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As hairstylists, we need to be educated in trichology, so that we feel knowledgeable and confident addressing scalp problems that arise in our clients. When clients ask about hair loss and scalp irritation, you want to correctly answer their questions instead of covering up the problem with a nice style. While deciding whether a trichology certification is worth the investment, consider these three benefits.

You will learn how to diagnose different types of hair loss

When a client has a bald patch, you can now diagnose the problem. The first question patients usually ask is whether the condition is permanent. Through the trichology certification program, you will be trained to examine the scalp and learn how the skin looks when follicles are present. If you see follicles, you know the hair can grow back. When follicles are not present and destroyed, the skin will look shiny and feel smooth. Then, you will have to gently explain to the client that the hair loss in the area in question is permanent or refer her to a dermatologist for medical treatment not within your scope.

This process sounds easy, but there are various types of hair loss that look the same on the scalp, especially scarring alopecia. Being a trichologist enables you to learn the signs and symptoms of each one, so that you can give your client a proper diagnosis. Giving your client more accurate answers will help them leave the salon with dignity instead of feeling hopeless.

You will be trusted as a hair and scalp expert in the industry

Your certification will encourage people to listen to your recommendations and seek you for qualified advice about hair care. Dr. Kari Williams says, “Trichology distinguishes you from your peers and opens up more doors of career opportunities that will take you beyond the chair.”

Because hair loss is so specific, other hairstylists or medical professionals will send their customers to you for help, because they know trichologists have a deeper understanding of scalp problems and when possible can offer treatments to restore hair. You can be featured on TV, magazines, or blogs for your valued information.

Offer alternative treatments based on the needs of the client

According to Dr. Williams, “You can offer effective in-salon treatments that will address concerns of hair loss and scalp discomfort through homeopathic techniques enhancing who you are as a professional hairstylist.” You cannot treat hair loss based on a one-size-fits-all method.  You have to create treatment programs that meet the different needs of each client. Some of these treatments may include aromatherapy topical treatments, laser therapy, a massage, and supplements.

How can you get started obtaining a trichology certificate?

First, you need to research the trichology programs that interest you. Dr. Kari William recommends contacting the head of the program or one of the lead instructors: “It's always nice to be able to talk to someone and ask questions about the program, its objectives, and what you will gain from taking their course. There are so many new programs being developed as well, so take your time to compare what the courses are offering. The most important thing you want to get from a program is the ability to take what you've learned and apply it in the salon setting. Another option you have is to check to see if the program has some form of accreditation through a school or medical association.” Dr. Williams currently offers an online trichology certification course for salon professionals. You can learn more about the program by visiting