How to Manage Any Hair Type
The Structure of Hair
Hair is made of multiple layers that are the same protein as skin, fingernails, and toenails are made of called keratin. Hair grows on the outside of the scalp, but new growth starts on the inside of the scalp. The hair has multiple outside layers which consist of the medulla, cortex, and cuticle on the outside that should have a smooth appearance and a soft texture, but usually the cuticle is damaged and dull due to the environment, a poor diet, and even over styling hair. The outer layers of the hair is what can make hair shiny and glowing, but there are other layers of hair also.
New and healthy growth starts from the inside, underneath the scalp. Maintaining the scalp is important for new and healthy growth, but the layers also are inclusive. This is where the root of the hair starts, which is what produces new hair to growth. When the scalp is covered with thick layers of dead skin and or styling products for long periods of time, this hinders the growth of healthy hair and may even stop hair from growing completely in certain areas of the head. The multiple layers of the hair on inside of the scalp include the inner and outer root sheath, but also a glassy membrane and a other layers.
The 3 Layers of a Single Hair
The Different Hair Types
The different hair appearances are:
The different lengths of hair are:
The different thicknesses of hair are:
Some of the basic colors of hair include:
The different temperaments of hair are:
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Healthy Hair is Possible
As time passes, hair changes texture, appearance, and even durability. Years of sun damage, hard water, and even over styling or heat styling begin to show on the outside layers of hair. The cuticle may become frizzy and dry, kind of like hay. Hair also may begin to stop growing because of the extended use of styling products and or heat styling. When hair is not properly maintained and cared for, this causes other reactions to hair. Hair loss may also be linked to improper care of hair and maybe even caring too much for hair.
Having natural, healthy hair is possible with proper and consistent care and maintenance for hair. When hair is neglected and not cared for, this could lead to certain ailments like scalp fungus, head lice, and or other scalp diseases. Healthy hair starts from the inside, as well as the outside. Managing hair regularly will encourage growth and even increase the shine and durability of hair, for a more radiant appearance as well as texture.
How to Manage Any Hair Type
There are some facts and some tips about hair care that is necessary to manage and to maintain hair for healthy new growth with added shine and strength. Often times, many people take the time to style their hair, but never to care for it. Caring for and maintaining hair should be part of every one's regular routine, just as brushing their teeth and bathing are. Hair care is important for a neat, clean, and well groomed appearance and also for overall, general health.
Managing hair is easy and will have noticeable effects, but it must be consistent and regularly. Over caring for hair is also possible by over doing certain things. This hub will help to explain how to manage any hair type for natural and healthy new growth, as well as added shine and durability.
First, Manageable Hair Starts On the Inside
A healthy daily diet added with plenty of water is always the foundation for having healthy, shiny, and manageable hair. Foods that are high in protein, antioxidants, nutrients, and vitamins are best for making hair shiny and strong with manageability, along with encouraging natural, healthy growth starting from the inside. Foods to avoid are sugar, black tea, alcohol, and coffee. Some of the best foods to eat regularly for healthy hair include:
- Protein - fish, eggs, and chicken
- Brazilian Nuts
- Fresh Fruit - with the skin left on
- Fresh Vegetables - green and leafy
- Dairy - milk, yogurt, and cheese
About 8 [8 ounces] cups of water is the daily recommended serving for everyone, which may include flavored water. Water is healthy for hair to have increased body and shine from proper hydration. Hair will become dull and lifeless, and hard to manage when lacking water.
Next, 6 to 8 Week Trims Religiously
As hair gets longer, the natural oil that is produced by the hair and scalp cannot reach the ends properly. The tips of hair may become split, dry, and even frayed looking from the lack of natural moisturizing. Damaged ends take away nutrients and vitamins from healthy hair. Unhealthy ends of hair may become damaged by sun exposure or from styling with heat. Trimming hair monthly will help to remove the unhealthy and damaged hair so the healthy hair can absorb all of the nutrients and vitamins that are necessary for new growth. Trimming the hair opens the cuticle for a smoother texture with added volume and shine. Trimming hair is much different than a haircut, which involves changing the style of hair. Having hair trimmed usually requires cutting only 1/2 to 1 inch off the bottom of hair only. Maintain monthly hair trims to keep hair easy to manage, maintained, well-groomed, and healthy looking. Keeping your hair trimmed is also a great way to help increase hair growth.
