With a flood of information online claiming the solution for beautiful, healthy hair, it’s important to focus on the science.
Daily we’re bombarded by trends, fashion, and dubious claims of impossible fixes and immediate solutions. However, before you buy into the latest fad, it’s wise to seek expert advice that is tailored to you as an individual.
As specialist afro hair trichologists, we provide clear advice on what styles and caring habits to avoid and what should be an essential part of your routine. Our consultations assess your hair and scalp health individually by taking time to understand your:
- Personal hair care routine
- Styling history
- Nutritional habits
- Medical concerns
- Overall well being
We take the time to advise you on what you personally need to change to start seeing progress and improvement.
Qualified & Experienced Professionals
TERESA RICHARDSON MIT
Teresa started her career as a hairdresser, obtaining prestigious qualifications in Afro hairdressing, cutting, colouring, and styling. Due to her concern about how much hair is damaged during various processes, she started working from home away from salon fashions and focused on caring for and maintaining Afro and curly hair.
She has always been sought after and had patients travelling internationally to be seen by her. Eventually, however, she sought a greater intellectual challenge to stretch her passion for hair and scalp health and became a registered member of The Institute of Trichologists with a particular focus on Afro-Caribbean, mixed, and textured hair types.
Teresa has studied and worked with all hair types, and since she understands the fundamentals of hair science, there is no hair type she is unfamiliar with. Unlike many in the field, however, she has a wealth of experience in working with Afro and mixed hair types in particular.
Being a licence holder with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) enables her to mix her own hair care products. Therefore, Teresa knows exactly what ingredients and combinations go into the products that they can confidently use and recommend.
Her first-hand experience of eczema and seborrheic dermatitis led her to develop the Teresa Angelina Trichology Hair Care Range. All products are hand-made, and over the past 15 years, Teresa has diligently tested these on herself and her daughters to provide relief from scalp disorders without relying on steroids, antibiotics, thickeners, colours or perfumes.
“The products are all available in our online shop or directly from our clinic. Our ingredients are sourced from aromatherapy grade suppliers so that we can get the highest quality, organic (where possible) ingredients.
“Our products have always had a focus on being functional and kind. They are aimed at delivering a result for highly sensitive, inflamed or struggling scalps without having to compromise on the effect on your hair. Often medicated shampoos and treatments can leave the hair dry and brittle, and this effect is exaggerated on Afro hair which is naturally more fragile. The Teresa Angelina Trichology Range provides clinical care for the scalp, health and hydration for the hair and all designed with Afro and mixed hair types at the forefront.” Teresa Richardson
As an Associate of the Royal Society for Public Health (AMRSPH) Teresa keeps abreast of public health issues, particularly improvements in the treatments of skin conditions, atopic conditions, diet and hygiene in the workplace.
Teresa offers a holistic approach to hair care with a deeply personalised service and undeniable dedication to the individuals who trust in her experience.
- A registered member of the Institute of Trichologists.
- Licence holder with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), enabling the mixing and supply of creams, shampoos and lotions.
- Associate of the Royal Society for Public Health (AMRSPH).
- Pioneered the Teresa Angelina Trichology haircare range following disillusionment with current brands on the market.
- Sources high-quality ingredients and formulates effective and caring products that address her patient’s needs.
- Over 35 years of experience in hair care.
- Experienced in treating all types of hair and scalp disorders from all ethnicities and ages.
- Strong reputation for successfully treating and growing damaged and short Afro hair through her unique expertise and treatment plans.
ELEANORE RICHARDSON MIT
Eleanore graduated from UCL with an MSci in Natural Sciences. With a keen interest in hair and scalp care and under the careful tutelage of Teresa, Eleanore is dedicated to the holistic treatment of Afro-Caribbean hair using a combination of science, natural ingredients, and common sense.
In June 2021, she started examining and tutoring for the Institute of Trichologists, dealing with the basic science module for the foundation year which covers topics such as biology, chemistry, maths, physics and trichology-related principles.
Eleanore’s experience and innate understanding of Afro hair allow her to confidently diagnose and treat common issues in patients of colour. Some conditions, as a result of cultural or styling practices, are prevalent among the patient population with Afro hair, including:
- Traction Alopecia
- Crinium Fragilitas
- Contact Dermatitis
She is particularly interested in the impact that stress and inflammation have on the scalp and hair.
“The last two years have been a clear example that stress impacts our body physically and in our clinic, we are seeing an increasing number of inflammatory diagnoses following two years of Covid-19 disruption.
“For example, we have had a record number of public sector workers come through our doors suffering shedding and autoimmune/ inflammatory conditions of the scalp as a result of being completely exhausted, anxious and stressed with the pressure of needing to continue to work throughout a pandemic and adapt furiously to changes.” Eleanore Richardson
In addition, Eleanore is keen to readdress the common concept of healthy hair and actively encourages conversation and education on how these precepts actually affect the health of the hair and scalp.
Styling practices, especially those adopted or pushed on Afro hair, can be damaging, debilitating, and unnecessary; often the results are permanent. The modern media tends to only accept Afro hair if it is presented in a specific way, or not at all.
As a result, there is now quite a big generational gap between those comfortable looking after their natural Afro hair and wearing it out, and those who are completely unsure where to start.
“I think it is important that everyone should feel confident in caring for their own, natural hair and also that they understand the impacts if they want to change their hair. That way they can make informed decisions about whether they really want to damage their hair for style or not.”
Eleanore has delivered several lectures on hair and scalp health which can be found here:
- Healthy Afro Hair Talk- Mossbourne Community Academy 2017
- Hair Loss Lecture at Lewisham Library
- The Black Hair Conversation: Facts & Follicles | GLAMOUR UK
Now, more than ever, diet and wellness have become critical topics to consider, especially as they relate to hair and scalp health. Pandemic stress has led to a prevalence of pro-inflammatory diets high in sugar and alcohol, poor sleep, and limited health care access. The result has been a surge of inflammatory conditions such as eczemas, psoriasis and alopecia areata.
Taking a holistic approach to consultations ensures that all potential causative factors, including diet and stress, are addressed. As important as products and treatments are, managing these are just as crucial to getting results.
- Registered member of the Institute of Trichologists.
- Graduated from UCL with an MSci in Natural Sciences.
- Tutor for the Institute of Trichologists.
- Experienced in dealing with afro hair conditions
- Keen to re-address how healthy hair is represented in society and encourage educating how hair and scalp health can be impacted.
- Has delivered several lectures on hair and scalp health.
- Has provided consultancy for leading hair care brands.
- Keen interest in the physiological impact of nutrition and stress on the body, scalp and hair.
Get in touch to book a consultation with one of our trichologists.