Consultant Trichologist Demi Griffiths tells us what we need to know about trichology and talks about her own hair loss experience.
Let’s be honest, most people hear the words consultant trichologist and have no idea what that is. Ten years ago, I didn’t either.
I was thrust upon finding out, by my own personal hair loss journey. I have worked as a hairdresser for 25 years and loved it but between the ages of 28 and 31, I started to become paranoid that my hair was thinning on the top.
I am the kind of person who tends to brush things under the carpet and this is exactly what I did, hoping and praying it wouldn’t get any worse. I just ignored it. As the years went by I cleverly hid my thinning area but it eventually caught up with me.
After months of struggling to blow dry my hair, and countless bad hair days, I had a complete meltdown. The realisation hit me that I needed help. This wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be and I went through a long emotional journey of visiting numerous GPs, a dermalogist and a trichologist.
Working with salons
I eventually got a diagnosis of female pattern hair loss. I then started to frantically research this online. I learned it was a genetic hair loss condition and that I was very unlucky to be showing signs at such a young age. I wanted to know as much about my diagnosis as possible and this led me to thinking about the countless women I had seen during my hairdressing career who silently suffered and accepted their hair thinning without a diagnosis, and having no knowledge as to why they were experiencing this loss of hair.
With a passion and drive to learn more, I found myself enrolling onto a Trichology course. I was completely overwhelmed and gave up on numerous occasions, but despite the self-doubt and anxiety attacks (believe me, there were so many times my husband and parents had to talk me through them and coax me onto a train or into a lecture), I spent the next few years being a complete trichology nerd. I proudly qualified as a Consultant Trichologist in February 2019.
One thing I have been passionate about since starting my Trichology career is working closely with hairdressing salons. As hairdressers, we are most often the first person our clients are going to talk to regarding any hair thinning or scalp issues. I feel it’s so important to have the right information to be able to pass on to clients, and also to know when you should be referring to a trichologist. A close working relationship between a trichologist and a hairdresser is key to giving clients the best possible service.
I offer short training sessions with stylists one-to-one or group sessions with salon staff, about Trichology and conditions of the hair and scalp. If you have a Trichologist in your area, the best thing you can do for your salon and clients is to make contact and work together.
You can find Demi at Midlands Trichology.
5 things you should know about trichology
- Trichology is the scientific study of the hair and scalp. A trichologist is an expert in all types of hair loss, hair disorders and scalp issues, diagnosing and treating accordingly.
- To reach a diagnosis, a Trichologist will look into things such as diet, lifestyle, health, medication, hormones and contraception.
- 65% of men will show noticeable hair loss by the age of 60, and 40% of women have visible hair loss by the age of 40.
- Both men and women shed between 80-100 hairs per day.
- A trichologist can improve the service you give to your clients by giving you product ingredient advice, knowledge about hair loss and basic scalp conditions so you know when to make a referral, and help with general myth-busting that clients may present you with.
A few hair myths… busted!
Washing your hair every day is bad for your hair… it’s not.
Having your hair cut will make it grow faster…..it won’t.
Male baldness is only passed down from the mother’s side of the family… it’s not!