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Hair Styling Tips for 2012

Look great with your hair

The New Year calls for a brand new way of treating your hair. Treat them kindly and you’ll be rewarded with a fantastic look throughout the year!

1. Always start with healthy hair

To hide our damaged tresses, we often resort to overt styling practices and tools to revitalize hair texture and quality: we curl hair to give hair an instant volume boost; we tie hair up to hide the tracks of residue from irregular shampoo and conditioner practices; or we colour hair to hide hair’s dullness and loss of shine.

However, while curling irons, blow dryers and styling products may give the illusion of beautiful tresses, it is the health of your hair is that truly impacts the efficacy of hair styling, ultimately affecting your hair’s end look. Hair that is in good health is more conditioned, smooth and easier to manage and style. This results in a polished look that is able to hold up throughout the day.

Conversely, hair that is in poor health is difficult to manage and style, as damaged hair tends to be more fragile and prone to easy breakage. As a result, your completed hair style often only lasts for a brief few hours, before falling flat and getting weighed down by residue.

2. Use the right hair care products for your hair type and lifestyle

You can select the most suitable haircare products by assessing your habits, hair condition and needs.

Habits: Your hair and lifestyle habits can impact the condition of your hair, by exposing it to external factors that can damage your hair.  Environmental elements such as pollution, dust and level of humidity can affect your hair’s health, making additional protection and moisture balance necessary. A good example is Pantene’s Smooth & Silky range which can help restore your hair with the moisture it requires.

For hair that goes through frequent chemical processing or if you tie your hair for a jog or swim regularly, you need a boutique that offers repair and protection. For this, Pantene’s Total damage Care range will offer hair the protection it needs.

Condition: This refers to the quality of your hair.  Often, you can determine your hair’s health or quality by its look and feel – for instance, if your hair looks dry and dull, this is an indicator that your hair is not well moisturized. A nourishing hair care regimen with a leave on treatment will help give that extra boost of conditioning.

Needs: It is important to know what hair concerns you would like to address, from hair fall to manageability to split ends.  After which, you can then determine the right product that is most suitable to meet all your hair needs.

3. Prep your hair before blow drying

Few women know that you should prep your hair before blow drying to avoid damage. Gently wrap a towel around your hair and squeeze, akin to blotting water out of your hair, to stop the dripping. Separate your hair into sections before starting to blow dry your hair.

Next, start blow drying at the top/roots, about six inches away from your scalp. Maintain this distance during the blow drying process so that hair is not exposed to overheating.

Never blow dry in an upwards motion, as this causes more damage. Blow dry hair by going down hair strands to prevent damage to hair cuticles

Also, it is not advisable to blow dry your hair till it is completely dry. You need to leave in some moisture so that your hair won’t dry out, and become frizzy or damaged. Leave it tolerably damp, such that it will dry naturally in about 5-10 minutes. If needed, finish with a blast of cold air.

4.Before styling, always use treatment in your hair care regime

Most Singaporean women often stop short of giving their hair the additional protection and pampering it needs, stopping at shampoo and conditioner, or even the single step of shampoo.

However, treatment is of utmost significance for healthy hair. To take hair to that new level of shine and health, it is essential to invest in a proper conditioning treatment on top of the basics of shampoo and conditioner, to nourish and indulge hair with a more intensive and targeted dosage of conditioning ingredients.

5. Comb with care

Combing wet hair can be tricky as wet hair is swollen and has higher friction between the hair strands. It may be more vulnerable to breakage and damage if wet hair is not conditioned in bath and out of bath. A rinse off treatment would be ideal to condition hair before getting out of the bath. Out of bath, gently dab your hair with a towel to absorb excess moisture first. Also, avoid using metal combs to comb hair as these are particularly hard on hair.

Do not comb hair excessively as frequent combing can damage the hair follicles and the scalp. Avoid back brushing and backcombing at all costs as these practices are very harmful to hair since they tug against the scales of the cuticle, causing much damage to hair. Slap on a leave on treatment for that extra boost of moisture.

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Girish Giovanni has been working with P&G beauty for the past three years. As a Scientific Communications Specialist, Girish focuses his work on hair biology and product technology, working closely with the Beauty Care Research & Development team in designing new hair care products for the Asia Pacific region.
Posted by ezyhealth on Jan 16 2012. Filed under Lifestyle. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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