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Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Science of Straightening Hair

We’re all aware that a flat iron is a device made of two hot plates assembled together in order to straighten the hair. But have you ever wondered how a flat iron really works? 
Hair is made up of keratin, a strong protein that is also found in skin and nails. Keratin and other proteins like sulfur and amino acids contribute to the overall strength of the hair. This means that the atoms conjoin together to form a bond ensuring that the shape of the hair fibers stay the same. It is almost as if a microscopic army sets up camp in your hair, holds hands and doesn’t let go. The army of atoms then forms a wall and this wall forms the structure of your hair, making it either curly or frizzy.

However, to break down that wall and achieve straight hair, a flat iron can be used. Flat irons are used at extreme heats, often between 300 and 500 degrees. The heat from the flat iron works to break the bond between atoms. When the heat from the flat iron hits the hair, the keratin proteins are forced to reposition themselves, in turn hair can go from curly or frizzy to straight within minutes. With this process, it is almost as if an uncomfortable force is attacking that hand-in-hand army and in order to get comfortable again, they must readjust their positions. The new position results in the army of atoms lying flat so that hair is straightened.

By using a flat iron, your hair becomes straight but this is not a permanent method of hair straightening since natural effects like exposure to moisture can turn hair back to its original state. But using a flat iron is the most common and easiest way to achieve straight hair.
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