Introduction Into Trichology

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Trichology Training

Trichology: What is it and Why is it Important?

According to Merriam-Webster, a trichologist is “a person who specializes in hair and scalp care and treatment of associated conditions.” More and more hair stylists and salon owners are familiarizing themselves with trichology, because it is so important, especially if you are working with hair and looking at peoples scalps all day. Cosmetology school teaches stylists plenty about hair, but not enough about the scalp, and that’s why studying trichology is vital in being a hairstylist. 

There are so many conditions that are being overlooked by stylists because they simply are not trained on the scalp. A common condition found is Seborrheic dermatitis, which is a skin condition seen on the scalp, that is red, dry, itchy and flaky skin. This is not a contagious disease, nor does it mean your client is contagious, it is just hard for them to see for themselves because it is on the scalp. This condition occurs in 11% of the population and is most common for those who are from 30 to 60 years old. As a stylist it is so helpful to be able to catch this and tell your client the best way to create a treatment plan, and it could also change what products you use on their hair and recommend to them both in-salon and at-home.

Folliculitis is another common scalp condition found; it is an inflammatory disorder of the hair follicles. They are seen as small, very itchy, red bumps. They may be seen as crusted, or scabs because of how itchy they are. There are multiple causes for this condition, could be bacteria, yeasts, or even mites. There are over the counter ways to ease the itch, but it is important to see a dermatologist to figure out the underlying cause and find an effective treatment. Many adults get an itchy scalp, and don’t think much of it, this is why it is your job as a stylist to be able to see it, and point it out.

Another common condition is scalp psoriasis, this is a condition where the skin on the scalp has dry, raised, scaly patches. It is a condition that can affect your entire scalp or come up in small patches. It can spread onto the forehead or to the nape of the neck. This one can be felt by the client, but they may not know what it is or how to create a treatment plan. This can result in itching, burning, dandruff and even hair loss, so it is vital to start the treatment plan as soon as possible. As a stylist you can recommend over the counter treatment plans or direct them in the route of a dermatologist to get prescription medication for it.

Hair Salon Trichology TreatmentsAlopecia is a serious condition of the scalp, that is vital to be able to point out for your clients. This is a condition that affects about 6.8 million people in the United States alone. This is where hair falls out in small patches, or in extreme cases the whole head of hair is lost. This condition can affect anyone, male or female, young or old. There is no actual treatment for alopecia yet, but there are ways to help the hair grow back.

It is so important as stylists to be aware of these conditions, to be able to point them out and help create an action plan to prevent any further issues. As the person who is able to see the clients scalp better than anyone else, it is your job to be able to identify these issues, otherwise they could be left untreated for months, causing worse issues down the line. Not only does this prevent issues, but it can help your clients have a thicker, healthier head of hair for years to come. Scalp health is directly correlated to hair health, so it is vital to be knowledgeable on both topics.

Hair Anatomy
As a hairstylist all you could want is to help your clients feel confident in their own skin, and healthy hair is a huge aid in that. Keeping the scalp healthy, leads to healthy hair, but if there are underlying issues going on in the scalp, it could lead to hair loss. Hair loss is a huge cause of insecurities and lack of confidence in both men and women, and for some people it just happens naturally, but for those where that is not the case, we want to be able to prevent it as much as possible. 

Learning how to recognize these and other conditions of the hair and scalp help you provide the necessary treatment protocols and modalities to help you client, while also increasing your revenue.  As a trichologist, you will not only study the scalp of your client, but you will look at the entire client. You will  ask about their eating habits, medications they are taking and even their water intake. You will study the causes of hair loss, hair breakage, and diseases of the scalp and treatments. Studying trichology can help you know which questions to ask, and when to ask them.

The hair society is committed to helping stylists and salon owners like you, get the necessary training to help not only their business, but their clients. While working with the hair society you will not be disappointed in the training provided by highly educated professionals, who are dedicated to helping you and your clients.

What The Hair Society Offers:

As one of our many courses, The Hair Society offers many courses on trichology, including The introduction to Trichology: Back To Basics; a learning course to get stylists, barbers and salon owners started into the world of trichology. We also offer courses on how to integrate trichology into daily business within your salon, to help clients and to also help your business.

The biggest take away from this is, that scalp health is directly correlated to hair health. It is similar to a plant, if you have unhealthy soil for the plant to grow in, it won’t grow as strong and healthy. As hair stylists it is so important to be able to know whether or not a scalp is healthy, and know how to see the issue at hand. Being able to see and point out these issues to clients, will show them your dedication you have to the health of their hair, and to them. In the hair industry you are constantly learning about new ways to style, color, and cut hair, and it is important for you to learn about the root of it all as well.

Each Certification Attendee will receive a workshop kit that includes these tools, which are required for the successful application of basic trichology:

• Complimentary scalp massage brush
• Start-up kit for back bar to perform multiple scalp treatments
• Scalp warming cap
• Three at-home kits to provide to your clients at retail
• Digital wifi scope to examine your clients scalp
• Silicon shampoo applicator to provide to your client at retail
• Scalp caps to be used during in-salon scalp treatments
• All of the necessary documentation and forms to be able to offer, and track client progress
• Other misc. items

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