German Scientists Discover The Solution For Bad Hair Days. And It's Not A Hat

August 25, 2008 by SheFindsBecky
shefinds |

According to a recent article, German scientists claim to be on the verge of solving our bad hair days.

In a nutshell, they used an atomic microscope to measure the silkiness of individual hairs, examining the atoms in each strand and observing what happens when they interact. After poking around for a while, they declared that hair is frizzy and difficult to comb for two reasons. The first is “mechanical damage to the hair's surface that creates scaly projections which jut out.” Couldn't they have figured this out by watching Pantene commercials like the rest of us? They site “negative charge build-up” as the second source of damage.

Their advice on fixing the problem is to use conditioners that contain active ingredients to smooth out scales, wait for products to be developed that contain positively-charged particles to help provide a silky feel, and “take into account external factors such as humidity and hair stickiness.”

Uh, thanks. This is why I don't get haircare advice from the Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry.

I say, try my latest haircare obsessions:

Shu Uemura's Deepsea Foundation Sprays ($30) is one of those products I never thought I'd buy, assuming it was just lightly scented water that did nothing but clean out my wallet. Turns out, sometimes skepticism works against me. I doused my hair in this stuff post-shower, and it was less frizzy and looked thicker, fuller and healthier. Sadly, Shu Uemura's Deepsea Foundation Sprays aren't available online yet, so here are some great alternatives. 

 imageimage

For a rinse-out product go for Garnier's Deep Conditioning Masque ($7). It's quick, cheap, and hair ends up shinier and smoother (FYI: people with fine hair can use it, but go easy).

If your hair is already dry, use a tiny dab of Tigi Bedhead's Girl Toys ($13.50). Put a drop or two in your hands and rub palms together, then pat onto frizzy or unruly spots. It also works as a leave-in when your hair is wet. Use sparingly – a little goes a long way.

For more hair help, check out our Guide to the Best Hair Tools.

 

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

Fashion

We Found The Most Flattering Rompers Ever Under $50

July 21, 2018 by Justine Schwartz
They'll look SO cute in your closet!

Style

Treat Yourself To A Pair Of These Light Wash Jeans For Summer

July 20, 2018 by Jeanine Edwards
Every woman needs a pair.

beauty

These Are The Best Products For Frizz-Free Curls During The Summer

July 20, 2018 by Jeanine Edwards
You're welcome.

beauty

The One Hair Color Trend Celebrities Swear By To Look 10 Years Younger

July 20, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
It's a serious game-changer!

beauty

The New Collagen Product Every Women Over 40 Should Be Using For Younger-Looking Skin

July 20, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
Get the best skin of your life!

Food

5 Anti-Inflammatory Breakfast Smoothies You Should Try This Week To Burn Stubborn Belly Fat

July 20, 2018 by Alonna Travin
Raise a glass to weight loss!

Lifestyle

This Meditation Journal Is The Best Investment For Beginners

If you've been wanting to start meditating, but don'...

beauty

Psst! Here's How To Get The Cult Popular Olaplex No.3 Hair Treatment For Just $22

Whether you're dealing with split ends or breakage due ...

LOAD MORE
+
LOAD MORE POSTS