Hair loss can be a sensitive subject for anyone, including hairstylists. During this time the client may be searching for answers as to why their hair may be falling and frantically looking to their stylist for solutions. As a Cosmetologist the first step may be to cover it up, maybe a trim or a hairpiece will make the problem disappear. But it’s timeout for band-aid fixes! Cosmetology alone does not properly equip the stylist to accurately analyze and pinpoint the cause of the client’s maladies and this will lead to the downfall of the uneducated stylist. According to the article “A Deep Dive into Thinning Hair and Hair Loss” by ModernSalon, a poll calculated that some professional hairstylists expected their clients to get help with their hair loss by researching on google, while the clients expected the stylist to be their main source of help. It’s essential in today’s climate to have a deeper understanding of hair and health to better serve the client.

In a survey of 307 professionals and 867 consumers, only 41% of professionals believed that they had some knowledge of scalp and hair health, while these same professionals expressed that over 40% of their clientele is suffering from hair loss. Hair loss has become an epidemic that is spiraling out of control and will continue until there are either no more clients, or stylists decide to level up in their education to become the solution. This solution begins with studying the para-medical field of Trichology. Trichology is the study of the hair and scalp and their maladies. Trichologists examine and treat their clients through a holistic approach which examines the mind and body as a whole, and focuses on healing the body naturally. Getting to the root of the issue is the only way ill clients will fully recover because hair loss is a symptom of a larger issue.

Having the skills to help restore the health of ill clients is a rare expertise, especially today. Trichology not only increases the knowledge of a Cosmetologist, it also sets them apart. To become a Trichologist it is important to find an accredited institution. At the American Academy of Hair and Scalp Diseases to sign up you must first be a licensed Cosmetologist. For more information about becoming a trichologist schedule a call with an advisor.