Bubble hair is a condition that many people could suffer from without realizing it. While it is not a disease or an impairment of any sort, it is however a serious hair problem. In this post we discuss what bubble hair is and how we can avoid it.
What is Bubble hair?
Bubble hair is a condition that emerges from excessive heat application on damp or wet hair. The localized application of heat on one area of hair causes the water inside the hair fiber to boil and the air to expand. The steam produced is trapped underneath the cuticles, within the cortex and cuticle membrane complex. The bubbles cause cracks and holes in the cuticles and inside the hair fiber, hence the name Bubble hair. The hair fiber is weakened from this internal damage, leaving it dry and brittle. Hair is likely to fissure easily at these points.
How can we prevent Bubble hair?
The most obvious method to avoid Bubble hair is to cease heat application to hair. However, for most of us, this is inconceivable. Heat styling is an important part of our day to day. So what can be done to minimize Bubble hair?
- Do not heat style everyday- reduce the frequency.
- Do not heat style wet hair. Damp to dry is good enough, and will produce less steaming.
- Use heat protecting sprays or styling creams to add a protective layer against direct heat.
- Use good quality hair styling tools. Some of the cheap hair styling tools do not distribute heat uniformly causing excessive localized heating and burning of hair.
- Do not automatically set your appliances to maximum setting. Determine if lower settings can also do the job properly. Lower heat = less steaming.
Note that damage from Bubble hair is irreversible. It is therefore very important to use all preventive measures to keep this condition to a minimum. Learn more about other problems associated with heat styling here.