How to Avoid Damaged Hair Follicles and Keep Hair and Scalp Healthy

Did you know that your hair is made up of com­pletely dead cells?  When I say this, I mean the hair strand itself is made up of com­pletely dead cells.  The liv­ing Cornrows cause thinning hair or traction alopeciapart of the hair that you see grow­ing on your head and other parts of your body is the hair fol­li­cle.  The hair fol­li­cle is where it all hap­pens – where the pre-programmed cells located in the bulb of the hair fol­li­cle deter­mine the future of each hair shaft.

The Hair Follicle

This tear-drop shaped hair fol­li­cle con­tains the cells that deter­mine the type of hair shaft that will be pro­duced – peach fuzz or the thicker pig­mented hair shaft.  These cells also deter­mine the color and tex­ture of the hair shaft as well as whether it will be straight or curly. There are hun­dreds of thou­sands of these hair fol­li­cles located in the skin all over your body.  It is vital to pre­vent dam­age to the hair fol­li­cles because these cells also con­trol the growth cycle of the life­less pro­tein that we call hair and it is pre-programmed to run the growth cycle a spe­cific num­ber of times dur­ing your life time.   If we expe­ri­ence dam­age to the hair fol­li­cle, the result could be hair loss from many dif­fer­ent causes.

How to Keep Your Hair and Scalp Healthy and Avoid Scalp Stress

Hair needs pro­tein, iron, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and vit­a­min A in accept­able quan­ti­ties for good health.  A good way to keep your hair shiny is to feed the hair fol­li­cle the nec­es­sary nutri­ents.  The hair fol­li­cle gets its nutri­ents from the blood sup­ply in your body.  So, by con­sum­ing things like salmon and wal­nuts for omega-3 fatty acids, spinach and car­rots for the vit­a­min A, Brazil nuts for sele­nium and Oys­ters and cashews for zinc you can feed that pre­cious hair fol­li­cle what it needs to pro­duce healthy and shiny hair strands.   And, don’t Viviscal Extra Strength Dietary Supplementsfor­get that low fat dairy prod­ucts, whole grains and veg­eta­bles are not only good for your hair but also are good for your heart! If you aren’t con­sum­ing enough of these good foods, it may cer­tainly be worth tak­ing a hair growth supplement.

Other Ways to Avoid Dam­age to the Hair Follicles

There are things that we do to our hair, done by both males and females, to make it look pre­sentable can cause hair fol­li­cles to be dam­aged.  If you are among the thou­sands of peo­ple who pre­fer the tightly braided corn rows, pig­tails or hair­styles that pull the hair shaft tightly, then you could be set­ting your­self up for a hair loss con­di­tion called Trac­tion Alope­cia – which sim­ply means stress hair loss.  The ten­sion placed on the hair shaft and the hair fol­li­cle beneath the skin for extended peri­ods of time will loosen the grip of the hair fol­li­cle on the hair shaft and it will be shed pre­ma­turely.  As men­tioned above, if the hair is shed pre­ma­turely and the hair fol­li­cle starts the next grow­ing cycle, you could find your­self run­ning out of growth cycles before you would like.

Other ways that we can cause dam­age to the hair fol­li­cle and the hair shaft is by over-styling.  You know what I mean – blow dry­ing, flat iron use, col­or­ing and bleach­ing and even over-brushing can dam­age the outer layer of the hair shaft.  Dam­age to the hair in this way will result in dry and dull look­ing hair.

What Can You Do to Change the Cycle of Damage?

You can change the cycle of the dam­age by chang­ing your hair style or weav­ing the style more loosely.  You can eat the foods sug­gested above to pro­vide the nutri­ents needed by the hair fol­li­cle for good health.

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