Jonathan Torch answers the age-old question.
Is your hair damaged?
While most experts agree that hair strands are dead, many mysteries of hair remain unsolved.
No pulse or nerve endings can be found in hair, and yet this supposedly dead substance can undergo radical and unexpected changes.
Side effects from medication and anesthetic affect the hair to such an extent that even the strongest perm solutions won't penetrate. Hormone imbalance during pregnancy can alter the structure of the entire head.
From fine, straight hair a wave can occur, evolving into a full head of curls . . . sometimes lasting a couple of months, sometimes forever.
The most unusual change I ever witnessed was when a regular client with natural brown hair color lost 60% of her color from roots to ends overnight, after her husband had a severe heart attack . . . I can only presume that it was totally stress-related. Restoring hair damage is a creative challenge to even the most enthusiastic hair stylists.
Because hair is porous and has the ability to absorb, we can control what we put into the hair strand. The key is knowing what minerals need to be deposited. There are a lot of unknown facts about hair.
Every day researchers discover something new—making hairdressing in the 21st century a very exciting time.