Less Toxic Hair Dye Made from Wonder Material Graphene

By: | April 11th, 2018

Graphene Hair Dye

Image courtesy Jiaxing Huang

Conventional hair dye and bleach contain some very dangerous, toxic ingredients like ammonia, peroxide, or p-Phenylenediamine (PPD). These chemicals are quite harsh and can make your hair dry, brittle and thin. Not only that, they also irritate the skin, eyes, and respiratory system.

But now in a recent scientific breakthrough, scientists from Northwestern University (Illinois) have created a dye using graphene that is less toxic than traditional hair dye. The hair color using the super-material graphene has anti-static and anti-bacterial properties; it colors the hair so well that one treatment can last for over 30 washes.

What is graphene?

As its name suggests, graphene is extracted from graphite, the material used in pencils. Graphene is a wonder material made of a single layer of carbon atoms that has the power to impact our future.

Graphene is an excellent conductor of heat and electricity and has interesting light absorption abilities. Its long list of superlative traits makes it almost magical. It can have dramatic implications for the future of physics and engineering. There has never been so much hype around a new material.

The dye using graphene can darken light-colored hair when applied as a spray. It can be used to create water-based formulations to form smooth and continuous coatings on hair.

Now, you’re probably wondering when you will see a graphene hair dye on your supermarket shelves.

This great discovery is still far from entering your local hair salon. The plan is to experiment with more colors first. But this discovery is already making headlines. It definitely has the potential to become an enormous commercial success soon.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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