Monday, April 19, 2010

Retaining the Hair You Grow: Chapter 6


CHAPTER 1: SOME BASICS
CHAPTER 2: CHEMICAL DAMAGE
CHAPTER 3: EXCESSIVE TRIMMING
CHAPTER 4: AVOIDING SETBACKS
CHAPTER 5: EXCESSIVE MANIPULATION
CHAPTER 7: PRE-POO

Moisture, moisture, moisture!

Dry hair translates into hair that is more susceptible to breakage. Hair that has a sufficient level of moisture is more pliable and more able to withstand mechanical manipulation (combing, styling, etc.). Thus, moisture is a key factor to retaining length.

How do you know whether you hair is dry?
If your hair feels supple, then it has a good moisture content. Think flexible, elastic, and pliant. Rough, brittle, crispy, hard hair could be an indication of dryness and/or another issue (e.g., structural damage, etc.).

Is your dryness linked to a problem with moisture retention?
A healthy strand of hair will retain moisture really well for a good period of time. I have heard a stylist mention 48 hours as the magic number; whether this is true or not, I am not sure. Given my personal experience with my hair in damaged vs. healthy states, the number seems feasible. In my opinion, if you find yourself experiencing dryness within one day of a fresh wash & condition, you may want to:

1) evaluate your products and/or regimen,
2) review your diet,
3) assess whether you have hard water,
4) determine if the dryness is medically related,
OR
5) investigate high porosity as a potential issue.

A lot of articles and sites address the importance of porosity as it relates to moisture retention, protein/moisture balance, and more. View the links below for just a handful of these sources. In the mean time, keep in mind that if you want to retain the hair you grow, you must maintain a proper moisture level.

MORE READS:
POROSITY (all you need to know)
PROTEIN/MOISTURE BALANCE
SEALING (OILS & MOISTURE RETENTION)

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This is a repost. Originally posted July 6, 2009.

7 comments:

  1. I keep meaning to try SistaSlick's porosity test, and I haven't done it yet. I don't think I have a problem with dryness per se, but I always wondered about the porosity of my hair.

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  2. ^^ It's definitely worth a try! :o)

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  3. You're right about moisture and protective styles help me a lot as well.

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  4. Hi I have a question for you but there's no inbox or anything on here so...
    I have dandruff. It's not really bad to where my hair like flakes up really bad or anything but the smell is HORRIBLE!! It's really disgusting and makes me sick. And it's embarrassing..very much so. My hair is healthy and I get it washed once a week. After about 3 days or so it starts to smell...after about day 4 or 5...UGH!!!!
    Any suggestions? Any products I can use or something?? HELP PLEASE!!

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  5. Hi underHisanointing. Definitely check out this post on the Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo: http://hairandhealth.blogspot.com/2009/06/apple-cider-vinegar-shampoo.html

    Try it for 3 weeks and see how it works. The ACV has antifungal and antibacterial properties that your regular shampoo may be missing.

    If it doesn't improve the situation, then I definitely suggest seeing a dermatologist. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes.

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  6. Ahhh...*sigh of relief*. Thank you very much!! I will definitely be giving this a try and keep you updated!! THANKS A MILLION!!

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