UNDERSTANDING YOUR HAIR
Your hair is one of the most noticeable things about
you. Its shape and color frame your face and make a
statement not only about who you are but how healthy
you are. Hair varies in many aspects including:
Hair type is mostly determined by genetic factors.
The condition of hair, however, is directly linked to
the physiological well-being of our bodies. Apart from
improper hair-care, there are several other factors
that adversely influence the hair condition and its
- Hereditary/genes determine the hair color and density.
- Chemical and drug reactions.
- Hormonal changes.
- Emotional stress, trauma.
Types of Hair
- Straight hair - Very straight,
thick hair is often resistant to styling and required
frequent treatments to maintain texture.
- Wavy hair - often considered the
most desirable hair type. It has lots of natural movement
that can be maximized with hairstyling products.
- Curly hair - has great natural
body, but may look dull or unruly. For very coarse,
curly hair (like that of many African Americans),
chemical retexturizing via hair colouring or hair
relaxing gives hair a smoother and more manageable
feel. Deep, heat-activated hair conditioners are also
important for curly hair, which sometimes has a tendency
towards breakage and split ends.
Scalp Conditions also determine hair type:
- Oily Hair - When the sebaceous
[oil] glands in the scalp secrete excess oil, it travels
down the hair shaft, causing excessive oiliness on
the scalp and hair. The oily hair appears lank, dark
- Dry Hair - is a result of the
lack of sebum and oil on the hair causing it to dry
out at cellular level. Flakiness of the scalp and
dandruff are a direct result of dryness. The hair
looks limp, becomes less elastic and is more susceptible
to breakage and damage.
- Normal Hair - is healthy, without
over-dry ends or over-oily roots, giving a shiny silky
Hair texture refers to the width of the individual
strands of hair. Your hair texture can range from the
fine blond hair of Scandinavians to the thick, sometimes
coarse hair of Asians and Indians.
- Fine - Fine hair is very, very
small in diameter, and tends to be weightless and
flyaway. Frequently, it's quite straight and won't
hold a curl easily.
- Medium - If your hair is not flyaway
or thick and coarse, it is medium. You should consider
yourself lucky, as your hair texture is the most common
and most manageable.
- Coarse - Coarse hair has a thick
diameter and frequently, a rough feeling.
You do not usually end life with the same bunch of
hair that you grew up with when you were born. Unlike
the eyes or nose, your hair keeps regenerating, shedding
As you turn older, you start experiencing hair loss.
This natural process of ageing starts when you turn
50. However, for some people the process starts much
Common causes of hair loss in men and women include:
- Stress and Lifestyle
- Hormonal imbalances
- Genetic factors
- Drug Side effects
hair and the aging process
Characteristics of Healthy Hair
To date, cosmetologists or trichologists have failed
to identify the characteristics of healthy hair. However,
some of the most common characteristics of healthy hair
- Thick and dense.
- Fine and silky, which means not too oily or rough.
- Lustre-filled, having a shine and gloss.
- Pliable, capable of setting and styling.
- Full-bodied and not limp or lank.
3 Step Antiaging Hair Care
Antiaging Hair Caring is a little more than regular
shampoos, conditions and cuts. The three most beneficial
antiaging hair care treatments include:
Antiaging Hair Care Products
Protection For Hair
Hair Shampoos & Conditioners
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