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Tips for Healthy Hair

The products and how you wash your hair can make a big difference in maintaining smooth, shiny locks. These simple tips by dermatologists will help you keep healthy hair.

  1. If your scalp is oily, you should wash your hair more often.
    • You may have to wash your hair as frequently as once daily if it is oily.
    • You may need to wash your hair less often if you have chemically-treated hair.
    • You may need to shampoo less often as you age because your scalp produces less oil. If you notice flakes on your hair, it may be because you are not shampooing often enough. This can cause dandruff or other scalp conditions.
  1. Wash your hair concentrating on the scalp. Do not wash the length of the hair. If you only wash your hair, it can result in flyaway and dull and coarse hair.
  2. Apply conditioner after each shampoo unless you use a 2-in-1 shampoo that cleans and conditions your hair. A conditioner can improve the appearance of damaged hair or hair exposed to weather by improving shine, decreasing static, increasing strength, and providing protection against harmful UV rays.
  3. Use conditioner only on the tips, not fine hair’s length or scalp.
  4. Select a shampoo and conditioner that are specifically formulated for your hair type. For instance, if your hair is colored, you should use shampoo for colored hair. Consider a 2-in-1 shampoo if your hair has been chemically or physically damaged. Many shampoo and conditioner brands offer the same benefits, regardless of price.
  5. Protecting hair while swimming. Protecting your hair against the damaging effects of chlorine by conditioning and wetting your hair before swimming. Wear a swim cap that fits snugly and replace moisture lost by swimming with a swimmer’s shampoo.
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Bonnie J. Sung

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