Monday, December 12, 2011

Hair Growth

Our hair grows approximately a quarter of a centimetre each month (faster in warm weather). On average, a healthy person loses between 75 to 100 hairs a day. Each hair strand is 97% protein and 3% moisture. The only living part of the hair is the root or bulb, which is invisible – unless you pull it out.
Each hair has a life cycle of one to seven years and falls out to make room for new hair, and the cycle starts again. So periodically you will see a lot of hair on your brush or in the sink. Do not freak out! It is a normal process.
If you see thinning spots on your scalp or notice a dramatic change in the amount of hair loss ,here are some guidelines to help you treat your hair:
-Steam your hair in a warm cap or hair salon steamer for a few minutes with deep conditioning treatments to open the hair cuticle. Then use a conditioner for your hair type.
-Use a volumizing shampoo.
-African hair tends to be dry, so you need to moisturize it to keep it from becoming brittle.
-Eat a balanced or recommended daily portion of protein.
-Eat sulfur-rich foods like beans, milk, dairy products, fish and eggs.
-Avoid excess sugar and caffeine.

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