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Retaining Your Hair’s Length: Tip #4 Maintaining a Healthy Scalp

Hair has two distinct structures – first, the follicle itself, which resides in the skin, and second, the shaft, which is what is visible above the scalp. At the base of the follicle is the papilla, which contains capillaries, or tiny blood vessels that nourish the cells. –Web MD

hair follicle diagram

Here is a visual diagram so you can see just what I’m talking about. Don’t get freaked out by the unfamiliar medical terms but the main structure I mentioned, papilla and hair shaft (which is the hair you actually style), is what we all have.


When the hair grows out of the scalp through the papillary gland, length retention really begins from within your body because the blood vessels at the base of the hair is what causes the hair to grow. Stimulating the scalp through head massages keeps the blood in the vessels moving and rejuvenates growth. Every time you shampoo or co-wash your hair, take the time to give yourself a head massage for 5 minutes while the conditioner is in your hair. In addition to stimulation, keeping the scalp free from build up with the help of cleansing routines keeps the hair shaft and your actual scalp free from bacteria and clogged pores. Tip #4 wraps up my retaining hair’s length series and I hope you were able to take away some helpful information for yourself or to share with other

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