As I mentioned a few posts ago, I have a bald spot towards the front of my hair. 😥 I believed that it was reflective of an internal health issue so I scheduled some appointments to find out. One of my appointments was with a trichologist. Trichology deals with the study of the hair and scalp. Trichologists are helpful if you have any hair and scalp issues.
I know of three trichologists in Lagos. If I missed any, please let me know.
I decided to go with The African Naturalistas Clinic which is located in Gbagada. I chose this one because I was able to find the most information about the trichologist’s training and the clinic itself.
Atilola Moronfolu is a Holistic Practitioner of Trichology (HPT) and she was trained in trichology using Dr. Kari Williams program. This program is designed for hair professionals and not medical practitioners. From what I read, one does not need to be a medical professional to become a trichologist. Atilola is very passionate about hair and hair care for Nigerian and African women. She is also a contributor to the African Naturalistas blog.
I scheduled my appointment and she was professional throughout the process. I was asked to have clean hair without excessive oil or products. I washed my hair the day before and I didn’t use any leave-ins or oils. My hair felt dry and rough. 🙁 At the beginning of the consultation, I filled out a form describing my health, lifestyle, and family history. She reviewed the form and asked me some questions about my hair and health history. Then, she analyzed my hair and scalp by hand and with the trichoscope.
She noted that in the thinner section that there was more vellus hairs and fewer terminal hairs. Vellus hair is the thin, fine hair that most people grow on their bodies. Terminal hair is thicker and darker. This is different from the middle part of hair which has all terminal hairs. That section also has 2 – 4 hairs coming out of the follicle unit. It looked denser in the image.
She also noted that the follicles were closed in the bald spot. I noticed that the section is pretty smooth. Closed follicles can no longer grow hair. I won’t lie; this hit me pretty hard. 😥
She diagnosed me with androgenic alopecia (female pattern baldness). Androgenic alopecia can occur due to hormonal imbalances, genetic predisposition, stress inducing conditions and many other reasons. She recommended minoxidil to help keep the hair that I have. She also diagnosed me with traction alopecia at my temples. That’s because I play with my hair TOO MUCH. I need to get a handle on it. Any recommendations? One good point is that she said my scalp is doing well.
The entire consolation was about an hour. She also sent me a detailed consultation report which included a recommendations for my diagnosis. Atilola answered my other questions after the consultation. Her response time was pretty prompt. The consultation cost 10,000 Naira.
A few days later, I went to see a dermatologist and asked some questions about the bald spot and thinning. She mentioned that it may be due to stress and that it will grow back in a few months. As of today, I still haven’t received my blood work and other tests. I did this right before Christmas and the doctor’s office is still working on the report.
I would recommend going to see a professional if you are having any scalp or hair issues, especially if you notice a change in your hair like I did. I’m glad that I got this information and I can evaluate everything and decide what to do next.
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