Everyone wants a head of beautiful hair. It’s not only a symbol of youth, but it indicates how much someone cares about their appearance and overall health. The numbers don’t lie: in 2018, the global hair care industry was worth $87.9 billion and is projected to increase as the years go by.
People have different hair goals in order to attain their idea of beauty. Some have hair that is prone to breaking and need strengthening, while others have dull hair that needs some shine.
In this article, we’ll take a look at some tips you can follow in order to achieve some of the most common hair goals people have.
Fighting Pattern Baldness
For most men and women, balding is a cause for concern. Sure, aging is a factor but your genetics play a huge role in balding. Some people just experience balding sooner than others. If you didn’t win the genetic lottery, that’s completely fine. You can still take matters in your own hands as there are treatments available for this.
One that has shown a lot of success in treating pattern baldness in men and women is a topical treatment called Minoxidil. It can improve scalp coverage in around 60% of men, suggesting that Minoxidil does work. In women, this is the only FDA-approved drug to treat female pattern baldness. Minoxidil works by improving blood flow into your hair follicles and stimulates hair growth.
Minoxidil is applied only once a day on a dry scalp. However, men and women require different Minoxidil concentrations. For men, it is 5%, while women should get a 2% solution.
Controlling Oily Hair
Oily hair is caused by a variety of reasons. But for the most part, it’s because of overactive sebaceous glands. These glands release sebum which helps keep hair healthy and smooth, but too much of it can be the cause of your bad hair days.
Unfortunately, shampooing every day may be counterproductive. The shampoo you use can be harsh enough to strip your scalp of all its oils. To compensate for this, the scalp produces more sebum and you’re back to square one.
The trick is to find the right kind of shampoo. For starters, look for a pH-balanced, sulfate-free shampoo. If you’re into experimenting DIY methods, you may dilute a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water, apply it on your hair and rinse.
Moisturizing Dry Hair
Anyone can get dry hair, but this becomes more common as we age. Dry hair is a sign of damaged hair and must be taken care of. Common factors of dry hair include dry weather conditions, very low protein diets, hair coloring, and frequently going to chlorinated swimming pools or the sea.
If you have dry hair, avoid shampooing every day because shampooing will strip your hair off its natural oils. Instead, try shampooing twice a week and see how it goes. When you do shampoo, be sure to apply conditioner afterward as the purpose of the conditioner is to restore the hydration on your hair strands.
To restore some of your hair’s hydration when you’re not washing it, you may apply a variety of oils for your hair. Common ones include coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil. These oils are rich in vitamins and antioxidants that keep your hair healthy.