WHAT IS A CONSULTANT TRICHOLOGIST?
A consultant trichologist is a healthcare professional who specialises in hair and scalp diseases and disorders. Trichologists who have qualified with the Institute of Trichologists are medically trained but not medically qualified - just as podiatrists are medically trained and specialise in feet. Trichologists are not doctors or dermatologists unless they have qualified separately as a medical doctor. As the term 'trichologist' is not protected in law, it is important that you see a trichologist who is registered with the Institute.
WHAT CONDITIONS DO YOU DIAGNOSE AND TREAT?
Trichologists are trained to diagnose all disorders and diseases of the hair and scalp. This includes pattern hair loss, diffuse hair loss, scarring hair loss, itching and scaling conditions, bacterial and fungal problems, hair texture issues and psychological concerns. Whether treatment can be offered in the clinic depends on the condition diagnosed, as some conditions require onward referral and collaboration with other specialists. For examples of conditions that we work with click here.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DERMATOLOGIST AND TRICHOLOGIST?
A trichologist is a specialist in the hair and scalp, who is medically trained but not medically qualified. Dermatologists are medically qualified doctors who specialise in the skin. Trichologists work in complement to dermatologists, and may refer patients for further tests and treatments. Trichologists work holistically and therefore have much longer appointment times than the typical 10-15 minute dermatology appointments. You do not need a referral to see a trichologist, and can book in directly, whereas dermatologists often have week-long waiting times. Trichologists with a cosmetic background may also be more knowledgeable about hairdressing practices so are able to advise more fully on hair care. Trichologists also see patients with conditions which you are unlikely to be referred to a dermatologist for but are a source of distress to the patient, such as male pattern hair loss.
ARE TRICHOLOGISTS JUST HAIRDRESSERS?
No - while both hairdressing and trichology deal with the hair, they are completely separate. Hairdressing is concerned with the cosmetic appearance of hair only. Some trichologists - like Kate - do have hairdressing training, however many trichologists do not. Having a background in hairdressing enables Kate to easily identify and understand where and how hairdressing practices may have gone awry to cause hair and scalp problems, such as in cases of perming, bleaching and relaxing.
DO YOU TREAT ALL HAIR AND SKIN TYPES?
Yes - we treat patients from all backgrounds. Trichologists at the Institute of Trichologists are trained in Afro, Caucasian and Asian skin and hair types.
ARE YOU LGBTQ+ FRIENDLY?
Yes! We are open and welcoming to all members of this community. In particular, we understand that people undergoing hormone therapy can have hair and scalp conditions as a result. If you would like to share your pronouns prior to your consultation, just let us know in the booking form.
MY CHILD HAS A HAIR OR SCALP PROBLEM, CAN I BRING THEM IN?
Yes - we are insured to treat patients of all ages. For children under the age of 16, we require that a parent is present and consents to treatment.
CAN YOU OFFER ADVICE OVER THE PHONE OR EMAIL?
Unfortunately, no. Members of the Institute of Trichologists are bound by a Code of Ethics which prevents us from conducting remote diagnoses. If you can't make it in to our clinic, there may be a closer trichology clinic in your area. Visit the Institute's website here to search for a closer clinic.
DO HAIR SUPPLEMENTS REALLY WORK?
The majority of hair growth supplements sold are unlikely to make a difference to hair growth and condition unless you are deficient in a vitamin or mineral the supplement contains. There is little evidence that biotin, which is a common ingredient in hair growth supplements, has any effect on hair growth. If you are worried about hair shedding, condition or texture, please book a consultation.