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28th November 2014

I rang Nikki during a panic attack in the first week of November 2014. My hair was shedding at an alarming rate and showed no indication of slowing down any time soon!!!

Thankfully, Nikki was able to see me quickly. I visited her clinic in Exeter which is easy to find and there is parking close by too.

This was not the first instance of hair loss issues for me but I had not used Nikki’s services before. I chose her after visiting the website. I was impressed with its professional look and feel and the variety of useful information it contained including fees and treatments.

My subsequent consultation with Nikki did not disappoint. She is very calm and approachable and she gathered all the facts before examining my scalp and hair. I have been diagnosed with acute telogen effluvium. This can often be helped by taking essential vitamin and mineral supplements, as the hair is last in the queue to receive any such available nutrients.

Nikki suggested that I had blood tests done by my local doctor and I arranged these immediately. As a consequence she suggested several courses of action to include vitamin and mineral supplementation, scalp therapy shampoo, a pre-conditioning treatment and a dermabrasion scalp mask.

Now, several weeks later, and after taking the supplements religiously every day and trying some of the other treatments, the rate of shed has slowed down. I am monitoring it closely and staying in regular touch with Nikki. It’s such a relief to know she is at the end of the phone!

I would unreservedly recommend Nikki to anyone who is worried about hair thinning or loss. She is a caring and dependable person and she provides a fast, efficient and friendly service. Thank you for all your help and support in my time of need Nikki, much appreciated.

Deborah Somerset

16th November 2014

About one-third of women experience hair loss (alopecia) at some time in their lives. Among postmenopausal women, as many as two-thirds suffer hair thinning or bald spots. Hair loss often has a greater effect on women than on men, because it's less socially acceptable for them. Alopecia can severely affect a woman's emotional well-being, causing psychological distress and impaired quality of life.

Women are more conscious of subtle degrees of hair loss. Consequently, women often present with hair shedding prior to the development of reduction in hair volume, particularly over the crown.
There are many potential causes of hair loss, including medical conditions, genetic predisposition, medications, and physical or emotional stress. If you notice unusual hair loss of any kind, it's important to see a registered trichologist, to determine the cause and commence appropriate treatment if necessary.
Successfully treating women for hair loss problems requires careful review of the medical, nutritional, hormonal and lifestyle history, undertaken in a systematic and logical way. Examination of the scalp may identify a widening of the central parting, with or without a diffuse reduction in hair density throughout the scalp. Some specific base line blood tests should be undertaken to establish or rule out any coexistent pathologies before deciding on a treatment regime.
This will provide a clearer understanding of the primary problem and enable treatment of the cause rather than only the symptoms.
Early diagnosis and initiation of treatment is desirable as treatments are often more effective at arresting progression of hair loss than stimulating regrowth. Adjunctive treatments such as counseling, cosmetic camouflage and hair transplantation are important measures for some patients.

10th November 2014

Trichology is the scientific study of the structure, function and diseases of the human hair and scalp. It evolved as a recognised profession in 1902 when a group of individuals including doctors, scientists and hairdressers collaborated to form what is now known as The Institute of Trichologists.

When seeking the professional services of a trichologist is is important to check that they are a registered member of The Institute of Trichologists or another equally recognised professional body. Registration requires the practitioner to obey a strict code of ethics on professional practice guidelines. A fully qualified trichologist has studied and successfully completed a comprehensive education program over several years. Trichology is largely unregulated and there are many individuals that will prosper from offering hair-loss treatments and advice to vulnerable individuals. Be cautious of anyone offering free consultations as they may tie you into expensive treatment programs. Some trichologists have areas of specialism and often they have other qualifications and experience that may be of value when searching for the right trichologist. If in doubt never hesitate to enquire about your trichologist’s qualifications and experience or seek advice from the Institute of Trichologists.

Why consult a trichologist?

If you are looking for a qualified professional opinion and guidance that you can trust then consult with a registered trichologist.

There are many reasons why a person may wish to consult a trichologist from hair loss (alopecia), hair thinning, scalp disorders ranging from itchy (pruritic) scalps and dandruff to more inflammatory conditions such as seborrhoeic eczema and psoriasis or hair texture and condition problems or advice on choosing the right hair restoration surgeon. Whilst many people may choose to see their General Practitioner, some may feel too embarrassed for what may seem like a trivial matter. Trichologists can give a time honoured appointment and an holistic over view of the problem or condition, often liaising and collaborating with other members of the allied healthcare team or other specialists.

Nicola Hemsley AIT
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