Challenge #3: Weak Hair.
Solution: Protein treatments have been the go to for years, yes they work, yes hydrolyzed proteins are great, however when you teach a man to fish he will have food for the rest of his life. In this case, creating products that help and prevents hygral fatigue which ultimately creates weak hair despite the amount of protein treatments a person uses can be beneficial. The hair can resemble a sponge, when the hair becomes wet, the hair expands, and when the hair becomes dry it shrinks. However, this constant yo-yo effect of the hair can literally stress the hair out and make it “fatigued” resulting in lifted cuticles that become a playground for frizz, tangles, breakage and dull dry hair. Wash/shampoo days expose the hair to the most amount of water in one setting, and if not careful can bring about hygral fatigue. To solve these issues, a pre-treatment prior to the use of a shampoo would be ideal. Similar to a hot oil treatment, but more strategic. An anhydrous product with a combination of oils with a high saturated fatty acid content. These unique oils have the chemical makeup to penetrate deep within the hair to help block out any excessive amount of water to help prevent damage. These oils can include coconut oil, babassu oil, and murumuru butter.
As ethnic women and men continue to explore the beauty and mystery of their hair, their questions will need to be answered with science in mind. It is my hope that more research and development can be uncovered to ultimately provide more efficacious products that cater to this unique hair type, that said, may the revolution be televised.