What is Trichology?
Trichology deals with the study of scalp and hair problems – the different types of hair loss, balance, scaling problems that occur, and the non-medical treatment of those problems.

What is a qualified Trichologist?
A qualified Trichologist is someone who has successfully completed the trichology educational programme of Clive Institute of Hair. The programme’s subject matter includes anatomy and physiology of the skin and hair, anatomy and physiology of the systems of the body, chemistry, microscopy, mineral analysis nutrition hair and scalp maladies, and electrotherapy.

What problems does a Trichologist deal with?
Most problems seen by Trichologists involve either:

  • Excessive loss of hair, thinning hair, patches of baldness, or hair breakage
  • Scaling problems – either in patches or over the entire scalp
  • Excessive oiliness and/or itching of the scalp

How much will it cost?
To be honest, it’s difficult to give a broad brush answer to this question as the costs of treatments can vary vastly between patients, as each person is different and it will depend on the specific cause for each individual. This is why we recommend that it’s best you book a no obligation consultation with a Trichologist to look at your particular problem and diagnose it properly, they can then let you know the cost of any treatment accurately. The cost for this is $35 and you are under no obligation to go ahead with any treatment suggested.
If you would like to find out more about Clive Hair Clinic’s Personalised Programmes, contact us or book a consultation online.

What will a Trichologist do?
During the initial consultation, the Trichologist will determine what the problem is. This is when her/his knowledge and experience is most called upon.
Deeper analysis of the hair or skin may be necessary to help the Trichologist determine the cause of the problem and the best way to treat it.
Once the cause is established, the Trichologist will decide:

  • If your problem requires treatment and if so, what treatment would be the most beneficial
  • If your problem is such that referral to a medical doctor is necessary
  • If surgical procedures are required, your Trichologist will advise you on the best and most effective methods available

Can anything be done for hair loss?
Although many body dysfunctions can cause hair loss or accelerate patterns of baldness, nothing can be done to reverse hereditary hair loss and grow back genetically destroyed hair. All other types of hair loss and baldness are abnormal so their cause must be determined and, if possible, eliminated.
The hair grows very quickly and, in consequence, reflects body imbalances very quickly. Therefore, certain types of hair loss can indicate internal dysfunctions of the body, some of which may be serious.

Is microscopic analysis of the hair necessary?
In certain cases of hair loss and breakage, microscopic analysis of the hair is essential to establish the type of problem that exists. Microscopic analysis can be used to:

  • Establish whether your rate of hair loss is excessive.
  • Determine if the growing hair bulbs are normal
  • Assess the structural damage to the hair
  • Confirm the presence of lice or a fungal infection
  • Determine the severity of alopecia areata – a stress related problem
  • Confirm protein excess/malnutrition in suspected cases
  • Confirm the presence of certain inherited hair problems

Is mineral analysis of the hair useful?
Hair is extremely sensitive to deficiencies and excess of minerals such as calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium and lead. Imbalance of minerals will show up quickly in the hair so that the analysis of the hair can detect the imbalances and offer clues (if not the answer) as to systemic imbalances that exist. Mineral analysis of hair can, therefore, be as useful as blood tests in determining the cause of a problem.

Do Trichologists lecture to groups?
Yes, Trichologists lecture to many educational, charitable and other interested organizations throughout North America, Australia, South Africa, Europe and New Zealand. We are happy to give groups the names of members willing to lecture.

What are some DO’S and DON’TS?
DO make sure that your Trichologist is fully qualified.

DON’T fall for the vague, pushy, unethical (and usually erroneous) advertising that offers you new hair growth if you apply for such and such.

DO expect your Trichologist to recommend treatment or examination by a medical doctor if it is considered necessary.

DON’T hesitate to ask your Trichologist for complete details about fees involved for consultations or any treatments that may be required.

DO save yourself worries by checking your hair and scalp problem with a clinic that uses fully trained and qualified Trichologists.


Our specially trained Trichologists:

  • Give you peace of mind about how you can treat your specific problems
  • Do not first recommend drug based therapies that can have serious side effects
  • Can introduce you to natural products and clinically proven methods that have worked for thousands of people