Is silver hair "hollow"?

MyrnaMyrna Registered Users Posts: 2,472 Curl Connoisseur
This is what my new stylist told me she recently learned. I find that difficult to believe..I wonder if she misunderstood.

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  • rbbrbb Registered Users Posts: 4,355 Curl Connoisseur
    here's a quote from the curl chemist's article, http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/seniors/maximize-the-health-of-your-gray-hair/

    "One notable feature of gray hair that can contribute to its having different properties from pigmented hair is the presence of a medulla. Most animal fur contains a central hollow core called the medulla, which provides insulation for the mammal. In contrast, this feature is generally missing in human hair, but sometimes appears in white strands. This presence of this hollow core may change the physical properties of the hair, making it more wiry and unruly."

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
    washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
    leave in:curl junkie conditioners and treatments as leave in
    styling: curl junkie 
    sealants - jane carter nourish & shine
  • chupiechupie Registered Users Posts: 5,280 Curl Connoisseur
    Myrna wrote: »
    This is what my new stylist told me she recently learned. I find that difficult to believe..I wonder if she misunderstood.

    Are you having any more luck finding a new routine?
    2a medium porous, You can see my wavy tutorials here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy8bclCLgER5N_uVYSYZNxhBHSXAW40OQ and my wavy blog is The Wavy Nation http://wavynation.wordpress.com
  • MyrnaMyrna Registered Users Posts: 2,472 Curl Connoisseur
    so rbb, does this mean silver hair is hollow, or not? It sounds like silver hair is has a core that pigmented hair does not.

    Chupie, I think so. For one, I have finally resorted to applying all my products to wet hair, combing them through, and then scrunching my hair with the product to shape the curls. I am doing better in the product line, having certain staples. And - I bought a curling wand! that helps hugely - a lack of curl definition can change in 5 minutes with a wand.
  • rbbrbb Registered Users Posts: 4,355 Curl Connoisseur
    Myrna wrote: »
    so rbb, does this mean silver hair is hollow, or not? It sounds like silver hair is has a core that pigmented hair does not.

    "One notable feature of gray hair that can contribute to its having different properties from pigmented hair is the presence of a medulla. Most animal fur contains a central hollow core called the medulla, which provides insulation for the mammal. In contrast, this feature is generally missing in human hair, but sometimes appears in white strands. This presence of this hollow core may change the physical properties of the hair, making it more wiry and unruly."

    yes.

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
    washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
    leave in:curl junkie conditioners and treatments as leave in
    styling: curl junkie 
    sealants - jane carter nourish & shine
  • chupiechupie Registered Users Posts: 5,280 Curl Connoisseur
    It does sound like maybe not all strands have this. Probably why gray hair can seem to have a lot of textures.
    2a medium porous, You can see my wavy tutorials here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy8bclCLgER5N_uVYSYZNxhBHSXAW40OQ and my wavy blog is The Wavy Nation http://wavynation.wordpress.com
  • claudine191claudine191 Registered Users Posts: 8,221 Curl Connoisseur
    A stylist told me that once hair loses the weight of pigment, it tends to change texture (i.e., become lighter). I do not know whether this is true or not.
  • frizzygurlfrizzygurl Registered Users Posts: 32
    I have about 8 months of gray grow out. I hope I don't lose my curls! The texture is very different though
  • rbbrbb Registered Users Posts: 4,355 Curl Connoisseur
    frizzygurl wrote: »
    I have about 8 months of gray grow out. I hope I don't lose my curls! The texture is very different though

    my curl pattern stayed pretty much the same except for one patch of hair -- the front, top left side either wants to clump into one giant curl going forward, or gets strange if i manipulate into something else. i have success when i add extra leave in to that area after i blot excess water out, before i crunch into a style.

    now i have gone back to side-swept pieces (longer than bangs, but same idea except they are cut on an angle) as that seems to help minimize that patch of hair's behavior. LOL! and it's a flattering look for my face, so it's a win-win.

    even if your texture changes, like chloe's seems to have, i am sure it would not be straight, and i personally love the waves that chloe now has. i would be happy with my hair if that had happened to mine. i think as long as hair is healthy and cut to flatter your face, it's good.

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
    washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
    leave in:curl junkie conditioners and treatments as leave in
    styling: curl junkie 
    sealants - jane carter nourish & shine

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