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Hair Memory

Why your hair won’t move the way you want it to 

Adapted from an interview with Dan Koday from Real Simple magazine.

Have you ever experienced difficulty with changing your hairstyle?

Why does this happen?: Your hair has its own memory and if you don’t change it up often, it’s not going to “learn” a new style easily. Think of the way plants grow towards the light, your roots grow in the direction that you typically pull it to.

“If you always curl your hair, if you always have your hair straight, if you always braid it, we call that creating tension or hair memory. The hair will kind of go to that side or place — what we call the corn curl,” says Marshall.

What can you do?: Consistently go against the tension and have patience, it won’t happen overnight. In some cases, it’ll take months before your hair finally learns its new groove.

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