Hair Facts

(F1) Hair grows on the average of about 1/4 – 1/2 inch per month. The actual rate 6″ per year”

(F2) Hair is not alive but dead.

(F3) The life span or natural life cycle of a single hair strand is 2-6 years, and your scalp can shed as many as 60-100 hairs per day. Shedding is part of your hairs natural life cycle. The old root is pushed out to make way for a new one. Breaking occurs when the hair falls off at a weak point in the hair shaft.

(F4) The curl pattern in your hair is what determines dryness. Over 80% of the African American population has dry hair because of a tight curl pattern.

(F5) Cutting the hair has absolutely nothing to do with growth. Growth occurs inside the scalp at the roots. The hair you take off the ends is dead and logically has no effect on the roots!

(F6) Hair breaks because it is excessively dry or abused!

(F7) Hair is over 90% protein and there is no external product you can apply that will actually become part of your hair except another protein.

(F8) Common causes of breakage include (1) dyed hair that had been relaxed (2) attempting to relax a curl style (3) permanently curling relaxed hair (4) trying to color permanently curled hair.

(F9) A single strand of hair has three distinct parts: cuticle, cortex and medulla. The cuticle is the top layer; the cuticle resembles shingles on a roof. The cortex is the second layer second; the cortex determines hair color, elasticity, strength and flexibility. The third layer is the medulla, the center of the strand; the medulla is only found in thick, course hair strands.

(F10) Hair spray contains alcohol, and alcohol dries out hair, causing breakage.

(F11) The best shampoo for dry hair is shampoo that contains an acid-ph-balance and formulated for dry hair.

(F12) The entire hair shaft is dead. The hair cells (roots) inside the scalp are the only living part of the hair.

(F13) Greasing the scalp does nothing for the hair but coat it. The scalp secretes natural oil called “sebum” from the sebaceous glands.

(F14) Chemicals cause the hair to lose moisture. Using moisturizer helps to put back moisture in hair. African- American hair should be moisturized daily.

(F15) Signs of damaged hair include: lack of shine, split or frizzy, dry hair and excessive breakage. A good conditioner is all that is needed to correct these problems (frequently).

(F16) These five things can help you achieve fast hair growth: (1)Shampoo & Conditioner 1-2 times a week (make sure you pick the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type and texture, a good conditioner is important). (2) Protect your hair from daily heat (give your hair a break by wearing a wig, weave or braids). (3) Stop frequent chemical applications; like relaxers and colors. Take supplements for the hair, skin and nails. (4) Limit your consumption of alcohol; alcohol is damaging to hair. (5) Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables in conjunction with hair supplements and drink water.

Source: Howse, C., Ultra Black Hair Growth II. Another 6″ longer 1 year from now (2000 edition: Denver, CO UBH Publications, Inc., 2000 ), p.57-59, 66, 78-81.

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