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International Association of Trichologists

Online Training
Professional Membership

Hair loss, baldness, scaling, itching and excessive oiliness are problems from which many people suffer and about which they would like knowledgeable, professional advice and, where possible, treatment.

In 1974, the International Association of Trichologists was founded with the principal purpose of developing an educational course which would supply the necessary training to becoming a qualified trichologist.

trichologist inspecting scalp
female trichologist using microscope tool

The trichology program was developed at the University of Southern California during 1974/75 with a group of medical specialists under the guidance of David Salinger. The program took 2 years to develop, is at Advanced Diploma level, and consists of modules, lectures and photographs. The program is continually updated. The program gives students an understanding of the problems associated with the hair and scalp and teaches how to recognise such problems and treat them, when it falls within a trichologist’s scope to do so.

The course has been translated into Spanish and Portuguese.

Successful completion of the program will enable the interested professional to become a “Certified Trichologist” and member of the International Association of Trichologists, which is the professional body responsible for handling the trichology program. The administrator of the course and Director of IAT is Chelcey Salinger. Ms Salinger is a member of the International Association of Trichologists.

What Does a Trichologist Do?

A trichologist helps people who have problems with their hair or scalp.

The client may complain of sudden excessive hair loss from all over the scalp, a bald patch which has suddenly appeared, or itching and excessive scaling of the scalp.

These are the sorts of problems a trichologist sees.

The trichologist will carefully question each new client and examine the scalp thoroughly to assess the problem and its cause. A microscopic examination of the hair might be required to aid in the diagnosis of the problem.

The trichologist must then decide if treatment is necessary and whether the problem is within his or her realm to treat, or should be dealt with by another specialist. Treatment by the trichologist might consist of the application of a particular cream or lotion to the scalp or the use of nutritional therapy.