Hair care is a general name given to the different ways we take good care of the hair that grow from any part of the skin, like pubic, facial and other part of the body.
Everybody have different ways they take good care of the hairs in their skin, either by trimming, shaving, waxing and threading. You can have your hair taken good care of in places like barbershops, salons, sometimes the treatment can be done at home.
The skin on which the hair grows need to be taken care of because any damage or change made on the visible hair shaft cannot be replaced again. In other to prevent this, much care needs to be given to keep the cuticle intact.
Care of the hair and scalp skin are seen as two different thing, but may be wrong because the hair grows beneath the skin. The scalp skin is like any part of the body and need to be kept healthy for good hair production.
The hair can be affected by some bacterial, such as Head lice which is the most common hair diseases worldwide.
Soft, luminous hair is a common goal. However, life can get the best of your hair — whether due to aging, lifestyle habits, or poor hair care techniques — a lot of things can harm your already delicate hair cuticles.
Over time, your hair may lose natural oil, which can lead to dryness. Still, this doesn’t mean you have to settle for dry, brittle hair.
Softening otherwise dry and coarse hair can be taken care of with home remedies. All it requires is a combination of moisturizing ingredients and healthy hair care habits. Consider the following remedies and steps you can easily add to your own routine.
i. Know your hair type
Understanding your hair type is of paramount importance before taking any home remedies into consideration. Dry, coarse hair, will definitely need some amount of TCL, but straight hair may not demand a lot of oil compared to curly hair. This is because straight hair facilitates easy flow of natural oil from the scalp through the cuticle.
Note that hair texture varies or changes with time, as one gets aged, the hair texture can deviate from what it used to be because of decrease in natural oil production. Also climatic change can also result to this variation, so you must always pay close attention to your hair to observe any slightest change.
ii. Aloe vera
According to the Trichological Society, an independent association for professionals involved in the study and treatment of the human scalp and hair, the average rate of hair growth is 1 centimeter per month. Shampoos and other hair products have not been shown to have a significant impact on this rate, which is primarily determined by genetics and an individual’s health.
Aloe vera is thought to be efficient because of its natural component, which includes: Vitamins, amino acids, fatty acids, plant steroids, zinc and copper which helps to stimulate blood circulation and improve delivery of oxygen and nutrient to hair follicle and facilitates hair growth.
Aloe vera is used in the treatment of Seborrheic dermatitis (SD), which is a skin disease that causes a pinkish-red rash and crusty, yellow-white scales on the surface of the skin, which may also be swollen and greasy that can lead to temporal hair loss.
iii. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is highly exploited for beauty products. Research has it that coconut oil is highly efficient in dry skin treatment which can also enhance hair softening. Coconut oil penetrates into the hair and its effects can be seen in the hair shaft.
You can reach out for products that has coconut oil already introduced into them, or you can apply pure coconut oil to your hair after thorough wash.
iv. Go easy with heated tool
Blow dryers, curling irons, and flat irons are staples for many hairstyles. However, prolonged, extreme heat can give rise to bubbles in your hair cuticle leading to brittle hair that can break off. If you must use heated tools then consider the following tips:
- Apply a heat protectant before making use of any of these heated tools
- Use the lowest heat setting available as the case maybe
- Give your hair the benefit to air dry a bit before going into dryer
- Take a week break or more to help your hair to heal and recover
v. Avoid washing your hair with hot water
Hot water can cause damage to dull, dry hair. Go for lukewarm water rather.
You can make your hair softer and shinier by rinsing your hair with cool water after conditioning. This will enhance rinsing out excess product without stripping out moisture.
vi. Wash only as often as necessary
At early stage in life, we were taught to wash our hair every day. But as you get older, you may not necessarily need to wash your hair regularly as a result of changes that might accompany ageing. People with very dry hair may only need to wash their hair on weekly basis. On the contrary, if you have an oilier scalp compared to the end, you may need to shampoo as often as possible.
Go for shampoos that can remove dirt without stripping off moisture from your hair.
vii. Avoid certain hair style and go easy on frequent treatment
Some hair accessories such as elastic bands which we use to give our hair new styles maybe be harmful to our hair or even damage them when we use them for a long time. They may get too tight on our hair and pull them, most times causing hair loss.
Some treatment we get on our hair involves some chemical which on a long run may cause damage to our hair follicle if frequent.