Hi! I’m Wendy, I’ve been doing hair analyses since 2013 through Etsy. I am also the creator of the Science-y Hair Blog. My primary job is working with plants and soils in horticulture and archaeology. It may or may not surprise you that the chemistry and biology (and physics) of hair and that of many plant systems and soil interactions are very similar. So when I decided I was old enough to stop wearing my hair in a ponytail every day and trying to figure out what to do with it – I was able to hop right into the science-part.
How are you qualified to do hair analyses: I studied a minimum (each) of 4 years of chemistry (organic, inorganic and applied), and biology in college. My job (apart from hair analysis) involves applied chemistry, biology and microscopy, which is exactly what I apply to hair analysis. I have always enjoyed writing – and each report requires communication in writing.
I have analyzed over 500 hair samples since 2013 and I have learned from every one of them.
What does hair analysis entail?:
Each hair analysis takes approximately 3 hours to complete in full. They are processed in the order they are received in the mail.
The results provided are measurements taken from many hairs. Width and porosity are measured using a microscope. Elasticity (and to a certain extent, porosity) is measured with hand-held/bench-top mounted equipment. Photos are taken with a digital camera and must be re-sized and cropped to include in reports. I research information about climate and water chemistry for your region, products you may have mentioned to factor into the report. I read all your notes and attempt to address all concerns to the best of my ability. If you sent photos, I examine them for information. I love it when people send photos, it helps so much to be able to see your hair in real life.
Why do I handle a limited number of analyses each month?: This is a second, part-time job. I try to keep the price reasonably affordable, the price you pay is a fee for a service which requires approximately 3 hours to complete. I have to work around my primary job schedule and allow time for continuing education, research and even blogging – which is how I share science-informed hair care information for free.