The growing fad of hair straightening leads to intense damage
Words by Dr. Preethi Nagaraj
Picture a Malayali woman and what strikes you the most is the thick, voluminous, dark, and curly hair, nourished and nurtured by traditional practices passed on through generations. With modernisation and changing trends, however, Malayalis are bidding adieu to their curly locks and opting for straighter and sleeker hair. Hair smoothening and straightening procedures have become the most sought-after procedure in salons by women. Though it gives a dramatic makeover, hair straightening procedure can lead to a spate of hair problems, which along with factors like sunlight, harsh shampoos, environmental dust, pollution and poor grooming practices, can lead to severe hair fall.
Each hair strand which we tug, twist, roll and even iron is made up of a complex structure of proteins, fats, and some sugars. The outermost layer which bears the brunt of all the procedures is called the cuticle. It consists of about six to eight layers of cells which overlap each other and are stacked neatly, one on top of another. This perfect stacking is what gives the hair gloss and shine. To read more look out for the November 2017 edition of FWD Life!