Better Living Through Chemistry?

My father once had a blond female coworker who pronounced one day, “I’ll never be gray,” referring of course to her hair. My father’s response, being a chemist, was, of course, “Better living through chemistry.”

But what are we actually doing to hair when we dye it, straighten it, and blow dry? Why does any of this even work? Is it magic? Is any of it even safe? When will our little keratin fibers just tucker out and simply fall off of our heads?

Want to know?

Check out this piece from Chemical and Engineering News on the Science of Hair Straightening.


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