Dear Dr Rassman,
Hi, i am a 20 year-old Asian male serving my country’s conscription policy and i am suffering from male-pattern balding. My receding hairline is most obvious at my temples. I have realised that this spurt in receding is particularlly so during my service, which i blame the constant wearing of the helmet for. Moreover, my hair is rather greasy. Is there any tips to stunt the hair loss or is there any products recommended to cause hair regrowth?
I have also heard from a medical doctor that such thing as trichology is a medical hoax. Companies masquerading as the solution of hair regrowth lack any proof of medical and scientific evidence for their claims. Is this true? Last but not least, my twin brother is also suffering from a similar fate and i strongly suspect that this is highly hereditary given my father’s current look.Looking forward to your reply. Thanks.
To practice trichology, you do not have to have any medical qualification. If you are interested in learning about hair and helping people with their hair problems, you can focus on this field and get licensed in most states in the same licensing branch as cosmetology. On surfing the net, I found The Institute of Trichologists (based on the UK, but with offices all over the world), which is just one of many such sites pushing for trichologist training.
Hair loss is genetic — wearing a helmet or having greasy hair/scalp will not cause more hair loss. If your twin is identical he will have the same hair loss pattern you have, if your hair loss is genetic.