The word ‘Trichology’ originates from the ancient Greek word Trikhos, meaning hair. The science of Trichology originated around 1860 in a London barbershop under Professor Wheeler; which later became known as trichology. In 1902 this interest became a specific para-medical discipline about the study of diseases of the human hair and scalp, as well as the assessment of the cause(s) and treatment of these disorders. There have been many decades of unknown information about the business of Trichology. Slowly but surely other countries started warming up to the idea.
The National Trichology Training Institute (NTTI) was founded in September 2006, by Certified Trichologist, Connie Judge. With over 30 years of master cosmetology experience she added a valuable dimension to trichology and beauty education which includes; a newer innovative scientific phase and a biological approach to health and wellness of the total body, because it is directly interrelated with having healthy hair.
Distinctly different and leading in the USA, NTTI does not compare its policies and procedures of education to other global trichology associations. Other “associations” of trichology only provide an association type certification governed by its own self governing body as opposed to a State Educational Certification governed by a recognized Academic Board of Education.
In December of 2010 NTTI received full authorization under the Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Institutes Act of 1990. This Act means that NTTI is operating under the accreditation of a nonpublic postsecondary institution that meet certain requirements such as; providing for fees based on enrollment of students where funds are covered by a surety bond that would repeal conflicts about educational funding.
Moreover, there is accountability for acclaimed titles of trichology certifications through proper education. In other words, a trichology association cannot provide a proper and credible educational Title of Certification in trichology without the willingness to come into compliance and be governed by an Accredited Board of Education.
NTTI has astutely blazed the trail in the USA to provide quality education and a proper title for Certified Trichology practitioners. They have graduated hundreds of Alumni throughout America. This group of Trichologists owns many Trichological hair loss clinics which are on the uprise.
Presently, NTTI is the only known brick and mortar Institute in the United States of America that is authorized and governed by a Post-Secondary Board of Education. They have published several textbooks and the Institute provides a one year, 600 hour practitioners certification course in Trichology Healthcare.
Clearly stated, a Certified Trichologist has studied and successfully completed a recognized Trichology Educational Program. To become a certified trichologist in the United States of America the Trichology course must be authorized and governed by a Post Secondary Board of Education. Please be aware that not all Trichologists are trained in the same way and it is not against the law for an untrained person or knowledgeable hairdressers (hair stylists/cosmetologists) to call themselves Trichologists. There are many hair loss clinics around the U.S. owned by ‘specialists’ that will take a three day seminar with no formal training in hair loss and scalp disease that will call themselves a trichologist.
The National Trichology Training Institute (NTTI) reports that over the next five years traditional hair styling will not be the main focus for hair care, because of the many scalp disorders and hair loss issues. Trichology healthy hair care services are the new phase for the beauty industry. Additionally, cosmetologists and other beauty professionals must increase their education and conform to trichology-supported change, new concepts, and professional practices if they are going to survive in the hair care industry.