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Longer, Thicker Hair? The Science Is In!

Longer, Thicker Hair? The Science Is In!

Hair. It’s a defining feature of our appearance and an expression of our personality. It even effects our mood – think about how many times you’ve told someone you were having a bad hair day! But it’s more than that. It holds cultural significance, symbolizing beauty, vitality, and personality across different societies. However, achieving and maintaining healthy, beautiful hair isn't merely about luck or genetics. It's a delicate balance of understanding hair’s structure, implementing proper care routines and nourishing it from within. Let’s take a deeper dive into what makes up healthy, beautiful hair and the secrets to those coveted hair qualities like volume, shine, and smoothness.

First, let’s take a look at the structure of hair. Hair is primarily composed of a protein called keratin. Keratin forms the hair shaft - the visible part of the hair extending from the scalp. The hair shaft is made up of 3 layers. The cuticle is the outer layer of the hair shaft and your hair’s protective layer. It is composed of overlapping cells that resemble fish scales or roof shingles. A healthy cuticle is smooth and flat. The cortex is the middle layer which provides the strength, color, and texture of the hair. The health of the cortex depends largely on the integrity of the cuticle protecting it. The medulla is deepest layer of the hair shaft and only present in thicker hair types.

Each hair grows from its own individual hair follicle. The hair follicle, which is embedded within the scalp, houses the hair root and its associated structures. This includes the sebaceous glands which produce sebum, the hair's natural oil as well the hair papilla which supplies the hair root with blood. New hair cells are constantly being made in the hair bulb close to the papilla.

Next, let’s explore the qualities we all strive for when it comes to beautiful, healthy hair.

Volume: Full-bodied, voluminous hair is often associated with vitality and youthfulness. Factors like genetics, hair texture and proper care contribute to luscious locks. Regular scalp massages and volumizing hair products can help enhance volume.

Shine: Lustrous, shiny hair reflects light evenly, giving it a healthy, vibrant appearance. A heathy cuticle reflects light making your hair look shiny. Proper hydration, balanced nutrition and shine enhancing serums or oils can boost hair’s natural shine.

Smoothness: Smooth, silky hair feels luxurious to the touch and is free from frizz and tangles. If hair looks silky, it’s a good sign that it is healthy too. That sought after shine is the result of a smooth, flat-lying cuticle. Moisturizing hair masks, treatment serums and gentle detangling techniques can help you achieve smoothness and manageability.

Lack of Split Ends or Damage: Split ends and hair damage not only detract from the overall appearance but also indicate compromised hair health. When hair is overworked or over-exposed to heat and chemicals, it becomes brittle and can easily break off, leaving split ends. Preventive measures like regular trims, minimal heat styling and protective hairstyles are key to minimizing split ends and damage.

So how do you go about keeping your hair healthy and beautiful? There are several easy things that will contribute to hair health. As with most things we talk about here at the Glomission, proper nutrition and hydration are critical for maintaining hair health. A balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals and proteins promotes hair growth and strength while water nourishes hair follicles, keeping them hydrated and promoting hair growth. Additionally, proper hydration helps in distributing natural oils along the hair shaft which imparts shine and smoothness. Practice gentle hair care avoiding harsh treatments and styling practices which can damage the cuticle. Instead opt for gentle shampoos and conditioners for your hair type and avoid excessive heat styling. Regular trims are essential for preventing split ends and maintaining hair’s overall health.

You can also help your hair from within with Glotrition’s NEW Hair Health Bundle which includes the Super Beauty Elixir and Hydrate Gummiceuticals – two products with clinically proven hair benefits (in addition to their amazing skin bennies!) Super Beauty Elixir is not just for healthier, younger looking skin - it has amazing benefits for the hair as well! Glotrition’s patented Bioactive Collagen Peptide has been clinically proven to not only help increase hair thickness but hair growth as well which may lead to stronger, thicker, and bouncier hair. Hydrate not only supports skin health but has been clinically proven to improve hair health significantly revitalizing hair strength, density, elasticity, volume, and overall condition. One of Hydrate’s key ingredients, Ceramosides®, is a cutting-edge hair growth ingredient that allows the stimulation and extension of the anagen hair growth phase. A randomized clinical study showed improved hair growth with an average of 11,000 new hairs in 3 months. And the antioxidants and hydrators in both products are beneficial for the hair as well as the skin.

The combination of SBE and Hydrate is your winning duo for gorgeous hair!
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