Ninian Smith, Consultant Trichologists, Hair & Skin Centre
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-Hair Loss & Alopecia, -Sensitive Scalps

-Fine & Damaged/Split Ends, -Scalp Induration

-Hair Loss & Childbirth, -Synergetic Treatments

-Hair Mineral Analysis, , -Email a digital photograph


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Our aim is to improve

Your hair, scalp or skin using the latest scientific range of natural based preparations and techniques. We respect the indisputable fact that we are all unique human beings. No two peoples' hair and skin are exactly alike. This means that to achieve superior results, treatments must be tailored to each individual. In conjunction with our extensive knowledge and experience in trichology, we use the latest microscopic techniques to determine the underlying causes of hair scalp and skin disorders. With the correct diagnosis of the problem, our prescribed treatments allow cellular systems within the hair and skin to return to their normal function naturally and without side effects. Using this approach we have successfully treated many disorders such as: ALOPECIA, THINNING HAIR, DAMAGED HAIR, SLOW GROWING HAIR, DRY/GREASY HAIR, SENSITIVE SCALPS, PSORIASIS, ACNE, DRY/GREASY SKIN, PREMATURE AGEING ETC.

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Before Treatment

After Treatment

These photographs show the progress of a young woman with Alopecia Areata - Patchy scalp hair loss. As this form of hair loss is often of a nervous, stress related origin the treatments we use are: SCALPLAX - a spray to relax the nerve endings of the scalp. TRICHO-ACTIVE SHAMPOO - to help promote hair growth BIO-COMPLEX LOTION - To give nutrition to the hair bulbs. The progress of this condition varies from person to person but the hair usually recovers in 3 to 6 months.

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Analysis Form


In all cases complete the analysis form for an individual prescription for any of these conditions.


Hair Loss & Alopecia:,

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The Biological Facts


Nature has given each of us the biological potential of having a full head of hair until the day we die. Each follicle, the duct from where the hair is born and grows, has the potential of growing twenty to twenty five hairs. Each hair, although it does vary from person to person, has an average life span of five years and using simple arithmetic we can calculate that in theory there is enough hair life to see us through at least 100 Years.


Factors Influencing Hair Life


Both internal and external factors can effect the life of the hair, either killing it outright or dramatically reducing its life span. These factors are numerous; Genetic Influences, Nutritional problems, hormonal imbalances, drug intake or illness etc. So hair loss or Alopecia, can be the result of many contributing factors and it is therefore essential to precisely determine the cause before prescribing a course of treatment.


Assessing a Problem


To assess the problem extensive knowledge and experience are obviously indispensable, but are not totally conclusive. The Institute of Trichologists and its members, the trichologists possess both experience and knowledge and are also backed by the latest and exclusive microscopic analytic techniques of hair investigation.


Alopecia Areata


There are several area's to consider with this condition, when the autonomic nervous system is under pressure due to stressful conditions this can have the the effect of depleting blood supplies to the hair bulb or dermal pappila, severe dieting and weight loss over a short period can cause problems with the cellular function that produces the hair leading to hair loss. Mineral imbalance is also a factor, ie a lack of Iron, It has been noted in recent research that apart from Iron deficiencies in the blood, particularly in women, that some women with normal blood counts of child bearing age require more Iron as the body tends to use up the Iron store leaving little for hair growth. The Immune system is also thought to play a part, autoimmunity (where the body's immune system attacks normal healthy body cells.


Alopecia Totalis


An extremely distressing condition often caused by severe shock culminating in total hair loss spanning the entire body, the same factors involved in Alopecia Areata can apply with this condition also. With Alopecia Areata and Alopocia Totalis all factors have to considered, there is no one treatment that can cure all. Treatments for Alopecia Areata on the whole can be quite successful with patient perseverance; normally the hair will grow back within a few months. The treatments for Alopecia Totalis are not always successful although we have recorded successes through patient and persistant treatment.


The genetic condition sometimes involved in Alpecia Totalis, passed on from the mother or father, very often is permanent, in this case expert advise on hair replacement ie a wig or hair piece would be advised.


