Hair Care | Sunday Observer

Hair Care

Are you planning to build a hair-care routine for yourself? How would you like it if I said I’m going to make it easy for you? Yes, I shall assist you to build a hair-care routine that fits your needs.

Shampooing Hair

Establishing an efficient and effective hair-care routine starts with great cleansing. Depending on whether you are washing daily or several times a week, and on the type and needs of your hair, there are several guides you can follow.

Why Shampoo?

Designed to cleanse the hair and scalp, shampoos remove dirt without stripping away too much of the natural sebum, which provides shine. They generally contain cleansing agents, perfume, preservatives and conditioning agents that can coat the hair shaft to make it appear thicker. The conditioning agents smooth the cuticle scales to help prevent the hair from tangling and eliminate static electricity from the hair when it dries.

Different Types of Shampoo

There is a huge range of shampoos. So, it’s possible to find one suited to every hair type, texture, colour or condition. It is important that you change your shampoo according to the different circumstances. For example, during the warm months, use a moisturising shampoo ideally with a sun protection factor; when colouring use a product to help prevent colour fade; or when suffering a condition such as dandruff, opt for a specialist type or a medicated shampoo.

Tips for Shampooing

· Use the correct shampoo (and not too much) for your hair type. If in doubt, use the mildest shampoo you can buy.

· Don’t wash your hair with soap or other detergents; they are highly alkaline and will upset your hair’s PH balance by stripping out the natural hair oils.

· Read the instructions for use first, as every product varies slightly.

· Buy sachets of shampoo to test which brand is the most suitable for your hair.

· Always wash your hair brush and comb when you shampoo your hair

Did you know?

Most of us don’t spend enough time rinsing off shampoo-it really should be a step that takes at least two minutes. Avoid using water that is too hot as it may irritate and inflame the scalp.

Shampooing Hair

Taking care of healthy hair starts with a great cleansing routine. There is a technique to follow, which means you will maintain maximum condition for scalp and hair.


1. First of all, make sure you brush hair to take off all tangles. And now wet hair thoroughly ensuring all the hair is completely soaked through-this will activate the shampoo properly when it is applied using warm water for shampoo.

2. Pour the shampoo into the palm of your hand, never directly on to the hair as it’s tricky to control how much you use. For short hair you only need a small amount as a small coin, for longer hair you may require more, but never more than you can easily hold in the palm of your hand.

3. Work the shampoo through the hair, massaging your scalp and paying particular attention to the hairline around the ears and base of the neck.

4. Rinse all the shampoo, then pat hair dry or squeeze gently to get rid of excess water. Don’t rub or you will cause hair to tangle or break. Wet hair is more vulnerable than dry hair. - To be coninued