Hair care... myths and facts...

June 27, 2012 13:06
Hair care... myths and facts...

Please find some myths and reality about the regular hari care we posses, that would help us take a better hair care;

Problem: fine, dull, flat hair

Volumising products really work, but make sure you go for a quality product.
Cheaper products often contain manmade plastic polymers that coat the hairs and leave them looking dull.
A high-end product will tend to contain plant proteins such as keratin and soy protein that build up the hair more naturally, maintaining shine.

Problem: split ends and breaking hair

No hair product is going to solve this problem.
Once the hairs have reached the stage where they split or break, the only thing to do is get a hairdresser to trim them.
People who use too many chemical products on their hair tend to suffer more than others.
Replenishing moisture in your hair with a quality conditioner will help prevent this problem.
People who are prone to split ends should get their hair trimmed at least every six weeks.

Problem: greasy or dry hair

Choose a shampoo and conditioner suited to your hair type.
If your hair shows sign of greasiness within 24 hours, go for a product for greasy hair.
If your hair isn't greasy after two days, pick a normal shampoo.
If your hair isn't greasy after three or more days, choose a product for dry hair.

Problem: grey hair

Try not to use colorants more than once every six weeks, particularly if they contain bleaching agents.
You should be able to maintain the lustre of the hair if you use good quality conditioners and hair masks.
Shampoos designed for dyed hair often contain tiny bits of pigment that attach to the cuticle layer and improve the colour and radiance of hair.
For the best results it's a good idea to get your hair professionally dyed. Always test a small area first for any allergic reaction.

Problem: dandruff skin flakes

The main cause of dandruff is a microscopic yeast that occurs naturally on everyone's scalp.
Normally, as dead skin cells are shed they are washed or brushed away without trace.
But if these skin yeasts start to increase, they irritate the scalp and trigger an inflammatory immune response.
The turnover of scalp skin cells increases, which causes them to die more quickly and clumps of dead skin cells are formed.
The skin starts to itch, peel and visible flakes develop. This is known as dandruff.

Using a good dandruff shampoo generally clears up the problem.
If you are prone to dandruff, you will have to continue to use the medicated shampoo to keep the condition at bay.
If you find the problem is not cleared up by conventional shampoos, you should visit a trichologist for further investigation.

When is it worth changing products?
Below are five signs you need to change your hair care routine.
Dry, lifeless dull hair.
Split ends and breaking hair.
Itchy or sore, flaky scalp.
Lank and greasy hair.
Frizzy, unmanageable hair.

Are expensive hair products better than cheaper brands?

Cheaper brands use poorer ingredients and can leave the hair dull and lifeless.
No product is intrinsically going to change the structure of your hair, but good quality products can leave it looking shiny and healthy.
You want to go for a salon brand if you can, but if you are counting your pennies opt for high-end products from the chemist or supermarket.
More expensive products often go further because they are more concentrated, so you can use less.

Myth: washing your hair every day strips out the nutrients.
Fact: washing your hair every day with a quality shampoo invigorates the scalp and leaves the hair healthy and shiny.
Myth: your hair gets used to one shampoo so you should change it regularly.
Fact: as long as it's a good shampoo suited to your scalp and hair type, you should get fine results every time.
Myth: if you never wash your hair, it will clean itself.
Fact: it will just get dirtier and could result in an irritated, itchy scalp and greasy, lank hair.
Myth: you shouldn't use conditioner if your hair is greasy.
Fact: only people with very short hair don't need conditioner. The key is not to massage the conditioner into the scalp, but only apply it to the body and tips of your hair.
Myth: rinsing with cold water makes your hair shinier.
Fact: this one is true. Cold water helps to close the cuticle layer on the hair strand and helps conditioner work better, leaving the hair more lustrous.

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