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Moroccan Argan Oil- Natural Oils for Optimal Hair Growth

Moroccan Argan Oil- Natural Oils for Optimal Hair Growth

Moroccan Argan Oil  

argan oil nuts

Moroccan (Argan) Oil is an excellent emollient which brings luster back to dry hair and flaky scalp

Argan Oil | Luxurious Argan Oil w/Palmarosa & Almond

Moroccan oil is extracted from the nuts of the Argan tree that grows in Morocco. Moroccan people have been using it for centuries, and recent research has brought to light its unique properties that make Argan oil a treasure trove for treating various skin as well as hair problems.

Moroccan Argan oil is very rich in Vitamin E, Omega 3 and Omega 9 fatty acids; it also contains linoleic and oleic acid that helps hydrate and moisturizes hair and scalp and repair damaged hair.

For those who have damaged their hair with too many hair straighteners and other chemical treatments, Argan oil can help in restoring the lost luster and increasing the shine of dull dry hair by locking in the moisture.

argan oil nuts
Argan nuts are being prepared for the process of making its precious oil

The oil penetrates the hair shaft and repair damaged hair follicles. Argan oil is non-greasy and non-oily and therefore it does not weigh hair down- making it limp.

Many people with color treated hair complain of rough hair and color fading. Regular application of Argan oil on color treated hair can help in keeping the color intact for a greater duration and it would also prevent any dryness.

Here are a few more benefits of Moroccan Argan Oil:

  • It is ideal for taming rough, dry, frizzy and unmanageable hair.
  • It is light and almost weightless so there is less probability of build-up.
  • It has moisturizing and hydration properties
  • Unsaturated fatty acids provide nutrition to the hair and scalp
  • Argan oil is immediately absorbed by the hair and it restores the lost moisture.
  • It also acts as a shield for harmful UV rays and protects the hair from environmental pollution.

Because of its high content of vitamin E, Argan oil is very effective for hair growth and it helps to repair as well as inhibit the occurrence of split ends. It nourishes hair from the root; strengthening it, therefore preventing hair loss.

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What is your opinion: Have you ever used Moroccan (Argan) Oil? What do you think about its superior properties? What is your favorite oil—Moroccan Oil or Jojoba Oil?

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How To Make Aloe Vera Gel Healthy Hair Beauty Tip

Scalp Health ~

It is a known fact that healthy hair is an extension of a healthy scalp.

aloe vera plant

Aloe Vera is a plant that has a natural substance that is potent with anti-fungal qualities. By applying the natural gel on your scalp, this is a good way of reducing the amount of yeast on your scalp, therefore decreasing dry scalp issues.

Alternatively, you can buy Aloe Vera juice which you can drink to supplement your normal diet. The juice contains many of the vitamins that you need in order to combat dandruff and/or dry scalp effectively, including vitamins A, B1, B6, B12 and vitamin E as well as folic acid.

Aloe Vera juice also contains 12 natural substances that have been shown to inhibit inflammatory conditions, and it helps to produce healthy skin as it provides a rich supply of collagen and elastin which helps to repair and regenerate a healthy scalp.

Soothing Your Scalp

Add 1/2 cup of Aloe Vera juice/gel to a squeeze bottle and a drop or two of your favorite fragrance oil (optional), shake well. Part your hair to expose your scalp and squeeze Aloe Vera directly on your scalp; massage gently in a circular motion, being careful not to be rough. Cover your hair with a plastic cap and leave on about 20mins. to an hour. Rinse well with lukewarm water. Let hair drip dry. Repeat once a week just before shampooing hair.

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What is Hair Anyway?

Hair—the strands are made of, Medulla (core) Keratin (inner layer) and Cuticle (outer layer).

anatomy of a hair

Each strand of hair has its’ own DNA. There are no two strands alike; and as various and diverse as human beings are, so is your hair—its’ texture, color and grade.

The Anatomy of Hair

Hair is quite simply defined as a form of a protein called Keratin.

Hair grows from hair follicles located in the dermis~

Dermis= the skin; the thick layer of living tissue below the epidermis that forms the true skin.

Papilla= the structure at the base of the hair follicle; deep at the dermal layer, papilla is also described as a small nipple-like projection at the root of a hair.

Hair Follicles= hair follicles are responsible for the production of hair. They (follicles) produce hair fibers in a regular cycle. Hair follicles, as part of the hair-producing role, retain stem cells, promote cell growth, tissue invasion and induce angiogenesis. Hair follicles also work closely with the immune systems of the skin and neuroendocrine systems.

Hair follicles support immune-surveillance against pathogens and aid in sensory perception. Hair follicles have been proven to metabolically be one of the most rapidly proliferating units of the skin system. Only cells in the stomach proliferate more quickly than hair follicles.

While hair is growing beneath the epidermis, its’ outer covering is soft. Once it goes past the epidermis, the outside layer hardens into keratin.

Inside the follicle, the hair is growing and is ‘connected’ to blood vessels and nerves.

Outside the skin, the hair is essentially DEAD!

Keratin= keratin refers to a family of fibrous structural proteins. Keratin is the key of structural material making up the outer layer of human skin. It is also the key structural component of hair and nails.

