If you have wondered what your hair type was and why it was meant to be your crowning glory, look at your scalp for an answer. Understanding the hair types before treatments are taken, should be your modus operandi. And with that being said, getting a clear picture would help diagnose issues of the hair and scalp. This would also mean determining if you have any issues; bringing out the right treatment solutions sans mistakes.
Different scalp types
The skin of our scalp also needs oxygen to breathe, it needs moisture and vitamins and other nutrients to remain healthy. This is possible with scalp exfoliation. Just as how important it is to know about how to exfoliate your skin,the same way,you must be aware of how to exfoliate your scalp, as well. Did you know, we all have different scalp and hair types? Today, we would like to speak a little more on the same, hence please read on!
Many men and women have that natural shine and gloss in their hair, and when you touch the tresses, the fingers are treated to a soft and smooth touch. The hair is easy to manage, sans oiliness, which means less shampooing and maintenance too.
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Normal scalp cleanser
Mild herbal shampoos are the best to use, and the same would be for conditioners as well. Parlour visits for styling (chemical based) should be avoided at all costs. The hair should be oiled once or twice a week, all the way to the roots and the scalp. This would helps maintain the health of the scalp. Indulge in a healthy diet, and drink a lot of water.
Some of us suffer an oily scalp, making the hair limp and dull in the bargain. The strands of your hair aren’t free to flow, they stick to one another. Shampooing has to be done on a regular basis for the same. The oiliness never leaves, and comes back in 48-72 hour, and if you are sick, angry or under stress; oiliness shows and more!
Oily scalp treatment and care
Stay away from hair conditioning products and leave-on or live-in conditioners. Oily hair is the hot seat for grime, dirt and bacteria; dandruff too. Baby hair dies because of the secreted oils left on the scalp for a long time. Thrice a week, the scalp and hair needs to be cleansed with a very mild herbal based shampoo. Diet wise, the individual should indulge in non-oily foods and plenty of leafy greens.
How would you know if your scalp is DRY? A simple test; place a tissue on the partitioning of your hair (the same can be done for other hair and scalp types too), and leave it for a few seconds. Remove the tissue; if you see nothing (wetness), your hair is dry. Touch your hair strands, do you feel the dryness and does it look brittle? Is it rough to feel when touched? This hair type is extremely tough to manage, and has plenty of frizz and split-ends to add to the woes. Dull and sans elasticity, dry hair is a nightmare. The dry scalp is flaky and shouldn’t be confused with dandruff. Your hair specialist would be best to advise what to do in such cases.
Dry scalp treatment and care
Stay away from chemical treatments, products and hair services; they make the dry hair look dead, dull, brittle and limp. A well-balanced diet (speak to a nutritionist) would help bring back shiny, soft and lively hair. Thrice a week oiling is a must, with a hot turban wrap for twenty minutes to allow the hair and scalp soak in the goodness of moisture and oil.
Combination of Oily & Dry Scalp
A combo scalp and hair type is mostly seen in men and women with very long hair. The ends are driest and the scalp is oiliest.
Combination scalp treatment and care
Hair treatments with natural products is recommended. Oiling the hair and massaging the scalp for ten minutes before a head-wash can do wonders. For shampooing needs, thrice a week and with an herbal shampoo only.
Disclaimer: Please refer to your family doctor who would be able to further guide the cause of your scalp and hair type. His word would take precedence over what is written here.