What Hair Elasticity Is And Why It Matters
When I think about hair elasticity, I think about hair that can be manipulated without a high risk of damage. As I think about it, when I was younger, my hair had poor elasticity. At the time, I was putting a relaxer on my hair every six weeks.
This was awful for my hair and caused more damage than I realized. When my mother and I decided to no longer to perm my hair, my hair had to transition from relaxed hair (Check out this article: what is relaxed hair) to natural hair. The process caused my hair to have even poorer elasticity.
My breakage had increased, and every time I tried a new hairstyle, it got worse. I didn’t know what to do! Eventually, I started researching what was going on. At such a young age, I didn’t know what hair elasticity was or how it can be affected by different things.
Don’t worry if your hair elasticity is low now. By following these five rules, you’ll be back to a normal elasticity in no time!
How Do I Know My Hair Elasticity?
It’s important to pay attention to your hair as you change it throughout your life. Every time you comb, brush, style, or touch your hair, it’s being manipulated. The manipulation can affect the elasticity of your hair in harmful ways.
An excellent way to check the elasticity of your hair is to see how often it’s breaking off during these times. If your hair is rigid and continuously breaking off, this is a good indication that you have poor hair elasticity. Hair elasticity is a great way to understand your overall health, and hair health.
It’s important to ask yourself how often you’re manipulating your hair. When you switch up your style, are you taking care of your hair during the transitions? Do your scalp and hair feel moisturized? The less elasticity you have, the more dehydrated your hair is going to feel.
You won’t be able to manipulate your hair as often as you want because it cannot withstand the different elements.
If you notice that your hair elasticity is lacking, you can try these five tips to get you back into elastic shape!
Water Is A Hair Miracle
Water is always one of the critical things to make use of when it comes to haircare. Water is a natural hydrator that increases moisture within the hair and skin. The more moisturized your hair is, the more elastic it’s going to be.
The great thing about water is that you take it by increasing your water intake internally or spritz some onto your hair. Wet hair is naturally more elastic. However, just because this is the case, doesn’t mean that you should wash your hair all the time, or put an excessive amount of water into your hair.
You still want to be mindful of putting too much water into your hair because it can dry out quickly. The best combination is to add water, for some quick moisture while also adding oils to your scalp. By doing this, your hair will be a moisturized haven.
Also, drinking more water is the easiest way to increase elasticity. It’s healthy for your skin, your hair, and your overall health.
Try drinking eight cups of water a day, and then double that intake when you can.
Steamed Dryer, Not Blow Dryer
Steam is one of the best ways to increase hair elasticity. Steam releases warm water vapor into your hair strands to increase hydration. Steaming your hair also does wonders when you’re doing a deep conditioner.
The steaming process will increase the penetration of the conditioner. The more that your conditioner seeps into the strands of your hair, the more your elasticity will increase.
Using a steamed dryer isn’t cheap, but some units aren’t expensive. The best way to find one would be to check online and see what you find!
Protein treatments are my favorite way to increase moisture to my hair. Whenever my hair is breaking off easily, and feeling severely dehydrated, I do a protein treatment. Sometimes, I get a protein treatment form the store, but other times, I make my treatment at home.
If you have colored hair, protein treatments work well to keep your color healthy and vibrant. When doing a protein treatment, you want to make sure you don’t add too much protein to your hair.
Over-depositing protein can cause issues with the texture of your hair.
Essential oils are a fantastic natural remedy for poor hair elasticity. There are all kinds of essential oils such as olive oil, tea tree oil, and jojoba oil.
Essential oils can directly penetrate the hair shaft. If you apply oil after every wash, you should notice a significant change in the elasticity of your hair.
They can prevent hair damage as well, and give you the moisturized hair you’ve always dreamed of.
Bag Your Hair
The more you allow moisture to seep into your hair, the better your hair elasticity will become. The environment you create when bagging your hair provides heat and moisture to be trapped into your hair.
This increases your hair’s ability to stretch and elasticize. I usually bag my hair during an in-depth conditioning session.
The deep conditioner traps itself into my hair and creates the softs locks I love!
You Can Get Your Elasticity Back!
It’s essential to remember that just because your hair is breaking doesn’t mean it can’t become healthy again. Your hair elasticity will only be healthy if you take care of it.
Don’t be afraid to consult with a hairstylist if you’re not sure how to remedy your situation. Be honest about how you’re treating your hair, and try to take care of it the best you can.
Remember, the more moisture you have, the more elasticity you’ll have, and the healthier your hair will be!