Have you processed your hair to the point that with a little pull it breaks? It is horrible and this is because it loses protein and other essential nutrients, the ends are split, the hair looks dry, hard, lifeless. Unfortunately, it is damaged.
Much is said about the elasticity and flexibility of natural hair, but few tell you how to measure it and its importance.
A good elasticity or flexibility is a sign that our hair is healthy, in addition to allowing us to experience more color changes without breaking our hair.
What is hair elasticity?
The elasticity is a property of the hair that you can stretch and then return to normal. This determines how much resistance your hair has.
How much elasticity should the hair be and how can I measure it?
If your hair can stretch up to 20 percent of its original length and still return to its normal shape without breaking, like a spiral spring; it means that your hair is healthy.
And if the hair can stretch but can’t return to its natural state, just like a chewing gum; it means that the hair is weak and need some treatment to regain its elasticity and flexibity.
How to check the flexibility and elesticity of your natural hair.
To do a quick a test of the elasticity of your natural hair, select only one hair strand.
Roll it between two fingers in the middle part (not in the growth, since it is the healthiest part; not at the tip, because it is the most damaged part).
Then stretch it to upto 20 percent of its actual lenght, since the hair can withstand it is the only thing that the hair will support.
The hair is healthy and elastic when it returns to its original shape as I said before.
If it breaks or does not return to its original size, it means that your natural hair have low elasticity and it is said to be weakened also.
How do I regain the elasticity of my hair?
- Apply a reconstruction treatment that provides protein to the hair.
This should be done by a specialist, so go to a quality salon and ask for a personalized diagnosis of your hair. In this way they will choose the right product that solves and adapts to your needs.
- Reduce the use of tumble dryers and tongs.
Although technology has advanced a lot and there are driers that minimize damage to the hair, it is best that while you regain its elasticity, use these tools as little as possible. If you can’t stop using them, apply a heat-protective leave-in treatment before styling to prevent heat from damaging your hair.
- Protect your hair from inclement weather.
Many of us don’t, but both the sun and the dust mistreat our natural hair, so a good tip is to cover it with a hat while you’re under the sun’s rays. You can use leave-in treatments that contain sun protection and avoid photo-degradation.
- Healthy life.
Eat healthy, sleep well, and have good habits. A healthy life is also reflected in the hair.
If you follow these tips, in a very short time you will see an important change and we assure you that you will regain the elasticity, flexibility and resistance of your hair .
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To regain the elasticity of your hair we recommend these products:
Resistance range, by Kérastase . Helps rebuild the internal matter of the hair. There are two ranges according to hair damage. Both have a bath, mask and texturizers that act deeply on the hair structure. The result is incredible: split ends disappear, hair stops being brittle and regains its vitality.