Reasons To Consult a Trichologist 

Hair loss is a reality that most people have to deal with eventually. The most critical issue with thinning hair and hair loss is that people often obsess and worry about it but fail to seek a solution. Many people are only in denial and hope it will stop, while others are unaware of scientifically proven, FDA-approved treatments that can prevent hair loss and even help to regrow new hair.

While it is commonly considered an issue that affects men, hair loss does not discriminate and affects many women as well. Research suggests that as many as 85% of men and 40% of women experience hair loss or thinning hair by age 50.

For many individuals, hair loss is caused by a genetic component, which increases the likelihood of hair loss occurring with age. While genetics and hereditary conditions are a common cause of thinning hair and hair loss, there are several conditions and factors that affect hair and scalp health. Physical and mental health conditions, nutritional deficiencies, and hormonal changes all contribute to hair loss.

It can be a challenge to determine the cause of thinning hair because of the many factors that can affect the health of the scalp and hair follicles. Detecting thinning hair and hair loss early offers the best opportunity to reverse the process. A consultation with a professional hair loss specialist can help determine the cause and contributing factors of thinning hair and help to recommend and develop solutions.

What is Trichology and a Trichologist?

Trichology is the field of dermatology that specializes in the study of the structure, function, and diseases of the human scalp, hair follicles, and hair. Clinical trichology involves the diagnosis and treatment of disorders and conditions that affect the human scalp and hair.

A clinical trichologist is a hair loss specialist trained in the clinical diagnosis and treatment of scalp and hair disorders and conditions. A trichologist is an expert at diagnosing and treating scalp and hair conditions, including scalp acne, hair texture problems, dry or oily scalp, and hair loss issues.

A trichologist typically begins their diagnosis with an initial consultation where they collect pertinent information about the client, such as health problems, diet, and lifestyle. They will consider recent blood tests, current prescriptions, and over the counter medications, as well as a list of hair care products used. The trichologist will thoroughly examine the scalp, hair follicles, and hair shafts and possibly order additional testing to aid in diagnosing the condition.

Maintaining a healthy head of hair requires a healthy scalp and hair follicles. A trichologist is trained to diagnose and recommend treatment options to improve scalp and hair follicle health, promoting the growth of strong, healthy hair. After completing an examination of the head and scalp and considering any contributing factors, the trichologist will diagnose and recommend treatment options.

Reasons to Consult a Trichologist

Thinning hair and hair loss are two of the most common reasons people consult with a trichologist, but a professional hair loss specialist can also diagnose and treat any scalp condition or hair issue.

Gradual Thinning of Hair

Progressive hair thinning is the most common hair issue experienced by both men and women. Men typically notice a receding hairline on their forehead, while women usually experience thinning in the part of their hair. While hair shedding is normal, with the average person losing between 50 and 100 hairs a day, a noticeable change in the amount of hair in a brush, the drain, or on a pillow or clothing could be a sign of early hair loss. Being proactive and scheduling a consultation with a trichologist early will help determine the cause of the issue and provide the greatest opportunity to provide an effective solution.

Sudden Hair Loss

The rate of hair loss individuals experience varies and is often determined by genetics, but rarely do large clumps of hair fall out. Sudden hair loss can leave patchy bald spots on the scalp, and in some instances, the skin may become inflamed, itchy, or painful before the hair falls out. Sudden hair loss may also cause hair to come out in clumps when washing or brushing, or from just a gentle tug of the hair.

Sudden hair loss can be caused by a variety of medical conditions as well as severe physical or mental trauma. Many medical treatments, such as chemotherapy and drugs that suppress the immune system, may trigger sudden hair loss. Hormone treatments, and some antibiotics, antidepressants, cholesterol drugs, and birth control pills, are also associated with sudden hair loss.

A bald spot that appears overnight, or large amounts of hair in your comb or brush, could be a symptom of an underlying issue such as high-stress levels, malnutrition, or other forms of alopecia. Sudden hair loss can be an indication of a severe health issue and should be immediately addressed.

Scalp Problems

Scalp problems include a wide range of conditions such as dandruff, scalp acne, and inflammatory conditions. Scalp issues are typically a symptom of an underlying issue. Excessive shedding of dead skin cells and inflammatory conditions are often caused by diet, stress, hair products, and even food allergies. A trichologist can determine whether a scalp condition is a result of using hair care products, other environmental factors, or whether it is a symptom of a serious medical condition.

Texture Issues

Overexposure to harsh chemicals in hair products, excessive heat, and the many other stresses and strains placed on hair may cause issues with texture. The trichologist’s expertise is in the medical science of the hair and scalp, as well as the cosmetic area. A trichologist training overlaps fields that are not typically covered by either physicians or hairdressers, making them uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat hair texture problems. A professional diagnosis, along with guidance and treatment, can often reduce or eliminate changes in texture.

