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Hair Practitioner Certificate Course (HPCC)

The HPCC is recommended to anyone who is seeking to elevate their career and expand their business to the next level as a Hair Loss Practitioner.

This 3-day hands-on course is exciting, accommodating, and insightful. It will help you understand and identify the science behind problems of the hair and scalp, and their various treatment options. This course is designed for individuals associated with the hair industry or medical field who seek a more in-depth knowledge of the hair and how it is affected by numerous chemical processes.

During the course you will gain a working knowledge of the physical, chemical and mechanical processes of the hair and scalp. We will discuss root causes leading to hair breakage through improper usage of chemical and other salon processes that can lead to permanent destruction of the hair and scalp.

We will also discuss the body systems and their effect on the hair so that you can then understand how internal and external factors can cause hair loss and hair breakage. You will leave this course empowered with a healthy comprehension of hair and scalp maladies afflicting your salon clients and how you can start helping them.


HPCC Syllabus

  • Lesson One: Functions and structures of the skin
  • Lesson Two: Glands of the skin
  • Lesson Three: The chemistry and physiology of the hair
  • Lesson Four: Nervous and circulatory support systems
  • Lesson Five: Amino acids and bonds in the hair
  • Lesson Six: pH
  • Lesson Seven: Cystine, cysteine and permanent waving
  • Lesson Eight: Coloring and decoloring
  • Lesson Nine: Diffuse hair loss
  • Lesson Ten: Genetic hair loss in men and women
  • Lesson Eleven: Scarring alopecia

This class includes 2 Bonus Sessions

  • Enhanced Natural Health Through Nutritional Influences
  • Microscopic Lab – several hours of clinical training with volunteer patients
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Certified Trichologist

Trichology is a paramedical field and the scientific study of the hair, hair loss and associated scalp problems. This field is commonly referred to as the “bridge between cosmetology and dermatology.” It encompasses the study of diseases of the human hair and scalp, as well as the assessment of the cause(s) and treatment of these disorders.

This course is designed to provide students a greater depth of understanding of body chemistry, study of the anatomy & physiology, genetic influences, microscopy and nutrition and how it all relates to hair growth.

Our Certified Trichologist program allows students, seeking certification, to specialize in all things related to hair and scalp health. Trichologists take a holistic approach in assisting people with their hair and scalp problems, while examining the possibility of the contributing factors, such as, but not limited to:

  • Lifestyle
  • Symptoms/Signs
  • Diet/Nutrition
  • Mental Health/Wellbeing
  • Stress Factors
  • Physical Health
  • Medications
  • Environmental Influences  
  • And much more.…

Hair loss can be an early indicator of internal problems, such as:

  • Thyroid Problems
  • Cushing’s Syndrome
  • Anemia
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Mineral Deficiency
  • Lupus
  • Bariatric Weight Loss
  • And many more….

A Certified Trichologist may see clients complaining of sudden, excessive hair loss all over the scalp, bald patches which have suddenly appeared, or itching and excessive scaling of the scalp. You will learn how to carefully question each new client and examine the scalp thoroughly to assess the problem and its cause. A microscopic examination of the hair might be required to aid in the diagnosis and management of the problem.

The Certified Trichologist must then decide if treatment is necessary and whether the problem is within his or her scope of practice. There will be times when it is necessary to refer the client to a physician or other type of specialist.

The Certified Trichologist program teaches students how to manage both the medical and cosmetic side of the hair and scalp issues, while maintaining the integrity of both. The types of problems that a Certified Trichologist will encounter in their clinic can range from:

  • Maintaining general hair and scalp health
  • Chemical damage of the hair and scalp
  • Mechanical damage of the hair and scalp
  • Traction Alopecia
  • Scarring Alopecia
  • Alopecia Areata
  • Trichotillomania 
  • Scaly Scalp Problems
  • Psoriasis
  • And much more….

Certified Trichologist Syllabus

Module 2

Body Systems

  • Introduction to Hair and Scalp
  • Cells and Tissues
  • Bones, Muscles, and the Skeletal System
  • The Circulatory System
  • The Immune System
  • The Nervous and Endocrine Systems
  • Stress
  • Digestion, Absorption, and Metabolism
  • The Respiratory System
  • Excretion
  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

Module 1

Introduction to Trichology


Module 4

The Hair and Scalp

  • Structures and Functions of the Skin
  • Glands of the Skin
  • Ecology of the Skin
  • The Chemistry and Physiology of the Hair
  • The Chemistry of Keratinisation
  • Nervous and Circulatory Support Systems
  • Pigmentation
  • Introduction to the Nails

Module 3

Chemistry

  • Mater and Energy and the Elements
  • Atoms, Molecules, and Chemical Bonds in the Hair
  • Basic Chemical Reactions
  • Organic Chemistry
  • The Building of Protein
  • Cystine, Cysteine, and Cysteic Acid
  • Colouring and Decolouring

Module 6

MICROSCOPY

  • The Nature of Light
  • Bright Field Microscopy
  • Techniques of Mounting and Staining
  • Microscopic Diagnosis

Module 5

Trichology Update

Older articles of hair problems supplemented by the more recent "Information Updates"


Module 8

The Consultation/Hair Shaft Problems

  • The Consultation
  • Examination of the Scalp
  • Hair Shaft Problems
  • Problems of Hair Colour

Module 7

Nutrition

  • Introduction to Nutrition
  • Carbohydrates, Lipids and Proteins
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Water, Phytoestrogens, Saw Palmetto
  • The Food Cycle
  • Malabsorption
  • Mineral Analysis of the Hair

Module 10

Scalp Problems

  • Descriptive Terms
  • Pruritus
  • Scaling
  • Sebaceous Gland Problems
  • Infections
  • Glossary of Terms

Module 9

Hair Loss

  • Types of Alopecia
  • Diffuse Hair Loss
  • Genetic Thinning of Hair
  • Bald Patches
  • Excessive Hair Growth
  • Daily Hair Care

Module 11

Pharmacy

  • Pharmaceutical Preparations
  • Incompatibility
  • Categories of Drugs and Preparations used in Trichology
  • Drugs and Chemicals used in Trichology
  • Shampoos, Essential Oils and Fixed Oils
  • Amino Acids, Steroids, and Oral Contraceptives

Module 12

Electrotherapy

  • Radiant Energy
  • Infra-Red Radiation
  • Ultra-Violet Radiation
  • The Removal of Unwanted Hair

Module 13

Organization and Operation of a Trichology Clinic 

  • Setting Up a Clinic
  • Equipment and Supplies
  • Human Relations
  • Public Relations