SOME IMPORTANT HINTS ON HAIR CARE HOW TO SHAMPOO THE HAIR?
Before shampooing, massage the hair by gently pulling on each strand to invigorate the scalp. Take your time to do a good job and to create a relaxed feeling in the scalp area.
Next, brush the hair with a soft or a medium bristle brush. Start from the nape of the neck and proceed upwards towards the scalp. Cover all the areas of the scalp to remove dust and dead scalp tissue.
Rinse the hair with warm water.
Knowing how to shampoo the hair properly can help you in taking extra care for your hair.
Normal healthy hair requires some sort of hair dressing to hold it in place. Hair oils make ideal dressing but too much oil can dull its natural luster and make it look greasy and dull. When the scalp is healthy, the sebaceous glands supply the hair with sufficient oils to keep it supple.
But if you feel oil is a must for you here are some oils you can prepare at home. They will make hair not only healthy but also give the body and shine at the same time. Shampoo into your hand and work this into the scalp with rotating fingertips.
Continue massaging in the shampoo through the different sections of the scalp. When you have covered the entire scalp area, rinse with warm water. Replace the shampoo and this time concentrate on cleansing the hair strands.
Rinse hair again till all the traces of shampoo are removed. The final rinse should be either of 2 tablespoons of vinegar or lime juice diluted in warm water. This final rinse helps to remove the last traces of soap scum and makes the hair infinitely more bouncy and shiny. You should always keep vinegar in your bathroom. Eight parts water to one part vinegar and' you can use straight from the bottle. It makes the hair soft full of lights and really shiny.
Squeeze out excess water from the hair and towel dry. Never use excessive shampoo, excessive shampooing can weaken your hair. Therefore, stretch out time between washings with dry shampoo.
Sprinkle finely ground corn meal through the scalp making partings to get it in thoroughly. Leave it on for 1 to 2 hours or even a few minutes will do if you are in a hurry then brush it out outdoors. In addition to cleansing the scalp it will make the hair shiny and help remove persistent dandruff.
This type of shampooing to clean the hair should be specially resorted too by sick people or people who are bedridden and are not allowed to wash their head. Know how to shampoo with another way of giving instant good looks to your hair by spraying some cau de cologne or lavender water on a brittle brush and brush it through your hair. This removes any excess grease and dirt and leaves your hair sweet smelling. If your hair is very dirty, cover the brush with a stocking or a piece of cloth, put the cologne on that and then brush to make the hair really clean. Oat meal and ground almonds also make excellent dry shampoos, they should be used in the same way as corn meal.
Nutmeg oil: Mix 3 ounces of pure olive oil, 1 teaspoon oil of nutmeg and 1 drop of lavender. Heat together over boiling water, bottle and use sparingly.
Hibiscus oil: 12 dried hibiscus flowers. 250 gram coconut oil, a few drop of lavender. Heat the oil over hot water, and the flowers and the heat for about 15 minutes. Set down and cool, add lavender. Set aside whole day, filter and bottle.
Gooseberry oil: 1 kilo gooseberries, 1 kilo tit oil, 1 teaspoon sandalwood oil, % liter fresh cow's milk. Cut the gooseberries into pieces removing the seed. Soak them in water for 3 to 4days. Now boil the gooseberries in the water in which they were soaked till the quantity is reduced to half. Cool thoroughly and mash.
Now heat the til oil along with smashed gooseberries and milk. Heat on a slow fire; keep stirring it constantly to prevent it from over boiling. When the sediment settles at the bottom and the oil floats on the top remove from fire. Set aside for one day and then filter out the oil. Add sandalwood oil and bottle.
The above given were some natural shampooing techniques, however one should know how to shampoo properly to get that everlasting hair looks.
Top 5 Biggest Hair Mistakes
1. Washing your hair everyday - Unless you have oily hair, it is not necessary to wash your hair everyday. The natural oils in our hair prevent it from drying out, and actually help in achieving some looks such as up-dos and spiral curls. If you have combination hair (oily scalp, dry ends), just wash the hair around the scalp and leave the ends. For those who just can't stand to go a day without washing their strands, try a gentle cleansing shampoo with natural moisturizing agents. A good one to try is the ISH Color Lock Shampoo, which uses coconut and jojoba to add a moisturizing aspect to this pure cleanser.
2. Sticking by the same product - Think of hair products as exercise. When you do the same exercise day in and day out, your body get used to it and the initial results diminish. If you vary your work out routine, however, the outcome is much better. Hair is no exception. Your tresses get used to certain products, just as your body acclimates to certain exercises. To keep you hair looking in top condition, change your shampoos, conditioners, and other products at least once a month. You can use the same type of products, just in different brands for the same effect. For example, one month try Matrix Sleek Look Smoothing Shampoo and next month, switch to Redken Smooth Down.
3. Skipping your deep conditioning treatment - Even if you don't heat style your hair often, it's important to use a deep conditioner at least once every two weeks. If you have oily hair and are afraid of hair being weighed down, simply pair the deep conditioning treatment with a clarifying shampoo. An excellent deep conditioner is the Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Deep Conditioner and a good clarifying shampoo is the Kenra Clarifying Shampoo.