Our society places a premium on having a full head of healthy hair, and dealing with thinning hair and hair loss issues can be emotionally devastating. There are a variety of effective options and treatments that can help to stop and even reverse thinning hair and hair loss, but they require action. Seeking the guidance of a trichologist at the first appearance of symptoms can significantly increase the ability to maintain a full head of hair.

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17 Ayurvedic Beauty Brands on our Radar Right Now

Holistic beauty trends are more prevalent than ever — that makes ayurvedic beauty brands incredibly sought-after, as well. Do you find yourself asking what your beauty products are actually made of? A lot of us even resort to food products for a skincare routine such as honey for face wash.

The term “Ayurvedic Beauty” is getting more recognition outside the South Asian world as well.

Ayurvedic beauty is coined upon the term “Ayurveda,” which originated in Hindu culture as the basis of utilizing the five life forms — air, water, ether, fire, and earth — to heal the human body.

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Ayurvedic beauty brands focus on using herbs and natural ingredients to create their skincare range and consumers around the world are attracted to these natural products.

Scroll down to see some Ayurvedic beauty brands founded by South Asians.

Soma Ayurvedic

Is your skin feeling a little dry this winter? Nourishing your skin with body oil will lend it the right amount of moisture — Soma Ayurvedic’s jasmine body oil can do that trick! Shop the oil, and their full line of products, here.


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Sama Tea

If you’re familiar with author and podcast Host, Jay Shetty, then you may have heard of his tea line, Sama Tea. Herbal teas provide many natural benefits. Has it been a stressful week? Try their lavender rose chamomile tea for some TLC. Check them out here.


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Sahajan Skincare

Know the Netflix show “Ginny & Georgia?” Loved the actress’ fresh-looking skin? Sahajan Skincare is behind that glow! They’re a must-try, featured in both Vogue and Elle India. See their full range of products here.


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Shaz and Kiks

This unique company showcases its brand with an emphasis on ‘holistic.’ Whether it’s bad hair days or excessive shedding, not only do Shaz and Kiks provide the products to help but also break down the science behind the problem. Go on your very own shopping spree by clicking here!


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Looking for accessible ayurvedic beauty products? Look no further! Ranavat is now in Sephora. With a beauty line that covers both hair and skin, there’s something here for everyone. See for yourself here.


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UMM Skincare

UMM Skincare is known for its brown sugar body scrub, made with natural ingredients, and Bakuchi oil known to improve signs of aging and hyperpigmentation. Try it for yourself by shopping here!


Give your skin the best by adding ZAILA to your daily skincare routine! Click here and start shopping!


This brand is all plant-powered, and we’re here for it — you should be too! Check out their full range of products here.

Inde Wild

Are you looking for brown skin-friendly sunscreen filled with nutrients? Look no further. Inde Wild has its very own SPF 50, with natural substances such as liquorice extract and cica, and it’s a mineral SPF suitable for all skin types. See what the brand is all about and shop it here.


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Mango People

I’m always in the market for brown girl-friendly lipsticks, and ones that are made of natural ingredients are a huge plus. Mango People does just this with their unique lipstick colors that suit all brown skin tones. Try them out here!

Kama Ayurveda

Need to swap out your shampoo for something better? Try Kama Ayurveda’s Ayurvedic Hair cleaner, infused with a variety of herbs and pulses with key ingredients like vetiver, tulsi, rose, moong beans, and shikakai. They have a variety of products to choose from so start with your hair and keep shopping for more here!


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Forest Essentials

According to Forest Essentials, night time is the best time for hydration. Check out their night cream, filled with nutrients to enrich your skin. You can shop their wide variety of products here.


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Koppen Ayurveda

A brand made for modern living, their essentials are all worth a shot! Start shopping here!


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Looking for a new face mask to try? AAVRANI has a variety of face masks and explains in detail when you should apply the mask during the week depending on your skin type. Take a look here!


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Plant-based skincare, anyone? Delhicious has got everyone covered, so click here and fill your baskets!


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Pratima Skincare

Just getting into skincare and don’t know where to start? PRATIMA skincare has starter sets, with basics, that every woman can use such as vitamin C serum, essential oils, and collagen creams. Grab yours now by shopping here!


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Fable & Mane

Struggling with hair care recently? Fable & Mane includes various hair oils in their collection that help grow and nourish your hair. Not only that, they have a scalp detox line as well — definitely worth checking out. See their full range of products here.


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