Keratin monomers assemble into bundles to form intermediate filaments, which are tough and insoluble and form strong unmineralized tissues.

hair follicle

Hair Composition= hair is primarily made up of protein which occurs as the result of linking together of amino acids. The cortex of the hair is made up of a series of chains that form the shape of a coil.

The amino acid chains coil around each other and become proto-fibrils. The proto-fibrils then twist around each other to become micro-fibrils. Micro-fibrils follow the same process and become macro-fibrils that also spiral together.

This process when complete forms the cortex of the hair. The cortex is then covered with the cuticle scales which also contain protein. This twisting gives hair the ability to stretch like a spring without breaking.

Cortex= the center part of the hair, called the cortex, makes up most of the hair shaft. It is the cortex that gives hair its special qualities such as elasticity and curl. The cortex is packed with strands of keratin (protein), lying along the length of the hair.

All its moisture lays in its center, behind a tough outer layer of protective bark (sort to speak).

If the 'bark' of the hair is well taken care of the whole hair remains in good condition. If the 'bark' is stripped off to expose the center, the hair may break.

Sebaceous Gland= next to each hair is a sebaceous gland which secretes sebum (oily secretion) which lubricates the hair and provides each hair with an element of protection. If the sebaceous glands are overactive, greasy or oily hair will result. If the glands are under-active dry hair may result including breakage.

For hair that is kinky nappy coily curly (whatever you choose to call it), this Helix spiral (below) resembles its 'curl pattern'

kinky hair spiral           

Parts of the hair

There are three main regions of what makes up an hair: Root, Shaft, and Tip

Root= the part that was growing in the follicle. This is the widest part of the hair.

Shaft= the middle of the length of the hair (from the root to the tip). This is where the hair tapers.

Tip= the end of the hair farthest away from the root. The hair is narrowest at the tip.

Three major layers to the hair

From the outside in cuticle, cortex, and the medulla (middle)

Cuticle= the outermost layer of the hair. It is made of keratin. The cuticle is really a series of overlapping scales- very resistant to chemical decomposition.

Cortex= the intervening layer of the hair (i.e., between the cuticle and the medulla). It is made of spindle-shaped cells and pigment granules (these give color to the hair). You may also find ovoid bodies (look like large pigment granules) and cortical fusi (small bubble-like structures) in the cortex.

Medulla= (from the Latin for ‘marrow’) the innermost layer of the hair. It is made of cells that form a shaft through the middle of the hair. Different amounts of medulla may be present in the hair.

Growth Stages of the hair

3 major growth stages: anagen, catagen, and telogen

Anagen Stage= the active growth phase of the hair follicle.

Catagen Stage= the transition period between growth and rest. Hair continues to grow but at a decreasing rate. The root bulb looks elongated from being pushed out of the follicle.

Telogen Stage= the rest period for the follicle. The current hair is shed and no new growth takes place for a period of time.

So, What is Hair Anyway?

Hair is a fiber that we all have…kinky curly straight. Its function is a protective covering for your head. We can style it, cut it, braid it—the possibilities are numerous.

                  

Some have very dense hair (thick), while others have sparse (not so thick) amounts of hair. Whatever the case, once it hits the surface, it’s dead!

This brings me to my point—the skin called scalp, which house our hair, is ‘key’ in the ultimate beauty of our hair once it hits the surface.

This means that the decisions we make in terms of the products we use to style our hair, whether that be chemicals like perms and other substances that ‘alter’ the natural texture and structure of your hair—it makes up for the overall health of our scalp and ultimately the look and feel of our hair.

The dermis and epidermis (skin) of the scalp is very porous and the products we use directly of that skin can have a very positive or negative effect on the health of our hair (and general health as well).

Many chemicals, which include perms and color kits have a very adverse effect on the overall health, look and feel of the hair. Many chemicals used in the traditional products that most of us grew up using have ingredients that are known to cause cancer.

We must be mindful and sensitive to ALL products we use—from oils, shampoos, conditioners, gels, sprays etc. etc. we need to become label readers and commit to only using the most natural and safest products available—this usually mean—‘green’ or organic, simple products.

Less is more!

In Conclusion

As people of color, we can celebrate the fact that we have been blessed with a wonderful protectant for our skin called Melanin. Our hair also is a blessing. The coil and bend in your hair act as a wire conductor, storing and transmitting electromagnetic energy!

All energy is in the form of a coil and we have the coil in our hair naturally and innately!

Our hair has the same spiral as an electrical current, tornado, and whirlwinds. All hair has its own DNA! What a history!

This special quality allows your hair to absorb light, information, sound, nature and simple life! This has a positive effect on our ability to be balanced with the universe which is energy itself!

Coily, kinky hair has limited growth potential ONLY when it is not allowed to stay in its natural formation—spiraling coils. If allowed to stay in its natural state, the hair not only grows but exponentially grows beyond your imagination!

We must be re-taught to love our natural beautiful selves and stop trying to be who we’re not.

Once we embrace our cultural identity, we will be able to make a meaningful contribution to ourselves—to love and accept ourselves from head to toe—we then will be able to reach out to our family, community, and others and lift each other up and celebrate our uniqueness with gratitude and thanksgiving!

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