Archive for July, 2010

Hair 101

July 29th, 2010

Each person has around 100,000 hairs on their head.  The hair is made up of three layers.  The cuticle is the outer protective layer. 

One sign of health, is shiny hair.  When the cuticle lays flat it reflects light and shines.  If the cuticle is laying flat it is protecting the hair from the environment.  In damaged hair, the scales separate and the hair may be dry.  The inner layers won’t be protected as well and hair may break and look dull. 

Hair and scalp need oil to be healthy.  Straight hair tends to look shinier than curly hair because oil covers it better.  Long hair can look especially dry and damaged.  Because long hair goes through so much, it needs to be taken well care of in order to continue looking its best. 

How you take care of hair depends on the type of hair that you have.  Straight fine hair will have different needs than dry curly hair.  All hair needs to be treated gently.  When hair is wet is should not be stretched because it can cause breakage and cuticle damage.  Heated styling tools and chemical products are some of the main things that causes damage to hair.  Using natural products is a better way to keep hair looking great.  There are many natural ingredients that can restore moisture and balance back into the hair.

What is Making My Scalp Itch?

July 26th, 2010

Scalp itchy is an all too common problem.  It can be caused by a number of scalp conditions.  Treating itchy scalp involves getting rid of the root cause and creating a proper oil balance on the scalp.  So first of all it is important to find out what is calling the itchy scalp.  The following is a list of the most common causes and some of their symptoms. 

Dandruff- Flaking and itching from this bothersome condition is often the diagnosis.

Dry Scalp- The simple lack of oil may be causing the scalp to itch. 

Contact Dermatitis- The chemicals ingredients in the many hair product we use can cause an irritation on the scalp and lead to contact dermatitis. 

Seborrheic Dermatitis- This is an itchy condition with yellowish greasy scales on the scalp.  They may spread to the ears and nose as well. 

Scalp Psoriasis- Psoriasis is usually white or silvery in color.  The scales can be thick and may occur in various spots on the scalp.  If psoriasis is on the scalp it will often be found on other parts of the body as well. 

Scalp Acne- Acne on the scalp is similar to that on the face, but it is more difficult to treat because of the hair.  Some cases are mild while others can be quite severe.    

Head Lice- While this is more common in children, it is possible for anyone to suffer from head lice.  To tell if lice are present look for nits, tiny eggs, attached to the hair follicle about one inch from the scalp.

Argan Oil for Beautiful Hair and Healthy Scalp

July 24th, 2010

 There is a reason people are talking a lot about argan oil these days.  It is a great natural ingredient that can leave the scalp healthy and  improve the look and feel of hair, especially curly hair.  Argan oil comes from a tree native to Morocco.  It is rich in essential fatty acids, Omega 6 and Vitamin E. 

Argan oil is natural, non-greasy, and alcohol free.   It absorbs into hair quickly and does not leave an oily residue.  Curly and frizzy hair treated with this amazing oil will be more manageable and less frizzy and beautiful shinny.  It is regenative and nourishing to dry or damaged hair.  It also adds a protective coating against the environment, sun and heated styling tools.  Argan oil is conditioning and reduces split ends and hair breakage.  It smoothes out the hair cutile which leaves hair silky and healthy looking. 

 Argan oil is good for any hair type.  But if you have hair that is coarse or unruly it can make a real change.  Treating your hair with argan oil will make it feel and look better.  It works to smooth and deep condition with non of the oily residue that many products leave.  It is a much better choice to rejuvenate hair than chemical ingredients.

Dandruff Can be Severe

July 21st, 2010

You may think of dandruff as a minor problem.  At times however, it can be severe.  Anyone can be affected by dandruff, young or old, man or woman. 

The mild symptoms of dandruff are itching and flaking.  The  more severe form of dandruff is often called seborrheic dermatitis, or seborrheic eczema.   This condition consists of large greasy scales on the scalp.  They tend to be itchy and flaky and are often yellowish in color.  They may even spread to other areas such as the scalp, ears, and eyebrows.  

Dandruff can be caused by a few things, but many experts think it mainly comes from an excess of fungus on the scalp.  The fungus is ok in small amounts, but in large amounts it will cause dandruff.  It is more common in dry winter weather and can also be causes by stress and hormonal changes.  It is a chronic condition and can be hard to remedy.      

An excess of oil allows the fungus to multiply.  In order to solve the problem oil must be removed.  But it is important not to remove too much oil.  A healthy scalp needs the proper amount of oil.  Natural products like zinc pca and jojoba oil are good are removing fungus while still leaving enough oil for the scalp to be healthy.

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