Hair and Science inspiration – Dr.Nicole Ward

Another Friday another hair and science inspiration

In September I went to ESDR2016 in Munich, which is European Dermatology meeting. That conference was one of the best I have ever attended and social part was absolutely brilliant – still smiling when I think back (who said science is not fun?!). During my time at ESDR I got very inspired by so many talented women in science and Dr.Nicole Ward is one of them. Only a few weeks ago we had BSID2017 in Manchester, British Dermatology meeting and Nicole was one of the guest speakers. I really wanted to meet her in person and once I saw the opportunity I took it and introduced myself. Nicole was very friendly, warm and I am very grateful and lucky that she agreed to share her hair story with us!

Describe your research/what do you do?

My lab studies psoriasis pathogenesis and psoriasis comorbidities. We use a bench-to-bedside approach that identifies interesting genes and proteins in psoriasis patient skin, and then generate new mouse models around these to better understand their role in disease. Using these models, we explore the mechanisms underlying anecdotal reports from patients, like why after nerve injury, psoriasis goes away, as well as epidemiological findings, like why psoriasis patients have increased risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke.

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

My hair is thick and curls in all the wrong places!

What is your current haircare routine?

I wash my hair about 3 times a week. I wash and condition it in the shower, then use leave in products before I blow it dry and then use a flat iron to get rid of the curl.

What is favourite/most common hairstyle during crazy days in the lab?

When I am superbusy or have been up late the night before working, my go to is a ponytail. Sometimes I braid the ponytail, but most often I leave it loose.

Your top tip for good haircare?

Use good products!!!

Shop hair products

The most crazy hair fact/myth you have heard?

I am blown away right now with how patients with alopecia can regrow their hair when treated with Jakinibs! This is nerdy – but super cool and will have an enormous impact on their lives. The work is amazing, and is being lead by Dr. Angela Christiano, my friend and colleague. It’s amazing!

What are your overall thoughts about hair? 

Hair is so interesting in terms of how we perceive ourselves. I am amazed at how much it changes with age and stress (it falls out, thins) and how taking good care of yourself (inside and out) can impact the health of your hair.

Thank you again Nicole, for being hair and science inspiration! Make sure you check Dr.Nicole’s Ward profile:

Twitter: @PskinPscientist

Research gate profile: Nicole Ward

University profile page: Nicole Ward