Maintaining Healthy and Clean Hair
Hair care is a general term for hair care and cosmetology, involving the hair that grows on the scalp, to a certain extent, and to a certain degree, the hair that grows in other areas of the body.
Hair care practices differ according to the cultural and physical attributes of a person’s hair, as well as the typical hair care habits that he or she may have. Some people have more hair on their head than they need, so they visit salons to get their hair cut, dyed or styled; others have hair that grows in places they would rather not see it.
Today’s hair care practices can be surprisingly varied. In some parts of the world, the common practice is to use a simple mixture of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, shampoo and water to clean and style hair. In Western countries, this is known as “baking soda and water” hair products. More elaborate techniques using lemon juice, vinegar and salt are also used. In some areas, flat irons, blow dryers and curling irons are used instead of conventional shampoo and conditioner.
Hair care products for hair loss, as with many other beauty matters, are widely available. In some parts of the world, a traditional method of hair loss treatment involves applying a paste of fresh leaves and flowers, known as “haavasparra”, on the scalp. This paste aids in hair growth by promoting the growth of healthy hair follicles. In other parts of the world, modern hair care treatment involves laser surgery and hair replacement. Some individuals choose to undergo treatments to restore lost hair color.
A large variety of detangle and curl-up products are available. These include combs, brushes and flat irons. For individuals whose hair is very fine and wavy, the use of micro-cranes may be necessary to ensure that the curls are well-controlled. Hair accessories, such as clips and hair ties, can also add to the look of hair, especially when hair color has changed. Some individuals, however, prefer not to wear hair accessories, such as clips, hair ties or buns.
In addition to hair sprays and conditioners, the use of heat styling tools can be beneficial to those with normal/coarse hair texture but want their hair to look more “professional”. Heat styling tools such as blow dryers, curling irons, and flat irons can add curl to fine hair, making it look thicker and glossier. While these tools are best suited for coarse hair texture, they can also be helpful to those with thin or fine hair texture.
In addition to visiting your local beauty salon, there are numerous other options for individuals with hair texture problems. A visit to one’s local pharmacy may be a good way to purchase a quality hair product. A variety of hair styling products are available at many drug stores and are quite affordable. When purchasing hair products for the home, it is a good idea to remember to purchase the proper shampoo, conditioner and hair sprays. Regularly scheduled maintenance treatments will help prevent hair breakage and help maintain the health of your hair and scalp.