Styling hair and going for scalp massages might not be a foreign or rare concept to anybody. However, when dealing with health and wellness pertaining to hair and scalp issues, a medical practice called trichology comes into play. In this week’s Health For Mzansi podcast episode we explore this career within the medical field.
Cape Town-based trichologist Elma Titus has gained experience both locally and internationally and has been instrumental in the development and marketing of ethical hair-care products which prevent hair loss and enhance beauty through healthy hair and scalp conditions. She is also an experienced trainer of numerous technicians, prolific stylists and notable sales representatives.
Even though the subject of hair might be a well-known phenomenon, Titus says many people do not know about the existence of a trichologist and thus do not make use of one. She explains trichology as a branch of dermatology, which focuses on the scientific study of the human hair and scalp. In the event of hair loss or infection on the scalp, a trichologist will perform an examination of the scalp to find the root of the problem rather than just to cure the symptoms.
Titus says hair loss or scalp infection can be caused by a lack of care (negligence), chemical damage, psoriasis, eczema, or alopecia.
In the episode, Titus also shines the light on:
- Challenges to acquiring a qualification in trichology in South Africa.
- Risks when people go for short courses or qualifications that are not recognised.
Despite the lack of knowledge regarding this medical profession, Titus says it is an interesting profession, as she has the privilege of sending many of her clients and patients on to a path of glorious hair through a healthy scalp.
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