There are about 100,000 hairs on the average human scalp. Human hair comes in many colors, shapes and types, so what makes “Good Hair” as opposed bad hair? Hair can be curly, course, straight, wavy, kinky, long, short, brown, blond, red, black, gray, and white. Regardless of ethnicity or hair type, the fundamental composition of hair is the same.
The dispute on what is good hair and what is bad hair and what is deemed beautiful has been debated for a millennia. Society and customs often determines what is perceived as good or bad hair and what is thought to be beautiful hair. These ideas come from preconceived notions and values of beauty. It is heavily reinforced though the media and in popular culture.
Good hair does not just stop at the locks on your head. Physicians on WebMD argue, “when it comes to healthy hair, it’s not just what you put on your hair that count—it’s what you put in your body, too.” The use of natural and organic hair lotions and moisturizes can be a start. However the best way to have healthy hair is through having a balanced lifestyle and diet. Understand that hair can be indicative to a healthy or not so healthy diet as well as stress and other factors. Eating balanced meals and following a diet plan is another important part of taking care of your body. And when you care for your body, your hair will reap the benefits!
Having a positive attitude about yourself is arguably the best treatment for your self-esteem and overall well-being. If you can look in the mirror every morning and appreciate the beauty in front of you, it’s one step in the direction to loving yourself. But most important is embracing your own innate beauty, taking good care of yourself and your hair.
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