Protect Your Crowning Glory
I’M not really someone you should come to for advice about your hair. I cut it myself when I was three, and my hair is perpetually either straight down or in a ponytail. However, with a hairdresser in the family I’ve picked up a few hair care hints and secrets on how to take care of the top of your head.
Know Your Hair Type
Dry, oily, curly, wavy, straight, moisturised – you could go on for days listing the types of hair there are, but the only one that’s important is the one you have. Once you know what you’re dealing with, it’s much easier to work with it. A little like when you swallow something deadly and know exactly what to tell the doctor, but not as life-threatening.
Use The Right Products
There is absolutely NO point in wandering into Tesco hell-bent on buying the newest miracle shampoo if it will do nothing for you. Using a treatment that’s designed to add curls when your hair is naturally poker straight might seem like a good idea, but the ingredients in that shampoo bottle you hold in your hand are there to tame natural curls, not to create them.
Now that you have the right tools, it’s time to learn to use them properly. Many people skip conditioner, not knowing that it is much more important for your hair than shampoo is. While shampoo cleans your hair, conditioner is the one that actually takes care of it and actually doing what the bottle says. The main reason most people skip conditioner is that it can leave hair greasy, which is why it’s best to shampoo your whole head, but just condition the mid lengths and ends.
Try The Dye
If you’re worried about roots or greys showing through, the bottle seems the perfect solution to all our woes. There is a catch though; the chemicals in hair dye, such as ammonia or hydrogen peroxide, can cause some serious and irreparable damage to the hair follicles when used on a regular basis. Therefore, it’s only a good idea to top up your hair colour every four to six months, when the roots will REALLY come out to play. If you’re looking at two different shades, go for the lighter one, or at least the one that closest matches your natural hair colour. Eyebrows that are too light or too dark is a definite no-no, and you should try and only go a few shades above or below your natural colour.
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