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Hair Care Shampoo And Treatment Shampoos – What’s Available?

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Regardless of whether your hair is straight, wavy or curly, if you are on the lookout for a suitable hair care shampoo or a hair treatment shampoo then unless you know exactly what kind of products you should be looking for you are likely to be overwhelmed by the sheer number and variety of products available all claiming to be the best one for you.

In order to choose the right hair care shampoo or a treatment shampoo for you then it helps to narrow down your search if you know what your particular hair type is. Hair type is important as hair care shampoos and treatment shampoos tend to be designed specifically to cater for any problems associated with a particular hair type.

The following information may help you identify your hair type and what you should be looking for in order to care for your hair type.

Normal Hair

Normal hair feels neither greasy nor dry, it reflects the light well so is naturally shiny, looks healthy, and is manageable on a day to day basis. This is the ideal hair type. It requires no special treatment to maintain this hair type, just a regular care regime and a healthy diet.

Dry, Brittle, Damaged, Colour Treated or Frizzy Hair

Dry hair lacks lustre and doesn’t reflect the light very well so tends not to have a shine. It looks and feels dry to the touch and can be brittle. Split ends are common and you will often find flaky patches on the scalp.

Frizzy hair is often curly or wavy hair that has been broken or damaged possibly by vigorous brushing and tugging, poor treatment and overuse of chemicals and heating appliances.

Hair that is naturally dry can be made much worse by exposure to the sun and harsh chemicals. Colouring can dry the hair too. If possible try to avoid excessive use of heating appliances such as hairdryers, straighteners or curling tongs and if in the sun then it’s important to use hair care products that contain sunscreens.

For dry hair look for mild shampoos and conditioners or hair treatment oils specifically designed for dry, brittle and/or damaged hair, preferably an herbal preparation in order to avoid harsh chemicals. You could try serums and gels too. It also helps if you can try to avoid washing the hair too often. You can also find anti-frizz products that are specially prepared to deal with frizzy hair.

Moisture is essential for healthy looking hair so if your hair tends to be dry, brittle colour damaged or frizzy, look for products that contain natural humectants (moisturisers).

Flyaway or Fine Hair

Flyaway hair tends to be fine and thin and isn’t easily manageable. Products that increase volume can help control fine hair but be careful not to apply too much or too often as this can weigh the hair down making it look lank and lifeless.

Greasy or Oily hair

This hair type is a result of excessive secretion of oil from the glands on the scalp so the scalp also feels oily. Look for products that cater for greasy hair. With this hair type you can wash your hair as often as you like but if you do then be sure to choose products that are mild. Avoid over use of conditioners as this will only add to the oily look and feel of the hair.

Combination hair

Combination hair type can be greasy at the scalp but dry and brittle at the ends. Sometimes the ends of the hair can appear lighter in colour than hair at the roots. Obviously this type of hair requires you to deal with the different areas accordingly. For example if you are using a conditioner, apply one that has been designed to increase the moisture in the hair and apply it to the ends of the hair only and not to the upper part of the hair which is greasy. Use shampoos that are suitable for both dry and oily hair.

Diet and what you can do to promote healthy hair

Hair is basically made up of dead protein. Once the hair is damaged there is not much you can do other than to try and limit further damage or cut it. Most people are conscious of treating their hair on the outside but it doesn’t matter how many hair care products or hair care treatments you use, if you don’t pay attention to your diet so that your hair has a healthy start before it appears through the scalp, you’re hair is not going to be as healthy looking as it could be.

Apart from the obvious points of eating a balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and drinking plenty of water, something that often gets overlooked is the role that Omega 3 fatty acids play in promoting healthy hair. Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in oily fish and in fish oil supplements.

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