|Home||Search||Resources||Site Map||Contact Us|
Home > Hair Nutrition > Hair care Products
Shampoos and conditioners are the most commonly used professional hair care products that are widely available on the market today. Most manufactures try to make them lucrative with good packaging and fragrances. But some of these hair care products may actually contain harmful chemical additives which can have adverse effects on the hair.
Some of the professional hair care products like shampoos and conditioners available on the market are now are blended with some natural ingredients like fatty alcohols, lanolin derivatives, vegetable oils, mineral oils or waxes which are useful for healthy hair growth. These ingredients combat various hair problems like they fight with hair dryness, provide volume or body to limp hair, and even indirectly prevent hair loss by extracting sebum and dirt. The only thing you need to do is identify the right shampoos or conditioners in accordance with your hair needs.
To choose the right hair care products, read the label carefully, judge the ingredients and take up one.
Shampoos as a hair care product:
A shampoo that cleanses the hair appropriately without causing any adverse effects can contain the following ingredients:
The cleansing agents of the shampoos contain fatty acids, which lather vigorously, after fighting with the hardness in water. A fat-soluble component in the shampoos gets attached to the dirt and sebum present in the hair and extracts it out.
Special hair care shampoos and products
Most of the shampoos and some other hair care products are specifically formulated in accordance to the varied hair types. Each hair type, dry, damaged or permed, differs in their cleansing requirement. So it is better to use a shampoo in accordance to the hair type. Children and regular-shampoo-users can use an extra mild shampoo. Frequent shampoo use is absolutely safe, provided you use mild shampoo which is well-formulated with all the useful ingredients and fatty acids.
Frequent shampoo users should use shampoos containing panthenol and amino-acids. These beneficial elements penetrate the inner layer of the hair; enhancing the moisture and protein content that is decreased by frequent washing.
Some modern shampoos contain conditioning agents such as silicone (dimethicone), alcohol derivatives, and quaternary polymers. It conditions and improves the body of the hair. Regular shampoo users who don’t use an after-shampoo-conditioner should try using conditioners which are based on natural hair care products.
Conditioners in hair nourishment
Conditioners nourish and give shine and fullness to the hair. It creates a layer on top of the hair shaft. A component called dimethicone present in most conditioners is responsible for the hair shine and luster. Some conditioners also contain UV filters which protect the hair color.
The conditioners are oily or waxy substances which remain in dispersions rather than solutions. They therefore remain undiluted in water and improve the surface of weathered hair. Specific conditioning agents present in these conditioners are especially helpful in improving the condition of entangled hair. Also dry or wet hair can be combed easily after the application of conditioners.
Hair care tips for using hair care products
Claude Bouillon, “Shampoos”, Clinics in dermatology, 1996:14:113-12
John gray,”Hair Care and Hair Care Products”, Clinics in Dermatology Y 2001;19:227–236