I consider everybody has broken hair. There I mentioned it and I’m glad I obtained it off my chest.
That fairly head of relaxed hair is broken and sure that attractive head of properly cared for pure hair is broken too.
I made a decision to put in writing this submit due to a preferred dialogue aka argument I see throughout social media about whether or not or not it’s potential for relaxed hair to be wholesome.
I’ve by no means seen or learn any feedback which echoes my very own view on this matter so it seems to be my very own distinctive perspective. A preferred view is that relaxed hair can’t be wholesome as a result of it has sustained harm through the relaxer course of.
My argument is that if harm is getting used as a yardstick by which we measure wholesome hair then no one has wholesome hair – as a result of each single individuals hair has sustained a level of injury.
The solely time our hair is “wholesome”, if wholesome means zero harm, is when it initially grows out of the scalp. Thereafter, it begins to maintain harm. It is uncovered to UV Rays, we put on tight ponytails, buns and puffs, we gel it down, blow dry it, twist it and untwist it, comb it, it will get matted so we detangle it, generally we flat iron it, put all kinds of merchandise and extensions in it, I may go on and on however I’m positive you get the image.
Our hair is a fibre and all of the examples given above will trigger the fibre to maintain some extent of injury. Even the best hair care routine by which the hair is cared for amazingly properly will lead to a level of injury from bodily put on and tear being sustained over a number of years of care.
So if everyones hair has sustained harm, can we are saying anybody’s hair is wholesome??? Everyone has broken hair however the extra extreme the harm, the extra “unhealthy” the hair will look, really feel and be. The relevance of levels or ranges of injury is just not somthing I’ve seen being mentioned on any wholesome hair platforms.
Focusing on relaxers particularly, sure relaxers breaks down the disulphide bond within the hair fibre. The disulphide bond is what offers hair majority of its structural energy and the relaxer chemical and course of breaks down about 40 to 50% of this bond BUT what most individuals don’t realise is that the damaged bonds will reform when lanthionine is produced within the hair through the relaxer course of. The bonds don’t stay damaged. A brand new sort of cross hyperlink bond is shaped. So though the hair fibre is broken, compromised and never as robust, it’s nonetheless classed as a “steady construction due to the brand new cross hyperlinks which can be shaped” (quoting my trichology textbook).
Please be aware that I’m not making an attempt to sugar coat something, the actual fact stays that sure relaxers causes a whole lot of harm to the hair however it doesn’t destroy the general integrity of the hair fibre particularly when relaxer abuse and incorrect process is prevented.
Please be aware that women with very fantastic delicate pure hair will in all probability need to avoid enjoyable as it’s prone to lead to a level of injury that’s too excessive for his or her excessive fibers to nonetheless have sufficient ranges of elasticity and structural integrity. Not everybody has hair that may face up to a relaxer course of and texlaxing too is just not suitable with some hair varieties.
Remeber additionally that relaxed hair ought to by no means be absolutely straight, why? So that the fibre retains some extent of energy and suppleness which is crucial for the fibre combat breakage.
This is a key alternative to inform any woman who sees enjoyable because the “simple manner out” that that notion couldnt be additional away from the reality. The extra harm hair has sustained, the extra necessary it’s to have a superb hair care plan in place to help the weakened fibre or construction of the hair. If your hair has been relaxed you simly can’t afford to slack in your hair care if you’d like your hair to remain in your head.
My key message is that, it’s the severity or diploma the of injury that hair has sustained that ought to used to find out whether or not or not it may be classed as wholesome. The much less harm your hair has sustained, the more healthy it’s.
Based on the share or severity of injury sustained, it’s potential for a girl with relaxed hair or texlaxed hair to have more healthy hair than a lady with pure hair who could flat iron her hair usually or who could have coloured her hair.
If you are taking two girls with similar hair varieties, who each maintain their hair, if one is relaxed and the opposite is pure, the woman with the pure hair will clearly have more healthy hair as a result of it has sustained much less harm however it doesn’t imply that the woman with relaxed hair isn’t wholesome too, relying on the diploma of injury her hair has sustained and ongoing hair care.
My different purpose with this submit is to emphasise the perform or the purpose of hair care which is to scale back the prevalence of injury, to attenuate the severity of injury, mitigate the signs of the harm already sustained and the continued preservation of the hair fibre.
Hair care helps us protect the integrity of our hair in order that it appears wholesome, feels wholesome and is powerful sufficient to withstand breakage in order that it is ready to get longer. Hair care can also be important to maintain our scalp wholesome which in some ways is much more necessary.
We all have broken hair however stopping harm from occuring too usually and lowering the extent of injury sustained by means of wholesome hair care is crucial to protect the fibres (aka maintain the fibres in a steady sufficient state to be classed as wholesome.
I hope you discover this idea of levels of hair harm educative and I hope it would assist readers respect why hair care is crucial.
When I take a look at my hair at the moment, I see it as 25% to 30% broken, not that I’ve any scientific take a look at for this, I’m merely basing it on the truth that moreover texlaxing all I do to my hair is take care of it and put it in a protecting type. I havent flat ironed my hair in over a decade. In the photographs above of my hair previous to my hair journey, I’d price my hair as 55% to 70% broken. I used to be not following appropriate procedures for enjoyable and used to flat iron my hair fairly often out of boredom and knew little or no about hair care. Through wholesome hair care I’ve lowered the severity and frequency of injury my hair has sustained and that’s the reason is now more healthy and longer and thicker than it was.
If you had been to price the share of injury your hair at the moment has, what would your determine be? #nojudgement
Take care of your self and maintain your hair.