Go Ask Moe: Wavy and Curly Hair

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What determines whether the hair will be straight, wavy or curly?

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The secret to your hair’s texture is determined by your hair follicle. Not so much the composition of the hair itself because everyone’s hair has the same elemental composition which is carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen and sulfur. So why is the hair follicle important might you ask? Because if the hair follicle is round, the hair will grow straight, think of something cylindrical like a drinking straw for example. If the hair follicle is oval, it will grow wavy, and if the hair follicle is elliptical, it will be curly or overly curly. Remember when you last wrapped a gift and you wanted those long curly ribbons hanging from it? You would slide over the ribbon over the blade of a pair of regular scissors really tight. That ribbon formed a curl pattern. Who are the amazing hair saboteurs? The main culprits accountable for sabotaging our amazing hair looks are: THE PUFFIES (hair that is dull, frizzy and excessively voluminous but without any control). THE LIMMPIES (fine hair that has no volume and collapses easily). LAZY HAIR SYNDROME (curly hair that is thick, usually coarse which loses its springiness due to gravity and the weight of the hair strands). RUFFY RESISTANCE (hair that is thick usually coarse and resistant and may have difficulty in holding certain looks like curls for example). These conditions work against the individual’s desired look and causes inconsistencies between the results acquired from professionals at the salon and what you do at home. That is why salon professionals recommend home care regimens that are especially designed for each of the guest individual needs based on scalp condition, hair texture, desired end results etc. How do we tame the saboteurs? *PROTEIN POWER – Hair is 97% protein 3% trace minerals and derives protein from our blood; these proteins are in the form of amino acids (carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen and sulfur) that are the same proteins that our body utilizes to perform cell mitosis (cell division which produces a daughter cell). Protein helps to strengthen hair and prevents unwanted breakage like with the dreaded chemical cuts, mechanical or environmental damage. *MOISTURE – Especially important for manageability, prevents the hair from becoming frizzy. Hair that is moisture starved will absorb large amounts of moisture from the atmosphere. That is why in climates that have high amounts of humidity are very likely to make the hair PUFFY. *SERUMS – This is a fancy way of saying oils; it’s important for softness, smoothness and helps infuse the hair with shine and light reflection. Serums come in a variety of formulas and weights; fine hair requires a light weight oil while coarse hair needs a heavier oil. They are packaged in a variety of different containers based on their viscosity (weight). Some are spray pumps but most come in squeeze containers. **** HOT TIP: To determine a product’s weight, flip the container upside down. The slower the bubble rises to the top, the heavier the molecular weight. If it’s light in weight, the opposite effect will occur. I hope this was helpful in you understanding the different hair types. I know we got a little deep and very scientific but… Remember… Knowledge is power, so don’t let your stylist sell you something you might not need. Good Luck.