Hair is a very important part of the human body. It is one of the defining characteristics of mammals and a very important part of the body as it serves several purposes. Some of which include: warmth, protection and beauty.

The growth of the hair begins inside the hair follicle (a dynamic organ found in the mammalian skin) which follows a specific growth cycle having specific characteristics that determine the length of the hair. The hair follicle is fed by nutrient-rich blood supply and as such, poor diet disrupts the nutrient supply to the follicle thereby affecting the growth of the hair. An overall balanced diet is essential for a shiny, lustrous and strong hair.

Research shows that there are about 100,000 to 350,000 hair follicles on the human scalp, with each growing an average of 1000 days and rests for a period of around 100 days before being shed and new hair begins to grow. This varies from person to person and can be influenced by age, diet, weather and state of health. If kept in a good and perfect condition, your hair would grow an average of half an inch every month.

While human beings have devised several means of staying warm during outdoor activities by making use of different head wears and jackets, the hairs found on the human body primarily serves as a source of heat insulation as it helps to keep the internal body temperature regulated while protecting the body from ultra-violet radiation exposure. In many mammals such as hedgehogs and porcupines, hair can be very dense and then is referred to as fur. These have been transformed into hard spines or quills and these are covered with thick layers of keratin which serves as a form of protection against their predator. In humans, body hair is mostly reduced as it doesn’t play a major role in temperature regulation as it does in other animals.

The hair on the human scalp provides both protective and adornment functions as it protects the head from various elements by serving as a thermal insulator. It also protects the scalp from sunburn and other effects of light radiation. Hair on other parts of the human body also provide related protective and adornment functions. The eyelash which grows at the edges of the eyelids protects the eyes from dirt. They are used to sense when sweat, dust, dirt and any other potential substance that is harmful to the eyes are very close to the eyes, that is why the eyes reflexively close as a result of the sensation and also, it helps to reduce the amount of light that enters the eyes. Eyebrows, which are the hairs found around the eye area also serves as a shield to the eyes as it prevents dirt, sweat and water from making its way into the eyes. They also play an important role in non-verbal communication as they are able to display several emotions like excitement, sadness, surprise and even anger. In animals, the hairs (fur) on their body are connected to the nerves and also serve as a transmitter for sensory input.

Apart from giving warmth to the body and serving as a protection to the body, hair also serves as a great social significance for human beings as it is mainly cosmetic and contributes greatly to the way a person looks. Hair grows all over the body. The only places it does not grow are the lips, the soles of our feet, the palms and the fingers.

There are so many reasons people visit the salon; to have their hair cut; to get a good pedicure or manicure; to condition their hair; to apply dye to their hair; to have their hair braided or made, etc. No sane person goes to the salon with the hope of contracting one disease or the other, but still, many people tend to unknowingly pick up diseases from hair salons whenever they go there for services. Most times, they have no idea that these diseases were gotten from the salon and continuously fall victims of the diseases.
You may be wondering what the possible diseases that one could contract from the salon are. Relax and continue reading, we are going to bring you up to speed.
1. Head Lice
Perhaps they are known the incessant itching they cause to the scalp and the sores that can get infected when you scratch a lot. Ironically, they are attracted to clean hair and are usually passed from one person to another by head-to-head contact. It, however, can be treated by shampoo which can be applied at home.
The key to preventing lice is by making sure the salon sterilizes combs and brushes before using them on you. It is also advisable to always carry your own comb and brushes along when going to the salon.
2. Burns and Blisters
Due to the harshness of some chemicals and the inability of some skins to tolerate them, skin treatments can cause burn and blisters or even chemical burns on the leg in a bid to treat leg veins.
Apart from staying away from such chemicals, one can also make sure that the cosmetician is an expert and has received enough training, so as to avoid getting burns and blisters after the skin treatment procedures.
3. Fungal Infections of the Nail
Some salons make use of the same tools for all their customers without properly sterilizing them and this, in turn, can cause some really nasty fungal infections. These infections are usually characterized by swelling of the skin around the toenails or fingernails, pain in the area or thickening of the nail.
To prevent this, you can ask your manicurist to avoid cutting your cuticles. Medical experts advise that the cuticles can be pushed back a bit but cutting them increases the chances of infection. Also, make sure your salon owner sterilizes all nail grooming instruments before using them on you.
4. Hepatitis
There are also chances of contracting Hepatitis through sharing of instruments like foot basins, razors, scissors and clippers used at nail salons and barber shops.
The best way to prevent this is to have your own instruments and bring them along to the salon. You can also ensure that these instruments are sterilized before being used on you.
5. Contact Dermatitis
When chemicals that are too harsh or chemicals that you are allergic to are applied to you, there are very high chances of you contracting contact dermatitis. Chemicals that pose high risks of causing this disease include fragranced products, acrylics and formaldehyde.
Always ensure to ask about the products that are being applied to your skin so as to be able to give full details of what was applied on your skin to the dermatologist in case any rash appears on your skin.
6. Staph Infections
People who treat themselves to pedicures stand the chance of contracting staph infection. The tubs in foot spas can be a source of infection when they are cleaned properly.
To avoid this, always make sure that the tubs in foot spas are washed and sanitized before use and the salon technicians wash and sanitize their hands before treating you to a pedicure.
In addition to the preventive steps that have been mentioned above, you should also always:
i. Try not to visit salons when you have open injuries or damaged skin as it leads to an increased risk of infection.
ii. Visit salons that are reputable and have up-to-date credentials for their employees.
iii. Ask the salon owners about the steps they take to make sure that their salon is infection-free.

