How do we preserve our hair?
Well ladies that’s what this whole song and dance that this website and others like it is all about.
All this stuff about cleansing, conditioning for 5 minutes versus 4 hours, shampooing, styling, protective styling, blogging, tutorials, vlogging, hair meetups, hair products, salons, stylists and everything in-between has everything to do with how we preserve our strands.
Guys buy wax, and terry cloths for their rides and we buy conditioner and use a micro fiber towels for our hair, two very different scenarios but preservation of objects that cannot preserve themselves nonetheless.
But what does all this really mean?
Since we are preserving what is essentially dead cells, the hair industry has become very innovative at creating products that do just that, some are of course better than others.
Some are dedicated to naturally curly hair and others are dedicated to straight hair. Some products make your hair appear shiny others are dedicated to hydration and some are focused on hair strength.
Even though we say that hair is a fiber made up of dead cells, the cells in our strands are pretty responsive, they swell like a balloon when filled water and they shrink when water leaves, they aren’t alive they just react to what we do to it.
Additionally If you fill your hair strand up with water, you can then trap the in with oil, so essentially we are just manipulating our strands and their ‘health’ with the use of products, all in the name of preservation.
Protein and moisture are the two things that we use to preserve our hair the most. Protein is pretty special because this is what our hair is made of and there are products that have protein that can bind to the cells in our hair thereby reinforcing its structure.
Ever heard the saying ‘there is strength in numbers’ well that’s how protein works, it steps in where there is a loss in the strand from damage and patches up the area leading to a stronger fiber.
Water as mentioned before hydrates the strand and can penetrate the hair shaft easily so products that have water as the first ingredient are typically dedicated to moisturizing your hair strands keeping your hair in better condition.
Originally posted 2014-03-10 15:00:17.