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

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 facilitate the development of hair treatments.


Dr James R Smith (Author)
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.

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