Why It’s Dangerous to Condition Your Hair After a Nuclear Attack

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Why It’s Dangerous to Condition Your Hair After a Nuclear Attack

Last week, whenِ North Korea wasِ threatening toِ send a ballistic missile towardِ theِ U.S.
territory ofِ Guam, theِ island’s inhabitants wereِ warned thatِ inِ the case ofِ a nuclear attack, theyِ shouldِ notِ condition theirِ hair.
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Wait, what?

Hair conditioning mightِ seem likeِ the lastِ thing thatِ would beِ on a person’s mind followingِ a nuclear attack, butِ this hair care advice hasِ scientific merit: Conditioner canِ bind radioactive material toِ your hair, according toِ guidelines posted byِ Guam’s Office ofِ Civil Defense Friday (Aug.
During a nuclear attack, a fireball wouldِ pulverize everythingِ in itsِ path, launching theِ resulting vaporized material upward andِ mixing itِ with radioactive byproducts fromِ the bomb toِ create a radioactive dust, according toِ NPR.
But becauseِ hair isِ made ofِ overlapping scales, it’sِ a bad idea toِ condition itِ inِ the aftermath ofِ a nuclear attack.