Do you know you can identify when your hair needs hydration? Well, if you don’t, you will learn today!
There are many uncertainties around the real needs of each hair. The vast majority, just because they don’t know what their hair needs, end up spending a lot on products that, at that moment, are not useful. As I explained in this post here.
Every Hair Needs Hydration
Every hair needs hydration, and it always needs hydration. No matter what your hair type is, hydration is always the basics. There is no point in nourishing and rebuilding without moisturizing.
Just to compare: everyone needs food (nutrients), right? But no food can supply the lack of water, because, without the water, the body will stop functioning. With hair, it’s the same thing. Like everything else in our body, hair needs water.
Water replacement (hydration) should be done regularly and with simple masks, since replacing water is not a very difficult task, right?
How To Identify That Hair Needs Hydration?
It’s simple! First, look at your hair. Is it dry and dull? Then, it needs hydration.
Touch your hair and listen to the “sound” it emits. When you rub it between your fingers, the sound is “rough,” it is as if you were rubbing a straw, and the drier the hair is, the more intense the sound will be. When the hair, on the other hand, is hydrated, the sound is soft, almost imperceptible.
You can also observe its texture, which in the dry hair is rough, while in hydrated hair, the texture is smooth, and the hair seems to slide.
As for the characteristics, it is observed that the hydrated hair is not rigid. It is flexible and easily handled without breaking (breakage). Flexibility has a lot to do with reconstruction. Imagine that hair is a house being built. The reconstruction is the cement. The bricks are nutrition, and the water is the hydration. For the cement to be used to “stick” the bricks, it has to be hydrated beforehand, otherwise,, it gets hard (that’s why before any reconstruction the hair must be hydrated). So, it is essential, for the hair to be healthy and beautiful. We use products that replenish, retain, and absorb water so that moisture is retained inside the hair fiber.
Now that I have explained how to identify the need for hydration, let’s go to the next step: how often should the hair be hydrated?
What Is The Correct Frequency Of Hydration?
It is impossible to generalize because each hair, at each moment, has a different need. Some hairs need hydration twice a week, while in others, the hydration can be fortnightly, for example. And a hair that needs two hydrations a week, in two months, it might need only one every 10 days. It will depend on the hair, the damage, and the moment.
The general rule is that the hair needs to be hydrated weekly, but this can vary due to the intensity of the damage. For example, very damaged hair will need to combine hydration with reconstruction and nutrition. A hair that does not have damage will need less hydration, less nutrition, and occasional reconstruction.
The basic schedule consists of six hydrations, three nutrition, and a capillary reconstruction. Each process is done on alternate days (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, for example). For this treatment routine to work, you must first create a weekly treatment schedule and follow it.
Capillary Schedule Suggestion
- First week: Hydration/Hydration/Nutrition
- Second week: Hydration/Hydration/Nutrition
- Third week: Hydration/Hydration/Reconstruction
- Fourth week: Hydration/Hydration/Nutrition
This schedule is just a suggestion. As for products, you can follow our suggestion we already mentioned above.
Remember: Before applying the moisturizing mask, the hair must be washed with shampoo. After these three weeks, depending on your hair’s condition, you can continue the treatment or wait a month and repeat the process.
For beginners of the schedule, I recommend that you follow the Basic capillary Schedule. This table is fundamental and meets the needs of all hair in general. After following it for a month, you will already know your hair more and know how to identify your needs, then yes, you can assemble your own schedule.
The best capillary schedule is the one based on the needs of your hair. Once you know them, the sequence of treatments will be defined.
Another thing to note is that when the hair starts to improve, the treatment’s intensity needs to be reduced. Otherwise, the hair ends up getting worse again, since there will be an overload, you know? In this post, I explain how to set up a specific “schedule” for each hair.