Since ancient times people have attached great importance to their hair and, depending on its condition and health, have taken it as the source of beauty or the reason of life’s failures. Such values as individuality, force, consciousness and independence, have been associated with hair. And until now people have been diligently making most various manipulations with their hair to give it a stunning, unique look, shape and style: they comb, cut, dye, twist, straighten, varnish it and apply other cosmetic means.
Hair is a bright illustration of an increadible variety of people and cultures on our planet. For example, a bunch of hair on the crown of a sumo wrestler’s head is so closely associates with his sport activity that it is solemnly cut when he ends his successful career. In Cambodia a groom and a bride wear a special traditional haircut in order to escape the influence of evil forces. In Malaysia long hair is strictly forbidden for men. On the contrary in the state Punjab in India death penalty threatens a man with a short accurate hairstyle.
Because hairstyle is the dominating factor for our looks and because we try to convey a certain emotional message through it, we always want to arrange it in the best possible way. And so, health of hair and proper hair care comes to the foreground for all of us.
In order to make make care of hair proper and effective it is important to correctly determine the type of hair first. Otherwise there is a risk to worsen its condition. Among the basic hair types are: normal, dry, greasy and mixed.
Hair of the normal type reflects light well and shines in the sun. If your hair is elastic, easily combed and set, if it almost doesn’t split and preserves a good healthy look for several days after washing, it means that you take a good care of your hair and use proper means that are 100% suitable for you and your hair. Unfortunately, this is a rare case.
Greasy hair can be characterized by a dim shine. In a short time after washing it begins to stick together and to seem dirty and slovenly. Hair greasiness depends on the activity of sebaceous glands of the scalp. It is very individual and is defined genetically. To some extent the amount of sebum also depends on nutrition and the amount of carbohydrates and espicially fats consumed with food.
Dry hair reflects light badly and that’s why it lookes very dim and lustreless. They are easily torn and broken. Dry hair is difficult to comb because it splits on ends and accumulates static electricity. As a result, it gets tangled and often falls out. In many cases hair becomes dry because of poor care but not because of the lowered activity of sebaceous glands.
Hair of the mixed type is, as a rule, insufficiently greased with sebum along the whole length. That’s why it is usually greasy at roots and dry on ends. The ends of mixed hair don’t receive necessary greasing and often split. It is important to take a combined care of this type of hair and apply special means along with a healthy diet.
- Healthy hair is usually strong and elastic due to greasing produced by sebaceous glands. It can be stretched 1.5 times longer and then it returns to its normal length undamaged. It is almost as strong as aluminum and is capable to sustain the weight of 0.1 to 0.2 kg. That’s why in old times people used ropes made of women’s plaits to elevate heavy loads.
- Hair is hygroscopic, i.e. it can absorb water. It is rather acidproof, but vulnerable to alkali.
- Hair has the ability to accumulate certain substances. That’s why it’s successfully used by criminalists in their investigations.
- First hair appears on the head of a child when he is in a womb of a mother, approximately on 4-5 month of pregnancy.
- Intensity of hair growth depends on the season and time of day: it grows faster in spring and summer than in winter and autumn. Also hair growth is not that intensive at night than during daytime.
- A single hair can grow from 2 to 7 years with the speed of 0,3-0,4 mm a day.
- Hair grows averagely 2 years on men’s heads and 4-5 years on women’s.
- Normally a man loses 30-100 hair a day.
- Each follicle bears about 20-30 hair during human life.
- Hair grows about 1 cm a month.
- An adult man has about 100,000 hair, and its amount depends on color. A single hair of Africans and Asians is the thickest. It can be 3 times thicker than that of European blondes. But at the same time blondes have the biggest amount of hair on their heads – about 150,000. Redheads have the thickest hair, but its amount is smaller than that of brunettes.
Have you ever noticed that your hair behaves differently in winter? It goes dry, lifeless, fragile. Tips start to split up. Your hair grows much slower than during summer months. It becomes hard to manage. And what’s even worse, hair loss increases significantly in winter. And it makes so many people ask themselves why it happens so and what they can do to prevent it. I hope this article will clear up some points.
First of all, you should bear in mind that this is inevitable, as it is a part of natural cycle. As everything in nature goes to rest and sleep in autumn and winter, while getting to life and intensive growth in spring and summer, your hair also follows this natural law. So, the first thing to do is to stop panicking. And take into consideration some useful tips to help your hair go through this not easy period of time.
