You’re probably shaking your head, wondering why on earth you need to add a trichologist (a branch of dermatology that deals with the health of the hair and scalp) to your list of doctors to see on an ongoing basis. But after sitting down with Trichologist Stephen Pullan at Philip Kingsley Trichological Clinic, it makes perfect sense. So what exactly happens? Read on to find out more.

For starters, Dr. Steve takes you into his office (like a regular doctor’s appointment, but for your scalp) and asks a series of questions about your body health, stress, heredity, horomones, and nutrition. Your scalp is the gateway to healthy hair, so if it’s not at its optimum your hair will definitely show it. After the consultation, he then scans your scalp for anything abnormal.

As it turns out, my scalp was “stressed out,” meaning that it was mildly inflamed, flaking, and scaling. Not the worst he’s ever witnessed (whew!), but still über important to tend to — if I want my hair to be shiny and healthy again, that is!

TrichologistAfter Dr. Steve examines your scalp, he whips up a one-of-a-kind hair treatment (think of it as a facial for your scalp) that’s applied and massaged onto the scalp, which is downright heavenly. And then, a red light that looks like it belongs on a spaceship (shown above) is placed above the head to stimulate the scalp. When more blood is flowing to the scalp, nutrients seep into the blood stream faster as an FYI.

What makes it even more awesome is that they tailor an entire hair care regimen that’s custom to your scalp’s needs, from shampoo and conditioner to hair tonic that’s like facial toner for your scalp. While you might think this sounds crazy and that your scalp is high maintenance, it’s actually one of the coolest, most unique treatments we’ve ever tried. And plus, who doesn’t want gorgeous hair?

If you live in the New York City area, run, don’t walk to Dr. Steve. If not, he does online consultations too. Just be sure to  block off a couple hours of your time, as he’s one of the most fascinating docs we’ve ever met. Here are a few other tips we took away:

  • For a healthy scalp, wash your hair daily (and use dry shampoo sparingly!)
  • Shampoo the scalp with your fingertips and not your nails
  • Do not apply conditioner to the scalp; conditioner is for moisturizing the hair while shampooing should be reserved for cleansing the scalp
  • Use a fine comb on wet hair to avoid breakage
  • Start with high heat when blow drying, and gradually get cooler once the hair starts drying more

xx, The FabFitFun Team

Top image: Philip Kingsley