Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Genetics of Hair

If you’ve always wondered what your hair is made up of, just sit back, relax and I’ll share this with you. But first, let me ask you... Do you have healthy hair? Is your hair growing at a steady rate? Is your hair too dry or too oily? What products are you putting on your hair? Are they clogging your follicles and hampering proper hair growth? Before I explain the answers to these questions, let me first explain your hairs natural makeup. It’s important to understand your hairs genetic makeup first before you can properly care for it.

So, let’s begin!

The Genetics of Your Hair...

Our hair is largely comprised of a protein called keratin. Keratin grows from a sac called the follicle. The cells of our hair follicle regularly produce the keratin and other proteins. These proteins embed themselves in the hair shaft adding moisture and life to our hair. Hair is made up of 97 percent protein and 3 percent mineral and ash.

The hair follicle of our hair is a small cavity through which our hair grows. Each hair follicle has it’s own life cycle. That is why we lose about 100 hairs per day. We lose hairs from each follicle at different times.

Are you losing about a 100 hairs a day or less? These are healthy levels. If you’re losing more than this a day consult a doctor immediately.


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