Learn to spot the must-have ingredients when you're choosing products that promise full, shiny, glossy hair
Online beauty retailer lookfantastic.com helps separate fact from fiction when it comes to haircare products and how to use them...
1. Can switching shampoos make your hair look healthier?Hair doesn't become resistant to your shampoo over time, BUT if you have an oily hair type or you style it with a product that contains wax, try to use a good cleansing shampoo every few weeks to clarify your hair and remove build-up.INGREDIENTS TO LOOK FOR: Limonene and other citric acids are added to shampoos to balance out the pH of alkaline detergents, which are used as solvents. Acetic acid is a mild compound known for its descaling abilities, so it will lift dead skin and dirt from the surface of the scalp, making it appear healthier.
2. Can you make flat, fine hair look full of body?
A combination of products and tools such as rollers can do wonders for lifeless hair; just make sure your styling methods don't result in frizz.INGREDIENTS TO LOOK FOR: Polyquaternum-10 is well-absorbed by hair proteins so it is used in shampoos to increase body. It can also reduce static electricity as well as encouraging softness and shininess.
3. For really clean hair, must you always 'lather, rinse and repeat'?
One thorough rinse with a cleansing shampoo is usually best; using the same shampoo more than once will not achieve anything new with the second wash.INGREDIENTS TO LOOK FOR: Surfactants - surface-acting agents - combine oil and water, attracting agents to draw oily dirt out of hair and wash it away. Ammonium lauryl sulphate is a high foam surfactant that disrupts hydrogen bonds in water, allowing it to penetrate into the hair for deeper cleaning.
4. Does rinsing with ice-cold water after a shampoo give you shinier hair?
An icy cold shower may make you feel alert but it won't enhance the lustre of your locks. Look out for products that will add shine to your hair instead, and blowdry to a smooth finish.INGREDIENTS TO LOOK FOR: Silicone-based chemical dimethicone can make hair look shinier by closing the hair cuticle; it can also prevent tangles. Behentrimonium chloride, a wax-like compound, is an antistatic used in conditioner. Cetrimonium chloride is a water-soluble quaternary compound used as a conditioning agent that adds shine to the hair.
5. Can the right product really mend split ends?
There's no point crying over split ends, but there's no use in trying to fix them either. Masking the issue or dealing with it by heading to the hairdressers are the only things that can be done.INGREDIENTS TO LOOK FOR: Products that contain silicone and beeswax can help split ends to look temporarily fixed by sealing them together while you plan your visit to the hairdresser to get them snipped off.
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