In case you have suggestions and contributions that would be useful to other readers, do not hesitate to share them in the comment section.

Grey hair is one of the many physical changes that come with old age and so, it is usually worrisome when a young person starts growing grey hair on the head. There are many speculations as to why a young person may have grey hair, but here are some scientifically proven reasons:

1. Genetics
Genes are a major determinant of what age one’s hair would begin to lose its pigment. For some, it usually occurs before they get to twenty and a few lucky others start experiencing theirs in their early 20s. There is usually very little to be done about the grey hair if it is gene stimulated.

2. Smoking
Smoking usually allows some atoms to be formed in the body. These atoms go on to cause oxidative stress that leads to a decrease in melanin, thereby stimulating the greying of the hair.

3. Chemicals
The application of chemicals like relaxers, dyes, shampoos and soaps and can also cause hair to turn grey. The allergic infections from using these chemicals can also be a cause of the change in hair colour.

4. Stress
Unknown to many, hypertension, anxiety and stress also cause hair to grey prematurely. Hairs that fall off as a result of stressful events like chemotherapy usually grow back as grey hairs.

5. Deficiency
When one lacks Vitamin B, zinc and copper, he stands the chances of having premature grey hair. These nutrients help the metabolic process that gives the hair its natural colour.

6. Environmental Factors
Exposure to external factors like climate and pollution influences the greying of the hair. Pollution makes the hair strand weak and leads to grey hair.

 

How to Deal With Grey Hair
There are several ways people that have prematurely grey hair can take care of it to return their hair to its natural colour. These ways include:

1. Curry & Henna Leaves
These leaves can be a very potent remedy to grey hair. All you have to do is make a paste out of them with your favourite hair oil and start applying to your hair. This paste can also be used as an anti-aging mask for your hair.

2. Avoid Harsh Shampoos
It is advisable to use mild shampoo on your hair or better still, organic shampoo. Shampoos and conditioners that have harsh chemicals in them usually affect hair follicles and make them fall off and get grey.

3. Up Your Diet
Always make sure that your diet has enough green vegetables. Consuming more spinach, celery, capsicum, cabbage, cucumber and other healthy green vegetables also help to restore natural hair colour and maintain them.
Massaging the hair with almond oil also comes in handy as it is rich in proteins and vitamin E which are very essential nutrients for hair health.

We can’t wait to hear your different stories on how this worked for. Do you have any more suggestions on battling premature grey hair that we did not mention here? Feel free to drop them in the comment section.

Hello Readers, where did 2018 go? Oh my! It went faster than I thought it would. So many of us had set 2018 goals at the beginning of that year. When the year got to an end, we took stock of those goals. I am very sure that true happiness was derived when our goals were achieved.
Great Kudos to those that achieved their goals, to others who achieved some, well done. I fall in this set too… Lol. There are some that didn’t achieve their goals. Well, the truth is 2019 is a new year and you can work towards those goals. Now, to those who didn’t even set a goal, urrghhh! The fact that you… yes YOU… are reading this article is a BIG SIGN that you want to evaluate yourself and set those goals. So, thumbs up to you.
Come with me, as I discuss several important factors to consider in effective goal setting. Honestly, these factors are pertinent to me but I think we could benefit from them. Read them, study them and let me know in the comment section if you feel it is helpful.
1. Set Realistic Goals: Ensure that unrealistic goals are weeded out. The adage “cut your coat according to your size” is the summary of this point. This is not procrastination or lack of a “can do” attitude. Your goals should be within the availability of what is attainable for you. Goals are easily achieved when they are realistic. This will make you not see yourself as a failure. When you set unrealistic goals, you struggle to achieve them because they are way beyond you or your resources. I have learned through experience to set goals that are realistic. Has it helped me? Of course!

