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Trichology (from Greek θρίξ, gen.: τριχός, "hair") is the branch of dermatology that deals with the scientific study of the health of hair and scalp. Trichologists themselves are not normally licensed healthcare workers, although members of the medical profession can undertake courses and/or careers within trichology. Trichology can be used in forensic studies of hairs to find suspects. Forensic trichology can determine the approximate age, body mass, race, and other important traits of the hair's owner.
Trichologists are loyal to the academic study of hair loss science.
Trichologists are hair & scalp specialists (one type a skin specialist) who diagnose the causes of hair fall, hair breakage, hair thinning, miniaturization of hairs ; diseases of the scalp and treat according to cause.
An interest in hair loss and hair care originated around 1860 in a London barbershop under a certain Professor Wheeler. Later in 1902, this interest in hair disorders became known as Trichology and the Institute of Trichologists was founded.
Educational and governing bodies
The Institute of Trichologists
The Institute of Trichologists at over 100 years old is the oldest professional association for trichologists in the world. Registered members of The Institute of Trichologists indicate this with the postnominal letters AIT, MIT or FIT after their names (designating, respectively, an Associate Member, Member or Fellow of the Institute).
The International Association of Trichologists
The International Association of Trichologists (IAT), a non-profit Californian corporation, offers a course developed at the University of Southern California in 1974, and trains most students from several countries. It offers special condensed courses for medical doctors. Clinical training is offered in Australia, the U.K., America, Brazil, Latvia, India and Russia. The Board of Directors has representatives from America, Russia, India, Brazil, the U.K. and Australia.
An IAT International Conference is held annually. The conference in 2012 was held in Brazil, the conference in November 2013 will be in Argentina, and the 2014 conference will be in Kenya. Other conferences to be held include one in Brisbane, Australia in September 2013, and in San Antonio, Texas in May 2014.
The I.A.T. offers a Hair Practitioner's Certificate Course aimed at practitioners who desire more knowledge about hair but do not want to become fully qualified trichologists.
Registered members of the IAT can use the letters "IAT" after their name. Members are controlled by a code of ethics.
The Trichological Society
The Trichological Society was founded in September 1999 by an group of professionals with an interest in hair science, including trichologists, lawyers, surgeons, chemists, pharmacists, medical practitioners and academics to represent hair scientists and for the advancement in hair science education.
World Trichology Society
The World Trichology Society is a professional organization dedicated to educating, supporting, and promoting Trichologists in North America and worldwide. The society helps:
- promote the science of trichology
- educate future trichologists
- helping members keep up-to-date with the latest research
- enhance the care of people with hair loss.
The World Trichology Society is also committed to help the public by educating them about the possible causes of their hair loss and by informing them of their choices of hair loss treatments.
Institute of Hair-prosthetists and Trichologists
The Institute of Hair-prosthetists and Trichologists (IHT) was founded in 2006 by a group of trichologists in Korea. Even though the study of trichology has a long history, it faced a difficult challenge in positioning its services. It is not a medical practice, yet involves "treating" the clients. It is not a cosmetology service, yet provides scalp cleansing and "shampoo" services.
There are about 26,000 trichology centers in Korea, and 130 universities and colleges in Korea teaching two-year or four-year trichology courses. About 40 complete textbooks have been published.
The IHT is now sharing trichology in North America and Europe.
- The Institute of Trichologists
- International Association of Trichologists
- The Trichological Society
- The World Trichology Society
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