Why this is an important field of study and practice in the hair restoratrion industry…
I recently interviewed Dr. David Kingsley of British Science Corporation. As a result of this interview I became extremely interested in this topic. I also determined that this practice would greatly benefit every member of the hair restoration industry; from salon owner to surgeons who perform hair transplants.
What is Trichology:
According to Wikipedia the definition of Trichology is:
“Trichology (from Greek θρίξ, gen.: τριχός, “hair”) is the branch of dermatology that deals with the scientific study of the health of hair and scalp. Trichologists themselves are not normally licensed healthcare workers, although members of the medical profession can undertake courses and/or careers within trichology. Trichology can be used in forensic studies of hairs to find suspects. Forensic trichology can determine the approximate age, body mass, race, and other important traits of the hair’s owner. (Wikipedia)
Trichologists are hair and scalp specialists (one type a skin specialist) who diagnose the causes of hair fall, hair breakage, hair thinning, miniaturization of hairs ; diseases of the scalp and treat according to cause.”
Practitioners of Trichology study the entire patient. They want to know every aspect of that patient/clients lifestyle and health. They believe that everything about that patient/ client factors into the reasons for their need for hair restoration treatment. It is a holistic approach to hair loss treatment and restoration. Whether it be hair loss due to disease, medication, genetics or any other factor, a trichologist wants to factor everything into the eventual diagnosis and treatment that will best suit their patient/client.
If you own a Hair Salon that offers hair restoration treatments wouldn’t it benefit both you and your client to know as much about this person as possible? If you are a surgeon or a medical doctor who treats patients with hair loss wouldn’t it be a benefit to all concerned?
There are several associations and groups associated with trichology such as The World Trichology Society and The International Association of Trichologists.
To me, the more informed a person is about their patient/client the better the end result and that’s why I believe that studying trichology is important. It isn’t just having some extra letters after you name, it’s having a deeper understanding of exactly who and what you are treating and being equipped to offer the best possible solution to whatever the problem may be.
Take the time to look into this fascinating and important practice and I think that you will want to delve deeper into what it represents. Everything you do to enhance your knowledge will also enhance your business and therefore, your clients as well.