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Repairing hair structure: Chemical vs. mechanical straightening

Posted by Benjamin Wellmann on
Repairing hair structure: Chemical vs. mechanical straightening

Broken hair! - Now what?

When it comes to repairing your hair, there are a few options that promise to do that.

But what exactly do you mean 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 visible - some people have curly hair, others have straight hair...

However, our hair differs not only in appearance, but also in its very structure. 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 on their appropriate care already. With the appropriate know-how, we can then achieve optimal results for our hair.

But no matter whether fine, curly or straight, in your basic structure, our hair is initially built the same. To understand we can repair our hair, it is necessary to know and understand the structure of our hair.

In this article we will go into the external application for the care and repair of the hair. There are also approaches that start with nutrition that lead to strong and healthy hair.


Structure of the hair

Our hair consists in the outer core of a hair cuticle, also called cuticle. These scales are arranged flat and overlapping. You can imagine it similar to the scale arrangement of 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, resulting in clotty and dull hair.



Mechanical smoothing of the hair structure


In order to have healthy and shiny hair, smoothing the hair cuticle is mandatory. One way to repair the hair structure is mechanical hair straightening. 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 therefore recommended. This has unique, caring properties that a plastic brush does not have.

Boar bristle brushes are able to absorb the body's own hair fat and other important nutrients and distribute them evenly in our hair, right to the tips.

So if you look at our hair cuticle, it is brushed back to 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 nice thing about 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 texture
Who hasn't heard of it? The "silky" conditioner, or the "leave-in conditioner" - Smooth Edition"?

All chemical products that basically suggest us only one thing: Healthy and shiny hair.

But often the choice of product is not so simple. 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 goal 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 a little different: The products either dry out your hair, or grease it completely. A healthy balance is reserved for only a few products. Because each hair has a different need for fat and nutrients. However, the products come with only one dosage and are not designed to meet our individual needs.

Therefore, it is difficult to find the appropriate product that will build your hair structure and give it a natural shine.

Chemical straightening of the hair basically ensures that a film is laid over the hair, suggesting that the hair structure is smooth. But often the substances are 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 research and understand your own hair carefully.

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.


Summary
In order to have a shiny and healthy head of hair, our hair structure must first be repaired and smoothed.

Through mechanical smoothing with a boar bristle brush, important care substances and the body's own fats are distributed from the scalp to the tips and ensure 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.

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