Long hair has long been associated with no-good druggies by the British establishment. Now, science can let long-haired lovers defend themselves, with a new hair-analysis technique designed to reveal evidence of narcotic indulgence.
Tricho-Tech, the semi-charitable company pioneering the method in the UK is using it for the rehabilitation of drug addicts. Several large companies have been interested in using the method for employee screening.
The oil, power, transport and defence industries have ensured that corporate hair analysis is big in the US. Rosemary Lass, Tricho-Tech's director of operations, is wary of copying America, but says that once ethical implications have been seen to, 'it'll soon be big over here'. John Wicks, technical director, explains: 'We don't want to be in the business of finding naughty boys for spanking. I set out to help people, rather than to create a means for chucking people out of their jobs.'