How good is your hair? Strong, healthy, glowing? Manageable? Check your crowning glory against the possible problems here.
Quite the best way to give your locks a general, all-over lift is to pull it. Whatever small girls have to say, perfect hair likes being pulled. Long hair, because of its weight, pulls naturally on the scalp. If your hair is short, lack of “pull” can make it limp and flat.
Take a hank of hair firmly in one hand and pull straight upwards from the head. Continue in this way till you have pulled every hair. Hair pulling, done like this, will whip up circulation and so improve the condition of your hair.
DANDRUFF: It can happen to any hair at times. The cause may be your health, bad shampooing (including failure to rinse properly), or not shampooing often enough.
Both dry and greasy hair can come up with dandruff. Simple dandruff is caused by the outer skin of the scalp scaling off when it is rubbed or brushed. This makes white flakes through your hair and an unattractive “white collar” effect on your shoulders.
If dandruff persists, a specialist should be consulted.
For minor cases of dandruff, allow the air to reach the scalp as much as possible. Use a medicated shampoo and a good dandruff lotion. Combs and brushes should be washed frequently, daily for best results, and hat-bands and linings wiped over with a little of the lotion.
Massage will help. Spread your fingers out fanwise, slip them through the hair and press firmly on the scalp. Move your fingers in small circles so that the scalp itself is loosened. Another good massage can be given with a brush.
Press the bristles down until they touch the scalp, and work over your whole head in slow, circular movements. This stimulates circulation and loosens scaliness.
GREASY HAIR: This is one of the most common minor hair troubles, and even experts don’t agree about the remedy. Some say no brushing at all, others say spare the brush and spoil the scalp. It looks as though you have to find out for yourself what suits your hair best.
Too much brushing and washing DOES seem to stimulate the flow of grease, so shampoo every seven to 10 days with an anti-grease shampoo, gradually extending to a fortnightly shampoo. If you brush, and there are lots of people on the side of the brushers, use a natural bristle brush covered with a square gauze.
Use a setting lotion that dries; beer is a simple one. Use lacquer, also drying. Persevere in any treatment, that’s the secret.
Hair experts say that you won’t see much difference in a fortnight, but go on for a few weeks longer and you will see a marked improvement.
SPLIT HAIR-ENDS: To treat dry, split ends of the hair, have your hair cut back to the beginning of the split, or if you prefer, you can have the ends singed. To keep these ends from resplitting, coddle them with cream dressing each night and morning when you finish brushing and combing your locks in place.
A cream dressing is particularly good for “lifted” hairstyles when brittle ends wave out at the back and spoil the whole line. Smooth the preparation on your fingertips and run them up the back of your hair as a nice finishing touch.
Agnes is a Health & Beauty expert, and blogger who loves sharing tips and ideas on how to make people feel good and look great.