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© 1999 Society of Cosmetic Chemists
Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, Vol. 50, No. 6, 327-339


Effect of coconut oil on prevention of hair damage. Part I
Aarti S. Rele , R. B. Mohile

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Beneficial effects of coconut oil on prevention of combing damage on different types of hair have been established by protein loss and water retention measurements. In vivo , salon-based, half-head tests confirm these beneficial effects. Beneficial effects were also observed on chemically (bleached) and thermally (treated with boiling water) damaged hair. In addition to providing lubricating film, it is hypothesized that coconut oil used as a prewash penetrates endocuticular material in the intercuticular region and reduces its swelling propensity. The penetration of water into the intercuticular region is prevented by hydrophobic oil film at the edge of the cuticle. Both these effects prevent the lifting of the surface cuticle and its breaking by the force exerted by the comb.

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© 1999 Society of Cosmetic Chemists
Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists