About Trichology

Trichology takes its name from the Greek word Trikhos, which means hair. Trichology is the study of the structure and conditions of the hair and scalp.

It began as a division of dermatology in the early part of the 20th century, and has gradually developed into an important discipline of its own. It is estimated that in the UK over half the population, will experience hair loss in their lives. Female and male pattern hair loss, alopecia areata and chronic telegenic effluvium are common complaints. There is also an increase in allergic reactions affecting the scalp and skin, often following exposure to chemicals in cosmetic products, therefore trichology is becoming an increasingly important discipline sought after by the public for trusted advice and treatments.

In their training, trichologists study the structure of the hair and skin. They also study the body’s chemistry. The cardiovascular, nervous, endocrine and immune systems. This means they have a full understanding of the impact of disease, diet, lifestyle and the chemicals affecting the hair and scalp. Most importantly, they can recognise the many conditions that affect the hair and scalp, the underlying causes of those conditions and how they can be put right.

What does a Trichologist do?

When you visit a trichologist, you can expect a thorough examination of your hair and scalp.

A trichologist will ask you several questions about your medical history, nutrition, lifestyle, and hair care routine. Your answers can help the trichologist determine how to treat you or whether they should refer you to a different specialist or to a doctor. Trichologists will examine the hair and scalp to diagnose and recommend treatment for your condition and its severity. Trichologists’ sometimes conduct hair analysis to check for structural damage or the presence of a lice or fungal infection. Occasionally, trichologists will request a blood test from your doctor.

Once the trichologist arrives at a diagnosis, they will recommend the next best step. This could include:

  • A referral to another professional, specialist, or doctor.
  • Topical creams, lotions or shampoo’s.
  • Nutrition advice

The Association Of Registered Trichologists

The Association of Registered Trichologists (ART) is a membership organisation for qualified trichologists and those studying trichology.

The Association Of Registered Trichologists

The ART also welcomes related professionals and organisations in the wider commercial and healthcare community who have a special interest in conditions of the hair and scalp. The ART is independent because it does not endorse any products, and does not provide training in trichology. The ART is a community for its members where information, experience and best practice are shared in order to deliver an increasingly enhanced quality and range of services to clients and patients. The ART promotes education, training and qualifications and helps to ensure members continue their career development and learning through regular events, lectures, conferences, and publications.

The ART collaborates and works with trichology training providers to measure and assure the quality and consistency of accredited standards. It’s an international organisation and recognises appropriate qualifications from education and training bodies from around the world.

The Association of Registered Trichologists (theart.org.uk)