About Trichology

What is Trichology?

Trichology is the scientific study of human hair and scalp.  
For centuries hair problems have been the subject of investigation; Ancient Egyptian and Greek doctors specialized in ‘diseases of the head.’ And the word Trichology is derived from the Greek word, ‘Trikhos’ meaning hair.

The word Trichology first originated in London, UK with the founding of the Institute of Trichologists in 1902.  The Institute formed to further scientific study, and training of qualified practitioners to help people with hair and scalp disorders.
The Institute of Trichologists is the leading professional body for Trichologists to undertake training and professional development.

Registered Member of the Institute of Trichologists 

It is important to check that someone is qualified to work as a Trichologist, something you can be reassured of here at Ilkley Moor Trichology Clinic. Before booking a consultation, check they have completed training and hold recognised qualifications from the Institute of Trichologists (the letters AIT or MIT or FIT after their name).

Registered members of The Institute are fully qualified and must abide by the Code of Professional Practice and Ethics. Institute members have followed an extensive programme of study and clinical training, and ongoing professional development.

The Institute of Trichologists provides detailed training in the following medical matters:
●    Physiology of hair and scalp
●    Chemistry 
●    Genetics
●    Anatomy and Physiology 
●    Microbiology
●    Nutrition
●    Microscopy

Should I see a Trichologist?

Hair is often a reliable indicator of health.  Many changes and irregularities in the body, and environment, can be reflected in human hair.  This can have a detrimental effect on hair and scalp resulting in disorders which some people may suffer for years before seeking treatment. 

Hair and scalp issues can cause anxiety and loss of confidence which impact on daily life.  Therefore, it is important to obtain the advice of a professional who is an expert in hair and scalp. A Trichologist understands patients’ concerns and can provide advice and treatment for a wide range of conditions.

Why not call or message us to discuss your concerns, if the clinic feels you should see another medical professional we will advise you to do so at no charge.