There are many different brands and types of shampoos out there for the asian hair, from the cheaper and common brands you can purchase at the local supermarket, personal, pharmacy stores to branded and more expensive shampoo brands like Kerastas and Philip B. that can only be bought from speciality salons and stores. So how do one chooses?
First of all, you got to know your hair type. It is easier to determine what type of shampoo your hair will need if you have permed or coloured your hair recently. If your hair is permed, you might want to use a specialty shampoo for permed hair in order to protect the curls. If you had your hair colored recently, then you will need a shampoo that will protect the color and not strip it from your hair. Good shampoos for colored hair are also those with higher moisturizing content because your hair is usually very dry after a colour job. Is your hair dry? Oily? Thin or full and coarse? Then you will need different hair shampoo formulated to meet your special needs. You can get your trusted hair stylist to suggest a product, or do a search on the beauty or hair forum to see what people recommend for asian hair.
Always be aware of claims made by shampoo manufacturers, as some don’t really live up to their claims. The only thing regulated by the Food & Drug Administration is the list of ingredients on the back of the shampoo bottle and they have to reflect the contents used in the product truthfully. This means that manufacturers can make claims like their shampoos can moisturize hair or add volume to asian hair, whether or not they actually do. However, most consummers don’t even bother to read the list, let alone know what are the significance of the ingredients. If the product is cheap and affordable, you can buy it on trial and error to see if the shampoo really live up to its claim. If it’s expensive, you probably want to seek others for their opinion and experience via personal contacts or from online forums, before deciding if you really want to invest in it.
You also have to understand that most shampoos and conditioners work on your hair only temporarily by leaving traces of product residue behind on your hair after washing. They do not have long term effect on the condition of your hair at all, you will require regular usage of hair treatment conditioning mask in order to see improvement and it usually requires a longer term period. There are people who will rather buy cheaper shampoo and conditioner and then invest in more expensive treatment products. Of course there are also people who can afford and only buy the higher-tier and more expensive brands only. The thing is there are no hard and fast rules here.
Lastly, you do not have to believe that you have to use the entire hair product line from one brand in order to achieve best results. Every shampoo can clean the hair and every conditioner can condition your hair. It’s ok to mix and match products from different asian hair or non asian hair brands and stick with something or a combination once you find it working for you.
Do you want to have smooth, silky and healthy looking hair, just like the gorgeous hair of those models you see in the magazines? In this post, we share with you healthy hair care tips that are suitable for both asian and non-asian hair, which will help you achieve your ‘hair’ dreams!
1) Use a good deep cleansing shampoo
This will effectively help to remove any dirt or grease residue on hair and hair scalp. Note that this kind of shampoo is not suitable for frequent usage. Your hair might be damaged and will lose the lustre if you use if on daily basis. For those who have the habit of applying lots of hair products, use once a week, otherwise once a fortnight is good enough. Squeeze about 7.5ml of shampoo on your palm and make it foam by clapping your hands together before applying on hair.
For best results, comb your hair before shampoo, this will help clear any hair wax or other hair produce residue on your hair and scalp and will your hair get cleansed better after that. You can also use shampoo twice each time you use a deep cleansing shampoo. The first time helps to remove the dirt, the second time helps to moisturise your hair.
2) Ginger Juice
One of the ancient chinese hair growth products and secrets is to apply ginger juice on your scalp, this will help your hair to grow out faster and healthily.
3) Use a good hair and scalp mask
Using a good hair and scalp mask once a week will help to moisturise your hair and cause any dandruff to fall off quickly. It also provide nutrients for your hair and promote healthy hair growth.
4) Soda water
If you go swimming in the sea or in the swimming pool, using soda water will help to remove the salt and chlorine residue on your hair, and then follow by using a normal hair shampoo to wash your hair after that. Put hair conditioner or hair oil treatment (jojoba, rosemary, Flaxseed, olive etc) on your hair after shampooing, leave it on and wrap your hair with a towel or cover it with a shower cap. Wash it off only after cleansing you body as the heat from the water will help your hair to absorb nutrients faster.
5) Hair dryer
Its best not to use hair dryer on too often as this will be very drying to your hair and might damaged it. If you must use it, do detangle your hair with your fingers first before using the hair dryer, as this will help your hair to dry faster. When holding the hair dryer, make sure your hand is in quick ‘twisting’ motion, instead of staying stationary at one spot, this will prevent your hair from getting damaged.
6) Leave-in hair conditioner
Use a good leave-in hair conditioner to keep your hair moisturised. The best way to apply leave-in hair conditioner is to apply about 5ml of leave-in hair conditioner on your comb and comb it through your hair. This will help to apply it evenly throughout your hair. Another tip is everytime after you apply your day and night moisturiser, run your fingers through your hair with the left over moisturiser, so that your hair gets mositurised as well.
7) Hair Mist
We all know the sun UV rays can be damaging to the skin, and it is equally harmful to the hair. Its always good to wear a cap or bring an umbrella whenever you are out to protect your hair against the harmful rays. We should also refrain from coloring our hair too often as the chemicals can easy damage our hair beyong repair. It is always good to carry a bottle of hair mist with us, so we can give our thirsty hair some water whenever it feels dry due to sun rays or after a hair coloring job.
8 ) Vitamins
Taking Silica, Vitamin B complex, Lysine and hair skin and nails complex will also help to keep hair healthy. Also refrain from taking too much vitamin A and caffeine, as this will cause hair loss.
9) Stress and diet
Too much stress is a killer, it harms not just your hair but every part of your body as well. Stress often leads to bad diet or bad digestion. Try avoiding or reducing stress if possible, or make lifestyle changes to eliminate stress. Once stress is gone, your hair will get back its health.
10) Medical condition
People suffering from anemia, low thyroid or hormonal problems tend to encounter hair loss problem. Of course, other health conditions might cause hair loss too. If your hair loss problem is worrying you, the best line of defence is to consult a doctor. Seeing a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) doctor can also help to recondition back the body to healthy state via traditional chinese herbs and medication.