This original article was first published here: 5 Easy Hair Care Habits For Men And Women
Haircare can be professionally achieved with these basic DIY steps from the hair experts of Kenny’s Luxury Hair. Besides finally owning the ideal hair products that match the type of hair you have, here are easy to-dos in keeping hair healthy.
1. Oily Hair Needs More Shampoo Days
One of the golden rules in hair maintenance is that shampooing shouldn’t be done every day. Experts have said that an interval of 2 to 3 days of no shampooing is good enough, as this lets the natural oils of your scalp be replenished, in time for your next hair wash schedule.
However, this varies according to how oily (or non-oily) your scalp actually gets. If you’re the type whose roots oil up a mere few hours after you’ve run hair cleansers and water through your locks, then, by all means, wash your hair more often. Every other day is okay, so as not to dry out your scalp and cause it to flake. If not, stick to the interval above-mentioned.
2. Shampoo Is To Scalp Where Conditioner Is To The Tips
The shampoo product itself should be concentrated on the scalp. Then, simply lather it up until it reaches the rest of your locks. Most shampoos have a component known as “surfactants”, and these are responsible for ridding your hair of debris, dirt, and excess oils.
Since your head’s sebaceous glands release at least a gram of sebum every single day, this is where you’ll want those surfactants and/or mild sulfates to work their way through.
On the other hand, conditioners are to be used soon after rinsing away the shampoo from your hair. And it should be applied only on the tips of your follicles. Conditioners have moisturizing elements that, though they hydrate and bring about a lustre to hair, have a tendency to make it appear limp. To avoid the latter, stick to conditioning the mid-region to the tips of your locks.
3. Wet Hair Combing
Hair becomes much more fragile, sensitive, and weak when they’re drenched in water. Hence, the shocking amount of hair fall you notice when you comb your crown of glory after getting out of the shower is normal.
What you can do is to comb from the tips up into your scalp. And ever so gently. This reverse-combing (with a broad-toothed comb) will help get rid of tangles more easily, without breaking hair follicles or pulling too hard that it causes scalp scarring.
4. Cold Water For Rinsing Hair
After conditioner application, rinse it off (along with remaining shampoo suds) with cold water. Cold water may aid with tightening and/or closing the pores on your scalp (and, really, the rest of your body). This will leave them less likely to trap dirt and debris soon after your head outside of your home.
On top of this, cold water has the same effect on your very strands in that it “seals” hair cuticles. This “sealing” is reflected in smoother-looking cuticles, and thus, smoother-looking hair overall.
5. Protein, Zinc, And Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Now comes the part about keeping your body healthy first and foremost, and healthy hair will grow and flourish as an aftereffect.
Protein can help strengthen follicles as they grow so that they do not easily turn brittle and break. Zinc is a combatant against hair fall caused by weak roots and follicles. And finally, omega-3 fatty acids consumption leads to scalp health and moisturization.
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