What is a combination hair type and how to care for it?
Increasingly, stylists and craftsmen are talking about a combined type of hair that requires special care. Greasy roots that need to be washed almost every day, and dry ends that are brittle and tangled - this species seems to combine the worst. But, if you deal with the peculiarities of care, then it is quite possible to live with such hair.
Knowing your hair type and how to care for them is the key to healthy and beautiful curls. There are three main types of hair:
Today, there is also a fourth type of hair - combined. Combination hair is when the natural oils of the scalp are not properly distributed throughout the hair shaft, the hair becomes dry and damaged, and the scalp becomes excessively oily.
Causes of oily scalp and dry length
Most often, owners of long hair face the problem of a combined hair type.
The main causes of oily scalp are:
- hormone problems
- improper hair care
Causes of dry hair by length:
- unbalanced diet
- improper care
- frequent use of a hair dryer, curling iron and iron
- hair coloring
Moisturizing and nourishing combination hair can lead to oily scalp. Plus, if you focus on removing excessive oiliness from your scalp, your hair will become even drier and eventually lead to split ends. The goal of proper care is to cleanse oily areas and moisturize dry ones. You need to find a balance so that by solving one problem, you do not aggravate another.
Combination hair care
There is no one-size-fits-all product for a combination hair type. As for the special products created for combination hair, they have not yet been invented. But you can apply the knowledge of a new direction in care - multitasking. It was originally invented for the skin, and it was assumed that different masks would be used for different zones (for example, the T-zone and cheeks require a different approach). Now experts suggest using this technique for hair care. That is, you choose shampoo from one series, and care for the length from another (mask, conditioner, leave-in agent).
You will need a shampoo that is gentle on the hair but effective for cleansing the scalp. The secret is to use shampoos that are loaded with ingredients that thoroughly cleanse without removing moisture, and that moisturize without the use of heavy oils or emollients. Choose shampoos that contain plant extracts, natural ingredients, lactic acid, glycerin.
Try to wash your hair less often because excessive washing will damage your hair even more.
Always apply the shampoo only to the scalp, and when you wash it off, the length will rinse out too.
Conditioner should be used after every shampoo, even after a mask. Conditioner is important for smoothing hair, closing cuticles and replenishing moisture in hair after shampooing.
Blot hair with a towel to remove excess moisture, then apply conditioner from the middle of the hair to the ends. Leave it on for two minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
For hair roots, a mask for deep cleansing is suitable (one of the reasons for the activation of the sebaceous glands is clogged pores and the accumulation of cosmetics). It can also be a peeling or scalp scrub.
And for the length you need a regenerating mask, moisturizing or nourishing. Choose professional hair masks, you will really see the result from them.
Masks are recommended to be used in home care no more than once a week.
Blow-drying each day can make both combination hair conditions worse, because all that hot air dries out your ends, and regular heating of your scalp will stimulate the production of the sebaceous glands. Therefore, try to minimize the use of your hair dryer and dry at lower temperatures. Also, be sure to use thermal protection (cream, spray, or oil to keep your hair from overheating).
You can dry your hair by about 80%, and then let it dry naturally.
- Wash your hair with cool water. The water should be at a comfortable temperature, and at the end you can rinse it cool to smooth out the scales.
- Use a clean comb. It is advisable to wash the combs once a week with a mild shampoo.
- Always use thermal protection if you blow-dry your hair, or use an iron, curling iron.
- After each wash, apply an indelible product to the length of your hair (oil, cream, spray, fluid).
- Visit your hairdresser regularly and trim split ends.