September 26-09-2019


BSM - UPF, Barcelona


From 09:00h - 09:45h

Poster Session

Exposition hall

WHY ATTEND / The first scientific-based congress in Europe, specific for the hair care sector

Beauty Cluster Barcelona organizes the Hair Care International Congress,  aiming to become a forum of reference for the hair care sector.

Four distinct streams will define the DNA of the Congress:

  • Latest scientific researches and innovations
  • Active ingredients
  • Cutting-edge technologies
  • Trends and growing markets


Do not miss the opportunity to be part of this scientific event, taking place in Barcelona. A meeting spot gathering international professionals from industry and academia.

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Schedule / Scientific Programme

Social evolution of hair damage. Do we punish (damage) hair more today?

Nowadays, consumers often change the style, shape, and color of hair. In fact, hair is totally linked with the concept of beauty, representing one's personality, phases of life and identity, and also fashion and trends. Unfortunately, the continuous changes and manipulation of the hair fibers yield significant negative consequences, as they alter their structure and incur deep damage. Studying these damaging factors is vital nowadays.

Ethnic types of hair and their cosmetic needs

Hair type differences are determined by genetics and have evolved in different regions around the globe to give the best coverage. Each type of hair has distinct features and the knowledge of their properties and behavior are important to develop targeted products, considering trends, cosmetic preferences, and cultural hair care habits.

Scalp microbiome and bacterial communication

Microbes talk to each other, through a communication system called Quorum Sensing. This system is behind the health of our scalp and skin microbiome. Under specific conditions on the scalp and skin, such as presence of sebum, microbes (bacteria and fungi) communicate with each other to grow, reproduce and become virulent, which in the end causes dandruff and other scalp and skin conditions. But what if we could hack this microbial communication systems, to avoid the attack of this scalp-harmful microorganisms?

Hair analysis by means of polarized light

Birefringence is an optical property of those materials that have a refractive index that depends on the polarization and propagation direction of light. Crystals with non-cubic crystal structures are often birefringent, as well as plastics under mechanical stress. In the case of hair, the main component is keratin, which shows birefringence due to the semicrystalline, α-helical intermediate filament proteins (IF). In this study, we determined the thermal protector properties of a commercial product using this property.

Hair dyeing: systems, new applications and challenges

This talk will focus on hair dyeing oxidation, physical and chemical mechanisms, type of formulations, possible adverse allergic reactions and legal packaging specifications.

Latest Researches and Innovations in hair care

Begging of research & innovation section. The latest cutting-edge technologies, active ingredients, researches and innovations will be presented within this short-talk format block.

Alopecia linked to stress, myth or reality?

We analyze the evidence of the causal relationship stress and alopecia with emphasis on the modulation of substance P as the main axis of the connection or brain-follicle axis.

Synchrotron radiation applied to hair research

ALBA Synchrotron is a particle accelerator that produces synchrotron light, ranging from infrared up to X-rays, which is trillions of times brighter than conventional sources. It is powerful tool for the characterization of a wide diversity of materials and processes at atomic level. In this talk, its applications to the hair studies as well as hair cosmetics will be shown.

Potential applications of a biosurfactant extract obtained from corn milling industry in the hair industry

In this talk, a cost competitive biosurfactant extract obtained from a residual stream of corn milling industry is presented. The extract, spontaneously fermented by lactic acid bacteria, as well as by other bacilli strains, composed by lipopeptides, phenolic compounds and other complex fatty acids presents interesting properties for cosmetic and personal care formulations.

Production of human synthetic proteins in plants for hair strengthening

Most of the disorders involved in a decrease or interruption of follicular development are caused by alterations in the cyclic process of hair growth. This biotechnological innovation lies not only in obtaining a hair care product that brings together growth factors and human proteins but in the method of expression and production from plants.

Active delivery system for healthier and more vibrant hair

Research towards silicone-free and more natural products: Many products have been developed lately, however the most of them are not as performant as silicon-based ones. At Infinitec labs, NOSILFIX technology, a natural-based and silicon-free, active delivery system for hair care has been developed. NOSILFIX creates a lightweight, invisible film on hair fibers protecting them from external damages, while silica particles progressively release the loaded active(s).

Five fast growing markets in hair care

The analysis of the five of the latest growing markets in hair care, together with relevant information for business development will be discussed in this talk.
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Speaker profiles / Know the scientific background of the speakers

Alfonso Fernandez, Ph.D.

R&D Manager at Centro Tecnológico Capilar


Ana Moldes, Prof.

Coordinator EQ10 research group and Ass. Prof. at University of Vigo


Desmond Tobin, Prof.

Prof. of Dermatological Science & Dir. of Charles Institute of Dermatology, University College Dublin


Elisa Pesci

R&D Director at Huwell Chemicals


Eni Gómez

Hair biologist at Centro de Tecnología Capilar


Ev Suess

Technical Director of Cosmetic Ingredients EAME at Symrise AG


Isabel Bronchalo

Plant Biofactories Manager at Lipotrue


Javier Mira

Medical Director at Lacer


Joaquín Álvarez

Technical and factory director at Industrias Oriol


Mar Casquet

Marketing & Sales Manager at cosmeticsinMind


Marisabel Mourelle, Ph.D.

Technical Director and Head of R&D at Infinitec Activos SL


Núria Valls

Industrial Liaison Scientist at ALBA Synchrotron


Óscar Expósito, Ph.D.

CEO, CSO and Co-Founder Vytrus Biotech


Trefor Evans, Prof.

Director of Research and Institute Fellow at TRI Princeton



Members of Beauty Cluster Barcelona


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Welcome Coffee + Coffee Break + Lunch


Partners / Collaborators


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Welcome Coffee + Coffee Break + Lunch




Congress Pass

Welcome Coffee + Coffee Break + Lunch






Event Location

UPF Barcelona School of Management – Auditorio
C/ Balmes, 132, 134, 08008 Barcelona, Spain

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Contact us / Further information


Phone Number: +34 93 611 84 52 // +34 674 784 207

Milà i Fontanals 14 1º 6ª

08012 Barcelona