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No Formal Qualifications Year 12 Preferred Apprenticeship VOC Course

Trichologists diagnose and treat human hair and scalp problems and provide care for the general health of human hair.


    Trichologists may perform the following tasks:

  • discuss scalp problems with clients
  • examine the scalp and identify the problem
  • determine the cause of the problem and decide on appropriate therapy
  • treat scalp problems such as dandruff, itchiness of the scalp, hair loss, baldness and excessive oiliness
  • carry out a microscopic examination of the hair
  • apply ointment or lotion to the scalp, massage or use electrotherapy machines and ultra-violet lamps
  • prescribe nutritional supplements
  • advise on the correct use of hair colouring, permanent waving and straightening products
  • treat damage sustained by the hair or scalp (as a result of the misuse of hair colouring, for example)
  • where necessary, refer clients to medical or paramedical practitioners


  • enjoy science
  • enjoy contact with the public
  • patient and tactful
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Medical Helping/Community Service Influencing/Personal Contact


No Formal Qualifications Year 12 Preferred Apprenticeship VOC Course

You can work as a trichologist without formal qualifications, but employers usually require Year 12.

Some students undertake trichology studies after completing an apprenticeship or VOC qualification in hairdressing. See the separate entry for Hairdresser for further information.

Additional Information

    The International Association of Trichologists offers a course in trichology, which is delivered via distance education. Visit their website for more information.


Trichologists usually work in their own clinics or share a clinic with medical doctors or paramedical specialists.

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