Repairing hair structure: Chemical vs. mechanical straighteningPosted by Julian Dietrich at the
Broken hair! - and now?
When it comes to fixing your hair, there are a few options that promise to do just that.
But what exactly is meant by "repairing hair"? In order to know how to actually repair hair, it is first helpful to get an overview of our hair structure and thus better understand how our hair works.
Different hair structures
At first glance, major differences in hair structures are clearly recognisable - some people have curly hair, others have straight hair...
But our hair differs not only in appearance, but also in its structure itself. As a rule, a distinction is made between fine, normal and thick hair. We have no influence on our hair structure itself, because we are born with it. But we do have an influence on its care. With the appropriate know-how, we can then achieve optimal results for our hair.
But regardless of whether it is fine, curly or straight, the basic structure of our hair is the same. In order to understand how we can repair our hair, it is necessary to know and understand the structure of our hair.
In this article, we will look at the external application for hair care and repair. There are also approaches that start with nutrition that lead to strong and healthy hair.
Structure of the hair
The outer core of our hair consists of a hair cuticle. These scales are arranged flat and overlapping. You can imagine it similar to the arrangement of scales on a pine cone. These reveal whether a hair is healthy or damaged.
In healthy hair, the scales lie flat and thus closed on top of each other, resulting in a smooth and shiny hair surface. In damaged hair, the scales stand out brittle and dry and cause clotty and dull hair.
Mechanical smoothing of the hair structure
In order to have healthy and shiny hair, smoothing the hair cuticle is imperative. One way to repair the hair structure is to mechanically straighten the hair. This means smoothing or taming the hair by repeated brushing. This is probably the gentlest way to make the hair structure smooth and shiny. However, the hair structure can only be smoothed if the right brush is used!
The choice of brush is crucial!
For a gentle smoothing of the hair structure, a boar bristle brush is recommended. This brush has unique conditioning properties that a plastic brush does not have.
Boar bristle brushes are able to absorb the body's own hair oil and other important nutrients and distribute them evenly into our hair, right to the tips.
So if you look at our hair cuticle, it is brushed back into its original position and our hair is nourished and replenished with valuable nourishing substances.
Regular brushing with a boar bristle brush therefore leads in the long term to the hair being strengthened and repaired with the body's own substances.
The beauty of this is that our hair texture becomes smoother and gains a natural shine. To learn more about the benefits of a boar bristle brush, check out this post.
Chemical smoothing of the hair structure
Who does not know it? The "Silky" conditioner, or the "Leave-In Treatment" - Smooth Edition?
All chemical products that basically only suggest one thing to us: Healthy and shiny hair.
But often the choice of product is not so easy. How well does my hair actually tolerate the hair cream, hair oil or silicone shampoo?
And what about the actual care effect of these products?
After all, the aim of these products is to nourish and build up the hair from the inside out and thus repair it.
In practice, however, it often looks somewhat different: The products either dry out your hair or make it completely greasy. A healthy balance is reserved for only a few products. Because every hair has a different need for oil and nutrients. However, products come with only one dosage and are not designed to meet our individual needs.
Therefore, it is difficult to find the right product to build up your hair structure and give it a natural shine.
Chemical straightening of the hair basically causes a film to be laid over the hair, suggesting that the hair structure is smooth. However, the substances are often only deposited on the scales, but do not nourish and strengthen the hair in the long term.
For chemical hair straightening, it is therefore advisable to do thorough research and understand your own hair.
In the right combination, chemical straightening leads to a lasting and repairing effect for our hair. A proven remedy here is, for example, a keratin treatment.
In order to have a shiny and healthy head of hair, our hair structure must first be repaired and smoothed.
Mechanical smoothing with a boar bristle brush distributes important care substances and the body's own fats from the scalp to the tips and ensures a lasting build-up and strengthening of the hair structure.
The sebum (hair fat) also provides the incomparable, natural shine that no product can imitate so quickly. The care effect takes comparatively longer, but pays off in the long run!
Chemical straightening is recommended if you want to achieve results quickly. However, this only works on the condition that you find the right product for your individual hair type and know how to dose it. To see which boar bristle brush suits your hair type, check out our range.