Healthy hair is the newest goal naturals are trying to achieve. In recent times, it was length, thickness and trendy styles, but now, healthy hair is taking precedence over anything else. Women are more quickly learning that growing longer, thicker hair is possible when the hair is healthy and in good condition.
There are many who make sure their hair is conditioned, tangle free and trimmed, but there are even more who forsake their scalp which is at the root of healthy hair.
There are 5 components of the scalp:
S: The skin on the head from which head hair grows. It contains numerous sabaeceous glands and hair follicles
C: Connective tissue. A thin layer of fat and fibrous tissue lies beneath the skin.
A: The aponeurosis called epicranial aponeurosis (or galea aponeurotica) is the next layer. It is a tough layer of dense fibrous tissue which runs from the frontalis muscle anteriorly to the occipitalis posteriorly.
L: The loose areolar connective tissue layer provides an easy plane of separation between the upper three layers and the pericranium. This layer is sometimes referred to as the “danger zone” because of the ease by which infectious agents can spread through it to emissary veins which then drain into the cranium. The loose areolar tissue in this layer is made up of randomcollagen I bundles, collagen III. It contains the major blood vessels of the scalp, which bleed profusely upon injury, partly due to the absence of venous valves found in the circulation above the neck. It will also be rich in glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and will be constituted of more matrix than fibers.
P: The pericranium is the periosteum of the skull bones and provides nutrition to the bone and the capacity for repair. It may be lifted from the bone to allow removal of bone windows (craniotomy).
The scalp is important because it is the home of blood supply, nerve endings and it contains the follicles from where the hair will grow. The health of the scalp should be a primary focus because it’s condition will affect hair growth. If you suffer from dandruff, psoriasis or other common conditions, you will want to pay very close attention to properly treating those conditions and keeping your scalp as healthy as possible.
Hair loss can be caused by something as simple as not keeping the scalp clean from dirt and debris. Be sure that when you shampoo your hair, you part your hair to ensure that the shampoo reaches the scalp and then runs down the length of the hair. Too often, we put shampoo or products on top of our hair and rub it in, but the product never reaches the scalp, leaving it dry and susceptible to infection.
The scalp is living skin and should be treated as all of the rest of the skin on the body in regard to keeping it clean and moisturized. Longer, thicker, shinier hair can be achieved by caring for and nurturing your roots!