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.
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.