A brilliant scientist just created color-changing hair dye


Lauren Bowker is, in fact, a "witch".

The London-based data visualisation scientist, who is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, is taking the beauty world by storm. Her talents in both alchemy and fashion are so impressive that Vogue, in 2015, could only attribute these accomplishments to magic.

"Even as a kid I used to mix bath potions, and was really hands-on with the stuff I had around me, making new products out of them, without even knowing I was doing it," Bowker said, according to Dazed.

In 2014, Bowker created a color-changing fabric that could 'electronically detect emotions'. With a brain-scanning headset, Bowker's invention was able to quite accurately interpret one's feelings: an elaborately sculpted piece of textile would quickly flip from blue to gray to red. And with Swarovski, Bowker created a gemstone headpiece that changed color along with brain activity.

As if that wasn't magical enough, her most recent invention will be debuted at London Fashion Week this week. In what is only an example of pure magic, Bowker's latest project is color-changing hair. The project, titled "Fire", is essentially a hair dye that changes color along with temperature.

"When heat hits the pigment, or if the cool hits the pigment, it changes the bonds of the chemistry to give you a different colour, so it's like a chemical reaction," she said. "So what we did was look at data patterns of weathers and the environment in different countries and tailor the colour changes to correlate with those..."

Bowker hopes her scientific approach to fashion will inspire others to look deeper into their own worlds.

Bowker hopes her scientific approach to fashion will inspire others to look deeper into their own worlds, saying: "Now the occult has bad connotations of being a dark art and being taboo. When really it's just a spiritual way of living. Technology like Apple, Google, yes they are technology, but for me technology should be magic and shouldn't be engineered all the time. To me, chemistry and science is witchcraft – and so it should be."

You can follow more of Bowker's work on her website or Instagram.

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