National Trichology Conference

It is with great pleasure I can say I have helped shape the first National Trichology Conference to be held on the 16th and 17th of October at the London Excel Arena as part of Salon International. This conference is to strengthen the link between the hairdressing world and Trichology with such renowned speakers such as Glenn Lyons from Philip Kingsley and Dr Bessam Farjo from the Farjo Hair Institute giving lectures to Trichologists and Hairdressers alike, this is a high calibre conference that is one of its kind and should not be missed. Details of the talks and tickets can be found here http://salonexhibitions.co.uk/e/international/site/InternationalTrichologyCongress I urge everyone with an interest in hairdressing or Trichology to come and visit! I look forward to seeing you...

A new type of hair loss!

There is a lot of press at the moment regarding scientists finding ‘another’ reason for hair loss; There seems to be a mechanism that turns age damaged stem cells in hair follicles into skin. The hair follicles shrink and eventually disappear — leaving you with miniaturized/microscopic hairs. Although theorised for many years, this the first time such a mechanism has been identified with direct ageing. Unlike stem cells elsewhere in the body, hair follicle cells regenerate on a cyclical basis, as the hair follicle shrinks it ‘collects’ stem cells from the hair bulge (found half way up the follicle), this then kick starts the growth phase again. There is noted to be reduction in something called ‘Collagen17A1’ which seems to trigger the miniaturization of the hair. To complicate matters, this new hair loss problem seems to be a separate issue to good old fashioned Genetic ‘pattern’ hair loss (what is usually termed genetic thinning) …but if getting older and hair thinning through this different process is built into our DNA, this could also be called ‘genetic hair loss’!..(this could get confusing!)     The other part of the equation is always the issue of “what can be done to prevent this from happening?” Can we just eat/drink more collagen to replenish our stores? Dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting was asked the same thing “collagen is a complicated protein. It is the scaffolding of all major organs. And yes, as we age we lose it. Exposure to sunshine and smoking hasten its demise. But we can’t lazily hope to replenish it with drinks, pills and creams”. So adding more collagen to...