How do I know if my hair needs moisture or hydration?
Stacey Neuberger asked, updated on April 21st, 2021; Topic:
👁 431👍 13★★★★☆4.6
ps://amaanswers.com/can-you-change-hair-porosity"> #Rez recommends performing a simple at-home test: “When the hair is wet, pull a strand,” he says. “If it stretches and then snaps, it's most likely porous, meaning it is dehydrated! That is a moisture issue. If the hair doesn't stretch and immediately snaps, you need protein to rebuild its structure from within.”
That said, I always recommend wetting your hair before applying a moisturizer. Since water is the only thing that can TRULY ADD MOISTURE, you have to add that first before applying any oil or cream. If you don't add water, the moisturizer just sits on top of your dry hair.
Protein Overload: Protein overload is when the moisture/protein balance in your hair has pretty much come unbalanced. With too much protein in your hair your hair feels coated/dry and brittle. It is also more susceptible to shedding and breakage.
Low elasticity is one of the main indicators of over-moisturized hair. If your hair has a hard time stretching when wet and does not return to its natural state after pulling, your hair more than likely has low elasticity. ... Overly moisturized hair is also associated with a limp, gummy-feeling of the hair when wet.
Touching your hair too much “Touching hair can create frizz if your skin has moisture in it,” Boyer said. Playing with your hair too much when it's wet can also disrupt curl patterns or wave patterns, she added.
Moisturized hair will feel soft and be easy to manipulate. It shouldn't feel stiff and or oily to the touch. Sometimes we get oily confused with moisture which is an easy mistake. To be safe, understand that while oily hair may look moisturized, that doesn't necessarily mean that it is.
Generally speaking, dry hair types should shampoo a maximum of two times a week, while oily hair types may require washing on a daily basis. If you have normal hair and don't suffer from dryness or oiliness, you have the luxury of washing your hair whenever you feel like you need to. It also depends on your hair type.
While it's true that you need ample moisture to quench your curls, one must remember that hair is also made up of 80-90% of a protein called Keratin. And, it's this protein that gives the hair its strength and structure. Thus, striking a balance between moisture and protein is essential to having bouncy, defined curls.
And be sure to keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of fresh water. Drink water and spritz it on hair to soften and hydrate tresses. Just like the body, hair needs water to maintain healthy strands. When it comes to naturally moisturizing hair, this precious liquid is second only to sebum.
Sealing is locking moisture in the hair, specifically the ends. To do, apply a leave-in conditioner with water as its first ingredient (try Qhemet Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee), and then seal with shea butter or oil.
Experiencing dry, stiff, and brittle hair after using a product with protein or high amounts of protein is a good indicator that too much in present in your hair, which compromises the protein and moisture balance. Too much moisture creates limp hair that is too elastic.