Most hairdressers consider themselves to be “artists.” I personally do! We love the act of creating. It might be difficult as an “artist” to envision how you can integrate something like hair loss into your day-to-day work. Let me explain how it can be done…and stay with me on this one!
There are many different ways to be a Hair Loss Specialist. Some are more scientific. Some are more artistic. You can go the full blown route and become a certified trichologist. Just a quick refresher course; Trichology (derived from the Greek work “trikhos” which means hair) is the scientific study of the hair and scalp. You don’t need a license to practice trichology. However, I highly recommend becoming a “Certified Trichologist” because the more “credentialed” you are through reputable organizations, the more credibility you’ll have. There are several certification programs out there. The two most respected programs that don’t require you to move to London for a year (I wish!) are IAT (International Association of Trichologists) and WTA (World Trichology Association). Most of the learning is done online. Full certification requires that you put in on-site clinical training as well. You should be able to complete the full program within 12-24 months.
If you decide to become a trichologist, there’s a lot of scientific information to absorb. Your job will be to get to the root of hair and scalp problems, no pun intended! Your work may involve conducting health and lifestyle surveys, performing hair and scalp analysis, providing in-salon treatments/therapies, recommending at-home hair care programs and suggesting lifestyle change recommendations. This is considered a para-medical field, and it’s to be taken very seriously. To go this route you should have a passion for science and health and great compassion for people.
Too much for you? Then consider what I call “tricho-lite.” There are 1-2 day classes offered through other organizations and manufacturers of hair loss products. They provide education on the basics of trichology and offer a good way to get your feet wet if you’re considering becoming a hair loss specialist. It’s up to you to decide what level you want to go to. Personally, I like taking it all the way! I want to be able to provide the best information and the most options for my clients.
Hairdressers. Artists. Next, I’ll present other ways to be a Hair Loss Specialist for those of you who are not so much into the science…and that’s okay!
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