Rubberized hair: what causes it and what are the main treatments

Anyone who loves to change the look of their hair knows that the result does not always come out as expected, in addition, depending on the process performed, the strands may be damaged and appear rubbery.

Have you been through this? Do not freak out! To help you, Healthy Minute has gathered information about the factors that contribute to making locks look like this and what can be done to reverse the situation and improve the beauty of the strands. Check out!


What is rubberized hair?

Fragile and brittle strands characterize rubberized hair.

Rubberized hair (or gum effect) is when the hair ends up looking elastic, dull and brittle. That’s because the hair went through some process that affected its structure, leaving it more fragile.

The most common features that rubberized hair has are:

  • When combing, the strands stretch and break easily;
  • Usually it has a lot of frizz, since the cuticles that line the central part of the hair dry;
  • When you run your hand through your hair, the strands do not return to their normal state, hence the so-called gum effect, getting stuck between your fingers.

It is common that many people confuse rubberized hair with dry hair, however, they are different things, since the gum effect that affects the wires is a more serious problem, due to causing the loss of capillary mass, located in the center of the hair. yarn, causing the disappearance of information about the color and natural texture of the locks.

What makes the hair rubbery?

The reasons that can lead to loss of softness, shine and natural resistance of the threads causing the hair to become rubberized are several, as they vary according to the type of structure, some are stronger to certain processes while others are easily harmed by be more sensitive.

The most common causes for the gum effect on hair are:


Chemical procedures are, in most cases, the main responsible for the occurrence of rubberized hair. Discoloration, dyeing, progressive, among other products that alter the structure of the threads, helping to make them fragile and dry.

Therefore, changing the periods of capillary procedures or choosing not to do them, helps to reduce the risk of damaged locks.


The frequent use of tools such as a hairdryer, flat iron and babyliss also contributes to the opaque and brittle effect on the wires. This is because when the temperature is very high, the heat can denature the keratin present in the hair.

Keratin is a fundamental protein for hair mass and resistant structure of locks. Thus, it is indicated to reduce the use of this equipment or to adjust the temperature (warm) to avoid damage.


Cutting the ends of the hair helps in strengthening the hair and growth. Therefore, it is legal to trim the locks to make them look lighter and healthier.

When the hair is not cut properly, the chances of the gum effect affecting the strands increase, especially when capillary processes are performed many times a month.

Lack of care

Moments for hair care during the routine are extremely important to have a resistant, shiny and soft hair. Therefore, those who are not in the habit of using products that help to hydrate, nourish and rebuild the threads are more likely to have rubberized locks.

This becomes even more essential for those who love to change their hair look frequently and want to maintain it for a long time.

How to treat rubberized hair?

In addition to the capillary schedule, the suspension of capillary processes helps to restore the hair.

When identifying that the hair is rubberized, it is necessary to start a treatment with specific products as soon as possible to reverse the situation and regenerate the damaged structure of the strands.

In general, it is recommended to organize a care schedule, which is divided into steps to provide everything the hair needs to return to its normal state. Are they:

  • Hydration: for the hair to recover moisture and become more shiny and silky, it is necessary to moisturize the locks. The hair items that can be used are those that contain coconut oil, aloe vera and D-panthenol.
  • Nutrition: helps to compensate for the loss of natural hair oil, which is responsible for nourishing the root to the ends of the strands, and when it is lacking, as in this case, it increases the frizz of the locks. Products such as nutrition masks based on vegetable oils can be applied, such as castor, avocado and mango.
  • Reconstruction: promotes the restoration of the damaged structure of the wires and contributes to increase the capillary mass, making them more resistant. The main assets for this are keratin, arginine and collagen.

It is worth mentioning that one of the stages may be more important for a certain type of hair than another, and the products applied must be chosen carefully so as not to harm the locks even more.

Therefore, it is important to seek professional help to ensure the efficiency of the capillary schedule and to ensure that no damage occurs.

In addition, it is usually indicated that during the recovery period of rubberized hair, any hair procedure such as progressive, dyeing, discoloration, among others, should be suspended.

Nobody wants to go through the experience of having a rubberized hair, so to prevent the strands from losing their natural resistance and elasticity, it is valid to adopt precautions such as the use of thermal protectors, pause between the capillary processes and maintain a care routine such as the application of beneficial products for locks.

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