Have you ever wondered why some people have perfectly flat straight hair and others have heads full of curls? Not satisfied with the general "its genetics" answer? Then you've come to the right blog post.
While yes, between 85-95% of the texture of your hair can be ascribed to DNA, that's not the entire story. Your hair is made up of two main parts, the follicle and the shaft. The shaft being the visible hair that you see coming out of the scalp, and the follicle being the sub dermal origin of the hair. Think of it as a bulb to an orchid. It's the follicle that is the main culprit behind whether or not your hair is straight or curly.
What many people don't know is that not all hair follicles are the same. People who have straight hair have follicles that emerge straight out of the scalp. Those who's follicles emerge from the scalp at an angle have curly hair. The more acute the acute the angle of the follicle is the curlier the hair will be. But it gets even more involved than that; follicles that emerge straight out of the scalp tend to be almost perfectly symmetrical and lead to circular hair shafts. Those that grow at an angle produce oval shaped hair shafts that tend to curl.
The difference in the shape of the hair also leads to other contributing factors of how curly or straight your hair is. Within the follicle there are oil secreting glands, called sabaceous glands, that coat and lubricate the shaft. Straight hair shafts get coated more easily and evenly, while curly hair shafts are more difficult for the oil to travel down, leading to a lopsided application of oil that tends to be on the inside of the curl. This uneven application of oil also leads to the dry and frizzy nature that is associated with curly hair.
Luckily New England Associates® is here to help you make the most of your curly or straight hair. With our line of HairStart™ products there's something for everybody. Whether your hair is straight, but thin and delicate, or is curly but frizzy and dry, our HairStart™ line of products can help your hair be the best that it can be.
If you are experiencing hair loss or thinning, your best bet is to call the professionals at New England Associates®. With their free hair and scalp analysis, they will be able to provide the best treatment options for you. Call New England Associates® today at 1-866-424-7782!