Category: Overall health

12 Sep

How damaged is your hair?

Beauty store shelves are full of products promising you healthy, shiny hair. The fact is that you don’t have to change your diet or your shampoo to get the best out of your hair. Your hair follicles are doing the hard bit already, growing hair. The rest is down to you, simply looking after your hair as it lengthens, keeping it conditioned and protecting it from damage. In this article learn how your hair gets damaged and what you can do to prevent it so your hair can stay its natural, healthy best.

 

How does hair get damaged?

Our hair, generally speaking, consists of two parts: the cortex (and in some women, also the medulla) at the centre, and the cuticle. The cortex is a very fragile structure made of long stringy proteins, porous like a sponge, that contains the elements that give your hair most of the qualities that are unique to you: strength, colour, elasticity and texture. This delicate material needs protecting, and that is the job of the cuticle. Split ends are actually where the cuticle has completely broken away, uncovering the unravelling end of your cortex. No product in the world is going to glue your split ends permanently back together. This is why the only cure for split ends is a hair cut, followed by a good hair care routine that maintains and protects the cuticle.

The cuticle is a series of layers (usually about seven) of scales made of the protein keratin, which overlap like roof tiles. This arrangement allows the hair to swell and shrink with moisture content. These scales are there to take a beating, and when we talk about damaging your hair, we are talking about damage to these cuticle scales. These scales are not living. They can not grow back or repair themselves. Once you have blown through all the layers of the cuticle, there is nothing left to protect the cortex, the damage is irreversible and the hair breaks. As far as you and I are concerned, care of the cuticle is the very foundation of maintaining healthy hair.

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The Four Most Common Causes of Damage

My recommendation is to learn to work with your natural hair texture. This can be a steep learning curve. All hair textures have their own unique advantages, the most valuable of which is that when you respect your hair’s natural tendencies and ensure that it is kept healthy and undamaged, you spend almost no time styling it in the morning.

Friction includes wearing your hair down loose, especially on a windy day, brushing, back combing or teasing and just ‘messing’ with your hair too frequently during the day. If you find your hair knots or tangles frequently, this is a typical sign of damage to the cuticle. The scales are literally ruffled up and catching on each other, causing your hair to snarl.

Sun.

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Colouring and perming chemicals do the most damage, because the way they work is by swelling the hair to such an extent that the cortex can be altered, either by changing the pigment when you colour it, or by chemically destroying the sulphur bonds that give your hair its naturally curly or straight texture. This process roughs up the edges of all the scales right through the entire cuticle, not just the outside.

You only really need to be concerned about sun damage if you colour your hair, have naturally white or grey hair, or if you have longer than shoulder-length hair. To protect your hair colour, the only effective solution is a hat or scarf. For long hair, it is helpful to wear your hair up in a chignon, pleat or twist style so that the ends of your hair are covered and secure.

For this reason, in my opinion, all hair colouring, relaxing and perming should be done by a trained stylist and not at home. You only want to subject your hair to this process once, and thereafter only touch up from the roots. You should only do either a perm or a colour process if you have fine hair, but never both.

A good professional hairstylist will never agree to do both procedures to fine hair. Ideally, for really healthy hair, you should not subject your hair to any chemical treatment at all.

It’s fun and a lot of women don’t like their hair going grey, so there are good reasons to colour or perm your hair. And if you decide you’ve had enough with the chemicals, you can just grow your hair out and start again.

To minimise damage while getting the tangles out of your hair, never brush your hair when it is wet, even with conditioner in it. Use your fingers and waggle them as you very gently comb them through your hair. Your hands are the best grooming tool you possess, as the skin on your hands can not damage your cuticle.

What happens when using these tools on wet or damp hair is that the water in the cortex of the hair can start to boil and the steam will actually blow holes in the cuticle. There are products that claim to “heat protect” your hair. They can do a little, but as most women use driers and irons on a high setting combined with pulling their hair straight with brushes, this is more than these “heat protecting” products can stand up to.

To further protect your hair during the day, the best thing you can do is use very good quality hair accessories to wear your hair up. The kindest type of accessories to use are the ones that do not bind your hair at all, such as combs, forks and hair sticks. Another great way to protect your hair when you are outside is to tuck it up into a hat.

The next best alternative, if your hair is too slippery, are either very fat hair elastics or hair claws which have smoothed and polished edges. Barrettes and hair slides can cut into the hair’s cuticle. To prevent this, choose barrettes using only the best clasps which are still only made in France from steel with hand smoothed edges.

Heat.

Even if you are quite saintly and never colour or perm your hair, most of the damage to your cuticle is caused by the hairs rubbing against each other. This is where your good conditioning habits will pay dividends.

Don’t believe any company that tells you they have a gentle colouring or perming product. There is no such thing. And conditioning afterwards will not reverse the damage.

Friction.

Styling using straighteners, curling tongs and blow dryers causes quite a lot of damage. Hair dryers can actually strengthen hair, but only when used on a medium or low heat and held at least six inches away from your hair. Most people use dryers as a way to straighten their hair, though, and this causes a lot of damage.

UV rays affect your hair in two ways. UVA rays gradually break down the pigment molecules in your hair leaving a yellowish tinge inside the hair, which is why sun faded hair can look brassy. UVB rays, after a lot of exposure, break down the sulphur bonds in your hair, which eventually affects the strength and texture of your hair.

Protecting your hair from damage is the single best way to have healthy looking hair. This is completely free. The more disciplined you are about looking after your hair, your hair will reward you by not only behaving more often on a day to day basis, but by also responding well to more extreme styling when you need it for those formal occasions.