4. Always wearing your hair tied back - Wearing your hair pulled tightly back does several negative things. First off, it can pull on the scalp causing possible breakage. Also, your hair can become trained to lie in a pulled back fashion so that when you do want to wear looser styles, you may have a hard time. Last but not least, your current hair cut is not suited to your lifestyle if you must always wear it up! It is understandable that some of us have jobs requiring us to wear our hair pulled back. If this is the case for you, I suggest wearing your hair down when you sleep or wearing it down during your days off. If you must wear your hair back while sleeping, use a scrunchie instead of a rubber band.
5. Using heated appliance with styling products - About 95% of styling agents, such as mousses, hair sprays, and gels, contain plastic polymers and alcohol. When plastic polymers are applied to the hair and then used with a heated appliance, like a flat iron or blow dryer, the plastic actually melts onto the hair, creating an unhealthy build-up. Unfortunately, it takes more than a simple shampooing to get rid of the residue. Alcohol is known to be very drying. Apply alcohol to the hair in combination with a heated styling tool and you're drying and frying your hair simultaneously. If you must use heat and styling products together, try some of the new all natural styling products, such as ISH I Love My Hair Styling Spray, which utilizes rice starch as its holding agent.
Since a rug can be an expensive or long-term investment, you should choose a rug that can be maintained easily, so that its original beauty lasts for years of enjoyment. This is our guide to choosing low-maintenance carpets and keeping your area rug looking beautiful, new and clean for years after your original purchase.
Regular vacuuming is most important for rug maintenance. Area rugs receive a lot of abuse from everyday dust and dirt accumulation. Sand and dirt grind down the pile of rugs and abrade their foundations. It is best to remove this sand, dirt and grime before it makes its way into the base of the rug, where it will be more difficult to remove. Surface soiling is best lifted by slowly pushing the vacuum a few feet with the nap of the carpet and then slowly reversing direction. In higher traffic or particularly soiled areas of the rug this process may need repetition to be fully effective.
Using a good vacuum with strong airflow and adjustable rotating brushes will remove the greatest volume of particles from the rug. The vacuum should have a good filtration system that will prevent dust from recirculating into the air.
Cut Pile rugs are generally well constructed and durable. A vacuum with a rotating beater bar to agitate the area rug pile and strong suction to remove loose particles is well tolerated by these types of rugs. Without a beater bar, you may only remove surface dirt, but leave embedded soil that can damage rugs through abrasion.
Looped texture rugs should be vacuumed regularly with suction, but can avoid damage by steering clear of vacuums with beater bars.
How Often is 'Regular'? : High traffic areas of rugs should be vacuumed daily, or at least every other day. The entire rug should be vacuumed at least twice weekly.
Some Vacuuming tips: - Keep the vacuum's brushes clean and replace them when they wear down. The beater bar should vibrate the rug, but not cause the vacuum's motor too slow. Raise the beater bar above the rug to just barely skim the fibers of the rug, otherwise pilling may occur. - It is best to vacuum in the same direction as the pile. - Be careful of fringes when vacuuming; don't let the vacuum pull them, lest they actually be ripped off over time. - Make sure that the beater bar actually rotates when it is in contact with the rug; a worn belt in the vacuum may cause the bar to slow down and stop rotating. Belts should be inspected frequently to be certain they are working properly. - Make sure that the vacuum bag isn't too full. When the bag is over half full the vacuum's efficiency is reduced. - Always make sure that the vacuum's hoses and attachments are free of airflow obstructions. - Vacuum across both directions of the traffic pattern to prevent matting.
Occasional Maintenance Practices
In addition to vacuuming there are a few other steps that should be considered to keep your rug looking it's best.
Every so often it is a good idea to flip your rug and pat it down to shake loose dirt particles that have worked their way into the carpet's loops. Sweeping or vacuuming the back of the rug once a year is the most effective way to dislodge worn in particles.
Airing your rug by taking it out of doors occasionally and laying it flat on the ground, especially on damp, foggy days, will help to keep dry burlap backing supple and flexible. Though the efficacy of this method is debated, some people even suggest placing rugs face down in fresh, powdery snow and then gently brushing it off. This technique is also intended to restore moisture to brittle rug backings.
Rotating the rug will prevent foot traffic from wearing the rug pile unevenly. The rug should be rotated once every six months if the carpet is in a high traffic room. In addition, heavy furniture like pianos and sofas should be moved occasionally, even if only slightly, to prevent excessive pile crushing. Floor protectors can be used under legs of tables, chairs and other furniture to help distribute weight. Spraying pile crushed by heavy furniture with a little bit of water and then brushing it with a soft brush can restore the pile's height.
It is preferable to keep your area rug safe from exposure to direct sunlight that could cause the colors to fade. Do not expose the rug to sunlight on a regular basis. Too much sunlight causes the colors to fade which in turn creates unevenness in the colors of the rug. Silk is especially vulnerable to sunlight. Using drapes or blinds to shade the rug during hours of direct daylight and occasionally rotating the rug will help to preserve a rug's color and keep it even.
Some Rug Maintenance Myths - Myth 1: You should shake or beat your rug to remove dirt. Shaking or beating your rug is actually more destructive than beneficial. The shaking strains the rug's backing, and with an old rug this can be disastrous to the integrity of the rug foundation. - Myth 2: You should air your rug by hanging it outside. Hanging a rug over a clothesline or hanging it on a wall can also cause stress to the rug's foundation and shape. It is best to keep the rug lying flat and simply turn it and rotate it occasionally, even when airing the rug outside.
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