It may sound a little bit weird, but death and loss of our hair occur on a daily basis. As a matter of fact, dead hair does not comes off immediately, but remains for some time in the head skin. It is gradually replaced by new hair what makes it finely fall out. Everyday we may loose up to 50 hairs and it’s considered to be in perfect accordance with the natural process of hair regrowth.
But sometimes it happens that the process of hair loss comes out of control because of improper hair care. Without finding the real cause and without knowing the type of their hair desperate men and especially women rush into trying all kinds of hair loss and hair care products and treatments that happen to be within the reach. Quite often it doesn’t bring the desired result; on the contrary, it may worsen the already poor hair condition.
That is why it is of vital importance to determine the type of your hair before you start any treatment and try any product. One may get lost and frustrated, because there are so many hair types and conditions. But, basically, all of them fall into 3 main groups:
Oily (or greasy) hair is generally characterized by rapid clogging. It gets dirty faster than any other type. Excessive dryness, brittleness and fragility are typical of the hair type that we usually call dry. Normal hair most often gets dirty and out-of-condition within 5-7 days after washing. These are the main points that make all of these hair types different.
And, as you can see, each type requires a special approach to it. Consequently, only if you know your hair type you can choose the appropriate and effective treatments and hair care products. If you don’t, we invite you to read more about different hair types and how to take care of them here.
Your hair needs to be properly cared not only from the inside, but also from the outside, i.e. to make it look and feel great with the help of external hair care treatments and cosmetics.
Masks are a proven means for bringing your weakened and damaged hair in a good condition. It often turns out that home-made masks for hair are more effective and safe, because they do not contain dyes and various harmful chemical additives. Therefore, don’t throw away a pack of soured milk or a week-old kefir from the refrigerator. There would be much more use if you put it on your hair and keep it for half an hour.
A mask mixed of castor, olive oil and dry hair shampoo will quickly bring your dry hair back to life. Take a tablespoon of these oils and a teaspoon of shampoo. Rub this mixture into the scalp and wrap it with a warm towel. Wash it off after 2 hours, using hair conditioner and shampoo.
In case of greasy hair the following mask almost works wonders. Mix egg yolk, a few drops of castor oil and a teaspoon of vegetable oil and put the mixture on your hair for 20 minutes. Then wash it off with shampoo.
If you want to make a moisturizing mask, you’ll need fat sugarless yogurt and 2 tablespoons of avocado oil. Keep this mask for 30 minutes and wash your head with shampoo and conditioner afterwards.
In winter our hair is exposed to temperature changes all the time. Blood circulation in the scalp slows down at low temperature and that is the main reason for bad condition of hair. It does not get sufficient nutrients to grow strong and healthy as usual. When we return to warm indoors after walking in cold streets our hair gets instantly desiccated.
To preserve beauty of your hair in the winter start with the correct choice of shampoo. In most cases it is best of all to use mild shampoo, but always consider whether it suits your hair type.
If you have hair type that is commonly called oily, then you will want to try oil hair shampoo with extract of hops, birch, or foalfoot. If your hair is dry and damaged, use shampoo with sea buckthorn containing vitamins A, E, C and rutin.
A general tip for both types of hair: never wash your hair with hot water. It makes it brittle and fragile.
It is also advisable to use balm and hair conditioner: they nourish the scalp and stems of hair, restoring its shine and making it easier to comb. Do not use plastic or metal combs and brushes because hair electrifies greater from them in the cold period. Pick up wooden combs and brushes.
Try to keep a hair dryer and curler away from your hair in winter. You probably don’t want to completely overdry your hair that is already subjected to adverse effects of winter.
People have greasy hair because of hypersensitivity of sebaceous glands to some hormones. This is a sad fact and you can’t change it. What’s make it even worse is that greasy hair often go hand in hand with hair loss. However, there are some hair care products and methods of treatment that can help to cope with the problem.
Tip 1: Relax your scalp
If the scalp produces too much grease, this happens because of congenital hypersensitivity of sebaceous glands to the hormone testosterone. This sensitivity is more pronounced during puberty. Cosmetics and other hair care treatments can’t significantly change this situation. However, you can prevent further irritation of sebaceous glands that can occur, for example, because of frequent brushing or because of a hot air dryer. It is also advisable not to use too hot water for hair washing and consider whether your shampoo really suits your hair and scalp well. Light massage produces a calming and relaxing effect. There are a lot of relaxing hair care treatments, which can be rubbed into the head-skin and left for some minutes before washing. They will help to relax your scalp and prevent dandruff.
