This is the first installment in a series called Hair 101. I will try and explain everything in a manner that is easy to grasp. However, if I do not succeed with this objective, please feel free to let me know.
We begin with the dermal papilla - it is located at the bottom of the hair bulb.e
The Science - techie stuff
The Dermal Papilla acts like an umbilical cord by delivering glucose, nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicle.
Breaking it down:
Imagine a pregnant woman. Once she finds out that she is pregnant, she goes on a diet of pre-natal supplements and baby friendly food. She also stops drinking and tries to drop any bad habits that will affect the baby. All this is done so that she ensures that her baby gets exactly what (s)he needs to develop properly. Some go the extra mile by taking supplements that are supposed to build the baby’s brain function so that it is born with advanced cognitive function e.t.c .
Imagine, if you will that the mother is trying to grow not just a healthy baby, but a good quality baby.
Using this to your benefit
One of the things that contribute to the quality of your hair is what sort of nutrients you provide it. Your diet, exercise or lack there-of all play a role.
When you exercise, you get oxygen circulating within your body. When you eat your leafy greens, vegetables and fruits (in the right amounts), you get vitamins and hair growing nutrients.
I have said here "in the right amounts" because when your body draws nutrients from food, it delivers them to different parts of the body in a certain order. Hair is one of those that get served last so if you take one carrot a day, don’t expect that it will do a lot for you hair-wise.
To get a full listing of food that is good for your hair, please go to Sherese Ijewere’s part of the presentation here.
What you should do:
- Exercise - it is not only great for your body, it is good for your hair.
- Eat the right amounts of fruits and vegetables -Look into taking a green smoothie a day, or making carrot juice at home as a drink. Liquidizing your veggies means that you absorb more nutrients and you can "eat" more of them.
- Only if you can't get the right amount of vitamins and nutrients from your diet should you consider supplements.
- Eat less processed foods as they do absolutely nothing for you nutrition -wise.
The Science of Black Hair by Audrey Davis-Sivasothy.
Wnt signaling maintains the hair-inducing activity of the dermal papilla by Jiro Kishimoto Robert E. Burgeson, Bruce A. Morgan