Originally Posted by Epona
I am intrigued - can I ask does anyone know what it is that actually causes the 'glitter'? I am assuming that it is due to the physical structure of the hair reflecting light in a different way to normal straight hair - just with my 'science-geek' hat on
thinking that maybe it is due to the individual hair being slightly different widths along the shaft of the hair so that light reflects off a part of the hair shaft at a different angle?
Just really interested, I've never seen it in person but I do like to try to dissect every piece of information I come across and find a 'why?' for everything
We are birds of a feather then, I am the exact same way...sounds like your describing me. I am turning into a big nerd, but I say nerd in the best way possible.
To answer you, there are two types of glitter. I went into it pretty deeply in another thread. Basically, one type has to do with a hollow hair shaft, the shaft contains a bubble of air that refracts the light like a prism. This type of hair also contributes to the coat being soft. The second type of glitter (this will freak you out) actually has the mineral mica embedded into it! Don't ask me how that's possible. There is still not a lot known about the glitter genes as it's a rather new discovery. There are two colors of glitter-a gold color and a crystalline/silver color. I do not know if the two colors are from the same gene or a different gene.