Locks to learn

New way to probe interactions between pairs of hairs could offer insights into fly-aways and other tonsorial woes

By Rachel Ehrenberg, 17:32 PM December 10, 2010

Scientists are closer to understanding the forces that conspire to create a bad hair day, thanks to a new technique that allows researchers to probe friction and other forces between two hairs.

Understanding such hair-on-hair interactions may lead to new cosmetic products for taming hair or to more realistic computer-animated coifs. It also may help researchers better understand the interactions between other fibers, such as textiles for clothing or bandages.

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