The wind is known for messing up your hair, many of us know this, however, did you know that wind can have a drying effect on your hair? When the wind blows, it increases the evaporation rate. Oils can evaporate (though they evaporate at different rates depending on the molecular weight if the oil is mixed with anything, the length of the chain molecule, and a few other factors). Oils never completely evaporate, but it is essential to know that the wind can cause you to lose some oils.
Heat is another factor that can impact your hair (it can also lead to the production of sweat). While heat can cause light oils to evaporate, it can also lead to the production of more natural oils. Depending on your hair type, these oils can affect your hair differently. For some, it can lead to oily hair, and for others, this oil may not reach the ends of the hair. The density of the hair may also impact the drying time of the excess moisture on the scalp; for example, if you have a fro, it will likely take longer for your scalp to dry than if you have your hair in twists.
Hair will attract and absorb water vapors in the air on a humid day, which is why it may stand up on humid days if you have thick hair. If you have fine hair, then moisture may cling to your hair strands and weigh your hair down, which can cause your hair to lose volume.
Rain is an obvious weather factor that can quickly and suddenly change your hairstyle, and while pure rain in and of itself will do your hair no harm, rain that contains impurities can damage your hair. Before it falls from the sky the water in the rain is pretty much filtered, however as it falls back down to earth the water can become polluted as the rainwater can come into contact with impurities in the air or other substances. When hair is exposed to acidic rain, the acids and chemicals in the water can strip the moisture from the hair, leaving it frizzy.
Even in cases of unpolluted rain, lingering moisture can damage your hair. To learn more about the risks of having water in your hair for a prolonged period, check out our previous blog: The Pros and Cons of Air Drying your Hair.
When possible, try to carry an umbrella or raincoat when you travel. We cannot always protect our hair from the weather, but we can keep our hair strong, and by extension, reduce the overall amount of damage. As they say, the best offense is a strong defense, give your hair everything it needs to stay strong and healthy with the amazing products from Vitalize Hair!