Scalp Induration (tight scalp)

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Healthy scalp can easily be moved across the scull, but in extreme indurated scalp conditions this proves almost impossible. The hair becomes fine, limp and lifeless and progressively thins. This condition can be normalised with correct phyto-aromatherapy treatments.


Hormonal Alopecic Conditions:


Male Pattern Hair loss or ANDROGENETIC ALOPECIA


The most common form of this disorder is (male pattern Baldness) which although affects both sexes, is very dramatic in men. This inherited condition becomes evident in men from the late teens to the early twenties when abnormal hair loss is accompanied by greasy conditions. The hair becomes thinner and bald patches appear normally from the frontal area of the scalp or at the vertex or crown. Women affected by this condition generally begin to loose hair from menopause. Increased levels of testosterone are often blamed for this condition, testosterone in itself is not the cause. The condition occurs when the enzyme 5 Alpha reductase enters the cells and forms dehydro-testosterone a super charged version. This has the effect of reducing the growing or anagenic phase quite dramatically, A growing hair should last appx. 5 to 8 years in the scalp but when dehydro-testosterone is present this can be reduced to 1 or 2 years or less. Each follicle or duct the hair grows from produces 25 to 30 hair in a lifetime, if each last 5 years we should have enough hair to last a lifetime, but if interfering factors occur such as Androgenetic Alopecia M.P.B. then the life of the hair is reduced. The end result is gradual thinning and finer hair then bald patches appear. Early Action is essential, while there is no actual cure for this condition much can be done to slow down the progress of M.P.B. while there is hair on the scalp, once the scalp is bald nothing will restore the hair. The hair must be analysed to determine if you have this condition. Go to Hair analysis form complete the form plus send a small hair sample.


Genetic Seborrhoea (oil condition)


Sebum, the bodies natural oils, produced in excess as in cases of inherited conditions can reduce the life of the hair and induce Alopecia. Phyto-aromatherapy and lipo-amino acid combinations will reduce and control his condition.


Seasonal Hair loss


At specific times of the year, particularly towards autumn, many people notice unusual hair loss. This is not simply coincidental with the falling of the leaves but is a Chronobiologcal fact about hair. Hair, unlike our finger nails, does not grow constantly but grows in specific cycles and there are particular times of year when hair growth slows down. Autumn being one. Therefore hair problems which are not normally evident, become more noticeable during these periods of slow growth. A course nutritional complexes will quickly reduce and stop hair loss.


Hair Loss and Childbirth

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It is not uncommon for women to experience hair loss after birth. The reasons for this can be hormonal or nervous but most likely is a trace element vitamin deficiency. Supply the hair with the correct elements and its condition will improve quickly.


Hyperhydrosis (Lactic acid damage)


This condition was discovered and has been studied for the past twenty years. Often confused with oily hair, today it affects to 70% of people. Worrying, over work or stress can cause excessive production of lactic acid, which is found in the perspiration. An excess of lactic acid can destroy the hairs keratin, damaging its structure and interfering with its hair growth. Fine and limp hair, which looks greasy near the scalp but dry on the ends, is without Hyperhydrosis. The trichologist has the only products available for this condition associated with the modern way of life.


Chemotherapy and Hair Loss


As explained by your doctor, the drugs used in the battle against cancer cells will probably have side effects, one being on your hair, resulting in partial or full hair loss. At this time we at the hair and skin clinic can help with the use of treatments, which are aromatherapy products based on essential oils designed and formulated over a period of some forty years. They aid the normalisation of the scalp in the aftermath of chemotherapy, and help put it back in order. The hair will then look after its self.


The Treatments


For 100 years the Institute of Trichologists in London have been dedicated to developing the most comprehensive range of treatments specifically designed to help hair and scalp abnormalities. These treatments are exclusive to the Institute of Trichologists and its members. Extensive research with the help and collaboration of universities, hospitals and trichologists throughout Europe has lead to the creation of methods of application, treatments and analytic systems of the highest scientific value.


Hair Analysis Form


Please complete this form and send with a small hair sample plus £12.50 to address shown at contact page. A full confidential report will be sent to you detailing all aspects of the hair plus recommended course of home treatments.


