1781 HAIR: ITS PHYSIOLOGY, PSYCHOLOGY, AESTHETICS AND POLITICS
Lester Davids, molecular cell biologist
This five-lecture course will explain the anatomy and physiology of human hair. It will answer the questions: Do we need hair? Is all hair equal? Why do we go grey? Is balding sexy? The course will also examine hair health and the effects on hair of popular hair trends such as weaves, braids and Brazilian treatments. Participants will be invited to consider hair from a multiplicity of angles: physiological, aesthetic, historical and political.
1. Hair – is it all it is cut up to be? An introduction to hair types and its physiology
2. Hair we go again: Conditions that affect hair; why we go grey
3. Hair today; gone tomorrow: The biology and psychology of hair loss and balding
4. Hair-do’s: A timeline of hair trends from past to present
5. ‘#BringontheBrazilians’: Controversies and myths regarding hair treatments