Trichologist

Trichologists diagnose, treat and care for the human hair and scalp. They treat scalp problems such as dandruff, itchiness of the scalp, hair loss, baldness and excessive oiliness. They may carry out a microscopic examination of the hair; apply ointment or lotion to the scalp, massage, or use electrotherapy machines and/or infrared lamps.

They advise on the correct use of hair colouring, permanent waving and straightening products and treat damage sustained by the hair or scalp as a result of the misuse of such preparations. Where necessary, they will refer clients to medical or paramedical practitioners.


They may carry out a microscopic examination of the hair; apply ointment or lotion to the scalp, massage, or use electrotherapy machines and/or infrared lamps.

They advise on the correct use of hair colouring, permanent waving and straightening products and treat damage sustained by the hair or scalp as a result of the misuse of such preparations. Where necessary, they will refer clients to medical or paramedical practitioners.


How to Enter

Schooling & School Subjects

Grade 10 Certificate is the minimum entry requirement but a National Senior Certificate is preferred, especially for training over a shorter period



What to Study

To become a trichologist requires completion of a learnership in hairdressing followed by post-trade qualifications in trichology. See separate entry for Hairdresser. Contact the institution of your choice and discuss your circumstances.

For a learnership as a hairdresser, register with an employer providing suitable training. Training consists of theoretical and practical work:


  • Theoretical training: At a FET College such as Cape Town, Ekurhuleni West, South Cape, SW Gauteng, KZN Coastal and Tshwane South

  • Practical training: under supervision of a qualified tradesman


Duration of course: 3 years.
Final examination: A compulsory trade test set by the Department of Labour to qualify as an artisan


Employment


  • hairdressing salons

  • beauty salons

  • self-employment, with own salon


Further Information

Hairdressing salons, which employ learners
Most FET Colleges offer hairdressing


Getting Started


  • try to obtain a Saturday morning, part-time or vacation work at a hairdressing salon

  • speak to trichologists about this type of career

  • consult the Registrar of Manpower Training concerning learnership programmes that may be available in your area


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