When learning to tame our tresses one of the first things that people will say is that you need to moisturize your hair to prevent breakage and dry scalp, which is true. But, how much moisture is too much moisture when it comes to making sure our tresses are flourishing? Sometimes it is hard to find a balance between dry hair & greasy hair. It is important to listen to your hairs needs and learn that too much of a good thing could actually be hindering your successful hair journey results that your are seeking.
The average person that is not paying attention to their hairs health tends to under moisturize their hair. On the other hand for some individuals that are just learning how to take care of their hair better, they become heavy handed and over moisturize their tresses with the belief that having a ton of conditioning agents and pomades in their hair will prevent breakage and make it grow long and strong. Will there has to be a balance between under moisturizing & over moisturizing. The best way to find this balance is to learn about your current hair health.
Did you know that your hair is made up of protein? Your hair is actually made up of about 90% protein and this is important to know if you plan on restoring or even maintaining the health of your tresses. Since your tresses are made up of protein it is important to balance the amount of moisture you put in your hair with the amount of protein you put in it. The reason behind this is that when you are doing chemical processes on your hair such as relaxers, color treatments, over-brushing and washing with products that have sulfates & detergents in it, you are actually stripping your tresses of not just moisture but the protein it needs to stay healthy. When you have too much moisture in your hair not only does your hair feel greasy but it can make your hair susceptible to breakage, but also becoming weak, gummy, & stretchy. Now I know for many of you, you are thinking that doesn’t make sense how can too much moisture break my hair off? Well too much moisture is not allowing your hair to have an even balance of protein which it needs to stay strong up against products and the elements. On the flip side too much protein can cause the hair to become hard and sometimes even harder to get a comb or brush through it.
When your hair is stripped of moisture it is common knowledge that your hair feels dry and brittle and is prone to breakage. But what happens when you hair loses its correct amount of protein? Well your hair can actually stop growing in certain places and cause bald spots. Now of course the entire reason why you want to learn about the health of your hair is to make sure that it is growing. There is no reason why something as simple as protein balance should stop you from reaching your hair growth goals. There is a simple test that you can conduct on your hair that is very simple to make sure your hair is balance & doesn’t have too much protein or too much moisture.
There are two ways in which you can test the protein and moisture balance in your hair. The first thing you need to do is to just feel your hair to see if it feels rough or brittle. If your hair feels brittle and dry it may need protein in it or even moisture. The first test is to take a piece of hair that has fallen out of your head such as a piece of hair in your brush or even a hair follicle that you have shed. Hair sheds all the time on a daily basis so there is no reason to go ripping your hair out of your own scalp to perform these tests. What you are going to need to do is pull on that hair until it snaps and breaks. If the hair snaps instantly then your hair is brittle and needs moisture. When stretching the hair and it keeps stretchy without breaking or returning to its original length then you need protein in your hair and you have too much moisture. If your hair stretches and returns to its original form then you are doing a great job at maintaining healthy hair because your tresses are properly balanced.
The second test is to once again take a piece of hair that has already fallen out of your head and get a glass of water. Put the strand of hair in the glass of water for a minimum of 2-3 minutes. If your hair is floating then this means that your hair has low porosity and may have a hard time absorbing moisture. But on the other hand if you see that little strand at the bottom of the glass because it has sunk then this means you have what’s called high porosity. Porosity looks at how damaged your hair is and if your hair is able to even accept moisture properly. If your hair sinks your have high porosity and the strand is damaged and once your hair gets to this point it is hard to restore the health of these strands. If your hair floats in the middle of the glass of water then this means your hair is healthy and your hair regimen is working perfectly for you.
If you have high porosity your hair is weaker and it may even feel gummy when its wet and it may take a long time for it to dry. The hair at this point tends to hold onto any moisture that it can to fill the gaps that are in the hair follicle from damage and protein loss. Protein actually fills the hair follicle preventing it from having gaps in it and allowing it to properly take in just the proper amounts of moisture and preventing brittle hair. Once your hair is damaged there is unfortunately not much you can do to restore it since hair is not a living organism. You can always do light protein treatments by using Flourishing Tresses Transcender Conditioner. You can do a hot oil treatment with our Unique Fighter Serum to try and restore some protein in the hair. Although this is a temporary fix it will make your hair feel better but it is best to slowly start trimming the hair to get rid it of the damaged hair eventually.
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