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Ever wonder why some hair is curly, or why it gets tangled and frizzy? Turns out the science behind hair texture is pretty complicated.

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"The real determinant of whether your hair does what you want it to do at any one moment is physics. And a new paper in the journal Physical Review Letters-which is not typically in the habit of offering haircare tips-explains why."


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