Dry hair is caused by heat, an open cuticle, chemicals applied to the hair, and poor maintenance.
1) Less or no heat. When blow drying, use a cooler setting and do not blow dry until the is completely dry.
2) Use acidifiers. Acidifiers close the cuticle down and lock in moisture. Acidifiers have a pH of 2.5 to 3.5. They have a lower pH than hair does in an aqueous solution.
3) Color, perms, relaxers, and other chemicals are sometimes a necessary evil. They rob the hair of humectants. Humectants attract and retain moisture (water) in the cortical layer of the hair. Try to use low ammonia -low peroxide color. Do not leave neutralizer on too long with perms. If possible avoid relaxers.
4) Treat your hair. Replace lost humectants with essential amino acids and vitamins that are found in Hair Stimulator Vitamins.
Dry hair is a relative symptom. Dry hair may be described as hair with insufficient moisture and oil content to maintain a normal sheen and texture. Dry hair may result from excessive washing, harsh detergents, a dry or hostile environment, inadequate diet, or underlying diseases.
What is hair?
According to the Webster's dictionary, hair is any of the fine, threadlike outgrowths from the skin of an animal or human being. Hair is composed of keratin, grows within the hair follicle located under the scalp. Blood vessels surrounding the hair follicle provide the root with nourishment.
How many hairs an average person has?
100,000 to 150,000.
What is hair follicle?
A hair follicle is a cavity of cells that forms a "bulb" around the base of the hair in the scalp.
How does hair grow?
Hair growth follows a repeating, three-phase cycle: the anagen (active), catagen (intervening) and telogen (resting) phases.
How many hairs a person loses one day is normal?
50 to 100.
How to treat and prevent dry hair:
· If you absolutely must use a blow dryer, use it on a low and cool setting. Also, stop before your hair is completely dry (and do not start until your hair has had a little chance to air dry).
· Do not wash your hair every day. Let your scalp’s natural oils help treat your hair.
·· Use acidifiers – they lock in moisture at the cuticle (at the “root” of the problem, so to speak).
· Leave the conditioner in your hair for up to five minutes.
· In addition to your regular routine, do a deep-conditioning treatment once a week.
· When out in the elements (especially the drying sun) where a hat.
· Where a swim cap when swimming – you can even put a conditioner on your hair before you put your swim cap on (watch out, though – the cap might slide off if you use too much!)
· Avoid coloring, straightening, or perming your hair.
· Change your diet! Eat plenty of essential fatty acids (but avoid cholesterol).
· Realize that when your hair is wet, it is more susceptible to breakage – it stretches. Do not brush your wet hair.
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