Effect of the covalently linked fatty acid 18-MEA on the nanotribology of hair’s outermost surface

Steven Breakspear, James R. Smith, Gustavo Luengo
  • Journal of Structural Biology, March 2005, Elsevier
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.jsb.2004.10.003

AFM study of the unusual fatty acid on the human hair surface

Photo by Dan Gold on Unsplash

Photo by Dan Gold on Unsplash

What is it about?

The surface of human hairs are coated with a natural, but unusual fatty acid. This paper explores the nature of this layer using the atomic force microscope (AFM).

Why is it important?

A scientific understanding of the surfaces of human hair greatly facilitates the development of hair treatments.


Dr James R Smith
University of Portsmouth

18-MEA on hair surfaces is a hot topic for those engaged in the toiletries and cosmetics industries. This paper unravels some of its mystery. A free post-print version of the paper is available from the Resources section (right-hand-side panel).

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The following have contributed to this page: Dr James R Smith and Dr Gustavo S Luengo