Maybe Hair is NOT Dead After All...

No matter how much I've always heard that hair is dead, for some reason I have always had a smidgeon of a doubt, a different view. I think the little buggers are very reactive to the environment, our moods, hormones, etc. and from the atomic point of view, well, there's still a lot of activity there, regardless of lack of blood circulation and direct nerve conduction.

Well, I just read a testimony in a health board in which after 3 weeks of iodine supplementation a 47 y.o. lady experienced brightening of her auburn hair and loss of gray hairs and her husband had color return to hair in his beard which used to be completely white. When someone pointed out that because hair is "dead" only the new growth should show the difference and that no gray hairs should be lost she categorically said it was all through the length of her hair. She went on to add that she'd always accepted as true the "hair is dead" dogma until she had a previous incident of split hairs disappearing after she began supplementation with Omega3s (fish oil) and this one.

So, I'm curious to see if there's anyone here who shares in this view, makes for an interesting discussion I think... And if you have any anecdotes of your own, even better.
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I don't see why something dead can't be improved. The stratum corneum of the skin is dead but can be improved, so I guess hair could be improved also.
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I don't see why something dead can't be improved. The stratum corneum of the skin is dead but can be improved, so I guess hair could be improved also.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
I agree with this. It would be helpful, though, if you could provide direct link to the testimonial.
I consider hair to be alive, even though it's "dead."
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For something thats dead, it certainly seems to have a mind of its own!!!!
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Originally Posted by curlylew66
Maybe stuff travels from the follicle down to the strand!
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I don't see why something dead can't be improved. The stratum corneum of the skin is dead but can be improved, so I guess hair could be improved also.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
I agree with this. It would be helpful, though, if you could provide direct link to the testimonial.
Originally Posted by Malory
I just wonder why seeing the testimonial yourself would be more helpful, I didn't change or add anything to it... Anyway, here it is: http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=854563#i
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I'm not too sure about the dramatic overnight loss of hair colour so I won't comment on that, but hair changes texture, ie straight to curly, due to a change in the shape of the follicle the hair comes out of. If the follicle has changed from round to flat the emerging hair will be forced out flat and therefore creating a curl or wave.

I believe any change in hair once it has emerged or is emerging from the scalp is due to changes at the scalp.
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I look at hair strands almost the same as celery. If you think about it celery has no central nervous system that I am aware of. It has no nerves and feels no pain, yet after harvested, if you take a stalk and put it into a cup of food colored water and let it sit, the celery stalk will absorb the food colored water. By doing this..you see the celery change color. I feel hair works in the same fashion.

Although the hair has grown out of the folicle and there are no nerves invovled does not mean it is still not drawing nutrients from the folicle. I have always strongly believed it continues to pull substances from the body until it hits its max and falls out much like a celery stalk will eventually droop and wither.

Grass is mowed but grows back, so does your hair when it is cut. Put harsh chemicals on vegetation and it will get damaged and/or die, very similiar to what happens to hair when we process it with chemicals. If a plant does not get the nutrients from the soil, water, and sunlight it can become sick. Think how you hair feels and looks when you are unwell or malnurished. Not a pretty sight, right?

So after thinking about all of this...a person could actually say that hair is not really dead, but actually harbors a life similiar to vegetation. Your scalp is the soil, the folicle is the root, and the hair strand itself is the foiliage that comes of it.
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Great way to look at it, CurlyMom!
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Originally Posted by msgiblet
Loved your celery example CurlyMom! In the past people treated hair as if it were pretty much like a plant, even today there are calendars to get the hair cut at certain times to either stimulate growth or not, depending on the phases of the moon. Some say it's "superstition" but I grew up getting my hair cut that way so I've always believed it works.
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I don't think hair is dead either. It may have a different type of life than what is commonly understood. Just from observing my hair, I see it "breathing" -- inhaling and exhaling air and water. Especially the oxygen part; it's amazing. When I sleep it seems to be dormant because when I wake up the hair is contracted and sort of hard. Maybe an hour later, it has fluffed out and is softer.
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Curlymom, I love your analogy! Makes sense to me.
I just wanted to add that the other day while I was inspecting my hair inthe mirror I found this one long strand of white hair which I had never noticed before. I found it strange that I had never noticed that strand while it was growing out? It's almost like it was a regular colored strand that suddenly turned white. So maybe there is some truth to it.
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