How to become a Trichologist

Trichologists diagnose and treat human hair and scalp problems and provide care for the general health of human hair.

Personal requirements for a Trichologist

  • Enjoy science
  • Enjoy contact with the public
  • Patient and tactful.

Duties & Tasks of a Trichologist

Trichologists may perform the following tasks:

  • Discuss scalp problems with clients
  • Examine the scalp and identify the problem
  • Determine the cause of the problem and decide on appropriate therapy
  • Treat scalp problems such as dandruff, itchiness of the scalp, hair loss, baldness and excessive oiliness
  • Carry out a microscopic examination of the hair
  • Apply ointment or lotion to the scalp, massage or use electrotherapy machines and ultra-violet lamps
  • Prescribe nutritional supplements
  • Advise on the correct use of hair colouring, permanent waving and straightening products
  • Treat damage sustained by the hair or scalp (as a result of the misuse of hair colouring, for example)
  • Where necessary, refer clients to medical or paramedical practitioners.

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