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In the Future, Your DNA May Not ID You— Your Hair Might

Scientists say analyzing hair proteins may be better for identification than DNA testing

(Newser) - DNA testing has been the forensic scientist's workhorse for identification purposes, but it comes with major issues, reports the Los Angeles Times , and scientists now say they've got a possible substitute: hair proteins. Per a study published in PLoS One , these proteins are like replicas of a person'... More »

Is Dry Shampoo Really Making Its Devotees Bald?

One woman says the product is too good to be true

(Newser) - In an effort to save time and, in all honesty, catch an extra 15 minutes of sleep in the morning, Olga Khazan of the Atlantic writes about her recent obsession with dry shampoo—she'd spray it, shake her hair around, and everything would look less oily and smell almost... More »

Thiel Lawyer Trying to Squash Story on Trump Hair

Gawker wonders how many other suits Peter Thiel is secretly funding

(Newser) - PayPal founder Peter Thiel admits wanting to take out Gawker , but he's been less than forthcoming about which other cases he's helped fund—and a recent legal letter that demands Gawker stop reporting on Donald Trump's hair gives one pause on that question. In what the Verge... More »

Woman Who Created 'Beehive' Dies at 98

Margaret Vinci Heldt's 1960 creation was inspired by a hat

(Newser) - Margaret Vinci Heldt, who became a hairstyling celebrity after she created the famous beehive hairdo in 1960, died Friday at a senior living community in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst at age 98, the AP reports. The beehive became a cultural phenomenon during the 1960s and evolved into a style... More »

How Drybar Is Remaking the Beauty Salon

Drybar expects $100M in sales this year

(Newser) - As a kid, Alli Webb had no idea what she wanted to do. After high school, she worked as a hairstylist before becoming a stay-at-home mom. Then in 2008, she started giving women blowouts in their own homes. Eight years later, her 61 Drybar salons are expected to pull in... More »

Gawker May Have Just Solved the Mystery of Trump's Hair

It involves metal clamps, donor hair, a shadowy expert, and lots of money

(Newser) - "Remember the $500 haircut ?" quips Gawker's John Cook? That's nothing. Gawker just went all Woodward and Bernstein on Donald Trump's "inscrutable hairdo." A tipster, French patents, multiple lawsuits, an archived website, and more have led the Ashley Feinberg to pen a 3,479-word... More »

Someone Just Bought 14 Strands of Thomas Jefferson's Hair

For $6,875

(Newser) - A lock of hair from Thomas Jefferson has sold at auction in Texas for $6,875, nearly 190 years after the former president died, the AP reports. Heritage Auctions in Dallas said Saturday's sale involved 14 strands that were snipped by Jefferson's personal physician at the time of... More »

Boy Who Gave Hair to Kids With Cancer Now Has Cancer

Vinny, 7, grew hair for 2 years to donate to a child in need before being diagnosed himself

(Newser) - Vinny Desautels, a 7-year-old 2nd-grader in northern California, spent two years of his life growing out his hair to donate it to a child with cancer—even though some kids teased him for looking like a girl. "I want to help people so they don't have to go... More »

Carnival Horror: 11-Year-Old Scalped by Ride

Elizabeth Gilreath's hair was caught in King's Crown attraction at Neb. festival

(Newser) - "I can't believe the place is still open," Billie Bankus told KMTV Sunday as she stood holding a sign outside a Cinco de Mayo festival in Omaha, Neb., warning people of the dangers she said lurked inside the gates. Bankus was protesting on behalf of Elizabeth Gilreath,... More »

Scientists Find Gene Linked to Gray Hair

It's the first time one has been found in humans

(Newser) - Those unhappy with their gray hair now have to turn to a bottle of dye to cover it up, but a new study raises the possibility of being able to prevent hair from going gray in the first place. London researchers have identified a gene that causes hair to lose... More »

The Human Hair Business Gets Downright Dirty

On lice, blood, and ethics

(Newser) - In the US, women and girls sometimes donate their hair to groups that make wigs—think Locks of Love—not because hair is hard to come by but because it is so expensive. But many also buy wigs and extensions made of real human hair—and chances are good that... More »

Trump Lets Audience Member Inspect His Hair

Let's get one thing straight: It's not a toupee

(Newser) - If "birthers" are those who doubt President Obama was born in the United States, then Donald Trump apparently has "hairers." The presidential candidate complained at a South Carolina rally today about a New York Times article referencing someone calling him "the man of the toupee,"... More »

Chinese Feminist Issues Call for Women's Armpit Hair

Contest in China generates lots of attention

(Newser) - Most women's rights advocates aren't interested in turning back the clock. But China's Xiao Meili hopes to do just that with a contest on messaging site Weibo . The goal: find the best photo of a woman's untamed armpit hair—a look she says was popular in... More »

11 Celebrities Who've Tried Rainbow-Colored Hair

From Kylie Jenner to Pete Wentz

(Newser) - Rapper Chris Brown and his "Fruit Loop" colored hair may be the latest example of a celebrity sporting rainbow-colored locks, but he's far from being the first in Hollywood to try this beauty trend:
  • Kylie Jenner: The youngest Kardashian sister debuted long, turquoise locks (which may or may
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How Hair Dye Could Help Cops Catch Perps

New technique identifies brand of dye on microscopic hair

(Newser) - If you dye your hair and plan on committing a crime, be warned: A new procedure allows scientists to determine if a single microscopic hair has been dyed, if that dye was permanent or temporary, and even what brand of dye was used. Scientists used surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, or SERS,... More »

How Rapists Who Wear Condoms Could Be Caught

Bacterial profiles of pubic hair so unique they could identify perpetrators

(Newser) - Investigators routinely analyze pubic hairs found at crime scenes where rape is suspected, but it's rare that the hair has its root, and thus sufficient DNA to identify its former owner. Now researchers say that bacterial colonies on pubic hairs appear to be so unique to an individual that... More »

Halle Berry, Ex Squabble in Court—Over Kid's Hair

Actress says Gabriel Aubry trying to make Nahla look less black

(Newser) - Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry have long stood as models of how not to treat the person with whom you're co-parenting a child (see: brawl , citizen's arrest , insane child support ), but they've taken their bickering over daughter Nahla to a new low: As TMZ reports, Berry... More »

How Hair Can (and Can't) Tell Us If Someone Is Dead

Fungus-eaten locks don't mean a missing person is dead

(Newser) - If hair at a crime scene shows signs of a "fungal invasion," forensic scientists may well conclude the hair's owner is dead—but that's not the case, a new study in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B explains. Conventional wisdom has held that the fungi... More »

Doctors Remove 9-Pound Hairball From Teen's Stomach

Apparently she liked to chew on her hair, eat hair from floor

(Newser) - Ayperi Alekseeva, 18, had been struggling with bad stomach pains. When it got to the point that she couldn't eat or drink without getting sick and she started losing weight, the Kyrgyzstan teen went to a hospital in the capital, Bishkek—where doctors determined she had a ball of... More »

Meet the de Blasios' 'Expressive' Hair

And their dance, the 'Smackdown'

(Newser) - If you followed the New York mayoral race, you probably noticed that the city's incoming first family is follicly diverse and they're not exactly putting a lid on it for political appearances, write Krissah Thompson and Lonnae O’Neal Parker in the Washington Post . Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio'... More »

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