Professional Scalp Analysis

Microscopy will reveal any mineral deficiencies that could create adverse conditions for healthy hair growth. With Microscopy any problems of the hair and scalp can be diagnosed at the initial stages, leading to immediate treatment and early revitalisation.

A microscopic examination of a living sample of the hair bulb will usually give an indication as to the amount of hair loss and also give a prediction of future loss.  This examination of the hair bulb will usually detect the interference of the hair growth cycle and the probable cause for hair loss.

“I believe that it isn’t only what we eat, but that our emotional and physical wellbeing can often be linked to the causes of hair and scalp problems and in order to prescribe the correct treatment, an individual assessment must be undertaken.”

If you feel that your hair is thinner than it was a year ago, and would like advice on a hair or scalp condition, call Russell for a consultation today.

hair analysis by microscope

Male pattern baldness – Androgenetic Alopecia

65% + of males are affected in the northern hemisphere. This involves recession of the hair line in the frontal region of the scalp or vertex. These type of people have sensitivity to the androgens. The condition runs in families and can be inherited from the Male or Female. The hair follicles are genetically predisposed to DHT (dihydrotestosterone) and the hair loss results from a complex chemical reaction when the enzyme 5 Alpha Reductase converts the testosterone to DHT.

Female pattern baldness

Hair loss with age in women is usually much more diffuse and is associated with elevated Androgen levels. The hair follicle still produces hair but they are too small to be visible. This process is called miniaturisation: and again predominantly affects the vertex, not to be confused with hair loss occurring if female hormones, known as estrogens, are out of balance.

Hyperhydrosis

Hyperhydrosis is a condition involving the sweat glands. Known as Scalp Hyperhydrosis, this has been investigated comprehensively during the last twenty years by scientists and members of the institute of Biothetics. Their work has shed considerable light on the scalp problem which had more often than not been confused with Seborrhoea (greasy scalp).

This confusion is a cause of concern, because at present it is estimated that up to 70% of the population is affected. Awareness of this damaging condition is therefore of paramount importance.

Hyperhydrosis, in medical terms means an excessive perspiration which can be caused by several reasons, often pathological or psychosomatic etc. Trichologically speaking, Scalp Hyperhydrosis is a condition where the amount of perspiration is not necessarily a problem, but rather the content within.

The lactic acid saga

Normally lactic acid is found in day perspiration in quantities of about 0.5%, and it plays a beneficial role for the skin.

Lactic acid also plays an antibacterial role maintaining the acid PH in the epidermis. Like many things lactic acid only remains beneficial when present in small amounts. When present in higher quantities it becomes detrimental to the hair.

People who participate in vigorous sporting activities such as as evening squash sessions, weekend football or tennis etc, are likely to produce a high amount of lactic acid. But mostly to blame for the high level of lactic acid produced by the organism is the silent work of over stimulated nerve cells. Therefore people suffering from stress, worries and problems at work etc, are those who would have high levels of lactic acid and consequently have problems with their hair.

The nightmare

A bad time for hair is at night when the grey cells of the sweat glands release perspiration, which is highly charged with toxins and lactic acid.

People under stress of emotional problems wake up in the morning with lifeless, limp hair that looks slightly greasy near the roots. This is an indication of the presence of lactic acid. A typical aspect of hair suffering from the scalp hyperhydrosis is that it becomes fine, limp, lifeless, discoloured and dry on the ends.

The hair keratin gradually becomes porous due to the loss of ceramides, which bind the cuticle together, including essential elements, minerals and moisture.

Not only does hyperhydrosis affect the hair structure, it can also threaten the life of the hair itself. Lactic acid not only attacks the cuticle but also the protective epithelial sheath, which locks the bulbs inside the scalp.