Tip 2: Wash your hair daily, but do it correctly
Daily washing with a mild shampoo will not allow fat on your scalp to be distributed on your hair. It is best of all to use a shampoo for normal hair, as it contains active cleaning substances, which are rather soft and safe for everyday use. It will help you to keep your head always clean without damaging your hair and irritating the head-skin. Shampoos for oily hair contain stronger active detergents. Use these shampoos only in cases when your hair is very greasy, dirty and stuck.
Tip 3: Dry your hair in the fresh air
A haircut that requires no hair dryer or other hairstyling means of the kind would be ideal. First of all, it saves time; Second of all, it will help you to spare the scalp and ends of hair. Dry your hair in the fresh air. If drying takes too much time, you can use a cone hairdryer. Push your head forward, and pull your hair at the roots with your fingers while drying. This will give it some extra volume.
Tip 4: Apply shampoo only to the roots
Washing the roots of hair alone is a good solution for greasy and oily hair, especially if you have damaged hair ends. To do this you need a bottle with a spout-syringe. Mix one part of shampoo for greasy hair and four parts of warm water. Apply this mixture directly to the roots of hair with the use of the syringe. Foam it and then rinse immediately. Some foam that gets on your hair while rinsing is enough to make it clean in this particular case.
Tip 5: Don’t keep you hair flat
All hair styles that don’t make your hair lie flat on your head are good enough. They include light back combing or using some forming spray at the roots while keeping your head bent. If you want to use a hairdryer to add some fixity, always check whether the flow of hot air doesn’t affect the scalp and irritate sebaceous glands. A foam fixer is also recommended.
Since ancient times people have attached great importance to their hair and, depending on its condition and health, have taken it as the source of beauty or the reason of life’s failures. Such values as individuality, force, consciousness and independence, have been associated with hair. And until now people have been diligently making most various manipulations with their hair to give it a stunning, unique look, shape and style: they comb, cut, dye, twist, straighten, varnish it and apply other cosmetic means.
Hair is a bright illustration of an increadible variety of people and cultures on our planet. For example, a bunch of hair on the crown of a sumo wrestler’s head is so closely associates with his sport activity that it is solemnly cut when he ends his successful career. In Cambodia a groom and a bride wear a special traditional haircut in order to escape the influence of evil forces. In Malaysia long hair is strictly forbidden for men. On the contrary in the state Punjab in India death penalty threatens a man with a short accurate hairstyle.
Because hairstyle is the dominating factor for our looks and because we try to convey a certain emotional message through it, we always want to arrange it in the best possible way. And so, health of hair and proper hair care comes to the foreground for all of us.
In order to make make care of hair proper and effective it is important to correctly determine the type of hair first. Otherwise there is a risk to worsen its condition. Among the basic hair types are: normal, dry, greasy and mixed.
Hair of the normal type reflects light well and shines in the sun. If your hair is elastic, easily combed and set, if it almost doesn’t split and preserves a good healthy look for several days after washing, it means that you take a good care of your hair and use proper means that are 100% suitable for you and your hair. Unfortunately, this is a rare case.
Greasy hair can be characterized by a dim shine. In a short time after washing it begins to stick together and to seem dirty and slovenly. Hair greasiness depends on the activity of sebaceous glands of the scalp. It is very individual and is defined genetically. To some extent the amount of sebum also depends on nutrition and the amount of carbohydrates and espicially fats consumed with food.
Dry hair reflects light badly and that’s why it lookes very dim and lustreless. They are easily torn and broken. Dry hair is difficult to comb because it splits on ends and accumulates static electricity. As a result, it gets tangled and often falls out. In many cases hair becomes dry because of poor care but not because of the lowered activity of sebaceous glands.
Hair of the mixed type is, as a rule, insufficiently greased with sebum along the whole length. That’s why it is usually greasy at roots and dry on ends. The ends of mixed hair don’t receive necessary greasing and often split. It is important to take a combined care of this type of hair and apply special means along with a healthy diet.