Every month Karen gives advise and techniques on how to maintain healthy hair .
In the daily course of our lives, we lose hair through everyday actions such as washing, combing, and brushing. So it is only natural that human hair that is no longer attached to its follical and hair shaft and sewn to a weft will shed.
Many people find this is cause for concern as they do not understand the process of hair growth and hence do not know when and if they should worry about their hair fall. Here is some help in understanding what hair fall you should expect and what is more.
The average human head has around 100,000 hair follicles. On average, blondes have the highest density of hair: 140,000 hair follicles, redheads the lowest at 90,000 follicles, and those with black hair have on average 110,000 follicles.
Human hair follicles are perhaps the only organs that actually grow in a specific cycle. In this cycle, our hair goes through three stages:
It is normal to lose hair through our daily hair care, but what is "normal" varies from person to person, and therefore so does what is "excessive". The denser your hair, and the shorter your anagen cycle the more hair you will normally lose per day. For example, suppose that you hair is blond and your average anagen + catagen + telogen cycle lasts 3 years. That means every year about 47,000 hairs are replaced (140,000/3). That is equivalent to losing an average of 127 hairs per day normally . Or suppose you are a redhead, and your anagen+catagen+telogen cycle lasts 5 years, that would mean that on average you lose 90,000/(5*365), or about 50 hairs per day. Thus while losing 130 hairs a day regularly may be normal for one person, it could be excessive for another.
Obviously, there is no way to actually count how many strands of hair you lose everyday. Nevertheless, your daily hair care routine cannot be the cause of excessive hair loss and if you are experiencing excessive hair loss, it will be because of some other underlying causes such as genetics, medications, etc.
Excessive hair loss over a long period is is called alopecia. Baldness in men (Androgenetic alopecia) is very common and is also known as male pattern hair loss or baldness. A human body is programmed to produce an enzyme know as 5 alpha reductase. When the Androgen hormone in the scalp produces testosterone which mixes with 5 alpha reductase, it produces Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. DHT is not well received by male (and female) hair follicles, cutting off blood supply, which is critical to growth of new hair. Thinning hair and or balding process begins when this occurs. Male pattern hair loss is more common as male bodies produce a higher quantity of testosterone.
There is a big difference between a commercial grade refined coconut oil and virgin coconut oil. Refined coconut oil is extracted from the dried kernel of the coconut whereas virgin coconut oil is obtained from fresh coconut meat. Most important, virgin coconut oil is not refined further using any high heating methods or any chemicals, the natural ingredients of the oil remain intact. For this reason, the shelf life of this oil is much longer. Usage of virgin coconut oil for hair growth is a traditional method of hair treatment in various parts of the world.
When used topically on skin and hair, virgin coconut oil can give us a lot of naturally occurring nutrients. Problems such as hair loss arises as a result of action of various forms of microbes on the scalp. Lauric acid and capric acid present in virgin coconut oil acts as antimicrobial agents and provide protection to the hair. It is rich in vitamin E which makes the scalp skin healthy and promotes hair growth. Just a simple scalp massage with virgin coconut oil will help keep the scalp free from dandruff . Its protein content and moisturizing properties can nourish damaged hair. Thus it also can be used as an excellent hair conditioner.
Coconut Oil has been used since ancient times to get a soft, supple skin, and thick, long hair. This oil can nourish each hair strand by penetrating deep into the hair shaft. It adds shine and softness to hair follicles and prevents hair breakage and dryness. Coconut oil adds strength and vitality to hair and is also known to have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Therefore, it can be used for common scalp problems and to heal insect bites and pimples of the scalp. It can also keep lice away from the scalp. Coconut oil promotes overall scalp health, which is crucial for the growth of healthy hair.
This condition is most commonly seen in African American population because of the practice of styling the hair in tight braids or the use of chemical hair straighteners. An estimated three fourths of African American females straighten their hair. More recently, female athletes who pull their hair tightly have been found to develop from this problem. Traction alopecia is also reported in nurses who secure their nurse's caps to their scalp with bobby pins. The exact frequency of traction alopecia in the United States has yet to be documented.
