Engineered protein treatments for hair repair and long-lasting color retention

Year 2017
Project team Bradley Olsen with Hursh Sureka, Justin Paloni & Sieun Kim
Hair styling can break protective cuticles and cause damage
Lipids protect hair, but wash out easily
Polymer-based technology binds to hair and repairs damage

Protecting a range of hair types

Repeated washing, drying, straightening, and dyeing of hair breaks the protective cuticle and damages the hair. Treatment with lipids protects the hair surface and makes it easier to comb, but is easily removed by shampooing. Olsen’s lab is poised to develop novel polymer-based technology that binds to the hair, providing persistent bioactives that protect the cuticle and repair damage on a wide range of hair types.