THE SCIENCE

THE SCIENCE

Hair Anatomy

One factor that determines if an oil penetrates into the hair is the amount of short-chain fatty acids it contains.

Usually oils are non-polar and the proteins in the hair shaft are polar – this electrostatic interaction allows the oils to be actively pulled through the cuticle-membrane complex over your hair shafts to the inner portions.

Scientific evidence confirms that coconut, olive and avocado oils penetrate the hair shaft. These are key ingredients in R&R products.

Roots & Rituals ensures that products are formulated to nourish not just the outer layer (cuticle) but also the inner layers of the hair strand (cortex).

Oils which penetrate into hair makes the hair proteins more hydrophobic (water-repelling). Healthy, strong hair is naturally hydrophobic.

Hair Anatomy

One factor that determines if an oil penetrates into the hair is the amount of short-chain fatty acids it contains.

Usually oils are non-polar and the proteins in the hair shaft are polar – this electrostatic interaction allows the oils to be actively pulled through the cuticle-membrane complex over your hair shafts to the inner portions.

Scientific evidence confirms that coconut, olive and avocado oils penetrate the hair shaft. These are key ingredients in R&R products.

Roots & Rituals ensures that products are formulated to nourish not just the outer layer (cuticle) but also the inner layers of the hair strand (cortex).

Oils which penetrate into hair makes the hair proteins more hydrophobic (water-repelling). Healthy, strong hair is naturally hydrophobic.

Hair Growth Cycle

A hair cycle in a normal scalp is classified into the anagen phase, which lasts 3 to 6 years and involves active hair growth; the catagen phase, which lasts 3 to 4 weeks and this is when the hair follicles start to collapse and prepares itself for the resting phase; and the telogen phase, which lasts 3~4 months and is the period when the hair eventually falls out and is replaced by a new hair. Each hair follicle is at a different stage of the growth cycle, so it is perfectly normal to lose up to 80-100 hairs a day. The hair cycle is repeated 10 to 20 times during a lifetime.

Disruption of hair growth, hair thinning and hair loss occur when this growth cycle is disrupted. Disruptions occurs due to stress, genetic factors, hormonal or nutritional imbalances, medication and onset of disease. A detailed blood test to investigate these imbalances can help target the root cause of your hair loss or hair thinning.

Hair Oiling and massaging during the anagen phase leads to scalp stimulation. The Roots & Rituals hair oil is highly concentrated with a careful selection of potent oils that penetrates the scalp and stimulates the hair follicle. Practicing this ritual weekly will strengthen hair roots, nourish and hydrate the hair follicles which leads to stronger and healthier hair.

Hair Growth Cycle

A hair cycle in a normal scalp is classified into the anagen phase, which lasts 3 to 6 years and involves active hair growth; the catagen phase, which lasts 3 to 4 weeks and this is when the hair follicles start to collapse and prepares itself for the resting phase; and the telogen phase, which lasts 3~4 months and is the period when the hair eventually falls out and is replaced by a new hair. Each hair follicle is at a different stage of the growth cycle, so it is perfectly normal to lose up to 80-100 hairs a day. The hair cycle is repeated 10 to 20 times during a lifetime.

Disruption of hair growth, hair thinning and hair loss occur when this growth cycle is disrupted. Disruptions occurs due to stress, genetic factors, hormonal or nutritional imbalances, medication and onset of disease. A detailed blood test to investigate these imbalances can help target the root cause of your hair loss or hair thinning.

Hair Oiling and massaging during the anagen phase leads to scalp stimulation. The Roots & Rituals hair oil is highly concentrated with a careful selection of potent oils that penetrates the scalp and stimulates the hair follicle. Practicing this ritual weekly will strengthen hair roots, nourish and hydrate the hair follicles which leads to stronger and healthier hair.

Diet & Lifestyle

A wholesome and balanced healthy diet is vital for optimal hair growth. A diet rich in protein (hair is made of protein), good fats and a combination of micro and macro nutrients are key elements needed for healthy hair growth. These include Iron, Zinc, B12 and Biotin which are readily available to us from the foods we eat.

Quinoa, Whey, Buckwheat, Hemp Seeds, Lentils, Tofu, Peanut butter and Chick peas are excellent sources of protein, Quinoa, Whey, Hemp Seeds and Buckwheat in particular contains all the 9 essential amino acids required by our body. Nuts (such as almonds, walnuts and pecans), avocados, cheese and wheat bran are a great source of biotin. Adequate amounts of Iron and Ferritin are essential for optimal hair growth, plant based sources of iron include prune juice, molasses, beets, kale, spinach, broccoli, pulses or cereals fortified with iron – combine with a glass of fresh orange (Vitamin C) juice to aid absorption of iron. To increase your B12 levels naturally try eating milk, yogurt, cheese or fortified cereals, alternatively a daily supplement is also advised for those who are deficient.

Please consult with your doctor or nutritionist before making any changes to your diet. A comprehensive blood test should provide a detailed analysis of any biochemical imbalances responsible for your hair concerns.

Diet & Lifestyle

A wholesome and balanced healthy diet is vital for optimal hair growth. A diet rich in protein (hair is made of protein), good fats and a combination of micro and macro nutrients are key elements needed for healthy hair growth. These include Iron, Zinc, B12 and Biotin which are readily available to us from the foods we eat.

Quinoa, Whey, Buckwheat, Hemp Seeds, Lentils, Tofu, Peanut butter and Chick peas are excellent sources of protein, Quinoa, Whey, Hemp Seeds and Buckwheat in particular contains all the 9 essential amino acids required by our body. Nuts (such as almonds, walnuts and pecans), avocados, cheese and wheat bran are a great source of biotin. Adequate amounts of Iron and Ferritin are essential for optimal hair growth, plant based sources of iron include prune juice, molasses, beets, kale, spinach, broccoli, pulses or cereals fortified with iron – combine with a glass of fresh orange (Vitamin C) juice to aid absorption of iron. To increase your B12 levels naturally try eating milk, yogurt, cheese or fortified cereals, alternatively a daily supplement is also advised for those who are deficient.

Please consult with your doctor or nutritionist before making any changes to your diet. A comprehensive blood test should provide a detailed analysis of any biochemical imbalances responsible for your hair concerns.

Including exercise, staying hydrated and sleeping for a minimum of 8 hours at night will also help with good hair growth. Lack of sleep affects the secretion of the “youth” hormone (called Human Growth Hormone), immune function and both your mental and physical performance.

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