Health and hair care

Hair often reflects our state of health and our lifestyle. Tiredness, stress, unbalanced or deficient diet can have for consequence on the hair like dull, dry, brittle hair, or even a fall more or less important.

Dull, dry, brittle hair

Like the skin, the hair is covered by a hydrolipidic film rich in sebum that will protect it from dehydration and external aggressions (penetration of harmful molecules, pollution particles, natural protection against UV). If the scalp is dry, it produced less sebum, and the hydrolipidic film at the surface of the hair is weakened. The use of hair products that are too stripping or instruments that heat the hair at too high temperature, such as the straightening irons or hair dryers, can weaken and eliminate this hydrolipidic film.
The destruction of the hydrolipidic film causes an lifting of the keratin scales of the hair cuticule. The heart of the hair is then vulnerable to dehydration and aggressions, and becomes porous. Its appearance is duller. The damaged keratin fibers eventually break, and the hair breaks too.

What care for dry, dull and brittle hair?

A dry hair is often the sign of a dry scalp producing less sebum. To moisturize the scalp, a care oil composed of vegetable oils can be used to perform a scalp massage. By massaging the scalp, sebaceous glands will be stimulated and encouraged to produce sebum again, which will then polish the hair and make it shiny. In addition, vegetable oils will moisturize and soothe the scalp, which often itches when it is dry.
The same oil care can be used to moisturized hair tips. The vegetable oils applied as a mask on wet hair after shampoo will nourish it. Jojoba oil for example has a composition close to that of sebum, and will allow reconstituting the hydrolipidic film on the surface of the hair, thus making them shinier.

Hair loss

There are two types of hair loss: progressive hair loss, due to genetic factors, and reactive hair loss, in response to a change in lifestyle (stress) or nutritional deficiencies (lack of vitamins, minerals, trace elements).
Progressive hair loss is due to genetic factors under hormonal influence. Hair cycles will shorten and wear out faster than in other people. One exhausted the bulb stops producing hair. This phenomenon is called alopecia (read Hair biology).
Reactive hair loss may be due to a lack of vascularization of the scalp. If the blood supply is bad, the hair bulbs receive less nutrients and oxygen and will then put themselves at forced rest, leading to hair fall.

What care against hair loss?

As with dry, brittle hair, scalp massage is also beneficial for reactivating blood circulation in the scalp. A good blood supply allows to feed correctly the hair bulb and thus to allow a better hair growth. The air is also thicker when the scalp is regularly massaged. In addition, through the action of vegetable oils the hair becomes shinier.

Finally, in addition to the beneficial effects on the health and beauty of the hair described here, the scalp massage will have an impact on the beauty of the face: the features will be more rested and lifted, the eyes more open, in short the face will be more relaxed.

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1. Koyama, T.; Kobayashi, K.; Hama, T.; Murakami, K.; Ogawa, R., Standardized Scalp Massage Results in Increased Hair Thickness by Inducing Stretching Forces to Dermal Papilla Cells in the Subcutaneous Tissue. Eplasty 2016, 16, e8.