Stacey Bee Hair Research Analyst
Hello, my name is Stacey Bee and I am an experienced research analyst specializing in hair-care products for adults. As we get older, our hair changes and so do our product needs. What worked while we were young may not work as we get older. I have researched and tested hundreds of products and contributed to just as many or more hair-care articles. I am about providing sound advice to help people look their best.
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HairBrushy.com is about hair brushes and hair care information and education. Mainly focusing on information and education as it relates to boar brushes, paddle brushes, vent brushes, round brushes, hot brushes, hair straightener tools, shampoos, conditioners and hair treatments with discussions on hairstyles as it relates to hair health and maintenance. In depth articles explain product usage and provides tips on how to maximize value.
Articles are written for education purposes giving sound advice and answering questions. Professional hairstylists are interviewed with their hair care knowledge and expertise listed for all to benefit. The information is targeted for people who are interested in choosing the right products for their hair type to get the style they desire and to feel good about themselves.
The Basics Of Hair Care
Forms of hair are usually fine (teasing combs for fine hair), dense, or rough, falling into one of four categories: Curly, Straight, Kinky and Wavey. All have upsides and downsides. For instance, straight hair typically looks greasy faster than curly hair. But no matter what kind of hair you have, follow the 4 basic hair care routine steps:
Cleaning removes dead skin and product buildup. The key here is to do that without stripping all your hair natural oils ways. Cleaning (also consider how to clean hair brushes) is a balance between getting your hair clean without stripping the natural oils aways. If you don’t wash your hair, eventually your hair oil or sebum will build up and leave your hair looking and feeling oily and dirty. In addition, any dead skin will remain.
Clarifying shampoo works to remove buildup from the hair. A regular daily conditioner is likely to rinse out after a couple of minutes. Daily shampoo may not need to be applied daily as the name suggests, but use it whenever your hair feels like it needs a good cleanse. A leave-in conditioner allows for an increased level of nourishment. Deep conditioners are designed to be left in for longer periods for hair that is prone to dryness.
Condition Your Hair
Conditioners will add back moisture and help detangle your hair. In addition, they also add shine and help with frizz reduction. The last benefit is conditioners also add more texture to your hair. This is especially important for folks who have really thin hair. Using a little leave-in conditioner helps with fly-a-ways and adds a little more weight and thickness to your hair (consider reading: round brushes for thick hair). Give you more control. Conditioners are great at adding back moisture to your hair that shampoos stripped away.
A cream-based lotion can offer further protection from breakage and dryness. A little oil goes a long way. Enhancing your hair’s natural oils, locks in moisture and strengthens strands.
Many folks do not realize but it’s necessary to detangle your hair to stop breakage. And the key to successfully detangling your hair without causing damage is to use the right tools and products. For example, a wide-toothed comb will allow you to detangle without pulling out your hair. In addition, using a leave-in conditioner also helps make the comb pass through your hair much easier. So depending on your hairstyle you may need to detangle daily or less often. The important thing is that you do it and choose the right tools.
Wet hair can break more easily when brushed, so opt for a wide-tooth comb or plastic version. If you find tears in your hair, apply a detangling spray beforehand. A detangling serum can further condition hair and make it softer so combs seamlessly work their way through.
Protect Your Hair
Protection is key to having healthy hair. Often heavy styling can take a toll on your hair, especially when your hair is exposed to heated styling tools. And if this is the case then you know it’s wise to always use a heat protection spray. One of the best ways to protect your hair is to limit or reduce chemical treatments. Hair coloring comes to mind first followed by straightening treatments. As a general rule, less chemical equals healthier hair.
Hair wax provides more hold while increasing shininess. For a long-lasting, super shiny look, opt for pomade. The gel can give hair anything from light hold to a super strong one, depending on the product you use. All gels provide a noticeable texture and shine.
Dry shampoo can get rid of unwanted oil. Texturizer is designed to add texture to the hair and preserve styles. Volumizers lift hair away from the head to make hair look thicker and lighter. Dry shampoo can build up on the scalp, so try not to use too much.
A shine serum or spray sits on the surface of the hair, resulting in that glossy look. Heat protection spray should be used when you’re using a hairdryer, straightener, or curling iron, you need to protect those strands.
An exfoliating scalp treatment can unclog follicles, stimulate circulation for growth. Frizzy or broken hair may need an extra dose of protein. And monthly treatments can fill in gaps in the cuticle, strengthening and smoothing your hair.
Your Hair Needs Change Over Time Naturally
Hair changes texture every 7 years. Hair grows in bundles, and these bundles start again every seven years. Over time, fewer strands appear, resulting in the thinning, weaker hair often associated with aging. According to the US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health, “Endocrine changes supervening after parturition and menopause participate in the control of sebum production and hair growth modulation.”. Hormones can also alter hair for example during pregnancy. When levels of these hormones drop, hair loss can occur. Menopause, for example, is often linked to such hair issues. Noticing these changes and responding appropriately can keep your hair looking healthy.