Lipids comprise 2-6% of overall hair weight and hold a significant role in hair health. Let’s dive into knowing more:
Sustain the permeability barrier: Lipid loss is like the broken ceiling for the hair! Lipids are spread all over the hair thread to seal the hair and laminate it from external damage. Lipids combine with water to form a Hydro-lipid barrier. This barrier consists of essential fatty acids, ceramides, triglycerides and water. This layer helps to lock the moisture, preventing the inner moisture evaporation. It also immune the cuticles from splitting open and aids in avoiding friction with other hair strands. Internal lipids help seal and act as a glue for several layers of cuticle and lubricate them. If the coating is depleted, the cuticle is injured a lot. The anger of this occurrence is shown by hair as split-ends, loss of shine and elasticity and hair breakage.
Maintains the hair structure: New hair cells are born in the hair follicle. Lipids help in forming the cell membrane. Many cellular components are essential in cell development and aid in the unperturbed functioning of intercellular activities. Hence, it is evinced that lipids do encourage hair growth. The impressive attribute of lipids does not end here! A building cannot be structured without bricks and cement. For hair, keratin mimics the role of bricks and lipids as cement. With anyone missing, the configuration is disturbed.
Works as a messenger: The versatile competent also play the role of messenger for few functions of the cells to get into action. Since the molecule is insoluble in water, they are excellent for carrying the cell’s signals to another. They bind to specific proteins to carry out the designated tasks.
With such myriad responsibilities, it is paramount to maintain the molecule. A few modifications can ensure it.
Only cleansing the necessary! - Shampoos with strong sulphates and high pH removes more than just dirt and dust, leading to lipid loss from the hair surface. The unnecessary removal of essential oils from the scalp leads to the depletion of the protective layer, eventually resulting in hair dryness. A gentle and moisturising shampoo is always a better choice, as it will not strip of necessary oils and help retain the lipid loss. Brillare’s heavy moisturising shampoo is mild and stuffed with avocado, wheat and sugarcane to provide efficient cleansing without disturbing the natural moisturising compounds.