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

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

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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.

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


  • 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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