Humidity is the amount of water in the air between the raindrops, the water in you can’t see and that’s why high humidity can be present on a sunny day in Florida but not on a rainy day in Seattle or even those random hot humid days we get here in Los Angeles. Relative humidity is a measure of the amount of moisture in the air. It is expressed in a percentage of how much moisture the air can possibly hold. The wetter or damper the air feels, the higher the relative humidity, in turn the drier the air feels the lower the relative humidity. This is why it is possible to keep your hair in check on a rainy day with an umbrella, keeping the water from penetrating the shaft of your hair and altering your coif, but head out on humid day with no way to cut the high humidity and your in a world of trouble. Back in my day the only way to avoid this problem was to incorporate some sort of hair piece in to your outfit or plain and simple work your fro and for one to pull that off it can be very tricky. Low and behold times have changed and things have gotten better, hair straightening processes have gotten better too and the FDA has also regulated certain chemicals that have been known to be harmful in the past making these hair straightening procedures not only better for you and me, but the environment too. When the humidity is out it is everywhere, omnipresent and invasive, even under umbrellas and in the space between your hat and hair, there is no escaping relative humidity when it’s this high, it is absorbed in your hair, wrecking your hairstyle the same way sprinkling water on your hair would and if your hair is like mine it’s going to kink up in the worst way displaying an unsymmetrical, unflattering and probably offensive fro anyone has ever seen.
Understanding Your Hair
How is that the water I can not see in the air makes my perfectly done hair frizz and curl despite all the styling lotions, hairsprays, pomades or any kind of heat process you try on your hair. Through many studies and trials we’ve come to realize that even healthy hair is exceptionally porous, water is readily absorbed into hair like a sponge, which is why hair changes so radically when it is wet, even when hair is dry it still holds about 20% water in the cortex, which is why anything more than 20% in the air can destroy your hair the moment you walk out the door, so if you don’t have a Brazilian Blowout or keratin treatment I’m sure spent about an hour on your hair alone only to have it destroyed in a matter of minutes if not seconds. Finding and understanding your hair can sometimes be frustrating and daunting, sometimes all you need to do is speak with your hairstylist, someone with a little knowledge, you see not everyone’s hair is the same and not everyone’s hair grow a like, while some people need more natural oils and conditioners some might have a little too much natural oils and might actually need to be PH balanced.
Should I Get A Brazilian Blowout?
Humidity is just one factor of many, although it can be a big one, I think the biggest one is of course the shape of your hair at it’s natural state. Your hair’s natural shape is the result of the arrangement of your hair’s protein structure, in combination with an extensive, complex matrix of lipids, fatty acids and other organic and inorganic matter. Through a microscope, you can see how protein is assembled like a twisting ladder throughout the hair shaft. Disulfide bonds are among the strongest links in this protein ladder and are what hold the hair in its normal state. To change the shape of your hair, you must break these disulfide bonds down and re-form them, either curly or straight and then put them back together sealed with heat and a keratin solution ensuring it stays in that shape. Not surprisingly, re-forming and putting the bonds back together isn’t the difficult part of a perm, rather, whats most troublesome for the hair is the process that’s used to break the disulfide bonds.