Basic Hair Science


Thursday, May 18, 2017 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

National Office: 120 Wall Street Suite 2400, New York, NY 10005

Course Instructor:
Dr. Roger McMullen

WHO SHOULD ATTENDThis course would be beneficial to anyone interested in learning more about hair science and hair care technology and how they relate to problems facing cosmetic scientists.

  SCC Member Non-Member SCC Student Member
Early Bird  $360 $490 $210
After 05/03/2017 $410 $540 $235

This course will include the following:

I. Hair biology
a. Hair follicle structure
b. Hair growth
c. Hair loss
d. Hair aging (graying)

II. Hair morphology and fine structure
a. Cuticle structure
i. A-layer, exocuticle, endocuticle, 18-methyleicosanoic acid (18-MEA)
ii. Importance of 18-MEA in human hair health
b. Cortex
i. Cortical cells, alpha-keratin, intermediate filaments, keratin associated proteins, cell membrane complex
ii. Melanin structure
c. The fine structure of hair and how it relates to its mechanical and surface properties

III. Technologies to measure physical and chemical phenomena in hair
a. Microscopy techniques
i. Reflected light microscopy
ii. Scanning electron microscopy
iii. Atomic force microscopy
b. Dynamic scanning calorimetry
c. Dynamic vapor sorption
d. Contact angle measurements
e. Spectroscopic imaging techniques (Raman and FT-IR)
f. Mechanical measurements (tensile strength, cyclic fatigue testing)

IV. Optical properties of hair
a. Specular and diffuse reflection
b. Effect of treatments on luster as quantified by image analysis
c. High-resolution images of light reflected from hair
d. Analysis of various ethnic hair types

V. Hair volume and its relation to hair body
a. Measurement of hair volume
b. Hair fiber assemblies of various geometries
c. Treatment with hair fixatives
d. Anti-frizz, volume reduction
e. Future prospects for hair body and volume measurements

VI. Hair conditioning
a. Formulation ingredients
b. Delivery of conditioning agents from shampoo
c. Mechanical combing measurements
d. Streaming potential analysis

VII. Hair fixative and styling
a. Hairspray, gel, and mouse ingredients
b. Advanced technologies for measuring hair styling performance

VIII. Changes in hair structure caused by chemical treatments
a. Bleaching
b. Relaxing
c. Permanent waving

IX. Color chemistry and dyeing of hair
a. Hair color fastness (dye fading)
b. Hair color measurements (Hunter colorimetry)
c. Monitoring changes in hair fine structure

X. Hair photo-damage
a. Damage to proteins and other key biological entities in hair
b. Changes in the surface and mechanical properties
c. UV solar protectants

XI. Investigation of physicochemical changes in hair as a result of treatment with thermal styling devices
a. Introduction to Brazilian straightening techniques
b. Historical background on the use of Brazilian straightening products
c. Investigation of the influence of thermal-formaldehyde treatments on hair
i. Hair fine surface structure
ii. Chemical modification of the hair
iii. Cortical cell health
d. Tensile properties of heat-treated hair

Please note that Course Fee includes coffee/bagels, lunch/beverages and afternoon snack. All course materials are included in the fee as well. Any required Parking and/or Hotel accommodations must be made by attendee. Please see Hotel tab for recommended Hotel. 

All sales for CEP courses are final and non-refundable. If you cannot attend the original course you registered for, you can transfer the credit to a future course. Course fees are also transferable to another person at least 7 days before the course date.

NOTE: The SCC reserves the right to cancel any course for extenuating circumstances. A full refund will be issued in this case.