Hair Care


Hair Types
Normal Hair : Usually this is as a result of genetics. You will find that a basic hair care regime will be fine. You should avoid harsh haircare products and those heated styling appliances.

DryHair : This may be caused by a number of contributing factors including poor diet, chemical treatments, heated styling appliances and overexposure to the sun.

Greasy Hair : This is often the result of a hormonal imbalance. A poor diet, harsh haircare products and stress may also be a facture. It is often characterized by a oily scalp and dry ends. This condition is caused by excessive amounts of sebum.

Laser Hair Removal
Laser Hair Removal has become one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments in the world. It was from about the 1970`s that laser hair removal was performed experimentally. It only become commercially available during the 1990s. There are some light-based epilators that use a xenon flash lamp which emits full-spectrum intense pulsed light. Although this has been called laser hair removal, it is actually not a laser per se. Technologies on laser hair removal is moving rapidly and many models may already be outdated. The principle behind laser hair removal is selective photothermolysis.
Lasers are able to cause localized damage by selectively heating dark target matter in the area that causes hair growth while at the same time, not heating the rest of the skin. Laser energy is absorbed via the dark material in the skin with a higher degree of speed and intensity. This dark target matter, or chromophore, can be naturally-occurring or artificially introduced.

Grey Hair
Some people are born with Grey Hair which has been passed down genetically. But whether the start of greying hair comes with aging or prematurely, it seems to be almost entirely based genetic. Hair follicles contains pigment cells which produce a chemical called melanin. It is this melanin that gives the growing shaft of hair its color. But as we grow older in life, these pigment cells gradually die which results in less and less melanin over time that that will result in gray hair. In some cases, Grey hair may be a deficiency of B12 or caused from a thyroid imbalance. Although some people think that a traumatic experience in life may turn a persons hair gray, there is no evidence to support this.

Hair Loss
Losing around 100 to 200 hairs a day is normal and you have nothing to worry about. However more then this needs to be looked into. Hormonal changes, shock, stress, depression, illness and poor diet may all lead to excessive hair loss. There are many treatments available these days and most important you should consult your doctor. Be wary of the expensive treatments. Good diet, vitamins, minerals and amino’s, head massage and relaxation will all help. Nutritional reasons for thinning hair, hair loss or poor hair growth are most likely due to deficiencies of biotin or zinc. Though iodine deficiency and an under active thyroid gland may also be implicated in hair loss. Drugs such as oral contraceptive pill, antibiotics may also produce hair loss by destroying hair nutrients. A low protein diet may result in hair loss including loss of gloss and smoothness because the amino acid cysteine found in protein is critical for hair growth and quality. Sudden loss of hair colour is more likely to be due to deficiencies of either vitamin B5, folic acid or biotin and this may be reversed by supplementation with these vitamins though it should be pointed out that premature greying of the hair has a genetic association as does male baldness. Dandruff or a red scalp condition usually responds well to a general anti fungal programme, including an anti dandruff selenium containing shampoo, but should include supplementation with the vitamins B, C, E, Zinc and Evening Primrose oil. A healthy diet, plenty of water, exercise, adequate sleep together with a proper skin and hair care regime can restore that inner glow of health and well being.

Facial Hair
Many men develop Facial Hair in the later years of puberty, approximately between 15-18 years old. Many women also have some facial hair, especially after menopause, though typically much less than men. Women typically have little hair on their faces, apart from eyebrows and the fine fuzz nearly all people have covering most of their bodies. However, a few women have noticeable facial hair growth. Excessive hairiness (especially facially) is known as hirsutism, and is usually an indication of abnormal hormonal variation. The amount of facial hair on a man’s face varies from individual to individual, and also between ethnic groups.

Hair Brushes
When you choose your grooming instruments you should take into account your hair texture and styling requirement’s. The best brushes are made of keratin which is the same material as your hair. However the bristles on this brush may be too soft to benefit thick hair. If you have thick hair you will need a combination of natural and synthetic brushes. For general maintenance you will find a flat brush the best. When blow drying a round brush will help to add volume and curl. If your in a hurry you will find vent brushes are ideal for blow drying. You should also wash your brushes and combs on a regular basis with hot, soapy water. Don’t use brushes with broken bristles as they will tear the hair shaft.

Hair Shampoo
You should always take into the consideration and texture of your hair when buying shampoo. The best is a mild formulation or pH balanced shampoo. Harsh shampoos may strip away the hairs natural oils. Do not wash your hair too often as this causes the oil glands to work overtime. Shampoos that cause a lot of lather often contain a high percentage of cheap detergents. If you run out of shampoo never use soap. If your going to wear your hair up don’t wash it as the natural oils make it easier to style.

Hair Conditioner
Conditioner contains positive charged particles which will bond with the negative charge of shampood hair. Your conditioner will help maintain the hairs overall appearance and health. If you have fine hair and are short of time you will find that leave in conditioners are excellent. Conditioners that are designed for coloured hair deposit a protective film around the damaged areas of the hair shaft which helps to lock in colour pigments. Conditioners for permed hair will give stability. If you have dry hair you should use a hydrating hair mask. Moisturising treatments will make your hair soft and easy to manage. You will find that protein packs will put back strength into your hair. For the best results you should apply conditioner to damp hair. Try and avoid using hot oil treatments to hydrate your hair.

Split Ends
The problem of split ends occurs when the cuticle is damaged and the fibres of the cortex unravel. This happens because of chemicals, neglect and harsh treatment. Conditioner will not fix this problem. You will need to have the split ends cut off. It is best to go to the hair dresser but you may do it yourself. Just take some small sections of hair strands, twist them, very carefully run some scissors up and down the hair shaft cutting off any stray ends that poke out.

Greasy Hair
The trick to fixing greasy hair is to add oil. What this will do is trick the scalp into believing it is producing the oil itself and so will correct the imbalance. Try dropping 12 drops of Jojoba oil into your scalp. You should leave it on for 30 minutes and then shampoo. Only do this on days you are planning to shampoo.

Hair Dandruff
Dandruff is increased cell renewal on the scalp. What may cause this is sluggish metabolism, poor diet, hormonal imbalances and infections. Dandruff is characterized by flaky particles with an oily sheen. You may stabilise this by washing with a medicated shampoo. You may also try massaging eight drops of rosemary oil mixed with 30 ml of olive oil into your scalp. You should leave in overnight then shampoo out in the morning.

Flaky Scalp
A flaky scalp is most often as a result of a lack of sebum, stress, poor diet or harsh shampoos. You may simply re-balance a flaky scalp with a moisture rich shampoo and conditioner.

Hair Perm
You should never perm your own hair as this is a delicate job. If you do you may be faced with a major problem. Your hairdresser can analyse your hairs condition and advice you of a number of correct permsfor



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