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Case Study: Katie Philips – Northampton

Katie Philips certainly has a ‘been there, done that’ cv. She started as a hairdressing apprentice, got her City and Guilds, worked in several salons, then on a cruise ship, and then she taught at a number of FE colleges for many years.

Studying trichology to gain CPD hours was originally the suggestion of a colleague at one of the Colleges she taught at.

Now Katie has her own trichology consultancy.

“I’d always been interested in conditions and diseases of the hair, and in hair loss. So studying trichology was an obvious choice for me. And choosing TrichoCare’s course was a natural choice as well because, unlike other courses I researched, it was both affordable and accessible.”

“The course was enjoyable as well as very informative. A group of us studied together and it was very helpful to talk over the issues raised in the lectures and to share ideas with other hairdressers.”

“After I finished the course, I was inspired to change direction in my career and I set up my own business. The course gave me the knowledge and skills to advise clients with confidence on their hair problems, and charge them for the services I could offer. And it gave me a qualification so that clients could have confidence in the advice I gave them.”

“I’ve been able to channel my two passions into my business – both trichology and wedding hair. There’s nothing more satisfying than doing the right thing for your clients – whether it’s helping to make them look wonderful on their wedding day, or identifying a hair condition and giving them the best advice about what to do.”

Katie Philips was one of the first to study TrichoCare’s full trichology course. The course is now accredited as the ITEC Level 4 Certificate in Trichology. The Course enables students to gain the practical and theoretical skills in order to provide effective hair and scalp advice and services. It can be studied at selected FE Colleges or by distance learning together with lectures, guided learning sessions, clinical observation and written assessment and examination.

Study for the Certificate includes detailed examination of the science of hair and scalp conditions, an in-depth study of the chemicals used in hair treatments and why they can cause concern, occupational hazards, and how best to advise clients on a healthy lifestyle. When they’ve successfully completed the Course, students are Registered as a Trichologist with TrichoCare Education, and can then establish their own trichology practice.