Traction alopecia may lead to permanent hair loss if it is undetected for a protracted period. For females especially, this can lead to significant emotional trauma. Changes in self-perception, including lower self-esteem and social problems, are frequently reported by women who have traction alopecia.
This condition can be seen most commonly in African Americans, Japanese women, and Sikh men in India. See Frequency above.
Traction alopecia is more common in women than in men because women are more involved with hairstyling practices such as braiding or chemical hair straightening, and they are more likely to use tight curlers and nylon brushes and to wear chignons.
Three basic mechanisms of traction alopecia have been proposed: trichotillomania, telogen conversion, and overprocessing. In all cases, immediate cessation of the underlying cause can reverse the alopecia.
Here is a very interresting article that I read on http://Medicinenet.com about flakey scalp. I found it very informative, I hope you will also..
The loss of skin cells from the scalp is a normal part of the life cycle of skin cells. However, excessive flaking of the scalp, or dandruff, is a common cosmetic problem experienced by millions of people. Dandruff is not contagious and is normally not a serious problem. Some cases of excessive dandruff accompanied by intense itching and patches of flaky skin on the face or elsewhere are actually a form of eczema referred to as seborrheic eczema.
Dandruff is believed to be related to a fungus known as malassezia (formerly termed pityrosporum) that lives on the scalp of most people. In some cases, overgrowth of the fungus results in the flakiness of the skin characteristic of dandruff. The reasons for the overgrowth of fungus are unclear but may be related to increased oil production, hormonal changes, stress, neurologic disorders such as parkinson's disease, recovery from chronic conditions such as stroke or heart attack, suppression of the immune system, and infrequent shampooing. There is also some evidence that dandruff may run in families. Scalp flakiness may also be caused by psoriasis or other skin ailments or infections.
How much hair will I need for a full head weave?
We suggest at least 8oz for a full head.
How much hair will I need for a full or partial weave?
For a partial weave you will need about 4 oz or 1/4 pound. For a full head weave and longer styles you will need at least 8 oz or 1/2 pound
Will Indian hair match the texture of my African American Hair?
Yes. Because this hair is also ethnic it blends well with African American hair.
How often can I wash my Remy hair?
We suggest once a week.If you swim or work out you may need to wash more.
How do you care for Remy hair?
You care for remy hair just as you would your very own hair, wash and condition it regulary. Be sure to put your hair up at night, sleep in a scarf or bonnet, never sleep on wet hair.
How long will the hair really last ?
With proper care this hair can last from 6 months to a year!
How do I color my hair?
The hair may be colored with any permanent hair color kit, these kits can be purchased at most local beauty supply stores.
Can I use this hair for braiding?
Yes, you can, just be sure to find a stylist or braider who is familiar with braiding with Remy hair.
Can Cucaisan and Latin women wear indian remy hair? Yes they can indian remy hair blends with all hair types, in additon to indian hair, we also offer european remy as well.
What is the difference between single and double drawn hair?
Single Drawn - Remy
Single Drawn hair is hackled and trimmed on one side. Taken from one donor. All the hair is in one direction, i.e. all the roots will be at one end of the processed bundle. This high quality process allows for a very small percentage of hair to be outside the specified length of the bundle.This processing keeps the hair from tangling after it is bleached or dyed. This is very popular in Europe with the high quality hair extension who prefer this type of processing for their products.This hair is collected from Temples (particularly ladies hair).
Double Drawn-Non Remy
Double Drawn hair is hackled and trimmed on both sides and it will have uniform sizes. Taken from several donors. This can be prepared from Temple cut hair, which is remy, or from comb waste, which is collected in villages and in houses. This hair is used for manufacturing of Wigs, Hair Pieces, and Men's Toupees etc.
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