Ethnic Hair Care

April 12, 2006 | Contact Author | By: Shani Vermeulen, Andrew Banham and Geoffrey J. Brooks, Arch Personal care
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Keywords: hair care | crystalline keratin | amorphous keratin | relaxers | neutralizing shampoos/conditioners | hair coloring | permanent waves | styling products

Abstract: Companies are waking up to the potential of the ethnic hair care market. Of the estimated 960 million people of African descent in Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean, 360 million are estimated to be regular or potential users of hair care products. This article discusses formulating some of the products found in the ethnic hair care market.

Hair is present on more than 80% of the skin's surface. Each hair develops from a group of epidermal cells at the base of a tube-like depression called a hair follicle. This follicle extends from the surface into the dermis and may pass into the subcutaneous layer. The epidermal cells at the base receive nourishment from dermal blood vessels, which occur in a projection of connective tissue at the base of the follicle. As these cells divide and grow, older cells are pushed toward the surface. The cells that move upward and away form their nutrient supply become keratinized and die. Their remains constitute the shaft of a developing hair. In other words, hair is composed of a complex array of dead epidermal cells.