Archive for Curly Hair

Scientists Discovered “Curly Hair Gene”

Scientists and researchers at Australia’s Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) have discovered that a particular gene called the ‘trichohyalin gene’ is primarily responsible for creating curls. Professor Nick Martin, Head of QIMR Genetic Epidemiology Laboratory and author of the research, says that the disparity in this gene determines the straightness or curliness of hair. Another fact to emerge from the study, which appears in the latest edition of the American Journal of Human Genetics, is that the chances of inheriting curling hair are around 90%!

With this new genetic information, Professor Nick Martin says that it perhaps possible to come up with a pill to make hair straighter. “Potentially, we can now develop new treatments to make hair curlier or straighter, instead of treating the hair directly,” said Martin, who revealed that he has a meeting with a large cosmetics company planned for January.

Read the Telegraph article for more information about the investigation.

Soon, a pill to straighten curly hair!

Hair straighteners may soon be history, claim scientists who have discovered a “curly hair gene”

It is hoped the breakthrough could lead to a pill to make hair straighter or curlier, rendering the must-have beauty accessory redundant.

Researchers also believe that the discovery could make it possible to predict whether a baby will have straight or curly hair, reports The Daily Express .

At Australia’s Queensland Institute of Medical Research, researchers identified the trichohyalin gene as mainly responsible for creating curls.

Curly-haired lead researcher Professor Nick Martin said: “Potentially we can now develop new treatments to make hair curlier or straighter. Also, we could predict whether it was more probable that a baby would have curly or straight hair.

“We might be able to refine identikit pictures from DNA samples left at a crime scene to say whether the suspect had straight or curly hair.”


Hair Care Basics

hair careNot everyone is born with beautiful hair, but by learning a few hair care facts, you can make your hair look its best. Healthy, attractive hair should shine. Whether your hair is long or short, light or dark, it should look smooth, silky and shiny. Hair that is dull, dry, brittle or frizzy is unhealthy and unattractive. Everyday events such as shampooing, brushing and blow drying can do great damage to your hair, causing the dry, brittle, frizzy appearance.

When you shampoo your hair, you should use a shampoo for your specific type of hair. If you have permed or color treated hair, you should use a shampoo for chemically treated hair. Many people believe that baby shampoo is very gentle and safe to use on their hair. This is a big misconception. Baby shampoo is actually quite harsh: its main purpose is to remove cradle cap from an infant’s scalp. Leave the baby shampoo for your baby. If you are not sure what your hair type is or what type of shampoo to use, ask your hairdresser. Your hairdresser can recommend a specific shampoo and conditioner to keep your hair healthy and shiny.

Brushing your hair can actually help improve the shine. Brushing evenly distributes the oils from the scalp throughout the hair shaft. If you have long hair that tends to tangle on the ends, you should start brushing on the ends to remove any tangles, and work your way up to the scalp. You should never brush wet hair. When hair is wet is it much weaker than when it is dry. Wet hair will break very easily if it is not combed very gently. If you have long hair, you should squeeze the excess water from your hair with a towel. Never rub your hair between the towel to dry it, this can cause severe breakage. Before combing, a leave-in conditioner should be sprayed on the hair to help restore shine and help remove tangles. Using a wide tooth comb, comb hair from the ends and work your way up.

Blow dryers are very convenient and many of us use them daily. If they are used incorrectly, they can cause severe heat damage to your hair. Blow drying can cause your ends to be dry, brittle and frizzy. You should allow your hair to air dry until it is about half way dry. Set your blow dryer on low or medium heat, and keep the blow dryer about six to eight inches away from your hair. Using a blow dryer set on high heat is very damaging. If you notice stray hairs that are shorter than the rest, that tend to look frizzy or out of place; those are the effects of breakage caused by harsh brushing and treatment of wet hair and blow drying.

If you follow these healthy hair practices, you should notice an improvement in the condition of your hair within two to four weeks, depending on how damaged your hair is. While you are working to improve the condition of your hair, there are several hair care products on the market that help improve the shine and decrease the frizziness. Many of the products work remarkably well.