FRIZZIE HAIR, NO CROWNING GLORY

Human beings are a peculiar lot when it comes to appearance ` so many striving for change. Our so called “crowning glory” be it straight, curly, fine or coarse, limp or thick can arouse emotions like joy, irritability, desperation and even depression with much neurotic behaviour.

Fortunately in some areas nature retains “what is meant to be” as one is not aware of a woolly, curly haired goat heading to a salon for a relaxer ! In comparison, millions of women with curly or frizzy hair can become quite obsessed, so much so that being indoors and not being seen is preferable is to going out on a ” frizzy hair day” viewing this as some cursed affliction!

Though this content is not intended to focus on hereditary factors, Caucasian and African hair differ due to the shape of the hair follicle . Be it more rounded the outgrowth of the hair is of a straight nature whereas an oval shaped follicle will result in curly hair. Those who consider curly or frizzy hair a curse will go to great lengths away from a salon like twirling hair around roller-pin sized rollers, ironing or blow drying it with enough force to put tension of the follicles which can with time lead to baldness.

This continual over-styling opens up holes in the cuticle of the hair allowing moisture to penetrate, expanding the hair especially in humid conditions, the outcome being a bigger and woolly mass of hair.

Some years back, women were enthralled with a relaxing method initiated in Brazil and results were most successful but certain products were then banned as high percentages of formaldehyde were used to bond keratin to the hair shaft. However hope appears to be on the horizon due to a company in Europe having formulated a shampoo having keratin that recognizes the holes in the hair shaft and binds with the existing keratin to refill the gaps resulting in thicker and smoother hair.

Most keratin in the beauty industry are bi-products from animals such as beaks, feathers and hooves plus plant amino acids.

However, human keratin is derived from human hair and that in Asia is considered most beautiful and less exposed to chemicals and heat related treatments and a good source of extraction. It is rather bizarre that hair in one part of the world is of superior quality to others. Charities that empower poverty stricken women buy bales of clean hair, never a shortage thereof to be exported; the donors being fairly remunerated and their life-styles much improved. With continual scientific research, it is of great benefit that chemicals are less often used and that nature plays a bigger role in seeing to our needs and benefiting needy communities.

Human beings are a peculiar lot when it comes to appearance ` so many striving for change. Our so called “crowning glory” be it straight, curly, fine or coarse, limp or thick can arouse emotions like joy, irritability, desperation and even depression with much neurotic behaviour.

Fortunately in some areas nature retains “what is meant to be” as one is not aware of a woolly, curly haired goat heading to a salon for a relaxer ! In comparison, millions of women with curly or frizzy hair can become quite obsessed, so much so that being indoors and not being seen is preferable is to going out on a ” frizzy hair day” viewing this as some cursed affliction!

Though this content is not intended to focus on hereditary factors, Caucasian and African hair differ due to the shape of the hair follicle . Be it more rounded the outgrowth of the hair is of a straight nature whereas an oval shaped follicle will result in curly hair. Those who consider curly or frizzy hair a curse will go to great lengths away from a salon like twirling hair around roller-pin sized rollers, ironing or blow drying it with enough force to put tension of the follicles which can with time lead to baldness.

This continual over-styling opens up holes in the cuticle of the hair allowing moisture to penetrate, expanding the hair especially in humid conditions, the outcome being a bigger and woolly mass of hair. Some years back, women were enthralled with a relaxing method initiated in Brazil and results were most successful but certain products were then banned as high percentages of formaldehyde were used to bond keratin to the hair shaft.

However hope appears to be on the horizon due to a company in Europe having formulated a shampoo having keratin that recognizes the holes in the hair shaft and binds with the existing keratin to refill the gaps resulting in thicker and smoother hair. Most keratin in the beauty industry are bi-products from animals such as beaks, feathers and hooves plus plant amino acids.

However, human keratin is derived from human hair and that in Asia is considered most beautiful and less exposed to chemicals and heat related treatments and a good source of extraction. It is rather bizarre that hair in one part of the world is of superior quality to others. Charities that empower poverty stricken women buy bales of clean hair, never a shortage thereof to be exported; the donors being fairly remunerated and their life-styles much improved.

With continual scientific research, it is of great benefit that chemicals are less often used and that nature plays a bigger role in seeing to our needs and benefiting needy communities.

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