BEAUTY: Root Causes; Forget Medicated Shampoos and Aqueous Creams. If You Want to Get Shot of Problems Such as Dermatitis and Dandruff, Maybe It's Time You Paid a Visit to the Hair Doctor

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BEAUTY: Root Causes; Forget Medicated Shampoos and Aqueous Creams. If You Want to Get Shot of Problems Such as Dermatitis and Dandruff, Maybe It's Time You Paid a Visit to the Hair Doctor


One type of beauty product that will never be in short supply is haircare treatments. Whatever the ailment, you'll always find countless miracle cures to splash your cash on.

But according to trichologists, a new breed of hair doctor, no amount of aqueous cream or medicated shampoo will really get to the heart of problems such as hair loss, dandruff or an itchy scalp. What you need, they say, is some life-changing holistic advice.

Trichologists treat skin conditions as well as hair and scalp problems and they're being dubbed the new beauty gurus because they offer holistic help for all our health and beauty blips.

Trichologist Philip Kingsley says that nine times out of 10 the root of problems like eczema, dandruff, dermatitis and hair thinning is stress, poor health or a bad diet. (Although luckily he says that a recent report linking hair loss and dryness to increased alcohol intake is "balderdash".)

Trichologists in the UK are registered as associates or members, depending how long they've been practising.

To find your nearest practitioner, contact the Institute Of Trichologists on 0870-607 0602 or email trichologists@ambernet.co.uk.

Going deeper

Sometimes, trichologists don't just diagnose and treat problems which affect the hair, but also tackle conditions which tend not to be limited to the scalp area. Known as dermo-trichologists, ("derm" meaning scalp in Latin) they can zap problems that crop up all over the head, neck and arms.

One of the most common is dermatitis, an umbrella term meaning any inflamed skin condition caused by an external irritant. Another one is excessive sebum - grease - production on the scalp and face.

Dermo-trichologists follow the Biosthetique system developed by French biologist Marcel Contier in 1946. This method involves carrying out scalp and skin tests, making a diagnosis and prescribing a personal Biosthetique course of treatment.

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