As a Trichologist my areas of expertise include patient contact, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the hair and scalp and as a cosmetic scientist the mixing and supply of preparations for use in my practice and for patients’ home use. Trichology is a specialised area of dermatology; therefore a broad base of knowledge is needed especially in chemistry, physics and biology. It takes commitment and a true interest in people and life.
There are few qualified trichologists in the country. From my early years of training and working with hair, wig making, and the beauty business my interest has always been in Trichology.
I trained and qualified with the Institute of Trichologists, London and started in practice following a career as a hairdressing lecturer and business owner. The best bit about my job is knowing that the information, treatments and care given to each patient is of great value to them. The most difficult aspect is having to explain the prognosis (outcome of their condition), when it is poor.
I would recommend working in this field because it is variable and interesting with openings for those interested in hair research and development. My long-term plans are to expand the product side of my business with my ‘le regime’ brand and to complete research projects to benefit patients.
Extract taken from the Plymouth 14 - 19 Partnership booklet
'An anagen and a telogen hair from the same follicle, showing two phases of the hair growth cycle, in one picture.'