1. Are hairstyling products harmful to hair?
No, modern hair products are rather good and safe so that you can use them almost every day. But try to use water-based ones and avoid those that contain alcohol.
2. Do hair conditioners make your hair ends split?
Absolutely not. Conditioners make your hair soft and remove static electricity. The only way to get rid of splitting ends is to cut them off.
3. How can I get rid of dandruff?
Use dandruff shampoo. There is a variety of such hair care products in stores. Usually they contains ketoconazole which attacks the fungus that causes dandruff. Some people think they have dandruff when they spot some little white flakes on their heads, but in reality it may mean that your scalp is too oily or dry. In this case you should simply switch your shampoo and find something that suits you better.
4. Is my hair being damaged during dying or highlighting?
Hair becomes porous after chemical treatment. Technically, yes, it’s being damaged. But sometimes it feels even better after such treatment, as thin and flat hair becomes more porous and may get more volume.
5. Can I wash my hair every day?
Well, try not to do that. Water doesn’t have the same pH as hair. Also, you should have a really good shampoo that is between 4.5 and 5.5 pH.
6. Is hair damaged if you blow dry it often?
Yes, it is. If you are really into it, try to blow dry it with cool air. Also add silicone drops prior to blow drying to make your hair protected against heat.
7. Does good hair condition depend upon what you eat?
Certainly. But remember, once you start using vitamin and mineral supplements it will take about three months before you notice any changes. Your hair needs nutrients containing enough amount of protein, fat, carbohydrates, water, vitamins and minerals.
8. How long can my hair grow?
Hair doesn’t grow endlessly. It grows in cycles of 2-6 years, and then it comes out and is gradually replaced by new hair. Averagely, hair grows about one centimeter a month. Some people just can’t get their hair long, because their hair has a shorter growth cycle.
9. It is possible to make one’s hair thicker?
No, you are born with a certain number of hair follicles, You can’t have more just out of your will.
10. What can I do if my hair does not grow?
Scalp massage can be of help. Even if you lose a lot of hair you should really try it. Without massage you will lose even more, believe me. Scalp massage increases bloodflow to hair follicles, thus helping them get more nutrition and oxygen.
11. Does hair really turns green because of chlorine?
Yes, there are chemical elements in water (including chlorine) that can make blond hair a little greener, especially if your hair is bleached.
12. Is smoking harmful to your hair?
Yes, it is, but not directly. Every time you take a smoke it destroys some part of vitamins and other useful elements in your body that are essential for your hair. It is especially true about vitamin C.
13. Why does my hair become oily very soon after washing?
You probably use the wrong shampoo. The shampoo shouldn’t be be too strong, as it somehow tricks the scalp to produce more fat. So just change it for a lighter option.
14. Can I brush my hair wet?
No. If you have just washed your hair try to organize it carefully with your fingers and brush or comb it only when it’s almost dry.
15. Is hair perming harmful to my hair?
Yes, it is. After any sort of chemical treatment hair loses its natural elasticity and becomes more porous. Be careful with your hair and never perm it if you have just dyed it or made highlights, or if your hair is in bad condition.
16. What determines your hair color?
The natural color of your hair is hereditary and it depends both on the type of the pigment and the number of pigment cells that are present in it – the more cells are there, the stronger is the color. There are two types of the pigment: eumelanin, which gives hair a light brown or black color (depending on the number of pigment cells); and pheomelanin that gives hair red color. Gray hair is generally coarser and contains more air. In addition, pigment cells in gray hair are often defective and/or inactive.
17. Is it true that some bleaches are gentler than others?
Yes, it depends on the strength of hydrogen peroxide contained in the product.
18. Why does hair sometimes become flat because of hair conditioner?
That’s because you have not washed it out of your hair thoroughly or it simply does not suit your hair. Switch to a different conditioner that is not so strong.
19. I have naturally curly hair. How can I have really nice curls?
Use shampoos, conditioners and hair treatments with moisturizing properties and that are specially adapted to curly hair. Spread mousse, gel or other hairstyling product evenly throughout the full length of your hair after washing. Turn your head upside down and wipe the rest of water with a soft towel. Do not touch your hair while it’s getting dry.
