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Whenever your hair begins to feel foreign, like it’s just not a part of you–with a mind of its own, and a lack of responsiveness to anything you try to do with it or to it–the reason could very well be that it’s lacking sufficient hydration. When you look at your reflection–in a mirror or other reflective surface–and you’re a bit backlit–and you can clearly distinguish a halo, you’re smart enough to know that you have not been appointed to some amazing sainthood. No, clearly, that halo is a telltale sign evidencing a problem, and not a promotion. What you have going on is a common anomaly otherwise known as “hydration hiatus,” or more commonly–under-hydrated hair, which always leads to lustre-less locks, curtailed curls, worsened waves and totally torpedoed tresses. If this describes the current state of your hair, don’t despair–instead, read on, for the most effective methods of hydration restoration that will have your hair back “up and at-em” in no time, with it’s familiar bounce, sheen and obedience to your styling intentions.
What it’s Not
Ok, so if your hair is lacking hydration, it would seem like you could just spray some hydration (aka water,) directly onto it and be good to go, right? No, you know that you would only wind up with wet hair. And if you go to the Net or a host of other remedial sources, you’ll find all the typical go-tos, like telling you to do a commercially prepared or DIY hair clarification, with ingredients like bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar, baking soda and a variety of herbal concoctions listed among the most effective to use. No matter what type of hair you have–whether it has been chemically treated to straighten, curl, relax or color–and whether it’s short or long, fine or coarse, thick or thin, kinky or silky-straight–all types of hair can at some point get to a place where even the most commonly suggested forms of combatting insufficient hair hydration will simply let you down.
Moisturizing and Hydration: Two Different Things
Practically everyone includes at a minimum, some of the bare basic moisturizing techniques in their routine hair maintenance, and they should. Moisturization is a very important process that the hair needs. It’s typically introduced into the hair by a variety of products that are highly emollient, like oils, creams and butters which work by locking water (aka moisture) into the hair and preventing it from dissipating. This is a good thing–it’s needed and beneficial for your hair. When it comes to hydration, however, this involves using products and ingredients with humectant properties, proteins, vitamins and amino acids which all work together to boost how water binds to and is absorbed by the hair.
In order for hydration to be effective, it must be performed at a different time than when you’re moisturizing your hair. When you moisturize your hair, those products block the transfer of any moisture going into or out of the hair. So, at a different time independent of application of any moisturizing products, use a water-based hair-hydrating product and make sure it contains the known best ingredients, like Panthenol, proteins and amino acids. Do some homework and read labels and reviews.