“Holding one’s composure and being professional is paramount to the role of a trichologist, particularly when a very famous person comes to see you. This has happened to me a number of times; I might love to ask about their next movie or gig, but my training as a trichologist prevents me from doing so.”
-Carol Johnson, Ireland
“Compassion, because I’ve been there. I believe our hair is our crowning glory, the one accessory we wear every day. I care deeply that my clients look their best; it contributes to well-being and confidence in life. Being able to communicate hope to my clients, assess what’s happening with hair loss and scalp problems, and offering the tools to help, is a gift. I love being able to offer trichology services.”
-Penny James, USA
“Switching from Law to trichology was not much of a problem as the modules and recommended books made it easy for me to understand my new area of study. I also loved that the IAT allowed me to study at my own pace so I had a lot of time to read more and outside of what I was given.”
-Esohe Dan-Aighewi, Nigeria
“It is a small community, the trichology profession. The openness and sharing of information from other trichologists has been so wonderful. As a student, support of family and friends and their belief of what I was doing was so appreciated and helpful. There are so many people who should see a trichologist, so doing talks and giving a bit of free time to spread the word is what has worked for me. Having patience and genuine empathy is so important and that is something really put across by IAT and the course, and read, read, read. Never stop learning. The moral of the story is that a lot of what we trichologists do is reassurance and, in order to reassure, you have to be knowledgeable.”
-Andrea Clark, China
Nigel Russell, New Zealand: I attribute my success in my profession to combining trichology with hairdressing as it means my consultation with my clients is a lot more in depth and I feel I can offer them a much broader level of service in both trichology and hairdressing. It is also the need to solve people’s problems, find a solution or, at the very least, lend them a compassionate ear. You must have an element of passion and a desire to find a solution in order to succeed.
Megan Yabsley, Australia: Being a member of the IAT has served me well and has kept me up-to-date and educated on all things to do with hair and scalp over the years. Throughout my
association with the IAT, I have met and networked with trichologists from all over the world, providing me with an invaluable collection of knowledge, experience and associates with whom I can share and discuss all things trichology. The IAT has also provided the opportunity to travel to various places around the world such as Sao Paulo - Brazil, Mumbai - India, Singapore, Malaysia, Adelaide, Sydney and Hobart - Australia, Washington DC- USA
and Auckland- New Zealand. It is interesting to note that although we are all human, there are different needs, wants and expectations in regards to hair and scalp in each country and culture. In trichology, you will never stop learning and of course there are always advances in scientific research, studies and trials from which we continue to learn.
Wilfredo Ortiz Marcial, Puerto Rica: Life can be difficult but every day that passes by is a challenge for my profession and I love it.
Jekaterina Pudova, Latvia: I’m honored to be one of only a few trichologists in Latvia and
to be part of the International Association of Trichologists. To all my residents, I’m teaching that medicine is only for those who cannot imagine doing anything else! You have to
invest your time, you have to crave for knowledge, you need to analyze what you see and not be afraid of making hard decisions.
Michael Ryan, United Arab Emirates: This is a very interesting time, in my opinion, for trichology. The advancement in the study of hair loss is progressing at a great rate of knots because, I imagine, the big pharmaceutical companies see the multi-billion market that’s out there, and they are wanting to cash in. I think trichology has a major role to play in this advancement; for us as practitioners, this gives us more treatment options for our clients,
but gives us an opportunity to educate the public and healthcare professionals alike.
Riffat Lucy, Bangladesh: I realized the missing link of medical professionals and beauty therapist can only be covered and supported by trichologists. I started exploring associations and institutes for getting equipped myself with trichology training. I left a well-paid job and started working, full-time, at my center named ‘Elixir Health Beauty N Wellness’. I noticed that problems related to hair in our country were increasing and that most were preventable.
Apoorva Shah, India: As the years went by, the number of clinics grew from one to three,
three to seven and the RichFeel/IAT relationship started giving India its new set of trichologists. A lot of recognition came with being India’s first certified trichologist and, with IAT, we could do a lot of work with multinationals like Procter & Gamble , Bajaj, Godrej and Marico for trichology consulting and brand endorsement.
Andrea Sarmiento, Chile: I don’t usually give advice but I would like to recommend to anybody who has become a trichologist to continue studying and investigating and to be very attentive because we have a great opportunity to continue discovering and to be part of the development of this interesting science that surprises us day-by-day.
Sue Erickson, Australia: Take advantage of every opportunity and be positive. My career was varied and with each new job I learnt valuable new skills. Don’t be afraid to say ‘yes’ even though you don’t feel that you have the full skill-set for the job. I bluffed my way through many situations and made good. I also believe ‘if you don’t ask you don’t get (I
am not sure if this is a saying I coined or if I read it somewhere, but it works). I have been amazed over the years at how many times I have been successful in acquiring products, outfits and help from fashion designers, manufacturers and venues for hairdressing shows that I have worked on. I approached them and asked for support. In most cases people are happy to help you.