Hair Care Products And Hair Treatment What You Should Know
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Having a shiny and healthy head of hair involves a lot more than just keeping your hair clean, using hair care products and performing a hair treatment once in a while. All this will of course help to maintain a healthy head of hair but what you should also be paying attention to, perhaps even the most attention to is what you feed your hair from the inside.
Normal Hair Care – what you should know
Normal hair care from the outside is nothing more than common sense and bit of self discipline. You keep your hair clean, make sure it has enough moisture and you avoid unnecessary damage to your hair.
If your hair is particularly dry then of course spending hours in the sun, using harsh chemicals regularly and excessively using heating appliances such as hair dryers, hair straighteners and curling and tongs along with washing your hair frequently without using a suitable conditioner isn’t going to do anything to help your hair at all. This is only likely to increase the dryness of the hair, make it brittle, and encourage split ends.
Similarly if your hair is prone to being greasy or oily then using too much conditioner and washing it infrequently will only add to the greasy look and feel of your hair. With oily or greasy hair you may find that you have to wash it often in order to keep it looking shiny and vibrant and full of bounce instead of lank, greasy and dirty looking.
By identifying your particular hair type and treating your hair accordingly, you can maintain a healthy looking head of hair. However, if you don’t get the right nutrients in your diet in the first place, your hair doesn’t stand much chance of looking and feeling healthy when it protrudes through the scalp for the first time as new hair growth.
Obviously it’s important to eat a healthy diet, we all know that, but what many people overlook when considering natural hair care is the importance of getting the right balance of Omega 3 fatty acids. Most of us consume far too much Omega 6 and not enough Omega 3 which can lead to all sorts of health problems far less unhealthy looking hair. Omega 3 promotes healthy hair, reduces inflammation and encourages hair growth.
Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in oily fish such as mackerel, tuna, herring and haddock, so these should be included in the diet. However, it isn’t advisable to eat too much fish due to the toxins they can contain but you can still get the benefit of Omega 3 fatty acids by taking a daily supplement of fish oil as part of your hair care routine.
Hair Care Products and Hair Care Treatments and what you should know
Let’s face it; there are thousands upon thousands of different hair care products and hair care treatments out there. You can buy products for dry, oily, combination, frizzy and fly away hair, there are products for colour treated and damaged hair, hair with split ends, for dandruff, hair care products and hair care treatments to promote hair growth and minimise hair loss and there’s products for colouring, bleaching and straightening hair.
These products can come in the form of shampoos, conditioners, oil treatments, gels, serums, sprays and even pills.
Once you’ve decided what type of hair product is best for your particular hair type you are then faced with the masses of different brands on offer and deciding which one is ultimately going to be the best one for you.
What you really need to do is forget about the name of a product or what the packaging looks like and pay attention to what is contained in these products. Many hair care products and hair care treatments contain chemicals and preservatives, synthetic perfumes and even allergens which can cause an unpleasant reaction in some people.
It is best to go for milder products, containing ingredients that are as natural as possible, for example herbs, essential oils and vegetable oils, and if you have sensitive skin and are using a particular product for the first time to conduct a patch test before using it.
Remember that many products make fantastic claims about what they can do for your hair but in too many cases the truth is that they will make no more difference to your hair than any other product you choose to buy. There is stiff competition out there in the hair and beauty industry so a lot of money is spent on enticing you to part with your hard earned cash to buy a particular brand.
If in doubt about what hair care products and hair care treatment you should buy for your hair, speak to a qualified hair professional that you trust and do your own research. Get it right on the inside and out and your head of hair really will be your crowning glory and it doesn’t need to cost you the earth either.
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