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The Straight Hair Pill - Still a Pipedream

Reviewed by Summar August 14, 2010 15 Comments

The dangers of hair straightening are real, as we recently explored here at TIA, but in 2009, there was a glimmer of hope in an oral solution to frizzy locks.

The 'straight hair pill', as it was dubbed, was posed as the newest would-be invention-du-jour for taming hair when a group of researchers at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research realized the trichohyalin gene is the main gene responsible for creating curls. The study, which appeared in the American Journal of Human Genetics, performed a genome-wide association for hair morphology (straight, wavy, curly) and found an association implicating the gene.

Instantly, researcher Professor Nick Martin was said to be in talks with a Parisian cosmetic company to create a pill that would effectively straighten hair based on his findings.

So, where is the straight hair pill today? I got in touch with Professor Martin to see if they had made any headway. Unfortunately, no such luck. "The idea is that knowing the gene responsible for straight/curly hair, one might be able to design a drug that could alter it. But this is years away, I am afraid," he said via email.

Good to know, given that in December of 2009, news organizations were billing it as the latest possible invention for hair straightening and wondering if that Parisian company happened to be L'Oreal. The company had also discovered in 2005 that curly hair grows from follicles that are hook shaped and straight hair from follicles that are round, though the mechanism that determined the shape of the follicles was still unknown at the time.

So pipedream it remains, but the 'straight hair pill' could very well be a viable item on the market in the next decade or two. Would you try it?

  • December 9, 2013

    by Anita

    Soft, elongated waves would be fine for me. My hair wouldn't have to be stick straight for me to enjoy it. Non dry and manageable would be great!

  • October 6, 2013

    by Anita

    Russians are known for their great research and solutions of physical nature. They started successful corrections for nearsightedness which were used worldwide. I benefitted from that gift. It would be great if the model, Naomi Campbell who lives in Russia with her Russian boyfriend would use her and his influence to encourage researchers in forging ahead with an "underneath the scalp" solution for those of us who want more manageable hair. It certainly would spark a multi -billion dollar business. Magnetic or laser solutions; topical penetrating liquid ; oral liquid or whatever safe that they could devise would be appreciated worldwide!

  • April 3, 2013

    by Anita

    Have any inventors tried laser hair straightening?

  • November 21, 2012

    by michelle

    I would take this pill in a heart beat when is the last time you spoke with Nick Martin I would love to know when this is going to be launched?????

  • April 26, 2012

    by Sebastian

    I just found this article by google. Searched for it because I'm kinda STARVING for an everlasting solution like this could be. Same situation. I couldn't ever grow my hair because it looks somewhat depressing even when it's mid long. Where are the researches heading at the moment? Why do all the discussions and writing originate from like 2009 and 10? WAKE UP mr. Doctors! It's 2012! I kinda strongly want to have some solution before that freakin meteor or what comes..

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