The World Trichology Society Conference is an annual meeting that offers continued education in the area of hair loss to certified trichologist, student trichologist, cosmetologist, and dermatologist.
One of the goals of the meeting is to provide all hair loss specialist, and physicians who attend, the opportunity to improve themselves by networking, learning new research, and sharing different experiences with other hair specialist.
I had the opportunity to sit in on 20 different presentations in the space of three days while attending the conference. The speakers at the conference were some of the most reputable, and knowledgeable people in hair loss research and trichology.
The World Trichology Society Conference was put together by Dr. David Kingsley, PHD, WTS (World Trichology Society Trichologist). He is the President of the World Trichology Society, and the Conference Co-Chair.
Here are 13 important points about hair loss you need to know.
- Therapies for certain types of hair loss, sometimes, consist of stopping the hair loss, instead of restoring the hair lost. This is especially the case when you are suffering with a scarring alopecia because this type of alopecia results in destruction of hair follicles.
- You can have more than one type of hair loss at the same time. For this reason, you need to use a combination of treatments to help restore your hair. Treatments vary depending on the type of hair loss you have.
- Leave dandruff shampoo on the scalp for a minimum of 10 minutes to allow the active ingredient to work, and break down flakes. Use a moisturizing shampoo after the dandruff shampoo to restore moisture to your hair, and avoid dryness.
- Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia is the number one type of hair loss to affect African American women. Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia is a type of hair loss that results in destruction of the hair follicles. When hair follicles are destroyed, your hair cannot grow. This type of hair loss can be helped better when it is caught in the early stages.
- Your blood test results can come back normal for body health, but for hair health, the blood levels are different. During your consultation with a trichologist, you may be asked to go to your doctor to have blood work done. This is required sometimes to give the best assessment of your condition.
- Low level laser therapy does nothing to inhibit dihydrotestosterone (DHT), this is why you still need to use a DHT blocker in conjunction with low level laser therapy if you are suffering with androgenetic genetic hair loss.
- If you practice proper scalp hygiene you can prevent hair loss. Shampooing weekly is best to keep the scalp clean, and create a healthy environment for your hair to grow. Going extended periods of time without cleansing the scalp, will create a breeding ground for bacteria, and fungi to live on your scalp which can encourage hair loss.
- Traction alopecia is caused by wearing tight braids, and extensions for long periods of time. It can also be caused by improper use, or extended use of relaxers. Traction alopecia can result in destruction of some hair follicles. Once follicles are destroyed, your hair can not grow back. If traction alopecia is detected early, your hair has a greater chance of being restored.
- If you have a cicatrical alopecia, you should stop relaxing your hair because relaxers cause inflammation of the scalp, which can make this type of hair loss worse.
- Space out relaxer touch up services to eight weeks. Use the appropriate relaxer strength for your hair, and scalp. There is no need to use super strength relaxer. It is too strong for the scalp, and contribute to hair loss in the long run.
- There are no guarantees for hair regrowth with treatments for hair loss. You simply have to try and see what type of results you get from the therapy recommended to you.
- Treating hair loss cannot be done by a one size fits all method. If you need any type of therapy, there are specific factors that need to be taken into consideration before you begin any form of treatment. Get diagnosed before you begin any type of treatment for hair loss.
- Do not ignore the symptoms that may occur with hair loss. Some of these symptoms include burning, tingling, and excessive itching of the scalp. Please be advised that just because you have these symptoms does not mean you are experiencing hair loss. Symptoms depend on the individual, and vary from one person to the next. Some people experience hair loss, and have no symptoms at all.
If you have a hair or scalp concern, help is available to you. Get help as early as possible from a dermatologist or trichologist in your area.