Frequently Asked Questions
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What does IoT mean?
IoT is the abbreviation of The Institute of Trichologists.
What is trichology?
Trichology is the science and study of hair (from the Greek ‘trikhos’ meaning hair). Clinical trichology (i.e. trichology in the context of practising members of the Institute) is the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the hair and scalp.
So what is a ‘qualified trichologist’?
The Institute of Trichologists has been providing education and certification of qualified Trichologists since 1902. The Institute of Trichologists remains the most established and largest supplier of Trichology education in the UK today, and any Member with the letters AIT, MIT or FIT after their names has completed their education with The Institute of Trichologists and is competent to operate a clinical practice.
Other providers of Trichology Education include, the International Association of Trichologists, Trichocare, and the Trichological Society are the most established and recognised.
The International Association of Trichologists were formed by a past Chairman of the IoT and as such their education is very aligned with that of the IoT and is aimed at International students, we welcome members from around the world as International Affiliate Members of the IoT.
Currently the IAT is the only external organisation that can attain membership status with the IoT. We are working to widen our Membership categories to embrace other established bodies.
Our Register of Members clearly details all of those Trichologists that have attained an academic and clinical education to enable the safe and comprehensive practice of Trichology, it they are not listed on our Members website then we do not recognise them and cannot regulate them, for example ensuring that continuing professional development studies are carried out annually.
A Registered Member will always work within their area of competence, which is to diagnose hair and scalp conditions, treatment can be given, however in certain cases referrals will be made to Medical Professionals for blood tests, biopsies and prescribed medications.
What happens in a consultation?
During a consultation, your trichologist will look at any health problems you may have, any medications you may be on, diet and lifestyle. We ask that you do not wash your hair on the morning of the consultation so that we can see the hair and scalp in its natural condition. If you have had any blood tests take along a copy of your results, a list of any medications you are on and a list of products you are currently using.
After the consultation, if the trichologist consultant deems it necessary to have any further tests they will recommend which tests you need, the consultant will diagnose and recommend treatments that can be carried out at the clinic or recommend a home care regime.