The Institute of Trichologists


The Institute of Trichologists was founded in 1902 to further the knowledge and understanding of the hair and the scalp from the scientific perspective and to provide properly trained and qualified practitioners of trichology, able to help and advise men, women and children suffering from various problems and disorders of the hair and scalp.

Today, The Institute of Trichologists is the foremost professional association for trichologists in the world, the largest provider of trichology training in Europe (and possibly the world) and, at over 100 years old, is the longest established body of its type.

Most of the registered members of The Institute of Trichologists practise as clinical trichologists, some of whom also act as expert witnesses in both civil and criminal cases in the courts – but some qualified trichologists work in other fields such as pharmacology, industrial research, product manufacturing or as college lecturers.

Members of The Institute of Trichologists are trained in medical matters, but are not normally medically qualified. Part of a trichologists training includes detailed study into body systems, nutrition, chemistry, physiology of the hair and scalp, pharmaceutical preparations, trichological procedures, hair shaft problems, hair loss and scalp problems, massage, electrotherapy, micro-diagnostic techniques, microbiology, genetics, elements of business management and of course health and hygiene.

All registered members of The Institute of Trichologists are fully qualified and are bound by the Institute’s strict Code of Professional Practice and Ethics. Members of The Institute of Trichologists are entitled to use the letters AIT, MIT or FIT after their names, designating, respectively, an Associate, Member or Fellow of the Institute.

All qualified trichologists will be able to prove their status, however if in doubt do not hesitate to contact the Institute of Trichologists by letter, telephone or email, and if you wish, you will be sent a list of all registered members practising within the UK and Ireland.

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