Wet Hair

“I don’t consider myself bald, I’m just taller than my hair.” -Lucius Anneaus Seneca

Your random bit of knowledge for today is:
Hair is significantly weaker when it is wet. You could be causing your own breakage problems by styling your hair when it’s not fully dry. I know drying your hair is a boring step in styling, but it is one of the most important and influential steps in the overall styling process. When your hair is wet, the outer most layer of the cuticle has been in contact with water. The chemical composition of water is two hydrogens and one oxygen, H2O. The bonds in the  hydrogen of your cuticle weaken when wet because they want to bond with the water of your shower. Until this extra hydrogen has been dried out of the hair, the hair has less elasticity and can break easily. Yes I know hair is made out of Keratin protein, but the hydrogen bonds are what link the Keratin proteins to create the hair shaft. It’s these hydrogen bonds that are broken when the hair is wet to form around things such as rollers or your round brush that re-bond when dry  to create those curls we love so dearly.

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Posted on September 19, 2011, in Products and Advice. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Wet Hair.

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