Okay, so…she’s not really injured anymore. Well sorta – she is a LOT better but I am certainly going to baby her this week. After my last post, Joe Parker, one of the owners of Cush Cosmetics, reached out to me via Facebook with more advice that I wanted to share with you all. Joe is super helpful and certainly knows about the chemistry of hair. This is what he told me about the reaction – and it gives more detail to the issue (and is still easy to understand):
For low pH, you seal the hair. If it is extremely low pH you are swelling the hair in some cases above 100% of normal volume. On the molecular level, you are reorienting the hydrogen bonding(reversible process) The net results are limp and tangled hair. At low pH, the cuticle is sealed then becomes raised due to the extreme swelling, hair becomes frizzy and limp due to disorientation of the (alpha) keratin protein structure.
For high pH, you are opening the cuticles. On the molecular level, you are breaking the disulfide bonds (irreversible process). The net result before conditioning is limp and tangled hair.
In this case, water is your friend. You have to re-orient the double bonds in your hair. Cream based DC are good.
This certainly makes sense to me. Today after I rinsed my DC, I used Oyin Hair Dew, Aloe Vera Gel, and a bit of my Knotty Girl Leave-In. All water based products, and my hair turned out pretty good! Here’s my baby…she will be getting the royal treatment all week…and…I’m going to Whole Foods right now to return some products I just bought. Sorry, but I’m a little over trying new things at the moment!
Talk to you all later and thanks Joe!