Frequently Asked Questions

What is Trichology?

Simply put, trichology is the science and study of hair (from the Greek ‘trikhos’ meaning hair). Clinical trichology (i.e. trichology in the context of practising members of the Institute) is the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the hair and scalp.

What is a 'Qualified Trichologist'?

According to The Institute of Trichologists, a qualified trichologist is classed as someone qualified by and Registered with the Institute.
There are other people, nothing to do with The Institute of Trichologists, who might claim to be ‘qualified’ but they are not recognised by The Institute of Trichologists as ‘Qualified Consultant Trichologists’. Their training and knowledge in this instance will be much more limited compared to those who have studied and qualified at The Institute of Trichologists.

What is the difference between a Consultant Trichologist and a Consultant Dermatologist?

Trichologists are specialists in the scalp and hair. A Dermatologist is a medical doctor who has specialised in skin – all over the body, not just the scalp.

Dermatologists within the NHS are under pressure of targets to see all suspected skin cancer patients within a short time. Therefore, if you wish to consult an NHS dermatologist about your scalp problem, you are likely to have a long wait indeed. Also, to consult a dermatologist under the NHS you will need a referral from your GP, whereas you may consult a trichologist immediately and you do not need a referral (although some GPs will refer patients to a trichologist).

A Qualified Trichologist can reduce the work of a GP and dermatologist by offering services to accurately diagnose a condition. If a biopsy is required a Qualified Trichologist can produce documents for a GP to refer you.

Are Trichologists just glorified Hairdressers?

Absolutely not. Trichology and hairdressing are very different. The only thing they have in common is hair. Hairdressing of course, is cosmetic and to do with fashion and grooming whereas clinical trichology is diagnostic and therapeutic, based on medical and scientific knowledge. Not surprisingly though, some trichologists do come from a hairdressing background, but many do not.

How does someone become a ‘Qualified Consultant Trichologist’?

Just as our Qualified Consultant Trichologist has done, by following and successfully completing The Institute of Trichologists training course, followed by further study and mentoring. The Institute of Trichologists boast one the most prestigious and comprehensive qualifications for trichology in the world. They are experts in educating Trichology.