WHY LONGER HAIR IN PARTICULAR REQUIRES EXTRA CARE
Long hair does require extra care if you want it to look healthy, shiny, strong and beautiful. Our scalp hair grows approximately 15cm (6 inches) per year. As our hair grows and ages, it physically grows further away from our scalp where it receives maximum protection from a coating of our natural oil, sebum. This natural coating of sebum also provides our hair, skin and scalp with a natural acid mantle, a mildly acidic influence which keeps the outer cuticle layer of our hair tightly compact.
As our hair gets older, the myriad of damaging influences it is exposed to are compounded. Over-shampooing, harsh shampoos, blowdrying, styling irons, exposure to sunlight, surf and wind, air conditioning, pollution, pool water, poor brushing and combing plus chemical services such as colouring, foiling, straightening etc.
All of these, to varying degrees, combine to damage our hair. The important point to consider is that once your hair is damaged, the damage is permanent. Unlike our skin, our hair cannot repair itself. Hair grows from the hair follicles within our scalp and any damaged fibre above the scalp remains damaged until the day it is cut off.
The longer our hair grows, the older it gets and the more damage it is exposed to. Although our hair cannot repair itself, advanced hair care technology can go a long way to repairing any damage and taking it back towards its original condition.