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).

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Why is it important?

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


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).

Dr James R Smith
University of Portsmouth

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This page is a summary of: Effect of the covalently linked fatty acid 18-MEA on the nanotribology of hair’s outermost surface, Journal of Structural Biology, March 2005, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.jsb.2004.10.003.
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