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Lydia Peppard

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Health Service Executive

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  Lydia Peppard
The advise that I would give to someone considering this job is to do their Leaving Cert and do the Transition year as this would give an opportunity to get some job experience or do some voluntary work within the community.

Do a Level 5 FETAC health related course. The skills and qualities that are needed to do this type of work are a real sense of caring for other people, communication skills, listening skills, be able to take and give constructive criticism without causing or taking offence, patience a willing to give your best effort to your work.

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Hair & Scalp specialist

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At a Glance... header image

Trichologists diagnose disorders and diseases of the hair and scalp. They examine a client's hair and scalp and decide on an appropriate course of action.

The Work header image

Using objective scientific techniques the trichologist studies a patient's hair and scalp for disorders. These can include damaged or thinning hair and skin infections and diseases. The trichologist will discuss hair care, medical history, diet and medications. A blood test may be requested.  
After diagnosis treatment will be prescribed. This may be in the form of drugs, massage, special shampoos, lotions, or, in some case, electrical treatment therapies.  
Sometimes one visit will be enough, or a client may have to return on a regular basis for a series of consultations.


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You must be willing to learn about anatomy, physiology, pathology and chemistry. You'll need good observational skills and a methodical, scientific approach for making clinical decisions.  
It is also important that you like and get on with people and have good communication skills. Sensitivity, patience, maturity, good memory and tact are all important.  
Due to the nature of the courses, self-discipline, an ability to study and organisation skills are essential, as are enthusiasm and a desire to assist others.  
If you are hoping to be self-employed, you will need to be well organised and willing to learn about all the aspects of running a small business.  
Certain skin diseases may be contagious and the trichologist will have to have an awareness and understanding of this.

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Organisation: Institute of Trichologists
  Address: 24 Langroyd Road, London SW17 7PL, UK
  Tel: +44 (0) 8706 070602
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Organisation: Irish Hairdresser's Federation
  Address: Seskin South, Ballyragget, Co. Kilkenny
  Tel: (056) 8833808
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