Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Proper Care For Your Hair

Cutting across geographical divides, people in almost every corner of the world spend a considerable amount of money on hair care products and treatments. What is disturbing is the fact that some of these efforts are not too smooth and at times harmful for the hair too. And, as hair grows at a snail’s pace of just about one-half inch a month, it can take an endless wait to get a damaged hair replaced. A proper hair care is essential for healthy hair. We all have different hair types and textures, and the care needed for our hair will depend on its nature.
Those having dry hair should avoid regular perming, coloring, or exposure to pool water. It is also wise to stay away from heated rollers, hairdryers, and curling irons. For dry hair, it is good to use a leave-in conditioner before going for a swim and use a deep-conditioner at least once a week. If you have greasy hair, use a suitable shampoo to maintain the balance of oils. It produces good results if you wash your hair on alternate days and massage it gently while applying shampoo. A short or blunt haircut is extremely suitable for fine hair. It is better to use conditioner on the ends only to avoid weighing down your fine hair and causing a flat appearance. For those having curly hair, the use of a wide-toothed comb is beneficial. It is also better to use moisturizing shampoos and conditioners to make it reflect light better. If you have thick hair, you need special care to rinse hair thoroughly in order to reach hair roots and clean clogged pores.

Selecting the right conditioner or shampoo for your hair can be a matter of trial and error. Some shampoos or conditioners may make your hair limp, while others may even dull it with a film. It gives excellent results if you opt for two different brands of shampoo and conditioner that are right for you, and use them alternately. A quality shampoo will leave your hair manageable, easy-to-comb and glossy. Most shampoos these days are synthetic detergents called surfactant and are better than the older ones. Today’s conditioners mostly contain cationic quaternary ammonium compounds that make hair more manageable. Diet also plays an important role in your scheme of hair care. It has been found that regular, well-rounded meals are best for you and your hair. Contrary to popular belief, consuming extra protein or amino acid preparations do not boost hair growth. Iron deficiency, due to inadequate consumption of red meat or heavy menstrual bleeding in women, may cause hair loss. Crash diets and other types of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa can also seriously damage your hair.