Hair and Science inspiration – Ellie

Good Friday requires hair and science inspiration 

I am very happy about this Friday post (and yes being  Good Friday makes day even better) as I have a special guest post by my lovely colleague Ellie. Me and Ellie work in the same lab and we both share daily scientific struggles and happy moments. Ellie is a fantastic scientist that always have answers for any questions, can sit with you for hours to analyse your data and she is one of the best bakers I have ever met! Also, she is always keen to talk about haircare and not only science. 

Describe your research/what do you do?

I study hair too! I am trying to stop people losing their hair during chemotherapy. I am doing this by trying to pump out the chemotherapy from the cells in the hair follicle so they are resistant to the drugs and survive.

What is your hair type and what do you love most about your hair?

I have long thick but wavy hair. It has so many little fly away bits that never want to behave. Whilst most seem to grow out of the baby hairs that create a halo around the front of your face mine have persisted and tend to be the bane of my life. If I go out on a humid day my hair gets totally wild! What I really love though is the amount of hair I have. This means I never have a problem with volume and there is always enough to make different styles. (P.S Ellie is great at creating hairstyles for yoga!)

What is your current haircare routine?

I tend to wash my hair every 2-3 days depends what I have been doing and what I have on that week. I always use an anti-dandruff shampoo as I get dandruff and it also seemed to be linked to my eczema flare ups. I then follow with lots of conditioner, which is needed for flyaway hair like mine. I tend to leave my hair to dry naturally as I don’t like to blast my scalp with lots of heat. I always put some smoothing fluid before my hair dries . This AVEDA product is so light and I couldn’t live without it! I often straighten my hair a little or it can get so out of control. Sometimes before bed I will tie my hair into braids and then let it set overnight to get a nice even wave.

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What is favourite/most common hairstyle you tend to have during crazy lab days?

Most common I will be in a simple pony tail essential to have my hair back so it doesn’t get in my way. If I have rushed from yoga in the morning it may be in two French braids this is the only way to keep my hair in place when upside down!

Your top tip for good haircare?

Leave your hair be, don’t touch it too much.

The most crazy hair fact/myth you have heard?

People with red-hair may require more anaesthesia and have a lower pain threshold than people with other hair colours. Is it true? Who knows we will need to do more research to find out! (Ellie, I can see a new research proposal here?;) Read the full article here )

What are your overall thoughts about hair?

Everyone wants what they don’t have. Hair is so good to change your style as it is super quick and easy and grows back fast if you don’t like it.

Thanks Ellie for sharing your hair story with us!

Check out Ellie’s Instagram: @elliesmart33

Twitter: @Elliesmart33