What makes curly hair curl? : Short Wave Hair scientist Crystal Porter explains the science behind curly hair. (Hint: It involves mushy cells in teeny-tiny tunnels.) Plus, a bit of listener mail from you! Which you can always send by emailing shortwave@npr.org.
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Micro Wave: What Makes Curly Hair Curl?

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Micro Wave: What Makes Curly Hair Curl?

Micro Wave: What Makes Curly Hair Curl?

Micro Wave: What Makes Curly Hair Curl?

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Hair scientist Crystal Porter explains the science behind curly hair. (Hint: It involves mushy cells in teeny-tiny tunnels.)

Plus, a bit of listener mail from you! Which you can always send by emailing shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brit Hanson, fact-checked by Berly McCoy, and edited by Viet Le. Special thanks to Gill Westgate.