2. Set Specific Goals: Most people set goals that are imprecise, which is not right. Being specific with goals enables you to easily determine when they have been achieved. Ambiguous goals lead to confusion because you won’t be able to determine the right steps to take in other to achieve them. For example; I plan to save more this year. This is not specific. The question here is; How much do you plan to save each month? The right way of setting this goal is; I plan to put in #5000 of my savings in my savings account each month. This will give you a measurable target of what you should be saving, and any month you fail to stick with this, you already know there is a drift in your goal. Specific goals are means of checks and balances in goal setting and should be adhered to.

3. Prioritize Your Goals: After properly identifying your goals, ensuring they are realistic and specific, it is important to “build up a scale of preference” in other to know which one comes first and next. This is called PRIORITIZING. The truth is, you cannot achieve all the goals at once. A Chinese adage says “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. Break your goals into smaller steps and go for the one that comes first. This makes the goal setting task not to be difficult. When you take the first goal in accordance with the priority, it helps reduce anxiety. Also, you are able to evaluate how far you have gone, which will guide you on the next step(s) to take. This does not mean being slow, but there is wisdom in focus and avoiding divided attention.

4. Identify Obstacles: This entails thinking out of the box. You have to properly scrutinize your goals and consider other factors that are capable of hindering the achievement. So many years ago, my mum had a goal of getting a diploma in Catering and Hotel Management. She knew that school run and babysitting would affect this goal, so she got a baby sitter who would stay with us while she goes to school. Towards the end, her goal was achieved and she made good grades.

5. Take Action: After setting your goals properly, it is important to “DO IT”. Now let’s do a little reverse. Remember those words that say you have to be motivated before you start something. This is my take on those words. I feel in Goal Setting; you need to Take Action first. When you do this, you will start feeling motivated to do more. It is similar to building a house; when you start laying the foundation and putting the first brick, you will have the motivation to complete it. So, no matter what your goal is, just do it! Start from somewhere, don’t hesitate.

6. Flexibility: When you are too rigid, you might not be able to achieve some goals. It is important to be flexible. Flexibility does not mean not sticking to your goals, it means being open-minded to come up with an alternative plan when the already set plans have been distorted. For Example; Monday evenings have already been set aside for running, unfortunately, it rained, obviously, you cannot go for a run under the rain, but an indoor exercise can be used as an alternative. Sometimes things can get in a way of accomplishing your goals, so always be open-minded to an alternative plan for the expected result.
By setting goals, developing plans, working to fulfil them and evaluating the process, you will be more likely to succeed in achieving those goals. Goal setting aids in creating the life you want. I hope that this article will bring us to a good start this year, enable us to set and achieve our goals.
Feel free to leave your comments below.

Healthy living refers to the steps and actions put into place to ensure and achieve optimum health. It involves taking responsibility for your health in order to ensure that you stay healthy for the future.

Healthy they say, is wealth. In this article, we would give you some tips on how to diet in order to ensure that you stay healthy.

Food is a basic necessity for living things. We need food to grow and maintain a healthy body. Healthy living through dieting can be achieved by eating the proper food and ensuring a healthy body regimen.

Here are some tips on dieting that can promote healthy living.

  1. Always ensure that 3 meals are taken every day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). It is important to note to note that the last food for the day doesn’t necessarily have to be that with the largest quantity. Rather than eating more at night, eat more in the morning as breakfast Ensure that breakfast, which is the most important meal of the day is taken when due. If you must skip any meal, ensure that you do not skip your breakfast.
  2. Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk products.
  3. Take less red meat. Eat more of eggs, fish, poultry, beans, and nuts.
  4. Avoid eating too much. Eat only the amount of food that can satisfy your hunger.
  5. Be moderate when consuming snacks and junks. Instead, take more of fruits and nuts to satisfy your hunger and prevent you from gaining excessive weight.
  6. Do not each too much before bedtime. Ensure that heavy foods are not taken after 6pm. This will help reduce weight gain and gastroesophageal reflux.
  7. Desist from the constant consumption of sugary snacks because calories in such snacks could make you hungrier and increase your food consumption which is not ideal for healthy living.
  8. Avoid taking fried or oily foods often.
  9. Ensure that foods are properly cooked. Do not consume undercooked meat or any kind of food. Proper cooking of food destroys harmful bacteria that may be contained therein.
  10. If you must eat fruits and vegetables, ensure that they are washed properly with clean water.

