HAIR – These days, not only women are hair conscious. Men’s groom time for their hair care routines has become equal. Everything from hair extensions, wigs, pieces, ponytails, braids, toupees to hair graphs are all on the table. Men and women are seeking hair solutions that produces soft, shiny, heads of growing healthy hair.
The average scalp contains about 100,000 hairs and it’s normal to lose around 100 of them every day. However, due to genetics and other general factors, as you gradually age, the number of hairs you lose increases. This is inherited hair loss and about half of all people get it between 48-55. Those with inherited hair loss are genetically more sensitive to testosterone, which causes hair follicles to shrink. Another reason for hair loss regardless of age is malnutrition. Research has specifically linked it to lack of protein and iron. When we practice healthy LIVE styles, our hair and health overall tends to trend in the positive.
So many people wonder, how can they keep their natural color longer? An answer – Copper. It contains melanin stimulating properties. Melanin levels control the darkness of your hair (and skin). The higher the melanin, the darker the hair (skin). One option for less gray, and for sure more health is eating pumpkin seeds because they may prevent premature greying.
This leads to the ultimate question, what is the best remedy for the healthiest dandruff free, shed free, clean scalp, pore health, shiny, thick full head of healthy hair?
Everyone at a point needs water HYDRATION and deep root refreshing fertilizing hair help, in the form of a quality hair and scalp product. One that produces results. HUmineral believes that after 8 years of mixing potions, buying, testing, trying, and repeating, we have our latest health and beauty item. A quality product that addresses hair and scalp health. HU Healthy Hair & Scalp Moisture!
Let’s get down to the HAIRY FACTS of having and MANE -taining a healthy head of hair.
What Does Hair Do?
The hair on our heads doesnt just look nice and makes us feel good. It keeps us warm by preserving heat. Hair in the nose, ears, and around the eyes protects these sensitive areas from dust and other small particles wandering up and in. Eyebrows and eyelash hair protect eyes by decreasing the amount of light and particles that go into them. And the fine hair that covers the body provides warmth and protects the skin. Yep, great thought went into every area of the HUman machine, cast from the earth.
What are the Parts of Hair?
Human hair consists of:
- the hair shaft, the part that sticks out from the skin’s surface.
- the root, a soft thickened bulb at the base of the hair
- the follicle, a sac-like pit in the skin from which the hair grows.
At the bottom of the follicle is the papilla, where the actual hair growth happens. The papilla contains an artery that nourishes the root of the hair. As cells multiply and make keratin that hardens the structure, they’re pushed up the follicle and through the skin’s surface as a shaft of hair. What an incredible process!
Your hair is made up of three layers:
Hair is composed of 95% keratin, a fibrous and helical protein (in the shape of a helix), which is part of the composition of the skin and (hair, nails, etc.). Hair is made up of columns of dead keratinised cells.
- Medulla. This is the soft, central part of the hair shaft. Interestingly, thick hair contains large amounts of medulla, while fine hair has almost none.
- Cortex. This is the thickest layer of your hair. It contains lots of fibrous proteins and the pigment that gives your hair its color.
- Cuticle. The cuticle is the tough, protective outer layer of your hair
The three layers: A central medulla, or core (not seen in fine hairs), surrounded by a keratinised cortex, and the outer third layer, which is highly keratinised and forms the thin hard cuticle on the outside of the hair.
Helical: a common structural motif of proteins. In the cortex, keratin strands will self-assemble into a coiled coil (a helical shape that is formed by multiple protein chains).
Keratinised: a process of accumulation of hardened dead cells constantly pushing each other along the hair follicle is called keratinization pronounced: ker-uh-tuh-nuh-ZAY-shun). Keratinization is a phenomenon that will lead to the formation of hair as we can see it with the naked eye.
As they move up, they’re cut off from their supply of nourishment and start to form a hard protein called keratin. This process is keratinization. As this happens, the hair cells die. The dead cells and keratin form the shaft of the hair.
Keratin is composed of 18 amino acids and is involved in the composition of hair. The most abundant amino acids are cysteine, cystine, serine, glutamic acid, glycine, threonine, arginine, valine, leucine, isoleucine and proline. Keratin is particularly rich in cysteine (a variety of sulfur amino acids) which form disulfide bridges between molecules, giving its rigidity and strength to the whole.
The hair keratinization process is regulated by various elements (hormones, vitamins, genetic factors, and metabolism) and is connected to the metabolism of cholesterol and its esterification with fatty acids synthesized by the epidermis. Dietary deficiencies and/or enzyme defects due to cholesterol and fatty acid synthesis may lead to irregular keratinization which results in structural defects in the hair shaft.
Having and keeping healthy hair is not just about washing, doing deep conditioning monthly or buying only the best products. It is also important to have a healthy LIVE style – healthy diet, proper rest, and the most stress-free days as possible.
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