Sunday, November 27, 2011

You Should Know Your Type of Hair for the Proper Care

In order to properly care for your hair, it is very important to accurately diagnose your hair type.  Your type of hair would determine the amount of sebum on your scalp. Usually, normal hair will have a moderate amount of sebum, oily hair — extra sebum, dry hair — low sebum level. These sebum levels are what make it so important to select hair care products appropriate for your hair type.
Normal hair, if healthy, is easier to care for. The main characteristics for this type of hair are: dense, elastic, thick, straight or slightly wavy hair, and without dandruff or an itchy scalp. Natural hair loss doesn’t exceed 50 hairs per day. Normal hair doesn’t stick together in a lock, does not become fragile, and is easy to style. Normal shampooing is upon demand, but mostly once a week. As for the selection of a shampoo, that’s an easy one: Shampoos for all hair types will be suitable for normal hair.
Dry hair is more thin and sensitive to atmospheric influences, chemical and cosmetic products. Lowered sebum levels strip hair of its shine and elasticity, making it dim and extremely fragile. Dandruff is more common with this hair type. This type of hair is usually considered unhealthy, and requires care and treatments. Most of the time, dryness of the scalp and hair is caused by a deficiency of Vitamin A, and an unbalance of nervous and endocrine regulation. Dry hair demands especially careful care. You should not wash it more often than once every ten days.  People suffering with dry hair should have a diet rich in vitamin A (Butter, milk, eggs, cod liver, fish-oil, fruits, and vegetables, persimmon, oranges, carrots, pumpkin, and cabbage of all kinds). Good rest and a balanced diet are a must. You have to protect your hair from coloring, leaching, perms, and the UV rays of the sun – it is far better to wear a hat when exposed to sun!
Oily hair, on the contrary, is thicker and more elastic, than normal hair. It absorbs less water, has a sebaceous shine, and may stick together in locks. Excess oil is built up on the skin in the form of flakes, or a yellow-colored crust, causing an itchy sensation and an unpleasant look. Clearly, oily hair needs special attention and special hair care products. You have to wash your hair on demand, usually every two days.  Oily hair requires a special diet full of vitamins and minerals.  The quantity of fat intake must be reduced.  It is not recommended to consume canned food, salty, or spicy dishes. An active style of life, IE: sports, walks, and other activities that assist in the normalizing of your metabolism are also recommended.

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