Article #6: Hygiene of Beauty by Tosca Mariani
If a child, or anyone for that matter, has dandruff, it is generally because they are on too high a refined carbohydrate diet—too many sweets, too many sugars. It is first necessary to get them off the denatured sugars and high carbohydrate diet to clear up the condition. Let them eat more fresh fruits, less dried fruits, more fresh vegetables and the proper nuts for the protein. They will gradually cease having dandruff. Now, what you can do while you have this condition, is to wash your hair with plain water, because the soaps and shampoos that are said to eliminate dandruff only cause more dandruff. All that's needed is to wash it daily. If the dandruff is very, very bad, wash the head daily and brush with a boar bristle brush. Push the brush in deeply, and then scrub in that spot. Then brush it out. In other areas, just brush out the dandruff. You can get all the dandruff out that way.
A man's hair can be washed just like a woman's hair, and brushed with a boar bristle brush. You can find brushes for males, as you can for females, that are made out of boar bristles. Men can keep their hair nice without using a lot of hair oils or hair preparations. You really don't need them. In fact they aren't too popular any more with most men. Just wash the hair in plain water, let it dry then brush your hair vigorously.
Hair is fed from within, not from without. Whether you get Protein 21 shampoo or any of the other protein preparations, they do not feed the hair, because these cells are nourished by blood only. Hair cells, which are part of the outer layer of the skin, harden in the process of growth. After they are hardened they no longer receive nutrition. They are dead cells. They are kept pliable and soft by the oil secreted by the oil glands. Hair automatically is lost. Every person has a growing span or a particular length or potential length which the hair may reach before the follicle turns under to take a short rest. A hair follicle will turn under every so often and this involution is a natural process.
There are some things that can occasion premature turning under of the hair follicle and a loss of hair. This is malnutrition and some severe febrile diseases such as typhoid fever, scarlet fever, malaria, etc., and sometimes after a very long fast. This is because the body begins to conserve its reserves and ceases to secrete a lot of oils. The skin becomes a little drier while fasting, and it ceases to grow the hair follicle. They involute or turn under and a month after your fast they may fall out. A new follicle will replace it. This kind of hair loss is only temporary and all of the hair does not fall out. Only some of the follicles involute and you are not completely bald. You are just thin haired for a while. The hair will begin to grow after it has involuted for a while, and you will have a head of beautiful new hair. In some people, believe it or not, their hair has grown back curly instead of straight. Some people think that curly hair is the normal, and straight hair is a loss or an abnormality, but this is a debatable issue.
People almost always want to know what causes graying. When a hair becomes gray, it is because the pigment-producing cells in the follicles have ceased to function and as a general rule, this is an aging process from which there is no return. In some cases, people may turn gray very early, and their hair color has been known to return. This is unusual, and is due to a great fright or some extreme emotional upheaval. These types have been known to regrow the natural color.
It should always be remembered that the care of every part of the body comes from within. It is your total way of life that makes these parts beautiful. Whether it's your skin, or your hair, or your eyes or your teeth, they are all nourished from within. You need sunshine, you need exercise, rest, proper diet and emotional poise, in other words, you need all the requisites of normal physiology. These things are just as "necessary for various parts of the body as they are for your general health. When your general health is good, then nine times out of ten, your hair and your skin will be normal. They will be fed properly because they are fed by the bloodstream. All of the cells use about the same nutriments.
There's not any special nutriment for hair, or special nutriment for teeth, and so forth, but protein is essential in your diet; that is protein supplied from within, not applied on the surface.
From The Review, June 1975
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