Hair Types And How To Look After Them

Hair Types And How To Look After Them

The usual definition of hair types depends mainly on how efficiently it is lubricated by the sebaceous gland. This natural lubrication affects the whole look and feel of the hair. There are dry, normal and oily categories.

DRY hair is often brittle and lifeless in appearance, with a rather wiry texture. The ends split easily and it has little natural sheen. It’s most common from the age of 30 upwards although this isn’t a hard-and-fast rule.

Washing and grooming Looking after dry hair means two things — keeping it clean while not washing away any natural oil, and supplementing your own oil supply. So, always choose a gentle shampoo specified for this hair type. Often, shampoos for dry hair also contain a conditioning agent; if the shampoo of your choice doesn’t then always apply a crème rinse after shampooing. You’ll probably find you need only shampoo about once a week.

Twice a month, give your hair a deep conditioning treatment. After shampooing, towel dry your hair and then apply a conditioner all over it, gently working it in. Then wrap your hair with a towel and leave for 20-30 minutes. Rinse out thoroughly.

Gently massaging your scalp regularly between shampoos will also help stimulate the sebaceous glands and get a little more oil moving.

Because dry hair is prone to split ends, you will need to visit your hairdresser regularly for a trim. A style that doesn’t need much in the way of electrical appliances (which can be very drying) to maintain it, and has a simple straightforward line, whose uncluttered appearance will make the most of the fine texture of your hair, is the ideal look for this hair type.

NORMAL hair should more properly be called ‘ideal hair’! Most people have problems with their hair of some sort or another, although normal-haired people do exist. For these lucky folk, the main object is to ensure that the status quo is maintained.

Washing and grooming Usually this couldn’t be more straightforward. Simply use whatever shampoo happens to please you at the moment. Occasionally, women will experience some excess greasiness just before their periods — if this happens to you, use a shampoo designed for oily hair and shampoo your hair twice a week instead of your usual once. Illness or pregnancy may cause dryness. Alternate your own shampoo with a conditioning shampoo, or apply a crème rinse after every second shampoo.

Hair doesn’t grow at the same rate, so a trim by your hairdresser every two months will smarten your hair as well as strengthen the ends.

GREASY hair is most common during the teens and closely allied to greasy skin. It will tend to settle down during the twenties although it often results in the annoying combination hair condition — oily roots but dry ends.

Washing and grooming The amount of oil produced by the sebaceous glands is related to the body’s hormonal activity, and there’s not much we can do about that. Teenagers who wash their hair every second or third day at least show pride in their appearance, while clean hair is less likely to deposit excess oil along the hairline, often a cause of an embarassing margin of spots.

Therefore, shampoo as often as seems necessary. As far as combination hair is concerned, dry shampoos play a useful part in curbing the roots’ oiliness although most people tend to wash as for oily hair and then apply a conditioner on to the ends only.

Short to medium-length hair is the easiest to manage if you do shampoo often, while a body perm will take away the characteristic ‘lankness’ and add some fullness and will also help dry up the oil a little.