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Africa has 52 countries and
there are less than ten trichol-
Muli Musyoka, a 29-year old
from Kenya s capital, Nairobi,
is one of the few trichologists
who is known internationally.
Trichologists are hair and
scalp specialists who diagnose
the causes of hair fall, hair
breakage, hair thinning, minia-
turisation of hairs, diseases of
the scalp and treat according
to the cause.
In the last 18 months at his
Hair Hub Clinic, he s done 102
hair transplants on African-
type hair. Work has also been
done on Asians and Cau-
His clinic boasts of a success
rate of 98 per cent. According
to Musyoka, trichologists are
very respected in Africa while
hairdressers are viewed as a
profession for "those who ve
failed in life."
But Musyoka remains hum-
ble. Ten years ago, he was
searching for a job as a model
and someone encouraged him
to become a hairdresser. By the
time he was about 22, he saw
many women were losing hair
and no one was giving them
"That s when I looked at
enrolling in trichology."
He arrived on Wednesday in
Trinidad and will be at the
launch of the Caribbean School
of Cosmetology today, when it
hosts "Hair-Raising weekend"
at the Radisson Hotel in Port-
of-Spain. Musyoka will also be
featured at several workshops to share
his wealth of knowledge and experi-
He said he was excited to be here
and will return soon.
"I will be sharing my knowledge with
the people in the Caribbean and we
shall come back to train people how to
do hair transplant and ensure we part-
ner with people to get things going."
The biggest cause of hair loss in
African-type hair is traction---a self-
inflicted form of hair loss.
Ladies pull their hair with braids or
weaves until they lose their follicles
permanently, he said.
Other causes include scarring which
is an auto-immune condition, genetic
inheritance or deficiencies such as pro-
tein, iron, or vitamin D.
Those suffering with thyroid prob-
lems and lupus can lose their hair.
According to a 2014 research done by
Relevant Research, Inc International
Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, 56
million men and women in the United
States have experienced hair loss.
Musyoka advised, "The moment you
realise you are losing hair, the best thing
is not to try and use what your best
friend has used, but seek professional
"When you get the diagnosis correct,
then treating the hair loss will not be
a problem." Adamant that he wanted
to do hair transplant, Musyoka tried
for three years to convince his surgeon
brother-in-law to join him.
Two years ago, they started doing
hair transplant. He said," It has become
such a huge business that has propelled
us to be spoken about in any hair con-
ference around the world.
"I have just come from a conference
in Washington, DC."
He believed that African or "coloured
people type hair" had not been looked
at meticulously by those who study
"We want to be the guys to drive it."
Musyoka said at a recent conference
in Turkey, several hair transplant experts
said follicular unit extraction could not
"We have had amazing results."
"We are happy to say that some of
the conditions that people said cannot
be treated, we are now creating solu-
tions for and we are helping people."
One technique is using platelet rich
plasmas (PRP). PRP is a non-surgical
therapeutic option for patients who
require stimulation of hair growth for
hair loss conditions.
Musyoka said, "We draw your blood,
we spin it in a machine called a cen-
trifuge, we segregate everything, we
get the growth factor from your blood
and we inject it where your hair is thin-
ning and within months you get a lot
of hair growing back."
Hair transplant is big business
Kenyan trichologist in T&T:
PHOTO: RHONDA RAMBALLY
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