Treatments for fine and Damaged hair and Split Ends:

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Fine Hair

telogenic or Casting Bulbs  

Fine hair more has more often than not a genetic origin. Although its structural aspect does not differ from that of normal or thick hair, because of its smaller diameter it tends to be more fragile and softer. Furthermore, small errors in treatments or the use of products not suited to the hair type will have negative influence on fine hair than on normal or thick hair. All this leads tom the progressive degradation of the keratinic structure of the hair, the hair begins to break and loses its shine and volume. Every hair type is in danger when the cuticles are damaged and cease to perform their protective functions, leaving the hairs internal fibres open to attack. But it is particularly dramatic in fine hair, which will quickly lose quality and vitality. This is when people start to complain about their hair. You will generally find that they wash their hair more frequently than before and use products and shampoos, which give temporary improvements. In reality the hair is deteriorating further.


Essential treatments for Fine Hair


In such cases specific intensive treatments are required in relation to the degree of damage sustained by the hairs keratinic structure. The hairs internal structure must be reconstructed, and the cuticles protective properties must be restored intelligently without making them to hard or too soft. It is also necessary at the same time to improve the scalps functions to help the hair regain strength and vitality from within.


Stabilising Complexes

  • Active complexes that durably improve the holding qualities of the hair.

  • Stabilising complexes are hair treatments that aim to efficiently restructure the cuticles.

  • Fine and fragile hair is durably strengthened. It is scientifically demonstrated that the hair becomes more resistant and its volume improves


    Treatments for Sensitive Scalps and Fine Hair

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    The abnormal condition of sensitive scalps is fast becoming more and more common and is the most difficult to treat. Any alteration in the skins biology can react by increasing irritability, and is not just limited to a particular skin type. For instance, a dry skin can produce irritations because of a deficiency of the sebaceous glands. But also a greasy skin can become irritated by an excess of sebum degraded by bacterial activity. Dandruff can often be a sign of these imbalances, or it can also be an indication of microbic development specific to particular yeast capable of irritating reactions and hypersensitivity. Some people can have a seemingly normal scalp and occasionally they may suffer from excess sensitivity when no symptoms are obvious.

    Telogenic or dead bulb, lactic acid showing as white area around base of bulb, obstructs blood supply to the germinal matrix. Usual causes are stress related.  



    Each individual may present different symptoms for the same problem. The most common being; pulling sensations (scalp induration), itching, redness. Irritations and the formation of dandruff. These symptoms can appear suddenly and are often confused by the persons with allergic reactions.


    Allergies or Reactions


    An allergy is n excessive reaction of the immune system to one or more specific substances. For instance pollen can create an allergic reaction to the respitory mucous membrane, the skin can react to specific molecules. These phenomenon's will systematically repeat each time the body comes into contact with the same irritant agent. In the case of an allergy the only answer is to consult a doctor who will try to identify the substance responsible for the reaction. The existence or absence of an allergy will provide little information about hypersensitivity of the scalp. These reactions tend to be very rare and vary greatly in intensity. One thing is certain though, is that a sensitive scalp will react quicker, stronger and longer to irritants than a normal scalp.




    More and more frequently now we can observe a lowering of the efficiency of the skins natural lipidic defence as a barrier against external aggressors. When, for whatever reason, the skins defence mechanisms are reduced, the scalp reacts by producing mediator messengers which can activate the immune system and initiate or pre-empt allergic reactions. Numerous factors can aggravate this hypersensitivity, ranging from internal factors such as stress and nervous tension, or external like food. Climate factors; central heating and cold conditions etc.




    The rational approach to treat sensitive scalps requires the frequent application of active preparations, progressively normalising and reducing sensitivity of the skin cells and making them less reactive to irritants. Depending on the speed of recovery one must adapt the frequency and length of treatments to obtain the best possible results. This sensitive complex caters to these needs. The peripheral blood circulation becomes normalised and redness will disappears, progressively calming and soothing irritations. The scalp will become more resistant and find its normal biological balance. Regular applications of these preparations optimise the scalps defence capabilities.


