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Moisturising the Hair
So far in the series, we have seen the importance of detangling, cleansing and conditioning the hair. I have also pointed out some myths traditionally passed down to us and a general synopsis of factors which affect the healthy growth of our hair. Today and in following issues however, I will be looking at the importance of moisturising the hair. In examining this, the issue of dry hair will be addressed this week and next week, showing why moisturising the hair is crucial to preserving it. Different elements which contribute to this dryness will then be further explained, along with the types of bonds in the hair and its strengths and weaknesses. When looking at the dryness of hair, it is important that you know about the effects of what is called weathering. Weathering is the gradual wearing away of the cuticle. As this cuticle wears away, the cortex, which is on the inside of the hair strand becomes exposed. If you keep your hair dry and also do not protect it from external factors such as dust, friction and sunlight, the cortex will also wear away. After this, the hair eventually splits and ultimately it breaks. This is why conditioning is so important. As discussed in the last article, conditioning gives some moisture back to the hair which was lost during the cleansing stage. It also helps to strengthen the hair. In order to fully understand dry hair and its effects, you should also have some knowledge on the bonds in your hair. The hair is made up of several types of bonds, found in the cortex of the hair strand. These bonds are hydrogen, salt, disulfide and peptide bonds. Although hydrogen and salt bonds are far more abundant than disulfide bonds, disulfide bonds are the strongest of the three.
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