What is Trichology?
Trichology is the scientific study of the hair and scalp, evolving as a specialised discipline from Dermatology in 1902. Trichology is a para-medical area of health care that embraces both naturopathic & western medicine, endocrinology and dermatology.
A qualified Trichologist has studied & successfully completed a recognised Trichology Education Program. Trichologists identify and treat all forms of hair loss, hair shaft breakage, scalp disorders, and the scalp environment. Never hesitate to enquire about your consultant’s qualifications and experience.
Hair is one of the body’s most metabolically-active tissues, often reflecting the first signals of internal disturbance.
There are many reasons why a person will begin to experience hair loss. The cause may be an inherited condition, hormonal, nutritional, physiological, autoimmune, psychological, or environmental, the taking of certain medication, the actions of a third party, or any combination of these.
Some hair loss problems may be temporary and self-correcting whilst others are corrected with nutritional/hormonal interventions. Conditions such as genetic thinning can be stabilised but not cured however the sooner you do something about it the better, other cause permanent hair loss due to follicle destruction.
Simply put, the skill, training and experience of your consultant is paramount in identifying the nature of your problem. Salesmen calling themselves "hair loss consultants' certainly don’t have this knowledge and generally offer one treatment program for all conditions.
Would you seriously ever consult a Doctor who suggested one remedy for every physical ailment?
The IAT`s course in pure trichology is set at a high standard. Prospective students must possess proven ability in appropriate science subjects. Many have first degrees. Once qualified, practitioners are entitled to registration and listing with IAT. Registration requires the practitioner to obey a Code of Ethics and Professional Practice Guidelines. The IAT will act rigorously against any who breach its trust and compromise its position.
Hair loss is an age-old problem with evidence suggesting the Ancient Egyptians actively sought treatments for it. By the 1900's this new science had assumed the name - Trichology.