Hair Anatomy 101 [Understanding Your Scalp]

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Hair Anatomy 101

Do you understand your hair structure and anatomy? Learning about hair and scalp structure is an important step in your hair care journey that many people overlook. Understanding your scalp and hair structure will help you find answers to any hair issues you may be currently experiencing. This knowledge will also empower you to differentiate between true and false claims on the internet.

Your Scalp

Now, let's observe the scalp. For those who don't know, your scalp is the skin on your head and the epicenter of all hair growth on your head. The functionality of the scalp closely resembles the skin. However, the scalp possesses larger oil glands and produces sebum oil. When properly maintained, the scalp will produce quality hair stands. This is because your scalp is flexible and has a network of connective tissues and nourishing blood vessels that move and carry nutrients throughout your head. When growing out your hair it is imperative to stimulate these blood vessels by gently massaging and manipulating daily. We recommend massaging your scalp with Caribbean Secrets Cosmetics Pure Unrefined Haitian Black Castor Oil

Our scalp is divided into three layers: Epidermis, Dermis, and Subcutaneous Layer

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Epidermis (Outermost Layer)

The epidermis is the top layer of the scalp that we have the most interaction with when applying products to our head. 

The epidermis is made up of many dead, hardened cells and is the layer that we have the most interaction with in regards to product application. The epidermis shed cells on a daily basis similar to the skin cells of our body. It is important to keep your body hydrated to help fight skin and scalp dryness. This is because water that is housed within your body slowly migrates upward to your skin and scalp to provide moisture and hydration. That is why it is important to stay hydrated during your natural hair care journey because if you are dehydrated your body will supply little moisture to your epidermis leaving your scalp and skin dry, causing your scalp to rely solely on external moisturizing products to hydrate your scalp.

Dermis (Middle Layer)

The dermis is the middle layer of the scalp which contains a vast amount of collagen proteins that strengthen and support the scalp. 


Subcutaneous Layer (Bottom Layer)

The subcutaneous layer is the bottom layer of the scalp which contains a combination of fatty tissue and blood vessels. 


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