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Haircare 101

Two of the most common questions we receive here at HQ Systems is "Can I use your products on relaxed/straight hair?" and "I'm not African American, can I still use your products?" The answer to those questions are ABSOLUTELY!! HQ Systems products are 98% natural. That means that almost all of our our ingredients are derived from natural plant herbs and resources found within the Earth, naturally. Our products are good for ALL hair types, no matter the ethnicity!! Curly, straight, kinky, wavy, thin and coarse hair all benefit from products derived of natural ingredients. You will find that almost all of our products state "Formulated for all hair types".

If you have straight or chemically relaxed hair we recommend you use the products that are formulated for all hair types. However, that doesn't mean your hair won't be responsive to products for Curly or Kinky hair.  Choosing the correct hair product shouldn't be based on ethnicity, but on the porosity and density of your hair.

Let's take a look at the structual compoments of hair and how variables such as porosity and density should guide you in purchasing products that work best for your hair! 

  

Porosity is the term used to describe how well water and other substances retain through the cuticle layer and out into the cortex.  It's important to maintain the appropriate balance of mositure to retain healthy, shiny and strong hair. This is especially important if your hair is curly, kinky or coarse; as these textures lose moisture natually due to nature's environment. Sun, rain, air, and humidity all play a large role in the moisture of hair.

 

Hair is composed mainly of the protein keratin. Keratin assembles into rope-like intermediate filaments. These filaments provide strength to the hair shaft. Hair grows from follicles in our skin. Follicles are pit-like structures with layers of cells with different jobs. The only "living" portion of the hair is found in the follicle. The hair that is visible is the hair shaft, which exhibits no biochemical activity and is considered "dead".

The base of the root is called the bulb, which contains the cells that produce the hair shaft; this is from where the hair that we see actually grows. The bulb is what must be stimulated to enhance hair growth. Natural hair stimulants are Peppermint, Cayenne, Black Pepper, Rosemary, Tumeric, Menthol, Basil, Eucaplyptus, and Tea Tree. It is best to use conditioners with the above mentioned products as well as a scalp oil to promote and stimulate growth deep with the hair follicle. Massage is also an excellent way to direct blood flow towards the bulb and stimulate the follicle. 

Each strand of hair is made up of the medulla, cortex, and cuticle. The medulla, is not always present and is an open, unstructured region.The highly structured and organized cortex, or middle layer of the hair, is the primary source of strength and water intake. The shape of the follicle determines the shape of the cortex, and the shape of the fiber is related to how straight or curly the hair is. The cuticle is the outer covering. Its complex structure slides as the hair swells and is covered with a single molecular layer of lipid that makes the hair repel water.

Your hair texture is unique. No other person has your exact hair texture. Like a finger print, it may be similar, but not exact. Hair texture can be different in separate areas of the same head. You may have coarse hair on the top of your head and fine hair at the nape of the neck. Race and ethnicity are irrelevant in determining hair texture, as coarse, medium and fine hair can be found among all racial and ethnic groups.

It is possible for people to have multiple textures of hair. Follicles that are round in cross-section give rise to straight hair. Follicles from which curly hair grows are oval. Very tightly coiled hair is due to the nearly flat, ribbon-like structure of the follicles. Professionals classify the texture of hair as being "coarse," "fine," "medium," or "wiry."

Andre Walker's Hair Typing Chart http://andresays.andrewalkerhair.com/

You may be familiar with the chart above. Over 15 years ago Emmy Award winning Hair Stylist Andre Walker developed a system to "categorize" different hair types by the characteristics of the hair strand. This chart is a "generalization" to help you better understand the natural pattern of your hair. Remember, this chart is a "generalization" that can help you familiarize yourself with patterns that may be similar to yours.  Not all hair fits into this category and can be a combination of the examples listed above.