Article by: Perry Romanowski

I saw this interesting approach to hair testing that TRI (Textile Research Institute) is doing this June 2011. They are offering the opportunity for any company to submit samples of shampoos and conditioners to be included in an extensive benchmarking study.

The samples will be tested for speed of rinse, hair lubrication and detangling ability. The test methods were specially developed by TRI but likely are similar to the standard hair tress tests that involve the Diastron & Instron combing machines. These devices work by measuring the force required to pull a comb through a tress.

The thing that makes this most notable is that it could be a significant savings for smaller companies. For example, while it would normally cost $27,680 for a single sample, it only costs $3100 in this group study. That’s a pretty significant savings.

Value of hair testing

While this is an interesting study and a great opportunity to get some samples tested for smaller companies, I’m not sure they’ll get a lot of actionable data. True it will be nice to see how formulas compare to market leaders but you’ll need to do further testing if you want to make your product better. This can start to get really expensive. This is why you should develop some fairly reliable in-house testing method. It will allow you to see the effects of formulation modifications. The test offered by TRI is great for supporting claims but not so useful for giving you ideas about formulation directions.

Still, at $3100 (or less) it is certainly worth it to see how your best formula stacks up to the market leaders.


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    does anybody have an idea where I can get hair tresses for product testing ?
    Hair tresses usually sold to the public don’t have a clearly defined quality and often aren’t even 100 % human.
    Comments are appreciated. Thanks.

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      Preeti Gupta

      Please reach out to Preeti Gupta for hair tresses which are 100% human and available in various forms like Wavy, Curly, Grey etc.

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    sian parsons

    hello my name is sian parsons and i am very interested in this sector i have been working on my own hair treatment from home based on pure organic ingrediants all indian based to help prevent hair loss, i was just wandering what i would do to progress this further?

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    Julio Espino

    I have a hair restoration shampoo that has been in my family for 5 generations, it is made with natural herbs.
    I have been using this for just over one year with no side effects.
    I want to take it to market and need an investor, but in order to get an investor, I will need to know the price for testing for 6 months.

    if you can call me and also E-mail me a quot of the full price and description of what your company will do?
    Thank You

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