By KAREN HOGAN Every day, millions of women around the world will be treated to a new look as the fashion industry continues to redefine the beauty standards for women.
But for a group of scientists, hair is just one part of a much bigger story.
The scientists behind the breakthrough, which was presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Diego, have developed a new hair-like protein that is able to change the shape of hair cells and hair growth.
And they say this could pave the way for new hair therapies that are based on cutting down on hair’s structural integrity, according to The Guardian.
The new hair protein, known as C3H1, has been found in some hair follicles of a number of mammals, and it is believed to have the potential to replace the original protein that gives hair its original shape.
The scientists say it could be used in a variety of products, including hair-care products, hair products, and hair treatment and repair products.
They also say the protein could be applied to the hair shaft itself, and could be developed into new therapies to treat diseases such as psoriasis and acne.
The researchers behind the study said it had previously shown a protein that gave hair its shape and shape-changing properties.
The hair protein has been known as the C3-H1 protein for some time, but scientists have been trying to figure out how it works, and its molecular structure.
Professor James Fergusson of the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues have been studying how C3 is made in the body for a decade, and have discovered that it is composed of three amino acids that are used to form proteins called polypeptides.
When they took samples of hair from rats, the scientists found that the protein had an extremely long tail and the hair-specific protein, which contains three amino acid residues, was found to be very highly mobile.
They then analysed the proteins of different species and found that a number were highly mobile, and that the same amino acid residue also gave the protein a strong, but more flexible, structure.
In a study published in the journal Science, the team found that these polypeptic proteins could be easily broken down into smaller pieces, and used to make the protein smaller and more manageable.
“It was amazing to see the way that a protein can be folded into the structure of another protein,” said Professor Fergsson.
“What we’re finding is that the C1 and C2 amino acids in the protein are very different, so the structure can be broken down to these smaller pieces.”
Professor Fergson said that while the proteins had not yet been tested in humans, the researchers were looking into their potential in treating hair loss and other disorders.
“We’re trying to look at how these proteins can help us understand how hair grows and how they work together in the cell to form a hair structure,” he said.
The team has also tested their protein on mice, and found it was able to alter the shape and growth of their hair follicle.
“The proteins we tested were able to grow a lot more hair in those mice than the mice that didn’t get the treatment,” Professor Fagusson said.
“So the question now is how do we apply the protein to hair, and whether or not we can make it more stable than the normal proteins.”
“What this study tells us is that we can use the same protein to create a different protein, and we can then apply it to the scalp,” he added.
“There are a lot of interesting things that we have to consider before we’re able to develop hair-replacement products.”