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Published: 5 Dec 2012      

Designer clothing, perfectly applied makeup, and fine jewellery are all wasted if your hair looks greasy, dull, or messy. Fortunately, no one needs a hair salon or expensive hair products to have hair that looks professionally cared for and styled. With the right techniques for shampooing, drying, and styling your hair, it can be among your most attractive features.

Here are some useful hair care tips, starting with the basics

Basic Hair Care

  • To minimise breakage, make sure that your hair is thoroughly wet before applying shampoo. Use no more than a 5p, size dollop, and rub the shampoo between your palms first. Lather for no more than 30 seconds.
  • After shampooing, rinse your hair with cool water to seal moisture in the hair shafts.
  • To distribute the natural oils in your hair, bend over and brush your scalp and hair from back to front until the scalp tingles; then massage the scalp with your fingertips.
  • Towel-dry your hair thoroughly before using a blow dryer. You'll save time and avoid damaging your hair with too much heat.
  • To cut down on static electricity, dampen your hairbrush before brushing.
  • Avoid using a brush on wet hair because it is subject to breakage. Comb out snarls.
  • If you suffer from a flaky scalp, try the following treatment every 2 weeks: Section your hair and rub the scalp with a cotton pad saturated with plain rubbing alcohol. Let the alcohol dry, then brush your hair and rinse thoroughly with warm water but don't shampoo.
  • To perk up permed hair between shampoos, lightly mist your hair with fresh water and push the curls into place with your fingers.
  • Dull, lifeless hair can be a sign of a poor diet. Try cutting down on cholesterol and fats.
  • Wait at least 48 hours after colouring hair to shampoo it. Every time you wet hair you open the cuticle, so give hair time to seal in the colour.
  • Beer can remove residue from your hair. Add 6 tablespoons beer to 1 cup warm water and pour it over your hair as a final rinse.
  • If your hair is prone to build up from conditioners, styling gel, or hair spray, mix 1 tablespoon baking soda with your regular shampoo once a week. Rinse and dry as usual.
  • Use a coated rubber band or a soft hair tie to secure ponytails to reduce the stress on the hair.
  • Use gel to control hair when you want a "wet" affect. Apply gel sparingly to your hair once styled. To use for pony tails, apply it to all of the hair before you braid, or when you want a clean, off-the-face effect, you can apply it to the perimeter hairline where lengths tend to be shorter.

Homemade Hair Aids

Everyone gets excited by new hair-care products, but you can save money and get good results from these homemade products. Give them a try.

  • Repair damaged hair by treating it with oil and egg yolk. Massage olive oil into hair. Then beat the yolk of 1 egg and massage it into hair, working from the ends up. Leave on for 10 minutes, then shampoo as usual. Do this once a week for a month, and hair should begin to feel healthier.
  • Condition your hair by applying mayonnaise before shampooing. Apply to dry hair and let sit for 1/2 hour, then rinse and shampoo as usual.
  • For a lemon rinse, blend 1/2 cup of strained lemon juice and 1 cup of distilled water in a bottle. Comb the liquid through your hair after each shampoo.
  • For a quick, dry shampoo, rub baby powder into your hair and then brush it out thoroughly


Making Your Hair Shine

Brighten a blonde: 
Steep 2 tablespoons dried chamomile and 2 tablespoons dried marigold in 1 quart boiled water for half an hour. Make certain the temperature is comfortable, then pour through wet hair.

Burnish a brunette: 
Substitute sage and rosemary for the herbs above. For extra lustre, add 1 tablespoon cider vinegar.

Rev up a red: 
Mix 1 tablespoon honey with 2 tablespoons saffron and add 1 quart boiled water. Allow to steep for half an hour, check the temperature, and pour slowly through wet hair as a final rinse. 

We hope our hair care tips keep you busy and looking good for some time.