Let’s talk about hair bonds, this is important knowledge to have. What are hair bonds? Our hair is made of a protein called keratin. The keratin in our hair is held together by three types of bonds, hydrogen bonds, salt bonds, and disulfide bonds.
Hydrogen bonds are temporary bonds that when heat is applied to the hair can change. These bonds give our hair its elasticity. Salt bonds are weak and can be broken by changes in pH. Both bonds can be temporarily broken by heat or water.
Disulfide bonds are permanent bonds that maintain the shape of our hair. These bonds make our hair strong and resistant to breaking. The bonds are typically broken by chemicals. Now that you understand hair bonds, let’s talk about how going on vacation can affect them.
Especially when traveling to humid places, beaches, lakes, rainy places, etc., humidity influences the shape of the hair. The shape of the hair is normally maintained by hydrogen bonds, which are weak and easily broken by water. High humidity will both break these bonds and then reform them, with the hair in a curlier shape. So, for us girlies with curly hair, our best bet is to hydrate our hair and lock in the hydration with gels or coils to minimize the effect of the humidity.
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By: Jiolka Peralta
Texture Curl Bar – Hair Salon