A Cure for the Common Curl?

Monday, December 14, 2009 | Things We Love, Tips & How-Tos, Uncategorized

Shutterstock_2955331 Ever wonder why you’re never born with the hair you want? Curly girls always seem to want straighter strands, while those with straight hair constantly crave curled tresses. Well, researchers in Australia may have discovered the culprit—a “curly gene” responsible for those unruly locks. The next step? Developing a pill that may, one day, render straightening irons and chemical relaxers obsolete.

“Potentially we can now develop new treatments to make hair curlier or straighter, rather than treating the hair directly,” said Professor Nick Martin, a researcher at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research and author of the study. “That is one angle we will be working on and which I will be discussing with a major cosmetic company in Paris in January.”

Martin’s team studied variations in the trichohyalin gene—a gene known to play a role in hair production—for expressions that might predict naturally tousled tresses. In addition to developing new treatments to relax unruly ringlets, Martin said the new findings could also potentially predict whether a baby will have straight or curly hair and help forensic scientists better identify suspects from hair samples left at the scene of a crime. Now, if there was only a pill for split ends and summer frizz.