+HAIR FACTS...What is Hair?
What is HAIR??
First, what is hair? Hair is protein. More specifically, hair is a couple of layers of intertwined keratin that “grows” from hair follicles. The hair that you see on your scalp, arms, legs etc. are dead cells. Each strand of hair has a lifespan of about 2 years, sometimes longer, then they shed/fall out and are replaced [if you are healthy and didn‘t get the short-end of the baldness stick] with new hair. But when it comes to protein, we’re not talking about shedding, shedding, unless it’s in excess is normal
We’re talking about protein and it’s affect on hair breakage.
What is protein? Protein is made up of long chains of amino acids. Your body needs every kind of amino acid to perform normally. The amino acids our body’s cannot produce, we get from food. Protein is required by the body for the growth, maintenance and repair of all cells. If you are not getting enough protein in your diet, your hair will be affected. Really, think about it. If you have ever seen pictures or known someone with an eating disorder, for example: anorexia, one of the first things to be affected is hair.
The hair will fall out more rapidly, become dull and thin.
Once the hair is out of the follicle, there is nothing much you can do about it’s “health”. However, there is a lot you can do about making it appear healthy and keeping it on your head as long as possible.
Along with keeping your hair moisturized and eating a good amount of protein, you can also add protein as an external treatment. Externally, protein helps coat the hair, filling in your hair shaft, adding strength to your tresses. Think of your hair like shingles on a roof. After years of heavy rain, snow, damaging sunlight, those shingles become brittle, they break, they lift and they tear. Hair, with all that we do to it, does the same thing. External protein is the replacement shingles for your old roof.
There are many types of protein sold over the counter for hair repair. They all do the same basic thing, but they are not all the same in strength. Some protein can soften the hair. Some, vegetable proteins, makes the hair shiny and healthy looking. While others, like keratin protein help strengthen the hair. Depending on your hair needs, you will know which protein to pick. Read labels!