Hair care is a general term for cosmetics and hygiene involving the hair that grows on a person's scalp, in and around the hair follicles. Different hair care practices vary depending on the cultural and physical characteristics of each individual's hair, as well as the individual's lifestyle. People have hair care practices that vary according to their race, age, religion and profession. For example, African-American men often have more rigorous hair care practices than do Caucasian men. The cultural and religious practices surrounding hair care in America also dictate how people care for their hair. Thus hair care practices differ by country.
There are different ways to style hair according to where it grows: the front and back or the side and top. Black women's hair care often revolves around the use of products such as conditioners and styling gels to get their hair into place. Conditioners are defined as hair care products that add moisture to the hair, thus making it appear shinier and healthier. While some conditioners are enriched with vitamins to make them beneficial to the skin, conditioners are primarily used to cleanse the hair and add volume. However, styling gels are also commonly used to add shine to black women's hair and to seal and protect it from frizziness.
Black hair can easily get frizzy, especially when blow drying, curling or using rollers because it contains tiny hair strands that can easily attach to the move. Thus, when these hair strands become smooth and uncluttered, they can move more smoothly and easier to detangle and comb. One way to reduce frizz and to keep hair strands from tangling is to gently massage your hair shafts with a leave-in conditioner after washing and conditioning it.
If you have long hair, then you are more prone to split ends. Split ends are unattached hair shafts that often grow out of the scalp. For women, split ends tend to occur at the roots of the hair shaft near the scalp. This can be remedied by brushing the hair until all split ends have been removed or using a wide tooth comb to pull the hair tightly from the roots so as not to separate the hair from the scalp.
But for men, split ends are more likely to occur on the front of the head between the temples. Men's hair tends to be finer than women's hair, and it breaks more easily. The easiest way to condition the hair is to use a leave in conditioner after washing it. Leave-ins conditioners allow hair to absorb moisture well and give it the chance to break down more quickly. Hair that breaks easily should also be washed regularly to get rid of the dirt and oil that can cause split ends to happen. In addition, if your hair is already chemically treated to reduce the effects of the chemicals, then you need to wash it regularly as well to remove any conditioner residue.
For people who suffer from dry hair types, it's important that you moisturize your hair regularly. You should do this twice each week to make sure that the hair has adequate moisture. To moisturize the hair, you will need a moisturizing shampoo, a detangler, a deep conditioning mask, a leave in conditioner, and an oil massage. The detangling mask is used to remove tangles from the hair, which will enable the hair types with dryness to receive the moisture they need.
The deep conditioning mask is used once a week to remove debris from the scalp and add moisture. A deep conditioning mask is typically made up of ingredients such as clay extracts, sugar, aloe, herbs, and others. The ingredients in the mask work to improve the health of the hair and scalp by improving circulation, removing dead skin cells, exfoliating the scalp, and softening the hair and scalp. The leave in conditioner should be applied once per week and used to protect the hair from wind damage caused by excessive humidity or hot weather. The oil massage should also be used at least once per week.
As for hair types that are oily in nature, you will want to use a shampoo and conditioner that are specially designed to treat this type of hair type. An example of this type of product is Deep Conditioner by Pantene. This product is ideal for normal hair, but it can also be used on dry hair to bring back the shine and volume. If you are suffering from dryness, you may also want to use a deep cleansing mask once or twice per week. There are also a variety of Pantene products that are enriched with Keratin, which is similar to the protein keratin that is found in human hair, making them beneficial for all hair types.