Referred to as hair elasticity by cosmetologist, the stretchability of a hair follicle helps to determine if your hair is protein and/or moisture deprived. Although my interest peaked with my hair stretching, it's dually important that you hair return to its normal length. **Remember, I lost the follicle - so I don't know!** A wet hair follicle can stretch up to 30% - 50% its length, whereas a dry follicle will only stretch 20%. Measured according to low, medium and high, the stretch test can help you determine what types of hair styles are best suited for your hair. As expected, hair with medium to high elasticity can be manipulated with greater ease than low elasticity which may be hard to curl or style. Additionally, ladies rockin' low elasticity hair shouldn't stress their tresses with weaves or braids, instead they should opt for a protein treatment and begin using a daily water-based moisturizer.
The Wet Stretch Test courtesy of OrganicColorSystems
1. Separate about 10 strands of hair and spray with water.
2. Hold hair firmly between both hands.
3. Gently pull hair away from the client’s head.
4. Healthy hair should stretch around 30% of its length and then return,
like an elastic band, showing no signs of damage.