Determining Your Hair Type:
Shampoo your hair properly before a day you undertake this test.
Take a tissue paper and press it on the center of the head and behind the ears.
If you find traces of oil on the tissue paper then your hair is oily or else dry.
If your head is oily and ends are dry, you have a combination hair.
If your hair is non-greasy and is shiny, then it is dry.
It is very important to know your hair type before you go ahead
with nourishing it.
Dry hair looks dull and has split ends, which are also dry.
Dry hair could lead to dry and itchy head too.
Dry hairs break off easily and are difficult to manage after a hair wash.
In some cases dry skin flakes around the hairline is also present.
Causes of dry hair:
Hair contains 4 to 13% of water. Lack of sebum often causes dehydration
of hair, thus resulting in dry hair. Due to reduced elasticity, this type of hair
tends to breakage and cause split ends.
Homemade treatment for extremely dry hair:
Use a mild shampoo and a cream conditioner suitable for your hair.
Don't comb your hair if it is wet. If your hair is too dry, massage it with
2 tsp of almond or olive oil. Do it minimum 30 minutes before head wash.
Pour shampoo directly to your head after that and massage properly.
Leave your hair to dry in open but not under sunlight.
Use only mild colors for your hair or you could better avoid that
until condition improves.
Oily hair is caused due to over secretion of oil.
The scalp and hair gets too oily due to this condition.
It looks greasy even after shampooing and attracts more dirt.
Homemade remedies for oily hair:
1. Dip large soft makeup brush in cornstarch and dust through oily spots in hair;
2. Allow to sit for five minutes then brush out with a natural boar bristle brush;
3. Repeat if necessary.
This is a type where the hairs have a combination of both greasy and dry hair.
This type of hair looks good after shampooing, but with not so good looking ends.
Split ends are the major problem in this type, the ends look lighter than root.
Active sebaceous glands produce sebum, which is being absorbed at the base
of the scalp and prevents it from traveling along the hair shaft.
Due to this, the roots are oily, whereas the ends are dry, frizzy
and are very much prone to breakage and splitting.
Treatment for combination hair:
Give separate attention to scalp and ends of the hairs.
Wash your hair with mild homemade shampoos.
Don't use higher settings in blow dryers. Dry ends should be trimmed regularly.
Wash your hair whenever it feels itchy.
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