As reported in Chem Journal, a research team from Northwestern University has discovered a way to use graphene sheet material to dye hair. According the reports, replacing toxic molecular ingredients with graphene-based sheets can lead to safer hair dyes. Multifunctional hair dyes that leverage graphene’s high surface area, flexibility, electrical and thermal conductivity, and antibacterial also barrier properties can be created to render tunable hair color as well as enhanced human comfort, health, and aesthetics.
Electrostatic Test Graphene Dyed Hair.
The waste from graphene-coated hair can be recycled and repurposed for the creation of functional materials for other electronic or energy storage devices.
Other than fashion and aesthetics, graphene-based hair dyes could also potentially benefit the development of electronics interfacing with the body, as well as livestock farming and the development of humanoid robots.
It looks like we can add “the holy grail of hair color” to graphene’s seemingly endless list of applications:
- Graphene hair dyes can be applied by spraying, brushing, and then drying
- Graphene hair dyes do not contain organic solvents or toxic molecular ingredients
- Durability of graphene dyes has reached the performance of permanent hair dyes
Graphene dyes render hair enhanced antistatic and thermal dissipation properties