Without hydrogen peroxide, there would be far fewer blondes in the world. But Japanese scientists are determined let people keep lightening up with less peroxide, less damage, and less pollution.
Tokyo researchers have isolated a fungus enzyme that, unlike any other known enzyme, naturally degrades melanin, the pigment that gives hair its color, while fighting free-radical damage. Although it cannot effectively be used alone to bleach hair, adding a small amount of peroxide-much less than currently used to bleach hair-can have the desired effect without the same harmful side effects as traditional lightening methods.
Bottle-blonde environmentalists are especially excited about this find, because the enzyme also naturally cleans up pollution in soil, making it much more eco-friendly than current hair-bleaching formulas.
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