A College Life for Me: A Little Hair and Nail Anatomy Lesson.

Due to my health major, I have to take a ton of science classes.  My favorite has  been Anatomy.  In Anatomy yesterday, we spent the entire class speaking about hair and nails and how they’re formed.  Truthfully, I was excited.  I had questions and I wanted answers.  It’s some pretty weird stuff.  For instance, did you know your fingernail is a harder extension of your skin that gets pushed out from the nail bed in order to protect the nerve endings in your finger tips? It’s a little bananas.

One of the questions I asked my professor was about greasy hair.  Apparently, the thicker your hair, the less chance you have of having greasy hair.  Of course, it’s healthier for you not to wash it too much.  My hair is not thin or thick, it’s pretty in between.  I have oily skin and my hair gets oily/greasy pretty fast as well.  I do wash my hair once daily.  This may strip my hair of it’s natural oils.  Have you ever heard someone tell you that if you slowly go longer and longer without washing your hair (sounds like hobo hair to me), it will get greasy slower?  I have.  Many a time.  I absolutely detest the feeling of dirty hair.  I can’t go a day without washing my hair.  When I said this to my professor, she said the hobo hair theory may work for some people, but won’t work for most.  The reason your hair gets oily is usually due to stimulation of the hair follicle.  So scratching, rubbing, massaging, and getting your hair tousled by the wind may cause more oil secretion.

The best way to help your 1 day hair become 2 or 3 day hair is all in the way you wash it.  We all love a good itchy, scratchy, and firm scalp massage, but even if you’re mid-wash it will effect the greasiness of your hair once it’s dry.  Instead, focus most of your scrubbing on the lengthy bits of your hair and lightly work your shampoo into a lather on your scalp.  Yes, it’s possible to do so without going to town on your roots, but keep in mind that your scalp needs some attention every once in a while.  At least once or twice or week you should give your scalp a good massage.  Head massages help stimulate the blood flow in the scalp which is great for healthy hair growth.  We’ll talk about healthy hair another day though.  Another way to help that clean hair feeling last longer is by using dry shampoo.  Whenever I blow dry my bangs I give them a little blast of Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo since throughout the day your fringe collect oils from your hands and forehead.  I find this one doesn’t leave a white cast on my dark hair as a lot of other dry shampoos tend to do.  It really helps keep my hair fresh!

-Tara Joy ❤

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