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Professional Hair Care Tips

Dhanya Joy
Hair care is important for all types of hair. A professionally done haircare routine will help you get and maintain healthy and pretty hair. Read on to know how to achieve that...
Beautiful hair is something every woman desires, but achieving and maintaining it may not be that simple. Taking care of your hair does not only involve using the right products―there is a lot more to it than that. Along with the best products, it is also necessary to follow an appropriate haircare regimen.
Indulging in such a routine requires a fair amount of time, but the results will be truly worth it. Most of us tend to seek professional help when it comes to choosing the right products and treatments for our hair.
It helps achieve healthy hair, as these are tried and tested tips that have worked for countless people. Here's a compilation of some basic tips for various types of hair.

What the Pros Recommend...

For Dry Hair

Dry hair can be pretty difficult to manage, since it tends to appear damaged and lifeless even when it isn't. Frizz is another characteristic of dry hair that makes it difficult to manage.
▪ Oil your hair with warm oil prior to washing it. Let the oil stay on for around 30 minutes and then rinse it off with a shampoo, followed by a conditioner. This will enrich your hair and scalp with some much-needed fats, which will rid your hair of dryness.
▪ Always use shampoos, conditioners, gels, etc., that are made specifically for your hair type. Preferably, use a shampoo that has a low pH value and contains emollient ingredients.
▪ While washing hair, apply a moisturizing conditioner along the length of your hair. Let it stay on for around 2 minutes, and then run a wide-toothed comb along the length of your hair.
▪ Always use cool or lukewarm water to rinse your hair, as extra heat from the water adds to the absence of moisture.
▪ Use a reconstructive or repair shampoo for dry and damaged hair.
▪ When using hair gels, make sure you use one that is free of alcohol, as it tends to dry hair even more.
▪ For dry, frizzy hair, use hair serums or leave-in conditioners that contain silicone.
▪ Avoid, as much as possible, the use of blow dryers and straighteners. When using these tools, make sure you apply a heat protection serum before you begin the respective process. It is best to use a diffuser while blow drying.

For Oily Hair

The conditions required to maintain naturally oily hair are, not surprisingly, exactly the opposite of the conditions required for dry hair.

▪ Do not oil your scalp. Oil only your hair, if required, and do not let it stay on for more than fifteen minutes.
▪ Wash your hair at least thrice a week to keep the scalp clean and free of oil. Use a shampoo and conditioner that is specifically made to combat oily hair. Often, mere soap can also work on oily hair, since soap combines with oil particles to drain them out.
▪ Use conditioner only on your hair, and avoid conditioning the scalp. It can lead to over-secretion of oil and sebum from the sebaceous glands in the scalp.
▪ Rinse your hair and scalp with warm water to control oil production.
▪ Use homemade hair masks to keep the oil production in the scalp in check.
▪ Get a short or medium-length haircut that is easier to care for and maintain.

For Curly Hair

Many people find it extremely difficult to manage and maintain curly hair. Curly hair also adds frizz and dryness to the hair and tends to appear messy if it is not worn properly.

▪ Curly hair need to be moisturized frequently for it to appear healthy. Use a shampoo and conditioner that is meant specifically for curly hair.
▪ Run a wide-toothed comb through your hair after applying a conditioner and before rinsing it off.
▪ Use a frizz-control serum or leave-in conditioner to tame the curly locks and reduce the dryness and frizz.
▪ Avoid styling curly hair while drying it. This can make it appear messy. Dry the hair thoroughly and then use styling gels or serums.
▪ To maintain the natural curls, scrunch your hair with a towel while drying it.
▪ Use a wide-toothed comb instead of a hairbrush to tame curly hair.
▪ Use your fingers to untangle curly hair by wetting the hair and applying a conditioner to the ends.

For Black Hair

Black hair needs special attention and care, since it is quite fragile and prone to breakage.

▪ Indulge in occasional hair treatments to prevent breakage, and to restore its health.
▪ Use a shampoo that has a low pH value, and is gentle as well as moisturizing.
▪ Untangle your hair carefully, preferably when wet, using a wide-toothed comb, to avoid breakage.Trim your hair every six to eight months to get rid of split ends.
▪ Leave your hair loose whenever possible, and avoid tying it up in ponytails or buns.

Along with the tips mentioned, try to use natural products as much as possible.