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Why do I need certification to take images for hair analysis?

MyHairCounts is the go-to app for tracking hair loss and treatment progress. The users need someone to take good images of their hair and scalp regularly. Many pay their stylists, barbers or esthatician for this. Taking pictures of face and hair may appear easy. But taking high quality images needed for accurate hair density analysis is not. It is a specialty called Macro-photography. 


As a certified professional (MIP), you will be paid to take these images for your clients. But the images must meet certain standards so the clients get accurate hair density results. So the reason for certification is to master the skills and knowledge needed to take high quality hair and skin images consistently and quickly. MyHairCounts Certification process helps you to achieve that.


What is an overview of the MIP Certification Program?

(1) The MyHairCounts Imaging Professional (MIP) Certification program is offered to licensed beauty professional only. It consists of two 30-min remote lessons via Zoom, covering about 10 topics.  

(2) There are assignments to practice the skills and knowledge learned from the lessons. Study at your own pace and schedule.

(3) Remote coaching and support (Zoom, phone, email) are availble as needed during the entire process until certification is received.

(4) All assignments will be graded.

(5) A final test to receive the MIP certification. (The Independent Imaging Test - when the professional takes a set of images to be analyzed with good accuracy within a certain time)


MyHairCounts Imaging Professional (MIP) Certification

  • What does the MIP certification program include:

    • 60 min of live lessons taught by MyHairCounts trainers (mostly one-to-one)
    • 90 min of remote support for assignment coaching
    • All live (Zoom) supervision of tests 
    • Individual assignment grading by instructors
    • Certificate for your record and display
    • One MyHairCounts-pro kit (valued at $69) specifically for hair professionals in place of MyHairScope
    • Mirror clings and other marketing materials
    • Free listing in our Certified MyHairCounts Professional directory going live next year in app and online to refer clients to you.


    How long is the certification valid?

    The certification is good for one year. There is no cost to renewal if a certified professional has been actively working with clients on imaging. If there is a prolonged period of non-activity, (12-month), a new test may be required to ascertain the soundness of knowledge and skill to maintain certification status. 


    What is value of my imaging service to my clients?

    Stylists and Barbers typically charge $10 - 50/image session to take a set of 8 images for each session. Clients typically take a new set of repeat images every 30-90 days to track progress depending on their treatment. A MIP professional should be able to take the images in 5-9 minutes after doing it for a while. Depending on your clientele, you can set a profitable price that works well for you. 

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