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With so much information available today, it is easy to find numerous solutions claiming to fix hair problems but one size does not fit all so seeing a trichologist can provide you with the guidance you need to make the right decision about the best treatment for you. A trichologist's job is to help you find the cause of your problem. Here are more ways you and your licensed hairstylist can avoid an appointment with a trichologist.

What can you do to prevent seeing a trichologist?

Some clients feel comfortable enough doing chemical services at home. As a licensed cosmetologist I don’t recommend clients doing any chemical service on their own because it can cause serious damage to the hair and scalp.

Follow manufacture instructions

Many women that come into the salon for a trichology consultation have experienced permanent hair loss due to improper use of chemicals either by themselves or hairstylist. Hair loss caused by a chemical is called traction alopecia, and can destroy hair follicles causing very slow hair growth or no hair growth in a specific area. Read the manufacturer’s instructions and follow timing, technique guidelines and make sure you or the hairstylist is aware of chemical products that should or should not be placed directly on the scalp. If you feel excessive burning, or any uncomfortable irritation on the scalp, the chemical should be removed immediately. Do not sacrifice the health of your hair and scalp for any chemical to process.

Let cornrows dry thoroughly after shampooing extensions

If you wear hair extensions with the cornrows and extension hair added to the cornrows it is important to let the braids dry after you shampoo and condition.  You need to shampoo and condition while wearing extensions a minimum twice a month. Shampooing less than that can cause scalp odor, flaky scalp problems, and fungal infections. When you do shampoo while wearing extensions after the conditioner is rinsed, you have to sit under a hooded dryer and let braids and tracks dry completely. If you do not let tracks and braids dry properly you can cause a nesting place for bacteria, fungus, and your scalp will smell like mildew. You can get a scalp infection which will cause you a trip to a dermatologist for medicated treatment to resolve the problem.

Don’t rely on your hairstylist to tell you everything concerning your hair or scalp

Be your own hair and scalp advocate. Examine your hair and scalp yourself and pay attention to any symptoms you may feel such as scalp tenderness, chronic burning of the scalp, chronic itching, and excessive hair fall and flakiness and discuss all your concerns with your stylist. Ask your stylist to check out areas on the scalp or hair that are of concern to you. Find out from your hairstylist what products they use so if a problem occurs you and the hairstylist can pinpoint and address what may be causing the issue. Know how to do basic services for yourself at home, such as a shampoo, condition, and style so you can get familiar with your hair and how it feels. This will allow you to pick up on some problems when they occur.

Check out Part 1 on How to Avoid an Appointment with a Trichologist