HAIR CARE ACROSS THE AGES
Most men and women today just want healthy, natural hair. Interestingly, this contrasts greatly with powerful and ancient customs that have to do with hair as a status symbol, sexual lure, and more.
- The ancient Assyrians, for example, wore masses of curls on their shoulders and sprinkled real gold dust on their heads to enhance their hair color. Not everyone in ancient Assyria had naturally curly hair, but the nobility used curling tongs, and men set their beards with tree gum.
- Egyptians of about 1200 B.C. shaved their heads and wore wigs for special occasions, stewed the leaves of the henna bush to get a red dye, or colored their hair with indigo.
- Many Indian women, known for their lustrous hair, still use natural hair products like herbal shampoos, soak their hair in olive or coconut oil, and avoid chemicals and dryers.
Can a person create beautiful hair? Consider the following do’s, don’ts, and old-fashioned hair treatments.
10 COMMON-SENSE HAIR CARE TIPS
Let’s start with the million-dollar answer on hair is: Eat well. Wash and brush hair often. Inherit the right genes.
- A well balanced diet is necessary to healthy hair. Poor nutrition, especially protein deficiencies, can lead to thinning, dull, dry hair.
- Ask your hairdresser what they recommend, and then dilute it 50/50 with water. When you shampoo, avoid very hot water.
- Brush hair twice a day, and massage your scalp to help circulation.
- Be careful not to brush excessively, as this can irritate the scalp and break off hairs.
- Get a good haircut. The best haircut makes the most of your hair’s natural attributes.
- Avoid styling aids, heat, and all chemical processes if possible. Permed hair is 30 percent weaker than untreated hair.
- Teasing or back-combing hair tears the cuticles and can damage hair severely.
- Rough treatment of hair (hot dryers and harsh shampoos) also damage the cuticles and can cause split ends, which can only be cut off.
- Infrequent shampooing, insufficient rinsing, improper diet, and poor scalp circulation are thought to cause dandruff. Treatments include scalp massages, mild shampoos, and daily use of an antiseptic scalp lotion if needed.