Elasticity

Elasticity is very important and it is only improved by moisture. Your hair should be able to stretch to some extent without breaking or shedding. If your hair is unable to withstand the tension caused by regular manipulation, then you may have a problem with the moisture levels in your hair. 

 

  • Low: The hair strand is fragile (even more so for fine textures) and breaks easily when stretched to its length or just over its length.  Or after it is stretched, it will no longer curl. 
  • Medium: Hair does not break easily and returns to its natural curly state when stretched. 
  • High: Hair bounces and withstands stretching and returns to regular shape easily.  It can stretch into its full length before returning to its original state. 

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How do I know my hair’s elasticity? 

To test for your hair’s elasticity: Section your hair into 4 parts. Take a strand of hair from each section of your hair over a piece of paper. Pull the hair at each end slowly and note the longest it will stretch before breaking. If you want you can use a ruler on the paper to measure how far it stretches. If the strand breaks quickly, you may have some issues with elasticity or very fine hair. Repeat and take note of the elasticity in each section. If you notice an area with low elasticity, try some of the recommendations below. 

 

How to Improve your Elasticity

Improve your moisture

  • Use a creamy humectant moisturizer with water as the first ingredient.

Increase your wash days. 

  • On wash day, you are replenishing your hair’s moisture, the longer the wait time in between wash days, the greater the chance you are losing moisture, especially if you are not properly protective styling. 

Deep conditioning:

  • A deep conditioning treatment traps heat and moisture around your hair, giving it more time to absorb your products  benefits and increases your hair’s ability to stretch without breaking. Follow the directions on the label for optimum results.

Trim your ends often

  • Split ends will run along the strand of hair until it breaks off, so regular trims will prevent this. 

Adding oils to your moisturizer

  • Olive Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Jojoba Oil

Oil does not moisturize your hair, but it can help improve your lubrication, which will make your hair feel better immediately, if you are a natural that uses oils, try one of these oils with your next steam treatment and note the results. Remember to wash your hair regularly to remove product from your strands. 

Evaluate Your Tools

  •  The hair tools you are using may be causing damage.  Are you brushing with a hard bristle brush? Are you using fine tooth combs? Are you ripping through your hair without properly wetting or first gently finger detangling?

Use a cleansing shampoo

  • Wash your hair thoroughly and remove excess product that may be blocking moisture from penetrating your strands. 

Focus on Health

  • Avoid excessive heat, tight braids, and other damaging additions to your routine. 

Don’t overdo the protein treatments. 

  • Overuse of protein will cause your hair to harden and break easily. Only use a protein treatment when your hair needs it, not just because you want one. Monitor your hair’s elasticity following a protein treatment to ensure you are not causing undo damage. 

Steam Treatments

  • I do a steam treatment often in the shower by running my hands through my hair while the hot water is running. This allows my hair a chance to open up and receive the moisture from the steam in the shower. I also garden quite a bit so I need to remove dirt and whatever else ends up in my hair quite often. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS adjust your haircare to YOUR lifestyle.