Small tweaks can make positive or negative changes to the hair. I'm going to get right into it. Here are a few things to think about.
Is your hair dry or oily?
Shampooing the minimum of four times a month is recommended because water helps with hydration. According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are 73 percent water, and lungs are about 83 percent water. The skin has 64 percent, and muscles and kidneys are 79 percent. Do you see how important water is? If any part of your body is dehydrated, it will take it from the hair because it recognizes the hair as nonessential.
Traveling, new baby, too much junk food. You get the point. All these things can cause dehydration and cause products not to work as intended.
Product buildup can be a factor. And yes, build up can lead to dry hair as well as oily. When products buildup on the hair shaft, it will act as a raincoat, and water can't penetrate to hydrate the hair. Leaving it dry and dull or waxy and oily.
Next, cleansing the hair and scalp. How often you clean is essential. This goes back to hydration, and number three in the previous section. Water is life because it removes dirt and adds natural moisture. If the hair has buildup, products won't work correctly, and scalp disorders can arise.
Let's move onto product jumping. If you're mixing brands (also known as cocktailing), it'll be hard to gauge what really works. Products are designed to work within their own line. There are some exceptions, but I'll leave that for another blog post. My rule of thirty for product usage means, using a product 30 times within its own line before making a decision. Environmental factors and a person's natural chemistry has a massive impact on the outcome as well. What will work in the summer may not work in the winter—people who live in climates with seasonal changes can contest to that. If your body chemistry has changed, then results can vary too.
In conclusion, try your best to pay attention to your hair. Make sure you hydrated with water. Products won't work on dirty, dehydrated hair. As I said in my Break Away From Spilt Ends post. Keep a digital (photo) journal of your hair if you can. Also, put in what products work and what doesn't. Track the weather in your diary if you're a hair geek like me. Within time, you can adjust what works and reap the benefits of a glorious crown.