Bad Hair Day? Blame Your Pipes
Copper may be the culprit
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2013 6:02 AM CDT
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(Newser) – When you shake your fist in anger on a bad hair day, shake in the direction of your home's pipes. Scientists say copper might be the culprit, per research published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science picked up by the Telegraph. The dastardly process: Copper found in pipes (or in your hot water tank) leaches into water; wash your hair with it, and over time the metal will build up in the strands' outer layers, where it amplifies the creation of cuticle-destroying molecules. That translates into weaker hair, which makes it more susceptible to things like split ends and fly-aways. If you dye your hair, the effect is worse, they say.

The "they" in this equation is noteworthy, though: They're researchers with Procter and Gamble, which just so happens to be working on creating copper-fighting hair dyes. They looked at hair samples from women living in various parts of the globe, and found that everyone seemed to have it in their hair, at varying levels. "You often can’t see the effects under the microscope, which is why we believe copper has been largely missed as a source of damage," says the head scientist at Pantene. Quirky side note: The Daily Mail reports that a 2012 poll of 2,000 Brits found women endure 26 years of bad hair in their lifetime.

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crankydude
Jun 23, 2013 8:16 AM CDT
I once heard an apocryphal tale about a company having trouble selling canned salmon that was a very light color, due to the much greater popularity of "pinkish" salmon. That was till they came up with this perfectly truthful ad campaign: "guaranteed to not turn pink in the can". Proctor and Gamble, I await your copper pitch. Meanwhile I am busy watching ads for one of those devices that flattens your tummy without exercise, calorie reduction or surgery.
HMD-SMD-ITY
Jun 22, 2013 5:00 PM CDT
If you are a pool guy and you want to see some girls leave in tears, just add some cooper algae remover to the pool. It can also turn their hair green if you add enough. Its funny to actually see happen. The manager may not like it because they have to field all the phone calls and complaints.
I_hate_to_say
Jun 22, 2013 2:29 PM CDT
Here's a tip for y'all: the "they" in the equation is ALWAYS noteworthy !!!