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Hairy Tales

Hairy Tales was launched at the 2018 World Trichology Conference in Washington D.C. In the book, 57 Trichologists and Trichology students from 24 countries tell their stories - and there are some amazing stories. This book is inspirational and a wonderful promotion for Trichology and Trichologists.

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Quotes from Hairy Tales

Fifty seven trichologists and trichology students from twenty four countries have contributed to this inspiring book. Here are quotes from some of them:


“Trichology is not an isolated profession. Its function requires the professionals to liaise with other professionals such as medical doctors, nutritionists, psychologists, dermatologists, etc. This becomes necessary as there is a need for referrals from time to time.”

-Hyacinth Oates, Jamaica

“One day I happened to be lecturing in one of the big hotels in the city and one of the company directors walked in and sat at the back as I went on with my class. One lesson I have picked in life is that, everything you do in life, do it like your life depends on it because it actually does. The only thing you have is ‘today’ and today must be well executed.”

-Muli Musyoka, Kenya


“I have participated in a few IAT Trichology Conferences around the world and have met many hair experts and specialists through these events. This brings home to me that I’m not alone in having a passion for hair care. We shared information and ideas about hair care. I love to join these kind of conferences; it’s not only about learning and sharing ideas, but we meet good colleagues who are encouraging each other to be better and contribute more in this industry.”

-Carienne Hew, Singapore

“The more I learned about trichology, the more it all came together. I began traveling to every show, conference and seminar which included trichology. I remember thinking, “trichology would allow me to use my expertise and bridge the gap”. Becoming a trichologist has been the best career decision I ever made. The position has been totally rewarding. Every hurdle and road block served as stepping stones to guide me to my gift. The phrase that continues to resonate with me is, ‘never despise the day of small beginnings’.”

-Lavon Morrow, USA


“I have always enjoyed my trichological work immensely, so much so that I have never considered it to be a job, more of a way of life.”

-Frank Cunnningham, U.K.

“I would advise future trichologists to find a good mentor. This is still an emerging field and to have someone to guide you and to advise you will help keep you to be both inspired and focused. Surround yourself with the best.”

-Karen Gordon, USA


“In 2013, I attended my first IAT congress in San Antonio and met an extraordinary world; a world of passionate and competent people who cared about helping others. So, I enrolled in the first training available, the Hair Practitioner Certificate Course (HPCC) Class.”

-Guillaume Rosa, Canada

 “My humble advice to all the students who are pursuing trichology is always keep your practice and diagnosis simple.... do not jump to high-end hair disease conclusions without proper tests. As I mentioned earlier, hair loss is not a disease. It is an outcome of something that has gone wrong in the body; hence, always do a complete study of clients’ diet, lifestyle and heredity in order to help with the correct diagnosis and prognosis.”

-Meha Mhatre, India


“Looking back at my studies, I would rate the IAT training program as highly professional and packed with valuable information. But at the beginning, when I was studying modules like the endocrine or digestive system, even nutrition, I couldn’t see how the information could possibly relate to the hair or scalp. The more I learned, the clearer it became. A lot of the hair and scalp conditions I’d seen as a cosmetologist probably stemmed from disruptions in these systems.”

-Sharon Clohesy, USA


 “Adekunle set up his own salon – Gspot Professional Salon – in 2007, where he practises and trains aspiring hairdressers and, having been a professional hairdresser for 20 years, he had thought he knew all there was to know about hair and the scalp. Now he says, “I didn’t know it all. I was only dressing hair until I studied hair and scalp scientifically, thanks to IAT.”

-Adekunle Balogun, Nigeria

“Finally, under the supervision, knowledge insight and guidance of the International Association of Trichologists I found all the answers on hair loss issues. If only I knew then what I know now: I would have had all the answers to my hair loss problems.”

-Elma Titus, South Africa


“The willingness to go the distance in solving their hair and scalp problems of patients, since this affects both their personal and social life, is essential. Another concern is acquiring lifelong skills in the field of trichology; Science and technology are making strides every day and this will assist you to determine your needs and what new trends are available in the industry - one must integrate education into one’s daily routine.”

-Jennifer Maynard Jaimungal, Trinidad

“I attribute my success as a trichologist first and foremost to the love and support of my family. In addition, the ongoing dedication, education, and support of IAT and other practicing trichologists. There’s a lot to learn in this field. Networking with others in the industry is crucial. Stay on the course of action. Remember your purpose for getting into trichology is to help as many follicles as you can.”

-Donyelle Mcbride, USA

“Would you like me to say what success is? To earn a lot of money? Be recognized as a Pop Star? Be in all the social networks with only things that were successful, only great outcomes? Maybe for some people… but this is not my truth.

I consider myself a successful professional and this is thanks to some hard work. I built my career with truth, passion, working tirelessly, and with that I could earn people’s respect and the clients’ recognition and gratitude. I have always worked with a positive attitude, having in mind not only beauty but health and the awareness that people’s self-esteem is something immeasurable.” 

-Sandra Rojas, Brazil

“It is essential to have solid and professional growth in trichology, and to continue studying after obtaining the IAT certification. You can count on the support and helpful advice of IAT. My humble suggestion is always be yourself, sincere with your profession, ethical in each of your activities and, above all, you must remember that we work for the good of those who trust in us and for those who, when they know us well enough, will trust in us.”

-Miguel Cisterna, Argentina

“My colleagues and I were proud to represent the International Association of Trichologists in Russia. We have very good friends among the students who received IAT certificates; they now work as trichologists not only in Russia but in the former CIS-countries, Israel and Europe. I was also happy to attend the annual IAT conference in Argentina, where I lectured on the topic of Trichoscopy and Phototrichogram, and to meet there many trichologists and trichology students from all over the world.”

-Natalie Barunova, Russia


“The meaning of satisfaction in this area is the knowledge that has enabled me to help people. The main thing that helped me to succeed was empathy and sensitivity. Also, don’t approach the patient with fear, but come from a place of light, hope and optimism.”

-Karine Albachari, Israel

“I am a trichologist, so my first job is to help my patients determine the cause of his or her type of hair loss and find a suitable solution.  A variety of hair loss or hair regrowth treatments are now available to treat hair loss. If the patient is also a person with a bad diet, often stressed, and is a smoker, treatment also needs to address these areas.

 -Nguyen Thanh Huyen, Vietnam 


“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.