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5 days clinic training and you call yourself a 'Trichologist' Really?

 

 

My views also on a ever increasing problem. 'So called Trchologists' that pray on the vulnerable and do not follow the true meaning and ethical practice of a clinical Trichologist;

  1. Investigation (of the patient’s presenting problem)
  2. Explanation (as to the type of hair or scalp problem the patient exhibits and contributing causes through the ‘evidence’ of pathology testing & results)
  3. Treatment recommendations (options, alternatives, as well as duty of care in suggesting same)

It is definitely NOT setting up shop to engage in predatory practices; preying on the anxieties of consumers & to rip them off selling useless bottles of lotions – as well as trashing the 115 year tradition of Trichology as a science-based, academic specialism.

We all like to present ourselves from the most advantageous standpoint to highlight our talents, experience & services – or any other exclusive benefit we can you offer the consumer. This is a ‘no brainer’ as the Americans like to say – providing it’s true.

I have been a full-time practicing Trichologist for almost 10 years; and over 30 years in the hair research and education field – and I am still learning.

So I become irritated in the extreme when some Trichology wannabes do a basic course & begin immediately posturing themselves as ‘hair science experts’ – setting up Trichology training schools & franchises, and flogging over-priced ‘treatment products’ – which apparently work for everyone regardless of the problem.

Apparently these Trichology imitators are so good – and their treatment products work so well – they don’t need to investigate the many potential causes (via appropriate pathology testing) as I or other methodical practitioners still need to do. They seemingly have the ‘miracle cure’ to hair loss the world’s been waiting for – as long as you’re prepared to pay them enough ‘up front’ money.

These ‘trichology’ charlatans are low-life pond scum who manipulate the concerns & distress of clients who’ve come to them for professional help – to their own financial advantage. I urge readers to recall that in many situations thinning scalp hair is an indication of internal deficiency or disturbance – so (potentially) one’s health is ‘at risk’ here too.

The most blatant scammer operating under the guise of a certified trichologist in Dubai who’s recently come to my attention is one situated at a hair restoration center (hair pieces) Their claims include a whole myriad of products that can be bought over the counter (OTC). And guess what? yes the founder of the company has the sole distribution of these products.

There is no consultation fee. Hmm I wonder why? Well actually I don't, I know why. At minimum 2000- 3000 aed products are recommended  per visit. The actual cost of these products is 300 aed. But more importantly, for a topical ‘something’ with absolutely NO scientific or quality control studies behind it!

These facts have been verified by Clients who have contacted me after consulting this person as well as my own investigations.

I also strongly state it’s the ‘due diligence’ duty of the Trichology Association these people are supposedly members of to do more than just collect fees for courses & membership dues, but continue to ensure their members are practicing ethically.

Again I say to consumers: whatever title they give themselves, whatever claims they make on success rates or how many MCG’s they may have filled – always request the consulting Practitioner give full disclosure on their qualifications & experience. They are essentially dealing with your health as well as taking your money!

I remain a strident campaigner for the hair loss industry be regulated to a compulsory Trichology qualification standard & registered with an official governing body for consumer protection.

 

This piece was originally written by a highly qualified and respected Trichologist Anthony Pearce

Does your scalp get sunburnt?

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With the beautiful weather that we are experiencing now in Dubai, some of you will no doubt be taking to days by the pool. Whilst you cream up and protect your delicate skin, remember that your scalp is skin also.

Sunburn on the scalp is very common, yet people may not connect the dots if and when their scalp gets a bit sensitive after a day or few in the sun. While we spend hours each summer slathering our body with appropriate SPFs, and meticulously checking our skin for signs of UV damage, our sensitive scalp is so often neglected – and it certainly shouldn’t be. After all, our scalp is really just skin, and is therefore prone to the same traumas. This can range from large, unsightly flakes to, more seriously, second degree burns and skin cancer.

Symptoms of Sunburn on the Scalp

Symptoms of sunburn on the scalp can vary depending on the severity of it. You may experience slight redness and soreness or, in the case of deeper burns, develop blisters. In milder cases, the scalp will usually be quite sensitive to the touch and within a few days large flakes will start to appear, shed, and show up attached to your hair shafts. This can lead to itching and irritation, and can be managed with  Tarinol or a moisturizing shampoo. Severe cases, however, need to be addressed by a doctor as they can lead to secondary bacterial infection. Signs of deeper burns are blisters, bleeding, crusting, extreme discomfort and marked dark redness and inflammation that do not go away within a few days.

Prevention of Sunburn on the Scalp

The most reliable method of protecting your scalp from sunburn is to wear a hat. However, if this is inconvenient, you can either apply your own sunblock to your parting (and any other exposed areas of scalp), or use a waterproof UV protective cream. We now have Malibu sun products available in Dubai, which  protects hair from the damaging effects of the sun, and salt and chlorinated water, while giving your hair an intensive moisturizing treatment at the same time. However, if you have already burnt your scalp, wear a head covering to prevent worsening of the burn.

