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Preserving fibre health: Reducing oxidative stress throughout the life of the hair fibre

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  • J. M. Marsh
  • M. G. Davis
  • R. L. Lucas
  • R. Reilman
  • P. B. Styczynski
  • C. Li
  • M. Mamak
  • D. W. McComb
  • R. E A Williams
  • S. Godfrey
  • K. R. Navqi
  • V. Chechik


Publication details

JournalInternational Journal of Cosmetic Science
DatePublished - 17 Nov 2015
Issue number2
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)16-24
Original languageEnglish


Hair health is an important attribute to women globally - specifically attributes such as shine, healthy tips, frizz-free and strength. However, many women will claim to have at least moderate hair damage caused by habits and practices such as washing, combing and brushing, use of heated implements and regular use of chemical treatments. The objective of this work was to investigate two mechanisms of damage - hair colouring and UV exposure - where oxidative processes are involved. The role of copper in these oxidative processes was then investigated: its presence in hair and its consequent impact on hair damage via free radical formation. Finally, the role of chelants N,N'-ethylene diamine disuccinic acid (EDDS) and histidine in preventing free radical formation was investigated and shown to improve hair health.

    Research areas

  • chelants, copper, free radicals, hair, hair colouring, histidine, mass spectrometry, N N'-ethylenediamine disuccinic acid, TEM, UV, X-ray energy-dispersive spectroscopy

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