Hair needs moisture to be strong and beautiful. Your scalp produces a substance called sebum that acts as a natural moisturizer. Many of the shampoos, conditioners and styling products you buy at your local super mart contain high amounts of alcohol and sulfates that can strip your hair of the precious oils it needs to be healthy. Many of the ingredients in over the counter products can also irritate your scalp and cause it to be dry and flaky. Professional products contain gentle cleansing agents and natural ingredients that nourish your scalp and give your thirsty hair the moisture it needs.
Contrary to what you may believe there are oils that are actually good for your hair and scalp. These include avocado oil, shea butter, mango butter, and olive oil. These oils are absorbed deep within your hair shaft to rebuild and renew it leaving it silky, smooth and shiny. They also contain anti-oxidants and vitamins to keep your scalp nourished. Soy milk, jojoba, biotin, oats, wheat and botanicals like sage, rosemary and chamomile work together in professional products to give it shine and make your hair manageable.
You should read the ingredients in your shampoo, conditioner and styling products before you purchase them. Ingredients to avoid include parabens, phthalates and sulfates. These ingredients can dry out your hair and cause scalp irritation. They can also make your hair brassy or add unwanted gold tones if you color your hair. Laureth sulfate is one ingredient that is especially irritating. It is used in many shampoos to make them lather. Ask your stylist for her recommendations for cleansing, moisturizing and styling products. She can help you choose just the right products that will be tailored to your specific hair type and texture. Once you use professional products you will see the difference they make in the look and feel of your hair.