All you need to know about Trichologist

Do you want to know what a trichologist is or how to become a hair loss specialist? Please read this article to learn about trichologists and the services they provide to patients.

What is a Trichologist?

Trichologists are hair loss and Scalp Specialists who can diagnose and treat many conditions of the hair and scalp in health and disease. Hair Loss Treatments and the best hair loss treatment for the individual can be established during the consultation process.

A legitimate Trichologist should be a member of a Governing body such as the Institute of Trichologists (There is also the Trichological Society). The Institute of Trichologists is the professional association for Trichologists worldwide and has been established for over 100 years. Registered members indicate this with the letters AIT, MIT or FIT after their names.

For the protection of patients, the Institute of Trichologists publishes a code of Ethics that all practising Trichologists are expected to abide by. Within the Institute of Trichologists, the opinions, treatment approaches and support via alternative medicines will vary. Each patient needs to find a Practitioner who best suits their needs.

How to become a trichologist?

If you are interested in becoming a trichologist, please find below a direct quote from the Institute of Trichologists on how to qualify:

The Institute of Trichologists was founded in 1902 and is the foremost professional association for trichologists. The Institute is the independent, self-governed, self-financed, private awarding education body for aspiring professional trichologists in the United Kingdom, and the longest established

Institute of its type in the world. The main route of entry to the register of qualified members of The Institute of Trichologists is by successful completion of the Institute’s two-year training course in Trichology. In the majority of cases, the Institute’s course is the only route to membership of The Institute of Trichologists. On successful completion of the Institute’s course, you may wish to apply for admission as an Associate Member of the Institute of Trichologists. If your application is approved, you will be entitled to use the letters ‘AIT’.

What conditions can a trichologist treat?

A Trichologist can treat any hair (fine, medium, course or afro hair) and some of these conditions of the hair and scalp are mentioned below:

Hair Loss in Men, Women and Children

These may include hair loss, hair thinning in men and hair thinning in women, patches of hair loss (Alopecia Areata), scarring conditions (including Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia), traction hair loss, and hair that is manually pulled (Trichotillomania). Patients contact me often asking for hair regrowth products and hair thinning remedies; I only wish it were that easy to give one item to help all! There is no cure for baldness, as so many articles will have you believe, but my hair loss treatment can often maintain, arrest and sometimes improve hair density. In other cases, I can stop hair loss in women relatively quickly. My trichology hair loss clinic can help.

Alopecia in children, hair loss in kids, alopecia areata in children are the most frequently asked questions I hear in those under 15 years old.

Scalp Conditions

Scalp conditions regularly treated by a Trichologist may include eczemapsoriasisfolliculitis, dermatitis, allergic reactionsdandruff and head lice, and cradle cap. Patients may complain of an itchy scalp, a scalp that has become more oily or greasy, and the presence of dandruff or pieces of scale observed in the hair and on the shoulders or even felt on the scalp as “lumps” or described as dry scalp.

Hair Breakage

Hair that is damaged externally is known as “weathering”. This may be caused by using hair straighteners and other heated hair equipment and bleaching (and high lift tints). Aggressive hair grooming and lack of conditioning treatments are other factors that can cause split ends and hair that is generally weaker and more porous. The patient often perceives this condition as hair loss or worries about changing grooming habits that may be causing the problem. A Trichologist can treat damaged hair well with clinical and home treatments. The enquiries for this condition often involve questions such as best products for hair breakage or hair breakage remedy advice, which is tricky to answer before seeing the extent of the damage and determining what causes hair breakage in the individual’s case.

What happens when you first see a Trichologist?

When attending a Consultation with a Trichologist, you may be asked many questions, including your medical health, nutritional information, lifestyle choices, allergies, doctor details, medications prescribed, family history, and a thorough hair and scalp examination. In most cases, a diagnosis will be given and discussed at length, and a bespoke treatment regime will be offered.

If a clinic treatment were advised, you may be asked to attend an appointment where various creams, ointments and cleansing products may be applied to your hair and scalp. The products used will entirely depend on the factors discussed in your consultation and the findings during the hair and scalp examination.

If it is prudent for the treatment to be continued at home, full written instructions and a demonstration shall be given to you on how to carry out the treatment. No two patient therapies are alike.

Shuna Hammocks – The Trichologist

Shuna Hammocks
Shuna Hammocks

Shuna Hammocks is a Consultant Trichologist who has been a hair and scalp specialist for 15 years, beginning her career in 1999 working alongside Philip Kingsley.

Shuna became aware that the South-East did not have a Trichologist covering the region and felt the timing was right personally to open her practice, Shuna Hammocks Trichology. She wanted to provide the same high standard of practice she had carried out in London; therefore, in 2011, Shuna Hammocks Trichology opened its doors.

I am striving to differentiate myself from those working within my profession who may not be adequately qualified. It is so difficult for the public to know who to turn to, and the first result on an internet search may not be the best choice. Checking that a Trichologist is a member of the Institute of Trichologists is a good starting point.

Shuna adds:

I am so passionate about my profession, hence being in the business for over 15 years, that I would like to raise awareness about trichology so that it’s the first port of call when an individual experiences changes in their hair. I completely understand how the negative appearance of one’s “crowning glory” can destroy a person’s confidence and sexual identity.

Please see below Shuna’s qualifications and professional memberships: