How To Keep Your Hair Healthy – Guidelines And Tips
Choosing the shampoo
When it comes to shampoos, you are typically bombarded with choices. There are specific shampoos for each hair type. There are shampoos for dyed, damages or lightened hair, revitalizing shampoos and anti-dandruff shampoos, so how to choose the one that suits your hair the best?
For un-dyed and untreated hair that does not need any extra chemicals you can use a neutral shampoo.
Dyed hair is more fragile: to maintain the color and to prevent brittleness, use the shampoos for dyed hair – they contain the reduced amount of the washing element; therefore they fit well with thin and brittle hair. If you have greasy hair, choose the shampoo for the greasy hair to start with and then use the products that can help you maintain the hair color.
A piece of advice: change the shampoo brands regularly – this prevents the hair from “getting used” to a certain composition of washing ingredients. Using the same shampoo for a long time will result in the loss of efficiency and reduce the positive effects on the hair. Try to select at least two different suitable shampoos and alternate them.
Coloring and perming
Hair coloring at home is more convenient and less expensive than at a salon. However, take the time to study the packaging: certain coloring elements are more aggressive and therefore damaging to the hair. The chemical composition of the perming products is even more harmful than that of the coloring products, making hair even more dry and brittle. Hair dyes usually have a more gentle action and do not harm the hair.
Keep in mind that the coloring products sold in supermarkets differ from the professional products used in salons, therefore the result of the coloring can be quite different from the one advertised on the packaging; besides, these products are generally more concentrated to insure the results for any type of hair. In a salon, the coloring product is prepared individually based on the client’s hair type, length etc. This results in the better looking and less damaged hair.
After the coloring, do not forget to use the conditioners, moisturizing masks and other products, designed for the dyed hair.
Hair washing frequency
There is no need to wash the hair every day. Washing the hair daily damages the protecting layer of the hair and scalp; the body tries to regain the balance and the sebaceous glands start to produce more sebum which protects the scalp from drying. As a result, the hair becomes dull. Excessively frequent washing can even lead to itching and dandruff.
The washing frequency is a matter of habit. If the scalp is used to the constant washing, the sebaceous glands work more effectively and the hair gets dirty faster. To break this cycle, you need to gradually adapt the hair to less frequent washing. The sebaceous glands will reduce their activity and you will notice that the hair becomes less dull and maintain the clean look and shine longer.
Hair dryers and flat irons
Protect the hair from excessive overheating. Despite the well-known negative effects on the hair, hair dryers and flat irons are very popular tools for hair styling. Of course, a hair dryer and especially a flat iron can badly damage and even burn the hair, in this case no miracle can restore it, and you just have to wait for it to grow back.
There are special products, usually in the form of spray, which can be used prior to blow-drying or using a straightener to protect the hair from high temperatures and prevent burns. When using a flat iron, reduce the time of contact with the hot surfaces. If your flat iron has a thermostat, select the temperature suitable for your hair type.