Shining hair is an essential. The golden rules are: wash with the right shampoo, condition afterwards, rinse properly and brush well daily. The secrets are right here in your hands! Learn how to solve hair problems.
My hair is always dull
The cleaner your hair is, the shinier it will be, provided it is healthy hair to begin with. Shampoo in the shower with hair hanging down your back (as it would in a salon basin) and rinse really well afterwards.
Every trace of shampoo must go; it is leftover shampoo that creates a dulling film on each hair shaft. Allow clear water to run through hair for 3-4 minutes. Condition hair-ends each time you shampoo, and if your hair is naturally oily, wash it in lukewarm water (hot water will only stimulate the scalp and glands into further activity).
You will need to shampoo twice if your hair is greasy – the first shampoo will remove excess oils and grime, the second will clean and beautify hair. As a final rinse, put 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (if you are a blonde) or vinegar (for brunettes) into 1 liter or about 1 quart of water and run this through your hair.
Towel dry and use a wide-toothed comb to remove tangles. Limit the use of electric rollers and curling wands to no more than three times a week. Use the right shampoo for your hair type.
Brushing hair daily
Excessive brushing may be harmful, but brushing your hair 50 – 100 strokes a day will help carry oil down each hair shaft from scalp to ends and keep hair shiny and conditioned.
Brushing also helps relax and stimulate the scalp, and remove dust and grit. If your hair and scalp are oily, then avoid over-brushing and concentrate on using the brush on the hair only, not the scalp.
The best kind of hair brush
Natural bristle is best but if your hair is thick and coarse it may not do the job. Buy a nylon brush instead, and look for one with smooth, rounded ends to the bristles.
Test the brush by pressing the ends against your palm. If they feel sharp, chances are they will scratch your scalp. Your brush must minimize wear and tear on your hair so buy a good one.
My hair is not oily, yet it’s dirty one day after washing
You may be washing your hair regularly, but what about your brush and comb? They must be washed just as often or else they will transfer old oil and grime back to your clean hair.
Your environment is also important. If you live in an area where there is heavy pollution from traffic, factories and the like, and you are outdoors or exposed to it most of the day, your hair will pick up the grime and look dirty quickly.
My hair seems to be drying out
You don’t have to cut your hair. During the normal aging process, hair dries out as the body’s natural oil secretions slow down. You will find the skin on your face growing drier and the same with your scalp.
This can happen to women who are on certain medications, or those who have just had a baby and a consequent change in hormone levels. To counteract the effect, use a heavy-duty conditioner regularly (protein conditioners are best), at least once in two weeks. Comb it through your newly washed hair, wrap your head in a hot towel for 10 minutes, then rinse hair thoroughly.
Look first for the cause. Do you rinse your hair thoroughly after washing? Do you eat an adequate, balanced diet? Do you have a healthy scalp, free from infection?
If the answer to all these questions is “yes,” then you suffer from excessively dry skin on your scalp. Tiny flakes of this dry skin peel off and are shed onto clothes or lie scattered through the hair.
You can help by brushing your hair daily to stimulate your scalp into producing more oil. Shampoo twice a week with a specially formulated dandruff shampoo and keep combs and brushes scrupulously clean. Use a conditioner after your shampoo.
Is it safe to shampoo hair daily?
Yes, but this depends on your hair type and the shampoo you use. If your hair is dry or brittle, over-cleansing it will only aggravate the problem. If you have normal to oily hair and you use a very mild shampoo it shouldn’t hurt. Shampoo hair just once, and dilute the shampoo with a little water first if it is thick and concentrated. You could use a baby shampoo – they’re very mild.
Can home coloring be harmful to hair?
It can, if you don’t read the instructions on the product you use. When buying a home colorant, either ask the advice of the consultant you buy it from, or read all instructions carefully before you begin.
Make sure you buy the correct product for your hair type and condition. If you have a very sensitive skin, it’s wise to do a patch test first to make sure your scalp won’t react to the colorant.
Simply put a little of the colorant on the inside of your elbow and leave it on for 24 hours. If no irritation develops, go ahead with your hair coloring. But if there is any redness or tingling, try a patch test with a different product.
Is there any way to repair split ends?
Absolutely none. You must have them cut off. But you can prevent further splits by using a shampoo for dry hair and following this with conditioner, paying particular attention to hair ends. Massage your scalp (unless oily) and brush hair daily from root to tip.
Are heated rollers a good way to give hair a quick lift?
Heated curlers are great for a fast pick up but should never be used in excess or left in the hair too long.