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Hair and Scalp Analysis at Philip Kingsley Trichology Clinic

Reviewed by admin April 22, 2012 5 Comments

I’m dead serious when I say that my hair can make or break my day. I could be wearing a paper bag or feel sick as a dog but if my hair looks good, I feel confident. Hair not only affects one’s appearance, it is capable of changing your behavior. I decided my mane was a mess; I yearned for the softness and shine it once possessed. My locks warranted expert consultation. A bit of research led me to the Philip Kingsley Trichology Clinic in New York. Trichology is the science of hair and scalp. Kingsley, deemed by Vogue magazine as the “The Hair Wizard,” coined the phrase “bad hair day.” He opened the first-ever trichological clinic in London in 1960. The services encompass both medical and cosmetically related scalp and hair issues. Kingsley’s celebrity clientele includes Kate Winslet, Renee Zellweger, and Cate Blanchett. I made an appointment right away.

My mane expert was Liz, who, undeniably, had a healthy head of hair. The hour-long consultation included details regarding  family history, nutrition, physical and emotional health, as well as a request for blood work (sadly, the results revealed that I’m iron deficient). These are all relevant factors that enabled Liz to rule out potential causes of the trauma to my tresses (e.g., thyroid, malnutrition). She then examined my scalp with magnifying equipment and found it to be “unremarkable.” This pleased her as there were no strange bumps or inflammation – conditions you wouldn’t want anywhere on your skin. “The foundation of healthy hair begins with the scalp,” she remarked. The “tug” test, whereby she gently pulled my hair strands, resulted in the release of more than a couple of strands – not a good sign. She informed me that my hair was dehydrated and had poor elasticity – hair should have a bit of stretch.

Liz patiently answered my barrage of questions and shared some of her vast knowledge on hair health. She takes a holistic approach, connecting body health to hair health and nutrition. She told me the body allocates nutrients to hair tissue after supplying essential systems. And poor nutrition results in poor hair health. Because hair is made of protein, this nutrient must be consumed daily. Furthermore, the hair follicle is the second most prolific cell producer in the body. This explains why I’m not bald despite the number of hairs that fall out daily. Nutritional supplements can be terrific, but they should support the plate - not replace it!

What really surprised me is when Liz told me that hair should be washed daily. The scalp is skin and requires cleansing like the rest of the body. However, it’s important to focus on washing the scalp, not so much the hair. Here are some other tips she passed along:

-Not all sulfates are evil (Kingsley’s products contain sodium lauryl sulfate.)

-The best time to dry hair is when it’s wet. Never use a blow-dryer on dry hair; over-drying damages hair!

-When drying hair, keep the dryer moving, rather than focus on any one area.

-While boar brushes contribute to shine, they are damaging to the scalp. Vented brushes with cone-tipped bristles are best. Brushes with ceramic barrels only serve to fry hair.

One of the most important commandments is to treat hair like a cashmere sweater. “If you wouldn’t do it to a cashmere sweater, don’t do it to your hair,” Liz remarked. I should mention that Liz is not inflexible, and realizes life doesn’t revolve around hair and certain occasions will require mane maltreatment. Her maxim is try to do as little damage as possible to your hair. So you may want to think twice before you flip the switch on your ionic ceramic turbo 1875 watt hair dryer. Do you really need to torch your hair that day?

My head was spinning as I was led to the treatment room for a scalp treatment, which generally follows the consultation. I was thrilled when the illustrious “elasticizer” (a pre-shampoo conditioner), which was created for Audrey Hepburn, was  applied to my strands; especially after learning my hair had poor elasticity. The hour-long scalp treatment was exceptionally relaxing (yes, there’s a massage), and I highly recommend it!

I later reflected on what I’d learned at the trichology clinic, which was extraordinarily eye opening. I’ve never given proper attention to my scalp. I hadn’t shown my locks much love either.  While the initial immediate effects after a comprehensive blow-out had been lovely, I realized it wasn’t worth the years of abuse. My hair had just been diagnosed with “dehydration and poor-elasticity syndrome.” I started the prescribed hair regimen the next day.

Old habits are hard to break and I admit to committing the occasional hair sin. It’s taken more than a few post-it notes on the bathroom mirror to implement certain changes into my hair routine. I always dampen dry my hair prior to styling and I use a vented hair brush.  However, I wouldn’t say my nutrition would meet RDA requirements - that seems to be a life-long work in progress.  But most importantly, my scalp is receiving much needed TLC, and I’m treating my hair like a cashmere sweater.

