Are Trichologists hairdressers? What are the differences between a hairdresser and a trichologist?

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I felt the need to share a question I’m often asked
Shuna “I’m a Trichologist”
Others “oh you mean a hair dresser?”

I totally admire the amount of study then hands on hours hair dressers spend training as a junior stylist. The cosmetic side of the hairdresser’s art really helps patients of hair loss to feel better about themselves and their confidence.

On the other side of the same coin are Trichologists, we have studied many hair loss and scalp conditions, anatomy, genetics, nutrition, haematology and chemistry somehow squashed into 3 years. When qualifying with the Institute of Trichologist’s we have to be mentored for a further year before being let loose on patients and gain our status “MIT”. The physiology involved in gaining a patient’s respect and trust who is deeply concerned about their condition, the support I offer the initial consultation and the responsibility of being vigilant for other underlying medical conditions ( that would need referring) is never far from my mind.

Hairdressing Service at Shuna Hammocks Trichology

Helen BeddardI am very lucky to have Helen working with me as the resident hairdresser to help bridge the gap between hair dressing and Trichology. With over 25 years experience in being a colour technician and senior stylist, Helen’s input is invaluable! Helen explains how hairdressers and trichologists work together to benefit the clients.

Patients with scalp conditions may need colour applied in a particular way, considerations in disguising a thinning area of hair when cutting and styling and guidance for home drying is a very useful attribute.

Helen helps to extend the supportive and knowledgeable service I wish Shuna Hammocks Trichology to provide.

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