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    Hair Damage: Don’t Make it Worse


    Hair damage what to do when it is too late

    “Hair Damage Tips “ So, you’re perusing the isles of your local beauty supply in search of the right hair conditioner for your hair type.  Some of you might even find yourself in the corner bodega looking for the latest rumored home remedy. Hair conditioners and treatments, even foodstuffs, come with loose promises to moisturize, enhance, repair, restore, and reconstruct hair damage.  The fact of the matter is the best conditioning solution for your hair is balance.

    For years, we’ve been taught that hair damage must be reconstructed. Hair is made from keratin, a waste product of our own bodies. Therefore, if you need a good reconstructing what should you use?  Egg whites and pro-vitamin B5, can aid in the moisturizing and healing of the hair and scalp, but what most people don’t know is the way that these products accomplish this can be damaging, drying and even irritating to the skin scalp and nails when applied topically.

    Egg whites, as well as liver, kidneys, and plain old potatoes, contain Pantothenic Acid, better known as Vitamin B5. This is good stuff for your hair skin and body, but sorry gals, it’s only effective if you eat it. This type of vitamin is processed metabolically, so eat up and get great hair!

    And ladies, the next time you get out the mayo, you better make a sandwich because the only benefit you get from mayo, topically applied, is the vegetable oil making your hair soft shiny, uncontrollable, and waterproof, thereby keeping all of the natural moisture your scalp produces on a daily basis from actually conditioning your hair.

    I’m sure many of you have heard of Provitamin B5 (or Panthenol). Panthenol, is the alcohol form of pantothenic acid, commonly referred to as Vitamin B5. In a living cell, panthenol is converted to pantothenic acid which remains as Panthenol but it could become a vitamin if it were ever to reach a living cell. It is marketed as a “Provitamin” even though its effects as a vitamin are never used.

    Moreover, since Panthenol binds well to hair follicles, and attracts moisture from the air, it is a moisturizing agent used in shampoos and conditioners. It lubricates the hair, feeling greasy and smoothes roughened hair surfaces making them shiny and easier to comb. Panthenol, however, does not “nourish” hair. It coats it to make it slippery, which makes it only a temporary solution to a bigger problem.

    What is my best advice for remedying the problem of hair damage? Besides the underlying obvious answer of not over-doing with too much heat and too many chemicals; have a good hair regime, one that is right for your specific hair needs.

    Your hair is basically dead tissue, I might recommend a keratin re-bonding conditioning treatment, which unfortunately is not permanent and can only stave off the symptoms of hair damage. But this type of treatment should be reserved for those who have weak elasticity to their hair and those who have had extreme chemical processes done that sacrifice the integrity of the cortex of their hair.

    Talk to your hair professional and decide if your hair is simply lacking moisture or in desperate need of a reconstruction treatment. Before you fill your shopping basket with the so-called, “Provitamin B5” conditioners, or the newest brand of organic mayonnaise, visit a hair professional to evaluate the hair damage of your locks and to get the right formula for your specific hair needs.

    Barb Quinn on Google+  


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