What Makes Curly Hair Curly?

What Makes Curly Hair Curly?

Ever wonder why some hair is curly, or why it gets tangled and frizzy? Turns out the science behind hair texture is pretty complicated.

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Straight Hair Is Knottier Than Curly Hair

“Based on these criteria, curly hair averages about three tangles per head whereas straight averages more than five tangles. The surprising results, and a mathematical model of tangling, were recently published in the American Journal of Physics.”

East Asian Physical Traits Linked to 35,000-Year-Old Mutation

“The traits – thicker hair shafts, more sweat glands, characteristically identified teeth and smaller breasts – are the result of a gene mutation that occurred about 35,000 years ago, the researchers have concluded.”

The Physics of Curly Hair-Because You Deserve to Know

“The real determinant of whether your hair does what you want it to do at any one moment is physics. And a new paper in the journal Physical Review Letters-which is not typically in the habit of offering haircare tips-explains why.”


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Written by: Molly Nevola


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