What Is Trichology and What Does a Trichologist Do?
Trichology is a 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 the cause.
Trichologists are not doctors but paramedical professionals that work with your doctor/ dermatologist to solve your particular hair or scalp issue. In cases where there are no underlying health issues, your Trichologist will be able to put you on a treatment plan to 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.
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Trichologists treat a wide range of hair and scalp issues. For example, an individual may complain of sudden excessive hair loss from all over the scalp or a bald patch which has suddenly appeared; or an individual may be suffering from itching and excessive scaling of the scalp. The trichologist at our Mississauga hair loss clinic will carefully question each new client about their symptoms and examine the scalp thoroughly with a micro-camera and skin diagnostic equipment to assess the problem and its cause.
A trichologist will then decide if treatment is necessary and whether the problem is within their realm of treatment, or if the condition should be addressed and treated with a different specialist. Treatment by a Trichologist might consist of topical treatments, vitamin therapy and/or laser therapy performed in-clinic as well as at-home application.
CAROLINE RUGGIERO, IAT., WTS.
Caroline Ruggiero is the COO of Truly You Hair and Scalp Clinic and is proud to be one of the few certified trichologists in Toronto and all of Canada. Caroline has an Honours Degree from the University of Toronto (UofT), is a certified Trichologist with the International Association of Trichologists (I.A.T), and a member of the World Trichology Society (WTS). She is also the president of the Canadian Hair Loss Council (CHLC), a non-profit organization that provides information and resources to both hair loss professionals and people experiencing hair loss.
Caroline completed her Trichology clinical training in England, the birthplace of this particular branch of dermatology. Caroline also studied nutrition at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition and has achieved certifications from CRLAB (Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories) and Laboratoire Nature. As a member of the American Hair Loss Council (AHLC), and regular delegate at the European Hair Research Congress in Europe, Caroline aims to maintain strong relations with Dermatologists, Trichologists and Researchers worldwide. Caroline is also a recipient of the Poland/Canada Chamber Excellence Award as Trichologist of the Year in 2019.
Caroline is also the Program Director for the Truly You Academy, as well as the instructor for the Hair Practitioner Certificate Course (HPCC), a Trichology 3-day intensive training accredited by the International Association of Trichologists (IAT).
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 for her clients. Caroline’s goal is to educate her clients first and then work directly with them to repair their scalp, restore their hair and replenish their soul.
“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 Doctors, Naturopaths, and other health professionals to find the best individual approach for each patient”
What Can a Trichologist Help You With?
The trichologist at our Mississauga hair loss clinic can help you with hair and scalp issues including the following:
- Androgenetic Hair Loss
- Cradle Cap
- Dry, Brittle, or Dull Hair
- Eczema or Psoriasis on the Scalp
- Hair Loss after Pregnancy
- Itchy Scalp
- Oily or Dry Scalp
- Seasonal Shedding (spring and fall)