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Hair conditioner found to bind radioactive elements to your hair, functioning as a MAGNET for nuclear fallout

In the aftermath of a nuclear attack, there are a lot of things you’ll want to do, not the least of which is taking shelter immediately. When it’s safe to do so, however, you’ll probably want to take a good, long shower and scrub away all that nuclear dust if you were outside during the blast or afterward. Just be sure that you resist the urge to use conditioner in your hair or you could find yourself making the situation even worse.

In an interesting warning by the U.S. Office for Civil Defense to those living in Guam following nuclear strike threats from North Korea, people are being advised to avoid conditioner because it can “bind radioactive material to your hair.” This, in turn, makes it very difficult to remove the toxic particles. The idea of worrying about the condition of your hair after this type of disaster might seem laughable, but you will want to do everything possible to the minimize damage as far as nuclear radiation is concerned.

Shampoo and soap are fine and even recommended. Conditioner, on the other hand, contains compounds such as cationic polymers and silicone that pull down the scales in hair to make the hair look smoother. Hair is made up of proteins in the formation of overlapping scales, and radiation safety expert Andrew Karam says that particles of radiation contamination can get in between those scales because our hair essentially comes apart during the day somewhat like a pine cone.

On top of that, conditioner leaves oily compounds behind in the hair, and nuclear particles can easily stick to them. The same is true of moisturizers and cosmetic products that come in a stick format

 

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