NY Fashion Week

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Volumized, beehived, poker straight, slicked back, braided or tousled and curly, the basic foundations for maintaining healthy hair are still the same. In light of Fashion Week, here are our expert’s top tips for keeping hair healthy and beautiful throughout the upcoming hairstyle trends.

Tangly Tresses

No matter the trend, removing tangles gently and correctly pre and post styling is essential. Harshly unsnarling knots easily snaps the hair, causing split ends and even damage all the way up the hair shaft. Before combing, be it on wet or dry hair, spritz a detangling spray through the mid-lengths and ends of your hair and gently work a wide-tooth comb up from the tips to your roots.

Style Protection

If you are using heat to style your hair, make sure to use products that guard your hair from associated damage. This will help prevent excessive breakage, rupture of your hair’s cortex and split ends. For curly styles, heat protective sprays are best, whilst straighter styles benefit more from smoothing botanical gels that act as a barrier against dryer temperatures and straighteners. However, no heat protective product will 100% prevent damage if you use extremely high heat, or keep going over the same areas again and again. Stop styling when your hair is dry, and not 5 minutes after!

 

Braids and Updos

Styles incorporating loose braids, rather than tight braids, are best as they cause less breakage (if any at all) and don’t pull on your hair from the follicle. However, if tighter braids are in your sights, make sure that you only leave them in for a day at maximum – and don’t do them too often. Wearing tight braids can snap hair off close to the scalp, and eventually cause traction alopecia – a type of hair loss whereby the hair is literally pulled from its root. The same rule applies for tightly done updos and ponytails.

The Alternative Backcomb

Backcombing certainly does create lift, but, if we were to pick the worst of all the styling methods, it might just be at the top of the list! Backcombing raises the hair cuticle beyond repair, and as soon as you smooth a brush over it, the cuticle snaps off. We are not complete party poopers though – so here is a good alternative: Spritz a good volumizing spray throughout your roots and blow-dry your hair at the root against the direction to which in grows. This creates amazing, lasting lift, whilst causing minimal damage. You may also want to boost the body of any do by using a lightweight dry shampoo, and brushing through as normal, and then with your hair turned upside down.  Not only does this soothe the scalp and adds significant volume, but also camouflages the roots of blonde hair.

Prep and Post

Sometimes there’s a must-have hairstyle that, no matter what you do, is going to do some damage to your hair. I.e. those that really do require backcombing or heavy use of tongues and straighteners etc. Or there might be a week where you know your hair is going to be harassed more than usual. However, as long as this is only done once in a while, it should be OK – provided that you take measures to strengthen and repair your hair! A few days before embarking on a complicated, new style, apply a pre-shampoo conditioner before you go to bed and sleep with it in overnight. Similarly, a day or two after you style, do the same again. This will help to restore lost moisture, shine and elasticity to your strands.

Don’t let the sun steal your shine

Summertime is fast approaching and it’s easy to get caught up in the warmth and forget to adequately protect your hair. It’s common knowledge that the sun has the potential to cause skin damage, increase aging and even trigger cancer, but in addition to treating your skin to the protection of SPF lotions, it’s vital to keep your hair from harm too.

The sun’s light waves come in the form of ultraviolet rays of three types – UVA, UVB and UVC. We’re protected from UVC waves by the ozone layer, but UVA and UVB waves damage hair in a variety of different ways.

UVA rays are packed with radiation and, due to their long wavelength, have the ability to penetrate hair’s deepest inner layer, the cortex. This part of the hair provides strength and elasticity – damage in this area can be irreparable. Failure to protect from these rays can also cause the scalp to burn, which in extreme cases, can cause hair loss.

UVB rays target the hair’s cuticle. When the cuticle’s cells are damaged they’re unable to lay flat, causing hair to appear dull and lifeless.

Sun damage to the hair manifests itself similarly to damage caused by heated products such as hair dryers and straighteners – split ends, faded colour, dullness and brittle hair. Luckily, there are several steps that can be taken to avoid these unfortunate side effects of enjoying the sunshine.

Sun protection for the hair falls into two categories – chemical filters and physical filters. Chemical filters absorb ultraviolet rays and prevent the sun from attacking the hair. Physical filters sit on the surface of hair and reflect ultraviolet rays – their repelling technique helps to stop burning. Both filters are found in a variety of protective products with waterproof formulations, making them cosmetically acceptable for use on the hair.

So next time you’re on holiday with your head buried in a book and a cocktail in hand, don’t forget about your hair, it needs sun protection too!