A Wellingborough hairdresser who is now a specialist trichologist will open her new practice tomorrow (Monday, April 12) to offer medical help to those experiencing hair loss and scalp problems.
Lisa Gilbey's interest in hair loss problems stemmed from 15 years of hairdressing when she saw clients suffering from an array of hair and scalp disorders.
To help her help others, in 2005 she started her training as a trichologist completing her studies three years later, allowing her to set up a business in Oxford Street, to 'ease' clients of their concerns and embarrassments.'
Building on her success, she has now moved to bigger premises in with a new consulting room in Wilby.
She said: "During this last year with the pandemic, I have been operating virtual consultations to help relieve people's hair anxieties and offer help with what appears to be stress related hair loss and problematic scalps from the whole situation of it all.
"The stress of course is an additional factor to those who actually contracted Covid, - the aftermath of the virus shows in the hair some two to four months later - shedding lots of hair.
"The whole lockdown situation of facing social and working restrictions, disruptions to daily life, anxiety of them or loved ones contracting Covid and of course money worries with not working properly have all taken their toll on the hair and scalp."
Lisa, 40, began her career as a hairdresser at 14 starting in her home city of Peterborough moving to Wellingborough in 1998 where she worked in Zanadu and Headquarters
It was seeing clients who had problems with hair loss that spurred her on her current career path.
She said: "Throughout my styling years I saw with an array of problems that the GPs just didn't have the time to help, which of course left people very self-conscious, affected their confidence and mental psyche.
"It was my ambition to give people the reassuring ethical factual advice and answers to their questions on such a sensitive subject in the comfort of my very own trichology clinic- and here I am 13 years later.
"Last summer at the peak of Covid, I offered free Covid hair loss advice nationally to all NHS workers on social media sites, in a way to say thank you for all their hard work on the frontline against the invisible enemy. I circulated hundreds of my own produced Covid hair loss e-handouts to nurses, doctors, surgeons, administration teams, social workers and those who work behind the scenes in our hospitals which also reached as far as a nurse contact me from Amsterdam."
Additional to her trichology hair loss and scalp treatments, Lisa will be offering a hair and scalp spa in her clinic with no consultation required for bespoke treatments including exfoliating facials for the scalp, rebalancing detox plan, hair hydration and anti-ageing treatments.
She added: "Hair loss and scalp problems cause enormous pressure on people's mental psyche, it effects your confidence socially, and can cause anxiety and depression.
"Being such a sensitive subject, my job requires good listening skills and I am able to gain a good rapport with patients - which comes from my hairdressing background. Many come in tearful and extremely anxious at what you are going to say to them as they all fear the word baldness or alopecia.
"It gives me immense job satisfaction for those people to leave with relaxed shoulders and a smile on their face, even if some of the news is not quite what we want in small occasions.
"People always feel a sense of relief knowing there is an expert who will listen and ethically give them personalised advice and treatment they need."
To contact Lisa and for more information about the Northants Hair and Scalp Clinic click here.