Hair and fur
«Why is no one looking for a cure?
Surely baldness is due to some
hygiene or care problem.»
I found this remark scribbled in a dermatology book
from the library.
Front top view
The top of your scalp is the most folded area on your body.
This is caused by the unusual pattern the folds create as they reach the top of your head.
When you put together the locations of the horizontal folds with those of the vertical ones, you notice that they fall one over the other in many sections, creating lines where the skin is deeply anchored to the skull.
The skin becomes so hard that it cannot be pinched and pulled away, like you would do elsewhere on your body.
That's why it isn't called skin anymore; it's scalp.
The skin on the back of your scalp is much less folded than it is on the top of your head.
The folds follow the same regular horizontal-vertical pattern you find on most of your body.
This explains why hair loss is less frequent or severe on the back of the head.
Science will tell you the number of hair follicles you have diminishes with age.
Where do they go?
Do they vanish?
No, they are engulfed in folds.
Trapped between two sheets of skin.
When the follicles are imprisoned in this way, they slow their hair production.
Hair density is reduced.
The hair that remains is strangled and compressed by the skin tension.
After some time, in some areas, the skin becomes so hard and constricted that the follicles stop producing melanin and their color changes to gray or white.
Fighting for life, the hair strands become thin and deformed.
Hair loss is not an illness.
It is a lack of care.
The hair condition of your ancestors cannot affect your own.
Similarities in skull features and lifestyles explain those found in balding patterns.
The scalp is richly equipped in sebum glands.
Just think of how many hair strands you have and you can picture them all.
This ungroomed region becomes covered with a crust of hard sebum-epidermis mixture.
This is why it is called scalp.
No one would call it skin.
The tension is so great, it makes growing conditions unfriendly.
This skin should be as soft and extensible as any other.
What do you think happens to the dead skin cells your scalp produces if you don't groom them away?
Regular grooming removes the dandruff flakes in the most natural manner.
In the absence of grooming, the crust on your scalp keeps on thickening, continuously shedding what it can.
Moreover, the extra sebum hinders any exfoliation process.
When balding occurs, the skin has become so tight it feels like a solid material to your touch and it is practically insensitive.
In many cases, the alopecia starts on the forehead notches where several folds from your face take a hold, some damage is already visible at birth.
The hair vertex or crown is a series of fold crossings that create a swirl in your hair at the back of your head.
These areas become larger and the hair on them gets scarcer.
Even if chimpanzees or gorillas have a hairy appearance, it's humans who win in this category.
Humans have more hair follicles per square inch of skin than them.
Our hair has shrunken and lost its color on many parts of the body except the top of the head and a few other areas.
In spite of this, the hair follicles, the hair producing equipment, are all intact, inside the skin.
Your palms, soles, lips, eyelids, penis, labia minora and nipples are the only hairless patches on your body.
Furthermore, their quantity and body distribution is similar for all the populations of our race.
When you look closely at anybody's skin, mostly in the sun, you will see hair all over the place.
How to groom your scalp
Your scalp is an easy surface to groom because it is flat, with no feature to obstruct your actions.
The shell covering it is so thick and hard that skin sensibility is reduced.
It is so encrusted it needs immediate help.
Don't wait; start grooming it right away by using the following methods.
One of your main daily tasks is to scrape off a few coats from the hardened surface.
You have to feel the folds and their crossings on your head in order to groom them specifically.
When you pass your nails over your scalp, you won't have any trouble finding sizable lumps and holes.
Those are fold crossings.
The folds themselves feel like lines of insensitive, hardened skin.
It is more difficult to understand the patterns they form.
Take a close look at the maps at the top of this page while checking out the locations on your scalp with your nail.
Once you've mapped your head's folds and crossings, you can start grooming them with precise finger work.
Apply considerable force to it for at least five seconds before moving down the fold to the next one.
The hair follicle
Hair is produced by the skin.
It is made of compacted skin cells just like nails.
Hair follicles are deeply rooted into your skin, about three sixteenths of an inch, and generate keratin and a little melanin.
They do this at possibly the fastest multiplication rate of the human body.
Keratin is a hard protein. Nails, claws, feathers, hooves and horns are also made out of it.
The melanin adds the color component.
Hair, unlike plants, grows from the base. Once it has exited the follicle it is dead.
This is a superbly well-designed system.
It allows sebum to be expelled precisely where it is needed as a lubricant for grooming.
Experiences and theories
When I started grooming, I was unsure about its effect on hair.
I test-groomed the back of my head for some time.
I was scared that the continuous passage of the nail would remove some hair.
This was because I didn't understand how grooming works back then.
Bending the hair releases the needed sebum and no harm is done to it.
Hair and grooming go together the way your teeth and eating do.
Hair plays such a big part in one's self-esteem that I think it may be one of the main incentives to get males to groom.
Men are affected quite young by their lack of grooming with acne, hair loss and uglying.
Once you groom one area, the habit easily shifts to another.
I have to warn you against trying to groom only the top of your head and not your face.
All the tension released from the top would transfer to the bottom, making you uglier.
So I'm afraid only a whole head approach will do.
HOW TO GROOM
Hair and fur
Folds in the skin
Nails and fingers
An introduction to folds
ACHES AND PAINS
New skin theory
How to react to itch
A pain-free old age
The primate family