Choosing a Product For Hair Care
There are varied hair care
products available in the market and each affects the hair in different ways. In
all cases you are dealing with the hair shaft, that part of hair which is
visible and dead.
constitute an essential part of grooming.
the hair of dirt and excess oil.
the scalp to remove the top layer of dead skin cells.
A shampoo might
contain one or more types of following ingredients:-
Soap-based shampoos used as active cleansing ingredient may leave a residue on
the hair if used in combination with hard water, thus leaving the hair dull.
However, the residue can be removed with dilute lemon juice.
They do not tend to leave a residue, as they do not interact with hard water.
The strength of the synthetic detergent will determine whether a shampoo is
designated for dry, normal or oily hair.
To balance the
alkaline nature of many shampoo that might leave hair looking dull and lifeless,
mild acids are added to many shampoos to achieve a "pH-balance".
purpose of a conditioner is to replenish the oils that detergents remove so as
to make the shampooing process more convenient. Shampoos that contain detergents
and conditioners, counteract one another to some extent, thereby reducing the
overall effectiveness of the product.
shampoos contain ingredients to treat skin problems on the scalp, e.g. dandruff.
Medicated shampoos contain agents which slow the growth of the skin of the
scalp, and bring the inflammation of the oil glands under control, relieving the
itching. They do not encourage hair growth.
Choice of using a conditioner is one of personal
experimentation and choice.
The active ingredients in these conditioners are proteins.
They also contain quaternary compounds which help to control fly-away hair, a
common problem in dry, cold climates and air-conditioned rooms. Besides the oils
in the conditioners help to replenish those which have been stripped from the
hair in the cleaning process.
They reduce the trauma of combing hair when wet and
They contain ingredients which help to temporarily mend
damaged hair by binding ruffled hair and split ends.
Not everyone needs a conditioner.
MADE HAIR CONDITIONERS
Healthy hair stretches up to 35 percent of its length
before snapping off; dry hair breaks more quickly because it does not have much
elasticity. If your hair feels dry and looks dull, try one of these conditioning
i) AROMATIC AID:
Combine the following oils in 50
ml/ 2 fl oz of base carrier oil and 10 ml/2 tsp jojoba oil:
10 drops of rosewood oil.
5 drops of geranium oil.
5 drops of sandalwood oil.
5 drops of lavender oil.
Apply the mixture to the ends of your hair and leave it on
for at least half an hour before washing and rinsing thoroughly.
ii) KITCHEN CURE:
Boil a handful of ground sesame
seeds in a little water for 10 minutes, strain, cool and apply the mixture to
your hair to boost shine, suppleness and softness.
Hair color preparations range from temporary coloring
agents, to permanent coloring agents. The temporary dyes which simply coat the
hair with color, do not irritate the scalp or damage the hair. Whereas,
permanent dying or bleaching of hair may cause both the problems as they
actually penetrate the hair.
Semi-permanent dyes offer a reasonable compromise because
they last longer than temporary dyes and are less likely to irritate the skin or
damage the scalp.
HAIR COLORING CHOICES
Permanent colour particles change your natural
pigmentation by penetrating the hair cuticle; if you are going lighter,
hydrogen peroxide is applied to strip the colour out of your hair before it
is replaced with chemical dye. The effects last for up to six weeks before
you have to have the roots re-done.
Semi-permanent colour particles lodge into the cuticle
layer but no further. Ideal for Afro, and Asian hair, semi-permanents tend
to fade after five or six washes.
Tone-on-tone colour is quite a new idea; the basic
principle is that it lasts longer than semi-permanent but not as long as
Temporary rinses coat the strands with colour; they are
not absorbed by the cuticle, are very subtle, good for grey hair, and last
for only one wash.
Vegetable dyes do not lighten your hair, they simply
enhance colour, depth and shine.
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MOUSES, GELS AND HAIR SPRAYS
Hair mouses and gels are popularly used for hair styling
and to provide them a hold for longer time. You need to however test a product
for allergic reaction, before regularly using them. They can in some cases,
aggravate acne and milia on the face and neck, particularly in areas the hair
touches, such as the forehead, cheeks and the back of the neck.
Hair sprays may also cause allergic reactions and have
been reported to cause irritation to the eyes, respiratory problems and even
irregular heartbeats. When using a hair spray protect your face, especially the
eyes. Besides take care that you do not inhale the mist.
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