Is baby-soft hair attainable? Are you going about the right way in trying to achieve it? It's all about damage control. Knowing how to hydrate hair the right way to give it the nourishment it needs to grow healthily and naturally can help you attain long, glossy locks in any weather.
With the plethora of hair care products out there, it's hard to decide what can hydrate or moisturize your hair. What's the difference between hydrating and moisturizing anyway? It all sounds the same, the words almost seem interchangeable. But there's a fine line between hydrating and moisturizing hair. That line makes all the difference.
Let’s talk about hair structure.
1. Your hair is made up of three parts
Your hair structure has three distinct parts: the medulla, the cortex, and the cuticle. The medulla is the innermost layer of your hair shaft. The cortex is the main component of your hair and contains long keratin chains that add elasticity and resistance to your hair. The cuticle is the outer layer of your hair and has all the elements needed for hair growth and health.
Ninety-five percent of your hair consists of keratin, a helicoidal protein that forms part of your skin, body, hair, and nails. Keratin is made up of 18 amino acids that form bonds in the molecules of your hair. These amino acids are the building blocks that form the strength, flexibility, and overall health of your hair.
2. Moisturizing and hydrating have a different purpose
The main purpose when moisturizing your hair is to seal or lock in moisture into your hair strands. This is where oils come in. Oils create a barrier that helps hold in existing moisture in your hair strand. Because of their long-chain molecule structure, oils can’t penetrate the inner levels of your hair. Instead, they fill in the gaps in broken cuticles to make your hair appear thicker, glossier, and smoother.
To hydrate your hair, or bring in additional moisture, you simply need to add water. Adding humectants will help draw water into the shaft of your hair. Humectants are water-based ingredients that can help retain or preserve moisture in your hair. These ingredients are often listed as glycerin or glycol in your hair care products. Hydrating your hair with water or water-based products is essential for maintaining healthy hair.
3. Oil won't hydrate your hair
Hair oil has become a staple ingredient for treating dry or damaged hair. If you haven't used hair oils, chances are someone has already told you about all the benefits. Natural oils can fill the gaps in your hair cuticles to make it water repellant. It’s excellent at fighting off frizz in humid weather and can instantly transform your hair to look healthier. But, is it just about the appearance of our hair?
We often use hair oil to moisturize our hair, but the truth is that oil and water don’t mix. Oils can stop treatments from penetrating your hair. If your hair has been damaged from over-processing or is weak, you want to get amino acids into your hair shaft to repair the keratin. Oils would stop them from penetrating your hair. They act as a quick-fix, rather than a permanent solution to damaged hair.
What Should I Use to Hydrate My Hair?
Plain and simple, water. And it needs it every day. An easy way to do this is to spritz water directly onto your hair. It helps to pay close attention to the ends, where the strands can get dry and brittle. You can then add in products containing oil and cream to help lock in the moisture.
Tea rinses are a great way to deeply hydrate your hair while nourishing it from the inside out. A tea rinse is an old beauty remedy that involves brewing a type of tea and allowing it to steep and cool before pouring it over your hair and scalp. You can leave it in overnight or use it before you began your shampoo and conditioner routine.
Silk&Tea's Herbal Hair Tea Rinses are high in antioxidants, lipids, and vitamins that can easily penetrate the hair shaft once it's been absorbed in water. This ancient regimen can help you grow the long, strong, glossy hair you've always wanted.