An average person has about 100,000 hairs on their scalp. Redheads have 90,000 while blonds have 140,000, and brunettes fall in between.
Each hair shaft has three layers, two inner layers protected by the cuticle (outside layer). Each hair grows an average of 9 inches a year.
Most people shed 50-100 hairs a day :S this is kind of scary for me.
Hair porosity, Is the ability for hair to be able to absorb and retain moisture.
How does my hair look like??!!
When the cuticle layers are in good health, (the hair has a smooth appearance) the layers of the cuticle are so tightly knit together that the light is able to reflect off the cuticle. This is what makes the hair shine!
When the cuticle layers are not tight together, the hair will feel coarse and brittle. The hair will then absorb the light and not reflect. This will give a surface appearance of dull and lifeless hair.
How should I treat my hair then?
First of all, I can’t stress enough how important this is, but please; Treat your hair very gently when it's wet, because then It's at it most fragile condition.
Do NOT brush it or comb it vigorously when it's wet. It is way easier to detangle it when it's dry anyways :)
Second, Wet hair stretches, again that makes it vulnerable to breakage and cuticle damage. So if you have dry hair it’s a good idea to wash it 2-3 times weekly. It’s very exhausting for your hair to get stripped away from its moisture and natural oils every day. One of the reasons why Indian girls have pretty long, smooth, shinny, amazing hair is because they wash their hair rarely and apply loads of oils. Am not saying you should do this, but do the math and find out what's suitable for your hair and your lifestyle.
Third, Regular haircuts help your hair grow longer & prevents split ends. Always remember that your hair ends are very old (age wise I mean). So maintain them properly for your hair to look healthy and shinny
Forth, Brittle hair can be improved by avoiding the use of shampoos that contain alkaline or alcohol. So look through the ingredients of your shampoo before you buy it. Do a little research bout what goes into the products you use. Educate yourself. Try and avoid products that contain sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, or SLS, propylene glycol, mineral oil or dimethicone.
Fifth, PLEASE DO NOT OVER STYLE YOUR HAIR. Always use heat protective products before applying any heat source. Use protective serums or sprays. There are lots of brands, to use on wet and dry hair. These will also protect your hair from the Sun's UV rays, which also contribute to dry & damaged hair.
Finally, Using a conditioner containing moisturizing ingredients such as provitamin B5, panthenol, keratin, sea kelp and coconut oil can help reduce dryness and breakage in the hair shaft. Adding moisture back into the hair shaft is essential to maintaining the moisture and lustre in the hair.
Here are some easy home made DIY dry hair remedies:
Milk and Honey
If you don't want to leave it over night or can't stand the greasy feeling, then after you cover it with a shower cap (or rap it with those clear film plastic wrappers you use in the kitchen) and then wrap a towel on top of it to lock the heat and make the hair absorb all the moisture of the oils. Leave for 30-40 minutes then shampoo and rinse as usual. (ONLY APPLY OILS TO YOUR SCALP AND NEVER TO THE WHOLE HAIR CUZ IT MIGHT ACTUALLY DRY IT)
Strawberry cake :D
Combine strawberries with an egg and 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil in your food processor for a good all-around natural hair mask
Here are some products I love using on my hair :D
- Hello Hydration (very nourishing and softening)
- Beautiful ends (so wonderful to restore split ends, your hair will be harder to break)
- Ignite my colour (it keeps your gorgeous color safe, and even gives it a boost)
- Do not use the same shampoo, conditioner, etc. for more than a month.
- Use products from the same range.
- Always moisturize
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