Cosmetic Science Monographs

Series Editor Hilda Butler

No. 1: Fundamentals of Human Hair Science, 1997

by J. Alan Swift

170 x 240 mm, 7" x 9.5"

Paperback, 96 pages

ISBN: 978-1870228-14-5


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No. 2: Hair Colorants - Chemistry & Toxicology, 1998

by John F. Corbett

170 x 240 mm, 7" x 9.5"

Paperback, 62 pages

ISBN: 978-1870228-21-3


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No. 1: Fundamentals of Human Hair Science

This is the first monograph in a new series, intended to bring the latest developments in cosmetic science to the postgraduate and experienced cosmetic chemist. It has been written by Dr Alan Swift, a renowned authority, lecturer and writer on the structure of hair. The book describes the structure, chemistry and some aspects of the biology and physical properties of human head hair as a basis for the scientific understanding of toiletry processes marketed to treat and maintain healthy hair. Its content is essentially the same as the information that the author has presented at approximately 18-month intervals over the last 25 years to students attending the postgraduate course organized under the auspices of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists of Great Britain. Over this period the information has been updated progressively in the light of new knowledge.

No. 2: Hair Colorants - Chemistry & Toxicology

The desire to change the natural colour of hair appears to be an innate human characteristic. In this book, John Corbett discusses the chemicals, both natural and synthetic, used to produce this change. Chapters are devoted to permanent, semipermanent and temporary hair colourants and to progressive or metallic hair colourants. The toxicology of these materials is discussed in a final section. Hair colours are complex chemicals and have to be understood to be formulated properly and safely. This book will explain the chemistry of these materials and enable chemists working on colour shampoos and hair dyes to choose the correct colourant for the effect required.