Why a tick list of hair tips on washing and shampooing hair? Certainly it is something the majority do continually without thinking. That may be so , but negligence or stupidity in this area of hair care can really do damage.
Ensure you observe these tenets when choosing and employing a hair shampoo:
Hair Tip 1
Shampoo your hair frequently to keep the hair clean and the scalp healthy. Depending on the environment in which you live and work, even washing your hair once per day won't damage the hair as long as you use high quality mild shampoo that doesn't strip all of the sebum from the hair. (Sebum is the natural oil produced in the hair follicle which contains a natural antibiotic and protects the scalp from infection.)
Hair Tip 2
Do not use soap on your hair. Soap is too tough and especially when used on your hair in hard water areas it can leave a sticky remainder. Playing with a variety of quality shampoos designed for your hair type will help you get to one you are happy with and that leaves your hair clean and glossy.
Hair Tip 3
Wash your hair in hot water and make sure you give time for the hair to soak totally before applying the shampoo. As sebum is a natural oil it will not melt in cold water.
Hair Tip 4
Put a slosh of shampoo in the palm of your hand relative to the length of your hair and spread it between both hands. Now spread it over your head by stroking the shampoo through your hair to ensure even coverage.
Hair Tip 5
Use the balls of the fingers (not fingertips) to carefully massage the scalp as you apply the hair shampoo. This gets the shampoo right into the hair root. Pay extra attention to the hairline and give it a little extra time as mud can lodge in this area.
Hair Tip 6
Most times you only need to apply the shampoo once, particularly if you wash your hair often. Unless you did not get a good lather the first time or if the hair is especially unclean should a second application of shampoo be mandatory.
Hair Tip 7
Be stringent with rinsing your hair. It should be done under running water and make sure you use a lot of it! Remainder shampoo left in the hair may cause damage.
Hair Tip 8
Dab or pat your hair with a towel to remove excess water or moisture. Do not rub with a towel to avoid damaging or breaking the hair. Remember, wet hair is fragile hair.
Hair Tip 9
Employing a pH balanced shampoo can help ensure you do not damage it unknowingly. A pH (potential hydrogen) balance of between 4.5 to 5.5 is a good guide indicating the shampoo is a little acidic, matching the pH value of your hair and sebum. A shampoo with a high alkaline content, while seeming to make the hair thicker, can basically damage the outer surface of the hair.
Hair Tip 10
Be conscious of the ingredients in the shampoo you choose and examine the label carefully.
Fruit additives can help hydrate the hair.
Perfumed and coloured shampoos can in a few examples cause skin irritation so be prepared to try another if this happens.
While you could be almost convinced to utilise a shampoo that contains proteins, and doubtless it can often help the hair, if you are concerned about your hair getting enough proteins, pay more notice to your diet and feed the hair from the inside, a far more satisfactory way to help your hair than adding proteins from the outside!
The hair tip check list above will do much to help you use hair shampoo efficiently. Choose your hair care products wisely.
On that note, a Toronto based company called Nisim World has had an association with hair science for over 20 years. They've got an remarkable range of hair care products which have undergone in depth testing and research and which are awfully constructive for your hair. (See resource box below).
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