Every day, your body needs water to rejuvenate and stay hydrated.
The water you drink is the core essence of life so it’s always important to drink pure.
Short, long, curly, straight, permed, coloured, dry, frizzy, thick…
The list can go on and on, while the perfect style for our hair can be endless! It’s one of the first things we notice in another person, it is an intrinsic feature of our own identity and most of us are willing to “go to great lengths” to make sure it looks its best.
In addition to its visual appeal, your hair and scalp can sometimes reflect your overall health. And hence, beyond the “aesthetic reasons”, it’s important to take care of both your hair and scalp.
Here is how dermatologists recommend you wash your hair:
Here are a few more tips to remember:
Frequently wash oily hair: If the scalp is oily, you may need to wash it almost daily. On the other hand, chemical treated hair may be a little dry and not require frequent washing.
Clean your scalp well: After you’ve shampooed your hair, make sure you rinse it out completely. Leaving shampoo on the scalp could make it itchy and dry.
Don’t forget to condition: Conditioning your hair could help increase the shine of dry damaged hair, improve strength and offer protection from sun.
Use shampoo and conditioner based on your hair type: It’s not “one size fits all” when it comes to hair care. So use a shampoo and conditioner that will suit your hair type i.e. dry, damaged coloured etc.
What can damage hair?
While taking so much care to ensure your hair looks its best, also keep in mind some common practices that can damage it:
Using hard water to wash your hair: Hard water can leave you with tangled hair. This is because it leaves a large amount of dulling mineral deposits that make your hair fibres rough and uneven, causing the tangles.
Chlorine in the water: When hair is dry, the protective layer on hair (“hydrolipidic film”) is no longer intact. Chlorine in the water, in addition to other factors like salt in the water and the sun, can further damage the hair by destroying the outer coat.
Rubbing shampoo into the length of your hair: This practice can damage your hair. Instead, rub shampoo just on your scalp and let it flow through the length, and then wash it thoroughly.
Swimming in pool water: Water from the swimming pool can damage your hair. Make sure you wear a swimming cap and rinse your hair immediately after swimming.
Hair that’s dehydrated becomes brittle and gets split ends. These split ends can go up the shaft and make your hair frizzy.