Sunday, January 13, 2008

Quench the Thirst of Frizzy Hair

Frizzy Hair
Quench the Thirst of Frizzy Hair
by Diana Dudas

Why is my hair so FRIZZY and dry, coarse or brittle?" The simple answer - your hair needs moisture. 90% of us suffer with dry, brittle or frizzy hair because our hair lacks WATER!



Oil and Water

For years we've been told that out hair is dry because we are lack natural oils. We've been told that if we brush vigorously 100 times a day, or if we nurture our hair with hot oil treatments then we are sure to be blessed with beautiful, shiny locks. This might be the case, if you have young, virgin (hair that is not chemically treated) hair. But this is certainly not the case for permed, coloured or naturally curly hair. What contributes to frizzines?

Condition of the cuticle - Under a microscope, a cuticle looks like shingles on a roof. When the hair is in good condition, the tiles or cuticle layers are tight together giving the hair a smooth appearance and lots of shine. When hair is in bad condition, is curly or has poor porosity, the cuticle layers are lifted. The light is absorbed instead of reflected and there is no shine.
Porosity - Is the ability for hair to be able to absorb and retain moisture. Hair that has poor porosity will not be able to absorb or retain moisture as well as hair that has good porosity. Hair that cannot retain water can become permanently dry.
Product build up - Once the hair is coated, the problems start. Moisture cannot permeate through the wall of product build. Oils cannot diffuse when there is product build-up, they just sit on top of the cuticle layer, useless. Using any kind of hot styling tools such as blow dryers or hot irons, adds to the damage and decreases the shine.

Getting Rid of the Frizz

Hair in great condition has a moisture (water) content of at least 8% and the right balance of protein and natural oil. Most of us produce enough natural oil to keep our hair healthy, but lack the moisture.

After having a chemical service (colour or perm) your hair's moisture level can drop as low as 2%, drying the hair and causing split ends. The same will happen with constant use of blow-dryers and hot styling tools. If the moisture level is not restored to it's optimum 8% by the use of good moisturizing products your hair will ultimately become brittle and possibly break. Give your hair some TLC to combat frizzies and bring back the shine

Use moisturizing shampoos that are designed to restore your hair's moisture level to its optimum 8%.
Use intense conditioners that will help to repair damaged cuticles, improve porosity, elasticity and general health and appearance of your hair.
Avoid product build-up by using products that contain natural ingredients.
Avoid hot oil treatments, heavy cholesterol type conditioners, petroleum-based and silicone-based products. Also avoid hairsprays, mousses and gels that have a high alcohol or butane content.
Our hair needs MOISTURE, MOISTURE, and MOISTURE! Who needs to add moisture more than most? People with naturally curly hair, chemically treated, hot styling tool users or people who live in hot sunny and arid climates.


Diana Dudas is an expert with more than 28 years experience in the beauty industry. She has answered over 2000 questions for allexperts.com and has had her work published in many well-respected beauty magazines both online and off.

This article is own by Diana Dudas and you can find it in womentodaymagazine.com
Photo from:cartoondollemporium.com
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