Three Types of Hair
1. Lanugo hair This is the hair that develops on an unborn baby. It begins to grow about three months after the baby's conception. The hairs are fine and soft, and they grow all over the baby's body. They all grow at the same rate, so the hairs are the same length. Some prematurely born babies are still covered with these downy hairs. Normally they are shed about four weeks before the baby is due to be born.
2. Vellus hairs Vellus hairs are short hairs, only a centimetre or two long, and contain little or no pigment. The follicles that produce them do not have oil glands (often called sebaceous glands), and never produce any other kind of hairs.
3. Terminal hairs Terminal hairs are the long hairs that grow on the head and in many people on the body, arms and legs too. They are produced by follicles with sebaceous glands. In people who have inherited a tendency to baldness the hairs in these follicles gradually become thinner and shorter until they look like vellus hairs.
Hair is surprisingly strong: a single hair can support a load of about 100 grams without breaking. You could even spin rope out of hair! The keratin protein of the cortex is responsible for this unusual strength. The long keratin molecules in the cortex are compressed to form a regular structure, which is not only strong but also flexible.
Freshen Up Your Hair For Shiny Hair! You’ve got your perfume and your body spray, so why not something sweet and tantalizing for your tresses? A number of well-known companies offer deliciously delightful fragrances for hair, like Clairol’s Herbal Essences Style Refreshing Mist. It comes in a compact pump spray bottle with flirty floral fragrances that are sure to keep you feeling great about your hair.
Another option – if you simply must wash your hair every time you shower, so be it. Shampoo and condition your hair, but do without the blow dryer during the warmer months. Twist your hair up and secure it to your head with a hairpin or some bobby pins. Try a sexy style with some little claw clips or pull your hair back into a classic braid.
Why You Need Conditioners
The conditioners also help raised cuticle scales to lie flat against the hair surface. Not only does this improve the shine and lustre of the hair: the change in the hair surface enhances the depth and life of the hair color too.
The smoothness of the conditioned hairs also means that detangling and combing the hair, both wet and dry, at once becomes easier. The hair becomes softer and more manageable. This is particularly important for dry, damaged or permed hair, to stop further deterioration.
Healthy Hair, Shiny Hair
We have seen that in older people hair may not be able to grow as long as it used to, and may become thinner and lose its pigmentation. It might be thought to be less healthy. But it can still maintain its structure, and indeed many elderly people have beautiful hair.
Hair Care Advice:
Hold your head upside down while drying for extra lift. Using hair dryer too often could dry your hair and scalp out. And if used inexpertly, it could even burn your hair. Be sure to keep moving the dryer throughout.
Probably the most obvious aspect of healthy hair is its shine - its ability to reflect light. This property depends mainly on the cuticle of the hair shaft, and how intact it is. So the good condition of your hair in fact depends on the current state of each of the 100,000 or so individual hair shafts on your head.
We urge you to find out more about Hair Care and how you can better care for your hair today!
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Article Added on Tuesday, August 29, 2006
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