Your GP and medical team are the first staging post for clinical advice on your hair and scalp. If they’re unable to help, they can refer you on to a dermatologist for expert advice. Dermatologists are medical doctors who specialise in skin, but also skin appendages like nails and hair. As with many non-cancer NHS referrals, you might not see anyone before Christmas, but sometimes if you’re referred by a hospital specialist rather than your GP, this can shorten the wait as you’re already ‘in the system’.
You can also seek advice from trichologists - hair and scalp experts. While not medically qualified, they are certified by the Institute of Trichologists, and follow a 2 year training program. Prices for a consultation vary from £50 up to £95, depending on location and specialist. A list of all trichology clinics can be found on the main webpage.
HeadStrong is a free service run by Breast Cancer Care, a charity run by specially trained volunteers based in 25 centres across the country. They offer a support line and one to one sessions to discuss your hair and scalp needs. Call them on: 0808 800 6000 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I had horrible straw hair, and all my GP could suggest was "use conditioner". Ditto when I went to the hospital that treated me. So I searched myself, and came across two helpful centres. Sadly both in London; John Bell and Croyden is an excellent chemist with a trichology expert. She examined my hair minutely, took a medical history, then prescribed their special shampoo and conditioner. You can't get this on NHS, it's expensive - but boy - it worked. I then found St. John's dermatology dept. at Guys Hospital. They hae re-vamped their cancer services, and I am now seen by one of their experts for long term cancer drug side effects. He tells me the truth; he will prescribe medicines for certain hair and skin problems. but then tells me if he thinks a product is better that I have to buy.