Hey guys and gals, I’m back today with a new video that’ll be the first in our series about moisture!
In Part I of “Moisture Basics: Moisturizing and Sealing Your Hair” we cover the important role of humectants and oils in the moisturization process. We also show how water improves elasticity and other ways moisture improves our hair with a few quick diagrams. You’ll get the answer to questions like:
“What is moisture?”
“Why is it important to moisturize and seal the hair?”
“Are some oil seals stronger/better than others? Are oil seals permanent?”
Water is important to our hair’s health—from within and without. In this episode, it’s all about the importance of water. Hair is approximately 10-15% water and can easily absorb and lose this water. This is why moisturizing + sealing is so important.
Moisture is amazing for our hair. It gets into the hair, between our hair’s protein molecules/linkages, and makes our hair a lot more bendy and flexible. When the balance dips below this 10% range or so, our hair becomes a lot more rigid, brittle and stiff. Moisturizing and sealing the hair are as simple as applying water or a water-based moisturizer and then applying a light coating of oil or butter on top of that. That’s it! The type of moisturizer (liquid vs creamy) and the oil seal you choose (light oil to buttery/pomade-ish) depends on how you’re wearing your hair and your hair’s texture (strand diameter).
To Sum it Up:
What is moisture? Water and water-based products.
Moisture support: Humectants (glycerin, aloe), Occlusive agents (Oils and butters) and emollients.
In the next part of this series, we will cover basic water/moisture problems and what you need to look out for! Stay tuned!
. . . Also, if you’re in Ohio, I’ll be conducting a Science of Black Hair Workshop this Saturday at 2pm! Details below.
Naturally Fly Natural Hair Expo
Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT) Wilberforce, OH