I am not afraid to say it ladies but I am definitely the type of woman who will not be imitating that typical “sexy” scene when a woman submerges from the water shaking her tresses effortlessly, relieving her hair of excess water. To be honest, I could shake but my hair ain’t going no where so yes I would be the type of woman who would have her head above water if I went to a pool or on the beach. The only time I would even attempt to expose my hair to the elements of this liquid matter is in a braided protective style or swimming cap but to be honest I haven’t been able to find one that is big enough but don’t think for one minute ya’ll I wouldn’t rock a plastic bag like it is the must have for this year’s summer essentials. Water, while providing 100% moisture also is the biggest culprit of tangling of my strands in a loose state. My strands are just too fine, curly and long to be left to one of the most important elements of Mother Nature but stay with me I have a damn good reason why water on curly strands changes the state of your hair to a weaker form than other looser textured hair types.
The curlier the hair the more fragile your strands because at every curling point along the strand is an exposed potential breaking point but now let me translate in science why wet hair equals more fragile. As I mentioned yesterday Hydrogen bonds are majorly found within the hair strand. And hydrogen bonds are fragile attachments that happen when a hydrogen atom hanging off one protein is drawn to the oxygen atom hanging off another protein.” But what I didn’t mention is that water is made up of oxygen and hydrogen. The reason why water is called H2O is because every molecule of water has two hydrogen atoms, H2 and an oxygen atom which is O. Now when your strands are wet, water creeps in between the proteins of the cortex which is located within your strands. The water molecules then join these hydrogen bonds. When hair is wet the protein molecule of those strands are not connected to a hydrogen bond then in return connected to another protein molecule. This means the hair is much weaker having one protein connected to a water molecule (the water that creeps in between the proteins of the cortex) which is connected to another water molecule which is then connected to another protein, which is why wet hair is at a weaker state and more susceptible to breakage than in a state of dry hair.
Now I’m not saying if water was to saturate my hair without some form of protective styling I would melt like the Wicked Witch of the East but protecting my hair to prepare for the after effects of water on my strands saves me another lifetime when detangling.