We know that the color and texture of hair are inherited and, no matter how many crusts we eat, they will not make hair curly, for also predetermined is the form our hair takes – curly, straight, etc.
But having healthy hair is something all can achieve. Healthy hair reflects the shape you are in.
Summer can be a really fun season, but it can also play havoc with your hair. Let the sunlight flicker on it by all means. Let the wind blow through it. Play, surf, and swim as much as you like. But you need to treat your hair with a little tender loving care.
If you do not, it could become dry, brittle, and uncontrollable.
To help you enjoy all the benefits of summer, and have fine hair, the following advice may help.
It is important that you select a good shampoo if you want to have “squeaky-clean”, glossy hair.
You may think you have to pay a lot for such a shampoo, but paying a lot does not necessarily mean that you are buying the best. The ingredients, not the price, are the key to a good shampoo.
Most shampoos are made from soapless detergents and the best have a low acid level. A number up to 6.5 is a sign of a very good shampoo. A neutral balance is still good. This range would be between 6.5 and 7.5. Higher numbers indicate that the shampoo has an alkaline base.
If you are unsure about the numbers, or if they are not shown on a label, ask your hairdresser. Your hair is special, so do not be shy about asking. And that applies whether you are a male or a female.
Why are acidic bases so good?
They shrink the hair and the outer layers of each strand are hardened. That way, less damage can occur to the hair.
Acid-based shampoos are available for oily, dry or normal hair.
If your hair is oily, wash it less frequently; this tends to reduce oiliness. Use a small amount of shampoo and do not massage the scalp too much. Wash with lukewarm water.
You cannot damage your hair by using the same shampoo all the time. You may need to change, though, if you alter your diet. change climates or you want to wear a new perfume.
You have probably seen additives – like coconut, egg, apple and milk – advertised on labels. Real benefits to the hair may be seen by including protein, fruit and vegetables in your diet, rather than washing with them.
Why use shampoo and not soap?
You can use soap, but the soap has an alkaline base and tends to dry the hair out, just as high-number shampoos may. Soap also leaves a coating on your hair, eventually making it look dull.
If you must use soap, it is a good thing to rinse your hair with rainwater. Leave some containers out next time it rains, if you have no tank at your home.
Preventing your hair from becoming dry is better than trying to cure the dryness. If you are going out in the heat or wind, cover your hair with a scarf or hat. Or buy some moisturizing cream from your hairdresser and apply it before you go out.
Conditioners are great for controlling, adding shine, and softening your hair. They provide a creamy, protective coating. So it is a good idea to use them each time you shampoo – especially if your hair is dry.
Remember what Grandma used to say about brushing? She was right. It is not necessary to brush it 100 times though – 20 times will be good.
First, brushing removes dust and restores the shine to your hair.
Second, it distributes natural oils along the hair shafts and makes the hair glossy.
In picking a brush, choose one with natural bristles – with long, thick bristles if your hair is long and thick; with short, thin bristles if the hair is short.
Nylon brushes are good for blow waving because they give more control in styling. But be sure that the ends are rounded. And watch for any wearing and splitting, as this can split your hair.
Most of us have dandruff occasionally. Like the skin on the rest of your body, the layers on the scalp flake off. When they shed rapidly, the flakes build up.
You do not have to have dry hair to get dandruff; people with oily hair can have it. Mostly, though, it is the result of having a dry scalp, possibly from shampooing too frequently. Dandruff can also be caused by nervous tension
Common dandruff can be satisfactorily controlled by the use of medicated shampoos. But, as with all medications, it is important that you follow the instructions on the label.
Seek the help of a dermatologist if you do not have success in combating and controlling dandruff.