Thursday, February 6, 2014

Study || Palm Oil + Conditioning Damaged Hair

Damaged hair has a higher degree of swelling in water than relatively healthy hair.  Because of this increase in swelling, damaged hair will experience even more damage.  According to a 2012 study, hydrogenated palm oil is effective at preventing water-induced swelling of damaged hair, possibly because it can "penetrate into the cuticle and outer cortex" of said hair.

"Distribution Analysis of Triglyceride Having Repair Effect on Damaged Human Hair by TOF-SIMS." Toru Kojima, Shiho Tsuji, Masanao Niwa, Kaori Saito, Yasuyuki Matsushita, Kazuhiko Fukushima.  International Journal of Polymer Analysis and Characterization. Vol. 17, Iss. 1, 2012.


Jc said...

Ooo nice journal pick, I must read it in full. Palm oil is very close in composition to coconut oil but the downside is that the palm oil industry is actually responsible for deforestation in Asia. This is partly the reason some manufacturers opt not to use it or only use it if it comes from sustainable farming.

Loo said...

Wow, interesting information about the deforestation. I had no idea. That's really unfortunate. :o(