Hair loss is the most common hair problem and a prompt diagnosis of the type is very useful in appropriate treatment.
Hair analysis is a test in which a sample of a person’s hair is taken and analysed under the microscope. Hair undergoes cyclical phases of growth, transition and resting. At anytime, 10-18% of the hairs on the human head are in the resting phase and 80-90% of the hairs are actively growing.
Dermascopy of the hair and scalp, done to visualize them at greater magnification is called trichoscopy. It is a novel diagnostic technique, simple and non invasive for diagnosing common hair and scalp disorders. The number of hairs, hair shaft diameter, abnormalities of scalp, skin colour help to determine the modality and duration of treatment.