Mechanical Engineers Conduct Studies To Figure Out How We Might Gain the Most From Our Conditioners

Microscope and hair productI 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.

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About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

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Rutendo D. Magwenzi

Hair loss/breakage.

Petra

Absolutely loved this article, very informative… I think If I had a say in what I would like Engineers to address it really would want them to continue looking at a variety of products and how they affect our hair, I am such a minimilast when it comes to products but every now and then I will try something. I think my main reason for not even bothering with a product is basically not knowing if it is really truly beneficial.

I am also OK with conditioners not chemically binding to the strand.

Andrea Angie Tater

Hair frizz and split ends.

Helen Scott Bennett

What’s a good daily items to use on the hair

Affiesha George

Male pattern baldness!

Shavone Gadsden

I want to say shrinkage… But whatever they come up with in a lab, I’d be leery of anyway lol.

BlackHairInformation.com

True! lol

Pebbles Pochahontas Fontenot

Frizz control

Diane Dottie Williams

thinning…hair loss

Jen Charles

Something that would extremely soften the roots of your hair while stretching.

Krista Bella Thurman Hopper

Fairy knots

BlackHairInformation.com

Krista Bella Thurman Hopper you made me literally laugh out loud on that one!.. Im so with you!

Karen McFarland

Lint buildup in locs

Dilenda Melinda Joseph

Tin at the top and I hate it what can I do