Natural Hydrogen Bonds in Hair
Did you know? A single strand of hair can support a load of about 100 grams without breaking. Believe it or not- hair is surprisingly strong because of the natural hydrogen bonds in hair. However, this is not the case when hair is wet. When hair is wet it is actually at its very weakest point. The reason for this is because when hair gets wet the water breaks down the natural hydrogen in the hair which is what makes hair so strong. Although the bonds reform again once the hair is dry that does not prevent the fragileness of the hair when wet. Hydrogen bonds are important because they are linked to the keratin chains within each strand of hair.
Reshaping Hair into Different Patterns
This in essence explains how hair is able to be reshaped into different patterns when being styled. Because the hair’s hydrogen bonds are broken apart when the hair is wet it allows the change in shape of the hair. Therefore, when wet strands of hair are wound around rollers or any other type of styling tool a new shape is formed when it is dried.
Reason Hair Loses Its Shape When it Gets Wet
The reason curled hair loses its shape when it gets wet is because again the bonds are broken by the water and the texture is lost. While there is an advantage for wet hair to be weak because it makes the hair capable of being reshaped, wet hair is also much easier to damage. Wet or damp hair can be easily ripped and torn when detangling, combing, or drying.
General Tips to Protect Wet Hair from Potentials Damage
- Depending on your hair type, texture and condition, apply a rinse out conditioner during the cleanse process to give hair added strength. Finish with a cool/cold water rinse to help close the cuticles.
- If you squeeze your wet hair to remove excess moisture be sure to use fingers which are smooth. Fingers with rough edges or nails could potentially rip delicate wet strands. When squeezing excess water do it as gently as possible. Also, squeeze from the ends rather than from the root area.
- Avoid towels that might be rough and use a towel that is smooth and plush. Gently blot your hair with the towel to remove moisture.
- If wrapping wet hair in a towel be careful not to wrap it too tight because it can pull and strain the delicate strands of hair.
- Always use a smooth detangling product or leave-in conditioner.
- Detangle with care. Never, ever, use a brush on wet or damp hair. Instead, use either your fingers or a high quality smooth comb without a seam or rough teeth. Always work from the ends of the hair up towards the roots.
- If you wish to do a wet set using rollers, opt for smooth or rag rollers which are less likely to tear or pull delicate tresses. Use a detangling, setting or leave-in conditioner on each section before rolling to help set the new texture and protect the hair. Avoid pulling hair when rolling or applying pressure to the roots.
- Allow hair to air dry whenever possible. High levels of heat directed towards wet or damp strands may cause long term damage.
Even if your hair is bullet proof, it is important to remember that hair is most likely to be damaged when handled improperly while it is wet. Protect your hair and those broken hydrogen bonds will reform to the beautiful shape your hair was before.
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