4. How To Care For The Hair
The first and primary requirement for improving the condition of the hair and scalp is to cleanse the body fluids, the blood and lymph, of their toxic load, preferably by fasting or, more slowly, by the McCarter Extended Detoxification Method as detailed later in this lesson or by some similar method.
Next, it is essential to begin a new life, to adopt a new way of eating and living: begin to eat and enjoy a fruitarian diet and a lifestyle which provides for all body needs including sunshine, pure water, and so on. Especially important is the cultivation of emotional poise. Remember that constant worry, fear, anger, jealousy can turn the most beautiful hair into a drab-looking gray. It can also make it fall out.
Exercise the scalp daily by manipulating it lightly with the tips of the fingers or the palms of the hand, always in a rotary movement. Press the palms of the hands against the sides of the head and move the scalp gently so as to push it together in folds. Always work gently so as not to irritate the scalp or injure the hair follicles or place stress on delicate nerve endings.
DO wash your hair frequently. However, as a rule we do not recommend using soap or shampoos unless, for one reason or another, the hair has become extraordinarily dirty. Hereward Carrington, in his marvelous book Vitality, Fasting and Nutrition, writes as follows, “It has been repeatedly shown, moreover, that frequent washing and extreme cleanliness are as essential to the scalp as to any other part of the body—the effect of water upon the hair being beneficial and strengthening, however frequently applied, provided the hair is thoroughly dried.”
Dr. Elizabeth rinses her hair under the shower almost every other day and often every day. Mary Martin, who sang, “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair” on Broadway in Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific is said to have washed her hair on stage in 1,694 consecutive performances and reportedly observed no adverse effects. Today she displays a beautiful head of hair.
Make frequent rinsing of the hair a part of your personal daintiness program. It is the simple Hygienic physical habits that add up, in time, to major health benefits. Adopt a daily routine of cleanliness and begin to reap its rewards. As Margery Wilson once wrote, “Everyone knows that youth and strength depend on water, vegetables, fruit, exercise, and a high heart and mind.” The best beauty treatment for the hair that makes real scientific sense is a combination of a lifestyle and eating regimen best suited to human wellness; in other words, full application of what is presented in this course of study. The discipline of Natural Hygiene is the only discipline that recognizes the fact that nutrition represents the sum total of ALL body processes and cannot accept any attempt to separate or isolate any part of the life process as anything other than foolishness. And, it must be emphasized that proper care of the hair and scalp, just as with the entire body, should begin with the first meal and the life routines of the first day after birth. If these be optimal and continue to be day after day and throughout life, then life itself can be no less.
- 1. Introduction
- 2. Structure Of The Hair
- 3. Some Common Disorders
- 4. How To Care For The Hair
- 5. Establishing The Client-Practitioner Relationship
- 6. The McCarter Extended Detoxification Regimen
- 7. Questions & Answers
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- Article #2: Your Probing Mind By Dr. Vivian V. Vetrano
- Article #3: Cutaneous Medicine
- Article #4: The Body Beautiful By Max Warmbrand, N.D., D.O.
- Article #5: The Hair By J.J. Tilden, M.D.
- Article #6: Hygiene of Beauty By Tosca Mariani