Hair care is a crucial part in today’s world. A lot of people do not realize this, or they forget it at times. Remember that when you first introduce yourself to someone, the way you look is a big indicator as to who you are. This article can help you with hair care, so read on.
If you have dry hair, considering cutting down the amount of times you wash your hair each week. When you shampoo your hair, you strip it of its natural oils, which help keep your hair silky and soft. Seek out products that will allow you to keep your hair clean without washing it.
Never use a brush on wet hair. Brushing pulls the hair shaft causing it to break. Always use a wide-toothed comb on freshly washed hair to avoid breakage and stress to your hair. Combining the use of a wide-toothed comb with a leave-in conditioner will keep hair healthy and give it an enviable sheen.
Go ahead and forget the old adage about brushing your hair 100 strokes a day. Over brushing can actually lead to hair loss, breakage of strands and increased oil production. Normal brushing of your hair once or twice daily is sufficient to keep it healthy and free of tangles and build-up.
Drink more water! Your hair needs water to thrive especially during the winter months. Increasing your water intake will help no matter what your hair type is. Start carrying a bottle with you and make sure that you are going through at least a few bottles every day. Your hair will thank you.
Choose shampoo, conditioner and other products, based on your hair type and needs. Colored hair benefits from UV protection and extra moisturizers, for instance. Oily hair requires a lightweight, no-buildup conditioner. If you are unsure of your hair type, ask a cosmetologist for advice on choosing the best products for caring for your locks.
When choosing your hair products, look for products with no alcohol. Applying alcohol on your hair will make it very dry and fragile. If you still want to use products containing alcohol, avoid using these products on a daily basis and wash your hair thoroughly afterward, so that the product is rinsed out.
While it is practical to use a blow dryer, you should limit the amount of time that you exposure your hair to the heat that is generated from them. Always towel dry your hair as much as possible so that you will spend less time exposing it to so much heat.
Avoid blow-drying your hair after your shampoo. Extreme heat can damage your hair shaft and cause your hair to dry out. Brittle hair will break easily. Instead, after you shampoo, dry your hair gently with a soft towel, and allow your hair to air dry naturally. This will help your hair to retain its natural oils.
You can use a little pomade for removing static, taming flyaways, and adding a glossy sheen to your hair. Apply a tiny amount to one hand, and then liquefy it between your palms. Afterwards, run your hands through your hair. If you are braiding, try applying it prior to braiding and then, using it for those small touch-ups.
Sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase instead of a cotton. Cotton retains oil and can cause your hair to get tangled and to break during your sleep. You will find that your hair looks much better in the morning if you use a satin or a silk pillowcase and that is is easier to keep clean.
A large, vented paddle brush is an excellent investment for those whose hair is very long and very thick. Taming this type of hair requires plenty of brushing. Using a paddle brush will speed up the brushing process. A vented one will help the hair dry faster, preserving its volume and bounce.
Be cautious of chlorine when swimming. Chlorine is damaging to hair. Before swimming, saturate your hair with water from the tap, or wear a swimmer’s cap. Your hair will then soak up the beneficial water instead of water that contains chlorine. A lot of pools have a shower where the lockers are. These can be used for this purpose.
If you value your hair color, wear a swimming cap before jumping into a chlorinated pool. Chlorine causes hard metals, present in all water in various concentrations, to oxidize, and that in turn can add a green tinge to any hair color. Applying a coat of conditioner before swimming can help, but most public pools frown on that practice. Stick to swimming in lakes and ponds to keep hair from looking like it belongs on a Martian.
If you have to blow-dry, use a leave-in conditioner. This protects your hair from excessive dryness, which can lead to hair falling out if left untreated. Of course, if you can stay away from the blow dryer altogether, that is what you should do.
When styling your hair, do not hesitate to go for a classic style. A complex style might not be very practical or too time-consuming. Remember that you can style your hair for different occasions and that going to work or school does not require you to spend hours on your hair.
Avoid the itchy, flaky scalp associated with dandruff by using mild shampoos and conditioners every day. Limit the use of styling products and avoid coloring or perming your hair. If dandruff persists, try an anti-dandruff shampoo for a couple of weeks. If there is still no improvement, consult a dermatologist for a medical treatment for your dry scalp.
Make sure you sleep on silk or satin pillow cases. Cotton pillows can snag your hair which can break it. Silk or satin pillowcases allow hair to slide without getting caught. If this is not an option for you, use a fabric covered scrunchie and tie your hair up on top of your head.
Remember that people look at who you are, and how you tend to yourself, even your hair. Using what you learned today should open more doors for you. You would be surprised as to how your life changes when you care for your hair properly on a regular basis.