Our hair reflects a lot about who we are, and just like our skin, our hair is subject to oxidative stress factors that impact on either the development of the hair follicle or the subsequent emerging hair.
Easily changed with the use of dyes, styling products or wigs, it helps define our gender, age, sexual attitude and social status. Much has been written about the effect of oxidative stress on skin and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, but little is known about the effects of oxidative stress on hair.
Trüeb, in his review published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, believes our hair condition reflects oxidative stress factors that impact on either the development of the hair follicle or on the emerging hair fibre. Sources of oxidative stress include cigarette smoking, ultraviolet radiation, irritation, infection, shampoos and conditioners and other substances placed on the scalp.
Hair oxidative stress has been associated with alopecia, hair greying, dandruff, and general wear and tear. Maybe it’s time we all started taking better care of our hair.
Reviewed by: Kai Man Yuen/ BSc., PGDipSci., MSc.