by Erick Carter
Hair is made up of two layers: the inner layer is called the cortex; the outer layer is the cuticle. Some do have a third called medulla.
The translucent cuticle layer of the hair is like shingles on a roof which overlap each other. On average, they are 7-10 layers thick. The cortex of the hair is made up of chains of proteins. Hydrogen, salt, and disulfide bonds makeup texture. Heat and moisture break down the salt and hydrogen bonds allowing the protein to absorb moisture. The protein chains absorb the moisture at different rates. This causes uneven swelling within the cortex and that, in turn, causes breaks in the cuticle. Then it starts to snowball. The more the cortex is exposed, the more the protein chains absorb moisture from the air and so on.
The trick is to find moisture that you can put in your hair even before you leave your house. The protein chains absorb moisture quickly. Like a sponge however, the chains can only absorb so much. We can, to a degree, control how the chains absorb this moisture which results in additional absorption causing less frizz. The hard part is finding the right moisture for your hair type. Your stylist can assist you in trying different types of products until you find the perfect one for you!
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