Introducing Liam Byrne – Robert Byrne Hairdressing’s Resident Trichologist
Are you worried that your hair is becoming increasingly fine or thinning?
Are you concerned about the condition of your scalp?
At Robert Byrne Hairdressing, we are proud to boast our own in-house Trichology specialist. Our very own Liam has been practising Trichology for 17 years, and has received training in all aspects of hair science care and hair processing – as well as being a member of the Institute of Trichologists.
What Does A Trichologist Do?
Trichology is the science of the structure, function and diseases of the human hair. An initial consultation is likely to last up to an hour, and will gives you the opportunity to discuss any issues or problems in confidence. During this time, Liam will ask many questions including:
- Medical history
- Hair care regime
- Examination of the hair and scalp
- Sometimes hair analysis is required
It is useful to bring details of any medications that you are taking and results of any recent blood tests that you may have had during this initial consultation. We will also take a holistic viewpoint, giving consideration to various aspects of lifestyle and diet, and care and management of the hair (including sensitivities and allergies suffered) before a suitable regime for the scalp and hair is recommended.
The Next Step
It is only after this detailed questioning and a close examination of your scalp and hair that we will be able to make a diagnosis and prognosis. However, it is not always possible to make an immediate diagnosis.
It is common for scalp disorders to be diagnosed at the time of consultation, but hair loss problems may require blood tests, either from your GP. Once diagnosis has been made, advice will be given, and only if thought necessary will treatment be offered. Decisions will also be made as to whether or not you should be referred to a medical doctor.
Some Common Hair Conditions
Alopecia is a blanket term for hair loss of any kind. There are many types and causes of hair loss (alopecia), most of which can be effectively treated. Hair loss may be genetically inherited, or it may be caused by a variety of other factors including protein or other dietary deficiency, hormonal imbalance, and stress. Hair loss can also be the first sign of an otherwise undiagnosed or undetected underlying illness.
Androgentic Alopecia (Male Pattern Baldness)
The main type of hair loss for which there is no effective treatment is genetically inherited hair loss (known as Male Pattern Baldness or Androgentic Alopecia). It is important to note, however, that this condition can and does affect females too, particularly after menopause) even though it is called Male Pattern Baldness (it is gene-linked, not sex-linked). In women, it is likely to lead to diffuse hair loss, (a general thinning of the hair density) rather than to obvious bald patches.
Can occur after infectious scalp disorders or, more rarely, they are auto-immune conditions (when the body attacks the hair follicle as it would invading bacteria).
Other types of alopecia that you may have heard of include Alopecia Areata (still), Alopecia Totalis, Alopecia Universalis and Traction Alopecia (there are others, too). These are all entirely distinct from Androgentic Alopecia (above) and have a much better chance of responding to professional diagnosis and treatment
Book your consultation with Robert Byrne Hairdressing’s Trichologist