Yesterday I shared some Tips to Prevent Single Strand Knots. Interestingly, I received an email from Chicoro that provided some back up information tied to the tip I shared on the benefits of oiling. The information was quite interesting as I had never heard of the term “directional friction effect.” Here’s a clip from that email:
The Importance of Lubricating the Hair: May the Force be with You
There is a special frictional force on your hair. It is called directional friction effect (DFE).
DFE is present on natural, healthy hair.
- It helps your hairs, yes I meant to write hairs, align on your head in the same direction.
- DFE helps your hair to avoid or lessen the amount of tangles you get on your hair.
- You see, DFE helps your hair to ‘naturally’ go in the same direction. Once this DFE is no longer present in your hair, your hair will tend to tangle and get matted.
You need this DFE on your hair. This is where lubrication comes into the picture. Oils and oily substances are great for lubrication. They minimize the friction of hairs that rub against one another. Oils work with the natural DFE on your hair strands. Oils can enhance this force on your hair by reducing the friction from hair on hair rubbing.
You already know that tangles and matted hair are enemies of gaining length. Now you can add directional frictional effect to your knowledge about hair.
Points to Remember:
1. Oil or oily substances have many benefits for your natural afro-textured hair.
2. One important benefit is that it keeps hair lubricated. It reduces friction.
3. Lubrication is important because it helps hair to align in the same direction.
4. DFE is a force on your hair which helps the hair to naturally align.
5. Keep your hair healthy to maintain this DFE on your hair: Cover in the sun, minimize the use of chemical treatments on the hair.
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