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Hair Care Tips And Tricks

Everyone likes to feel that they have a good head of hair, but not everyone is comfortable in their ability to pick the “right” hair care products.

Hair care is a big industry, with nearly three quarters of a billion dollars spent annually on hair care products and accessories – and this figure doesn’t even include the hair restoration market.  There are some simple things that people can do to treat their hair well and keep it healthy, but the hair care industry has added the complication of choice.

With many hair care product offerings comes many claims, and those claims are not easily quantified.

  • More luxurious hair
  • Shinier hair
  • Hair that’s more bouncy

Which claims are we to believe?  How can they be proven?

What is Hair Care?

“The hygiene and cosmetology involving the hair on the human head.” – wiki

There are many types of human hair, and the care for each type of hair varies.  Specialized products for different types of hair make up a large segment of the hair care market.  Even within specializations, there is a divergence of expert approaches to maintaining a healthy head of hair.

Whether you take care of your own hair care needs, or have a weekly visit with a hairdresser is a personal choice and a matter of disposable income and time.  The importance that you place on the appearance of your hair will dictate the lengths that you will go to achieve that ultimate look.

Hair Care Management Tips

Generally, keeping your hair clean and avoiding over-stressing it with chemicals and heat will help your hair stay healthier for longer.  But that may be oversimplifying the solution.  Let’s look at some other tips for good hair care management.

  • Don’t set your hair dryer on the hottest setting
  • Condition the ends of long hair every other day
  • Avoid combing or brushing wet hair – it’s more fragile when it’s wet
  • Trim long hair fairly frequently
  • Use a natural-bristle brush

Shampoos

Most shampoos will do a good job of cleaning your hair – regardless of the price, but people are prone to having preferences.  Those preferences may have been engineered through effective advertising, but they remain preferences just the same.

A review of the labels of shampoo bottles will reveal that they all contain the same basic ingredients which include: cleaning agents, water, and preservatives.  The cleaning agents that are used are of different intensities and abrasiveness, so there is some difference between products that are intended for normal use versus those intended for sensitive skin, but those differences may not justify some of the differences in price.

Conditioners

The primary purpose of any conditioner is to make your hair softer after it has undergone washing.  Your hair gets lighter when it’s washed and the application of conditioner has the opposite effect, by restoring moisture and introducing oils to your hair.

Given their cross purposes, shampoos and conditioners work best when they are applied separately.  Using a shampoo and conditioner combo won’t hurt your hair, but it will lessen the effectiveness of each product.

Pick the least expensive products that work best for you.  Paying for any more than that basic level of satisfaction is not money well spent.

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Josh Matthews

My name is Josh Matthews and I am 53 years old and live in Miami. I have two kids, one boy and one girl with my wife Linda. My son Jon is now 19 years old and in College. My daughter Jennifer is 14 and still in High-School. We also have a dog. When I don't work in the marketing department of a health company, I like to spend time outdoors with my family and friends. I don't do as much sport as I should but my family and me go on a skiing vacation at least once a year.

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I am 53 years old and live in Miami. I have two kids, one boy and one girl with my wife Linda. My son Jon is now 19 years old and in College. My daughter Jennifer is 14 and still in High-School. We also have a dog. When I don’t work in the marketing department of a health company, I like to spend time outdoors with my family and friends. I don’t do as much sport as I should but my family and me go on a skiing vacation at least once a year.

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