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Magnetic fibers could be next big hair styling ingredient

By Ameann De John , 26-Jul-2011
Last updated on 03-Aug-2011 at 15:44 GMT

Magnetic fibers, originally designed to cover balding and thinning hair, are currently in development for a new wave of hair care styling products.

The majority of these hair thickening products work by attracting positively charged polymers to the hair shaft, giving the hair a more real and blended appearance.

Researchers at E.L. Erman in Ashdod, Israel are developing this technology for the millions of consumers wanting a fuller, thicker, more evenly textured appearance.

These magical, magnetic fibers are naturally textured substances or polymers made up of ingredients like rayon, cotton, keratin, nylon, ammonium chloride and silica.

Fibers stick to hair shaft with positive charge

The minute fibers are positively charged, which allows them to be automatically and securely drawn to the hair shaft, which has the opposite negative charge.

Instantly and for the duration of the application, a new look is created that gives consumers the ability to have more styling flexibility. Brands now have these unique products to choose as they expand their thickening and styling product ranges.

Further, these microscopic fibers attach to the normal hair which works as a first step towards creating a fuller look.

Magnetic fiber coats vellus hair

But the most significant development lies in the magnetic fibers coating the vellus hair (otherwise known as peach fuzz or baby hair) which covers the scalp, giving the normally thin and fleshy colored area the appearance and color of voluminous hair.

This gives the hair a more textured and evenly colored appearance, as these tiny fibers stay bonded to hair all day, giving greater luster and density in a wide range of hair styles for either sex.

In addition, these fibers blend into the hair without any visible lines of demarcation, so the ‘real look’ factor is high. The developer’s claim that, unlike other hair paint or cream covers on the market, fiber preparations coat the long and short hair shafts creating fullness and even color without the fake look.

As a bonus, they are used to cover visible hair extension tracks. These new fiber based styling products simply fill in and give the illusion of real hair in a stylish, non-detectable manner.

As time goes on and with new developments appearing, we may see even better hair thickening products but until then, magnetic hair fibers provide the most realistic and attainable solution for filling in hair on an affordable, day-to-day basis.

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