Wanting beautiful hair can sometimes get in the way of our rational thinking. We try everything on the market from the least expensive products to the most expensive products that we can buy. Our bathrooms become overrun by products that are not suitable for our hair types, then we go back out and buy more. Stop right there! Before spending any more money that will be wasted because the products just don’t deliver the way the commercial or hairdresser says it will, try the 10 steps below and see for yourself that beautiful hair begins at home.
Scalp Treatment. Before dealing with the hair, first your scalp needs to be taken care of. Whether it is oily or dry it still needs a relaxing scalp treatment. It’s really easy to do at home and if you can get your spouse involved or even your children it will feel even better! All you need to do a scalp treatment at home is a jar of cholesterol and a plastic grocery bag. For starters, brush scalp with a bristle brush for several minutes, then begin at the front hairline and add a small amount of cholesterol massaging it into the scalp. Next, part your hair about an inch back from the hair line and add more cholesterol. Each time you part the hair and add cholesterol massage it into the scalp. Continue parting and massaging until the entire scalp is covered. Now, massage the scalp over and over (preferably by a spouse) working the cholesterol into the roots of the hair. Once all the scalp has been massaged, spray hair with water using a water bottle and work cholesterol to the ends of the hair. Cover with the plastic grocery bag and sit back to read a book for about 20 minutes. This works better when the scalp heats up, so don’t sit near an air conditioner. After 20 minutes, wash hair two times. Use the balls of your fingers to rub the cholesterol loose from the scalp and down the drain.
Shampooing. Now that your scalp feels terrific, lets move on to the next step. It can sometimes be difficult to decide which type of shampoo is needed for your hair type. One common mistake people make is thinking because the ends of their hair is dry they need to run to the store to pick up a moisturizing shampoo. Before spending too much money stop and think about it for a minute. After you wash your hair, does it stay nice and full or does it tend to become flat and oily as the day goes on? The scalp plays an important role in deciding which shampoo should be used. If you have an oily scalp, moisturizing shampoo is not the best choice. Try a shampoo for normal hair and use a shampoo for oily hair only once a week. If your scalp and hair is dry, then use a moisturizing shampoo. Other wise, stick to a shampoo for normal hair.
Types of Conditioning. When you are standing in the hair care aisle at the store staring at the dozens and dozens of different types of conditioners you could buy you must really think about how your hair reacts to daily life. Does it fly away? Does it stick to your head? Does it hold curl or become frizzy? Will it stay straight after you have worked so hard to straighten it? Hopefully, you have decided what your hair does during the day and are ready to pick the type of conditioner you need. For example, if your hair is fine and thin, but flies away you need a conditioner. Preferably one that is light weight, but will keep the fly-aways at a minimum. If you have oily hair, it is best to choose a conditioner that will rinse completely out of the hair. Many conditioners will leave part of the product behind and will not rinse away completely. Check the back of the bottle for the ingredients or consult a hair care professional before purchasing.
Conditioning Hair. Now, lets talk about how to use the conditioner. First, if you have an oily scalp do not put the conditioner on the scalp itself. Instead, use it only on the middle to end of the hair strands. No matter what your hair type, use a wide tooth come and gently comb the conditioner through the hair which will help remove tangles. Do not immediately rinse it out. Leave it on for several minutes before rinsing.
Air Drying. Air drying? Most people do not think air drying is important, but it is! Whether you have long, short, thin, thick, or any other type of hair it needs to have time to air dry. Not only does this help keep the hair healthy it speeds up blow drying time. After you have washed your hair take the towel off and go about your business as usual. Put your make-up on or get dressed. I normally fix breakfast while my hair is air drying. By keeping yourself moving you can accomplish other tasks without just sitting and waiting for it to air dry.
Blow Drying.There is a technique for blow drying too. Of course, beauticians have a technique for everything. As a rule, it is almost always best to dry the hair upside down. There is no need to brush the hair before beginning the drying process. Brushing the hair when wet can stretch the hair and cause it to break. Begin blow drying at the scalp. Start at the front hair line and make your way back to the nape of the neck. After you have dried the scalp, begin drying the middle part of the hair strands. You can beginning brushing at this time. Do not pull the brush all the way through the ends just yet, though. Only brush the part you are drying. When the middle part of the hair is nearly dry, begin drying the ends of the hair. Use a smoothing brush on the ends to help with the frizz.
Hair Products. For some reason, most every one thinks they need a hair styling product. In some cases, people will need a little. If you are going to curl your hair or are sporting an up-do that day by all means use hair styling products. Other wise, use other techniques. For instance, if you want to straighten your hair or make it have volume, after drying your hair immediately put it up in Velcro rollers. Smaller rollers will result with some curl while the larger rollers will give a more sleek look. If your hair is too curly to just put it up in Velcro rollers and expect it to come out straight then comb out small sections of hair and spray it from roots to ends with a light hair spray before rolling.
Touching Hair with Hands. Avoid touching your hair with your hands. Throughout the day you touch many, many, many things and then run your fingers through your hair. This will not only pull the curl out and make it oily it will spread germs through the hair that is near the face. Enough said!
Dealing With Weather. Customers often come into the shop furious with the weather because they spent hours that morning straightening their hair only to find the humidity or rain made their hair frizz-up. Well, the best answer to that is work with the weather. Check the weather for the day before fixing your hair. If the weather is going to be dry and the humidity will be down fix your hair any way you like. On the other hand, if the weather will be damp rethink your hairstyle. If you have curly hair, embrace it on these types of days. If your hair tends to be straight, but frizzes on days like this try an up-do. Tuck the ends of the hair in, if possible. If you do not like to tuck in the ends of your hair take a long a small straighten or curling iron to shape it back up on your lunch break. You can also take along a few small Velcro rollers to put in your hair to help straighten it back out for the remainder of the day. Add a little hair spray to the ends, if needed.
Using Hot Irons. Whether you use a curling iron or a straightening iron it can damage your hair. Avoid using them as much as possible. When needed, use the irons sparingly and only on the places that are needed. When using a curling iron make sure the hair fits onto the barrel nicely so that a crease will not be put into the hair. It is amazing how so many customers come into the shop with indentions in their hair because they turn the curling iron the wrong way when they were styling it. Also, never use a hot iron on wet or damp hair it will cause damage. It is best to use hot irons for touch-ups only after you have styled your hair.