There are ads everywhere around that tell you what you should be doing with your hair and what products to use. However, they are just trying to sell you a product. By taking the time to read the following article, you will find some simple things that will really truly work at keeping your hair looking great.
When you are in the shower and washing your hair, make sure you turn your hot water down, whenever you are doing your washing and conditioning. Hot water can dry out and irritate your scalp and this can cause flaking and dandruff that is unattractive and also, hard to get rid of.
When you are drying off your hair after a shower, do take care to be quite gentle. Vigorous and enthusiastic rubbing can cause hair damage and breakage to occur, not to mention, tough to remove tangles. Instead, take the towel and gently squeeze out the excess water, while delicately blotting the roots.
Over time, heat from curling irons and blow dryers may damage your hair. If you’re going to use heated appliances on your hair, you can try using a specific cream that will protect your hair and scalp. These products help by creating a barrier between the heat and your hair.
Get a haircut every six to nine weeks to keep your hair looking its best. Over time, your hair will break and the ends will split. This creates uneven layers that make your hair look unhealthy and dull. Getting frequent haircuts will help to keep the ends from splitting all the way up to the roots, and help keep your hair shinier and healthier.
Choosing your shampoo and conditioner can seem overwhelming. Manufacturers spend a great deal of time and money coming up with formulas for particular hair types. Use the labels on the bottles to find the products that match your hair type. Match your conditioner to your shampoo and try different brands, if you are unhappy with the results that you get.
Before blow drying your hair, towel-dry it thoroughly. This will not only save you time when drying your hair, but it will also keep your hair in better shape. By using less heat on your hair, you will be avoiding extra damage by using too much heat used to get your hair dry.
Let your hair dry before brushing or combing, when possible, to avoid breakage. Once hair is dry use a soft, flexible bristled brush or wide tooth comb. Gently detangle your hair by starting at the ends of your hair and slowly working your way up.
Hair products that you use to make your hair look nice can be doing more damage than you think. As you choose your products, avoid the ones that contain any alcohol. The alcohol will dry your hair out quickly. These products could also dry out your scalp, so avoid any contact with the scalp.
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.
The first two or three inches of hair growing from your scalp is only about six months old. It’s the most healthy part of your hair. You do not need as much conditioner on this part of your hair, but the lower sections can benefit. Hair ends tend to be much drier, with more damage, and can benefit from a good conditioner.
While an old wives tale states that you must brush your hair for one hundred strokes every day to achieve health, this is untrue. The only thing you will achieve by brushing this often is an overstimulated scalp that produces too much oil and makes your hair look oily and flat. Only brush until the tangles are removed.
In the summer, refrain from staying out in the sun too long. The sun can have very damaging effects on the surface of your scalp and can also cause your hair to dry and color. Try staying indoors, as much as possible, if you desire to maintain a quality hair care regimen.
If you struggle with relentlessly dry hair, consider ditching your shampoo. Curly hair, in particular, adapts remarkably well to a no-shampoo routine. You can loosen and remove dirt, dead skin and other debris as you massage your hair and scalp with conditioner instead. It may take a period of transition for the routine to begin showing full benefits, but it is worth a try for those with very dry hair and skin.
Though it may seem a bit more costly, stick with professional-grade hair care products. Generic or low-price, low-quality products can leave you wondering what all the promises on the bottle are about. Professional level products are designed to maximize benefits with each use. If cost is a concern, look for specials on the quality products.
If you are growing out bangs, invest in some good quality headbands and hair clips. Growing out bangs can be very frustrating and the process can last several months. If you use headbands or small clips to keep your hair off your face while it grows out, however, the process will be a lot less annoying.
During the course of the day, refrain from touching your hair with your hands. Your fingertips and palms pick up a lot of bacteria from the things that you eat and touch, as you do not want this to get on your hair. If you must touch your hair, wash your hands in advance.
As mentioned earlier, you do not have to be pulled into using a ton of different products to help your hair look great. Instead, take the time to follow the advice that was presented to you in this article. Before you know it, your hair will look better then you have ever seen it look.