Hot hair news from 10th World Congress for Hair Research

One of the best highlights of my PhD in hair biology was a trip to Japan. Last week I attended 10th World Congress for Hair Research. Yes, a congress for hair where for three days everyone was just talking about hair and hair follicle.

The first hair congress I went to was in Miami, two years ago. Now I am in Japan and couldn’t be happier. The conference itself focuses a lot on the hair follicle and specific pathways that control hair growth and health. However, with YOU I would like to share a few practical hair news.

One of my most favourite topics was sunscreen induced hair loss (yes you heard my right!). Apparently, application of heavy suncreen around our hair line can induce hair thinning. Ladies, the sebum production on our scalp declines after 30 years old, which means our scalp cannot “wash” chemicals that easily. Therefore, the product buildup on skin hairline can really affect hair growth. First, I was sceptical about this. However, once ladies who experience strong hair thinning stop using suncreen around hairline hair starts growing back. Pretty interesting, right?!

Next, hair conditioning. I already covered topic about hair damage and what to do. Yet, I was happy when I heard that deep conditioning on healthy hair makes hair more heavy. Therefore, if you have healthy hair you should stay away from deep conditioning masks. Also, if your conditioner is rich in conditioning ingredients, try to use less conditioning shampoo to balance hair wash. Otherwise, hair will feel overweight and less bouncy.

One of my favourite sessions was scalp health and dandruffs. Not that long ago I covered key ingredients in the hair products for removing dandruffs. However, the best way to look after your scalp is keep rotating hair products with different anti-dandruffs ingredients. That way your scalp pH and yeast activity is well balanced.

However, the most important tip and trick for the healthy hair is less stress. We are constantly rushing, working, trying to take control of the world but don’t forget we need to stop time to time. Stress has a huge role on hair loss and overall health, so promise yourself to take some time off, smile and your hair will thank you.


Do you have any top tips for healthy hair that? Did you hear something new about hair? Please let me know!


  • Alice Cruickshank

    This is so interesting! I’ve only recently discovered your blog and it’s great when you have constant hair drama like me. About the sunscreen issue, did they give any tips to prevent this? A burnt hairline is not ideal either!

    • Hey, I am glad you came across my blog:) You see , the research has been done in Australia, Melbourne where they experience a lot more sunny days then we here in UK. Therefore, the only suggestion for them was to reduce suncreen intake depending on the UV intensity that day. Apparently, in AUS they have a special app that monitors sun intensity and shows whether you need SPF that day. However, I think for those living up north in UK this app might not be that necessary;) (more like rain app!)

      • Alice Cruickshank

        Ahh, that’s good to know! Yes, the rain causes me much more of a hair headache than the sun haha!

  • I imagine a hat would be preferred for the hair line then?! I’ve found my hair can tire of the same products so I try and have a rotation going on as well!

    • The main suggestions they gave was to use sunscreen when necessary and also avoid applying too much around your hairline. However, I do believe hat is great option , because also protects the skin (but you know all the facts about that;) ) xx

  • I’ll try rotating my hair care with different dandruff products. I get a really dry flaky scalp around my hair line on one particular side but no where else which is so, so odd. I’ve had it for a couple of years now so it’s definitely not the particular face cleanser I’m using getting trapped.

    Abigail Alice x

    • Hey, did you notice if you have any food intolerances? Sometimes food intolerances, even if they are minimal can really flare up our skin. For example yeast is the one a lot of people dismiss but yeast is also added to the beauty products , therefore that can react with your skin. xx

      • I’ve never thought that I had a food intolerance but i’ll have a look at some hair products without yeast and see how I go on. thank you so much!

  • ahhh the hair issue. and never figured sunscreen could do that. very interesting!
    kisses from the sandpit ❤︎

  • I’d never think of the sunscreen having any relation to hair growth! By the way, you look stunning in this pictures lovely, not hard to say Japan gave you a warm welcome 🙂 Xxx

  • That sounds surreal, people just talking about hair for 3 days. You are right, stress affects our hair, affects literally everything. My tip is just using the right products and proper treatment.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

    • Honey, people take a lot of years to do research on hair and there is so much going on in our hair follicle that we don’t even realise!xx

  • Less stress, such a wonderful tip. But how to achieve that in our hectic schedule?

    Anne – Linda, Libra, Loca