Use water to moisturize and maintain your curls, especially during these dry winter months!
Founder of Q-Redew · www.qredew.com
Water and hair have a complicated relationship, and curlies are forever trying to figure it out.
Water is at the core of healthy hair. A healthy strand of hair can maintain an appropriate amount of water, presenting a smooth, bouncy curl pattern — neither flat nor frizzy — as the environment around the hair changes. But who has hair like that? Unfortunately, not most of us!
Different hair types respond to water differently based on their porosity. Smooth, low porosity hair with a flat, sealed cuticle is the least affected by relative humidity or dew point. The cuticle maintains an appropriate amount of water in the cortex not allowing moisture to flow in or out and resulting in healthy, shiny hair.
On the other end of the spectrum is high porosity hair. Whether naturally porous by genetics or damage from chemicals, heat, or manipulation, high porosity hair has difficulty maintaining proper moisture.
The cuticle is open allowing water to freely move in and out of the hair, creating dry, brittle hair when the air is dry and puffy, frizzy hair when the air is humid. Unable to self -regulate its moisture needs, high porosity hair needs your help! This may include adding water and sealant when the air is dryer, or water repelling products when the air is humid.
Many of us fall somewhere in the middle between low and high porosity, making our response to moisture a little less predictable.