Hair Care – Caring For Your Hair To Ensure Maximum Beauty
Hair care is a general term encompassing all aspects of cosmetology and hygiene particularly involving the hair that grows from your scalp, to a certain degree, to your facial, oral and pubic hair as well. Hair care practices vary according to the cultural and physical attributes of each person’s hair as well. In the US alone there are approximately 90 million men and women with unsightly and embarrassing hair conditions. That’s a lot of folks. Therefore, you’re sure to find at least one review that is critical of a specific product or shampoo within any given hair care product review category.
It’s surprising but true – hair care products often neglect to address even the most basic needs of their users. For example, many shampoos and conditioners contain ingredients such as sodium laureth sulphate (SLS) that may be very abrasive and harsh on sensitive skin types. SLS is a foaming agent that is often used to clean and remove dirt and oily build-up from hair types that are excessively greasy. Despite its name, however, SLS is also extremely harsh on skin types and can cause irritation as well. Thus, in a review I did of several shampoo products including the popular Nisim, one shampoo had the SLS shampoo ingredient listed as its first, second and third ingredient along with its sodium laureth sulphate formaldehyde ingredient. The amount of SLS used in this particular shampoo was equivalent to more than two pounds of sodium laureth sulphate!
Another common mistake made by many of today’s leading brands of hair care products is the use of products that don’t have any heat protectant properties to them. It seems that many cosmetic manufacturers realize the need to give their products a little kick in the behind by adding a little heat protectant like shea butter, avocado oil or macadamia nut oil to their formulas. Unfortunately, these oils are also too greasy and thick to lather smoothly and easily for most people. Furthermore, most products containing these moisturizing agents don’t have the ability to penetrate your skin sufficiently to benefit you in the way that they were intended. Thus, most people wind up with greasy looking, flaky scalps after using these products to attempt to take care of their frizzy hair.
Another area where many women make the mistake of overusing chemical-laden products is the use of flat irons with negative ionization properties that produce a flat, dull appearance to your curls. Many hair care experts believe that you can retain the natural healthy look of your curls by either conditioning your hair before curling or by allowing your hair to air dry naturally before styling. Either way, flat irons with negative ionization leave your hair dull and lifeless. These types of flat irons also damage your hair follicles causing irreparable damage to your curls.
The same is true when you choose to straighten your hair. When straightening, always be sure to use products designed for straightening hair types. If you have naturally curly hair, choose a frizz control product instead of a flat irons. If your hair type is straight, then use products specifically designed for straight hair types.
There are numerous professional ceramic straighteners on the market today, but they are typically too heavy or too expensive for the average consumer. Additionally, these irons heat up your hair and dry out your locks after only a short amount of use. When straightening your curls, always use a leave-in conditioner or moisturizer so that your locks are not unnecessarily dried out by the continuous heat from the ceramic rod. If your hair type is naturally curly, use a small curling iron with a larger plate size to create lots of curls with each blow dry. For those who have straight hair and are looking for products specifically designed for straight hair types, consider purchasing a frizz control serum.
When shampooing, it is best to use natural shampoos, especially if you have greasy hair. Avoid using shampoo products with chemicals such as sodium laureth sulphate. These types of products will dry out your hair and scalp and cause breakage and split ends. It is best to also avoid heating styling tools on your scalp. When drying your hair, blow dry from the front to the back and use low heat settings.
Conditioners are best used at the end of a bath or shower to lock in moisture. When washing your hair, it is best to use the gentle cycle only, never use the high heat styling tool rinse and repeat method. Never use a shampoo or conditioner with an alcohol base. This will strip your hair and leave residue in your hair that will leave you with greasy hair. It is best to use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner every other week in order to maintain the health and shine of your hair and keep your style looking great.