Most of All, Don't Forget to Nourish the Scalp
The scalp, which holds the roots of the hair, is important for new hair growth. Caring for the scalp is just as important as caring for hair. Having a healthy scalp can increase natural hair growth, increase the healthiness of the new hair growth, and can even reduce flakes, dryness, and tightness. A scalp can become buried by layers of dead skin, styling products, and natural oil when not properly removed, which interferes with new hair growth. The scalp should be properly cleaned, moisturized, and even rubbed often for increased circulation. Some of the best tips for caring for the scalp include:
- Deep cleanse hair and scalp with a deep cleansing shampoo and conditioner once a week to remove dead skin and styling products, and to decrease buildup from forming.
- Use natural moisturizers to moisturize and treat the scalp, like avocado and olive oil.
- Gently rub the scalp with fingertips, a brush, or a comb occasionally to stimulate new hair growth.
And Never Brush Wet Hair
Never brush wet hair because this will create split ends, as well as cause the hair to break and hair to be pulled out. Brushing hair while it's wet will only make hair more unruly and more unmanageable, and sometimes even frizzy. Comb wet hair with a wide tooth comb only to make hair smoother and more manageable than brushing. Combing hair with a shower comb while shampooing and conditioning are best for a deeper cleansing and will decrease the number of tangles. Brush hair only after hair is completely dry. Brushing hair when it's completely dry encourages the scalp to produce natural oil for natural hydration throughout the hair. Brushing hair before washing will help to eliminate tangles and knots from forming during the shampooing and conditioning phases of cleansing, which makes combing easier and less painful.
When Finished, Always Close Those Cuticles
A hair's outer layers are called the cuticle, which can close and open, just like flowers can. Certain elements and conditions can change the hair cuticle's movement. When heat is applied to hair, like hot water or heat from the blow dryer, the cuticle opens which makes hair appear frizzy and untamed. When coldness is applied, like cool water or a cold shot of the blow dryer, the hair cuticle closes which makes hair more manageable and smoother. Rinsing hair with warm water during washing and conditioning will open the cuticle for proper cleansing and moisturizing. Finishing with a quick rinse of cool water will close the cuticle for a healthier appearance. A cool shot of air following the completion of blow drying hair will allow for a closed cuticle with a smoother finish. Never blow dry hair with hot air to reduce damage, use only warm air just until hair is dry.
Also, Always Use Protection
This type of product is different from a styling product because of the health benefits it can provide to hair. A product that is specifically for use before heat styling protects the hair from some of the damage that heat can do to hair. These types of products may include a cream, a spray, or a serum that is best for heat styling. Heat styling can include a blow dryer, but also a flat iron and a curling iron. Hair should have some type of protective layer of product applied before heat is applied. Never apply heat to bare hair because serious dryness and split ends will occur to hair, especially when combing and or brushing during the drying phase.
Lastly, Do Not Over-Use Styling Products
Styling products are not the same as thermal protectors or oils. Using styling products is never healthy for hair because of the dryness that will occur to hair and scalp. Harsh styling products like pastes and waxes will strip hair and the scalp of natural oil and moisture, along with shine and health. Styling products contain alcohol that will build up onto the scalp and onto hair that will weigh hair down, depleting the natural body and volume of hair. Sleeping with any type of styling product left in hair will cause dryness and hair follicles to remain covered up for reduced natural hair growth. Styling products are optional and should always be washed out of hair daily. A deep cleansing shampoo and conditioner may be necessary once a week to remove the residue left from the styling products.
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