How focusing on hair and scalp health can help you to become a better hairstylist. 

Six Reasons You Need to Know the Science

1. As a stylist, you’ve probably seen hundreds of clients since the start of your career. And of those, there is likely a good percentage who have had issues with their scalp, as well as experienced hair loss.

2. “The basic principles of trichology are generally taught to stylists during their beauty school curriculum. However, the most common skin conditions of the scalp such as eczema, psoriasis or excessive seborrhea are explained very briefly, without going into too much detail, which is not always enough to help clients if they are suffering from these ailments,” explains Jean-Sébastien Tremblay, regional director for Wella Canada.

3. Hair is generally a good indicator of general health. Dull, lacklustre tresses can suggest an unhealthy lifestyle, and possibly an underlying condition. As a seasoned stylist, you should be able to detect these subtle changes in the hair or scalp which, ultimately, will alter the aesthetic appeal of what you are aiming to create for your client.

4. Though there are international associations that offer further training in the field, for those interested, as a stylist, the important thing to remember is that if you understand the basic principles of trichology, you will be able to guide your clients with specific scalp and hair treatments, or recommend they see a specialist (such as a dermatologist) who will provide further medical treatment, if needed.

5. “Understanding the basics of trichology can help diagnose health problems before they become difficult to manage, such as hair loss, for example, assessing the condition
of the scalp with an in-depth examination using the Capilliscope, a patented diagnostic tool at René Furterer, helps stylists determine which personalized program is best suited for the client’s hair and scalp,” says Daure, worldwide director for René Furterer.

6. Knowing the principles of trichology will allow you to have one more tool in your arsenal to better guide your clients into finding appropriate solutions for their needs, and therefore will help build a relationship of trust and loyalty.

Defining Trichology

According to Gilles Daure, worldwide director for René Furterer, a leader in scalp and haircare solutions for professional salons, “Trichology is the science of the hair and scalp. It helps you correctly classify the type of scalp (greasy, dry, normal, etc.), assess the health and quality of the hair, as well as identify different cycles of the hair follicle: anagen (growth phase), catagen (regressing phase), telogen (resting phase) and exogen (shedding phase).” 

Top Treatment Picks

Complexe 5 from René Furturer  tones and stimulates the scalp and hair, thanks to a fortifying cocktail of orange and lavender essential oils.

Scalp Renew Dermabrasion, followed by the appropriate three-step system for at-home care, from Nioxin. “These two products aim to maintain a healthy scalp. For severe affections, referring the client to a trichologist or a dermatologist is always recommended,” says Jean-Sébastien Tremblay, regional education director for Wella Canada. 


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