Monday, April 25, 2011

Cosme-terminology Quiz: The Cuticle of the Hair

How could you describe the cuticle of the hair?

A. The tough outer layer of the hair
B. The middle layer of the hair
C. Course, medium, or fine
D. Acidic or Alkaline
E. Both B and C
If you said A. you're right.

Healthy Cuticle

Damaged cuticle

The cuticle is the tough outer layer we first encounter on the hair. This layer protects each strand by surrounding the inner structure. Like the scales of a fish, the cuticle has multiple scales that lay flat when they are strong and healthy. During chemical hair services, like bleaching, coloring, perming, and straightening, the solution must penetrate this area to achieve the desired result. If the cuticle is tight and resistant, the hair can be difficult to service. Once the cuticle layer has been damaged, there is no way to reverse the damage. A brand new, intact cuticle can be found on new hair growth.

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Did you get this question right? Would you rather have a resistant cuticle or an easily penetrated one?