Usually, we drink less water in winter, but it doesn’t mean that we take a sufficient amount. Remember, water in winter is just as important as in summer, or even more. It turns out that because of indoor heating conditions are much drier in winter. After all you body gets unnoticeably dehydrated. That’s why you hair looks so weak and over-dried. That’s why it starts to come out faster. So, drink more water, as simple as that. Dandelion, peppermint, lemon, or ginger tea is very good for your health and your hair especially in winter. Also try to not wash your hair too often and never use concentrated shampoo. Your overdried hair will certainly benefit from aromatherapy and essential oils for hair growth.
In winter we often forget of healthy eating and our diet is far from being balanced. But quick growth of hair requires the supply of all necessary nutrients. Your meals must ideally consist of lots of proteins and vitamins and minerals, which provides the health to the hair. So eat more protein rich food (beans, nuts, tuna, meat, fish, milk, etc.) and all types of vegetables and fruits that are the best source of essential vitamins and minerals.
In winter longer nights and climate change subconsciously affect person’s mood and feelings. That’s why many people, especially in northern European countries usually get depressed and lose optimism in winter. As a result, they experience emotional strains and even stress more often. And stress is one of the main culprits of hair loss. So no matter how hard it is, relax, cheer up and be more to life.
Don’t you know that bananas are actively used to prevent hair loss and regrow hair? They are also very useful in general hair care for both dry and greasy hair. So why not try hair restoration with banana mask?
In case you have dry and lifeless hair this recipe will surely bring good results. Take a banana, peel it, put it in an enamel saucepan and knead it with a plug. Add a whipped yolk, 2 spoonfuls of sour cream and 1 teaspoon of honey. Mix it all thoroughly and put it on your scalp and hair before washing. Keep it about 40 minutes, holding your head in a warm bandage. Wash up your head with a shampoo and rinse it with acidified water. After such procedures your hair will surely become softer and more shiny.
There’s a bit different recipe for greasy hair. Peel one large ripe banana, knead it with a plug. Take its peel and blend or pass it through the meat grinder. Add 2 teaspoons of citric juice and mix all components. Take fresh milk and put it on your scalp and hair with a tampon. Then aplly the mix in the same manner and wrap your head with a warm kerchief or towel. Leave it for 30-40 minutes, then wash up your hair with a soft shampoo. Your hair will restore elasticity, softness and tenderness.
It’s not a secret that potatoes can work wonders to your hair. So if you want to regrow your hair and make it look healthier it is very advisable to make potato mask and apply it to your scalp and hair at least once a week. To prepare it take a dish, add one yolk, one tea-spoon of vegetable oil, one tea-spoon of liquid honey and a tea-spoon of fine salt to it. Take two potatoes of medium size. Wash, peel, and grate them. Add grated potatoes to the dish and mix everything thoroughly. Prior to washing your hair divide it into locks and put the prepared mask on the scalp. Put some of the mask on your hair along the whole length. Wrap a warm towel around your head and keep it for 30-40 minutes. Wash your hair with a soft shampoo and rinse it with clear water with a small amount of vinegar or citric acid.
Actually, potatoes are perfect for any kind of hair treatment. Potato masks can be used in case of both greasy and dry hair: it all depends what you add to them. Proper treatment will surely make your hair brilliant and silky. It will also be of great help in case of hair loss.
Masks with potatoes and curdled milk are useful for treating greasy hair. Peel and grate several potatoes. Squeeze out 6 spoonsfuls of potato juice and mix them with about 200 ml of curdled milk (the greasier is your hair – the sourer should be curdled milk. Mix it carefully and put it on your hair roots and along the whole length of your hair. Wrap your head with polythene and a warm towel and keep it for about half an hour. Wash your hair thoroughly with a shampoo for greasy hair.
Use potato mask with a yolk and honey to treat dry hair. Grate 3 medium-sized potatoes, squeeze out juice and mix it with with 1 egg yolk and 20 g of liquid honey. Mix it carefully and rub it into your scalp with soft movements for it to be absorbed better. Also put this mask on clean and slightly damp hair. Leave the mask for about 30 minutes and wash it with warm water without any shampoo. Don’t use a hair-drier.