When you think of elasticity whats the first thought that comes to mind?…
If you’re thinking about a rubber band or Elastigirl from The Incredibles then you’re pretty spot on!
Now if you’re wondering…
What is hair elasticity?
Why is elasticity important for healthy hair?
What is the hair elasticity test?
How to improve hair elasticity?
Then you’ve come to the right place! Lets dive into hair elasticity and why it’s an important indicator for healthy hair.
What is hair elasticity and why is it important?
One essential indicator of a healthy head of hair is its elasticity, or the capability of the hair strand to stretch and return to its previous form without breaking. Just like a rubber band!!
Healthy hair has a high level of elasticity giving the hair body, bounce, and curl formation. You can thank your hair’s elasticity for curl formation and retention while styling your hair with wet rollers sets, thermal styling tools, etc. Those with low hair elasticity may find it hard to curl their hair or it may lose curl quickly as opposed to those with normal to high elasticity hair.
Hair elasticity make it possible to style your hair!
What affects Hair’s Elasticity?
Moisture has a lot to with the ability of your hair to stretch and bend. Dry hair when stretched is more fragile and prone to break than hair that it properly moisturized.
Protein is vital in hair health and elasticity. Protein provides strength and protection to the hair allowing the hair strand to withstand manipulation during styling.
Hair Elasticity Test:
As mentioned before hair elasticity is rated from low, average to high:
Average/ High Elasticity-
When the hair is wet it may be stretched 50% of its original length. When hair is dry it may be stretched about 20%.
If tension is applied to the hair it will break easily due to poor hair care or damage from being chemically over processed.
Take a single strand of hair from the top, both sides, and the nape of the head.
Slightly pull hair
~If hair stretches and returns to its shape, like a rubber band then it has average strength.
~ If hair stretches then breaks or does not return to its original length, then elasticity is considered low.
How to improve Hair Elasticity?
If your hair has proven to have low elasticity worry not, the use of protein treatments and protein conditioners can improve and restore
elasticity. This will put necessary protein back into the damaged cuticle structure and within the hair shaft.
A word of caution: If used in excess, protein treatments can make your hair become brittle and break if your hair is at sufficient protein levels. I recommend biweekly light protein treatments or once a month reconstructing protein treatments for severely damaged hair. Always put moisture back into your hair after applying protein.
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