After personal experience of hair loss, and realising the major impact it could have, Dr Wilson began a journey of learning about hair and scalp issues. Working as a GP, she has been aware that most UK GPs have only one week of training in skin and hair before they qualify. Unable to find a suitable in depth course at the time for GPs, she completed the 2 year Trichology Course with the Institute of Trichologists gaining a distinction in both years, being the only student in her cohort to do so. She was also awarded the John Mason Memorial Prize for Excellence in her first year, which is only awarded when there is a ‘candidate of high enough calibre to merit it’. She has taught examined and consulted at the Institute of Trichologists’ Clinic in London and also gained further experience helping patients with hair loss independently.
Currently she is an Affiliate Trichologist Member of the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgeons, a Medical Member of The Trichological Society, a Member of the British Hair and Nail Society (a special interest group of the British Association of Dermatologists), a member of the Primary Care Dermatology Society, a Member of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health.
Dr Wilson has lectured on a variety of audiences on hair including The Trichological Society, The Institute of Trichologists and various conferences.
She believes that it is important to be knowledgeable about the hair processing techniques in Afro-textured hair which has different requirements to European/Asian hair so obtained certification in Hair Cutting, Hair Braiding and Weave, Afro hair relaxer and the Brazilian Blow Dry from the National Beauty Institute in 2015..
After personal experience of needing skin camouflage to cover loss of pigmentation, Dr Wilson trained in skin camouflage and is a British Association of Skin Camouflage practitioner. This stimulated an interest in the solutions that aesthetic procedures offer so she trained further in electrolysis with VTCT and Sterex, and also has the BTEC Level 7 award for Laser and Associated light therapies, she hopes to be able to offer this service in the future.
Training in Botulinum toxin injections was completed in 2011, and she maintains contact with colleagues in field through membership of a local practitioners group and the Aesthetic Complications Expert Group which supports aesthetic pracititioners across the country.