In my office, patients ask me about scalp and hair health all the time. People are often surprised to hear that the conversation surrounding clean, healthy hair is changing as the science evolves in this area. Most of the products we’ve been using set our hair up for a vicious cycle of damage and superficial solutions to mask that damage. I’m excited to share more information on what I believe is one of the groundbreaking solutions to the hair damage we have come to accept as normal.

People love a good lather, especially when it comes to their shampoo. The problem is, shampoo that creates a bubbly, rich lather actually contains harsh chemicals that damage your hair and make it very prone to something called hygral fatigue.

Hygral fatigue is a new, groundbreaking concept that has recently come to light. It means that water can actually damage hair. The longer your hair is wet, the more the hair actually swells and swollen, wet hair is especially prone to damage and breakage.  So most people shampoo, getting that rich lather, as soon as they get in the shower. Then, for as long as that shower takes, that vulnerable hair absorbs water, and absorbs more water, until it swells.  When you step out of the shower, you then towel dry your hair till it’s damp and then blow it dry while you style your hair. You notice week after week that your hair is getting frizzier, more damaged, and even more visibly dull.  So, you start using heavier products like conditioners and masks and leave on products that basically act like superficial band-aids.  They coat the hair with heavy products that give it a glossy shine, but the hair beneath isn’t healthy. It’s far from healthy, and that damage just gets worse year after year.

Based on the latest research, here’s the simplest way to get your hair back on track and restore damage that’s already been done — the concept is pretty simple:

Less water exposure + faster drying = healthy hair.

I’m going to walk you through the system that I use myself and recommend for my patients, which is called the AQUIS PRIME Hair Care System.  I was so impressed by the effect it had on my own hair that I partnered with the brand to help get the message out.  I’m going to walk through each step to explain exactly how I use each product.

Step 1: Before hopping in the shower, I spray my hair with the AQUIS Prime Water Defense PreWash Spray.  It actually protects hair from swelling and balances the natural pH of hair. So it’s literally protecting your hair from water damage during the entire shower.

Step 2: Before I get out of the shower, I massage in the AQUIS Prime Rebalancing Hair Wash.  No, it doesn’t create a bubbly lather, and that’s a GOOD sign.  It gently removes dirt, oil and other impurities without relying on those harsh chemicals that create bubbles and damage the cuticle.  Rinse out.

Step 3: I flip my head over and put on the AQUIS Rapid Dry Hair Turban. I used to be a Towel girl, but I have to admit I’ve recently switched to the turbans. At first I thought they’d be complicated to use, but they’re actually super easy.  You just put the part with button at the base of your skull, and then twist the turban, and then loop the loop around the button. Done.  So easy.  The towels and turbans are made with a special microfiber technology that wicks away wetness and cuts drying time in half.  So if you do end up using a blow dryer, you only have to use ½ the heat.

Step 4: Spray on the AQUIS PRIME Restorative Leave-In Conditioner.  I spray it onto damp hair, and then use a detangling comb to comb it through.  Most conditioners weigh down hair and trap even more water in the hair.  This one is lightweight but incredibly gentle and safe for hair.

Then I’ll either air dry or blow dry, but the time it takes to get it fully dry is cut in half.  The AQUIS Prime system actually gets to the root of the issue.  It’s not just damaging hair and then hiding that damage by camouflaging it with heavy chemicals that add a fake shine to hair and weigh it down.

I look forward to your questions! Please feel free to post below or on my social media channels!


Dr. Whitney


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