Los Angeles, California, USA - American researchers at U.C.L.A. and the Veterans Administration report that they may have found a chemical compound that induces hair growth. The discovery comes as a
result of a study of how stress affects gastrointestinal function using mice. The chemical has been found to block a stress-related hormone that is associated with hair loss.
According to Million Mulugeta at the David Geffen School of Medicine at U.C.L.A., the findings of the study show that a short-duration treatment with the chemical compound resulted in astoundingly long-lasting hair regrowth
in chronically-stressed mutant mice. It is thought that the findings could open new ways to treat hair loss in humans by treating the stress hormone receptors. The treatment is believed to be most beneficial in cases of
hair loss as a result of chronic stress and aging factors.
The mice used in the study have been genetically altered to overproduce a stress hormone called corticotrophin-releasing factor (CRF). As these mice age, they lose hair and become bald on their backs, making them visually
distinct. The intention was to determine the effects on the gastro-intestinal tract. The researchers then injected a peptide called astressin-B, which has the ability to block the action of CRF. After the initial dose
had no visible effect, the researchers continued treatment for five days.
They then measured the effects of the treatment on the stress-induced response in the intestinal tracts of the mice and returned them to the cages with other mice not experiencing the tell-tale hair loss. When the
researchers returned to the group of mice to continue the experimentation three months later, they found that they couldn’t distinguish the mice from one another, because the previously bald mice (whose hair loss was
genetically generated) were covered with hair.
The key parts of the discovery lay in the fact that a single daily injection for five days resulted in the mice maintaining the effect for up to four months. Given the mice’s life span is less than two years, the
duration is significant. It remains to be seen whether the effect will be the same in humans, but given that the mice show similar responses to humans in the use of minoxidil, researchers are hopeful for a similar
parallel in the use of astressin-B.
(2011/02/19) Hairstyle 2011: Business & Inspiration under one Roof
Kortrijk, Belgium - The annual event for hair stylists in the Benelux will be held this year in Kortrijk Xpo, Belgium on 27 & 28
February 2011. HAIRSTYLE 2011 will present he most up-to-date information and inspiration for all
professionals in the hair styling sector! In addition to the dynamic exhibition with 130 exhibitors, the
organizers have again set up a full programme of presentations by top stylists with their take on the latest
trends for the new season. New highlights in Kortrijk: the technical demos at mini podiums on the exhibition
floor, and the non-stop shows in the walk-in show hall.
Information and inspiration on the exhibition floor
130 suppliers representing hair styling 200 brands, including a number of newcomers, will be showcasing the
latest product innovations, styling trends, handy tools, hip accessories etc. There is also a fantastic range of
salon furnishings on show this year, including some highly original interiors. For hair stylists looking for novel
furnishing items and ideas for a personalised salon decor, HAIRSTYLE is a not-to-be-missed event!
New at the exhibition in Kortrijk: continuous technical demonstrations of cutting and styling techniques up
close and personal on mini podiums, where stylists can learn new techniques in an easy, informal
atmosphere. These presentations will be given in 3 different locations among the stands.
Continuous access to the show hall with top national and international stylists
Following the successful launch in the Netherlands, the organizers are also introducing the new show
formula in Kortrijk. Instead of the closed theatre hall of the past, visitors can now drop in at any time for a
close-up view of the ongoing trend presentations by top national and international stylists. As always, the
show will present sensational new young talent, world famous international teams and of course Belgian star
stylists. This is the line-up:
The Paul Mitchell American Creative Team presented by PRO DUO
Paul Mitchell is a fairly new brand on the Belgian market and off to a flying start after the launch in 2008.
Once again, the Paul Mitchell American Creative Team will be treating us to a fantastic show. All their top
stylists will be here to dazzle us with their inspirational ideas, innovations and creations, stunning models
and the ultimate Paul Mitchell philosophy. One of the high points of the show will undoubtedly be the launch
of their Awapuhi Wild Ginger sulphate-free luxury product line.
