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What Elasticity is:

Elasticity refers to the ability of hair to stretch and hold curls.

Levels of Elasticity:

Normal– hair can be stretched up to 50% of its original length and bounces back to its original length without breaking.

Low– hair will stretch, but not return to its original length.

 

Exercise:

Take a rubber band and stretch it everyday for a week and see if there is a change. You should notice that it may thin out a little and be elongated. This is what happens when hair is stretched beyond its normal elasticity. It may not bounce back to its original strength.

Improving Elasticity:

  • If your hair is breaking due to low elasticity, you may need a trim. Trimming the damaged ends can immediately restore elasticity issues.
  • Keep the hair conditioned and moisturized to nourish and strengthen the hair.
  • Use minimal heat styling to avoid damage and over stretching of the hair. Blow drying and flat ironing is often done on a weekly basis, which, over time, will over stretch the hair, causing low elasticity.

Embracing Elasticity:

Many naturals do not enjoy the shrinkage factor when it comes to elasticity. While there are natural ways to stretch the hair, be sure to use caution when selecting products and tools for the job. Some tools may permanently damage the hair, requiring it to be chopped off to restart the grow out process.

Normal elasticity is a true sign of healthy hair!