09-15-2011, 12:49 PM
Join Date: Aug 2011
It seems it always boils down to finding the right balance for your hair -- conditioned but not over-conditioned; protein but not too much protein, etc. My hope is to figure out what my hair needs from me well enough that caring for it properly becomes easier and easier and with less concern about unfavorable side effects.
If I'm understanding hydral fatigue correctly, it's when water overly stresses the cuticles on your hair (from too much repeated wetting down then drying out) over time and get worn off/broken off from the hair shaft. Again, I imagine if you've got the right balance of wetting down and drying out, then hydral fatigue is something you don't have to worry about. But also, maybe it's brought up on curly hair blogs and articles because it's just something that's more of a problem for curlies than people with straight hair.
Here's an "official" explanation of hydral fatigue I found at this link Mineral Oil Versus Coconut Oil: Which is better?
: "Hair is a highly complex biomaterial composed of layers of differing materials, ranging from varying types of keratin structures to pigment molecules to fatty acids. When it is saturated with water and swells and then subsequently dries via natural or thermal means, it undergoes what is known as differential drying and differential deformation (because each separate type of molecule within the overall structure dries and deforms at differing rates). This leads to moisture-induced stress on the hair, which can lead to delamination (cuticle layer stripping off), breakage, fiber fatigue, and rupture (split ends). This whole phenomenon is referred to as hygral fatigue. So, anything that reduces hygral fatigue is great for the health of your hair in the long term."
3b / Fine / Low (to Med) Density / Normal Porosity & Elasticity
Currently Using [*Holy Grails*] Cleansers:
DC No-Poo / DC Low-Poo / *BaSo & ACV
CJ Beauticurls Argan & OO / DC OneC / Organicals DC Creme
Additives: *Silk Amino Acids* /
Honeyquat / Fragrance Oils
KCKT / CJ Beauticurls LI / CJ Curl Assurance Smoothing Daily Condish
DTs: *Coconut Oil* rinses
, EVOO, & DC OneC / CJ Curl Rehab
*DM Super Buttercreme
Goal: APL Hair