It’s official…your hair can see the light, feel the breeze and even smell!

The Institute of Trichologists gathered on Monday 13 November for their annual awards ceremony and a lively seminar programme.The venue for this prestigious event was the sumptuous 28 Portland Place in the middle of Fitzrovia and the proceedings took place under the supervision of Anita Ashcroft, Chairman of the Institute and Tracey Walker, Director of Education.

With more and more cases of Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia being diagnosed ever day, Dr Vicky Joliffe outlined the current thinking on symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. Particularly interesting was the possible link with sunscreen products, which is still under investigation.

PCOS could be the underlying cause of more that 70% of alopecia in women, according to Professor Stephen Franks who gave an informative talk on this complex and far-reaching condition.

Farjo-Saks Ltd, specialists in hair loss solutions presented the latest in cosmetic coverage products, laser hairbands and combs to improve hair loss, dietary supplements and topical scalp therapy. They can be contacted at . They also announced the new concept, Lifestyle Pharmacy, which will enable practitioners to sell medications both prescription and non-prescription to their clients.

A lively debate ensued when Michelle De Leon gave her account of the founding of World Afro Day and the reasons behind this event and particularly the way natural Afro hair is viewed in the community and the workplace.

Lastly, did you know that hair can see the light, feel the breeze and even smell! Gillian Westgate PhD treated us to a fine description of how our hair is more sensitive than we could possibly imagine!

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The second International Trichology Congress will be taking place on 21-22 April 2018 at the Museum of Power in Manchester. The event will be augmented with the all-new Hair Science Awards to be announced during a sumptuous dinner. To register interest please visit