What is Trichology?
Trichology is a specific branch of dermatology that deals with the scientific study of hair and scalp health. A trichologist studies the structure, function, and diseases that affect human hair, including the various types and causes of hair loss, as well as the effectiveness of all known surgical and non-surgical hair loss treatments. In short, a trichologist seeks to get to the root of your hair loss problem. There are many specific areas of focus for our trichologists at Freedom Clinic, including the study of dry or oily scalp, brittle or dull hair, itching, dandruff, psoriasis, and eczema.
Dry or Oily Scalp Affects Many Men and Women of All Ages
One of the biggest hair-related concerns affecting the majority of the population is a dry or oily scalp. Dry scalp occurs when your hair’s sebaceous glands fail to release a substance called sebum, which is responsible for protecting and lubricating your hair. Oily scalp occurs when your hair’s sebaceous glands produce too much sebum. Many factors can trigger these issues, including hormonal changes, specific medical conditions, over-usage of specific hair products, a high-fat diet lacking in vitamins, intoxication, and stress.
The seriousness of your condition will impact the suggested method of treatment. For oily scalps, Freedom Clinic usually recommends using products featuring 100% natural ingredients like camphor, eucalyptus oil, and Chinese mint. For dry scalps, we typically recommend using products featuring 100% natural ingredients like hydrolyzed cornstarch, B5 pro-vitamins, and calendula oil for deep hydration.
Is Brittle or Dull Hair Robbing You of a Healthy Shine?
Is your hair dull or brittle? Do you have noticeable split ends? This type of condition occurs when your hair’s sebaceous glands can’t adequately lubricate your hair. It’s usually caused by internal imbalances, aggressive environmental conditions, and overexposure to harsh beauty treatments that cause dry hair or scalp. We usually recommend treatments involving 100% natural ingredients like hydrolyzed cornstarch, B5 pro-vitamins, and calendula oil.
Effective Relief Options for Itchy, Sensitive Scalps
Occasionally, your scalp may become sensitive and imbalanced due to an overexposure to hair coloring chemicals or by overindulging in unhealthy eating habits. This can lead to a dry, oily or sensitive scalp that may develop itchy, red patches, scabs, dandruff and even scales. Identifying the cause of the itching is essential in recommending the right type of treatment to alleviate it. We typically treat itchy scalp with products with 100% natural ingredients such as corn starch, boxwood, nettle and witch hazel extracts, organic calendula oil and pro-vitamin B5.
Dandruff Can Be Visually Unpleasant and Itchy
Your scalp’s epidermal stem cells are constantly being renewed. However, occasionally, a fungus or parasite may aggressively attack your scalp, ceasing this renewal process and causing a common condition known as dandruff.
Dandruff can be either dry or oily. Dry dandruff appears on a dry scalp and detaches easily to noticeably land on your hair or clothing, while oily dandruff is usually voluminous and sticky with a noticeable yellowish hue. Aside from being aesthetically unpleasant, dandruff can also be itchy. Freedom Clinic typically recommends a 100% natural dandruff treatment that includes a unique blend of Brazilian jujube, wild thyme, Venus-hair fern, boxwood, burdock and organic sulfur.
Psoriasis Causes Constant Itching and Red Patches
Your scalp is always renewing itself at the cellular level. When an individual has psoriasis, the cellular cycle operates about 10 times faster than normal, producing flakes that are thick, white and dry/scaly. Symptoms of psoriasis include constant itching and red patches around the face or other parts of the body.
While there isn’t a cure for psoriasis, there are products that may offer significant relief. Freedom Clinic typically recommends a 100% natural psoriasis treatment that includes arnica, St. John’s Wort, linden, witch hazel and Brazilian jujube due to their unique purifying and hydrating qualities.
Eczema Causes Extreme Itching and Burning
A scalp condition characterized by extreme itching and burning sensations, eczema is a specific form of dermatitis that can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to several years. Eczema usually affects men aged 18-40, but it can be a chronic disorder for women as well.
Scalp eczema usually begins with dandruff, which is followed by red patches that may turn yellow and oily. This typically spreads by your scalp’s sebum and a fungus on your scalp. While there isn’t a cure for eczema, there are products that may offer significant relief. Freedom Clinic typically recommends a 100% natural eczema treatment involving organic sulfur and salicylic acid due to their purifying and hydrating qualities.
Get Relief with a Trichology Consultation Today
If you suffer from dry or oily scalp, brittle or dull hair, dandruff, psoriasis or eczema, Freedom Clinic can help. Please contact us today to schedule a trichology consultation in the Greater Toronto Area.