In exactly how healthy hair should look, the opinions are similar: smooth, shiny, fragile, "alive" and silky to the touch. But as for ways to preserve the beauty of hair - there are a lot of tips: masks, mashing, rinsing. And what if you try to figure out how they are arranged - our hair, and proceeding from this choose a way of leaving?
VIEW FROM INSIDE
It seems that we will not discover anything new, if we recall that anatomically the hair is divided into a stem (stem) and a root, or a hair follicle. Many parameters are laid genetically and depend on our origin, for example, length and thickness. Thus, the longest hair grows in representatives of the Mongoloid race, the shortest - in Negroid, Europeans are located in the middle. On average, the hair grows 1 cm per month and grows from 3 to 6 years, after which a new hair grows on the spot of the fallen hair. In norm or rate in day drops from 40 to 80 hair. The thickness of the hair depends on the age of the person, the color of the hair and again on belonging to a particular race. Usually the thickest and toughest hair of Asians; Negroids rarely have thick hair. In newborns, hair is about 2-3 times thinner than in adults. In old age, hair is also thinned. In addition, the thickest hair of redheads, thinner in brunettes, is even thinner in brown-haired women and the thinnest in blondes.
It is clear that we can not influence such "initial data", but, nevertheless, it is in our power to strengthen hair with the help of a diet.
What they like hair: fish, poultry, lean meat, chicken, and even better quail eggs, nuts, legumes contain protein that provides hair growth, and all these products are rich in copper. She is involved in pigmentation and prevents the appearance of gray hair . Natural vegetable oil, bread from wholemeal flour, sunflower seeds are necessary for the formation of keratin, the main component of hair. To preserve the natural shine, strength and elasticity of hair, do not forget about sea kale, low-fat yogurt, cottage cheese. Vitamin A, which is abundant in carrots, green vegetables and dog rose, makes hair less brittle and fragile, stimulates cell growth and division. Vitamin E - a hunter for free radicals - helps restore hair. The champion in the content of vitamin E is sweet pepper.
What do not like hair: fried foods, canned food, animal fats, salty and spicy. Avoid fast food: hamburgers, hot dogs, pies, chebureks cause metabolic disorders, which adversely affects the condition of the hair.
But the outside of the hair is 90% composed of keratinized cells. That is - dead. So, to try to get rid, for example, of dryness and fragility, leaning on products from the list above - it is completely meaningless. No, the new growing hair will, of course, be stronger and healthier, but we do not have the option to cut the damaged curls?
The most important thing about what scientists from research centers tell us and what is good to understand: the condition of the outgrowth of hair depends on the condition of the cuticle, the protective shell covering each hair. Cuticle consists of 6-9 layers of cells and resembles tile or scales of pine cones in structure, and these scales are directed from the root of the hair to the end. It is worth the scales to "raspolhmatitsya" - and the hair breaks down, becomes excessively dry, loses its shine and elasticity and begins to be segregated. Unfortunately, the process of "cutting" the cuticle is inevitable: lightening, frequent painting, chemical perm or, conversely, straightening hair , using a hair dryer with hot air, but even too zealous hair wiping and improper washing all have a detrimental effect on the condition of the hair.
We can hardly give up all this, but some simple actions will help at least not to aggravate the condition of damaged hair, and even improve it.
• Do not wash your hair "once again," because every washer is a mechanical and chemical attack.
• Do not wipe your hair too carefully - soak them gently with a towel.
• Do not comb wet hair, try not to comb your hair back.
• Remember that high temperatures do not just have a detrimental effect on the cuticle - they simply destroy it. Hair dryer, curling iron, straightening forceps - all this should be used with great care!
Well, the last question: are there miracle drugs that allow hair to be restored?
Let's start with the main thing - if the hair is badly damaged, no forces will make them healthy. Sadly - but a fact: in some cases (for example, after repeated chemical wave, together with clarification), the only way out is to cut hair.
Remember that the main thing that "care" means for care and recovery is to "glue" the scales of the cuticle: the closer they are to each other, the more smooth, shiny and elastic the hair will be. It is in this direction, for example, "balms-rinsers" work. But most importantly - hair care must be permanent and systematic. We want them to be beautiful, right?
Magazine "Good advice" № 7 2008