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Choosing The Right Shampoo

Shampoos can be confusing. Curling, hydrating, moisturizing, strengthening, volumizing. With so many different names and labels, it can be hard to find the best shampoo for your hair. How do you match the type with the hair on your head?

A good quality shampoo cleans your hair and scalp of dust, grime and oil. It is advisable to learn about the different types of shampoos, so that you can make an informed choice.

Different shampoos are available for different types of hair. Before you make a choice, you need to know how it is related to your hair and scalp, what it does and how to use it.

Balancing Shampoo

These shampoos don’t have much moisturizing and will not dry hair out. They are great for cleansing hair and maintaining moisture.

Curly Hair Shampoo

Shampoos are specially formulated for curly hair to gently cleanse the hair and not weigh down the curls. They are extra moisturizing to help reduce frizz.

Hydrating and Moisturizing Shampoo

Good for coarse, curly and thick hair. They are great for adding smoothness, shine and moisture to your hair. As they are usually gentle you can choose to use them every day to make your hair look silky.

Fortifying and Strengthening Shampoo

Good for brittle, weak and damaged hair. These shampoos contain extra protein. This improves the health and condition of your hair. They produce volume and are gentle enough to use on damaged hair.

Straight Hair and Smoothing Shampoo

 The extra moisturizer in the shampoo smooths and seals the cuticle. This is great for smooth and straight hair. They reduce unwanted frizz and create a smooth surface.

Volumizing Shampoo

Good choice for fine and limp hair. They can provide a lift and boost to your hair so that you can style it any way you want. The shampoo is formulated for fine hair and provides moisture without weighing the hair down.

 

Always remember to choose a shampoo based on your scalp condition and not your hair. Conditioners can be used to treat and pamper hair. If you have an oily scalp, you need to choose a shampoo that is best for oily scalp. Proper cleansing begins with treating the oily condition of your scalp.

Shampoo for Oily Scalp

People with oily scalp are most likely to have tried different types of shampoos with little luck to control oil and sebum production. If your scalp is oily you need to avoid shampoos that are good for curly hair. This means moisturizing, hydrating and smoothing shampoos are not the ideal choice, as they add too much moisture.

Balancing, strengthening and volumizing are good choices as they are less moisturizing. This is effective in removing excess oil. If your scalp is super oily you can choose a clarifying shampoo.

The shampoo that you choose for your scalp needs to be color safe. Spend extra time working the shampoo into the scalp so that you can remove the excess oil. Avoid using conditioner after shampooing.

Shampoo for Dry Scalp

If the scalp is itchy, dry or flaky, you need to choose a shampoo that doesn’t add to the problem. Fortifying, strengthening and volumizing shampoos need to be avoided, as they can reduce the moisture in the scalp.

If the scalp is dry with no flake or little itching, you need to choose a shampoo that promotes hydration and moisture. Shampoos that contain sulfate need to be avoided as they can dry the scalp. Read the label before making the choice.

You will be surprised to learn that most women and men don’t shampoo their hair properly. They tend to rush through the process and this results in an unclean scalp. It is advisable to spend time to shampoo the hair properly so that you can effectively remove dirt and excess oil from the scalp.

Choose the shampoo according to the frequency it is used. If you intend to use it daily, it needs to be light. If you choose to use it once or twice a week, it can be stronger in nature. It is best to choose shampoos that have natural products instead of harsh chemicals. They can help cleanse the hair and scalp without causing any damage to it.

Hair Treatment

Is your hair damaged? If you want lustrous and healthy hair, you need to pamper and treat it properly. Most often we tend to forget about our hair as we subject it to dyeing, styling and chemical laden products.
There are a million different ways that can damage our healthy and shiny hair, whether it is being out in the sun unprotected or going for your weekly swim. With so many hair treatments out there, it is hard to say which one works its magic and is worth your time, money and effort and which ones don’t.
Before you get to fixing the problem, you need to know what causes damage to your hair. Bleaching, coloring, perming, over shampooing, over brushing, use of blow dryers and curling irons and use of wrong products are not good for your hair.

Identify and Repair Damaged Hair

Rough texture, split ends, extreme breakage, lack of moisture and too many tangles are the most common signs of damaged hair. It is important that you identify these signs early and start the process of repairing your hair. With the right care, you can nourish your hair to good health.

Trim Damaged Hair Ends
Before you start working on restoring your hair, it is best to trim damaged hair ends. You will be surprised to know that sometimes a simple trim can help start the repair process. A simple trim with layers can help get rid of the damage.

Avoid Using Chemical Laden Products and Hair Color
Hair products with chemicals are your worst enemy, especially if the hair is already damaged. Avoid using chemical treatments until your hair has recovered. Hair color and harsh bleaches can stress hair and cause considerable damage to it. Ask your stylist to use ammonia free hair color for dyeing and coloring.

Use Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner
Use shampoos and conditioners that are specifically formulated for damaged hair. Shampoos with natural oils can help repair damaged hair. Avoid shampoos and conditioners that contain sodium. Don’t shampoo too frequently and look for a gentle shampoo that is free of sulfate and has a pH level of 4.5 – 5.5.

Avoid Hot Styling Tools
Blow dryers and curling irons can damage hair. The heat from the styling tools can cause considerable damage to your hair. If you do need to use the styling tools, prepare your hair with proper conditioner and protective spray.

Always Protect Your Hair
Protect hair from sun, rain and wind. Exposure to sun, dirt, pollution and heat can damage hair. Cover your hair to protect it from the harsh weather and other pollutants. Give your hair hydrating treatment if you had spent a lot of time in the sun.

Use Natural Styling Products
Check the labels before you buy styling products. Hair products with high levels of peroxide are best avoided. Choose products that are gentle and have natural ingredients. Keep hairstyles simple and stick to those that don’t require a lot of care. When brushing use a detangling spray to avoid damage.

Treatment Masks for Damaged Hair
Hydrating treatment helps in restoring damaged hair. Use the treatment twice a week for quick hydration. Oil treatments also help fix hair damage. Proper use of these treatments can help restore your hair to its shiny and glorious state.

 

Healthy Living and Eating

Healthy living and eating habits reflect on your hair. When you eat food with vitamins and essential nutrients, you nourish hair from the inside of your body. A good diet promotes healthy hair growth and strengthens it from the inside.
There are plenty of home remedies that can nourish, strengthen and rejuvenate your hair but if there is substantial damage to your hair, it is best to see a hair professional.
The stylists diagnose the hair damage (breakage, color damage, dryness), so that suitable treatments are provided. Stylists can evaluate your hair needs and treat the damage with precision using equipment and formulas that last long time. The many hair treatments keep the hair strong and healthy from the inside out.

Don’t give up on damaged hair. Treating damaged hair is something that doesn’t happen overnight but with a little extra care you will be able to have naturally rich and shiny hair.

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