The start of a new hair journey: Trichologist visit – July 18

Hi there, how was your week?

Anyways, I had not had a retouch in 3 months and so I figured the best way to start my hair journey was to get a proper hair diagnosis to understand what was really going on with my hair. I have had these dandruff-like symptoms on my hair for a while but I knew it wasn’t dandruff and so I was anxious to find out what it was.

The trichologist diagnosed scalp psoriasis. To be honest, I disagreed with the doctor because I had suspected seborrhoeic dermatitis for a while. Anyway, both conditions are acutely similar and are treated the same way.

 

The treatment for seborrhoeic dermatitis includes:

  • dandruff shampoos,
  • over-the-counter antifungal creams,
  • avoidance of harsh soaps and detergents,
  • and anti-itching creams (topical steroids) applied topically to the affected area.
  • Foods high in biotin, or vitamin B7

If your psoriasis is severe, your doctor may prescribe you topical or oral medications. In mild cases of scalp psoriasis, tar products and salicylic acid are commonly used as a treatment, and many over-the-counter tar shampoos targeting the scalp are on the market.

My trichologist prescribed an Anti-Dandruff shampoo and conditioner. He also advised that I chop off most of my already relaxed hair because it was so damaged. That really broke my heart. For the first time, I saw my hair for how bad it really was. I was looking like an “iya eko” with my chopped off hairline. I had a wash and was told to come back in 72 hours to retouch my new growth.

I was also given a hair regimen that included the following:

– Aggressive moisturizing , I had to moisturize my hair twice a day

– Washing and steaming once a week for 10 weeks and then once every 2 weeks for another 10 weeks

– Abstaining from any form of extensions for at least 6 months.

– Regular exercising and healthy eating

I am hell-bent on turning my hair around so I intend to comply fully with these.

Wish me good luck.

See ya soon.

Damilola

Read more
Scalp psoriasis (WebMD)

Seborrhoeic dermatitis (Wikipedia)

Dealing with dandruff in African hair: a peculiar issue!

Scalp psoriasis vs. seborrheic dermatitis: What’s the difference? (Mayo Clinic)

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  1. Good day ma’am, went thorough your blog and I like. I seem to be having receding hairline issues, could you please refer me to a trichologist. Thank you in anticipation

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