WEB LOGS: More Than Skin Deep

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Science  18 Aug 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5789, pp. 895
DOI: 10.1126/science.313.5789.895b

For the real scoop on cosmetics and hair care, forget stylists—ask the scientists at The Beauty Brains. On this new blog, a pair of cosmetic chemists weigh product claims, answer reader questions, and highlight research that's germane to the beauty business. Although most of the answers aren't very technical, they usually touch on scientific issues, from the dangers of mixing hair-care products to the harmless mites that inhabit your hair follicles. For example, the question, “Can you fix split ends?” prompts a short discussion of hair structure. No matter what the shampoo ads assert, the site concludes, split ends are unfixable because hair isn't alive and can't heal.


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