Selecting the right hair products can be confusing due to a number of choices available, here are a few guidelines for healthy, shiny, easy to manage tresses.
Know Your Hair Type
The hair follicle is an organ that produces hair. Hair consists of three layers. The outer layer, or the cuticles, overlap one another down the length of the hair strand, or shaft. The shape of the middle layer determines whether the hair shaft is curly or straight. Sebum is produced in the hair follicle to moisturize and protect the cuticles.
Hair Products for Dry Hair
When your body does not produce enough sebum or if you have curly hair, the sebum may not moisturize sufficiently. Not enough sebum means your hair will lose its elasticity, become dull, break and split easier. Sometimes environmental factors such as sun, sweat, seawater or chlorine from a swimming pool will damage your hair making it dry and frizzy. Excessive chemical processing, heat from styling instruments and using the wrong hair product will dry out and damage your hair as well.
Look for hair products that contain ceramides, oils and fatty acids to combat dry hair. Products that claim to nourish, hydrate or moisturize indicate that they are made for dry hair. Leave-in conditioners are ideal for dry hair especially if you use heat styling tools.
Hair Products for Oily Hair
An overabundance of sebum produces oily hair. Hormones, genetics or stress can temporarily trigger an overabundance of sebum. Another common cause of oily hair is build-up of hair products that remain even after shampooing your hair. If your hair tends to be naturally oily, stay away from products that moisturize or replenish the natural oils in your hair. If your oily hair is due to overuse of hair products, try changing to a product that is designed to clarify or clear product or natural build-up.
Organic Hair Products
Not all organic products may actually be organic. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is charged with regulation of organic products. In the case of cosmetics, the USDA has established standards to certify products as organic or natural, but it does not require that all products be certified. What does that mean for someone looking to go organic? It means you have to be careful when choosing hair products that claim to be natural or organic. Look for the USDA seal that certifies this claim. If not, then look at the list of ingredients on the label. Ingredients are listed in descending order of predominance. Therefore, if the chamomile and peppermint in your shampoo is listed at the end of a long list of chemical sounding ingredients, chances are your hair product contains more artificial ingredients than organic ones.
The type of hair product you use and its effectiveness will depend on whether it is made for your hair type. It may take some experimenting, but once you find the right hair product, you will find that your hair is easy to manage, shiny and healthy.