    Synergetic Treatments for Dry Scalp and Hair

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    The Hydrolipidic Film


    The surface of the scalp is covered by the secretions of both the sebaceous and sudorific glands, which together form the hydrolipidic film, and ensuring the scalp maintains its suppleness and a natural level of bacteria elements. Furthermore this film forms a protective barrier against external factors. The hair is also kept in good condition by these secretions, which provide softness and shine. When secretions are excessive the hair acquires a greasy look, while when the secretions are deficient, or shampooing is excessive and incorrect, the scalp and hair becomes dry, breaking easily and becoming difficult to comb.


    Influences on Sebaceous secretions


    Sebaceous gland activity is stimulated and controlled by the androgens(male hormones), and this is why men suffer less from dry hair and scalp conditions than women, except when excessively aggressive shampoos and lotions are used. Therefore women, except during the time of puberty, have a tendency to have dryer hair and skin simply because of their hormonal nature. Sebaceous secretions also depend on temperature. For instance, in warm regions, in the Summer months, and in heated working environments, secretions are increased, while in Winter, cold climates, or when moving regularly from cold to warm there is a decrease in sebum production. It is this reason that for many people their skin becomes dryer in the Winter.


    Revitalising Complexes


    This system of products has been created to help dry scalps with under active sebaceous secretions. The complex of active agents which has been chosen, improve the quality of the scalp and stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum(oil). thanks to these complexes the epidermis regains softness and the hydrolipidic mantle normalises and becomes efficient. The scalp improves and the signs of the dryness disappear.


    New Service: Hair Mineral Analysis

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    As you know we carry out the most advanced microscopic polarised light analysis of the hair, this type of analysis is essential in pinpointing various conditions affecting the hair growth. Many of the problems affecting hair growth are reflecting symptoms of other conditions elsewhere in the body. This may be stress related, hormonal problems, nutritional, genetic, medical, mineral and vitamin imbalances. We can now offer the answers to many of these problems by way of hair mineral analysis, these tests are carried out in the USA in F.D.A. approved medical laboratories using the most advanced computerised systems.


    What exactly is Hair Mineral Analysis


    Your hair contains all the minerals present in your body, including nutritional as well as toxic heavy metals, hair mineral analysis is a laboratory test that measures this mineral content in the hair. In most cases the test results reflect how much of these elements are in your tissues and provide a vivid picture of your internal environment. With this information, a world of metabolic events can be interpreted, but we also learn about how efficiently your body is working.


    How can mineral analysis help me achieve better health

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    If we consider diet is what we consume and nutrition is what we retain, then we can see that discovering what your body needs when it needs it is a valuable tool in creating health. After 30 years of research, hair mineral analysis has emerged as the most practical method for mineral balance in your body. This valuable tool indicates which supplements you need and ones you should avoid. What serves, as good nutrition for one person may not be good for you. Your hair mineral analysis report is designed to help you determine the best nutritional program for you.
    Your hair mineral analysis involves a short visit to obtain a small hair sample and Complete a few questions on the analysis form.
    The fee for this service is £45.00 incl. You will receive a full detailed report on their findings including nutritional and supplementary advice to correct any imbalances found. When these change are made your body can obtain maximum performance.

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    Email a photograph

    As well as completing the skin analysis form, it could also be beneficial to send an email with a photographic attachment. This could be a photo taken by a digital camera, or else a normal photograph scanned into your computer. To carry this out read the following instructions:

    1. click on the following link (Ninian Smith) to generate an email to send from your computer. Most users will probably use outlook express.

    2. enter your full name into the top of the body of the email in order to label the email correctly for identification purposes. As a further option you could also type e.g. hair photo into the subject line of the email.

    3. click (normally the paperclip icon) to browse your computer for the photograph and add to the email as attachment.

    4. Double-check that the photograph or image is attached before sending, then send.

    5. If there are any problems with the email received, then we can inform you of this in due course.

    6. Please note to receive a full-analysis you must still complete the Hair Analysis Form and pay for the Analysis through the product catalogue. Once the relevant information has been received, the analysis can be undertaken.

    7. Any further questions regarding this, then please contact Ninian Smith for further advice and assistance.


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