To further protect your hair during the day, the best thing you can do is use very good quality hair accessories to wear your hair up. The next best alternative, if your hair is too slippery, are either very fat hair elastics or hair claws which have smoothed and polished edges. Hair dryers can actually strengthen hair, but only when used on a medium or low heat and held at least six inches away from your hair. UVA rays gradually break down the pigment molecules in your hair leaving a yellowish tinge inside the hair, which is why sun faded hair can look brassy. You only really need to be concerned about sun damage if you colour your hair, have naturally white or grey hair, or if you have longer than shoulder-length hair.

Chemicals.

This is really only relevant if you spend a lot of time outdoors when the sun is most intense, use sunbeds very frequently or live in a very sunny country. Hair styling products containing sunblock are not effective. They either wash out or fall out of your hair very easily.

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9 Sep

Things you need to know about your alergies

Allergies carry many different symptoms. They affect a very large number of people in the world and should always be treated serious. I try to give a very simple overview here.

Keep in mind there is no one simple set of reactions for any two people exposed. What would be a mere red irritated swelling of one persons hand for a day or two. Another person could have extreme swelling of the hand a complete loss of breathing and be hospitalized with what might appear as blood poisoning. Both people having being bitten by an ant.

What type Is your Allergy?

Hypersensitivity. In general terms an Allergy is a type of reaction that is mostly caused when a part of the body comes into direct or indirect contact with a foreign substance. This could be a direct contact form such as a chemical matter or air born matter by an inhaled chemical or substance. These are called allergens. It could the be said that an allergy is the way in which the immune system reacts to that contact. This would be considered a disorder of the immune system sometimes called a Atopy.

The disorder or allergy is simply the way a persons system treats these allergens differently than a normal or health immune system. The body generally over reacting to the exposure will have a chemical response causing the various symptoms. I will discuss this more in detail later when I discuss reactions.

Note: Some allergies can be a very serious medical condition. If you are around someone known to have a serious condition of an allergy know what there reaction could be and how to respond to it. More common allergies are simple and easily managed while some can be deadly.

Allergic Reaction what is happening in your body?

Reactions take on many different forms. Every type of allergy will affect people differently. This is due mostly to how sensitive the immune system is and the level of exposure. When the immune system is exposed to this allergen it can stimulate a chemical change in the body causing a release of what are called Histamines. These histamines are generally an over reaction to this exposure. The body then responds to that exposure in different ways. This is sometimes called a allergy attack. There are many different types of a reaction but I have listed the more common here.

Redness at affected area

Rash of the skin

Swollen or irritated eyes

Throat soreness

Glands swollen

Stomach pains or discomfort

Troubled breathing Fatigue

If a person is exposed to an air born allergen then the reaction could be internal. Lets say they are allergic to a pollen. They could have problems breathing a runny nose, cough, stomach pains, headache and even nausea. Some allergens can even be absorbed in to the blood stream and move though out the body organs. These being extreme cases. A food allergy would cause such an effect as it would be ingested causing possible internal and or external reactions. A person exposed to an external allergen may have a redness, swelling or irritated type feeling of the effected area as described above. Some of these exposures can be less sever that others in appearance. If two people have the same allergy type, no two people will show the exact same reaction. The reaction will depend on there individual immune system and how it processes the exposure.

Allergy Types do you know yours?

There are many specific and different types of allergies.When broken down I have found that there are four generally recognized categories described as Hypersensitivity that make up these classifications.

Immediate

This type is generally found to be a result of simple exposure to air born, inhaled or direct contact. It tends to have a very quick reaction to the source. It will show with a more common symptoms like heavy breathing, coughing, sneezing, swollen eyes, irritated skin and in some more rare cases allergic shock. This type of allergy is found to be most common.

Food Allergy

This type is not any more or less serious than the other type reactions however treatment and suffering can be prolonged because the allergen is working from with in the body and or blood system. This is caused when the source or allergen is commonly introduced into the person through a food or medication. This directly triggering a blood type reaction with the immune system. Symptoms migrate though the body quickly.

Cytotoxic

This is a type of allergy were the immune system attacks is own cells the body produces histamines. Triggered from a deeper rooted cell reaction from this additional histamine and causing a chemical change in the blood system. Many studies are still separating this allergy from symptoms similar with other serious diseases. Research has show these allergies are some what rare. But can also be deadly if not recognized.

Cellular Immune

Allergies that react slower or you might say show there symptoms in a delayed timing. These are also a type of blood immune disorder. As with the above third type they would be considered more rare than a Immediate allergy. Again they are extremely serious and though cases are low these types of allergies can be deadly if not treated seriously.

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Allergies are in many cases over looked or there symptoms are dismissed as every day common colds. It is a fact that through out America over twenty percent of our population suffer from Hypersensitivity disorders simply called allergies. There are no cures for this disorder, however many new treatments and small life changes can make a difference in you health.

Find out more about things you can do to manage your sensitivity. Understanding your allergy is the start to getting the relief you are looking for. There are many living style and life changes that can help a person manage this disorder. So many that people tend to actually stray away from the truth.

By getting more information about your specific type of allergy and a better understanding you might find as with most that suffer from hypersensitivity that one simple change could keep your system in balance. Do not get rid of the dog or sell your vacuum cleaner. Get complete medical advice on your type of allergy. From there you can change or adjust and live a healthier more balanced life.

In general terms an Allergy is a type of reaction that is mostly caused when a part of the body comes into direct or indirect contact with a foreign substance. If you are around someone known to have a serious condition of an allergy know what there reaction could be and how to respond to it. A food allergy would cause such an effect as it would be ingested causing possible internal and or external reactions. If two people have the same allergy type, no two people will show the exact same reaction. By getting more information about your specific type of allergy and a better understanding you might find as with most that suffer from hypersensitivity that one simple change could keep your system in balance.

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