve your particular hair or scalp issue. In some cases you can see a Trichologist, and if there are no underlying health issues, your Trichologist may be able to put you on a treatment plan that will resolve the issue at hand. In other cases the Trichologist may request you have tests completed under the supervision of your doctor that will help identify or resolve your hair and/ or scalp problem.
An individual may complain of sudden excessive hair loss from all over the scalp, a bald patch which has suddenly appeared, or itching and excessive scaling of the scalp. The trichologist will carefully question each new client and examine the scalp thoroughly to assess the problem and its cause. A microscopic examination of the hair might be required to aid in the diagnosis of the problem.
The trichologist must then decide if treatment is necessary and whether the problem is within his or her realm to treat, or should be dealt with by another specialist. Treatment by a trichologist might consist of the application of a particular cream or lotion to the scalp or the use of nutritional therapy.
ABOUT OUR TRULY YOU TRICHOLOGIST: CAROLINE RUGGIERO, IAT.
Caroline Ruggiero is proud to be one of the only registered Trichologists in Canada. Caroline has an Honours Degree from the University of Toronto, and is a registered Trichologist with the International Association of Trichologists. Caroline has also completed numerous courses in nutrition at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, as well as multiple trichology courses through the World Trichology Society, Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories and Laboratoire Nature. Caroline is beyond passionate about hair and scalp health. She is on an ongoing quest to find the best possible solutions for hair and scalp disorders from around the world. Her goal is to EDUCATE her clients first.
“There is so much noise online and on television about what works and what doesn’t. My goal is to debunk myths, and put things into perspective for each person that walks through my door. I believe in science-based solutions and love working closely with dermatologists, family physicians, and endocrinologists to find the best possible solutions for every client”
What can a Trichologist help you with?
- Androgenetic hair loss
- Cradle cap
- Dry, brittle or dull hair
- Dry or oily scalp or have dandruff
- Eczema, psoriasis on the scalp
- Hair loss after pregnancy
- Itchy scalp
- Oily or dry scalp
- Seasonal shedding (spring and fall)