Who wouldn’t like to have thick, silky, shining hair?
The nicest thing of course is that almost everybody can; with regular care, right nourishment and good health.
This folder brings you the essentials of hair care.
Read it through-and start your treatment for lovelier, healthier hair rightaway.
What is hair?
Essentially a part of your body-as much a part of it as your skin, bones or teeth.
Hair is formed from the skin and a protein-based substance called keratin-the same substance which makes up the nails of your fingers and toes.
The hair shaft grows out from a tiny cavity called the hair follicle. The blood supply to the follicle nourishes the hair and makes it grow. Good circulation in the scalp is therefore very important to promote hair growth.
You will now realize how hair is closely related to body functions. Yet far too many people-who are otherwise careful about their health-ignore an unhealthy scalp condition.
Does hair have a limited life?
Adult hair is completely renewed about once every four years. Which is why, on a healthy scalp, new hair shafts are growing all the time.
Hair roots themselves however, if they are healthy, last a lifetime. But that is a big ‘if’.
What causes abnormal hair-loss?
Most people take their hair for granted. Beyond making sure it stays reasonably, tidy, with a minimum amount of combing and occasional washing, they do not care for their hair—till suddenly they discover the ‘thinning on the top!’ There fore, while loss of hair could well be a result of ill-health or hormonal malfunction, more often than not hair-loss is a result of negligence.
Fortunately, timely steps can check hair loss. In addition to healthy, regular food habits and plenty of rest, what’s needed is a daily hair-care routine.
Begin at the roots
With a thorough scalp message every day. This stimulates the blood supply to the hair follicles and revitalizes them.
The message is all the more effective when you add something extra to your hair oil……. Kesavardhini. It’s a concentrate with all the natural ‘foods’ your hair needs.
You can mix it with pure coconut oil. The proportions are specified on the Kesavardhini pack.
Pour a little of the mixed oil into a small bowl.
Let your hair fall forward by bending form the waist. Dip the fingers of both hands lightly into the oil mixture and press your fingertips down on your scalp. Then start massaging the oil gently but firmly into the pores of the scalp, moving it over the skull.
Go all over the scalp with a circular motion. Repeat the process till the whole scalp is massaged thoroughly—it should take about 10 minutes.
Your scalp may feel taut and immovable in the beginning, i.e. it may not move under your finger tips. Don’t get discouraged. The daily treatment with Kesavardhini will soon improve its condition. And keep dandruff away too.
How to keep hair soft and shining
Though your hair has a natural ‘oil’ called sebum, it usually doesn’t reach the ends of very long hair. And your hair gets dry, brittle, split ends. Very unsightly!
Here again, Kesavardhini helps. After you’ve massaged your scalp with it, comb out your hair so that the oil flows down every inch. Or try brushing. It stimulates life at the roots stimulates life at the roots and imparts a soft sheen to the hair. If the ends are still dry, rub some more Kesavardhini into them.
Watch how well Kesavardhini ‘conditions’ your hair, bringing back its glow and softness.
Can you make hair longer?
The better health programme described above should encourage your hair to grow thicker and longer.
Here’s another tip-after massaging, hold a thick section of your hair and tug it gently. Relax and pull again. Move to other sections.
Down with dirty hair!
The other important aspect of hair care is regular shampooing. Once every week wash your hair with shikakai or a good shampoo. Kesevardhini itself offers you a fine powder shampoo. But be careful to wash out all the shampoo from your hair with plenty of water.
After your hair’s dry, massage a little Kesavardhini into your scalp, as shampooing tends to remove the natural oil form the hair.
Lavish care on your hair and you’ll be rewarded with real ‘crowning’ glory’. Now’s the time to start!
Structure of hair
Though apparently like a thin cord, each strand of hair has three sectional parts: medulla the centre layer, cortex the middle layer and cuticle, the outer layer of the hair. The cortex has in it an abundance of living cells and the cuticle, overlapping shining cells. These cells are responsible for the production of keratin.
The part of the hair visible above the scalp is called the hair-shaft and the portion beneath the scalp is known as the hair-root. The hair-root is placed in a conical pit in the scalp called the follicle. The cuticle of the hair in the hair-root has cellular covers which also have cells and help the hair grow straight. The hair emerges from a part known as the bulb which is balloonish in shape. Below the bulb is the papilla, full of nerves and blood vessels. The papilla feeds the follicle sufficient blood to help the hair grow. Constant and continuous blood circulation form the papilla, regular and successive formation of keratin and the spreading of sebum to the tips of the hair keep the hair healthy.