Monday, August 6, 2012

How To prevent Dirty Hair

We've all at one time or another sported a head of dirty hair. Sometimes we can make the situation worse by using the wrong products, ones which can cause a flaky scalp and odors.  Here's a Q&A on what things you may be doing wrong and how you can fix it.
Do you over use hair oils or inexpensive silicone products on your hair?
Hair oils and silicones can build up on hair quickly, especially cheap, low grade silicones. If you have fine hair, be extra careful not to use too much.  The silicone products I recommend are Oleo relax by Kerastase and Alfaparf Semi Di Lino Diamante (pure diamond crystals serum). Invest in professional-quality products from your hair salon, you may not regret it.

How often do you shampoo and what shampoo are you using?
I recommend shampooing your hair every other day. If you need a stronger shampoo use one that contains tea tree oils. I personally use a detoxifying shampoo by Abba, that helps keep the scalp feeling fresh and free of build up. But its not recommended for weekly use :)

What conditioner are you using and are you rinsing it well?
If you have fine hair avoid heavy conditioners. And keep in mind that leave-in conditioners are made to be left in. Regular conditioners are made to be rinsed off after a few minutes.

When was the last time you washed your brushes and combs? Do you wear baseball caps or fabric ponytail holders and when was the last time you washed them?
Bacteria is one of the primary causes of a smelly scalp. Hairbrushes and combs should be washed at least once a week, especially if used frequently. Accessories hold bacteria, too, so I encourage the use of washable ones so that they can be kept clean as well.

Are you using hair powders to remove oil? If yes, how often and how so?
Hair powders are also another culprit and can quickly build up on the hair and scalp when overused. When you use a hair powder it might not be how much you use, but how close you spray it to the scalp. I recommend spraying it at least six inches away from the scalp. If you have very oily scalp you may want to shampoo three days after using.


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