We all know that hair can occasionally be challenging. Sometimes you throw your hair up into a ponytail because you think it’s just too difficult. Well, you’re right. Your hair is complicated and it has an equally complex structure. Before you give up on your hair, however, maybe you should take some time to get to know it on a deeper level.
The structure of the hair is an intricate layer of cells that come together to form a strand. While each layer is comprised of varying components, these layers can be broken down into three separate levels.
Cuticle: The cuticle is the outermost layer of your hair. This layer is made up of keratin. To understand its organization, think of this layer as scales on a reptile (or roof shingles) that overlap. These overlapping “scales” work to protect the lower layers from chemical decomposition. The cuticle is also the part of your hair that can be noticeably damaged and split. This is where the occasional trim can really make a difference.
Cortex: Located between the cuticle and the medulla, the cortex is the next layer of your hair. This layer consists of pigment granules, which are responsible for the color of your hair. When you color or bleach your hair, the cuticle is lifted up and the artificial color is deposited into the cortex. Having a healthy cortex helps the hair hold color and texture services longer.
Medulla: Finally, the medulla is the innermost layer of your hair. It is made up of cells that form a shaft in the middle of the hair, which the cortex insulates. Fun fact, not everyone has the same amount of medulla in his or her hair. The amount of medulla in the hair differs in amount from person to person.
Your hair needs time, attention, and care in order to function properly. The cuticle, cortex, and medulla all come together to form your hair. And your hair, as with the rest of your body, consists of numerous bonds that keep your hair alive and healthy. At least, they try to.
Coloring and styling your hair often can damage your strands. The cuticle layer is lifted each time we dye or bleach our hair. When this outer layer lifts, our weak cores, and bonds are exposed. Though our hair is designed to have natural defense mechanisms, these bonds cannot defend themselves forever.
In order to prevent further damage, you want to make sure that each time you dye or highlight your hair you are trusting a licensed professional to do the job... ahem, NO BOX DYE! You'll also want to be sure to care for your hair with a deep conditioner at least once a week and heat protectants prior to any heat styling.
privé damage fix box - this pack is great for everyday use. With damage fix shampoo and conditioner and a texture spray (so you can wear your natural style), this pack will keep hair looking fly on the daily!
Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Masque - This masque will replenish your hair with moisture without weighing strands down, which means you don't have to sacrifice style for healthy hair.
label.m Heat Protection Spray - A must-have before every heat styling sesh, this spray can be applying to wet or dry hair prior to styling.
So don’t give up on your hair when the times are tough. All it needs is a little TLC— and few key products— for a fabulous style all season long!