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Analysis of aging effects on chemical property of human hair by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy

Authors

  • Kyung Sook Kim,

    1. Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea
    2. Healthcare Industry Research Institute, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea
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  • Hun-Kuk Park

    Corresponding author
    1. Healthcare Industry Research Institute, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea
    2. Program of Medical Engineering College of Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea
    • Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea
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Hun-Kuk Park

Department of Biomedical Engineering

College of Medicine

Kyung Hee University

Seoul

Korea

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Abstract

Background

In the previous work, we investigated the aging effect on morphology and mechanical property of the hair by using atomic force microscopy.

Objectives

The effects of aging on chemical properties of human hair were investigated by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy.

Methods

Healthy hair samples with no diseases were collected from 60 Koreans (30 males and 30 females) and they were grouped by age: 1–10, 11–20, 21–30, 31–40, 41–50, and 51–60 years.

Results

The characteristic parameters of FT-IR absorbance bands including center frequency, half width, height, and area were analyzed using the Gaussian model. To quantitatively analyze the chemical composition of hair, the height and area of all bands in the spectra were normalized to the amide I centered at 1652–1659 and 1654–1658 cm−1, for male and female hairs, respectively. In all male and female hairs, the spectra of specific components of the hair keratin showed to have the same dependence on aging. The center positions of the bands arising from amide A, CH 3 mode, and amide I were altered by aging. The female hair contains more cystein than the male hair. Changes in the amount of amide II and amide A by aging were more significant in male hair than in female hair.

Conclusions

The changes in chemical components of the hair according to the ages were shown at the inflection point at 30 s.

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