Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Minimizing Breakage Series: Hair Cleansing Techniques Part 1:Water Temperature





Water Temperature:

 Did you know that warm water expands and lifts the hair cuticles while cold water contracts and tightens them?
 Hair Washing: Afro textured hair should be washed with warm water, NOT hot. If hot water is used to wash the hair, the cuticles will be lifted exaggeratedly eventually causing the cuticles
 to peel and crack. Also your color will fade from using hot water if you have color in your hair, and it will lose vibrancy. The temperature of water should be warm when washing Afro textured hair. Our hair can tolerate this temperature.

Hair Rinsing: This should be done with cool water. Cold water Rinsing is a physical way  of constricting the cuticle layers. This should be the final step of a hair washing session. The reason cold water must be used as a final rinse is because cold water makes the cuticles lie flatter and tighter. This enhances the hair shine as light bounces off of it. Please note that water  as cool as you can tolerate is what you should use. Don't freeze yourself especially with the colder months coming ahead..


Additional Cool Information to have about washing and rinsing

If you do not thoroughly rinse conditioner from your hair and scalp, the residue will leave a film-like coating on your scalp. This film may flake off when dry creating a dandruff-like appearance. Also the residue can dull your hair.

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3 comments:

  1. Great post!...Thanks for those great reminders!

    Take care,

    zainab1
    AuNaturale007.blogspot.com

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  2. I didn't even know that conditioners can become flaky in your hair! Thanks for sharing this :D

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