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Want long black hairs but your cosmetics wont help no problem , read here to know how to take care of hairs

Updated on May 12, 2010

"When I had curls

I knew more girls

I do more reading

now hair are receding  "

                              - James Simmons 1933-: 'Epigrams' 

A little inside your head : how hair grow and what causes its damage

Hairs spring from the skin, each having a root and a stem or shaft which is generally rounded and varies in thickness. The chief part of the stem is of a fibrous character, the fibers being composed of soft cells with air spaces between them. The color of the hair is due to pigment scattered in varying amount throughout the hair, while a white hair is produced by the formation of very numerous airspaces throughout the cells composing it. The root of hair is set upon a fibrous papilla, from which it derives its nutriment. The root is deep and the growing part of the hair pushes the older part out through the cuticle. The average rate of growth of hair is about 6 inches in a year, though in some persons when the hair reaches a certain length, it ceases to grow and is gradually pushed upwards till it falls out, to be replaced by a new hair which develops from a fresh papilla. Attached to the underside of each follicle (the tube which contains the part of the hair embedded in the skin) is a small muscle. It is these muscles which produce good flesh when hair are raised. The sebaceous glands open into the follicles of the hair. It is over active sebaceous glands which produce what fashion-conscious women call greasy or oily hair. The secretion of the sebaceous glands reaches the surface by the hair follicle and serves to lubricate the hair and give pliability to the surface of the skin.

Blood, while it runs through the skin provides nourishment to the hair and if due to some defect the nutrients don't reach them they start falling. No application of any oil or pomade or creame can provide the natural nutrients to the hair as is claimed by by advertisements. Only vigrous massage of of the head can activate the circulation of the blood in the skin and revitalise its function of providing the necessary nutrients to sustain the hairs. Oil is merely a vehicle for massage; it has no other function. If massage is not neglected during childhood, a person is likely to have a full thatch throughout his life.

The skin that covers the scalp has to be healthy and the follicles and the sebaceous glands should function properly. If these conditions are not present baldnes results. The skin of the scalp must be thick and loose for a rich growth of the hair.

Certain serious diseases are associated with partial loss of hair as one of their symptoms. They are : acute fever, myxoedema (degenerative conditions of the subcutaneous and connective tissues due to a defect in the thyroid gland ) , syphilis, influenza, anaemia and great anxiety or shock. Gradual premature baldness is generally hereditary. Sometimes it is preceeded by dandruff which, in its turn, is caused by decomposition of the natural oil in the hair. Each day in the processes of combing, a certain number of hairs which have reached the end of their existence, fall out and are replaced. But if the change is too rapid, baldness results ultimately.

hair follicle

Measures to be take avoid hair damage

In some cases, if the hair fall out as a result of any particular disease, they are likely to be replaced when the patient gets rid of the disease. The hair in that sense may be called as thermometer of the disease. The moment the falling of the hair is noticed, one should take to vigorous massage of the scalp, because if the hair fall and a fine down appears on the scalp, total baldness is not far away.

The hat band or the cap should never be tight because it is likely to interfere with the circulation of the blood in the scalp. Intellectual over work is not the only reason of baldness since manual laborers are also seen falling prey to it.

After scalp has been thoroughly and vigorously massaged, rinse the hair with cold water and then comb your hair. A cold douche of the hair is always helpful if done regularly. The best way to do it is to immerse your head in a flat-bottomed vessel for a minute. The hair should be combined with the fingers and dried through massage.

 Patchy baldness, or alopecia areata, is common on the scalp, but may affect the hair all over the body. It occurs mainly among adolescents and is caused by any organism or bacteria as is commonly believed. It is actually caused by disturbances in the veins carrying blood to the skin. The only remedy is a vigorous massaged part. no application of any oils or cream will do any good.


Water is not harmful for the hairs as is the commonly supposed: if that were so, sailors and fishermen would never have any beards. The best way to take care of your hair is to wet them thoroughly with water and then to vigorously rub the scalp. if the ends of the hair split, it is an indication of internal disease and care must be taken of the diet. 

 Hair turn white with age but there are examples in history where sudden shock has produced the effect. The color of the hair not concern one of their health. Darkening agents should be avoided as they contain substances harmful for the skin. In cases of premature graying, open air exercise, massage of the scalp, dietary regimen particularly ingestion of raw vegetables.

A morbid condition of the scalp is the emergence of dandruff which is caused by the excessive secretion of the sebaceous glands. The secretion mixed with dirt forms scales or a distinct encrustation. It can interfere with the nourishment of the hair and lead to baldness. dandruff is infections and personal articles like comb, towels etc, of others should be avoided. I some is having dandruff the thir hair should be cut short and scalp should be kept clean. The hair could be washed with whey, gram flour and myrobalan soaked in water. 

NOTE: commercial products like shampoos only remove visible flake and don't treat dandruff. 

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    • wittywit profile imageAUTHOR

      Pranshu Kumar Chaudhary 

      8 years ago from INDIA

      stars439 thank you for your comments

    • stars439 profile image

      stars439 

      8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Thank you for the nice hub. GBY

    • wittywit profile imageAUTHOR

      Pranshu Kumar Chaudhary 

      8 years ago from INDIA

      now to LisaMoore

      actually i can't suggest you any brand as i trust no brand in this regard however may be this can help you http://bit.ly/ayFZg7

      but i would say you go for these here's some ayurvedic or to say natural ways to make your hairs softer, smoother and healthier :

      1) Apply the mixture of an egg white, 2 spoon of castor oil, 1 spoon glycerin, in the scalp and hair. Wash it after some time.

      2) Massage hair with warm coconut oil an hour before washing. Let it soak. Cover your head with a hot towel and wash your hair after an hour or so.

      3) Boil a few hibiscus flowers in coconut oil. Filter and use this hair oil to control hair loss and thinning

      4) Egg white and curd is a good conditioner for hair

      5) Add a lemon peel to a 'shikakai' and 'amla' mixture while washing your hair

      shikaksi is actually a traditional shampoo used in India. It is made from Acacia concinna, a shrub native to the warm

      shikakai means "fruit for hair"

      hope following this routine would help you thankx for showing interest in my hubs

    • wittywit profile imageAUTHOR

      Pranshu Kumar Chaudhary 

      8 years ago from INDIA

      well first of all thankx anglnwu for your comments it's this driving force that tells me to write more thankx

    • anglnwu profile image

      anglnwu 

      8 years ago

      Very informative hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      LisaMoore 

      8 years ago

      I love my hair so much. I always take good care of it in a nautral way. Aside from the shampoo, I only use the hair conditioner from Revitalash and nothing else and I really like what it does to my hair. It's manageable, smoother and healthier. Haven't tried any brands of conditioner. Any suggestions?

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