In the early 2000s, scientists at the University of California at San Francisco were studying the growth of a particular bacteria strain in hair follicles, which they thought was causing hair loss and the loss of elasticity.
When they tested the hair follicle sample for the bacteria, the hair was fine, but when they ran a small amount of the sample through a chemical reaction, the bacteria quickly colonized the hair and became an active part of the hair.
In 2011, a different team at the university used a similar technique to examine the growth and growth of other bacteria in hair cells, including ones that can cause skin and other skin conditions.
So what happens to hair cells when they’re exposed to chemicals like benzene, the active ingredient in nail polish?
In an article published in the journal Nature on August 3, researchers from the University at Buffalo at Buffalo Medical Center, the University Medical Center of Pennsylvania and the University College London have used electron microscopy to study the growth, activity, and distribution of a group of the most common bacterial strains in hair.
What they found surprised them.
In a series of experiments, the researchers found that certain types of bacteria in the hair can survive for up to 24 hours in a sample of hair.
“These findings suggest that the growth rate of these bacteria in a hair sample may be affected by the type of chemical or chemical-containing compounds being exposed,” the researchers wrote.
This means that the bacteria could survive in certain situations.
“We’re still in the early stages of understanding how the hair grows,” said lead author Dr. Thomas P. Dennison, a professor of clinical microbiology at the UB Medical Center.
“But we’re starting to see that there are certain types that are able to survive and grow at very high levels in certain kinds of hair.”
The study also found that the types of bacterial strains that can survive in a small percentage of hair samples are able and willing to grow at higher rates than the ones that are most resistant.
The bacteria can also survive for longer in hair samples, and the types that can thrive in the environment.
The researchers also found some of the same types of DNA that can also be found in hair can also also survive in the soil in which the hair is growing.
So the study highlights the importance of controlling the environment around your hair.
And it also provides an opportunity for the hair care industry to take note.
“As a consumer, you can also control the environment and help your hair grow in a healthy way,” said Denningsons co-author, Dr. David M. Sargent, an assistant professor of dermatology at Buffalo and UB.
“And that’s really the future of this research.”
The researchers’ findings also show that the bacterial strains may be able to respond to a wide variety of chemical compounds.
“The question is, what do you want to do to control it?
You want to use some type of barrier that can be applied to the hair or to the environment, or you want some sort of treatment,” Dennisons said.
“There’s no question that we need to develop better ways to control these kinds of environmental changes in our hair.
That’s the key, to understand how these different kinds of bacteria, some of which are very active in the skin, might respond to these chemicals.”
The findings also suggest that a new chemical-free shampoo might be on the way.