WE LEARN TO KNOW THEM :
history tells us that hair has always had an important meaning and value, 2000 years ago in ancient Egypt, it was considered the hair great source of seduction.
Today, both men and women attach great importance to the care of the hair, in some periods has served to distinguish themselves socially, such as wigs noble of the ‘700, long hair, the rebel in the years ’70, the ridges or punk hair multi color of our days…
Hair in chinese medicine, are linked to the energy of the kidneys, which in turn is connected to the water element.
When you have energy of the kidneys discharge (stress, too much work, tensions of various kinds, diseases, fears), usually besides feeling more tired, we lose more hair.
In fact, the hair is closely linked to the nervous system and are mainly made up from proteins such as keratin (65-95%) and melanin (which gives colour to the hair), water, lipids, trace elements (silicon), pigments.
Mineral salts useful for hair
Very important for the life and the health of the hair are iron, zinc, magnesium, and copper, may also be employed such as trace elements during periods of stress, or excessive loss of hair.
The hair cycle
The hair grows about 1-2 cm per month and a growth cycle lasts on average from 2 to 6 years. At the end of the growth cycle the hair falls and is replaced by a new hair.
The hair cycle consists of 3 phases called :
ANAGEN: hair is growing and is the longest phase (2-6 years)
CATAGEN: lasts about 2 weeks and is the phase of the progressive shutdown of vital functions
TELOGEN phase : lasts about 3 months and is the phase of complete rest, attached to the follicle by weak ties intracellular, it is in this phase that the hair will fall. After that the follicle will resume the anagen phase and a new hair will be born.
the color of the hair is given by the MELANIN, which is a protein colored : there are 2 types : EUMELANIN, dark (black hair) and PHEOMELANIN, clear (red or blond hair).
The hair, over the years tends to become white, is a natural phenomenon caused by the total loss of enzyme exchange between tyrosine and melanocytes of a pilar unit.
Usually white hair starts between 30 and 40 years, but can occur an early aging of the hair due to metabolic, oxidative, nutritional and psychological problems.
In India, where the ayurvedic medicine works very much on prevention, using blends of herbs rich in antioxidants and minerals that help rejuvenate skin and hair and delays the appearance of white hair, in some cases, is also documented a reversal of the process, a new hair is born again colored.
Beautiful hair – to maintain beautiful and healthy hair it is important to avoid stress too much with mechanical stimuli, such as brushes do not fit, tear hair or tight elastic bands; thermal stimuli such as hot plates, iron, curls hair, and chemicals such as bleaching, perms, dyes and aggressive.
It is important to clean your scalp with mild cleansers, derived from coconut, wheat, potato, sugar, that wash without removing the hydrolipidic film, which protects all the hair.
During the shampoo it is good to massage the scalp for a long time, either to oxygenate it, or to carefully remove dust, smog, sebum, sweat and dandruff. Rinsing is also essential, to eliminate any impurities and residue and leave the hair clean and bright.
The grandmothers recommended always to do the last rinse with water and vinegar or lemon juice, because the hair became more shiny, and this is true, as both the vinegar and the lemon are acidic and help the hair to close the cuticle, making it smooth and shiny.
Cuticle – Today, a good balm at acidic ph, perhaps with shea butter, flax seed oil, argan oil or coconut oil, which are nourishing and polishing, can substitute this homemade remedy, bringing greater softness and protection to the hair.
15 TIPS FOR BEAUTIFUL HAIR:
Here are some tips that can be useful to have beautiful and healthy hair .
massage daily to the scalp, and possibly with a lotion anti-fall, or a drop of essential oil of rosemary verbenon, if you lose hair; lemon essential oil if you are fat; essential oil of tea tree if there is dandruff or itching; essential oil of ylang-ylang if they are dry. Also during the wash, it is good to massage the scalp slowly and long, to penetrate well, the active ingredients of the shampoo, to eliminate toxins in the scalp and to stimulate circulation.
Rinse the hair well with cold water, to close the cuticles and make the hair brighter.
Avoid excessive sun exposure and protect your hair from UV radiation, it is good to use hats, bandanas, specific hair spray and UV protective oils. It is also important to protect the hair from pollution with specific protective spray to give before drying, on wet hair.
Have a diet rich in oily seeds such as sesame, pumpkin, sunflower; nuts like almonds, walnuts; grains such as millet and oats; fruits, vegetables, roots, rich in minerals such as iron and other protein rich foods such as legumes. You should drink 1.5-2 litres of water per day and take specific supplements once or twice a year during the change of season.
Trim your hair regularly to eliminate split ends and damaged parts.
Make wraps with nourishing oils pre-shampoo jojoba (sebum-balancing, hydrating, restructuring); avocado oil (nourishing); coconut (polishing, anti-frizz); macadamia oil (nourishing, elasticizing); pumpkin (useful for hair); hemp (rich in omega 3 to prevent hair breakage).
Avoid using often plates, iron, hair dryer too hot that dry the hair and stress it. It is important to use specific products before using these tools. Also avoid using iron or plates on wet hair.
Don’t do too many aggressive hair treatments like dye, permanent, bleaching
Change brushes and Combs according to usage. When wet, it is good to disentangle the hair with a wide teeth comb made of plastic or wood (antistatic). When dry, it is best to choose a brush made of wood and rubber. It is important to wash brushes and Combs once a week to prevent sebum, dandruff and impurities from remaining.
It is better to brush your hair before shampooing to distract them without stress, when wetted they are more delicate, it is good to use a brush with large teeth possibly made of wood.
Attention to the too narrow hairstyles, which can create tension to the scalp (have you ever experienced pain in the scalp? ) and over time create areas of alopecia, attention also to metal hairpins, elastic, clasps that can damage the hair.
After washing the hair, it is good to swab them with the towel and not rub them to avoid the frizz effect, excellent turban in microfibre.
Use hairspray or other fixing sprays only after curling (curling hair) or ironing.
Avoid to cut hair often, the movement from the tips to the roots tends to break the hair.
The split ends do not close up, must be eliminated by cutting and it is important to prevent it, nourishing the hair every time it is washed, before drying it, with specific restructuring Sera, oils or gels.
Hair loss is normal up to 100 hair per day for the thickest hair. Typically spring and autumn are the 2 periods where you have a major hair fall, but also following a strong stress, weight loss rapid, hormonal imbalances you may have smells, excessive.
If the hair fall continues over time, until you begin to see a thinning of the hair, it is better to run to the shelters, also with a specific visit from a tricologist. Also recommend complete blood tests with a particular eye to iron (complete blood cell) and thyroid.
Let’s dispel a myth
cutting hair does not strengthen them, it has no influence on their fall or regrowth. The cut allows you to eliminate the damaged part of the hair, split ends, damaged hair, can lighten the hair giving it more volume at a glance, but does not affect it positively nor negatively on the bulb. The shorter hair are more manageable also as cleaning of the scalp and as less time of phonation, allowing less stress on the hair.
-wash your hair
washing hair several times a week does not affect hair loss. The hair found in the sink, shower, and brush after shampooing, the hair already in the phase “telogen” in free fall !
Wash your hair, you will also thoroughly clean the scalp leading not only to improved oxygenation, thanks to the massage, but also to free the follicles from sebum and impurities, allowing them to better nutrition.
Dandruff, for example, can cause hair loss, wash the head more often allows to keep the scalp cleaner, also it is good to use specific anti-dandruff treatments, more active right after washing.
Fall and itch, are they connected ?
Dandruff and excess sebum can cause itching on the scalp, and discomfort that can also lead to scratches and abrasions, if we start scratching insistently at the head.