Nowadays more and more of us turn closer to nature: we start eating more natural food, we use cosmetics and treatments made of herbs and resort to natural ways to keep healthy. Our hair deserves a special attention in this respect.
Artificial shampoos, conditioners, rinses and dyes are often “blamed” for causing dandruff, irritation and excessive dryness of hair and head-skin. They often deprive the scalp of natural fats and proteins and can lead even to hair loss. But natural products don’t usually have such side effects. Herbal hair treatments are valued for their effectiveness, purity and safety.
In ancient times women used dyes and rinses made of herbs. They also used herbal creams and masks for skin care. And today more and more women, realizing the true value of gifts of nature, start using them intensively with a strong hope that they can bring back beauty, strength and health to their skin and hair.
As a result, herbs are widely used to make dull and slipping hair strong and shining, to dye gray thread of hair, saturate hair and make it look natural.
For example, rinsing your hair with chamomile tea will add a golden tint to it, while Chinese tea (Camelia sinensis) will make your hair darker.
Such dyes as walnut, indigo, and henna have been used by women since ancient times.
Shells of walnut dye your hair in a beautiful brown color. Indigo dyes hair in blue. The mixture of henna and indigo – the so-called “Persian color” ? was quite popular in the ancient East. Color saturation in this mixture depends on proportions in which these components are taken. For good results put it thoroughly on your hair and keep it for several hours.
Henna is a Persian name for a small bush. Paste made of well-milled henna leaves is considered to be one of the oldest cosmetics. In India and Egypt women widely used henna to paint their nails, as well as to adorn their arms and legs with complex patterns of reddish-orange color. And in our times henna is one of the most popular means to dye hair, beards and manes of horses. Cosmetologists often use henna to get a rich flame-red or fiery-copper colors and tints, or simply to revitalize hair color. Henna mixed with coffee dyes hair in a saturated brown color.
If you dye gray hair with henna, you will get a carrot-red color as a result, what really pleases many aging women. Henna also adds an auburn tint to brown hair. Henna is usually applied to the clean, just-washed hair when it’s still wet and is kept for about one hour.
There are a number of other effective herbal hair treatments that we’ll talk about next time. Keep up with this blog. And always remember that your hair is a crown on your head and it deserves the best.
We often think that we know almost everything about our hair. But apart from the most popular facts that are evident and known to everybody, there are still so many amazing things to learn. So, let’s check it out!
- 95% of our skin is covered with hair.
- If all hairs of the body and the head were joined into one whole hair, it would grow with the speed of 116 mm a minute, 116 cm every 10 minutes, almost 0.7 m an hour, 166 m a day respectively.
- Hair grows differently in different parts of the human body.
- Eyelashes usually grow in three rows. There are from 150 to 200 eyelashes on the upper eyelid and about 75-100 on the lower one.
- Eyelashes grow from 3 to 5 months, while hair on the head has a considerably longer life-cycle (from 3 to 10 years).
- Our eyebrows consist of up to 600 hairs.
- The width of hair on the head ranges between 50 and 100 micrometers (1 micrometer = 0.001 mm), while eyebrows are usually 50 micrometers in diameter. The width of wool hair is only 15 micrometers.
- There are usually from 90000 to 150000 hairs growing on our heads.
- The longest hair grows from the age of 14 to 17 years. After that our hair gradually becomes shorter and thinner.
- Hair grows most rapidly between 15 and 30 years of age. Hair growth slows down considerably after 50 years.
- In summer our hair grows faster than in winter. It also grows faster in the first half of the day and in the evening, while its growth almost stops at night.
- The shape of our hair is determined by hair follicles on our heads.
- The process of hair change is slow and almost imperceptible. It’s not similar with loss of embryonic hair (that’s more like molting in animals that goes immediately and spontaneously).
- You will have strong and healthy hair if you have good blood supply of the scalp, and, on the contrary, when blood circulation is poor your hair will grow weak and will be exposed to various disorders.
- 35-45 ?C is the optimal water temperature for washing your hair.
- 85% of women are in a better mood after visiting a hairdresser.
- According to American experts, hair loss affects 60-70% of men and 25-40% of women.
- There are 300,000 of treatments against hair loss and that’s more than in case of any other disease.