Moisture Vs. Hydration
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Moisture Vs. Hydration
Written by “The Hair Whisperer” Tendai Morris
I’m certain you’ve heard these words tossed around quite a bit, especially when it comes to the natural hair community.
While many women make the natural hair journey look easy with their You Tube trained style techniques and experiments, others look like they are residents of Struggles-ville USA.
Let’s start with a simple truth.
While African American women do produce natural oil or sebum in our scalps we do not produce enough oil or sebum from our scalps to provide proper moisture to a curly or coiled head of hair from root to end like Caucasian women and women with straighter textures. Thus contrary to popular belief, our hair is very fragile and must be handled with gentle care. If your hair is “thirsty”, meaning ashy and dull looking, hard or rough to the touch, lifeless, brittle, or dry, then this article is for you.
Let’s discuss Hydration vs. Moisture and why it is so important to know the difference as you navigate your natural hair journey.
Imagine a plant growing in a pot. What would happen if you only spray water on the leaves every day and never poured water into the dirt for the roots to absorb? The plant would shrivel up and die.
With that illustration in mind, let’s now examine the definitions of Hydration and Moisture as it pertains to our hair.
To supply water to (a person, for example) in order to restore or maintain fluid balance.
Each pore on the surface of the skin is an opening to a canal called a follicle. The follicle also contains a hair and an oil gland (sebaceous gland). The oil gland keeps the skin lubricated and feeds the hair strand that it is attached to.
Increasing your water intake will not only make you feel better, but it will also hydrate your hair from within which is where your hair comes from.
If you are not drinking enough water, no doubt, you have dry, brittle, lifeless hair.
Hydration has to begin inside of your body.
Water or other liquid diffuses in a small quantity as vapor, within a solid, or condenses on a surface.
In a nutshell this is what is being done when you spray water on a plant or as it pertains to this topic, on your hair. Spraying water or water based products on your hair is not enough to support a healthy head of hair.
Moisturizing your hair every day is pointless if your hydration is not up to par. Once the water has evaporated you are left with the same strands of lifeless hair.
Try Co-washing your hair to maintain and support hydration. This simple technique will work wonders for your curl pattern as well.
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