As much as we like to think of our hair as a fashion statement, the truth is that Mother Nature wasn’t too concerned with how “hot” we’d look when she gave us a full head of hair. In fact, the hair on our head is actually designed for protection yet we often don’t think too much about loving our hair and protecting it. We take our hair for granted until we lose it or experience complications.
Hair is designed to protect our scalp from overexposure to the sun. Hair is also a thermo regulator and prevents tremendous amounts of body heat from escaping through our skin. Even our eyebrows and eyelashes serve to protect our eyes from beads of sweat and dust particles. These are just a few examples of how our hair protects other parts of our body. It’s just a lucky coincidence that our hair can make us look super pretty too.
Unfortunately many of us think we can chronically neglect and damage our hair without affecting its health and growth. We tend to think this because our hair seems so resilient. We pull it and tie it tight, and sometimes even use excessive heat in order to look pretty. We manhandle our hair. After all this abuse we still expect our hair to remain on our head and grow. No matter how resilient or strong our hair may appear to be, the truth is that your hair is actually very delicate.
Women are constantly enquiring about what they need to do for healthy, longer hair. The answer is quite simple. No matter how you slice your hair ultimately it needs one key thing if you want it accomplish your goals – LOVE. Love takes on several meanings. Love is nurturing, Love is patient, Love is commitment, Love is protection from harm. In fact I consider the whole process of growing hair to be “labor of love”. Of course the whole process takes a degree of work. You will have to be nurturing, committed, patient and protective.
The condition of your hair is a reflection of your inner state of health so nutrition, exercise, stress and how you treat your hair can affect hair health and growth. If you want to change the fruits, you have to change the roots. In order to do this, you will need to acquire knowledge and develop skills to take your hair to the health and lengths you want. It requires action and commitment to do that. This is how we should approach our hair.
Here is to keeping your hair on your head!
by Dineo Malembe, Earth Natural Hair Products