  • June 15, 2013

    by Diane

    What's really sad to me is that the posters above hardly have something to complain about in comparison to those of us who have a "real problem." When I say a real problem, I mean that after years of my hair thinning I am now at the point that you can see my scalp vividly through my diffused hair; and my once long, shining hair is now a few inches short, the only way I can wear it to disguise the fact that I am suffering from male-pattern baldness. Every time I hear someone complain about their hair and I take a look at it, I see someone who really doesn't have anything to complain about in the way of a major problem. Yes, you do have the right to express dismay at the fact that your hair may be breaking and not as shiny as it used to be, but the solutions and options that are available practically guarantee that your hair will be thick and shiny and healthy once again. I would kill to have half of your hair as it now appears in your photo. The chances of mine even coming close are slim and none. I have learned to accept it, as I have learned to accept the idiotic things that people say to me, such as the perennial favorite, "hey, did you know that you have a bald spot on the back of your head?" or "did you know your hair has gotten really think up there?" I usually just smile, but sometimes I act overly-surprised and say something like, REALLY??? OMG, I never noticed....I've only been obsessing on it and trying not to obsess over the past twenty-plus years, thanks for letting me know..." Anyway, the way I handle it for the most part is by eating well, taking vitamins and dealing with the fact that I am attractive, and I can make my hair look OK on most days, and there are women with far less hair than me, but the next time you say you're having "a bad hair day," just think about it, and exactly what that means in the grand scheme of things. If you're fat, you can lose weight, if you're skin is dull you can get a facial but if your hair is falling out due to genetics, there isn't a damn thing you can do to stop it.

  • April 23, 2013

    by Robin

    The cost for this professional advice & procedure would be?

  • December 10, 2012

    by Danny

    It's my pleasure !! You must try the Scalp stimulating mask and the scalp exfoliating mask . They both work wonders and have the most amazing ingredients in them . You can plonk the elasticizer over the ends of your hair with the treatment on your scalp and you have the most incredible restorative treatment . The scalp toner well it makes such sense and !!! I have hair growing back on my temples because of the prescription drops I got . All I can say is I've thrown every other hair product I had cluttering my cupboards in the bin ! I finally found my hair retention and scalp health and hair health products that really work :)

  • December 9, 2012

    by Nisha

    Hello Danny,
    Sincere apologies for the delayed response (glitch in system such that I don't consistently receive alerts on Comments to my posts - working on resolving that).
    I learned an incredible amount during my clinic visits & still continue to follow the prescribed recommendations & have noted a slow but steadily improvement in the condition of my hair. (Interestingly enough, I read an article -a few months after I had posted the above article- on how a scalp analysis changed a journalists’ life in the Aug 2012 issue of Elle magazine.)
    I'm so glad the article served a catalyst for you to take action to try a different approach & I applaud you for sharing your experiences with the TIA Community. Moreover, I’m thrilled to hear that your visit to the clinic yielded such positive results (while admitting I’m a bit jealous that you were able to meet with the man himself).

  • September 23, 2012

    by Danny

    Ok here we go no idea why I was a bit embarrassed to post this before but here we go . I'm male and am now 42 yrs old . I've always been paranoid about losing my hair . I'm quite lucky in that I only have Male pattern baldness in my right temple and a thinning hair line . I tried every lotion and potion on the market . Infact my cupboards are more like a Boots the Chemist . I decided one day it's time to see someone professional . I made an appointment to go to Philip Kingsleys clinic in London. I was kind of nervous but it had to be done . I went in saw the man himself had blood tests to check my hormone levels my hair and scalp was analysed . I came away with a shampoo and a conditioner a scalp nask and a scalp tonic and a prescribed bottle of scalp drops called M Drops . All I can say is my temple and hair line is growing back !! After all these years it's growing back . No side effects at all no redness itchiness nothing . In the drops and this will make you cringe a mixture of female hormones and testosterone blockers !! No herbs , no plants , all hormones and male hormone blockers . It's not affected me in any way eg I've not grown double D breasts . I had another blood test and the drops are not being absorbed into my blood steam they are just working on my scalp . I found the cute for baldness . The down side is the cost for the appointments etc . So if your husbands are losing their hair this is the way forward

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