Finally, always consult a doctor/ medical practitioner if you are finding it difficult to control your food intake.

We all tend to pay extra attention to our hair when an event is around the corner. Like our birthdays, Christmas holidays, vacations, notable milestones etc.

This does not have to be the norm this year; when you nurture and care for your hair, it will blossom in due time.

Let’s start 2018 right, pledging to treat our hair better than we did the year before; below are a few things you will need to do for your hair to be healthier, Stronger and longer.

 

Washing Regularly ( Weekly or Biweekly)

 

Deep Condition- with the right hair product for your hair type and texture.

 

Moisturize your hair daily

 

Trim When Needed

Drink Water Regularly

 

Excercise Often

Will You Take The Challenge?

Nigerian Women Hair is curly and beautiful. For it to stay healthy and grow without split ends, dryness or breakage, there are certain things that we need to do. For this blog post, we will talk about Deep Conditioning.

 Deep conditioning is basically applying a penetrating conditioner (thicker or creamy) in your hair for an amount of time to treat it and repair damaged hair or to add whatever is lost back into the hair. It penetrates the hair strands to do this. Deep conditioners need heat in order for them to penetrate into the hair, Dry heat, however, is not as effective as moist heat

HOW TO DEEP CONDITION YOUR HAIR

(Using Natures Gentle Natures Herbal blend Deep conditioner)
1. Wash the hair with Natures Gentle Touch Moisture Care Shampoo up until hair is clear of oil build-up and dirt.

  1. Dab hair dry with a towel. Notice I said dab as rubbing vigorously can break your hair.
  2. On your damp clean hair, apply the Natures Gentle Touch Herbal blend Deep Conditioner from your tips to the root. (Tips are the weakest and most vulnerable part of your hair)
  3. After coating the hair with the Natures Gentle Touch Herbal blend Deep Cholesterol, wear a shower cap or plastic cap then go under a steamer a heating cap for 10 to15 minutes.
  4. Rinse out well with cold water and towel dry wet hair, apply leave-in conditioner and moisturizer to seal up the hair cuticle and style.

DEEP CONDITIONING BEST PRACTICES

  1. Do them regularly but don’t overdo them. Once a week or two weeks depending on how your hair feels and what it needs.
  2. Don’t exceed the 15 minutes advised, don’t leave your deep conditioner in for too long.
  3. Added heat helps you spend less time deep conditioning.
  4. Deep condition from your roots to your ends.

 

 DEEP CONDITIONING BENEFITS

  1. It restores and maintains strength of hair strand to better withstand stress elements from the environment and wrong hair care regimen without sustaining damage
  2. It keeps the hair healthy which encourages growth.
  3. It keeps the hair soft and strong.
  4. It adds body and life to hair.
  5. It protects the hair.
  6. It adds moisture and protein to the hair. Gives the hair balance.
  7. It prevents damage, breakage, dryness and split ends.

WHAT IS NATURAL HAIR?

Natural hair is hair whose texture has not been altered by chemical straighteners, including relaxers and texturizers.

CHALLENGES OF NATURAL HAIR

Shedding.

Difficult to manage.

Knots and tangles.

Does not retain moisture.

 

 

TREATMENT

  1. Shampoo, Deep Condition and use Leave-in Treatment weekly.
  2. Use Spray lotion daily to eliminate dryness that leads to shedding.
  3. The Monoi Oil range is designed to clean, detangle hair, helps retain moisture, eliminate dryness of hair which leads to shedding and allows for easy manageability.

APPLICATION STEP

 

STEP 1

Monoi Oil Natural Hair Strengthening Shampoo detangles hair whilst leaving scalp and hair clean from buildups. Massage thoroughly to create rich lather. Rinse and towel dry wet hair. REPEAT WEEKLY.

 

STEP 2

Monoi Oil Natural Hair Conditioning Therapy, Instantly repairs damage caused by lack of moisture. It moisturizes hair to reduce shedding and tangles. Work from roots to the tip of hair, massage gently to ensure even distribution. Leave on hair for 10-15minutes (using

heating cap or steamer if desired).Rinse out thoroughly.

REPEAT WEEKLY.

 

STEP 3

Monoi Oil Natural Hair Restore Serum hydrates, and locks in moisture leaving hair softer and Healthier instantly. 98% less breakage after a single use. Comb through for even distribution. Do Not RinseOut. Style hair as desired.

