Monday, April 22, 2013

Hair: I Hate the Way You Lie!

You can straighten it, flip it, place it high in a bun or tie it back into a ponytail. Dealing with your hair can be a pain when frizz rears its ugly head in all the wrong places and on all the wrong days. Some people can attest to having a love-hate relationship with their hair because of all they may have to go through to keep it in tip top shape. Going through bad hair days can leave some people with their panties in a bunch. Bad hair days may also leave some with the aching desire to just shave it all off! Hair can really test our patience during the times when we experience hair loss or when that annoying section of hair just refuses to lay flat. These feelings have targeted the best of us including celebrities and others who may seem as if they've possess hair that can do no wrong. Plenty of celebs have admitted to having bad hair days. These include supermodel Naomi Campbell, Sofia Vergara and music artist, Pink. What is it with hair? At times our hair can work for us and at other times against us. No matter how terrible you think your hair is, there's always someone out there who wishes that they had hair like yours. They just may not admit it!
So, what makes hair become magical? What are the secrets for achieving and displaying the perfect set of strands? Do they lie in the glitziest and most glamorous salon that money can buy? Can those secrets be found in products that claim to have every hair-pleasing ingredient known to man? Gels, pomades, smoothing agents and anti-frizz products can only do but so much to the texture of our hair. If you're like the average brainiac, then you've probably wondered if genes play a role in the way your hair looks and feels. Jeremy Nathans, professor of molecular biology and genetics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has confirmed that genes actually do play a role in the pattern and variance of hair. Nathans further explained this fact when he stated: "It seems that in many cases, unusual and distinctive hair patterns may owe more to our inheritance than to any environmental factors."
If you're looking to cast blame on something for your most recent bad hair day, you may want to become familiar with a certain type of gene in the body. Scientists have recently discovered a gene called 'Frizzled 6' (Fz6) which determines how frizzy a person's hair will be. Fz6 is the name of the gene that is accountable for an individual's hair pattern or lack thereof. It's the gene that's responsible for the bizarre waves, dips and quiffs of hair that you constantly obsess over. Instead of charging it to the notion that your hair has a mind of its own, understand that there are little units of heredity called genes that are actually running the show behind the scenes. There are some issues in life that are just not worth stressing over. Wild hair follicles are certainly in that number! The next time you feel perturbed about your hum-drum hairstyle realize that there are millions of people who also feel the same way about their hair. To put it simply, hair is just hair; it doesn't define who you are.