Hair straighteners to ‘dye’ for? A unit comparable to ceramic flat irons could someday transform the color of your mane without chemical compounds.
Hair color without ammonia, peroxide, PTP… or even hair dye? That’s the promise from scientists in New Mexico, who have discovered a novel method of changing the color of human hair. It works like this: a pair of hair irons etch microscopic patterns onto individual strands of hair which – as soon as the light hits them – reflect a different color to that of the natural pigment. This amazing process utilizes ion beam technology.
While dyes without ammonia or peroxide already exist, there hasn’t yet been a truly organic method of achieving multicolored locks. It’s well known that repeated hair coloring can be destructive to the health of human hair, not to mention time consuming and expensive. But with the help of new targeted ion beam technology guided by an interconnected computer system, it will eventually be possible for people to select the color of their choice and create colorful designs on their hair too.
Although this venture commenced a few years back, the biggest barrier to its commercial success is cost. Although ceramic irons connected to a special computer promises to be the next big thing in the future of hairdressing, having a million dollar machine on standby isn’t the most economical way of taking care of a few greys. As it stands, this method works better on darker hair colors, meaning that computer generated hair dye for blonde, red and white hair will require a few more years of research to bring about.