Hair scalp is a beauty indicator and, over the years, it had many meanings, depending on the culture. For example, indigenous people from North America grow hair long to reach the Creator, but when going to war they shaved it. Vikings had clean and neat hair and blond hair women were preferable to brunette-haired ones that bleached it. Native Americans didn`t cut their hair, except during times of mourning, which symbolized the loss of the loved one.
Long or short, having healthy hair was important for a person`s appearance. The image reflected a place in the society. In ancient France, having long and healthy hair was a sign of power. In Africa, the hair had spiritual significance and protection against evil spirits. In India, having long hair it’s a sign of beauty for centuries and the word “shampoo” comes from Hindi “cămpo!”.
Nowadays, hair care is has kept its importance. Both women and men, want to have shiny, clean hair. It’s a sign of style, of beauty. Even with beautiful makeup and skin, without nice hair styling, a persons’ image loses a part of its charm.
Hair composition and condition
The chemical composition of hair is 45% carbon, 28% oxygen, 15% nitrogen, 7% hydrogen, 5% sulfur. Hair contains keratin, which is a protein with 21 different amino acids. Keratin makes hair look naturally thicker and fuller.
Environmental conditions, coloring, blow drying compromise these amino acids and cause slipt-ends, hair loss, the risk of breakage. Sometimes, due to stress and pollution and even water quality, hair is thick or dry, tarnished, difficult to style. We can diminish these effects, by taking care to the hair routine, such as: brushing it from the bottom up, using coconut oil, washing it properly, brush it, avoiding using straighteners, styling your hair with qualitative products. Ingredients such as panthenol, essential oils, algae extracts, wheatgerms, and silk proteins can sustain your hair care and repair the damages.
Hair care ingredients
You can take care naturally of your hair, by using: castor oil, aloe vera to hydrate, white vinegar to boost hair shine, coconut oil to nourish, salt for greasy hair, honey for lightening the color, rice proteins to boost volume. To stimulate hair growth, you should use peppermint or lavender or rosemary or avocado oil, lavender oils, aloe vera, banana extract, castor oil, egg yolk.
You should definitely avoid products containing: Isopropyl Alcohol, Mineral Oils, Propylene Glycol, Chlorine etc. So, pay attention to the shampoos and styling products you choose using, because parabens and artificial compounds can harm your scalp and cause hair loss or other inconvenient.
Top 10 ingredients to look for in natural hair products
Taking into consideration the environmental conditions, we must make the best decisions we can for our health. When we say health, we mean organs, nutrition, skin, hair, mental. And it`s not easy. We have a lack of time, sometimes of budget or even documentation. We will detail the top 10 ingredients to look at natural hair products, in order to facilitate your future choices.
The first one is the shea butter that it’s emollient and reduces the amount of moisture (water) lost. The second one is the coconut oil, that is sealing moisture into the hair and leaves a thicker textured hair. The next one is aloe vera: it promotes hair growth, stops hair loss and treats the scalp problems. The easiest way to use aloe vera is to mix some aloe vera gel into your shampoo or conditioner or try buying products that contain this ingredient. The 4th one, the vegetable glycerine acts as a strong humectant, creates a layer of oil over the hair strand. The 5th is the jojoba oil repairs the dead ends and gives hair a natural shine.
The 6th natural ingredient that makes miracles for your hair, is the olive oil. You should choose an “extra virgin” one and use it as a pre-shampoo or deep conditioner. The castor seed oil is the 7th wonder ingredient, that has anti-fungal properties and stimulates hair growth. The 8th magical ingredient is honey, with antibacterial effects.
The next one is the avocado oil, that is packed with vitamins A, D, E and that contains more potassium than bananas. It stimulates hair growth and stimulates your scalp. The 10th ingredient it’s the tea tree oil, with antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. You should use it, but respecting the dosage, to avoid irritation. Otherwise, it ensures the retention of nutrients and makes your hair look outstanding.