REPEAT WEEKLY.

STEP 4

Monoil Oil Natural Hair Spray Lotion, for additional moisture and shine designed for the dull looking hair. For best result, spraying must be 15cm away from hair. Do Not Rinse Out. Style hair as desired.

REPEAT DAILY.

 

STEP 5

If you twist your hair;

Monoi Oil Lock & Twist Gel for your protective styling in between shampoos. It is light weight and does not cake nor leave residue when dry. It locks moisture in, that leaves your hair feeling soft and silky therefore eliminates dryness. You can air dry or use a warm dryer.

Nigerian Women living in Nigeria require specific hair care solutions because of their unique hair conditions which is influenced by Nigerian weather, diet and hair texture. Natures Gentle Touch uses natural ingredients and knowledge sharing to provide these solutions to meet these special beauty needs of Nigerian Women.

Talk of variety being the spice of life, and ladies love it! So, despite the common knowledge that wearing natural hair entails serious work and commitment, Natures Gentle Touch opted to put the work aside in place of some fun during the last edition of its workshop which took place at the Natures Gentle Touch hair institute.

 

10 exciting, competitive minutes!

Who can make natural hair style in record time of less than 10 minutes? During the workshop, Natures Gentle Touch, first took ladies through various styles to wear the natural hair and challenged them to make one style in record time.

Play to win …

The challenge was just fun but it also created the opportunity for ladies to be aware of different hairstyles they can do with their hair. The winners of the competition were rewarded with goodie bags.

Insight on healthy natural hair

After all the fun, the hair trichologist gave hair tips to participants; enlightening them on the difference between itchy scalp and dandruff.

Testimonies …

There was also a segment where participants shared their “hair Journey “stories to inspire others to accept their hair and work towards their various hair goals.

The Natures Gentle Touch Workshop is aimed at proffering solutions to ladies with different hair challenges and giving different healthy hair tips to enable easy management of the natural hair.

     

Hair breakage is a condition where hair breaks off faster than it is growing in some cases leaving stubble and receding hairline.

How do I know my hair is breaking?

1. You comb or brush your hair and end up with too much hair on your brush or comb.
2.You discover loose strands of hair everywhere; on your pillow, in the bath, on your shoulders and around your dresser.
3.You find it difficult to groom your hair to your desired length
4.You lose too much hair when you take out braids and hair extensions

Causes of hair breakage 

1.Over processed hair
2.Wearing braids too tight
3.Frequent use of hair extensions
4. Frequent use of hair dye
5.Use of too many styling tools
6.Using rubber bands to hold the hair
7.Incorrect hair care regime

Consequences of Hair Breakage

1. Excessive hair breakage if left untreated could lead to complete hair loss.
2.When a person is suffering from hair breakage, the hair is breaking off faster than it is growing and research has shown that this condition can lead to a state of irreversible hair loss.

 

Treatment For Hair Breakage 

Hair treatment for breaking hair is very important once you know that your hair is breaking off . The remedies for hair breaking at home is to look for the best  product to stop hair breakage. Anti-hair breakage  product with Eucalyptus oil  is the best solution for Hair breakage treatment .

Natures Gentle Touch Anti-Hair Breakage treatment begins with a hair reconstruction process. The treatment is designed with an ultra-active hair strengthening protein-based complex blended with the Essential Eucalyptus Oil and other herbal ingredients to heal and fortify weak or damaged hair. The Eucalyptus anti hair breakage product has the best shampoo for hair breakage to clean the scalp.

How To Treat Hair Breakage

Step 1

Healthy Hair begins with a healthy scalp. Start reconstruction treatment with the WEEKLY ANTI- HAIR BREAKAGE SHAMPOO. Use the shampoo for hair breakage to clean the hair and the scalp and then rinse off afterwards. REPEAT WEEKLY.

Step 2

After Shampooing, apply the ANTI-HAIR BREAKAGE RECONSTRUCTION MASQUE. Then cover the hair with a heating cap for about 30 minutes, rinse off and REPEAT WEEKLY.

Step 3

When you have rinsed off the reconstruction Masque, apply the ANTI-HAIR BREAKAGE LEAVE-IN SERUM, then go ahead and style your hair. REPEAT 1-3 WEEKLY.

Step 4

Use the ANTI-HAIR BREAKAGE CONTROL daily to continue the reconstruction process and protect your hair from activities that lead to breakage. REPEAT DAILY.