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Hair care questions

Hair care questions

The week before you color your hair, make sure to really condition the ends so that they don't absorb too much color during the process.

How Often Should I Color My Hair?

It depends on the growth rate of your hair, says colorist Giselle of the Pierre Michel salon in Manhattan. You should go in for a highlight application every two to four months, and single process color application about every six weeks.

Giselle, who has pumped up the blonde in such actresses as Sharon Stone and Renee Zellwegger, also says, During the summer hair grows faster, but it also naturally lightens up, so you don't have to get your highlights done as often as during the winter.

Before You Color Your Hair

Well, the week before you color you hair, make sure to really condition the ends so that they don't absorb too much color during the process.

The reason? The ends of your hair are usually the most porous and have a tendency to really soak up color.

Boost The Shine Of Your Hair!

Once your hair is completely dry, finish it off with a cool blast of air to seal the cuticle.

The reason? If the cuticles are ragged, there is no shine...

Foods To Avoid For Healthy Hair

There are some foods that you should avoid and replace them with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Why? To ensure that the hair that is forming beneath the surface of your scalp is healthy.

So, the foods to avoid include too many sweets, chocolate, cakes and cookies. Unfortunately, these favorites simply don't help your hair.

Fuller Head of Hair

It not only feels wonderful, it's good for you, too. Oh yes, the feeling is just, aaah, you have to do it!

Hair Color Mistakes

The worst thing you can do if you color your own hair is to apply the permanent color throughout your hair every time you color.

The reason? It makes the hair more porous with the repeated colorings and it grabs more color giving you uneven color. Also, it is not healthy for your hair.

So try a semi permanent color instead, if you don't have the time to do the job properly.

Hair Drying and The Brush

The worst thing you can do if you color your own hair is to apply the permanent color throughout your hair every time you color.

You know how vulnerable your hair is while it is wet. Using the brush can really do some damage.

So, after you shampoo your hair, blot it dry with a towel and then try to detangle it with your fingers. Don't use the brush! This is the time when you can stretch the strands and weaken them to the point where they snap.

When you brush your wet hair you can also cause frizzing to occur. Don't pick up the brush until your hair is somewhere between damp and dry and then use the blow dryer and a round brush until it is styled and completely dry.

Instant Volume For Your Hair

Do you have long hair and you'd like more volume?

Towel your hair dry and then it pull up on the top of your head. Secure with a fat elastic (that won't damage or crease your hair ) and then blow dry the scalp hair until it is dry.

This will give you plenty of volume with little effort.

Lasting Hair Styles

You probably noticed that when you go to the salon to have your hair done, it seems to last for days at a time.

The reason for this is that the stylist has taken a great deal of time and care to style it right on day one.

So the next time you wash your hair, schedule the time to carefully blow dry it, set it etc. A quick wash and go just isn't the same thing.

How To Trim Your Hair

First, grab a pair of straightedge cuticle or mustache scissors. Style bangs as usual and clip back the rest of your hair. Start at the center of your bangs and work your way to the outside.

Using your fingers, gently hold a small section of dry hair - only about 10 to 12 hairs at a time - straight down against your forehead. (Don't pull too tight - you'll stretch the hair and end up cutting a lot more)

Trim and cut below your fingers to keep from cutting it shorter than you'd like. When you are done trimming each section, comb it back into the rest of your bangs to check length (and that they are even) before moving on. When you reach the end, return to the center and trim in the opposite direction until you are done.

How To Brush Long Hair Properly

Bend forward, allowing hair to fall. Using only a wooden base natural bristle brush, bring hair from the nape of the neck over the head and down to the ends. Then, stand straight again with hair falling normally and brush from the underside of the hairline down the strands to the ends. Now, brush the top layers into place with long, even strokes. After each stroke, smooth hair with hands to reduce static. Increase the number of strokes weekly, starting with five and increasing by one a week until you find a comfortable routine. If oiliness develops, reduce strokes.

Brush only when dry. Hair is weakest when it is wet and brushing can easily damage it. Even when hair is dry, always comb before brushing.

How To Deal With Dandruff

Some are of the opinion that at the early stages of hair loss, dandruff begins to increase. However, an increase in the amount of dandruff does not necessarily mean that there is a cause-effect relationship resulting in the thinning of hair. You should think of excessive dandruff as a warning sign as far as the health of the hair is concerned.

Dandruff is made up of bits of dead skin that peel away from the scalp as a result of the effects of metabolism. Normally, dandruff, in its early stages of growth, is not visible to the naked eye. It becomes visible only after enlarging into pieces of dead skin (what we normally call dandruff) as a result of the propagation of bacteria and/or problems with seborrhoeic scalp conditions.

Persons suffering from prolonged dandruff are said to have a dandruff ailment. This type of ailment, accompanied by itchiness, can lead to eczema if it worsens. Suppressing the propagation of bacteria is one means of dealing with fatty dandruff. This is because bacteria is one of the causes of this condition.

If possible, try to shampoo on a daily basis to prevent bacterial propagation. One effective means of dealing with dandruff is to disinfect the scalp area with commercially available medicated shampoos specifically designed for dandruff removal. However, daily shampooing can lead to eczema for persons who suffer from dry scalps. Shampooing once every three days may be ideal for such persons.

Persons who suffer from persistent, hard-to-cure dandruff are urged to consult a skin specialist.