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All about hair

The Guide to Professional Hair Care and Hair Styles by Ramzi Rahaman, Hair and Beauty Consultant

Ramzi Rahaman, undoubtedly the maestro of bridal and consultant for hair and beauty, is giving out his valuable tips and insights for you to glow with beautiful hair and skin. Make sure not to miss any of his tips....

Beautiful, shining hair can and should make you feel good. It is a versatile fashion accessory, and you can change its colour, texture, shape and length to suit your mood and personal style. It is equally important to maintain a balanced diet and good hair care and styling routines to ensure your hair is your natural crowning glory.

Hair Types

Normal Hair

This type of hair is defined neither oily nor dry and has been left in its natural state. It is able to hold its style, and looks good most of the time.

Haircare: Because it has not been chemically treated or damaged, normal hair may only need a conditioning treatment on an occasional basis. Choose a gentle shampoo for regular use or you could try two-in-one conditioning shampoo.

Dry Hair

This type of hair looks dull, feels dry, tangles easily and is difficult to comb or brush. It simply does not contain enough moisture.

Haircare: Use a nourishing shampoo and an intensive conditioner. Allow hair to dry naturally whenever possible and reduce the amount of heat styling from hair dryers and electrical styling tools.

Oily Hair

Oily hair looks lank and greasy and needs frequent washing. After cleansing, the hair becomes oily, sticky and unmanageable in a short time.

HaircareUse a gentle, non-aggressive shampoo that also gives hair added volume. A lime-based shampoo is recommended. Consider a light perm, which will lift the hair at the roots. It could be worth to rethink your diet; reduce daily fats and greasy foods. Try to eat a plenty of fresh food and to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water.

Combination Hair

This common type of hair is typified by being oily at the roots but dry and sometimes split at the ends. The hair looks dull and flyaway too.

Haircare: Experiment with some of the many products until you find the best one for you. Aim for those that have a gentle action on the hair. Use a shampoo for oily hair and finish by applying a conditioner from the middle lengths to the ends of the hair, where moisture is needed.

Common problems with your hair

Damaged Hair

Many people suffer from damaged hair, which is typified by being dull, lifeless, lacking in shine and difficult to manage. In many cases, unavoidable environmental factors, such as wind, sun, sand, seawater, chlorine and air-conditioning are the culprits. Also, excessive use of hair dryers or curling irons will take their toll.

Haircare: Preventing damage is about keeping hair as flexible as possible with a high moisture content. Conditioning products are very effective; choose specific ones to address varying degrees of damage.

Limp Hair

Fine hair tends to be limp, looks flat, and difficult to handle because it does not hold a style. The problem is often made worse by using a heavy conditioner which weighs the hair down. Excessive use of styling products can have the same effect.

Hairecare: To tackle the problem, wash hair frequently with a mild shampoo and a very light conditioner. Volumising shampoos can help give body, and soft perms will make hair appear thicker. Colouring hair can swell the hair shaft and help to add body to fine hair. To blow-dry hair using volumizing and styling products particularly focused on the roots.

Dull Hair

Lacks lustre hair can be caused by weathering- a combination of heat, salt, chlorine or silica build-up from the overuse of products.

Hairecare: Use a clarifying shampoo to deep-clean the hair. Consider having ends trimmed and look for a revitalising treatment to re-nourish hair and add condition and shine.

Static Hair

Often caused by dry atmosphere particularly air-conditioned rooms or hair coming into contact with synthetic materials such as nylon pillows.

Haircare Counter static by fixing hair in place with holding wax, gel or styling products, which give the hair weight.

Frizzy Hair

The merest hint of moisture being absorbed into the hair can cause fizziness. It looks dry, lacks lustre and it is difficult to control.

HaircareTo tame fizziness, massage shampoo into the roots and allow the lather to work its way to the ends. Apply a conditioner from the mid-lengths of the hair to the ends, or leave-in conditioner. Alternatively, leave the hair to dry naturally and then style it using wax or serum.