Hair Knowledge

Hair covers and protects the body. Hair is made up of keratin. Keratin is a tough protein produced by the body. Hair grows from roots in the skin, which are called follicles. Unlike the skin, which is a living organism, by the time a hair grows out of the follicle, it is already "dead." At the bottom of the follicle is the sebaceous gland. There, sebum, an oily substance that lubricates the hair shaft, is made.

The way your hair grows and looks depends on the shape and size of your hair follicles, which contour and form the hair as it grows, and which are determined by your ethnicity. The thickness of hair depends on how many follicles a person has and the size of the follicles. If your follicles are small, you will have thin hair. If you have large hair follicles your hair is thick.

The texture of your hair can range from very curly to very straight. When hair follicles are round, this produces straight hair. Oval hair follicles result in curly hair. Ribbon-like flat-structured follicles cause the hair to be tightly coiled, which is the type of hair that is found most commonly among those of African descent. Flat hair has a twisted hair shaft, and intermittent variations in diameter as the twisting occur, causing recurring weak points along each hair. Due to their curliness, the hairs wrap around each other, making hair more vulnerable, and difficult to groom and style.

Cleansing and conditioning:

  • Curly hair (curly/thick) needs serious moisture to promote shine and softness.

Try our That’s So Natural Sulfate free Moisturizing Shampoo (with Coconut Oil, Milk Protein, and Tea Tree Oil), followed by the Rinse-Out Anti Breakage Conditioner with Abyssinian Oil, Murumuru Butter, and Morina Butter. Clarify as needed.

Caucasian hair varies due to a wide combination of genetic influences. It is oval in cross section, tends to be fine to medium in diameter, and varies from straight to wavy – curly. It is also the only ethnic group with large variations in color, from white blond to browns, reds and black. Caucasians tend to have fine textured hair. Generally blonds have the finest hair texture. Darker shades tend to be coarser, and redheads have the coarsest hair.,/p>

Cleansing and conditioning:

  • Straight to wavy -curly hair (oily or fine) does not need heavy moisturizing agents.

Try our That’s So Natural Clarifying Shampoo, or the Sulfate free Cleansing Shampoo (with Macadamia Nut Oil, Argon Oil, Sweet Almond Oil), followed by the Light Rinse-out Frizz Control Conditioner with Rose hip oil, Jojoba oil, and Green Tea. Asian hair is round in cross section, and therefore is usually straight or slightly wavy. It is black or dark brown, and has the thickest diameter and the greatest strength of the ethnic groups. Asian hair also has the capacity to grow to a greater length than other hair types.

Cleansing and conditioning:

  • Straight or slightly wavy hair also does not need heavy moisturizing agents.

Try our That’s So Natural Clarifying Shampoo, or the Sulfate free Cleansing Shampoo (with Macadamia Nut Oil, Argon Oil, Sweet Almond Oil), followed by the Light Rinse-out Frizz Control Conditioner with Rose hip oil, Jojoba oil, and Green Tea. Leave-in spray conditioner may be used.

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