The British Hair and Nail Society was set up in 2011 to bring together dermatologists, specialists and scientists interested in hair loss and nail disorders. The society promotes a collaborative ethos to support the care of patients with hair and nail disorders. Since its development, the BHNS has advocated educational programmes. Annually, it runs a dedicated section at the annual BAD conference and throughout the year runs training workshops on hair or nail disorders aimed for consultant dermatologists, trainees, SAS and GPs. Our aims are to provide a source of reliable and up-to-date information on hair, scalp and nail disorders, provide support with complex hair and nail cases, support consultants in the setting up, and advice on service development for patients with hair loss and nail problems, foster collaborations between scientists and clinicians to further research into scarring and non-scarring alopecias and nail conditions, assist patients in finding local specialist services, provide patients with information on support networks, provide education for dermatology trainees and GPs and to promote increased public awareness.