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Chemistry For Your Life

188 EpisodesProduced by Melissa and JamWebsite

A podcast helping you understand the chemistry of your everyday life.


What’s really happening when our hair gets damaged?


This week, Melissa and Jam travel even further down the rabbit hole of hair chemistry. How does our hair get damaged? How do we curl, straighten, and perm our hair? What's going on there at the molecular level? Let's find out!

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References from this episode

  1. Biochemistry, Edition 4 - Garret and Grisham
  2. Making waves: The chemistry of hair perms - Christine Herman, Chemistry & Engineering News
  3. How Did the 80s Get Hair So Big? - American Chemical Society
  4. The Chemistry of Hair - C. S. Whewell, Ph.D., F.R.I.C., F.T.I.
  5. The Science of Curls - Leidamarie Tirado-Lee

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