How Does Hair Dye Work?

Reactions - Uncover the Chemistry in Everyday Life

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Reactions Science Videos | February 28, 2019

Whether you need a disguise to run from the law or are just trying to emulate *NSYNC-era frosted tips, you may need some chemical assistance to put the hue in your do. But in order to understand how today’s hair salon works, the story of hair color really has its roots in the history of modern chemistry. In this week’s Reactions episode, get ready to learn everything you’re dyeing to know about artificial hair color.


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What’s that stuff?: Hair Coloring

The Chemistry of Permanent Hair Dyes

Cosmetics 2015, 2, 110-126; doi:10.3390/cosmetics2020110

Ever wonder why dogs sniff each others' butts? Or how Adderall works? Or whether it's OK to pee in the pool? We've got you covered: Reactions a web series about the chemistry that surrounds you every day.

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