The basics of hair care The basics of hair care

Because hair is alive, it can be affected by many factors such as stress, pollution, hair dyes, hair dryers, and improper hygiene.

According to the Dermatology Center of the German Clinic of Santiago in Chile, to identify the root cause of a problem with your hair, it is best to determine the condition your scalp is in. Some of the most common problems include split ends, greasy hair, dandruff and hair loss. These problems are often caused by poor nutrition, anxiety or poor hygiene. To treat them, keep the following recommendations in mind:

  1. Control the temperature of your showers. Cold water stimulates the circulation of the blood and closes the hair cuticle, which helps to get shinier hair. The recommendation is to rinse your hair with cold water for a few minutes at the end of a shower.
  2. Do not over rub your hair. It is widely believed that having lots of lather when you wash your hair is more efficient, but this practice is incorrect. By scrubbing your scalp, this can activate your sebaceous glands and have an opposite effect. What actually cleans your scalp is shampoo. The function of your fingers is only to spread the shampoo throughout your scalp, avoiding the lengths and end of your hair, as this weakens and dries your hair.
  3. Avoid over-exposing your hair to the heat. Frequent use of flattening or curling irons, hair dryers and bobby pins can weaken the hair and cause split ends, slowing hair growth. Ideally, to prevent this type of damage, reduce the use of these types of devices and once you do that, apply a hydrating treatment to your hair. (Related article: What your hair can tell you).

Myths about hair treatment

According to the webpage of the Country Clinic Dermatology Center of Bogota, in Colombia, it is not necessary to brush your hair throughout the day. Instead of making it shiny and improving the circulation of the scalp, this actually weakens it and causes friction. After showering, untangle your hair with a thick-toothed comb. Once it is dry, use a plastic brush to brush your hair a few times.

Similarly, cutting your hair frequently does not make it grow faster as this has no effect on the follicles. This is just an illusion because your hair looks healthier once the thinner parts have been eliminated. The suggestion is to cut it every eight weeks at a minimum to keep it healthy and free of split ends.