Students Create Hair Tonic from Sea Cucumber and Shrimp Skin

Hair loss is a problem for many people in Indonesia, which if prolonged can cause baldness. The use of tonic certainly can help reduce the problem. However, hair tonic products sold on the market are not aquatic-based.

This problem is the back of the students of the Department of Aquatic Product Technology, Nur Islami Rizki Syukrillah, in creating a hair tonic made from sea cucumbers and shrimp leather waste.

“Currently, the use of aquatic products to solve the problem of hair loss is still scarce, so in this study I formulated a hair-based collagen concoction of sea cucumbers and shrimp skin,” he explained, as quoted from page IPB.

In his formulation, Nur uses technology to dissolve compounds, increase absorption, and penetrate the material. “Nano-touch technology is needed for active ingredients to penetrate hair follicles and epidermal layers thereby increasing the performance of active ingredients,” he added.

According to Nur, collagen is marketed today more made from cowhide and pig skin. In addition to doubtful security, this material is clearly not kosher. Therefore, the use of sea cucumbers as a substitute for the animal has a content of 70% in the body wall. Meanwhile, shrimp skin used is rich in chitin and chitosan.

This hair tonic has been tested into animal experiments in the form of white mice. The best hair tonic formula is formula 2 with addition of 1% nanokolagen and 5% nanocitosan resulting in rat hair length 25,500 ± 1,290 mm within 21 days.

But if the goal is to thicken the hair, adds Nur, then formula 1 (3% kinosan addition and 3% collagen) shows better results with a final weight of 0.13 grams of hair.

Nur hopes, the results of this study can contribute knowledge about the application of collagen and citosan. “I hope this research could be an effort to develop aquatic products as a base for cosmetic making, and become a new reference and discovery,” he concluded.

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