If you’re considering becoming a certified hair loss practitioner, you might feel confused with where to start. With so many online resources and options to choose from, it can be difficult to decide what’s truly important, and what is just a clever marketing scheme.

In this article you’ll learn about the skills you need to develop as a Certified Trichologist, how you can get certified and what benefits you could expect from the certification.

Skills you need to become a Certified Trichologist

Becoming a Trichologist means mastering the science of hair and scalp. Instead of only treating the symptoms and using quick fixes to cover up the issue, a Certified Trichologist will use their extensive skills to get to the root of the problem and uncover the real reason behind hair loss.

Trichologists are usually called upon for issues such as hair thinning and/or hair loss, flaky scalp, damaged follicles, etc. To tackle these and other complex scalp issues, Trichologists need to perform a multitude of analysis, always treating the client as a whole.

Rather than focusing on the problem, an experienced Trichologist will take a step back and look at the whole picture. This is the essence of the holistic approach – we need to dig deep to uncover the true reason behind the client’s (often numerous) issues.

To be able to do this, Trichologists need to know:

  • Which tests they should recommend for a client and understand the basics of blood work;
  • How to conduct a consultation that will reveal lifestyle and psychological clues that could be undermining the client’s health;
  • How to recommend and perform effective treatment options such as topical stimulation with herbs, low laser light therapy, oxygen treatments, etc.;
  • Which products to recommend for daily care; and much more.

Last but not least, a skilled Trichologist will reassure and motivate their clients to take control over their hair health and adopt the required behavior changes that will eventually lead to success.

How can I become a certified hair loss practitioner? 

To become a certified hair loss practitioner, one should first become a Cosmetologist and/or Barber. This usually means completing an approved education program or an apprenticeship (in some states both are required). Once that first step is conquered, you can enroll in a reputable certification course such as the Certified Trichologist program with The American Academy of Hair and Scalp Diseases.

It’s crucial to choose a program that will provide you with in-depth knowledge of the field as well as practical skills you can use to help your clients. A quality program should last over a year – any program that makes big promises and lasts only a couple of weeks is most likely going to show you just tidbits, without sharing real practical knowledge.

Why should I get certified as a hair loss expert?

If you’re a practicing hairstylist, you must have come across clients who are suffering from scalp maladies. Chances are, you were at a loss with what to suggest as an effective remedy. It’s worth knowing that you’re not alone – most of our peers feel the same way, and the clients often spend years looking for a solution to no avail.

Deciding to help your clients conquer the issue of hair loss is the first step towards becoming a true hair loss expert. What comes next is extensive education that will equip you with tools and techniques to revitalize your clients’ hair. A certification program should provide you with all this, along with quality mentorship by experienced Trichologists.

Finally, once you complete the program your certification awaits, as reliable proof of your skills and expertise in this field. Both your clients and your peers will start seeing you as the go-to person for all things related to hair loss, and you can expect dramatic changes in your practice. The data we collected from hair loss practitioners who got certified through our Certified Trichologist program shows that you can expect to increase your income by $118,368 annually. And that’s without working longer hours or significantly expanding your client base.

Here you can find more information about the Certified Trichologist program and how to enroll in this life changing course.

The future of hair loss practitioners

Hair loss services and products are among the fastest-growing branches of the beauty industry, and it’s about time to hop on that train. Not only can you completely reboot your business as a beauty professional, but you’ll get to help hundreds of people desperate for an effective solution. Is there anything better than that in our line of work?

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