“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind” – Bruce Lee
Oak Vs Bamboo
A flexible body allows you to move freely and bend safely.
A supple mind allows us to adapt to our environment, so we can continue to learn, survive and ultimately, thrive.
It’s important that we maintain this “supple” quality for our hair. It’s what keeps hair youthful.
What is hair elasticity?
Hair with good elasticity is strong which means it can stretch without breaking and easily return to its own shape.
When you have healthy hair elasticity, it’s easier to style. In fact, it requires less “styling” as the cortex is healthy.
For example, you can sleep with your hair in braids or buns (we’re a fan of the three bun method for tighter curls, or the single bun for a relaxed wave) and when you unravel in the morning, you’ll have pretty curls/waves.
If your hair breaks easily or is hard to curl, comb or style, you have probably acquired poor hair elasticity.
The exception to this is super straight, thick stranded hair. This is more about hair’s natural texture, rather than poor elasticity.
How do we lose elasticity?
Elasticity can be lost due to age, heat damage from curling irons, blow dryers and the sun or chemical damage caused by relaxers, dyes, highlights and perms.
This type of hair is often “crunchy” to touch.
What can be done?
It’s important to take a holistic approach when seeking to restore hair elasticity.
- Get off the tools. Air-dry your hair as often as possible. Set your blow dryer to cooler temperatures. Limit your use of straightening irons to just special occasions
- Use a leave-in moisturiser. This will help to rehabilitate hair and soften locks. It does also offer protection should you use any form of heat-styling
- Try a weekly hair mask. This is particularly beneficial if you spend a lot of time in the sun or colour/bleach your hair
- Trim those ends. Your hair will grow longer, stronger and healthier if dry ends are regularly snipped
- Vitamins & minerals. Make sure you’re getting a good dose of vitamins and stay on top of any vitamin or mineral deficiencies. We’re fans of Vitamin C, Bs, E, magnesium, zinc (in balance with copper) and iron. Think of your body as the soil and your hair as your plant
- Avoid over-shampooing. Natural oils are great for your hair, so try to avoid shampooing hair daily. Every second or third day is great, some people comfortably go longer
- Use a wide-toothed comb on wet hair. Wet hair is swollen hair and is vulnerable to trauma. Instead of brushing after your shower, use a wide-toothed comb while showering when you are at the conditioning stage.
Follicular Nectar: How Hot Tresses Heals
Use Hot Tresses to reduce damage and build strength to help turn weak, brittle strands into bouncy, shiny, luscious locks.
Our Sulfate-free Rehab Shampoo contains three key oils (castor seed, coconut and ylang ylang) that lubricate hair to prevent shaft trauma during the cleansing process itself.
Our Rehab Conditioner can be used as a mask during your work-out to provide an added weekly keratin boost, thanks to Hemp and Quinoa Proteins. It’s an incredible unraveller and works wonderfully with a wide-toothed comb while you’re showering.
And our Rehab Leave-in is fortified with vitamins to further build elasticity.
Let hair air dry as often as possible as blow-drying can cause further damage and loss of elasticity.
By following this program, should notice that your locks regain elasticity and looks softer and more supple.