The Hair On Our Head

A Little Bit About the Hair On Our Head

Do you ever think of the hair that sits on our head? It is composed of two separate structures, the follicle and the shaft. The follicle is surrounded by an inner and an outer sheath. The outer sheath protects the growing hair shaft. The inner sheath ends at the sebaceous (oil) gland and the apocrine (scent) gland. The sebaceous gland produces sebum, our hair’s natural conditioner. Hair shaft is made up of keratin, dead and hard protein, in layers. The outermost layer is called the cuticle and the layer that makes up majority of the shaft is called the cortex. Our hair color is made up of the pigment cells present in the cortex! Below are some helpful tips to maximize the cleanliness and health of your hair.

Some Basic Tips for Your Healthy Hair

  1. Wash oily hair more often. If your scalp is oily, wash your hair once a day. If you have damaged or chemically-treated hair, wash your hair less frequently
  2. Concentrate shampoo on the scalp. Washing only your hair shaft can loosen and create flyaway hair.
  3. Concentrate conditioner on the tips of your hair. Conditioning products attempt to treat the cuticle layer and should be used on the tips of the hair.