20. Why does my hair electrify?
In winter your hair is usually exposed to rapid changes of the temperature: it’s cold outside and warm inside, so your hair gains static electricity. It may also be caused by synthetic materials in your clothing.
Nowadays more and more of us turn closer to nature: we start eating more natural food, we use cosmetics and treatments made of herbs and resort to natural ways to keep healthy. Our hair deserves a special attention in this respect.
Artificial shampoos, conditioners, rinses and dyes are often “blamed” for causing dandruff, irritation and excessive dryness of hair and head-skin. They often deprive the scalp of natural fats and proteins and can lead even to hair loss. But natural products don’t usually have such side effects. Herbal hair treatments are valued for their effectiveness, purity and safety.
In ancient times women used dyes and rinses made of herbs. They also used herbal creams and masks for skin care. And today more and more women, realizing the true value of gifts of nature, start using them intensively with a strong hope that they can bring back beauty, strength and health to their skin and hair.
As a result, herbs are widely used to make dull and slipping hair strong and shining, to dye gray thread of hair, saturate hair and make it look natural.
For example, rinsing your hair with chamomile tea will add a golden tint to it, while Chinese tea (Camelia sinensis) will make your hair darker.
Such dyes as walnut, indigo, and henna have been used by women since ancient times.
Shells of walnut dye your hair in a beautiful brown color. Indigo dyes hair in blue. The mixture of henna and indigo – the so-called “Persian color” ? was quite popular in the ancient East. Color saturation in this mixture depends on proportions in which these components are taken. For good results put it thoroughly on your hair and keep it for several hours.
Henna is a Persian name for a small bush. Paste made of well-milled henna leaves is considered to be one of the oldest cosmetics. In India and Egypt women widely used henna to paint their nails, as well as to adorn their arms and legs with complex patterns of reddish-orange color. And in our times henna is one of the most popular means to dye hair, beards and manes of horses. Cosmetologists often use henna to get a rich flame-red or fiery-copper colors and tints, or simply to revitalize hair color. Henna mixed with coffee dyes hair in a saturated brown color.
If you dye gray hair with henna, you will get a carrot-red color as a result, what really pleases many aging women. Henna also adds an auburn tint to brown hair. Henna is usually applied to the clean, just-washed hair when it’s still wet and is kept for about one hour.
There are a number of other effective herbal hair treatments that we’ll talk about next time. Keep up with this blog. And always remember that your hair is a crown on your head and it deserves the best.
- Healthy hair is usually strong and elastic due to greasing produced by sebaceous glands. It can be stretched 1.5 times longer and then it returns to its normal length undamaged. It is almost as strong as aluminum and is capable to sustain the weight of 0.1 to 0.2 kg. That’s why in old times people used ropes made of women’s plaits to elevate heavy loads.
- Hair is hygroscopic, i.e. it can absorb water. It is rather acidproof, but vulnerable to alkali.
- Hair has the ability to accumulate certain substances. That’s why it’s successfully used by criminalists in their investigations.
- First hair appears on the head of a child when he is in a womb of a mother, approximately on 4-5 month of pregnancy.
- Intensity of hair growth depends on the season and time of day: it grows faster in spring and summer than in winter and autumn. Also hair growth is not that intensive at night than during daytime.
- A single hair can grow from 2 to 7 years with the speed of 0,3-0,4 mm a day.
- Hair grows averagely 2 years on men’s heads and 4-5 years on women’s.
- Normally a man loses 30-100 hair a day.
- Each follicle bears about 20-30 hair during human life.
- Hair grows about 1 cm a month.
- An adult man has about 100,000 hair, and its amount depends on color. A single hair of Africans and Asians is the thickest. It can be 3 times thicker than that of European blondes. But at the same time blondes have the biggest amount of hair on their heads – about 150,000. Redheads have the thickest hair, but its amount is smaller than that of brunettes.