I won’t lie, I’m a bit stubborn when it comes to parting with my raggedy ends. I get really scissor shy, so I was overwhelmed to find that I can go pick up something to glue my split ends shut. Don’t judge me because I don’t have scheduled trimming 🙂
Since then, I’ve been on a mission to find out all I can about any new or budding developments in hair care. After all, ladies like me with slow growth have got to be on the beat when it comes to info that can maximize our length retention.
Now, usually when you think mechanical engineering, you envision heavy machinery, motors, metals and industrial grade stuff. So I never would have made the connection between mechanical engineers and hair.
Then I saw it; “Protecting Your Hair: Mechanical Engineer Studies Nanoscale Effects of Hair Conditioners.“ Though I can’t tell you much about nano anything (I leave that to the brainiacs), I was understandably intrigued to find both words in the same sentence, so I thought it only fair to read on to see if it was any good.
The Revolutionary Research That Could Change Haircare Forever
A team of Mechanical Engineers, headed by Bharat Bhushan, out of Ohio University conducted the first in depth study on hair at the nanometer level using an electron microscope. Their goal was to discover the effects of environmental effects and hair care products on follicles, as well as how to treat hair.
The high-tech equipment allowed Bhushan to get an extremely close-up look of chemically over-processed tresses as well as natural kinks curls and coils that had a series of ‘bad hair days’. The atomic force microscope used allowed the engineers to use an extra tiny needle to scrape the surface of the hair to get precise measurements of the properties of textile and hair fibers.
In essence, properties such as the density of the inner layers of the strand, the texture of the hair, the strength of the individual layers were all measured.
They also set out to discover why damaged cuticles begin to peel away from the shaft – resulting in dull hair- as well as what determined the damage.
The research was done simulating what happens when hair is exposed to humid conditions. Well many of us could have told him that; our tresses plump up, the cuticles stick out and we get frizzes and fuzz balls!
This ground breaking research pioneered the development of many of the anti-breakage systems and split end repair serums flooding the market in recent times. So bravo Mr. Bhashan for being instrumental in providing the data that helped companies create our beloved Tresemme Split End Repair among other awesome products.