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Hair Care (Shampooing | Conditioning)

Most people want their hair silky and shiny. No matter what the type of hair they have, be it straight, curly, long, short, oily, dry, thin or thick all want their hair to look good and manageable.

Shampooing is to wash, cleanse and remove all dirt or other impurities from the scalp and hair. Shampooing can be done as often (ideally every alternate day) as required to keep the hair clean and healthy, as long as you condition regularly. The selection of the shampoo should depend upon the hair type.

Egg shampoo is good for dry hair but avoid products which contain alcohol as they will dry out the hair even further. Look for shampoos that contain oils like coconut. Moisturizing type shampoos tend to coat the hair and trap the moisture inside the hair shaft.

Oily hair needs some mild shampoo. Avoid scrubbing or over massage. It is better to rinse thoroughly with Luke warm water. If the hair is too oily, add lemon juice in Luke warm water and rinse. The best shampoo's to use for this type of hair is the one that contains panthenol.

Preparing the hair for shampooing:
Before wetting your hair for shampooing, comb through with a wide toothed comb to prevent tangles.
Mix the water to a comfortable temperature.
Wet the hair and scalp thoroughly.
Apply the shampoo to the hair by first pouring it into your hand and never directly.
Apply with the hands and fingers, massage firmly in rotating and circular movements. Massage the whole head.
Rinse the hair and scalp thoroughly and carefully.
Dry the hair gently. Don't rub just blot the wet hair with a towel and then smooth the towel along the length of your hair.
Avoid blow drying as far as possible

A conditioner is a hair moisturizer and is used after shampooing. All types of hair have to be conditioned to keep it shiny and flexible. Conditioning is especially useful for dry hair. It adds to the natural oil supply and gives dry hair, shine as well as bounce and strength. For oily hair, use conditioner only on the ends of your hair. Conditioning is a way of giving the hair a more intense kind of nourishing treatment. It helps to protect hair from counter acting dryness, making it smooth and easier to manage.

Method of Conditioning
1. After shampooing gently squeeze the excess water.
2. Comb the hair with the fingers or with wide toothed comb from the roots to the ends gently. Remove tangles.
3. Apply little conditioner and rub the conditioner through the hair with the fingers. Never rub on the scalp.
4. Keep it on the hair for 5 minutes
5. Now gently massage the hair to loosen the conditioner.
6. Rinse the hair and remove all traces of conditioner. Now dry the hair.

Conditioners used for different types of Hair
Damaged hair - Protein Conditioner
Dry hair - Moisturizing or Intensive Conditioner
Oily hair - Any normal (oil free) conditioner

Eat protein at every meal, including breakfast.
Eliminate wheat- and flour-based products for the time being.
Reduce starch to one portion a day, and don't eat that portion during your evening meal.
Apples, pears, plums and berries all are good choices. Bananas are not.
Reduce or eliminate dairy for the time being, especially cow's milk.