A COMPLETE EXAMINATION ON HAIR HEALTH : HAIR CHECK UP
Having strong and healthy hair is of course everyone’s dream. Considering that the thing we care most about in the modern world is our appearance, hair is directly related to looking attractive, being liked by others, and feeling good when we look in the mirror. That’s why we can feel bad when the changes in our hair affect our appearance. On the other hand, these changes in our hair give us some clues about our mental and physical health. Just like our body, our hair also needs periodic examination. Just as we have regular check-ups for our health, we also need to have a hair check-up to find out what our hair health is like. With the hair check-up it is possible for us to know what our hair need and if it lost its vitality and get weakened in time. Thanks to the hair check-up, which helps to reveal health problems that may cause hair loss and examines the hair in every aspect, we plan personalized hair treatments and people get lush, vibrant and healthy hair with treatment protocols specific to their hair and skin structures.
What is hair check up?
Hair check-up can be defined as a whole of trichological tests for the detection and solution of hair and scalp problems. Within the scope of the application, the hair roots are examined with detailed microscopic shots and the mass index, elasticity of the hair; moisture, sebum (oil) and PH value are measured. In addition, basic components such as iron, zinc, folic acid, vitamin D, B12 and biotin, which are of great importance for human health, are examined. With the hair check-up, it is aimed to apply the most accurate treatment to the patient with the findings obtained by questioning the existence of genetic or hormonal effects that trigger hair loss.
How is hair check up applied?
Before starting the hair check-up, an anamnesis (patient history) is drawn up by a specialist trichologist (a branch of dermatology, which is the science of hair and scalp health) by conducting one-on-one interviews with the patient regarding their medical history, lifestyle and hair care routine. Then, a sample is taken from the scalp by measuring whether the hair is healthy, the breakage rate and the severity of the shedding, using the “tricogram” (low-level light therapy) technique, which examines the morphology (structure) of the hair and guides the diagnosis of hair diseases. After the physical examination and measurements, a blood test is requested from the patient in order to get to the source of the problem. The diagnosis is made according to the results of the scans and analyzes performed in the hair check-up, which lasts an average of 1-1.5 hours, and the content of the trichological therapy or treatment is decided for the patient. If there is a medical condition underlying the hair loss, the person is referred to a specialist physician who will deal with the case.
Scientific dimension of hair check-up: Genetic hair test
Although the causes of hair loss are different in men and women, in many cases, the problem of hair loss is based on genetics. Of course, factors other than genetics also trigger hair loss, but the medical world accepts that genetics plays a major role in the factors affecting hair health. From this point of view, it is seen that gene studies, which are used in many fields of medicine today, are also successfully applied in hair treatment. The genetic hair test applied to understand the underlying causes of hair loss is the newest of these technologies. With the hair test, also called “tricho test”, which can be a solution to the problems caused by genes in hair treatment, it can be understood which gene causes the hair to fall out in about 5-6 weeks. Thanks to genetic hair testing, personal formulas (hair serums, vitamins) can be developed to slow down hair and scalp problems; In some cases, it can be stopped altogether.
Who should have a hair check up?
Those who are disturbed by the weakness of their hair; Anyone who has problems such as regional hair loss, itching on the scalp, excessive dandruff or loss of elasticity of the hair can have a hair check-up. The application is started by trichologists after checking the vitamin and mineral balances that affect the hair in the blood values of the person.