A Fun Science Project: How Hair Removal Is Researched

Fun Science Projects about Hair

Fun Science Projects about Hair

I really don’t understand why we all believe that males are naturally better in math and science. There are no creatures on earth with more interest in science than females. Week after week, month after month, they sacrificially offer up their hair, nails and bodies all in the name of science. Can you think of a more fun science project?

Walt Aldridge had a clue when he wrote My Love is Chemical:
When I see the way you paint your lips
and I smell your perfume
when I see the brand new color
that you’ve dyed your hair, too
I know, you know, it’s more than physical
My love, my love, my love, love is chemical

Follow me into the local beauty shop and day spa, and I believe we’ll find a dozen fun science projects in progress.

Take hair removal for instance. You could simply have a hair cut if you’re in a vanilla non-fun science project sort of mood that day. Snip, snip, clip, clip…that’ll be $40, please. Why stop there? Have you noticed that fuzz on your upper lip, my dear? You have a plethora of choices, daaahling. What’s least painful? What lasts the longest? What’s best for your skin in the long run? A good scientist needs to know.

There’s laser…there’s waxing….and for the more traditional and possibly for the ones with the highest threshold for pain, there’s threading. I speak from experience. I have approached the age where facial hair is a concern. If I were born a raven-haired beauty, I would’ve solved this dilemma years ago. If that were the case, I could wax nostalgic over such a fun science project right now, with a distant look on my face and a slight smile on my lips. Alas, this is not the case, for my experience in the name of science is all too current. For nearly half a century, my fair coloring allowed me to sashay through life with nary a thought of asking myself if facial depilatories were the way to go.

I would like to point out that I’m not a sissy. Do the words “natural child birth” mean anything to you? I have pushed out three babies employing no pain medication or epidurals. More to the point, I have had bikini waxes, leg waxes and arm pit waxes……but none of that was as painful as having my eyebrow hair pulled out by the roots by a tiny Thai woman with a spool of thread. I cried. I could be more stoic and tell you that my eyes watered – but I know the truth: I cried.

My friends tell me the pain is worth it. (People who participate in the same fun science project tend to share their findings.) The hair grows back slower and seems softer when it does. Waxing tends to make the hair coarser as it grows out. Now you know.

If you would like to find a fun science project, let me be the first to tell you that it doesn’t have to be painful. Take a look at the guides at Middle School Science Projects.com. Pay particular attention to “Hair Today – Gone Tomorrow.” Painless fun with hair. We promise.

Winning Science Projects for Middle Schoolers

There are science projects – and then there are winning science projects. Every middle schooler knows the difference. Crank up the Youtube version of Thomas Dolby’s She Blinded Me with Science, contemplate where you might keep your winning ribbons, and choose this demonstraion that will be the envy of all the newbs at your school:

Biodegradable Plastic
a. You can make plastic in your kitchen by heating 2 cups of milk almost to the boiling point and added 4 teaspoons of vinegar.
b. Stir as curds form and drain into a colander over a glass bowl. Let cool and mold it with your fingers until it’s a dough-like consistency.
c. For a winning exhibit, display pictures of every step of your plastic making. Compare the decomposition of your plastic with petroleum-based plastic (anything you can buy!) like a plastic comb or a small plastic toy by burying each piece in flowerpots filled with wet potting soil. Observe each piece after 1 week of being submerged.
d. Record your findings. The natural plastic you made in your kitchen should show signs of decomposition while the manufactured plastic would remain unchanged…just dirty!
e. Document everything!! Mount the 2 types of plastics on your display board. Label, label, label.
f. Draw your own conclusions. What will happen in a world where few things are biodegradable?

If the judges have a passion for the environment and earth science (and most scientists do) your project will be proudly perceived as thought-provoking and pivotal in prompting people to protect the planet. Platinum pondering, dude! For more great ideas and tips to inspire winning science projects, go to Middle School Science Projects!

Chemical Change Projects for Middle School

Middle School students often look for science projects involving a chemical change. Kids love the excitement and drama of seeing different substances change color, burn, give off gas, and even make explode. When searching for a project, it can be difficult to find an experiment with chemicals that are easy to find, easy to work with, and safe to handle.

One popular project involving chemicals is an experiment that watches how the amount of Vitamin C in a juice will change over time. It’s an easy project. A simple indicator is made with cornstarch and iodine. Students (and parents) enjoy watching the chemical reaction that occurs along with titration, which is a fancy way of saying “putting in drops”. This project can be modified in several different ways, allowing your student’s creativity to shine. We get letters from many middle school students telling us that this easy science project was submitted to the fair, and was chosen as a winner. You can get step by step instructions for this project here.

Another great science project involving a chemical change is watching what happens as yeast ‘eats’ sugar. In this project, warm water and yeast are placed in a bottle with a bit of sugar. A balloon is placed over the mouth of the bottle. As the yeast consumes the sugar, carbon dioxide is released, causing the balloon to blow up. This project is so much fun to watch that our kids did it over and over until we ran out of yeast.

Both of these projects can be done as demonstrations; they offer dramatic reactions that students will be able to observe immediately. Both science projects can also be experiments. They naturally lend themselves to a question, the formation of an hypothesis, and testing. The results can easily be graphed to form a conclusion.

Kayla Fay

Get step by step instructions for both of these projects here. Along with a FREE Parent’s Guide to Science Fair Projects, we have all sorts of ideas for your middle school scientist, including the more advanced chemical change science projects.