Carlo Bay for Kemon presented by PRO DUO
The Italian hair stylist Carlo Bay can already look back on a long career. He has worked with many leading
hairdressing brands, including Kemon today. He regularly works for fashion designers of international fame
such as Roberto Cavalli, Ermanno Scervino, Giorgio Armani, Ferre etc. His work can be seen in the leading
international fashion magazines. Carlo Bay has also been invited no less than twelve times to the Alternative
Hair Show, where he impressed everyone with his stylish creations.
William de Ridder presented by PRO DUO
William de Ridder hardly needs any introduction. As a Belgian stylist, he is appreciated at home and abroad
for his enthusiasm, creativity and passion for his craft. He is certainly one of the stylists who have put
Belgium on the map in the hairdressing world. His style can best be described as creative without being
extravagant, womanly and wearable. He creates hairstyles for fashion designers and photo shoots and as a
make-up artist, he also maintains close contacts with the cosmetics and fashion world in general. William s
creations and talent are appreciated by Belgian fashion designers such as top designer Nicky Vankets.
Outside Belgium, De Ridder s work can be seen in a variety of fashion magazines including Canadian
Hairdresser, Tocado, Peluquerias, Top Hair, American Salon, Estetica, Passion etc. At HAIRSTYLE he will
be presenting a collection combining the latest cutting and colouring techniques. This collection will be a real
source of inspiration for hair stylists aiming for a varied and personalised style.
Christine Xantippe is a high-profile name in the Belgian hair styling world. She is renowned everywhere as
the queen of party hairstyles and up-dos. Her hairstyles are built up with an eye for purity and perfection
bordering on the incredible. In Paris they call her the Edith Piaf of coiffure . The name Xantippe Bruges has
appeared countless times in the credits of all manner of TV programmes. She also takes care of the
hairstyling backstage for many, many fashion shows and takes to the stage herself with equal ease to
present her own shows in great cities like Paris and London. Xantippe works alone and on the inspiration of
the moment, guided by her own feelings and expertise and the atmosphere around her.
For many years, Toni Kalin worked for international model agencies and famous recording companies. He
has styled the hair of international stars like Victoria Beckham, Angie Stone, Jane Birkin and Grace Jones.
Kalin has for a long time been Artistic Director of TIGI in London, one of the most creative hairdressing
brands in the world. His collections and photos of his creations are admired and appreciated all over the
world. He opened his first salon in Belgium a few years ago and many more Toni Kalin Label Salons soon
followed. Their motto is we don t imitate, we innovate . The success of the Toni Kalin Label Salons is based
on passion, expertise and a constant effort to open up new horizons and take up new creative challenges.
Last year, Toni Kalin was elected Best Hairdresser of 2010 at the Belgian Hairdresser s Awards in Genval.
Once again, he was way ahead of the competition and this was the second time in a row that he carried off
the first prize as Hairdresser of the Year.
Pascal van Loenhout
Over the last ten years, Pascal van Loenhout has built up an international career. He worked for many years
in London as international artistic director of Toni & Guy, where he became a master of the famous British
cutting and styling techniques to achieve a geometric, graphic hairstyle. Today, he is applying his long
experience in his own salon in Antwerp: Hair by van Loenhout. He draws his inspiration from music, street
culture, art and fashion, and translates these into trendy cuts.
Impact Collection Spring / Summer 2011 presented by UBK / UCB
At HAIRSTYLE, the Union of Belgian Hairdressers (UBK) will be presenting the premičre of their latest
IMPACT COLLECTION for spring/summer 2011: Art Fusion Hair . Art and graphic elements are at the basis
of this collection, including cut, colour and clothing. The UBK / UCB collections reflect the Belgian fashion
scene and are full of inspiration for all hair stylists, with wearable and above all adaptable creations.
Young upcoming talent at HAIRSTYLE 2011
A new item on the HAIRSTYLE show programme is the Young upcoming talent show, which is a special
slot for the young stars of the future in the hair styling world. This select group represents the next
generation of hairdressers and they will be presenting their interpretation of the trends for 2011.