Afridakari PNG 2016



Afridakari Hair Food


One of the key ingredients of beautiful healthy hair is moisture. It is impossible to have silky, shiny tresses (hair, locks, curls, braids), if they happen to be dehydrated and lacking the correct moisture. Moisture and hair are a balancing act that needs to be regulated in that both too much moisture and too little moisture culminate in hair problems. Figure A below is an image of a damaged hair under a microscope.

Damaged Hair 1


Figure A


What is visible is referred to as the cuticle, being the outer layer / covering of the hair. Damage to the hair fiber as depicted in figure A may be as a result of the application of harsh chemicals, sun, heat and wind etc. When the cuticle is in this damaged state, water can penetrate the inside of the hair more easily causing it to swell from the inside. The cuticle layer on the outside cannot expand, so the cuticle scales are forced to stand up, a position in which they are easily broken and the hair is more porous. Oils which penetrate into hair make the hair proteins more hydrophobic (water-repelling). Healthy, strong hair is naturally hydrophobic. Normal and lower porosity hair is somewhat hydrophobic. Hydrophobicity (water-repelling) is a matter of balance. What we don't want is for our hair to take on too much water, too quickly. That's the problem. Hair gets dehydrated. Re-hydrating hair is a good thing. But when hair is porous, it takes on more water than is good for it, too quickly and that's when the swelling occurs. 


Afridakari hair food endeavours to optimise the health and appearance of one’s hair as well as its manageability through the regulation of moisture. The plant oils contained in Afridakari hair food when applied to the hair penetrate the hair introducing moisture. This changes the appearance of the outer cuticle layer of the hair to more closely resemble the outer cuticle layer of a healthy hydrated hair as shown in Figure B below.

Healthy Hair 1

Healthy Hair 2

Figure B


Apart from changing the cuticle scales of the hair the application of the oils act as emollients which soften the hair adding pliability which reduces hair breaking associated with dry brittle hair. Hairs to which oils have been applied line up better with neighboring hairs as a result of the lubricating properties imparted to the hair by the oil making the hair more manageable.


Oils Incorporated and their benefits.


  1. Argan (Morocan) oil – This oil acts as a natural sunscreen, protectant and intensive repair treatment. Argan oil improves the elasticity of dry and brittle hair and reduces friziness softening the hair and making it more manageable. Argan oil’s therapeutic ingredients include squalene, a compound that promotes production of collagen (a protein that keeps skin taut and youthful); linoleic acid, an anti-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acid; twice as much free radical–fighting vitamin E as olive oil; and triterpenoids, anti-inflammatory compounds that may help heal and protect from environmental damage such as UV rays.


  1. Coconut oil – Protects hair from both the inside and the outside addressing both a dry and oily scalp promoting a healthy balance. Coconut oil’s healthy medium-chain fatty acids—most notably its high concentration of antibacterial and antiviral lauric acid—and molecular structure allow it to moisturize and penetrate deep into skin and hair.



  1. Avacado oil – Packed with vitimins A, B, D and E as well as containing protein. Avo oils helps combat dry and brittle hair by imparting moisture. Avo oil also provides nutrients for the scalp.


  1. Almond oil – It is packed with fats addressing dry and brittle hair.




Scientifically it has been determined that lipids, molecules that contain hydrocarbons and make up the building blocks of the structure and function of living cells, less than 18 carbons long can penetrate the hair. The table below shows empirical evidence exists that coconut oil penetrates the hair whilst based on their carbon chain length Avocado, Sweet Almond and Argan oil should also penetrate the hair.


Oils with high penetration

% Lipids that can “seep” under cuticles


Polar triglycerides (these penetrate hair)

% Monosaturated lipids

Penetration improves with heat?

Hair penetration documented by research

Coconut oil


Yes (64%)




Yes, excellent

Oils with some penetration, in decreasing order (based on lipid composition)

% Lipids less than 18 carbons long


Polar triglycerides?

% Monosaturated lipids

Penetration improves with heat?

Hair penetration documented by research

Avocado oil






Not documented

Sweet almond oil





Not documented

Argan oil





Not documented