HairS’17: Three Research Approaches for Healthy Hair With One Award on Hair Specification Study


  • Causes for hair damage revealed
  • Award acknowledges Symrise hair expertise
  • Findings crucial for cutting-edge hair care treatments
Holzminden, Germany - September 28, 2017

Every two years, the DWI – Leibnitz Institute for Interactive Materials (DWI – Leibnitz Institut für Interaktive Materialien) – organizes a Hair Science Symposium. It offers a unique platform for discussing the most current and appealing ideas in hair research and hair care science. During this 20th Symposium in Dresden, Germany, Symrise presented three papers: on evaluating split ends, adverse effects of treatments on Caucasian and African hair, and a hair tress specification study, which won one out of two Best Lecture Awards. The findings will play a key role in developing ingredients and formulations to solve different hair necessities.

Many know and fear it: intense hair treatments, environmental impact or one’s own health may impact or damage the hair. The search for solutions for beautiful and healthy hair is therefore an extensive topic within the cosmetics industry. In this regard, the Hair Science Symposium by DWI belongs to the most advanced events. It focuses on science – out of academic interest and because it believes that research and science form the nucleus of innovation in hair care. Symrise further develops existing research to understand various hair types’ needs and has presented three contributions to the reasons for common hair problems to develop possible approaches to remedy them. One of them even won one of the two prestigious Best Lecture Awards:

Best Lecture Award for Damage Specification for Human Hair Tresses Using Fluorescence Microscopy and DSC
Hair researchers looked closely into the differences between virgin and damaged human hair tresses with fluorescence microscopy and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and also complemented it with mechanical properties studies. This study used hair tresses supplied by different companies, such as virgin dark brown Caucasian hair. During their work, the researchers noticed differences within the same hair type and studied the implications of these differences in tests.

Poster on Evaluating Split Ends
Symrise presented a novel application of image analysis for better assessing performance of hair care products. The poster summarizes this method for evaluating split ends. This novelty distinguishes itself from existing industry methods and is more precise.

Poster on the Effects of Hair Treatment
The study covers the evaluation of the associative adverse effects of bleaching and dyeing as well as those from ultraviolet, thermal and mechanical damages on Caucasian and African hair. Symrise worked with the renowned University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in Brazil on the topic.

Dr. Gerhard Schmaus, Head of Research for Cosmetic Ingredients at Symrise, congratulated his colleagues on their outstanding achievement: “My thanks go to Adelino K. Nakano and Carolina Lourenço for their hard work and professional engagement. You have reached a landmark in our hair research efforts. This award will definitively have an impact on the visibility and credibility of Symrise as a major player in hair research and product development for our customers. It will enable them to develop state-of-the art products that produce beautiful and shiny healthy hair!”

About Symrise:

Symrise is a global supplier of fragrances, flavorings, cosmetic base materials and substances as well as functional ingredients. Its clients include manufacturers of perfumes, cosmetics, food and beverages, the pharmaceutical industry and producers of nutritional supplements and pet food.
With sales of more than € 2.9 billion in 2016, Symrise is among the global leaders in the market for flavors and fragrances. Headquartered in Holzminden, Germany, the Group is represented with over 90 locations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Asia, the United States and Latin America.
Symrise works with its clients to develop new ideas and market-ready concepts for products that form an indispensable part of everyday life. Economic success and corporate responsibility are inextricably linked as part of this process.

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