Everyone wants good, healthy hair nowadays. Well you can! Dermatologist say the way you wash your hair and the products you are using can go a long way in helping you achieve a healthy mane.

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“When you are washing your hair, you want to focus on mainly cleaning the scalp as oppose to the entire length of your hair, because washing the hair strands can create dry, frizzy hair that is dull and coarse,” said a dermatologist. When applying conditioner, the recommendation is the opposite. Conditioners should only be applied on the tips of the hair strands and not on the scalp or hair length itself since conditioners can make the hair look limp, especially those with fine hair.”

To achieve healthy shiny looking hair, dermatologist recommends following these tips:

  1. Wash oily hair more often. The amount of time you washed your hair depends on how oily your hair is.
    • If you have an oily scalp, you may need to wash it on a daily basis.
    • If your hair has been chemically treated, you may need to wash it less often since chemically treated hair tends to be drier.
    • The older you get, the less oil your scalp makes, so you may not need to wash hair as often. If you have flakes on your scalp though, you may not be washing your hair enough. This can cause dandruff and other scalp diseases.
  2. Always apply conditioner after washing your hair, unless the shampoo acts as a “2-in-1” which cleans and also conditions. Applying conditioner after every wash will greatly improve the look and feel of the hair, prevent breakage, increase shine, and protect it from the damaging rays of the sun.
  3. Make sure you pick out a shampoo and conditioner that is created specifically for your hair type. For example, if you have color in your hair, you want to buy a shampoo specific for that. If your hair is dry or damaged, you may need to consider a “2-in-1” shampoo. No matter the cost or the brand of the product, most shampoos and conditioners provide the same benefits.
  4. Protect your hair when you are in the pool. Protect it from the harmful effects of chlorine by wetting and conditioning your hair before you get in the pool. Wear a tightly-fitted swimming cap and when you are done swimming, wash and condition your hair with a formulated swimmers shampoo and conditioner to bring back moisture that was lost.

Your dermatologist can answer any questions that you may have regarding how to care for your hair. Make sure you see a dermatologist if you are experiencing extreme shedding or hair breakage as this can be a sign of a serious medical condition.

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