Many people are hesitant to book a hair loss consultation because they don’t know what to expect. In this blog, we explain how specialists diagnose hair loss conditions so that you can feel more confident about taking your first step towards hair restoration.
Your Medical/Family History
There are many causes of hair loss, so the specialist’s task is to gather clues which will help them determine what is behind your condition. A consultation will usually start with an interview about your medical history, as well as family history of hair loss. The specialist will want to know whether your hair loss was sudden or developed slowly, if you are taking medication and if you have any other unusual symptoms. They’ll also have questions about whether your relatives have experienced hair loss as this can indicate whether genetic factors are involved. If you are a woman, the specialist may ask you about your menstrual cycle and pregnancies.
In addition to building up a clear picture of your health and symptoms, the specialist will also examine your scalp and hair. They will look for signs of any skin condition, as well as assessing the hair growth and structure.
The Hair Pull Test
The specialist may also perform the hair pull test. They will grasp a bundle of around 60 hairs and gently pull upwards, then count the number of hairs removed. This test is usually repeated in several areas across the scalp. The number of hairs pulled out is an indicator of whether you have excessive hair loss.
If a specialist suspects that your hair loss is caused by a nutritional deficiency, hormonal condition or thyroid disorder, they may require a blood test to confirm it. A small amount of blood will be extracted from your arm and analysed to confirm the diagnosis.
Consultations at Vinci Hair Clinic
Vinci Hair Clinic welcome men and women who have concerns about hair loss to join them for a free consultation. Their specialists will use tests like those described above to diagnose your hair loss condition. They’ll also get to know you and your hair restoration goals so that they can offer you personalised advice on the best treatment for your needs.