Maintaining Healthy Hair: 5 Simple Tips

Maintaining Healthy Hair: 5 Simple Tips

Healthy hair requires proper care and attention, starting with the products you use and how you wash your hair. Here are some tips from dermatologists that can help you maintain healthy, smooth and shiny hair.

  1. Adjust your hair washing frequency based on your scalp's oil production. If your scalp is oily, you may need to wash your hair daily. However, if you have chemically treated hair, washing it less frequently may be better. As you age, your scalp produces less oil, so you may not need to wash it as often. But if you notice flakes in your hair, it may indicate that you are not shampooing enough, which can lead to dandruff and other scalp problems.

  2. Focus on washing your scalp. When shampooing, pay more attention to cleaning your scalp than washing the entire length of your hair. Washing your hair only can cause it to become dull and coarse.

  3. Use conditioner after shampooing. Unless you use a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner, it's recommended to use a separate conditioner after shampooing. Conditioner can make damaged or weathered hair look better by adding shine, reducing static, improving strength, and providing some protection from harmful UV rays. Apply the conditioner primarily on the tips of your hair to avoid making fine hair look limp.

  4. Choose hair care products designed for your hair type. If you color your hair, choose a shampoo designed for color-treated hair. If your hair is damaged or chemically treated, consider using a 2-in-1 shampoo. Keep in mind that many shampoo and conditioner brands provide similar benefits, regardless of cost.

  5. Protect your hair when swimming. Wet and condition your hair before swimming to reduce the damaging effects of chlorine. Wearing a tight-fitting swim cap and using a specially formulated swimmers' shampoo and deep conditioner after swimming can help to replace lost moisture.

If you have questions or concerns about hair care, it's best to consult a board-certified dermatologist. By following these simple tips, you can maintain healthy and beautiful hair.

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