The health of our hair goes beyond its coloration, though a sudden change in hair color might be a pointer to an unhealthy change of conditions. Haircare is not to be limited to the cuticles (the visible strands of hair) of the head alone; but also extended to facial, pubic, and body hairs.
The type of hair care regime and the extent to which an individual will care for his/her hair is not only limited to their economic status, as could be easily inferred from the person’s looks. It has a lot to do with the individual’s culture and hair structure/type.
How to care for your hair
Local salons are known to offer coloring, trimming, shaving, and plucking services. Some even sell and use wigs for customers who prefer such. Some women favor the removal of body hair (particularly those of the arms and legs); these can be done in highbrow salons, barbershops, and spas where the service is usually offered as part of a general body care program. There are also cases of people who may want permanent removal of their hair, and on the other hand, people who are bald or are experiencing hair loss/hairline recession wishing to get their hair restored – through a hair transplant. Such services are only provided by licensed (often medical) professionals. In recent times, there has also been the widespread promotion of hair products, which mimics the effects of hair restoration procedures.
Hair Care through self-help
Hair lice are reported as the leading hair problem reported across the world. Lice infestation of the hair is not necessarily caused by poor hygiene. It is popularly believed that hair washing keeps lice at bay, but research has revealed the contrary. The scalp merely has to be kept clean, if possible, with minimal washing.
Grooming through brushing or combing the hair mass allows an adequate and even supply of air to the scalp and equally excites the hair gland, which secretes a natural oil – sebum that lubricates and coats the hair follicle.
Shampoos can be used for washing the hair, not frequently though. Acidic shampoos are best as they aid hair conditioning and ensure washing minimal loss of natural oils.
Conditioners are also a handy cosmetic for straightening out the hair cuticles. This is recommended for individuals who have thick and curly hair.
Producers of hair care products are starting to ‘go natural’ by developing products that align with the feedback provided by consumers on online platforms like sleek hair reviews. It has come to be commonly recommended that when going for hair care products, to seek out those formulated with natural extracts. Such products are better as they have been proven to be mild on the hair. Pomade, hair waxes with shea butter base, hair gels made from plant extracts are perfect examples.
Buying several personal hairstyling tools is also a good idea. Having cheap tools like brushes, combs, hair irons, shower caps, and hand-held dryers (depending on our requirements) would be helpful for the optimal health of our hair.
An essential aspect of hair care which many people tend not to be aware of is nutrition. People eat special diets to build abs; retain 20-20 vision; improve their immunity to disease. But you will seldom find people who meticulously follow a diet regime to ascertain good hair health. A diet rich in B-complex Vitamins like cereals, milk, eggs, liver, and chicken will enable healthy new growth of hair. But, so as not to flog a dead horse, a balanced diet should do justice to our nutritional hair needs. Do not forget to eat your greens.