What is Trichology?

Trichology is the scientific study of the hair and scalp in both health and disease.

A Trichologist works with hair and scalp disorders of any kind. Detailed consultation and examination, including microscopy, will lead to a diagnosis, advice and if appropriate effective clinical or prescription treatment of those disorders.

To qualify as a Consultant Trichologist, one must successfully complete the Institute of Trichologists (IoT) training programme to degree level. This entitles one to registered membership of the IoT at associate level with use of the designates AIT. Three years of clinical practice under a qualified mentor, along with further examination, will entitle one to become a full member of the IoT and use of the designates MIT.

The The Institute of Trichologists programme includes modules on anatomy & physiology of the hair & scalp and related human body systems, chemistry, physics, electro-therapy, microscopy, nutrition and hair & scalp disorders.

The Institute of Trichologists was founded in 1902 and is a non-profit organisation responsible for the training in Trichology. They are largest provider of Trichological training in Europe and are the longest established body of its type anywhere in the world.

For the protection of patients, The IoT publishes a Code of Professional Practice and Ethics, by which all practising Trichologists who are registered members of the Institute are expected to abide.

Registered members of the IoT can provide you with specialist advice for your hair problems including wigs, hair transplants, all forms of hair loss, scalp problems, alopecia, dandruff, receding hair, baldness, hair thinning and hair growth.

The IoT work closely with and are consulted by the Medical Profession, Allied Health Professionals, Trading Standards Officers, Health and Media Journalists, HABIA, Scientific and Government bodies, Research Organisations, Pharmaceutical, Medical and Hair Product Companies and support groups for our expert advice and opinion.

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