Natural Hair Know-How: An In-Depth Study

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Without a doubt – one of the most interesting and intriguing things about the human body is the hair on its head. Over time, evolution has rendered the human species relatively hairless. We hairless folk are a unique and queer bunch among the mammals, along with only a handful of others who are also hairless to some extent – elephants, hippos, and certain cats and dogs, for example.

Learn Your Natural Hair Types

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Our hair can define who we are, who will you be?

Our body is mostly naked, yet the hair on our head is so prominent that many of us are born with hair of one kind or another on our head.

Individuals, communities, societies, religions – these have all attributed great significance to the human head of hair, or lack of it. This is a concept that crosses the boundaries of time and space. Even these days, people (no, not only females) are always fiddling with their hair – brushing, combing, shampooing, conditioning, styling, coloring, changing, growing, shaving, covering, uncovering. It is a very dynamic part of us.

A reflection of ourselves that keeps on growing, as we strive to grow along with it. It is part of what makes us unique and individual, each our very own, yet still very much the same. Our hair type can define us, a wild mane can mean a free spirit, or a tightly bound hairstyle could mean a very controlled person.

Full Of Follicles

This also applies to the hairs themselves. Hair follicles are all individuals. There are always exceptions to this rule, of course, but under normal circumstances, each and every single hair on our body sprouts from a unique and original source. Each hair has its very own follicle, its very own casing, which exists under the surface of our skin.

It has been said that, on average, approximately 50 percent of American women dye their hair. New products, supplements, techniques, and trends are being introduced on a day-to-day basis, all related to hair. Throughout history, hair has been used to tell a story. Sometimes a person’s hair was used to signify age, gender, social status, or religious belief – while for others it is no more and no less than a permanent or ever-changing fashion statement.

There are many different types of hair, and also different types of scalps, which have evolved in humans over time. Understanding one’s hair and scalp type is critical in selecting the proper haircare products and routine to follow.

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It’s a hair evolution, in regards to new products.

Several systems of hair type classification have been invented, and will be discussed in much detail with our next piece on the same topic of natural hair types.