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Healthy Scalp for Healthy Hair: Nourishing and growing your hair from the roots

Flowing tresses, healthy shining hair, abundant volume….all of these are very desirable whether one has hair problems or not. And when one actually has problems of hair fall and hair loss, these may even feel much more desirable but feel unattainable.

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Let us understand what is needed for those enviable hair.

Hair as we see is only the dead part of hair. The actual living part of hair is the hair root or follicle. The hair root takes its nourishment from the deep scalp skin.

Just like when we want to grow a beautiful plant, we need nutrient-rich, healthy soil, one needs healthy nutrient-rich scalp skin around the hair root for shining abundant hair. To achieve this, the scalp skin needs to be healthy.

Unfortunately, it is one of the most neglected areas of hair care today, as people are not aware of the need. The only time it gets attention is when there is a problem like dandruff or boils. In fact, most people associate scalp care with only right shampoo usage. But actually, shampoos only cleanse the scalp and hair. They cannot affect the hair follicle or deeper scalp skin in any way.  As the ageing of hair begins from the scalp, hence early treatment and prevention goes a long way in ensuring the rich healthy hair.

How to keep the scalp healthy?

Three Step Mantra – Protect, Nourish and Regenerate

Protect from dehydration and irritation, use the right shampoo and conditioner, and drink 10-12 glasses of water a day. One may need scalp moisturisers at times. Treat scalp problems, if any, like dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, folliculitis promptly. Delaying treatments can weaken the hair roots.

Nourish from within. Eat healthy foods – rich in anti-oxidants and minerals, avoid food rich in saturated fats, refined carbohydrates and preservatives, Infuse vitamins, minerals and growth factors in the scalp. Include scalp nourishment a part of your regular hair care regime.

Regenerate – stimulate scalp regeneration by special scalp health treatments that help in loosening and removing excess dead skin along with infusion of antimicrobials and natural growth factors. If done regularly, prevents and reduces hair fall and other hair and scalp problems.

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Demystifying hair – Part 1

In animals hair plays a major role as thermal protection as well as tactile sensation. As humans evolved the body hair started declining except on scalp. And the irony is while we want to further get rid of the body hair (we go through so much pain while waxing or lasing); we want more and more hair on our scalp.

Hair beautifies our face. Hair is transformational – have you noticed how a change in hair style can make or break your look.

All of us desire a beautiful and luscious mane. But first we ought to know our hair. Let us understand and demystify hair in this series of “Did you know”

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  • We have on an average 1,00,000 – 1,20,000, yes 1 – 1.2 lakh hair on our scalp
  • Men have denser hair than women.
  • Hair is a skin appendage; it is formed from specialized skin cells.
  • Hair is broadly divided into two parts – hair shaft and hair follicle.
  • Hair shaft is the part of the hair we see on surface.
  • Hair follicle is rooted deep into the skin, hence we cannot see it.
  • Hair is the second fastest growing tissue of our body; the first being bone marrow.

 

Food for thought…….

Hair is growing but is made of dead tissue!

Ever wondered why we do not feel any pain when we cut or iron our hair!!!

 

We will continue to unravel this mystique…..

Healthy hair = Happy luscious hair

 

…..your friendly Hair Expert

 

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Demystifying Hair – Part 2

Continuing on our journey to understand our hair better, let’s begin with a quick recap of part 1 –
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  • We have on an average 1,00,000 – 1,20,000, yes 1 – 1.2 lakh hair on our scalp.
  • Hair is a skin appendage; it is formed from specialized skin cells.
  • Hair follicle (unit) is broadly divided into two parts – hair shaft and hair follicle.
  • Hair shaft is the part of the hair we see on surface.
  • Hair bulb is rooted deep into the skin, hence we cannot see it.

 

Hair is growing but is made of dead tissue!

Ever wondered why we do not feel any pain when we cut or iron our hair!!!

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Hair can basically be divided into 2 parts: Hair shaft and hair bulb or follicle

Hair shaft is the visible portion of hair – the thick dark strand that covers our scalp. This is formed of specialized skin cells. It does not have any blood supply or nerves – hence we neither bleed nor feel any pain when we cut our hair. This is made of compressed protein chains called Keratin.

Hair follicle that is the deeper portion of the hair (that we cannot see) is located deep into the skin. This is where the hair gets its blood supply and where new hair growth begins (hair bulb). Oil producing sebaceous gland is a part of hair follicle structure along with hair bulb. This helps lubricate hair and prevents it from getting dry and brittle.

Hair follicles are innate, we are all born with fixed number of hair follicles and no new hair follicles can be grown later in lifetime.

New hair growth means new hair shaft produced by the follicle.

This refers to Hair Cycle.

Till next time…..nurture your hair.

……yours friendly hair expert.

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