A simple daily hair care regime tailored for your hair type can help maintain the crowning glory.
IT IS THE much sought after bounce and sheen that one aspires for, especially after watching the envious tresses that models display in the commercials. Lustrous locks have always been elementary for designing those jaw-dropping looks. And today they double up as a fashion accessory with all the colouring, streaking, dressing et al that goes in to make that stunning statement. An overdose of attention to them with bleaching, perming and blow-drying, added to the impact of pollution, air conditioning and a crash diet, and what you get is a dull and lifeless note, for the crowning glory. While a regular hair care regime is recommended, it has to be tailored to the type of hair one is blessed with.
"A daily hair care votive and timely treatment is important to retain the natural beauty of healthy hair. But first, it is important to figure out your hair type in order to make any treatment work," says Laila Kakade, Begum's (3203314/6559296), Chirag Ali Lane.
Dry hair has dull look, dry, brittle, has split ends and tangles easily. The condition is caused by excessive shampooing, over use of heat styling equipment, colour and perms and harsh weather conditions such as the damage from the sun. "Avoid washing your hair frequently. When you do, condition them after every wash. Use a nourishing shampoo and specific conditioner available for dry hair. Poor action of sebaceous glands causes hair to dry. A weekly massage with castor or olive oil does good," says Laila.
Usually straight, the hair appears lanky, unmanageable and oily and needs frequent washing.
"Oily hair is silky and prone to dandruff," says Laila.
Overproduction of sebum owing to hormonal disturbances, stress, humid atmosphere, perspiration, excessive brushing, constantly running fingers through the locks and a diet rich in saturated fat lead to the condition.
Use a gentle shampoo that offers volume to the hair. Shampoos with extracts of lemon help in removing excess oil. "Use conditioners on mid lengths and ends choosing one especially designed for oily hair. A final rinse with cold water helps to close the pores, since excess activation of sebaceous glands result in oily hair. Do not apply oil in the hair and keep them as clean as you can," says Laila.
Hair that holds its style and looks good most of the time, one that is neither greasy nor dry is the normal hair. "Normal hair is easiest to take care of. You can wash as often as required with a shampoo meant for the normal hair," says Laila. The two-in-one conditioning shampoos that offer the twin result of cleaning and conditioning are best suited for normal hair.
This type is characterised oily at the roots, with dry shafts having split ends. Chemical treatments, overexposure to sun, too frequent usage of detergent-based shampoos and heat styling equipment results in the condition. Shampoo designed for combination hair can be used, and alternately, a shampoo for an oily hair for the roots or normal hair shampoo without moisturising content can be used for frequent use, and a conditioner only for the middle lengths and ends is recommended, says Laila.
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