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We are known by our hair color or style: The Blonde Bombshell, The Beautiful Brunette. That Tall Red-Haired Lovely, The Girl with the Frizzy Brown Hair, The Long Ponytail. In fact, our hair is perhaps our most prominent identifying feature, even more than our skin color and body type are.(For Hair regrowth)
Even so, why all the fuss?
To begin with, there are approximately 140,000 hairsan estimated 1.000 per square inch on the average adult scalp. And some mornings, every one of these hairs seems to have a mind of its own.
Without the right cut, styling techniques, and products to control that willful growth atop our heads, we are setting ourselves up for one bad hair day after another.
HAIR REGROWTH: WHY DO WE HAVE HAIR ON OUR HEADS?
Contrary to prevailing obsessions, the primary purpose of the hair on our heads is not to drive us nuts. Nor is its sole purpose to make us look a little bit different from the woman across the street. You can’t even say that we have hair to make a fashion statement.
Hair grows out of our scalps to protect our heads from the elements. Period.
Remember how your mother insisted that you wear a hat every time you walked out the door in the wintertime? She was right. Massive amounts of body heat escape through our heads when we are without a protective covering.
And in the summer, our skulls would simmer in the sun without this natural chapeau.
Either way, you can imagine how rough it is for someone with no hair.
So that is why we have hair on our heads.
HAIR REGROWTH: WHAT EXACTLY IS HAIR?
Hair, known formally as pilus, is a threadlike filament extending through the pores of the skin. It is 97 percent protein, with the remaining 3 percent composed of amino acids, minerals, and other trace elements.
We humans have some type of fuzz all over our bodiesexcept for our lips, the palms of our hands and the soles of our feet. In this book, the only hair we’ll be discussing is on our heads.
A hair has three very distinct layers. On the outside is the cuticle, which is composed of flat, transparent, overlapping shingles that protect the inner part of the hair shaft. Should these cells become uneven or damaged, hair can lose its sheen or, in especially bad cases, result in split ends.
The second layer, or cortex, is made up of elongated cells growing end to end. They give the hair its flexibility and tensile strength. These cells contain the pigments that provide our hair with its natural color. Your hair turns gray when this pigmentation is depleted.
In the center is the medulla-two rows of cells that grow side-by-side along the shaft. This layer determines the width of the strand, as well as its strength and elasticity. This is what determines if the hair is fine or coarse.
For all intents and purposes, hair is dead. At least the part we see is. Only the papilla is alive. Every follicle grows from this bulblike node or root which is nourished by blood vessels that course through the scalp.
A hair follicle grows about one-half inch per month for two to six years, then it goes dormant for three to four months. During this rest period, the follicle is released by the papilla so that a new hair can begin to grow. In time, the original hair strand is pushed out by the new hair that has been slowly climbing its way through the skin.
Hair and scalp are lubricated by an oil, released by sebaceous glands through ducts that line the pores where the hair grows.
Bet you didn’t know so much was going on up there.
When this growth-regrowth cycle is normal, the average life span of a healthy human hair is four years.
HAIR REGROWTH: WHEN HAIR DOESN’T GROW RIGHT
A healthy person can expect to lose between eighty and one hundred hairs every day. This means that both the hair with its root and the scalp with its complex network of nerves and glands, are in proper working order.
However, if you come out with a whole handful of hair when you run your fingers through it, or if you see a lot of hair on your pillow, in your brush, or in the tub after washing it, you have a problem. This means too many of your roots are letting go, if not dying off, at the same time. The
result can be devastating. If roots are dead, new hair growth is impossible.
On the other hand, if you’re nor shedding, you have trouble of a different nature. This means that your roots are not producing new hairs. New growth depends upon how much nourishment the papilla gets from the bloodstream and how clean your scalp is. New hair can’t push its way through an oil-clogged scalp.
Either way, you need to do something. I’ll go into more detail about chronic hair loss in a later chapter, but here are some immediate steps you can take to come to grips with less than perfect hair.
- Talk to your stylist. It could be that you’ve been doing
something to damage your hair and scalp or that you are using the wrong hair care and styling products. Do you color your hair at home? Do you have a perm? Color and perm? It could be caused by any number of things. You may
not be washing your hair correctly. We’ll get into that later. • See your dermatologist if you have persistent dandruff
(dry, scaly scalp) or dermatitis (bumps and breaking out
on your scalp or around your hairline) . Also, take a look at your overall health. Have you been ill?
Are you taking any medications? Have you been under a
lot of stress? • Do you work or live in an environment with lots of air pol
lution? Airborne grit and grime are extremely damaging to
human hair. • Take a close look at your diet. If it’s high in oils and fats,
especially red meats, fried foods and most nuts and nut products, you may be asking for trouble. Despite what you may think, a balanced. nutritious diet really is part of an effective haircare and styling routine.
HAIR REGROWTH: BRUSH FIRST
Before you wash your hair, wrap your hairbrush in cheesecloth or gauze and run it through your hair. Work from scalp to ends. The fabric will absorb dirty oil residue, while the brushing loosens grit stuck to the hair shaft and scalp. You’ll be amazed at how clean your hair will be!
WHAT KIND OF HAIR DO YOU HAVE?
Before you decide how you will wear your hair, you need to know a few things about it. Is it straight or curly? If it is curly, how curly is it? Thick or thin? Fine or coarse?
This is not always as simple as you might think My hair is very fine and, for the most part, thick. It is thin on top, thanks to a bad perm five or six years ago. It broke off at the scalp and never quite grew back to its original lush thickness.
To say that it’s straight or curly is not so obvious. When was a child, it was either cut short-in which case it was very straight–or permed—which meant it was very curly.
Once I grew old enough to protest this obligatory summer permanent-waving ritual, I started wearing my hair in a sleck, shoulder-length, pageboy bob. For this, my hair was all one length, blunt cut just below my chin line and curving across the back. Every night, I rolled it under on large, bristied rollers. For all I knew, it was as straight as a plumb line. Imagine my surprise years later when I had my hair cut in layers and found that it fell in soft, easy waves!
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